10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Single Day

12.5.21

Whether you're a mum or not, you'll know just how easy it is to take care of others before yourself. But we've got to remember that this is something we need to learn to take time for too. And after the year we've all had, it's more essential than ever to have a little bit of self-care every day! But if you're wrapped up in looking after your family, it can feel almost impossible to find time for something other than that. So in this post I thought I would share 10 ways in which you can have a little 'me-time' every day. Once you realise the importance of taking time out for yourself, you'll never look back as the mood and self-esteem boosting effects are amazing!

Drink More Water
Mornings are usually spent rushing around, but one little action of self-care you can do is have a glass of water first thing. It takes less than a minute, but the lasting effects will leave you feeling good all day. Being dehydrated can lead to headaches, hunger and just a general bad mood, so make sure to keep a water bottle filled all day.


Meal Plan
When life gets busy it's easy to just stick any old thing in the oven just to get food on the table. Who has time to cook up a Michelin star menu when they've just got home from work? Writing up a whole week's menu at the start of the week takes the stress out of cooking - plus it means you know exactly what to buy at the supermarket, and reduces waste too. Win win!

Exercise
Changing up your workout routine (or if you're like me, simply starting a routine in the first place) can breathe life into exercise.You can even boost your muscle gains with the help of steelsupplements.com/ if you want to feel really strong. I like to fit in HiiT sessions at home around the school runs, but you could go for a swim, start the Couch to 5K, or plan to join an exercise class with a friend. Whatever you do, make sure it's something you enjoy, as that will help you keep the routine up for longer.

Get Some Music On (and Dance)
Life is busy, there's no getting around it. But sticking on your favourite tunes and busting out the 90's dance moves brings fun back into your day. Try roping in your loved ones to reconnect with them after a long day - my littles love nothing more than a silly dance party with mummy!

Take 5 Minutes for Yourself
We spend most of our days running around like headless chickens, so taking 5 minutes just to do nothing will be a welcome break. And it helps you remember that self-care doesn't have to be lavish. Time away from your phone looking at the world can be as effective as a full day in the spa. 

Build a Morning Routine
Building yourself a morning routine that brings some joy and structure into your life can be really grounding. It could be having a cup of coffee outside (weather permitting) or doing some stretches before you race out the door. And it doesn't have to be hours long. Start with just 30 minutes of a few moments for yourself before you get started, and you'll be equipped to face the day feeling confident.

Write Lists / Journals
With so much to remember and think about on a daily basis, it's no wonder that our brains struggle to cope sometimes. A great way to help with this is to write (or type) it down, so then you can see it in front of you. Some people like to write journals to share their daily thoughts, or it could be as simple as jotting down a to-do list and ticking the jobs off as you go. 


Have a Technology Break
I know I am guilty of being on my phone for a lot of the day. We do basically everything with them; keep in touch with family, get stuff done for work, or just simply engaging on social media. But they can be really distracting when you're trying to wind down. Try giving yourself an allotted amount of screen time. If that's too intense, put the phone down an hour before bed and unwind with a book instead. This will definitely lead to a better night sleep!

Say 'No' More
We have high expectations for ourselves. And that includes going to every social event on the calendar. That couldn't be more true for us than right now as the world begins to open up again and the social invitations come flooding in. But you might not have the energy, and forcing yourself into something you can't handle will just leave you burnt out. So say 'no.' Prioritise your wellbeing above stretching yourself too thin. Your friends will be more understanding than you think because they probably feel the same way.

Write Down 3 Positive Things Every Day
Taking time to write down just 3 things that weren't totally awful in your day will flip your mood from positive to negative. And it doesn't have to be a huge defining moment like a job promotion. Maybe the coffee you made that morning tasted delicious, or you got to spend 5 minutes in the sunshine. No matter how challenging or stressful your day might have been, there is always something good that happened.

What would you add to my list?

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The 5 Golden Rules of Wearing Rings

30.4.21

If you asked anyone what their favourite item of jewellery was, you'll probably find that most answer with 'rings'. Of course highly popular for symbolic reasons (I have worn my engagement and wedding rings religiously since they were presented to me), they are also easy and stylish to wear for many other occasions. But have you ever thought about the golden rules of ring wearing?


Which Finger?
Of course you can wear rings on any finger. However you may want to consider the symbolism that certain fingers have. The ‘ring finger’ (the one between the middle finger and little finger) tends to be used for engagement rings and wedding rings. In other words, wearing a ring on this finger could suggest to people that you are engaged or married.

When it comes to wearing a ring for fashion purposes though, the little finger tends to be the most common choice. Professional rings and signet rings are also commonly worn on this finger. Wearing a ring on your index finger can symbolise power - many people in positions of authority have traditionally worn a ring on this finger.

Right or Left Hand?
When it comes to rings as a fashion accessory, it’s often worth putting them on your non-dominant hand so that they don’t get in the way - so if you’re right handed for example, you might want to put rings on your left hand. As with engagement and wedding rings, these are traditionally worn on the left hand, so again do bare this in mind if you want to avoid constant questions about marriage.

How Many?
Less is usually more when it comes to jewellery, however there can be an exception when it comes to rings. Stacking rings is actually a really popular way to wear them in current fashion. Make sure to choose rings that complement each other - picking similar metals or gems for example to avoid clashing. But this is definitely an area you can make a statement!

What’s the Occasion?
Certain styles of ring can suit certain occasions. For instance, diamond rings are most often a token of engagement, while gold or silver bands are more commonly used as wedding rings.

When it comes to rings for fashion purposes, it can be wise to consider the formality of the occasion. Big chunky statement rings are suitable for parties or casual wear, but often not suitable for the workplace. In professional settings, it might be best to stick to slimmer rings (the exception being professional signet rings), especially if you use your hands a lot for your job.

What Type of Metal?
It is mostly personal preference when it comes to the metal you choose for rings, especially as both gold and silver can be appropriate for most occasions. Gold tends to look better on those with a warmer tone to their skin, while silver looks better on those that have a cooler tone to their skin.

Just be wary that skin allergies to nickel, copper, gold and silver are common. In such cases you may want to stick to hypoallergenic materials like titanium, which rarely produce allergic symptoms. Cheaper rings can also tarnish quickly if exposed to water or products often, so watch out for green fingers!

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5 Ways to Make your Home Feel More Luxurious

25.4.21

It could be a while until true normality returns, but life feels a whole lot better now that we aren’t restricted to just staying at home. But if you're like us and spent the last year at home spotting everything you don't like and want to change, now really is the perfect time to do it - because what a better time to start than right now? And with the help of these 5 steps, you could have your home feeling more luxurious and how you want it than ever.


Make It Feel Bigger
The perception of space is an essential feature for setting the right tone throughout your home. Increasing natural lighting can make rooms look bigger, and of course decluttering will add to the overall feeling of more space too. It’s not just about the main living space either. Revamping your wardrobe and losing unwanted goods is hugely beneficial. If you focus on one room per weekend, you can make a significant transformation within weeks. Perfect!

Add Kerb Appeal
The outside of your property is far more than just a building - it sets the atmosphere for your home and can impact your emotions each time you return home. Experts such as those at backtofrontexteriordesign.com can complete a full transformation for you. Whether that's adding some trees, a new driveway, or just simply a few small touches such as a new house name can make a big impact. Where suitable, automated gates are a fantastic feature too.

Focus on your Bed
Nothing beats a great night’s sleep, but so many people are actually sleeping on a mattress that isn't right for them (or far too old and uncomfortable). Finding the right mattress firmness level for your requirements should be at the top of your list, closely followed by suitable pillows and duvet to match. You don't need to spend thousands, but this definitely isn't an area where you should just go for the budget option. Luxury starts at home right?

Build a Home Cinema
We are all streaming more content than ever before, so wouldn't it be amazing to create a space where you can watch films and TV shows in full luxury? If you have the space, then professional designers such as those at jnbtech.co.uk can design and build the perfect home cinema for you. If you don't have the room for a dedicated a home cinema, you could get creative and create your own. Projectors aren't too pricey these days, and these can link to a smart device and show directly onto a blank wall - simple but effective!

Garden Upgrades
External appeal shouldn't be limited to the front of your property now more than ever, the garden is the best place to embrace a little outside living. A little luxury goes a long way! Whether it’s adding a deck, building a summerhouse, or creating raised flower beds, just a few simple changes can make a big difference. Artificial grass is another popular choice as it provides a beautiful appearance at all times (and is much easier to upkeep).

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How to Enjoy Smart Entertainment on a Budget

22.4.21

Whether it's cosying up in front of it for movie nights, keeping little ones entertained so you can get chores done, or just simply sitting down with your favourite show with a cuppa - the TV is still the entertainment heart of the home for most. However, nowadays it seems like smart TVs are being used to do so much more than just traditional TV. If you don’t want to fork out the cash needed to upgrade, however, you should know that there are few more affordable alternatives you can stick to instead.


Use What you Have 

Even TVs from a few generations before smart TVs started coming had the ability to connect to all manner of digital devices. This might be your laptop, your PC, or a gaming console. The majority of them can be used as multimedia devices. A laptop or tablet is the most convenient, and you can even buy universal remotes that can act as a mouse allowing you to control it from the comfort of your own seat. You can use the device as a media server or simply hop online and access all of the subscription media services that allow you to access hundreds if not thousands of properties. We still use our playstation as a DVD player!

Plug-In Devices

If you don’t have any convenient digital media devices that could connect to the TV, you can also access all kinds of TV, video websites, and movies on Firestick devices from Amazon. There are guides that can help you download any number of apps so that you can turn one little stick into a whole multimedia center. Simply put, it can effectively upgrade your TV into a smart TV for a fraction of the price. Just remember you still need to pay for the extra subscription services in order to use them.

Save Money

But you might be wondering why you should spend on what might seem like a stopgap when you’re likely going to invest in a smart TV eventually. Smart TVs are likely to become cheaper and more convenient as time goes on aren't they? There are plenty of reasons not to buy them right now though. At the moment, the interfaces tend to be slower, the performance more unreliable, and the security more riddled with holes than the other digital media devices currently on the market. There are great smart TVs out there but the best of the best also tend to be the most expensive so the best bet might be to wait for things to get more affordable and reliable. Having the latest technology isn't always neccesary!

It’s possible to enjoy all the on-demand movies you want, all of the online series, and the subscription TV services without the use of a smart TV. All you need is the right addition to your existing TV and you can save a bundle. 

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5 Reasons to Visit Spain

18.4.21


With summer fast approaching, and travel restrictions looking to be eased over the next few months too, I'm sure we're not the only ones who are looking to the future of holidays and travel again (you can actually read our travel plans for 2021 which I shared recently here).

If you are considering travelling abroad this summer and are looking for the perfect destination, then Spain is a great option to choose. Spain is a country that is not only hot in climate but also has some stunning beaches and landscapes to enjoy. Plus if you are travelling with a family the flight times are really reasonable too. Below are 5 more reasons to consider Spain as your holiday destination this year.


The People

One of the first great reasons for you to visit Spain this year is the people who live there. When visiting many European countries such as Spain or Italy; you will immediately notice a sense of welcoming and family when you arrive. The people in Spain are very friendly and generous and will make you feel at home as soon as you arrive. Consider a trip to a small village in Spain to really experience the family value of this country.

The Beaches

Many of us immediately look toward the coast when we are looking for the perfect summer getaway. Being able to lie on the beach in the sunshine or swim in the sea is always the best feeling, and there are plenty of stunning beaches to enjoy in Spain as well as its islands. Make sure to check out this list of the favourite beaches in Spain and aim to visit a few of them during you stay - you won’t be disappointed.

The Food

Spain is one of those countries that is well known for its food. In Spain, tomato based dishes are very popular as are foods with fresh vegetables and spiced meats. If you have never had tapas before you are in for a treat and you can order a few small plates of food to try and enjoy (perfect to get little ones tasting and trying new foods). Spanish culture is very much about hosting and sharing and you’ll see this very clearly when you go to a Spanish restaurant. The Spanish care about the experience you have as well as the food and you will really feel that sense of home when you visit.

The Countryside

Spain has a lot of beautiful seaside resorts that are incredibly popular all year long for those looking for a getaway. But if you are in the mood for a different kind of holiday, Spain also contains some stunning hiking trails and natural landscapes. For those of you looking for some adventure and a more active holiday, Spain is a wonderful choice and you can explore stunning countryside as well as see some beautiful local wildlife. 


The Vibrant Cities

If it is a short weekend break you are looking for, then why not try one of the vibrant cities in Spain? From Barcelona to Madrid - Spain has some of the most beautiful and architecturally stunning cities in Europe. Either go it alone and explore the cities at your own leisurely pace, or why not looking into booking a site-seeing tour to make sure you don't miss anything. Jack and I are definitely considering Barcelona for a couples break in the future!

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Our Month - March 2021

15.4.21


I know it's only the third month of the year, but my goodness March was my favourite month so far! And thanks to Boris and his roadmap out of lockdown we managed to get a bit more normality back into our lives as each days passed. 

We started the month by finishing up homeschooling - for hopefully the final time this time. It was an incredibly tough few months trying to juggle teaching two children, entertaining a toddler and of course all of this was on top of 'normal' mum-life and all of the glamorous jobs that entails. But we made it through and I am actually SO proud of myself for doing so. I did that (mostly solo too). And we all survived!






Indie and Parker started back at school on the 8th and have settled back in so well. We had school consultations at the end of the month and both of their teachers sung their praises, and they both jumped up reading levels too (so I can't have been as terrible as a teacher as I thought). Within a few days Jack and I both noticed a huge difference in the littles behaviour, especially when it came to Parker. The big two were just so happy to see and play with their friends again and have structure to their day, and Lilah was just so happy to get quality time by herself again.

With the littles back at school, Jack at work and Lilah at preschool a few hours a week, March was also the first month in a loooong time that I was home alone. The first day I ran home as quickly as possible, made myself a hot drink and didn't move until I really had to. And. It. Was. Glorious. Having time to just pop to the shops alone, get work done or just simply enjoy the house staying tidy for longer than 5 minutes has definitely been good for the soul. It got even better at the end of the month when we were allowed to meet in groups of 6 (or two households) again. A catch up with some lovely mums was just what was needed!







Of course I can't write about March without mentioning Mother's Day. Unfortunately it was another lockdown occasion, but thankfully this year we were allowed to at least go out of the house (we were isolating last year). We went for a walk - of course - and then Jack and I got a takeaway in the evening. Simple but perfect.

We have so many plans for April already, and with even more things unlocking throughout the month there's so much to look forward to. It definitely feels like better days are coming now, and I'm finally starting to get excited about the months ahead!

Easy Home Makeover Tips on a Budget

14.4.21

I know I am not the only one who spends a lot of their times lusting over the beautiful, stylish homes on Pinterest and Instagram. It can be hard to keep up with these constantly changing trends though when you’re short on time and money. But if you’re looking for ways to embrace and experiment with new trends, you don’t have to overhaul your interiors or spend a fortune - and hopefully this post will show you how.


Adding Colour and Changing your Palette

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to transform your interiors is changing the colour palette. Even painting a single wall can make an incredible difference to the look and feel of a room. Before you start ordering paint and putting down dust sheets, think about the kind of ambience you want to create and compare tones and shades to find the perfect colour for each space. It’s best to opt for soothing, soft colours for bedrooms and areas where you like to chill out and relax. In living spaces where you entertain and socialise, you can afford to be a little bolder. If you have small rooms, stick to lighter shades and use accessories or soft furnishings to inject colour. Dark shades will make the room look more cramped.

Tiles and Flooring

Changing the tiles or the flooring in a room could help you achieve a brand new look without blowing the budget. You can use kitchen tiles on the walls or floors to add colour, carry a print or design or create a more modern, funky aesthetic. Opting for a light shade can also help to make the space look larger and brighter. In the bathroom, you can use floor or wall tiles to channel a boutique hotel vibe or design a more functional, practical room if you have children. There is a vast array of styles, designs and colours to choose from. Whether you love contemporary monochrome or rustic terracotta, there’s something to suit everyone.

Accessories

Of course the simplest way to change a room is to use accessories and soft furnishings to try out new trends and freshen up the look of your living spaces. You can use everything from lamps, candle holders and plant pots and vases to wall art, shelving units and decorative ornaments to channel themes and add interest. For a romantic boudoir, you could choose a vintage mirror and vases of fresh flowers. For a cool, modern loft-style living room, you could opt for large plants in concrete pots, industrial lamps and wall art featuring graphic lines. If cosy is more your vibe, you can use rugs, blankets, throws and lanterns filled with church candles to create a warm, inviting, relaxing snug.

So if you fancy freshening up your interiors for spring / summer why not go for it! You don’t have to break the bank or spend hours decorating, and if you take these simple tips on board you can achieve an affordable, stress-free mini makeover.

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4 Gift Ideas that Mums REALLY Want

Mother's Day doesn't have to be the only time of year where you show your mum / female mother figure how much you appreciate them. Of course it's an especially special time of year, but actually giving a gift on a random day throughout the year can be much more special.

But what gifts do us mums actually want? In this post I've put together a list of unique and innovative gifts that your mum / step-mum / nan / mum-friend would really love to receive. But remember, no matter what your financial plan is, they will appreciate and love whatever you give because it came from you.


Personalised Gifts

Personalised gifts are always a good idea. Whether it's pictures of you with you mum, grandchild, or even them with their own parents, it will become incredibly special. There are so many options to choose from as well - pillows, blankets, photograph albums, the list is endless! Sites such as Etsy and Not on the High Street are great for this type of gift.

Personalised jewellery is always a good idea. Not only is the gift super special but it can be passed down the generations if you chose good quality materials. A necklace with initials is a beautiful but simple choice, or you could get their favourite animal engraved instead. If your mum wears a watch why not have the back of their watch engraved with a special date or message - subtle but special.

Beautiful Flowers

Nothing beats a bunch of beautiful flowers when it comes to showing someone how much you care. Cheerful tulips are an ideal choice as they come in all sorts of shades, or how about some lush lilies with their striking, large blooms. 

Of course most people have their favourite type of flowers, so definitely take this into consideration before making your choice - there's nothing worse than gifting a large bunch of the wrong flower! You can easily order flowers online now and have them delivered straight to the recipients door - perfect for when we can't see loved ones.

Bath Products

Most mums I know don't have much me-time (this is especially true for any new mamas out there), so gifting some luxurious bath products will give them the perfect excuse to find some time to relax. You can find some fantastic gift sets that include everything you need: bath bombs, face masks, hand creams... just remember to avoid overly perfumed products as these aren't usually the best. There are lots of sellers who made home-made products now too, so why not try supporting a small business while gift hunting.

'Mother' Clothing

I'm the proud owner of a few items of 'mum' clothing now. Not only are they comfortable and practical items to wear again and again, they let you proudly share the mama message. Of course this type of gift isn't going to be to everyone's taste so it's worth keeping this in mind. If this is the case you could gift an accessory such as a tote bag or makeup bag instead.

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Our Travel Hopes and Plans for 2021

12.4.21

With the country moving into the next stage out of lockdown this week, I thought it would be a good time to start discussing our travel plans for the rest of the year. We were lucky enough to get away on a couple of mini UK breaks last year - we spent a few days in Weymouth over the summer, and then a long weekend in Norfolk during the October half term. But the desire to jump on a plane is still incredibly strong! Of course I am thinking logically though, as I know that travelling abroad may still be a little tricky for months to come. But that doesn't stop me from dreaming does it?

UK Break

The first holiday we're hoping goes ahead this year is our postponed trip to Hampshire with Jack's parents. We've booked a holiday park for the week after schools break up, so as long as the roadmap out of lockdown continues we should be ok! We'll probably keep the week as relaxed and unplanned as possible, just enjoying being by the sea and eating all the ice creams, and will most likely visit a few local National Trusts too. The littles have already requested a day at Paulton's Park while we're in the area which I must admit I'm rather excited about too.


Theme Park Mini Break

Last year we became Merlin Annual Passholders, and we've wanted to make use of the theme park resort hotel discounts ever since. We've already booked trips twice (and had them cancelled both times due to Covid), so fingers crossed we can actually make it to Alton Towers - the last time we visited was back in 2019 so the littles will be able to go on so much more this time! We've booked the weekend away as a final summer treat for us all, which should be made extra exciting by the fact we're now actually working with MAP too as one of their MAP collaborators. 


A Hopeful Trip Abroad

We've set aside some time in October where we could potentially go on a last minute holiday, and although we're putting off booking anything right now, the urge to just go for it is unreal! Jack and I have both looked into a few different destinations that are still going to be decent weather-wise that time of year. Cyprus is warm most of the year-round and wouldn't be too far to fly with the littles either, although Parker is constantly talking about heading back to Ibiza so that could be a top contender too. And you know me, I'm forever dreaming of a Disneyland Paris trip so that's probably top of my list of destinations!

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DeeDee and DanDan's Busy Day | Book Review

28.3.21

Written in collaboration.

Reading is something I have always been passionate about, and therefore something we've tried to instil with our children from early on too. Whether this is through reading books together throughout the day, or snuggling down with a bedtime story every night, there's not a day that goes by that books aren't a part of. I am definitely one to think that you can never have enough books either, so when the creators of DeeDee and DanDan got in touch to review their new book, how could I say no!

What is the Book About?

Written by couple Aneta and Mariusz Wojcik, DeeDee and DanDan's Busy Day came about when the couple were trying to help their bilingual children to develop their speech and understanding. They studied the scientific research of the effects reading stories has on children's vocabulary, and then used this to create and develop their book. 

The book follows the format of 'normal' childhood development; firstly introducing simple words and objects for them to recognise and understand. Then moving on to saying these simple words and answering basic questions, and then finally giving them the ability to explain cause and effect. So by reading DeeDee and DanDan's Busy Day regularly, you should hopefully watch your child's speech and vocabulary develop and grow.

The first page of the book takes you through how to use the book to get the most from it. Of course you can just go through the book like any other story (especially as every child goes at a different pace), but this is here to help. 




Who are DeeDee and DanDan?

Of course the book doesn't look and feel overly 'educational', but actually an inviting and colourful book with some lovely illustrations. You are quickly introduced to the family as they take you through your day. You have Mum, Dad and their children - Older brother Leo, DeeDee, DanDan and their baby sister DoDo, and their dog PomPom too. Each page of the book takes you through different parts of their day, all of which will be familiar to your child/ren; including breakfast time, nursery, a trip to the park and the shops, and of course bedtime.

As well as lovely illustrations on each page, there's the simple story to read, and then 3 sections of interaction for you to enjoy with your child (as explained above). Younger children can help find the items in the illustration, and then tell you what each person is doing at this part of the story. Once your child has more understanding you can develop the story by asking them questions at the bottom of each page. Just remember to keep it fun with your child, and don't push them for answers if they aren't interested or ready for it yet. Reading is meant to be enjoyable not a chore!




Where Can I Get the Book?

My youngest Lilah is 3 and has really enjoyed reading DeeDee and DanDan's Busy Day with me, and sitting and going through the book by herself too. She really enjoys finding the pictures in the illustrations and can happily answer a number of the questions now she's that little bit older. I think it's great that the sections of the book are so relatable, especially to show Lilah what lunch time will look like at preschool, as this is going to be something she will be doing herself soon. Of course her favourite page is 'Getting Dressed' as she loves pointing out DoDos nappy.. you'll have to get the book to find out why!

The book is available NOW in hardback on Amazon and currently retails at £14.99. You can also buy the book directly from their website where you can order multiple copies for a reduced price. Make sure to follow DeeDee and DanDan on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with everything too!

Our Month - February 2021

14.3.21


Oh February, you really were a month of ups, downs and crazy emotions weren't you? Not only was the weather all over the place, but it felt as if the second we got some positive news regarding Covid, that something else was thrown at us to bring us back down again. Thank goodness it was a short month!

We really did enjoy all the weathers in February. The month started off absolutely freezing with temperatures reaching as low as -6, and boy did you feel it! The chilly temps did mean we got to welcome lots of the fluffy white stuff though (although of course like most snow days after enjoying throwing snowballs and attempting to make a snowman for 5 minutes, everyone was over it and well in need of a hot chocolate to warm up with). But then just a few weeks later we were enjoying a weekend of woodland walks in just t-shirts and sunglasses, as Spring decided to arrive a little early. It didn't last long, but it really was wonderful while it lasted and got us all so excited for the warmer months ahead.






We celebrated two holidays in February, with Valentine's Day on the 14th and then Pancake Day just a few days later. Still being in lockdown meant we couldn't really celebrate Valentine's Day properly, but a takeaway and movie with Jack was enough for me. And who am I kidding anyway, Pancake Day is definitely the better holiday! We had pancakes for lunch, pancakes for dinner and all the sugar in-between - what's not to enjoy?

Valentine's Day was also extra special in our house as it was actually the day that Jack received his first Covid vaccine! Thanks to his job he was able to qualify for the jab early, so he signed up the second he was able to. He was lucky to only suffer a few mild side-effects such as headaches and exhaustion, but it was worth it to know he was extra protected (especially considering how at risk he is with his job). My parents also received their first jabs a week later, so it really does feel like things are getting there slowly!






Of course I can't share a monthly update without mentioning the madness of homeschool. As time went on both littles became less and less interested in doing the work, and I became more and more stressed about the whole situation. The week before half term was a complete write off and I eventually threw in the towel. Half term was such a welcome break and we all enjoyed the freedom of park trips, lazy days and me just being able to be mummy and not teacher too.

The month did end on a relative high though; on the 22nd Boris gave a press conference where he outlined the roadmap out of lockdown and *fingers crossed* the end of Covid restrictions. We got the amazing news that the big two would be returning to school on the 8th March, and although other freedoms are still a few weeks and months away, knowing life will be a bit more normal for our family was good enough for me. I'm really hoping the worst is behind us now, and things can only get better!




Barracudas Activity Day Camps are OPEN for Easter 2021

11.3.21

This week was an exciting one for most parents. It signified the end of home-learning (hopefully for the final time), and the start of our children getting back into school, and life starting to return to normal. It wasn't until a few days ago though that I realised just how close the Easter holidays already are... just 3 weeks to go! Thankfully as I work from home I haven't had to stress too much about finding holiday childcare, but if you are in need you'll be pleased to know that Barracudas Activity Day Camps are BACK OPEN for the Easter holidays 2021.



You might remember that I wrote about Barracudas Day Camps last year, but of course with lockdowns and everything else going on they unfortunately had to close. But this year they are back, although due to current restrictions there will be some changes to their camps this year. Barracudas offer quality childcare at their holiday camps over the Easter break, Summer holidays and half terms, for children in England aged 4.5 to 14 years. Starting off 27 years ago with just two camps (in London and Surrey), they have since expanded to include 48 summer camps, 35 Easter camps and 3 half term camps in a whole range of locations in England - you can see the list of camps opening here.

Covid-19 Safe

Barracudas have created camps that are fully Covid-19 secure and financially risk free this year. If they have to cancel your booking due to Covid-19, they will offer you credit or full refund. Or if your child has to self-isolate, you will receive credit to use another time (or if you have a Flex booking you will be offered a refund). To ensure Covid restrictions are followed, Barracudas have created their strategy plan called 'the 4 Ps'.

  • Numbers will be limited to 15 children per group (24 for early years)
  • Staggered entry and exit, one-way systems and distanced queuing all be in place
  • Extra hand washing and equipment cleaning
  • Parents, staff and children over 11 to wear face coverings when in communal areas
  • Certain activities will be off the schedule for the Easter camps (motor sports, inflatables, etc)


All Barracudas multi-activity camps are Ofsted registered, with more Outstanding ratings than any comparable provider. Spaces are of course limited for Easter camps so make sure you book as soon as possible, there's only 3 weeks to go!

This post is written in collaboration with Barracudas Activity Day Camps