Hello Sunshine

The first hot week of the much anticipated Summer season; It’s one of the best times of year isn’t it? Moods are flying high and the novelty is far from worn off. It’s right up there with putting up the Christmas decorations in December, and going for woodsy welly walks in autumn. You cannot beat the smell of barbecues wafting over from next door, and washing off the mud sticking to every crevice of your sun cream covered kids at the end of a bloody brilliant sunny day . Mr Blue Sky, WHY DID you have to hide away for so long?

I can bet you, along with me, can tick off a fair few of these classic ‘hello sunshine’ moments over the last week…British Summertime cliches, as predictable as rain on your garden party. We’re Brits, buy a Gazebo.

  1. Dusted off your flip flops, and got a blister between your toes.
  2. Visited a garden centre / DIY store along with the rest of the entire human population and left with way more stuff than you meant to.
  3. Bought some summer clothes, or even better, dug out last years end of season sale bargains.
  4. Walked somewhere you normally drive to. In flip flops, causing the aforementioned blister.
  5. Broken out the BBQ. Realised the gas is out. Googled where you can buy gas on a Sunday. Wondered if a good old coal version might be better after all.
  6. Had salad with dinner instead of veg. Dinner that mainly consists of a sausage in a bun. Wondered if the kids have actually eaten anything other than ketchup.
  7. Accidentally purchased some solar fairy lights / a bubble machine during your supermarket shop.
  8. Returned the crap fairy lights / bubble machine that have already broken 24 hours later.
  9. Shaved your legs for the first time in ages and pondered how you seriously need to do something with those knees. Moisturised like mad and concluded it’s too little too late. Wished you had started a daily ritual in January.
  10. Wondered if last years sun cream is still going to work, and used it anyway (better than nothing, right?).
  11. Added ice creams to your shopping list.
  12. Praised the lighter evenings, and then cursed them when the kids WILL NOT go to sleep.
  13. Enjoyed a fruit cider with ice during the day, or even better, a Pimms and Lemonade with all the trimmings.
  14. Eaten al fresco, and seriously appreciated the benefits to your kitchen floor cleanliness.
  15. Felt a teeny bit jealous of friends chilling in the sunshine who do not have to get up every ten seconds to tend to a toddler injury, fight, precarious position etc etc.
  16. Attempted a play date in the garden, with an offering of every garden toy you can find – only to find the kids want to be indoors.
  17. Add tidying up the garden toys to your end of day chores list.
  18. Uttered the words ‘Ooooh isn’t it hot’.
  19. Promised yourself this is the year you will be all about safety in the sun…and then get a little bit sun burnt.
  20. Rocked the shades. Lost the shades. Found the shades again, phew.


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40 thoughts on “Hello Sunshine

  1. Life With Waldo Reply

    Fun post! Can’t say I can relate I’m afraid, I live in the Caribbean so it’s barbecue and sunscreen season all year long. I do however go through a bit of this if we ever travel somewhere north during the colder months, we are completely unprepared for cold weather and I always have a big checklist to see if we have enough warm clothing to survive the trip.

    1. MMT Reply

      Wow! So jealous!!! X

  2. crummymummy1 Reply

    I’m currently sporting a bright red patch on my back where I self-applied sun lotion at the allotment because I was on my own and missed a bit…it happens every year! #fartglitter

    1. MMT Reply

      Well high five to you for giving it your best! 😉 x

  3. beautybabyandme Reply

    Love this! And yes I did indeed use last years suntan cream, had a BBQ and cursed the light evening as I couldn’t get the munchkin to sleep 🙂 We love it really xx #bigpinklink

  4. Squirmy Popple Reply

    I always get sunburned regardless of how careful I say I’m going to be. ALWAYS. I’m also guilty of complaining that it’s hot as soon as the sun comes out, when that’s all I’ve wanted it to do for months. In truth, I’m not that great at this summer thing. #fartglitter

  5. pinkpearbear Reply

    I can tick loads of those off the list!! Unfortunately, we’re now back to rain today, and my weather app is telling me that it’s going to be more of the same from the foreseeable future. It’s almost worse when you are taunted like that!! I’m hoping for a lovely summer this year, I feel we’re owed one! Thanks for linking up. #bigpinklink

  6. Mama Reply

    We’ve had 38 degrees here for the last month. I miss the British ‘OMG- it that the SUN?! Qucik, grab the flipping BBQ before it goes again’. I also miss even entertaining the idea of making more heat. No way I’m having a BBQ here.


  7. The Mum Project Reply

    YUP. I did all of these things, literally. Except I ate a shit ton of meat (no salad) and sadly, didn’t have time to shave my legs (wore a long skirt), oh and I didn’t have a toddler but I was keeping an eye on the baby to make sure he didn’t eat any ants. Lol #coolmumclub

  8. beautybabyandme Reply

    Popping over again from #coolmumclub xx

  9. Emma Jones Reply

    I got accidentally sunburnt Thursday & spent the rest of the weekend hiding my shoulders from the sun! Had the must have bbq & got the paddling pool out. Glad we did as then had 3 days of solid rain. #coolmumclub lifeinthemumslane

  10. justsayingmum Reply

    ha ha same here – loving rocking the shades all the way – though I’m a bit of a sunshades all year round kind of girl – any hint of sun and those beauties are out out! #coolmumclub

  11. sisterk1n Reply

    Ha ha. Number 12 is so true! Sat here in gloomy Devon wishing the sun would make a reappearance! #coolmumsclub

  12. Tall Mum in Manchester Reply

    I’m so glad it’s got a little warmer. Have reached the point where my winter coats will only just fasten round my bump and I had no idea I’d still be needing them in May. But the summer has posed the dilemma of where to find a decent maternity dress that is neither too short nor too see through – as if mums to be want people to be able to see their underwear! Have 2 dresses on order from Mothercare after failed attempts with Next and Red Herring. Fingers crossed!
    Love being able to eat / cook in the garden and avoid cleaning the kitchen – heaven! #coolmumclub

  13. sarahandlouisemumstheword Reply

    Ha ha! This is SPOT ON. I did many of these things when the sun made it’s brief appearance! Made me chuckle, thank you .. #coolmumclub

  14. anywaytostayathome Reply

    Oh yes I did a lot of these over the weekend, including a special trip to the supermarket to buy fruit cider and ice, in which I I also grabbed some ice creams and just so the checkout girl didn’t judge me too harshly, some strawberries. 🙂 #coolmumclub

  15. Mum in Brum Reply

    Haha, I can relate to every single one of these. We totally planned on having a bbq – bought the food and everything and then realised we had no gas – trips to Homebase and B&Q and the local petrol station were to no avail – thay’d run out too! So no bbq, but we did eat al fresco and wow, how nice and clean my kitchen floor was! I lose my shades all the time!!! xx #coolmumclub

  16. Mummy Muckups (Anna) Reply

    Absolutely live in flip flops (or thongs as we call them) down here in Oz. Bit sad I have to start thinking about pulling on socks. Enjoy those rays! #coolmumclub

  17. This Mum's Life Reply

    Hehe!! Yes, we are so predictable when it comes to summer, aren’t we?! My husband tries to bbq everything in sight as soon as the sun is out! He also shoddily applied sun cream to my back at the weekend, and missed loads of bits… However, we made a pilgrimage to the beach, and as well as the obligatory ciders and ice creams, had fun watching the boys having probably the most fun they’ve ever had, racing in and out of the sea and building sand castles! It was as though they’d been given absolutely everything they’d ever wanted in the world, they were so happy! It was amazing!!

  18. reimerandruby Reply

    So so funny and yet so true! Things we love to do on summer day… when sun is out, everyone becomes lively and cheerful. If only sun and blue sky will remain for long! Lovely post! #coolmumclub

  19. Emma - meandbmaketea Reply

    hehe yep can relate to most! we had a bbq fri, sat AND sunday! more than the whole of last summer I think haha #coolmumclub

  20. Morgan Prince Reply

    Awesome. It is great seeing a bit more sunshine lately, I do love the Spring. 🙂

  21. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Shades, shades and more shades…you can never have too many pairs of shades but we know that already over at #coolmumclub lol! xxx

  22. Lisa Robb (@workingmumy) Reply

    The sun is out in Scotland and I am LOVING IT!!!
    Great posts and im feeling the pain with bubble machines 🙁

  23. agentspitback Reply

    ICE CREAM!!!! Yes, that is definitely on my list! #coolmumclub

  24. laughing mum Reply

    haha! I even walked with the kids to the fete in the school up the road.. was pleasantly surprised to see fetes have changed and got 1/2 pint of prosecco (in stupid plastic cup) for £2.50!! WILL be going there again! funny post #coolmumclub

  25. Rhyming with Wine Reply

    Hurray! Love this post and I’m pretty much with you on every point. (Not just me that suggests a picnic lunch outside then? Entirely for the reason that one lunch time of NOT having to clean the kitchen floor is just way too exciting!) The sun and I are not particularly great friends as within 30 seconds I go from fluorescent white to lobster with too many freckles. Never stops me rushing out into it though with the illusion that THIS will be the year that I get a lovely golden tan… Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub x

  26. Helen Reply

    Bang on! Love getting out last year’s summer clothes. And yes a cheeky top up from Topshop and Ebay. We are nutters for a splash of sun. Let’s hope it stays! x #coolmumclub

  27. Louise Reply

    Love it! Can definitely tick off a few things on this list. Hooray for breaking out last year’s end of sale bargains – hubby keeps asking me “is that new?” for things that I bought months ago but have only just had the chance to start wearing. So nice to have some sunshine – makes everything seem better 🙂 #coolmumclub

  28. Something Crunchy Mummy Reply

    Yep yep yep yep yep!! I love summer, just wish it would stay! #coolmumclub xx

  29. To Arizona and beyond Reply

    The accidental sunburn always used to signal the start of summer! i wear sunscreen year round here in Arizona and yet still get burnt, I missed out on the tan gene! #coolmumsclub

  30. Siena Says Reply

    Ha ha love it. I think I have done most of those things apart from the flip flops. My feet are so not summer ready and I’m not sure they will even be summer ready by 2017!!!

    I love the sun and can’t get enough of it. It just makes you feel so happy and motivated. Part of the reason I lived in Spain for two years 🙂


  31. My Petit Canard Reply

    Yes, yes and yes! Not even embarrased that I probably managed to tick off at least 15 of these last weekend 😉 The sun was shining and it was glorious. Us brits cant take the sunshine for granted, every sunny day counts! Loved this post, thanks for linking it up to #MarvMondays. Emily

  32. Double the Monkey Business Reply

    I found myself nodding along to all of these but ‘Wondered if the kids have actually eaten anything other than ketchup’ made me laugh. I am relieved that I am not the only one that has wondered this. Problem here is the sun seems to have disappeared again 🙁 #coolmumclub

  33. crummymummy1 Reply

    Back again from #coolmumclub – thanks for hosting! xx

  34. Jo - Mother of Teenagers Reply

    We didn’t so much break out the BBQ as have to dash out to buy one on Saturday night and then spend ages building it whilst the kids looked on hungry. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute. Loved this post. #coolmumclub

  35. jaxbest Reply

    I have lost the shades and had to buy new ones and definitely need a new pair of Flip Flops.. Bring on Summer – Long overdue! xxx

  36. lizzie ( firstooth ) Reply

    Other than the BBQ it’s like you’ve been watching my life. I’ve dusted off my sandals, made big plans for the garden and keep buying kids crap for the garden. You just can’t beat the sunshine #coolmumclub x

  37. Silly Mummy Reply

    Haha – I’ve actually only done 10 & 18! But I really don’t like summer, & it is the one season that I don’t have the excited feeling when the first few days of it appear! I like autumn & winter best, but I do like early spring days. Summer, however, just makes me think ‘here we go’! It’s because I don’t like heat, insects or outdoors! #coolmumclub

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