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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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

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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Win a prize package with Astonish to deliver #AstonishingResults

There are few things more fulfilling than having a lovely clean home and that is why choosing the right products for each task is so important. Choosing a range that is cruelty free, suitable for vegans and vegetarians and will deliver #AstonishingResults is at the top of the list for many shoppers. I have loved trying out the Astonish cleaning products and so I thought what better way to celebrate than to run a giveaway. Cleaning also helps my mental health as it gives me some time to park away my thoughts and process what I am thinking. I often finish cleaning with a list of things to do or people to speak to!

Astonish, the British manufacturer of cleaning products, has just had its Oven & Grill Specialist Cleaner & Sponge announced as Household Cleaning Product of the Year!

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In celebration of this latest accolade, the brand, which was established more than 40 years ago, is offering 1 lucky reader the chance to win an Astonish prize package to include top-selling products from the specialist range; our award-winning Oven & Grill cleaner, Hob and Cooktop cleaner and Cup Clean. 

As seen on TV, this specially formulated Oven & Grill cleaner and carefully developed sponge, will remove grease and grime in no time and can even be used on the glass oven door, leaving you with some #AstonishingResults

Cup Clean

I loved the Cup Clean, it was so easy to use and made my cups sparkle like new within 2 hours. So easy to use, fill your cups up with hot (not boiling) water and add a spoonful of Cup Clean. Leave for 2 hours and “ping” they come up shiny and clean. I was amazed the first time I used it.

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Oven & Grill cleaner

The Oven & Grill cleaner is a great idea. The before and after images below are after just a 10 minute scrub. Bear in mind the grease and grime on that glass window is everything that’s accumulated over a year! You can see the difference where I scrubbed the top of the glass window and also where I didn’t scrub at the bottom. It also smells delightful, as soon as I opened the lid the orange smells hit me. It smells lovely. After scrubbing the grease and grime, rinse the sponge and wipe the solution off. It’s so easy to use.

Before and after

Hob & Cooktop cleaner

The Hob & Cooktop cleaner is another great idea. It makes cleaning the hobs quick and easy. As with the Oven & Grill cleaner it comes with it’s own special scrubbing sponge and cleaning solution. You use the sponge to clean the hobs; using the rough side to get tough stains and the soft side to wipe down the grease. Rinse the sponge with warm water and wipe away the solution. Voila!

Before and after

For your chance to win simply answer the question in the competition window below and follow the other mandatory requirements, there are daily activities to help boost your chances:

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Full terms and conditions will apply, and no purchase is necessary. This competition closes at midnight on 29 February 2020.

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64 Comments
  • Margaret Clarkson
    February 16, 2020

    Oven & Grill Specialist Cleaner & Sponge is my favourite, it gives susch good results

    • paula cheadle
      February 27, 2020

      I love the oven cleaner

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    February 16, 2020

    Astonish Mould and Mildew Blaster.

    • Tammy Neal
      February 29, 2020

      The oven cleaner

  • Ashleigh Allan
    February 17, 2020

    The oven cleaner

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    February 18, 2020

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    February 18, 2020

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  • Michelle Smith
    February 18, 2020

    I love the multi purpose cleaner

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    February 19, 2020

    I love the mould and mildew blaster I think its fantastic!

  • Yvonne Wilkinson
    February 19, 2020

    Cup clean

  • Lindsey Stuart
    February 19, 2020

    I just love the Astonish hob and cooktop cleaner it is amazing and leaves great results and I find my cooker stays cleaner for longer after using it.

  • Tracy Newton
    February 19, 2020

    Fabric refresher

  • Solange
    February 19, 2020

    The Oven & Grill Specialist Cleaner & Sponge.

  • Hayley F
    February 19, 2020

    I love the multipurpose cleaner. Use it all the time x

  • Sylvia Paul
    February 19, 2020

    The Mould and Mildew Blaster works like a dream x

  • Ruth Harwood
    February 20, 2020

    I have some of the oven cleaner and I have to say I love it – easy to use and time-saving!

    • Sue Carter
      February 29, 2020

      I love the hob cream cleaner

  • Ritchie Dee
    February 20, 2020

    My favourite Asonish product is the Fabric Refresher

    • Katie B
      February 24, 2020

      Astonish Mould and Mildew Blaster

  • Marycarol
    February 20, 2020

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    February 20, 2020

    Oven & Grill Specialist Cleaner & Sponge is astonishing lol

  • Helen Tovell
    February 20, 2020

    The The mould and mildew blaster for me

  • Lucinda P
    February 20, 2020

    I’ve not tried any of the products yet, the oven cleaner sounds great

  • Teresa Lee
    February 20, 2020

    The Oven & Grill cleaner is fantastic

  • Jo Jones
    February 20, 2020

    The mould and mildew blaster

  • Rich Tyler
    February 20, 2020

    Astonish hob and cooktop cleaner

  • Susan Willshee
    February 20, 2020

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  • Deborah Bird
    February 21, 2020

    Love the oven cleaning paste!

  • Eileen Hindley
    February 21, 2020

    Love the Oven & Grill cleaner

  • Emma England
    February 21, 2020

    My favourite astonish product is the germ clear disinfectant because it’s a good all round product.

  • lucinda duxbury
    February 21, 2020

    the astonish mildew blaster, great product, fingers crossed

  • Louise A
    February 21, 2020

    Oven & Grill cleaner

  • PAULINE HILL
    February 21, 2020

    The oven cleaner

  • justine meyer
    February 21, 2020

    I love the mould and mildew blaster

  • Anna Stimson
    February 21, 2020

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  • Danielle Spencer
    February 22, 2020

    I’ve yet to try any of the astonish products, but would really love to, only heard good things.

  • Bob Clark
    February 22, 2020

    Astonish Mould and Mildew Blaster – brill at difficult tasks

  • Sheena Read
    February 22, 2020

    Oven & Grill Cleaner

  • Susan Smith
    February 23, 2020

    The Oven Cleaner for sure

  • Kay Broomfield
    February 23, 2020

    The Astonish hob and cooktop cleaner is my favourite. It gets amazing results.

  • F Chowdhury
    February 23, 2020

    I would go for the Oven & Grill Specialist Cleaner & Sponge

  • Iris
    February 23, 2020

    I have never tried these products yet but the Oven & Grill cleaner sounds exactly what I need

  • Karen Barrett
    February 25, 2020

    Astonish stain remover

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    February 25, 2020

    The mould blaster

  • Lisa Wilkinson
    February 26, 2020

    Multi-Purpose Cleaner With Bleach

  • Laura banks
    February 26, 2020

    Hob & Cooktop cleaner

  • lynn neal
    February 26, 2020

    Mould and mildew cleaner is great on my vertical blinds!

  • Patricia Barrett
    February 27, 2020

    I like the Mould & Mildew Blaster which is great for the bathroom and shower.

  • laura nice
    February 27, 2020

    The mould and mildew blaster is always my go to product.

  • Patricia Avery
    February 28, 2020

    I love the Astonish bathroom cleaner spray.

  • Jessica Hutton
    February 28, 2020

    The mould and mildew cleaner

  • Su Brett
    February 29, 2020

    Oven & Grill cleaner is the only one I’ve used so far but it really is Astonishing!

  • Adrian Bold
    February 29, 2020

    The Astonish Mould and Mildew Blaster

  • Juli Savage
    February 29, 2020

    Astonish Mould & Mildew Blaster Spray

  • Diana
    February 29, 2020

    Cup Clean, love it

  • Alison Rees
    February 29, 2020

    The oven cleaner

  • Orange23
    February 29, 2020

    My favourite is the hob and cooktop cleaner, it really makes the hob sparkling clean

  • Antonia Richardson
    February 29, 2020

    Astonish Mould and Mildew Blaster

  • Chirag Patel
    February 29, 2020

    oven cleaner

  • Mary Chez
    February 29, 2020

    The oven cleaner

  • zoe brown
    February 29, 2020

    mine is the astonish glass cleaner works wonders

  • Ali Fanstone
    February 29, 2020

    Multi-Purpose Cleaner With Bleach

  • Fiona jk42
    February 29, 2020

    I like Daily Shower Shine as it cuts down on effort cleaning the shower

  • Georgie Wright
    February 29, 2020

    The Mould & Mildew Blaster is a great product.

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