Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

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We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

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I wonder what is going through their tiny minds right now? Do you think they consider things like we do? Do you think they #dream of what’s going on? The kids seem to be taking it all in their stride and albeit they are sad they can’t see their friends, they seem to be just getting on with it.

Whereas, I go through waves of different feelings. I’ve discovered I’m at my best when I just take each day as it comes. When I start to think about things globally, or the time period of lockdowns and when the kids are going back to school... that’s when I start to feel worried and glum.

I worry that my employer will soon say “sorry Sonia we’re not paying you anymore as you’re homeschooling”, or the worry that I’m not teaching my kids correctly and they’re missing too much of their education. Or the impact of isolation on the kiddies at this age, making friendships and building rapport with people.

I hope these are worries over nothing. And I know all of the kiddies in the world are in the same boat. But, as a parent you can’t help but worry.

So for now I’m trying not to think negatively. Trying not to think more than 1 day ahead (except maybe planning Easter Sunday dinner) and I’m trying to keep smiling. So my babies keep smiling.

Keep calm and carry on. Isn’t that the saying!

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I wonder what is going...

This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

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This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

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🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

We all have those Ooops! moments

You know the ones I mean ladies: since child birth, especially when we are laughing or coughing? Yes the oops moment where you simply cannot hold it in any longer. Right from pregnancy stages with Noah I have suffered from this, a really glamourous subject I know – but it is big fact that us women do not often escape without them. I know its that taboo subject, but it’s just a part of life post-birth (especially after two).

 

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I am a busy, working mummy of two very small children and two very active pooches – we are always doing things together as a family and I don’t want that to be ruined by the fact that I didn’t want to jump up and down or run around, or make myself and the family laugh so much I am literally peeing myself. So I always wear a liner. I think it’s a given that when you become pregnant, you start to realise that all your dignity goes out of the window and it doesn’t stop when you give birth. They give me confidence to be the Mummy that I want to be: fun! There are various options to choose from with Lights by TENA, I didn’t know until the other day when I was sent some to try out.After looking at their website, I also noticed there is an app to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles too, which will help to prevent the oops moments altogether in the future.

The thought of TENA had always been it is what the older generation would wear, I don’t know why I thought this but I did and on reading about the products and looking at the website, I could not have been more wrong.I love the range. The packaging is fresh and pink, pink, pink, which I love and I think the different shapes and sizes are a great way of making it appeal to everyone. Also, to every type of underwear garment too; ones for french knickers, ones for ordinary knickers and ones for thong backs too. Yes it is true. They’re all specially designed for Oooops moments. They all absorb faster than ordinary liners, keeping you feeling drier and fresher. They all have specially designed odour-control. But they do differ in size and profile.

The four types of Lights by TENA are:

Light Liners

These are the smallest liners, they are rounded and I feel these are great for normal knickers and you can even get them, comfortably in a thong. They are designed for mums like me, who wear liners regularly and they absorb twice as much as a normal liner – who would have thought the smallest one of the bunch would be capable.

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Liners

This one is about the length of an eyebrow pencil, it is designed for ladies who like a longer liner and they fit perfectly in french knickers. They have two dots for absorption so they are a bit better at absorbing than the smaller liner above. If you are going on a long walk, possibilities of doing exercise or something like that I would have to wear this kind of liner. We do activities with the kiddies all the time, so I will always be needing these liners.

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Liners Single Wrap

I love the fact that you can put these little liners in your handbag, or even a clutch/purse if you are going out with the girlies over the Christmas period for example. They are very small, thin and are descreet enough sitting next to your lipstick and bronzing balls.

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Long Liners

These are designed for reassurance, a long liner that reassures you that you will have maximum absorption and still have the comfort of a fresh and thin liner. So you can really get active with the children and have fun.

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I wear liners everyday, since having my coil fitted I especially have worn them, it has become part of my routine now in the mornings and I have a little basket full of the different liners, depending on what I am wearing that day. It is great that I can wear the light liners with a thong, that rounded design is perfect and means I don’t get my thongs in a twist – we’ve all tried it, you know? Trying to get a huge rectangular liner into our thongs, which ends up sticking to your bum cheeks and feeling ridiculously uncomfortable. Since having the coil fitted I have been really conscious about whether I would be facing a period or not, turns out I haven’t but after many years of having them it still doesn’t feel quite right and so I wear a liner just in case. It never happens, but I get that protection from the oopsie moments at the same time. It was only the weekend just gone that I had to run in the house after a trip sofa shopping as I couldn’t hold it in any longer and sure enough the Lights by TENA came to the rescue! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to work with TENA on this project, not only because the liners are extremely comfortable, fresh and very thin, but because they are helping mums like us who don’t want to feel “silly” for buying liners because of those oops moments.

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  • Sara-Jayne
    December 15, 2014

    I’m glad you’re being honest about your Ooooops moments too! It’s not my most favourite aspect of motherhood, but I feel less ashamed about it now – and I LOVE the pink packaging. Gorgeous photos of you!!

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