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.


Our half term routine (it...

🐾 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?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

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?


The best #view comes from...

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?


Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

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?


What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

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?


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?


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?


A great way to spend...

Win a set of teas and get healthy this summer

Do you want to get healthy this summer? Steer away from the caffeine and copious amounts that just keep us tossing and turning on these hot nights? Well I am giving away a set of four lovely flavours from Yogi. It is a really simple and fun competition, so get entering for your chance to win…


The prize includes four selected herbal teas;

  1. Yogi Positive Energy Tea Cranberry Hibiscus: An uplifting and invigorating tea infused with Green Mate, Guarana & Assam Black
  2. Yogi Detox Tea with Lemon; a tangy detox tea infused with the flavours of Bitter Dandelion, Sweet Liquorice & Spicy Ginger
  3. Yogi Women’s Tea; a balancing tea with a blend of Ginger, Orange Peel, Angelica Root & Ayurvedic Spices
  4. Yogi Bedtime Tea; a calming and organic tea infused with Chamomile, Lavender, Nutmeg & Valerian Root

Yogi Tea have been specialising in organic herbal tea since 1960! And are experts in creating flavoured healthy tea. The prize has been supplied by Discount Supplements, specialists in Online Sports Supplements. The competition closes in 10 days, midnight 30th July 2015. Good luck!

Green Tea Giveaway

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  • msedollyp
    July 20, 2015

    Yogi Positive Energy Tea Cranberry Hibiscus

  • Louise Comb
    July 20, 2015

    Honey, Lavender sounds divine to me. No wonder that’s good for stress 🙂

  • Sarah Griffiths
    July 20, 2015

    Positive energy

  • Rebecca Williams
    July 20, 2015

    I would love to try the camomile one when I have trouble sleeping 🙂

  • Fiona K
    July 20, 2015

    Soothing Caramel Bedtime sounds ideal

  • Eleanor
    July 20, 2015

    Definitely bedtime tea – I love lavender!

  • Ashleigh Allan
    July 20, 2015

    Yogi Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life tea.

  • Nat Shute
    July 20, 2015

    These sound lovely, bet they’re nice cold in Summer too.

  • Sarah-Jane Laycock
    July 20, 2015

    The Relaxed Mind blend sounds so calming and tranquil

  • Tanya Deliyska
    July 20, 2015

    Breathe Deep

  • Joanne Greer
    July 20, 2015

    Peach detox

  • laura banks
    July 20, 2015

    Positive energy

  • christine shelley
    July 20, 2015


  • Iris W
    July 20, 2015

    I love the bedtime tea it really helps me relax at night

  • melanie stirling
    July 20, 2015

    The peach detox.

  • Karen Richards
    July 21, 2015

    So many nice flavours. Rose sounds nice.

  • Ruth Harwood
    July 21, 2015

    Classic India Spice 🙂

  • Laura Baker
    July 21, 2015

    Mayan Cocoa Spice

  • Rhi P
    July 21, 2015

    Really interested to try the Women’s Tea… every little helps eh ladies! 😉

  • Stephanie Whitehouse
    July 21, 2015

    Chai Rooibos sounds appealing to me

  • Pauline Hill
    July 21, 2015

    Definitely bedtime tea

  • michelle banks
    July 21, 2015

    Honey, Lavender sounds delicious x

  • Jacqueline Jackson
    July 21, 2015

    The Womens tea sounds wonderful

  • Sheri Darby
    July 21, 2015

    Yogi Detox Tea with Lemon sounds delicious

  • Lindsey Jones
    July 22, 2015

    I would love to try soothing caramel

  • Angela McDonald
    July 23, 2015

    The Berry Detox sounds delicious!

  • Helen Metcalfe
    July 24, 2015

    Blueberry Slim life sounds interesting, love Blueberry and would love to be slim!

  • Sheila Reeves
    July 25, 2015

    Soothing Caramel Bedtime – a caramel flavour tea just sounds so different to me that I’d love to try that!

  • lnice@hotmail.co.uk
    July 25, 2015

    Positive energy sound just like what i need.

  • claire woods
    July 26, 2015

    Positive energy

  • Rey Chunara
    July 27, 2015

    I love the sound of the Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin tea

  • Scott
    July 27, 2015

    Chai Green

  • Felicity Smith
    July 27, 2015

    positive energy sounds lovely

  • donna l jones
    July 27, 2015

    The Relaxed Mind blend

  • Heather Crowe
    July 27, 2015

    I haven’t tried any of the Yogi teas yet! But my favorite to drink is camomile

  • Danielle Gosha
    July 28, 2015

    I’ve drank Yogi teas for so long now! Can’t wait to try the Relaxed Mind blend!

  • Emma Carvell
    July 28, 2015

    I always get Detox, it’s my favourite!

  • Karen R
    July 28, 2015

    I’ve not tried them before but the bedtime one really appeals to me 🙂

  • Hannah Igoe
    July 28, 2015

    Bedtime looks fab

  • Rich Tyler
    July 28, 2015

    Soothing Caramel Bedtime

  • Diana
    July 29, 2015

    Skin Detox 🙂

  • Victoria Prince
    July 29, 2015

    I haven’t tried any of them before, but I love the sound of the Soothing Caramel Bedtime tea – something totally different and it sounds lovely!

  • Laura Lee
    July 29, 2015

    The bedtime tea is lovely and perfect for nodding off with. 🙂

  • Trevor Linvell
    July 29, 2015

    Bedtime tea

  • Miss Tracy Hanson
    July 29, 2015

    Soothing caramel tea. 🙂

  • Kristy Brown
    July 29, 2015

    Yogi Positive Energy Tea Cranberry Hibiscus

  • emma kinsey
    July 30, 2015

    caramel bedtime please

  • Jamie Millard
    July 30, 2015

    Yogi Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life tea.

  • clare davies
    July 30, 2015

    cranberry sounds fab i think! x

  • Emma Whittaker
    July 30, 2015

    Caramel Apple Spice Slim Tea 🙂

  • Amy Jo McLellan
    July 30, 2015

    I’d like to try the Detox tea 🙂

  • Natalie Crossan
    July 30, 2015

    The detox tea x

Sunday 19 July 2015
Win a set of teas and get healthy this summer

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