‘Making room for her nearly 8 year old things’ ~ poem

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‘Making Room for her nearly 8 year old Things’

 

We often tell our daughter that she needs to de-clutter,

“To make room for more tat!”, I say with a mutter;

Her room needs a sort out with a fine tooth-comb,

For the old toys that now need a new home…

 

Instead of tidying, she’s often found playing,

Unearthing old toys that it seems are now staying,

“It’s a pre-school book, you no longer need,

It’s been in a box, chapter books you now read!”

 

Okay, she tells me, she’ll sort that box out,

So I leave her to playing, not sorting, no doubt;

But a little while later she presents a small pile,

Of nick-nacks that I’ve not seen for a while…

 

“I don’t need these now, they’re too young for me!

I’ve had them since I was around about three.”

‘Tis true and my heart, well it does a small flip,

Cos I know she’s growing up in a hop and skip!

 

Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses are all relegated

To the ‘not wanted’ stack, I feel somewhat deflated…

But you know what?  It’s all good and exciting,

The next step of our journey that it seems we’re alighting…

 

With makeup, with fashions, with disco lights,

With pop music, with dancing and slightly later nights,

All signs our little girl is little no more,

As she practices dance moves on the living floor.

 

We see her character growing and growing,

Moulding to where the wind takes her, it’s blowing!

Leaving her old toys, all stacked up in the wings

Making room for her nearly 8 year old things…

 

By Carol Cameleon 2017

How do you cope when your child decides they’re suddenly too old for the toys that, actually remind you of their earlier days? Does your heart skip a beat of excitement or is it bittersweet?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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#HighlightsofHappy linky #31 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it (you know how I love to turn a negative into a positive!)

Let’s find 3 things to be happy and grateful for!

(or even more… I mean, why not?!)

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In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal and bring to you my #HighlightsofHappy , which is great because it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?  If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so?  If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic here?  If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy?  If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.  I’ve currently got an exciting giveaway too ! )


…so what’s been making ME happy?

Well, as I’ve already shared my latest highlights in a previous post, I thought that, because I’ve sort of converted the feature into this linky, I’d copy and paste to save you clicking over to it!  (but feel free to click over to it here if you’d like to)

The previous word was ‘better’ and I may have jumping the gun a little.  Because although I feel okay in myself, I’ve been very tired and my throat has been red raw but no spots, thank goodness!  (That was me turning the bad into the positive!)

It’s been half term where we are, and I’ve had some quality time with our daughter, as I shared on instagram…

A surprise package arrived.  Off I went to the post office to pick it up, expecting it to be something completely different… and it was something very exciting for my blog, which I will share very soon.  Surprises are so exciting.  When they’re the right kind!

Lots of chocolate featured this week, which is always good isn’t it?  I just need to add a candle or 2 into the mix now!

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So that’s my happy and my happy word is ‘quality’ because our daughter is growing up oh-so-quickly.  She has literally grown in front of my eyes, or so it seems!  And while I truly hope we can still have quality time, hot chocolate and muffins in a cafe when she’s older, I’m soaking up these moments for now…  they really make me smile 🙂

How about you?  I’d love to hear about your ‘happy’ in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere using #HighlightsofHappy

Go on, share your happy with me!

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #30

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

Bad things come in 3’s

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it (you know how I love to turn a negative into a positive!)

Let’s find 3 things to be happy and grateful for!

(or even more… I mean, why not?!)

Sharing my #highlightsofhappy 30 highlights of happy gratitude journal grateful happiness positivity positive thinking quality time bonding

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal and bring to you my #HighlightsofHappy , which is great because it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…

(and don’t forget that you can join in with my #HighlightsofHappy on instagram linky and community.  I post up my favourite snaps every Monday and a new instagram linky goes live every Monday too!  Link up to the latest post here! And it’s a giveaway one too!)

…so what’s made me happy this week?

Last week’s word was ‘better’ and I may have jumping the gun a little.  Because although I feel okay in myself, I’ve been very tired and my throat has been red raw but no spots, thank goodness!  (That was me turning the bad into the positive!)

It’s been half term where we are, and I’ve had some quality time with our daughter, as I shared on instagram…

A surprise package arrived.  Off I went to the post office to pick it up, expecting it to be something completely different… and it was something very exciting for my blog, which I will share very soon.  Surprises are so exciting.  When they’re the right kind!

Lots of chocolate featured this week, which is always good isn’t it?  I just need to add a candle or 2 into the mix now!

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So that’s my happy this week and my happy word is ‘quality’ because our daughter is growing up oh-so-quickly.  She has literally grown in front of my eyes this week, or so it seems!  And while I truly hope we can still have quality time, hot chocolate and muffins in a cafe when she’s older, I’m soaking up these moments for now…  they really make me smile 🙂

How about you?  I’d love to hear about your ‘happy’ in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere using #HighlightsofHappy

Go on, share your happy with me!

Thanks 🙂

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Will this book help your child fall to sleep?

When we received a package from Vicks as part of their #VicksTricks campaign, we were intrigued by the book inside.  The title of my blog post for their campaign was ‘I’ve Got a Trick Up My Sleeve’ and so did they, it seems!

Their ‘trick’ was a book entitled ‘The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep
by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin.

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And what an intriguing book.  The idea is to read this book to your child who doesn’t want to or won’t sleep, at bedtime.  I found it quite challenging to read because of the style.  By that I mean that parts were in italics (which you say in a soft, slow voice) and bold (which you say ‘in character’ and animate your voice etc).  To accompany the book were 3 finger puppets, to use alongside the book, to really bring the book alive.

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We love a bedtime story in our house, we always have and in all honesty, we’ve never really had any issues with our 7 year old wanting to go to bed or to sleep.  I’ve mentioned before how she asks me to read 7 pages and then she reads the rest herself by torchlight..

So to be asked by our daughter to read the whole lot came as a surprise.  A nice one though!  It felt very odd not to be reading the whole 7 pages and our daughter didn’t even manage to read the rest herself!  Why?  Because by about page 4, she was curled up in bed, with her teddies and duvet around her, heavy-eyed and ready for sleep.  She usually sits up next to me in bed, snuggled up under her duvet holding a teddy.  So was this coincidence?  Well, we will never know but in any case, the concept of the book is really clever!

Have you come across this book?  Do you find bedtime challenging?!  Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂

This post contains affliate links which means that if you buy something from this page, I get a little happiness too, at no extra cost to you.  Thanks 🙂

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Love is about this for me… what do YOU think love is?

As a teenager, I used to secretly hope for a Valentine’s Day card from my secret love.  It never happened though!
I did get a card one year from a boyfriend but that’s been about my fill!

 

As I’ve grown up, I’ve come to realise that love isn’t all about chocolate and flowers (though I wouldn’t say no to them any day of the week… I’ll even buy them myself.  I mean, why not?!)
Love is about this for me…
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In our house…
Love is all about having a lingering, tight hug every day.
Love is all about us telling our daughter what an amazing person she is and using empowering words.  Every. Single. Day.
Love is all about having group hugs.
Love is all about clearing the negative energy that comes into our home; the energy that clings on to us on a daily basis.
Love is all about us loving each other in our house and then leaving the house happy, full of our own and each other’s love and sharing that love.
Love is free – it’s not about chocolates, flowers or cards (though the chocolates and flowers would still be nice!)
Love is simple and free… it’s about nurturing the right energy and making space for it 🙂

 

What do you think love is?  All positive thoughts are welcome!  Share them in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #29

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

Bad things come in 3’s

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it (you know how I love to turn a negative into a positive!)

Let’s find 3 things to be happy and grateful for!

(or even more… I mean, why not?!)

Sharing my #highlightsofhappy highlights of happy 29 gratitude journal grateful happiness positivity positive thinking better

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal and bring to you my #HighlightsofHappy , which is great because it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…

(and don’t forget that you can join in with my #HighlightsofHappy on instagram linky and community.  I post up my favourite snaps every Monday and a new instagram linky goes live every Monday too!  Link up to the latest post here! And it’s a giveaway one too!)

…so what’s made me happy this week?

Hmm well I’ve been poorly for a couple of days so that’s not so good!  BUT I’m better now, hurray!

I’ve been doing the Blog Growth Accelerator with Aby at YouBabyMeMummy because I felt I needed a helping hand.  As a result, I’ve had a bit of an epiphany moment of the direction I’m going to take my blog!  It’s very exciting and I’m bubbling away with ideas.  Just need to find the time now lol

For a lovely walk with my 2 favourite people in the whole wide world 🙂

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So that’s my happy this week and my happy word is ‘better’ because I’m physically better, because I’m working towards making my blog even better and I felt better for a walk 🙂

How about you?  I’d love to hear about your ‘happy’ in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere using #HighlightsofHappy

Go on, share your happy with me!

Thanks 🙂

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5 ways to ground yourself and control anxiety

Do you or someone you know experience anxiety?  Then you need 

5 ways to ground yourself and control anxiety…

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Look at happy pictures.  My ‘Smile, give your face a work-out’ pinterest board never fails to, well make me smile!  There are quite a few cute cat ones on there but the rest are just random ones that I’m sure will make you laugh from the belly.  You’re welcome 🙂

 

Surround yourself with positive people.  And if you’re limited to social contact for whatever reason (due to sleeping children at night-time or isolation perhaps due to illness), then you can join in with forums or even pinterest boards.  My ‘Just Wow’ board may literally take your breath away.  When I’m pinning away, I’m saying ‘wow’ and bam, it ends up on my board.  The beauty will at least help you forget your anxiety for a while.

 

Read positive things ~ blogs, books, inspirational quotes, the Positive Moment Project pinterest board.

This picture from Two Tiny Hands was taken from there 5 ways to ground yourself and control anxiety virtually all sorts wellbeing…and don’t you just love it?!

 

Breathe ‘properly’ ~ meditate, practice yoga, use crystals.

 

Use a grounding rock ~ Mine is called my ‘gratitude rock’ and it works really well for me.  It’s whichever crystal I have on my person on any given day.  By physically touching it, I’m reminded of why it’s there, which helps to ground me.  I always make sure I’m using the right one for me on any given day.

 

Have you got any other ways to ground yourself?  All positive thoughts are welcome!  Share them in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂

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‘Scrambled Heads: A Children’s Guide to Mental Health’ ~ Review

Mental health.  It can be a very sensitive subject to approach.  Taboo even.
And it can be especially tricky to talk to our children about.
If you let it.

 

But here’s a helping hand because Emily Palmer has written ‘Scrambled Heads: A Children’s Guide to Mental Health
which was inspired after her own struggles with her mental health as a child and young adult.
For a start, what a great title!  It sums up very well the subject matter, I feel.
And with simple, colourful pictures, it’s such an easy read – a coffee table book that you can read in one sitting when the moment or need arises.Scrambled heads white childrens guide to mental health wellbeing book review young minds virtually all sorts
Apart from the simple illustrations, what really grabs me about this book is that it’s engaging.  It’s reassuring.  It gives useful advice in a non-aggressive and non-patronising way (very important for children, especially young adults).
‘Scrambled Heads’ normalises mental health, which is vital for everyone.

 

I say everyone, because when you first read the sub-title ‘A Children’s Guide to Mental Health’, you might think, as I did, that it’s aimed purely at children.  But when you consider that this book can be read by anyone of any age, so children, their siblings, their relatives, their friends and their parents, that covers a lot of ground!

 

What’s worth remembering is that many, many children have parents who have mental health issues and this book could help them to understand their situation better.   This would have been a very handy book when I had depression.  Books are one of 5 ways you beat depression.
The length of the book is just right for picking up off the coffee table, bedside cabinet, shelf or wherever and having a quick recap as the need arises.

 

The price is very reasonable too at £5.99.  And with 10% of the profits of the first edition being donated to ‘Young Minds’, it’s even more reasonable and a small price to pay, I’d say.

 

If I could change one thing, I would put a little less emphasis on visits to hospital and medication, and more emphasis on cognitive therapy.

 

Although it doesn’t actually refer directly to medication it has pictures that are open to interpretation.  And when it comes to mental health, I suppose it’s heavily open to interpretation on all levels.  Such as how someone looks compared to how they’re feeling.  And that’s just for starters.

 

Overall, given the complexity of the subject of mental health, I do think that this book does an extremely good job of not alienating anyone, not patronising anyone, not making anyone feel ‘odd’ and above all, not being flippant about what is a very serious subject.

 

I would encourage our 7 year old to read this at some point as and when the need may arise, as a useful aide to understanding mental health.

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I was sent this book at a discount for the purpose of a review but all words and opinions are my own.

This post contains affiliates links which means that if you purchase something from this page, I get a little happiness too.  At no extra cost to you.  Thank you.

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Join in with #HighlightsofHappy on Instagram ~ share your happy in a giveaway!

Hello and welcome back to #HighlightsofHappy on instagram, a place to share your happy snaps.  This is a very special edition.  Why?  Because 4 lucky linkers will receive a discount code from Morse Toad to get their favourite picture inserted into a greeting card!  But this is no ordinary greeting card!  How does a chocolate greeting card sound?  4 linkers will be able to choose a  photo of their choice  to be inserted to add that extra special personal touch!…

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You can read my Morse Toad review post here and you can also visit their website.  While we’re talking social, pop over and follow them on social media… and then pop back to read how to enter ~ instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter.

This linky will run for a month (until midnight on March 5th 2017) and is open to UK residents only.   Before we go on to how you can link up, here’s a little history of how #HighlightsofHappy on instagram came about ~

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I started out posting a few smiley faces using random objects.

What started out as a totally random moment turned into a lightbulb moment… to share our #HighlightsofHappy on instagram!  My little community has been growing steadily with lots of happiness being shared.  So please spread the word and we’ll get even more happiness being shared 🙂

To join in, simply post a pic of your ‘happy’ on instagram and remember to tag it #HighlightsofHappy AND #MorseToadSendBetterPost .  THEN link it up here (by copying the url of the photo you choose in your instagram) and also entering the Rafflecopter giveaway, below (so that our 4 winners can be chosen!)

 

(All pictures linked up must also be shared on instagram and tagged #HighlightsofHappy AND #MorseToadSendBetterPost or they will not be eligible to take part.  I reserve the right to delete pictures that contain swear words or that I deem offensive, pornographic or racist.  This is a family friendly community after all…)


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and don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter to be in with a chance to be picked!

Thanks so much for sharing your #HighlightsofHappy on instagram everyone 🙂

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #28

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

Bad things come in 3’s

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it (you know how I love to turn a negative into a positive!)

Let’s find 3 things to be happy and grateful for!

(or even more… I mean, why not?!)

Sharing my #highlightsofhappy 28 highlights of happy gratitude journal grateful happiness positivity positive thinking chatty school trip

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal and bring to you my #HighlightsofHappy , which is great because it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…

(and don’t forget that you can join in with my #HighlightsofHappy on instagram linky and community.  I post up my favourite snaps every Monday and a new instagram linky goes live every Monday too!  Link up to the latest post here!)

…so what’s made me happy this week?

Time out with snacks and TV.  Sometime, it’s just what you need!

For our girl making her friend a birthday card with no last minute rush before the birthday party!

For a meal deal tea.  Lasagne, garlic bread, etc.  Yum and so much easier!

For the lovely picture given to me by our daughter.  I shared it on instagram…

To have helped a friend.

For a chatty daughter, telling me all about her school trip.

For a tumble-drier!

For blog scheduling

 

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So that’s my happy this week and my happy word is ‘chatty’ because hearing our daughter talk about her school trip while barely pausing for breath just made my day 🙂

How about you?  I’d love to hear about your ‘happy’ in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere using #HighlightsofHappy

Go on, share your happy with me!

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