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I cant believe that we are on week 11 with #capturingtheday!  The weeks seem to fly by these days!

I am really looking forward to seeing more festive pictures on the hashtag as December is fast approaching!

We are hiding indoors today, as we seem to have torrential rain here.  As D would say, it is miserable out there today!  I may even have to dig out the onesie!

Thanks to everyone who took part this week.

Keep tagging us please! Everyone is welcome. We want to see anything that you feel captures your day.


Look at these cute little faces peeking back at us!  The top two photographs really caught my eye, I love the expressions on the faces, with one having a very knowing look and the other having a look of wonder!

Such a lovely pic of the little one exploring a pink flower, trying to work out how everything works.  Oh and is never to early to start a love of cars, as this little one looks like he is about to take to the open road!

Week 11 on #capturingtheday. Four photos: a little girl with a grey hat looks at the camera knowingly. A little boy all wrapped up in a blue coat is open mouthed with wonder. A little boy sits at the wheel of a full sized car and looks like he is about to start driving. A little one in a white vest sits on grass pulling apart a pink flower.

From top left (clockwise):

  1. Me, Him, the Dog and a Baby: Blog & Instagram
  2. Hot Pink Wellingtons: BlogInstagram
  3. Dads Patch: BlogInstagram
  4. Lavender Vibes: Blog & Instagram


Pop over to Gemma’s blog to find out more about her week.

 Four Photos - A gorgeous little chap with a muddy hand (the sign of a fun day that is!), some AMAZING Children in Need Cakes (seriously, how good are they?!?!), a delicious baked caramel apple with ice cream (drool!) and a little one having some word/handwriting practice on the kitchen floor with some chalk.

From top left (clockwise):

  1. Our Real Life Together: BlogInstagram
  2. The Simple Things Blog: Blog & Instagram
  3. Wonderful Chaos: Blog & Instagram
  4. The Culinary Jumble: BlogInstagram

Thanks so much to everyone that tagged us.  It was very hard to pick the favourites of the week.


Pop over to Gemma’s account to see what she has picked this week.  I love this picture from her feed. The look of joy on Gemma’s little boys face is priceless.  I truly cannot wait for L & D to meet up with this little one when we move back to the UK, I can just imagine they will get up to all sorts of mischief !

The joy of finding a dandelion clock… 😂😊 #capturingtheday

A photo posted by Gemma Nuttall (@lifeisknutts) on


If you are discovering this hashtag for the first time, it is easy to take part.

We want to see a selection of photos, regardless of the topic! So tag #capturingtheday – we want to see variety!

We didn’t want a hashtag that just represented one niche because we want to see them all!  You don’t have to be a blogger to take part, everyone is welcome!

It is so easy to join, next time you post a photo tag us using: #capturingtheday.


Every Sunday we will do a blog post and every week we will feature our eight favourite photos – four each.

These featured images will also appear on our Instagram account with a tag back to your account.

So what are you waiting for?  Join us as we are #capturingtheday.  

Help us spread the word! We want everyone to join in!

I hope you all have a great week, we can’t wait to see what you have for us this week.





#capturingtheday is an Instagram community run by Double the Monkey Business and Life is Knutts. To find out how to join in, visit here:

An Autumn Tree

An Autumn Tree

We have reached that time of year when we need to get a little creative with keeping the boys occupied.  Some days it rains non-stop, it really can be relentless.  Today was one of those days.

We did a couple of crafts to keep us occupied this afternoon.  This particular one is my favourite.

The Autumn Tree

What you need:

  • coloured card – brown and a colour of your choice
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • paint

How to make the tree:

To make the tree trunk, you will need an arm and hand to draw around. The hardest part of this is keeping the kiddies hands still while you trace around it.  Then cut it out with scissors and stick it to the coloured card.

A glue stick is used to stick the hand and arm cut out onto the orange card


Once this is done, let your little one use their finger to makes the leaves around the tree.  L wanted to use different colours which I love, although we stuck to autumn colours for this pic.

L using his fingers to decorate the orange card, to make an autumn tree

And that, my friends, is that.  Let the painting dry and you have a work of art.

Monkey Thoughts

L loved this task and so did I.  It is easy to do and looks great. D, unfortunately was not so keen.  He doesn’t really like getting his hands dirty so this was not a craft for him.

To see other crafts that we have been up to visit here.

An Autumn Tree, the finished article. Yellow, green, brown and white fingerprints surround a hand and arm to look like a tree.

The finished article!

To find out how to make an Autumn tree, pop over to the blog!


Slipping Through My Fingers: Week 1

Slipping Through My Fingers: Week 1

Welcome to the first ever Slipping Through My Fingers!

This is a Parenting Blog linky run by Happy Mummy, Double The Monkey Business & Candyfloss & Dreams.

The linky was inspired by the Abba Song ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’. I defy any parent to listen to the words of that song without welling up a little.

It is so true.  Just when we think we have nailed it and know everything we possibly can about our children for that split second in time, they grow and we have to catch them up all over again!

Stop and Reflect with Slipping Through My Fingers

Slipping Through My Fingers – A Parenting Blog Linky – is a place for you to sit back & really stop to think about ways your child has grown and developed over the previous month.

These don’t have to be HUGE milestones such as learning to walk or talk.  I am talking about the little things – the ones that get you right in the heart.  The first time they say ‘I love you Mummy/daddy’, their growing confidence and independence – whatever it is for you that particular month – there really is no right or wrong.

Unless you decide to use this space to link up a post about your hamsters latest meal – you get the gist!

Join Us

To join in the fun, join up with your development posts here.  We would love to see photos of you & your child and write about the ways in which they have grown. We really are excited about Slipping Through My Fingers – A Parenting Blog Linky – and we really cannot wait to read your posts!

Slipping Through My Fingers will run from the 14th of each month, to the end of each month.

Slipping Through My Fingers – Our Rules

Rules always make for a nicer place!  We have tried to keep things simple, so please follow these to keep this a nice and happy place 🙂

    • You can add one post per month.
    • The linky will run from the 14th until the end of the month so plenty of time to link up those milestone posts
    • Please comment on each of the hosts posts and the two posts before yours. This ensures lots of comment love is spread which is what linkys are all about!
    • Please add the badge to your post or sidebar to help spread the word:
Double the Monkey Business
  • Feel free to Tweet us @HappyMummyBlogs @KatCandyfloss @von_nee with #slippingthroughfingers and we will be sure to retweet you
  • We will add each post to our #Slippingthroughmyfingers Pinterest Board
  • We will all pick a favourite post to feature each month which will give those that are featured three backlinks
  • As hosts we will comment on every post linked up

If you have been featured, then grab this badge for your blog:

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#slippingthroughfingers is a new linky for parenting bloggers.  So if you are a mum or dad, link up your family / parenting milestones and development!

Winning at Twinning – November

Winning at Twinning – November

I am so happy to be running a new monthly linkup with Happy Mummy and Candyfloss and Dreams.  I have not really done development posts with the kids before, and I thought this was a really nice idea.  There is something lovely about reflecting back on what they have been doing and what they have achieved.

To find out how to join in with our linkup, click here.

I also have to add that I did not think of the blog title!  My lovely pal Gemma at Life at Knutts thought of it.  I truly wish I had called my blog this now.  Anyway, we can have it as the title for this development series instead!

Winning at Twinning – November

Three photos for November. Two boys each on a swing being pushed by mummy. pic two: two boys lead their mummy to play.

I have noticed more so than ever this month that the boys have definitely lost their toddler look.  They are taller and speaking in a way that you can have real conversations with them – even if those conversations are littered with ‘why’.

This month they have amazed me as they have noticed what is going on in the world.  Asking questions about certain world leaders – or soon to be world leaders.  Wanting to know who they are.  Such a conversation I didn’t expect until they were a LOT older.

This month they have also been fascinated with babies. They are aware, due to some people close to them who are pregnant or have just had a baby, that babies come from tummies.  This fascinates them.  They are also amazed that both of them were in my tummy at the same time – although when I think back on it so am I.

Back to where it all began

Recently I went back to the place where it all began.  As I walked into that ward to meet one of my closest friends newborn baby, it was a strange feeling.

It brought it all back.

Those that have followed my blog from the beginning, will know that I spent a great deal of time at the hospital after the boys birth.  It was strange to be back there feeling well and knowing the boys are now 4.

It made me realise how much has changed.  By that, I don’t just mean the life we have.  I mean the changes the boys have went through, from those tiny little bundles that shared a small cot in the hospital… to these tall, clever and funny boys.

It made me hugely appreciate everything that I have.

What has made my heart melt

I sometimes sing – badly I may add – you are my sunshine to the boys.  Cheesy I know, and I am sure that it wont be long until I am told to stop due to fear of embarrassment. Today though L turned round to me afterwards and said – in all seriousness – “mummy, you are my sunshine.”

D is such a kind hearted boy.  He is often giving cuddles, but this week he whispered in my ear: “mummy you are the best”.  I am under no illusions that Daddy is his favourite by a mile, but I will take it!

These moments, makes every tantrum and sleepless night worth it.

What has made your heart melt this month?

This post is part of the #slippingthroughfingers series.  This is a bloggers linkup for all things child development related.  To join in click here.


Winning at Twinning looks at the milestones for the twins this November.  It is part of the #slippingthroughfingers linky, for parenting and family milestones