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.

#mummyphotoaday 
#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?

#mummyphotoaday

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!

#mummyphotoaday

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.

#mummyphotoaday

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...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

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!

clean cup

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.

Before and after

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:

Win a prize package with #AstonishingResults

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

signature

Subscribe so you don’t miss a post
Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates!

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

  • melanie stirling
    February 16, 2020

    Astonish Mould and Mildew Blaster.

    • Tammy Neal
      February 29, 2020

      The oven cleaner

  • Ashleigh Allan
    February 17, 2020

    The oven cleaner

  • Carole Nott
    February 18, 2020

    Astonish paste

  • Carol Thomas
    February 18, 2020

    The oven cleaner defo is mine. A job I loathe but made easier with astonish

  • Michelle Smith
    February 18, 2020

    I love the multi purpose cleaner

  • claire w
    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

    The mould and mildew blaster

  • michelle o'neill
    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

    The Hob & Cooktop cleaner is my favourite. It’ a horrible job but this astonish product makes it easier (if not more pleasant)

  • 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

    Original astonish paste

  • 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

  • Lynne OConnor
    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.

Previous
16 February 2020 #SilentSunday
Win a prize package with Astonish to deliver #AstonishingResults

%d bloggers like this: