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?

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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.

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#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?

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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!

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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.

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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...

Win a Twilight Taster for two at Ragdale Hall Spa

Ragdale Hall Spa is the UK’s leading spa resort, which combines state-of-the art facilities with Victorian architecture. Ragdale Hall Spa is dedicated to your wellness, believing everyone needs breathing space from their world, by taking time to press pause, realign and recharge. Renowned for outstanding customer service, Ragdale Hall Spa is offering the chance for some well-deserved ‘me-time’ for one lucky winner and their guest with the Twilight Taster Package.

Twilight Taster Package for 2

Arrive for 4.30pm and enjoy all of the facilities; reconnect in the dazzling Rooftop Infinity Pool, which is heated to a blissful 35 degrees, roam freely in the multi-million-pound Thermal Spa offering 12 luxurious and unique heat and water experiences, including the atmospherically lit underground candle pool and outdoor waterfall pool with colour-changing lights; plus a 40-minute treatment and a two-course evening meal in the Verandah Bar, before departing at 9.30pm. All you’ll need to do is switch off and relax. Worth a whopping £186. You can see more information about the Twilight Taster Package online.

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To enter all you need to do is fill out the competition entry form below:

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This competition closes at midnight on 18th March 2020. Good luck.

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53 Comments
  • Corinne Hills
    March 4, 2020

    This looks so lovely!

  • sara akata
    March 4, 2020

    Looks so amazing would love to visit the spa!!

  • sara akata
    March 4, 2020

    would love to visit the spa!!

  • Paul Green
    March 4, 2020

    great giveaway count me in please. fingers crossed

  • msedollyp
    March 4, 2020

    i’d take my daughter, we get little time together since she left home!

  • Jade Green
    March 4, 2020

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  • Sarah Parker
    March 4, 2020

    one of my girl friends :0

  • Sheena Batey
    March 4, 2020

    I would love to take my daughter for a girlie bonding session

  • Lesley Prestage
    March 4, 2020

    Would love to take my friend, we absolutely love a spa day and this looks fabulous!

  • Emma Gibson
    March 4, 2020

    Id take my sister.

  • Dean Smith
    March 4, 2020

    Looks great

  • Natasha Hamilton
    March 4, 2020

    A spa trip with my mum would be lovely

  • Karen hutchinson
    March 4, 2020

    My mum or a friend for a girly pamper day

  • Sarah Mathieson
    March 4, 2020

    I would love to go here, looks amazing and so relaxing

    • Sarah Mathieson
      March 4, 2020

      I would take my lovely mum!

  • Susan Willshee
    March 4, 2020

    I would take my best friend who has been by my side during a pretty grotty year.

  • Natalie Louise Gough
    March 4, 2020

    I would treat my husband for our wedding anniversary.

  • Theresa Cooke
    March 4, 2020

    would be bliss

  • Kim Neville
    March 4, 2020

    Would take my OH

  • Solange
    March 4, 2020

    I’d take my mum.

  • Suki
    March 4, 2020

    This would be an amazing trip away for me and my husband.

    Love your insta and have signed up to your blog…your are very inspirational with your ideas xx

  • michelle o'neill
    March 5, 2020

    would love to treat my daughter

  • Karen Radford
    March 5, 2020

    I would take my bestie Andrea as Ragdale Hall is on our bucket list!

  • Natalie Crossan
    March 5, 2020

    I’d take my best friend 😀

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    March 5, 2020

    I’d take my gorgeous boyfriend!

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    March 6, 2020

    My mum or wife!

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    March 6, 2020

    I would take my best friend. It’s a perfect place to unwind, natter and enjoy the day.

  • ELISHA
    March 6, 2020

    My sister as we have a birthday in the same month, would be a nice treat for both of us!

  • Caroles
    March 6, 2020

    I’d take my friend

  • Gemma Holland
    March 7, 2020

    I would take my Mum. She’s never been to a spa but I’m sure she would love this!

  • claire woods
    March 8, 2020

    My partner Steve.

  • Lisa Carr
    March 8, 2020

    How wonderful! ❤

  • Kerry Taylor
    March 8, 2020

    I’d take my husband, we could do with some quality time together!

  • Lucinda P
    March 9, 2020

    I’d take my mum as a special treat for being wonderful

  • Iris
    March 10, 2020

    I would take my daughter, this looks lovely

  • katrina walsh
    March 10, 2020

    Id love to take my son as a reward for passing his masters degree

  • James McKenna
    March 14, 2020

    I’d love to visit and t ake my wife for her first mother’s day as a mother!

  • Antonia Sergent
    March 14, 2020

    This is an amazing prize! Would love to bring my mum with me, would be a nice, relaxing evening.

  • Stephanie T
    March 15, 2020

    Love to take my hubby

  • Lorraine
    March 16, 2020

    I would love to take my mum on a nice break

  • Emma Powdrill
    March 16, 2020

    I wuold take my sister in law as she has had a very tough time lately, she deserves the world, but as I csnt give that t her, I would love to offer this to her!

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    March 17, 2020

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  • Christine Taylor
    March 17, 2020

    I love Ragdal , it’s my fave but my Mums’ never been so I’d love to take her x

  • Patricia Barrett
    March 18, 2020

    I would take my partner who would love it as much as I would.

  • Denise S
    March 18, 2020

    loving the look of the infinity pool

  • Adrian Bold
    March 18, 2020

    If I won I would of course take my partner. Great prize!

  • Susan Hoggett
    March 18, 2020

    I’d take my daughter for some much needed mother daughter time

  • Daniel
    March 18, 2020

    I want to take my partner once we’re allowed to leave the house

  • Tracy B
    March 18, 2020

    I’d take my partner, he deserves a treat

  • Leanne Bell
    March 18, 2020

    I’d take a friend. It would be so lovely to enjoy some down time.

  • Emma Davison
    March 18, 2020

    My bestie

  • Jessica Hutton
    March 18, 2020

    This looks lovely. I would love to treat my mum to a spa trip.

  • Diana
    March 18, 2020

    My fiance 🙂

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