Well, we couldn’t get to the cinema last night to see the new Trolls World Tour movie. So, we decided to turn our living room into the cinema instead and hired the new Trolls World Tour movie from Sky Store Premiere from @skytv.

It was so much fun. The movie is brilliant. We absolutely love both films and it was perfect as the kiddies go to jump about the living room, whereas usually they would be seated quietly. It was nice watching them loosen up and not feel stressed that they were making noise!

Of all the fun lockdown activities, making our own Premiere movie night was perfect. I don’t really want to talk too much about the movie but let me confirm it is absolutely brilliant and a definite must watch from The Constants.

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#trollsworldtour #skystorepremiere #lockdownfun #activities #indoorfun #homecinema 💞

Well, we couldn’t get to...

I’ve been working in the conservatory over the past few weeks, whilst it’s not been so hot. This has been my #windowview.

I love watching what they get up to: this was their homemade circuit. They each did an activity for 30 seconds, then moved on to the next thing.

They’ve made a bird box today, also flapjack and apple crumble.

They amaze me. I worked for 5 hours and they did some great things! It’s amazing how many activities they are trying and things they are learning during lockdown.

Noah said to us at breakfast today: “I’m going to miss this family time”. It was so raw and made me feel really tearful. I too will miss it. We all agreed that we would miss it and it’s been nice having all our meals together. Talking together. Playing and learning together.

It’s going to feel bizarre when things go back to normal: work and school!

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We all live in a #yellow... pop up tent! A yellow... pop up tent. A yellow... pop up tent. 🎵 Not a submarine in our back garden today.

Daddy pitched this yellow pop up tent in the garden and the kiddies sat in it for ages. It was moved to various shady areas throughout the afternoon, but served its purpose of entertaining the kids for a while.

Now, what you may not be able to tell from this photo is that this tent is not very wide. They had to lay in a foetal position and couldn’t stretch their legs out. For some reason this tickled me. Seeing their feet poking through the sides every now and again!

It’s the small things that make me smile. The @myhousethismonth challenge today is 5 things about me, so here’s 5 things that made me smile today:

1 ~ the yellow pop up tent
2 ~ watching Gary Barlow and his Croony collabs
3 ~ Isla and Daddy’s delicious homemade brownie
4 ~ Noah & Isla watching #GBBO & their comments about the celebrity bakes
5 ~ I got something finished for work this afternoon (made me feel productive)

What about you? What’s your 5 things that made you smile today... #mummyphotoaday #mygardenthismonth #myhousethismonth

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I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.

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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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#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

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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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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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Which type of engineered wood flooring is best for your family home

There’s never a quiet moment in a family home. Whether you’re a new parent, or you’re already familiar with the boundless energy children have to offer, everyone will agree that you’re in for some new responsibilities. In order to manage the new-found excitement of family life, some vital alterations need to be made to your home. Whilst some changes (such as childproofing) are self-evident, others may go easily overlooked. One of the most common mistakes many parents make is forgetting to assess whether their flooring is suitable for their family home and introducing wood flooring. 

Engineered wood flooring is fast becoming the favourite choice for family homes, and for good reason. Relying on modern flooring technology, engineered boards combine the timeless quality of traditional hardwood, and the versatile adaptability of laminate. The result is hardwearing, stylish, and resistant to day-to-day family life.

Because engineered wood is a relatively new flooring solution, many people are uncertain about how it differs from traditional hardwoods. Put simply, engineered boards are composed of a compressed core of timber and a solid wood surface veneer. This allows them to remain identical to their hardwood counterparts, whilst using a fraction of the materials. But this is where it gets complicated…

Engineered flooring is available with a selection of different cores which can be difficult for first time buyers to differentiate. This technical aspect can leave homeowners confused, not knowing which choice is best suited to their family home.

If you’re unsure, then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Navigating the world of flooring can be a difficult task, and one you need to get right if you want to improve the dynamic of your home. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Check out our quick guide to engineered wood, and make choosing your new flooring easy:

Multi-ply

Multi-ply cores are constructed from multiple layers of plywood, bonded together with a strong adhesive and compressed under high pressure. The grain of each layer runs perpendicular to one another, creating a criss-cross structure. This prevents movement within the board, making each one durable and strong.

This type of engineered wood is by far the toughest available. All engineered boards are resistant to warping and shrinkages, however the multi-ply design only serves to enhance this. This is a perfect choice for areas where your children and pets run wild, standing up to heavy foot traffic without fail. However, multi-ply boards do come with a steeper cost, so remember to consult your budget before you purchase.

HDF

HDF boards are at the other end of the engineered wood spectrum. Instead of utilising multiple layers, HDF cores are manufactured from small wood particles and strong resin. This creates a singular supporting core that can tolerate moderate footfall with ease.

Whilst not as durable as multi-ply, HDF boards have a number of other benefits. Coming in at a lower cost, HDF is perfect for those who want longevity without breaking the bank. This choice of engineered flooring is also eco-friendly, making use of waste wood and pulp in the construction of the core.

3-ply

With 3-ply engineered wood flooring, you’re getting all the benefits of multi-ply and HDF. Using the same design as the multi-ply construction, this choice is suitable for installation in kitchens, conservatories, and over underfloor heating. However, the core is limited to only 3 layers, making each plank somewhat thinner. 

This is a perfect balance of excellent durability and accessible costs. For smaller families and older children, this is an ideal flooring solution. In addition, the thinner engineered wood works great in low ceilinged areas, allowing more space for family activities. 

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