Giveaway: Reiki distance healing session ~ #TheZenZing

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Yesterday I spoke about how I am now reiki level 2 attuned, about how I treat family and friends and also myself.

Now it’s time to offer one of my lovely readers (it could be you!) a 30 minute reiki distance healing session.  Just enter by using the rafflecopter (below).  The giveaway is open to Worldwide entrants and ends at 12am on 9th July 2015. Good luck to you!

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And relax … with reiki ~ #TheZenZing

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Hello and welcome to another #TheZenZing!  Here I share how you can put the energy back into your life! Last month we looked at meditating with crystals. How did you get on with it?  Did you feel the benefits?  Let me know by tweeting @AllSortsHere.

This month it’s time for some reiki and tomorrow on this very blog I will be hosting a distance reiki session giveaway…  :)  

If you’re new to reiki and are curious as to what ‘it’ is, let me enlighten you.  There is energy all around us.  I’m attuned to reiki 1 , have recently been attuned to reiki 2 and feel the benefits every day from treating myself.

Each person’s experience is different and personal (at least from the feedback I’ve received from family and friends).

Reiki is ‘universal life force’.  It’s the universal energy being transported through the ‘giver’ to the ‘receiver’.

It’s the transformation of this energy into ‘chi’ and as the chi flows through the meridian lines, clearing any blockages in its path, it’s the alignment and the balancing of the chakras.

Reiki will go to where it’s needed.  Reiki is awesome and can be healing too.  It can be practiced in person or (at level 2) by distance with the person’s permission.

Reiki love to you…

It’s #TheZenZing…

I am attuned to Reiki level 2 and I practice meditation and mindfulness, along with yoga and find this holistic approach works for me.  I would always advise anyone to seek advice from a doctor or similar medically qualified professional if you have symptoms that are a concern to you.

I invite you to share your blog posts on anything ‘positive, happy and full of zing’  by linking up each month to #TheZenZing linky.  It will be open from 0600 GMT on the 1st of each month for 2 weeks.   I’ll share each post across my social media and in my monthly newsletter. In the following month’s #TheZenZing post, I will share my favourite post from the previous month’s linky.

So get involved!  Spread #TheZenZing positive vibe :)

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Going underground ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Going Underground

When you’re down underground you get swept along

In the heat and the draught and the busker’s song

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When you’re down underground you’re pushed here and there

You can people watch, you can stop and stare

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When you’re down underground you’re jostled about

There’s no room for manners, of that there’s no doubt

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When you’re down underground with your earphones in

You’re escaping the bustle, you’re escaping the din

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When you’re down underground it’s a lonely place

Surrounded by your species in the ‘rat race’

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When you’re down underground there’s a rat or two

Running the lines but they’re more scared of you

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When you’re down underground you might panic, not breathe

When the train stops mid-tunnel, you rasp and you wheeze

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When you’re down underground in the bowels of the city

Impersonal space, ignorance, what a pity

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When you’re down underground in the jaws of the earth

Your space invaded with the smell and the mirth

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When you’re down underground you can choose your line

You must mind the gap, you must follow the sign

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When you’re down underground don’t forget to pay

The world’s your oyster, you can go your own way

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When you’re down underground don’t follow the herd

Go against the flow, be free like a bird

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When you’re down underground you can write your own story

Hop on a train and find your own glory

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By Carol Cameleon 2015

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How to create a pet safe garden with #SafeSeeds

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Our Little Bear with 1 of our cats (the other is camera shy!)

We’ve got 2 cats that Our Little Bear adores, as they do her.  We’ve also got a nice big garden which they roam freely every day.  So when I saw the list of plants and flowers that are poisonous to cats and dogs, I was surprised and alarmed in equal measure that our cats could potentially be in daily contact with several on the list.
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Of course, we had a good clear out, pronto and the cats (and Our Little Bear) are free to explore to their heart’s content again.
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Research showed that a whopping 43% of pets needed urgent care after eating these plants and thanks to MORETH>N, not only have we diverted a very unnecessary emergency trip to the vets, and unnecessary additional stress for our pets (and us), we’ve also avoided the unnecessary accompanying bill to get our cats back to a full ‘bill’ of health…
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But how many other gardens look similar to this ‘MoreThan poisonous Pawtanical Garden’, as designed by Ian Drummond, 2015 RHS Chelsea gold medal-winning garden designer?
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Now that ours no longer contains any toxic plants, we need to look carefully before we pop any more plants into our garden.
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Thankfully, MoreThan have launched their PetSafe campaign, fronted by Charlie Dimmock, for better plant labelling to show us just what IS safe for our pets in our gardens. Do pop over for more information on the petition and to pledge your support.  And of course you can tweet @MORETHAN using the hashtag #safeseeds.
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Charlie Dimmock is fronting the PetSafe campaign for MoreThan

Pet owners can also win free pet friendly flower seeds via MORE TH>N on Facebook and Twitter.
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So tell me, which of these plants are in your garden? (Share in the comments right at the bottom of this blogpost, below the link badges!)

PLANT NAME

POISONOUS FOR CATS

POISONOUS FOR DOGS

ALOE VERA
AMARYLLIS (BULBS)
ANGELS TRUMPET (BRUGMANSIA)
APPLE (SEEDS)
APRICOTS (KERNELS)
ASPARAGUS FERN
AVOCADO (FRUIT, PITH, LEAVES)
AZALEA (ALL PARTS) Rare
BABY’S BREATH
BEGONIA
BIRD OF PARADISE (PODS)
BISHOP’S WEED
BLEEDING HEART (DICENTRA FORMOSA)
BLUEBELL
BUXUS / BOX (ALL PARTS, MOSTLY LEAVES)
CARNATION
CLEMATIS (ALL PARTS)
CORDYLINE (GRASS PALM)
CROCUS (ALL)
CHRYSANTHEMUM (ALL PARTS)
CYCLAMEN (FOLIAGE, FLOWERS, STEMS)
DAFFODIL (ALL PARTS)
DAISY
DAHLIA
DAPHNE (BERRIES, BARK, LEAVES)
DEADLY NIGHTSHADE
DELPHINIUM (ALL PARTS ESPECIALLY THE SPROUTS)
ELEPHANTS EARS (LEAVES, STEMS, ROOTS)
ELDERBERRY (LEAVES, BARK, ROOTS AND BUDS)
EUCALYPTUS (ALL PARTS)
FOXGLOVE / DIGITALIS (LEAVES, STEMS, FLOWERS, SEEDS)
GARLIC
GARDENIA
GERANIUM (ALL PARTS)
GLADIOLA (BULBS)
GRAPE PLANT/VINE N/a
HELLEBORE
HIBISCUS
HOLLY (LEAVES, BERRIES & STEMS) Rare
HOSTA Rare
HYACINTH (BULBS, LEAVES, FLOWERS)
HYDRANGEA (ALL PARTS)
IRIS (BULBS)
IVY (ALL SPECIES – LEAVES, BERRIES) Rare
JAPANESE YEW (NEEDLES, SEEDS, BARK) Rare
LABURNUM (LEAVES AND SEEDS)
LARKSPUR (ALL PARTS)
LILLIES (ALL PARTS) N/a
LIME
LILY OF THE VALLEY (ALL PARTS)
LEOPARD LILY N/a
LOBELIA
LUPIN (ALL PARTS) Rare Rare
MALLOW
MARIGOLD (NEW LEAVES, STEMS)
MISTLETOE
MONKSHOOD/ ACONITE (ROOTS, FOLIAGE, SEEDS)
MORNING GLORY (ALL PARTS)
NARCISSUS (ALL PARTS) (DAFFODIL)
OAK – ACORNS (ALL PARTS)
OLEANDER (ALL PARTS)
ONION (ALL PARTS)
PERIWINKLE (ALL PARTS)
PEONY (FOLIAGE, FLOWERS)
PHILODENDRON (LEAVES, STEMS, ROOTS)
PINKS
POINSETTIA
PRIMROSE (ALL PARTS)
PRIVET
PRUNUS ROTUNDIFOLIA LAUREL
POPPY (ALL PARTS)
POTATO (SPROUTS, VINES, UNRIPE TUBERS) N/a
PRIVET
RANUNCULUS  (BUTTERCUP)  ✔
RAGWORT (ALL PARTS ABOVE GROUND)  ✔  ✔
RHODODENDRON (LEAVES)
RHUBARB LEAVES
SNOWDROPS (ALL PARTS)
SWEET PEA (ALL PARTS)
SWEET WILLIAM
TOBACCO PLANT
TOMATO PLANT (FOLIAGE, VINES, GREEN FRUIT)
TULIP (BULBS)
VERBENA (FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS)
WEEPING FIG (INDIAN RUBBER)
WILD CHERRY TREE
WISTERIA (SEEDS AND PODS)
YARROW
YEW
YUCCA

…that’s one long list!

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Making your own luck ~ #PositiveThinking

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…I recently made an observation in the form of a poem called ‘Just an Observation’.

It tells the tale of a woman who is clearly addicted to lottery scratchcards and is desperate.

Addiction and desperation feed each other.  The tragedy being that she has no control over her own luck… except maybe by increasing the probability of her winning by buying even more scratchcards.  And in doing so, feeding her habit even more.  An habitual addiction.  The irony…

In keeping with this linky and the positive theme in my blog, let’s throw some positivity in the mix!

Attract your own luck by being positive.

Think only positive thoughts and raise your vibration.

Make it harder for the negative thoughts to get in…

The more positive you are, the more likely you are to achieve your goals.

So make your own luck. Go on, have a go!

I’d love to hear how you make your own luck. Tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking is my new monthly blog linky and twitter party.

Join me on the last Sunday of each month ~ link up any blog post with a positive and happy theme (and it’d be great if you could copy my badge below into your post).  Perhaps your positive thought could be connected to a goal you have in mind, something funny you’ve heard or something funny you’ve seen.  If it’s got a PositiveThinking theme, it works for this linky.  Old or new posts, it doesn’t matter – link up as many as you like.  The linky opens at 0600 GMT on the last Sunday of each month and stays open until midnight the following Saturday.

Also join me on twitter from 0900-2100 GMT on the last Sunday of each month.  Tweet anything positive and/or promote your positive blogpost (the one you link up!) with #PositiveThinking and include a direct tweet to me @AllSortsHere… I’ll share by retweeting.

Let’s get the positive vibrations going good and strong :)

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Make a Night of it ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Make a Night of ‘it’

You know when you’ve got tons of ‘stuff’ to do?

But you need to sit down, take ‘5’ just for ‘you’?…

A nice cuppa, take stock… another day done,

But the evening’s just started, there’s a battle to be won!

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Be it the kids, the washing or ironing pile,

Your work’s not done yet, it could take a while…

So forget the cuppa, it’s not hot anyway!

Grab a glass of your tipple without delay…

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You’ll need sustenance, nibbles, your wits about you,

Have you seen your list?!  There’s plenty to do!…

OR you could take that 5 minutes, make a night of it,

Have a date with the sofa and there you’ll sit,

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Go on, kick back, relax, do whatever you please,

Have a night off with some nibbles and Sky+ cheese!

Crikey, you don’t usually give yourself free rein,

Feels good, doesn’t it? Remember to do it again!…

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Books for children – developing speech and language

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I make no secret of my passionate belief that reading books to your children every day helps to develop their speech and language skills.  Right from when Our Little Bear was only just home from hospital as a newborn, I would read her cloth books while she happily kicked and gurgled under her play gym and at feeding time, in fact any time really.  Then she moved on to board books and took her abc’s and her 123’s in her stride.

Fast forward to 5 years later and there is no denying that all of this has stood her in very good stead with her literacy.  While in her first year at school, she has learnt her phonics, learnt to read and write and just recently her teacher told us that she is doing ‘fantastic’ with her spelling.  All of this reading to her and with her in the foundations of her early years can surely be no coincidence…

So, which books are recommended to develop your child’s speech and language skills?  Kimberly’s blogpost at MommyEdition talks us through a comprehensive list of books to do just that.

From read-aloud, nursery rhyme and picture books like ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ by Robert Louis Stevenson…

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and books for the late talker like ‘The Einstein Syndrome’ by Thomas Sowell…

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to books about animals and classic stories like ‘Sammy: The Classroom Guinea Pig’ by Alix Berenzy…

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Do pop over to Kimberly’s post at MommyEdition for more information on the above books and follow MommyEdition on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and Pinterest

…and let’s not forget the role that letter blocks and flash cards play like ‘Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Fun with Words’…

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Indeed, we used flashcards when our little bear first started her reading and it helped immensely.  It also helped that we had picked up the flashcards through hubby’s work book club that happened to be the same series that our bear’s class was using – the Biff, Chip and Kipper series from Oxford Reading Tree.  By turning it into a game, our bear had no idea that she was learning!

Of course, along with reading books to and with your child, talking to your child is a great stepping stone to great vocab, literacy and speech.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions are my own.

So tell me, which books did you or do you enjoy reading with your child?  Were/are any of them the same ones that you read as a child?

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Blue Planet Tales interactive stories app for children ~ giveaway

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Hello and welcome to an interactive giveaway!  Yes, you can win 1 of 20 promo codes to use at Blue Planet Tales app store on ‘The Secret of the Pyramid’.  How exciting is that?!

So, who are Blue Planet Tales? Well, they’ve created an educational app for tablets with stories based in history and real life events for 3-9 year olds. With 17 stories to choose from, including ‘The Secret of the Pyramid’, it may be difficult to choose just 1!  But with the affordable prices, your choice is that much easier.

The range includes the following titles and as you can see, there is something there for children of all ages:

-The Extinction of the Dinosaurs

-The Boy Who Wanted to be a King (about the footballer Leo Messi’s life)

-The Secret of the Pyramid

-Davy Crockett

-The Bird Migration

-Laika the Little Astronaut Dog

-The Race to the South Pole

-The Discovery of America

With ‘The Secret of the Pyramid’ I found that I learnt a thing or 2, along with Our Little Bear.

giveaway Blue Planet Tales interactive stories for children education learning app history parenting The secret of the Pyramids 6There are 3 options for the re-telling of the story: The ‘read it to me’ and ‘autoplay’ options moved at just the right pace for our bear, with the accompanying simple illustrations helping to bring the story to life.

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The interactive questions peppered throughout the story were a little difficult for our bear at 5 years old and she needed prompting (and it tested my grey matter!) but she still engaged with the stories.  The score-keeper on the home-page is a nice touch and is good for ‘keeping tabs’ on your progress.

Another good feature is the ‘category’ drop down menu on the homepage, enabling you to browse stories by genre.

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I can see this interactive library being an app that we dip in and out of with our little bear on rainy days.  It’s a great little tool to explore topics that we wouldn’t perhaps have considered without the app.

You can find Blue Planet Tales at: Twitter, Facebook, Google +, You Tube and also take a lot at their website
Go and say hello! :)
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Now, onto how you can win 1 of 20 promo vouchers for The Secret of the Pyramid!  Just enter by using the rafflecopter (below).  The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 23rd June 2015. Good luck to you 😉

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Building castles with imaginative play

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Like any child, Our Little Bear loves play.  She learns from it, she makes sense of the real world with it, she thrives from it.

And I love her in her own little world – imaginative play, unstructured play, free play – call it what you like.  When she’s in her own little world, with just a few props, her imagination and no interruptions… you can really see her personality come out and her imagination develop.

For me, this is what childhood is all about.  Just leaving them to it.  With minimal fuss or guidance from the adult world :)

And this is what she came up with on this occasion.  A ‘few’ building blocks later and one of her favourite dolls… she’s made a castle in the sky for her princess!

Beautiful!

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The Time for What? ~ Flash fiction

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My accidental fiction has been rekindled… and I intend to keep the embers burning regularly as part of my Footnotes & Anecdotes monthly post. Before we go into the story, a quick run-down: – Frank and Louise are pregnant… with twins!  Louise is extremely excited but Frank is very uneasy about the whole ‘twin’ thing.  He was over the moon about the ‘baby’ but appears to be feeling resentment towards Louise’s twin baby bump… let’s catch up –  the ‘Footnote’ that inspired this instalment:

The chief requirement of the good life, is to live without any image of oneself.

And the next instalment:

Frank found himself clock-watching with anticipation in a plush waiting area.  Louise wouldn’t tell him what they were waiting for and Frank wouldn’t stop asking questions.  Nor would Louise give any definitive answers.

On arrival, Frank had given the inside of the foyer a quick once-over.  To him, it looked like a slightly above average office block with a slightly above average looking reception area.  At least, he assumed it was a reception area.  It was difficult to tell without a receptionist manning ‘it’.  Being Sunday, there was no-one else around.  Just Frank, Louise and the ever-growing bump.

Louise’s phone had been beeping, announcing an incoming text randomly. By the look of excitement building on her face, it was clear to Frank that the time was getting close.

The time for what?

He was just relieved that they were spending some time together, and not surrounded by baby shop magazines or stockpiled nappies that were on offer.  Time with his wife was precious indeed.  It was certainly getting increasingly difficult to be intimate due to practicalities of bumps and also Louise’s lagging energy levels.  Not to mention Frank’s growing resentment interfering with his libido.  In fact, intimacies were very low on the agenda these days.

“Here she is!” came Louise’s voice, breaking into Frank’s thoughts.

‘She’ entered the foyer with a broad smile that was slightly too corporate.

Offering a hand out to Louise she said, “Good morning, are you both ready for your 4D scan?”

Frank could have given several reasons for not being ‘ready’.  The cost of the scan for one.  With twins on the way, there were a whole host of other, more practical things to spend money on.

And they would be meeting the babies soon enough; why did Louise have to allow ‘their’ precious time together to be invaded by baby talk?  Again.

Purely for an easy life and to keep the peace, he gave a false smile that rivalled this woman’s.  The truth was, he was dreading the twins’ arrival.  He’d have been quite happy with one baby.  Louise was so wrapped up in the pregnancy that she didn’t seem to notice Frank’s mood swings.  And he couldn’t blame the hormones.  Not pregnancy ones in any case.

Any outsider could clearly see that Frank needed to open up to Louise about his feelings but would he?  Or would he continue to grimace for the remainder of the pregnancy journey… and most probably beyond?

…Find out as the story continues on the 2nd Monday of next month (subscribe to make sure you don’t miss it – see top of right hand sidebar.)

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