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Working from home

Home office set up

So we decided to do a little move around. Spurred on by the need for a change, I have been working from the dining table for so long and my husband is permanently working from home so we needed an office update and we decided to claim the spare room as our new office.

I can imagine so many people have been looking into doing a similar shift around recently as many of us will be looking at this new way of working long term even as restrictions lift. It seems working from home, at least some of the time, is now the new normal for many.

I have been looking into tips and suggestions on how to keep productive day to day and also pulled from my own experience of working from home with Pentlebay.

Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

Simnel cake with spring daffodils

I love Easter, I always think it marks that spring has arrived and the garden has begun to come back to life. There’s the promise of warmer, longer and lighter days on the horizon and then there’s the food and drink and the chocolate! Perfect for me 😊

Easter means we are often able to spend some time together as a family and we usually make a trip to Cornwall to visit my mum and have a few days by the beach. This year has been a bit different but we can at least have a few day trips out. We might not be able to get together inside as a wider family for an Easter lunch but we can still enjoy the food. Although I love a chocolate egg and a creme egg in particular, my favourite memory of eating at Easter time has to be Simnel cake. My mum and dad always made one and I decided to give it a go myself this year! I’m not a frequent baker and I managed this quite easily as it is simply: measuring, mixing together and putting in a tin! I reckon anyone can have a go at this and especially if you love marzipan! 😊

Lockdown one-pot dinners

One pot recipes

Well at least the worst of January and February is out of the way now and hopefully the lighter evenings and spring days are on the way!

Home schooling and working from home are stressful for everyone and if you are anything like us by the time the kids are ready for bed, all we want to do is sit down for dinner and a well earned glass of wine! The last thing we want to do is spend ages cooking and using every pan in the kitchen, which are usually (let’s face it) still sitting in the dishwasher. 😊

Top tips on how to declutter your wardrobe

Overwhelmed with clothes

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of clothes you have in your wardrobe? Do you find it difficult to find certain items when you need them and know that they’re in there somewhere?! If so, now’s THE perfect time to give your wardrobe a healthy declutter! And, most importantly, by freeing up some space means that there’s more room for NEW purchases 😊… surely there’s no better motivation than that?!

So here’s a few tips on how to create a more organised, fashion-forward wardrobe.

Enjoy…

The Bang Average Mum’s guide to looking after yourself during lockdown

Relaxing with phone

This month we invited the lovely Mum, blogger and influencer 'The Bang Average Mum' to share some of her lockdown experiences with us, as well as tips on how to look after your own mental health during isolation.

We find ourselves in an unprecedented season. A season that none of us were prepared for and none of us have lived through before. Despite what our social media feeds tells us, none of us have the magic formula for living la vida lockdown.

Due to my daughter being poorly in hospital for a few weeks, I joined the lockdown life on 1st April. Happy April Fools day. The feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and overwhelm hit me almost straight away and it felt just like when we had brought the tiny new born version of her home from the hospital.

Just like when I had postnatal depression, I felt like a lot of other people, particularly other Mums, were doing really well and it made me feel really low.

One month on and my mental health has improved. I have accepted that this is what will keep my family safe. This will protect our NHS and ensure that their resources go where they are most needed.

Things to do at home with kids

Child colouring rainbow

So, the government has just announced a three-week extension on the UK’s social distancing measures, and we’ll be spending most of our time at home for the foreseeable future.

For families with little ones, this time is particularly challenging. As parents ourselves, we know. Keeping kids entertained is hard at the best of times, let alone when you’re spending all of your waking hours caring for them – perhaps whilst also working from home.

That’s why we’ve put together a few ideas of things you can do at home to keep your kids stimulated, happy and fit – and to give you a break, too.

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