The boys are I are 5 weeks into our lockdown. I may have realised I am not the best homeschool teacher but I can’t deny we have all learnt a lot from the experience. The main things being:
- Wine O’clock is way too late in the day
- Screen time is now something I encourage rather than avoid
- Turns out there actually is enough hours in the day to do housework, I just don’t want to do it!
These weeks have been tough but I have also been trying to embrace the chance to just slow down and chill with the boys. I have also tried to focus on what my new luxuries are, how I can unwind and make sure I still have time for myself.
Here is a list of my Surviving Lockdown Essentials (as a Mum of 3)
Ikea Table for Hudson
Right at the beginning of lockdown, I ordered the LÄTT table and chairs from IKEA. The reason I bought it was that Hudson would have somewhere to sit and play while I blogged. It has ended up being even more helpful as it has been a great place for the younger two to sit and have lunch together, for Flinn to do his homework at and as it is so small and light, I can move it from room to room as needed.
Once I got it, I also painted the top of it with blackboard paint to make it even more appealing for them to sit at.
Since owning mine, I have also seen that you can buy these table and chairs off a seller on Etsy who will also engrave them for you. It makes a simple table and chairs really beautiful. (Check it out here.)
Book – Seven Sisters
I used to read loads before I had the boys. Now I go through phases of it. Once I get stuck into a good book though I really can’t put it down. The books I have been loving lately are the Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. The books are based around 7 Sisters that are bought up by a Man who adopted them all from different places around the world. He has now suddenly died and left them all a clue to their places of birth. Each book follows a Sister and her journey.
Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing
I have always been a casual gamer but have really got into it lately. A couple of weeks into lockdown Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released. This was a new game for me, having never played the previous versions but everyone was raving about it so I gave it a try. It’s essentially a game where your character moves to a deserted island and has to set up a life for themselves and the other residents. It’s pretty addictive and can get quite serious for hardcore gamers.
One of my really guilty pleasures is the Lego video games. I usually play these on the Playstation however, Nintendo happened to have recently had their Spring Sale and the Lego Super Villans was part of this – I just couldn’t resist. I haven’t actually started this game as I know once I do it’s going to totally consume my life for the next few weeks so I’m building up to it. (Keep an eye on my Instagram Stories to see when I take the plunge into this game!)
Netflix & Disney+
In our family it’s only my Husband that watches actual TV, the rest of us have always just headed straight to Netflix. Lucky for Disney the release of Disney+ has happened at a time when people are stuck at home in front of the TV. As a child that grew up watching Disney (spending hours at the local pool pretending to be Ariel), it was already a definite for me to sign up for the new Disney+.
Before it launched I envisaged me spending hours in front of the channel singing my heart out to the classics but there is so much more on it than I realised. My 5-year-old is obsessed with The Lion King (old and new versions) and my 7-year-old is loving the Star Wars Mandalorian.
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Betty Crocker Cake Mixes
I feel a little embarrassed about this one. Back when living in Australia, especially when Flinn was a baby, I used to bake a lot. I used to do it all from scratch and a lot of it was “healthy” (think chocolate brownies made from red kidney beans type of baking). Now I just can’t be arsed, especially when the Betty Crocker cake mixes and ready-made tubs of icing are sooooooo good!
5 Minute Mum Book
This post seems to already include a number of confessions so here is another one… I am really lazy when it comes to playing with the kids. I remember loving painting as a child and I know my boys really enjoy it but I avoid it like the plague as I just can’t be bothered to get it out, supervise them so they don’t paint the walls and then clean it all up after only 7.35 minutes when they are bored already.
That’s where the 5 Minute Mum book comes in. It is jam-packed full of activities for kids aged approx 2-6 years that only take 5 minutes to get out and 5 minutes to put away. Daisy, the book creator is an ex teaching assistant so all the activities have great educational value too which is detailed within each activity description.
I love it when you walk into a room and a beautiful scent hits you. Another luxury for me that arrived at just the right time was my latest candle from Handmade Perfect 4 U.I got gifted the Damson Plum Rose & Patchouli and it’s such a pretty smell. I didn’t even light it for days as it was working just fine at filling the room with aroma just sitting there.
Explanation not needed.
This may seem an obvious one but you don’t appreciate how good Amazon is until you have lived without it. It was only just launching in Australia when we left there in 2019 so for the full 14 years there I didn’t have it.
It has been especially handy these last few weeks when we have not been able to go out to the shop. I have bought printer cartridges for all the endless sheets of schoolwork I printed in the first week, some new educational toys for Hudson that I love and random stuff like a box of pencils and tennis balls (things that most homes have in abundance until you do an overseas move!). I am also an Amazon Prime member so often get next day delivery (once I got same day and that blew my mind), plus other benefits such as Prime Video.
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I enjoy completing Puzzles and there has never been a better time to kick the kids out of the room to let Mummy “concentrate”. I usually enjoy the ones from Ravensburger but I’ve got a WASGIJ? ready to start this weekend that doesn’t give you the final image. Instead, it gives you clues as to what the final picture will be. Not sure how I am going to get on with this one!
There you have it, my list of Surviving Lockdown Essentials. Are any of these on your list? What else do you have on yours? Let me know in the comments below!