Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

#ad #SkyNature #NatureAtHome

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Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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Which blog to choose?

Over the years I have gone from Blogger, to WordPress.com over to my blog now: WordPress self hosted site! Why? Well, as most of you know I am some what of a geek with all things ICT related, so I thought other bloggers might want a mummy blogger opinion.

This blog, many moons ago started off as a Blogger hosted site. I used blogger for quite a while, I felt limited to what I could do and the apps were limited also. I had heard about WordPress and so I signed up for a WordPress.com hosted blog. To transfer from blogger all I needed was to export my blog posts, comments etc into an XML file which can then be imported into WordPress!

What’s XML mean?
Without getting too technical an XML document is basically something that can be easily transported between sites/software and it can also be used as storage for data. If you are familiar with Excel it is similar to a CSV file, so used for transferring data between software.

The WordPress.com journey begun with a very positive few months, I discovered the different tools available in my admin area, found the app for this which was great & learnt all about themes and widgets. I loved the fact I could edit my blog so much and choose different widgets to display… Including making my own widgets up displaying HTML code. I purchased my domain through WordPress.com and became www.mummyconstant.com. After about a year I soon found it a little bit restrictive and I started to explore the idea of hosting my own blog. It’s restrictive in the sense that WordPress.com will only allow you to do some things with your blog. You can’t add JavaScript to widgets or posts, which means Rafflecopter cannot be used / google friend connect etc…lots of little things that were starting to stop me from progressing my blog.

So, the move from WordPress.com wasn’t straight forward and here’s why…

Firstly please make sure you buy a Linux server, not a windows based server. WordPress blogs run on Linux using a language called PHP you will also need 1 SQL database as part of your hosting package. I use 1&1 with their standard package, great deal with 10 databases! You can use who ever you wish, if you want advice I’d be happy to help.

If you have a domain purchased via WordPress.com then bear in mind it’ll take 24 hours to change over to your host. I emphasis this point because once your blog files are uploaded to your web server, and you’ve added your domain to the package, it gets a little confusing!!

WordPress.com domains redirect to your WordPress domain. For example my domain www.mummyconstant.com used to redirect to noahconstant.wordpress.com which was my original WordPress site! When I uploaded the new WordPress files to my new Linux server I had to use a different URL to access the setup files, this will be whatever you purchased through your package. I added www.mummyconstant.com to my 1&1 domains list and when the transfer started to go through it stopped me from accessing my setup files, due to the settings and it still kept redirecting to my old WordPress.com blog. This was because WordPress.com didn’t stop the redirection until the last minute.

So my advice would be to set up your blog on your new server, when it’s ready for you to get going, set up your WordPress.com purchased domain and then do the final bit!!

If you haven’t purchased a domain via WordPress you probably won’t have any issues with this as there will be no uncontrollable redirection in place.

Finally, once the blog is live and running you need to export the data from the old WordPress.com and then import it into your new blog hosted on the Linux server. So using that XML system once again. You will then see your new blog, with the right domain and the right posts and comments!! Your readers should then have a steady change without too much confusion and disruption!

I can now edit what I want, get widgets for anything and post JavaScript etc which means I can use Rafflecopter. 🙂

Hope this has helped, if anyone needs any more info please ask I will be happy to help anyone!

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3 Comments
  • Mumofthreeboys
    January 21, 2012

    This is very informative, thank you.
    Being a newbie to wordpress I need as much information as possible as I am no whizz on the computer.
    X x

  • MummyConstant
    January 22, 2012

    If you need anything else please just say. I’d be happy to help xx

  • MyTwoMums
    May 16, 2012

    Great blog post, very interesting to know. Thanks.

    I am very techy and have felt restricted by our blog on blogger. Was thinking of hosting our own blog but wanted to research our options first. 🙂

    Kirsty

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