This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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This evening we had a...

Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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Would you believe me when...

A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?

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I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

#kindessmatters

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?

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We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?

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We’ve been busy little bees...

Why you should use a driving instructor to teach your kids

…never teach your children to drive! There’s no parent who isn’t paralyzed with fear when their children approach the age of seventeen. Not because they become ABBA-approved dancing queens, but the fact that they can legally drive! The child you literally taught how to eat and write are now capable of operating heavy machinery. I am really nervous and this is why I am going to use a driving instructor.

So how do you make peace with something like this? That’s right, you get an expert involved. Don’t make the mistake of undertaking the task of teaching your children how to drive. Stop at the red light, indicate before changing lanes, yadda yadda yadda. Theoretically, it seems quite basic, but it isn’t. Trying to teach without any experience can be dangerous for you, your child and the people around you. When it comes to teaching complete beginners, you are better off with hiring a professional driving instructor. Here’s why-

Learning how to drive doesn’t have a set recipe that a person can follow. 

Professionalism

Teaching driving requires patience that you might not have. There is so much to grasp and losing your calm will do no one any good. Professional driving instructors are patient and friendly. No matter how nervous your child is, they have the right approach to handle all types of learners.

Experience & Qualification

Have you ever taught driving to anyone? If not, then there’s no rationale behind making your child the guinea pig. Driving instructors have the required experience and qualification to give driving lessons. 

Structured Learning Program

An experienced driver finds driving quite straightforward. And, we can all agree that after a while it becomes part of your muscle memory. 

This is why a structured learning program is essential to teach a complete novice. It solidifies their fundamentals and steadily builds confidence.

Customised Driving Lessons

No two people have the same learning style. Maybe you did a good job of teaching your eldest, but your younger child might require a different approach. A professional driving instructor customises driving lessons to match different learning abilities.

Latest Driving Rules and Regulations

You probably learned how to drive at least a couple of decades ago! In that time a lot has changed in terms of the rules and regulations of driving. Learning from a professional driving instructor ensures that your child is up-to-date with all the latest driving rules and regulations.

Proper Teaching Vehicle and Tools

There’s no doubt that your family minivan is practical and safe. But is it right for teaching your kids? 

Usually driving instructors are equipped with dual-control teaching vehicles that ensure better control and safety. For instance, the instructors at Jason M Thorne use vehicles with high visibility signage to make it easily recognisable as a training car. Fellow drivers are much nicer when the spot a training vehicle.
Some driving schools also offer virtual driving lessons to ease students into actual driving. 

Manual Vs Automatic

With the majority of vehicles being semi-automatic and automatic, your child needs to learn from someone who’s familiar with all kinds of transmissions. Professional driving instructors are well-versed with both manual and automatic vehicles. 

Time Flexibility

It might not be possible for you to take time out from work to teach your children. Most driving instructors offer flexible timing to incorporate busy schedules. You can arrange a driving lesson as per your child’s convenience. 

Effectiveness

Getting driving lessons from a professional instructor is much more effective. Your child will be able to learn quickly and with less effort.

Driving Test 

Apart from driving lessons, driving instructors also help students prepare for both theory and practical driving tests. If you want your children to pass their driving test in the first attempt, get a driving instructor involved. 

I hope these pointers convinced you to hire a professional driving instructor. I know I will when my kiddies learn to drive!

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