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?


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.

#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

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?


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.

A very happy birthday to...

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!


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.


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

“We are very excited to...

🌼 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...

Why your dryer isn’t drying your clothes

You need to leave in an hour, and your washing machine just chimed, so you should be able to stay on time if you toss your clothes in the dryer — but in 60 minutes, the clothes feel just as sopping wet as when you threw them in. What gives? Drying clothes is a much more difficult process than you might expect. Dryers require more careful use and maintenance to ensure they dry your clothes safely and efficiently, so if you haven’t been giving your dryer the TLC it needs, you might be waiting longer and longer for your clothes to dry. Not only does that waste your time, but it drives up your energy bill and can ruin your wardrobe, too. 

Dryers that aren’t drying clothes quickly could be malfunctioning for a variety of reasons. Here are a few you can fix yourself — and a few you might need to hire experts to address.

The Dryer Vent Is Clogged

The process of washing your clothes allows dirt and excess fibers to rise to the surface of your clothes, and in the dryer, that stuff sloughs off in the form of lint. Lint is carried away from your laundry by the dryer’s exhaust system; some of it is trapped in the filter screen, but plenty remains stuck in the exhaust duct and clogs up the dryer vent. Not only does this prevent your dryer from siphoning water away from your clothing, but it also poses a significant fire risk to your home. Fortunately, you can clean the filter screen, dryer vent and hose yourself, and you should do so every six months.

The Dryer Hose Is Too Long

The vent hose connects your dryer to the wall so it can expel hot air. The longer the hose is, the more time and effort your dryer needs to push out the air, so if there is any amount of slack, you should consider shortening your hose to help your dryer run more efficiently. 

The Laundry Is Too Wet

It is possible that your clothes are still damp because they are going into the dryer too wet. Some fabrics soak up more moisture in the wash, and you will need to take extra steps to dry them a bit before they can go in the dryer. You can wring them out manually, over the washer or a sink, or you can put your load of wash through an additional spin cycle, which won’t add any water but will drive moisture off the clothing. Though it takes extra time, it saves your dryer some effort.

The Dryer Is Too Full

Dryers work by tumbling wet laundry through a heated drum and warm air. The water evaporates, and the clothing dries. However, if the dryer is too full, it has difficulty maintaining the right temperature for evaporation, and much of the load never comes in contact with the heat. What’s more, over-full loads tend to imbalance your dryer, causing expensive damage to the machinery. As eager as you might be to finish doing laundry, you should keep your loads smaller to speed up the process and save your dryer.

The Door Keeps Opening

Dryers work like ovens; if you keep opening the door, the heat escapes outside, and it takes longer for the appliance to do its job. As anxious as you might be to put on your warm, clean clothes, you should wait to open your dryer’s door until you hear the “cycle complete” chime.

The Valve Coils Are Defective

If your dryer runs on gas, it contains a component called a valve coil, which controls the flow of gas used to heat the air and dry your clothes. When your valve coils aren’t working properly, they typically fail to permit enough gas, which means your dryer doesn’t heat up as it should. Checking your valve coils requires disconnecting your dryer from power, rooting around in the access panel and using a multimeter — which is usually a job more suited for dryer repair experts.

The Blower Wheel Isn’t Attached

The blower wheel is a component that helps hot air move quickly around the dryer, but it is often a plastic piece that can crack or become displaced with ease. A dysfunctional blower wheel doesn’t push enough air with enough speed; it can even impede the flow of air entirely. Again, checking and replacing the blower wheel is an intensive endeavor, best accomplished by an experienced professional.

Your dryer is a big, important appliance in your home, and you need to be able to trust that it will do its job. You need to use your dryer properly and maintain it to prevent serious issues. Sometimes, all you need is a quick visit from a dryer specialist, so you can get on with drying your clothes.


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