Amazing things will happen ~ Positive Thinking

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Hello and welcome back.  It’s time for more Positive Thinking.

It’s so important to your well being to think positive.

Why? Well, the think bubble above says it all ~ when we think amazing thoughts, we attract  more good, positive and happy thoughts.  And that equals amazing :)

Thinking positive thoughts keeps the good energy flowing through our bodies and our minds.  And by clearing any blockages, our chakras remain open, balanced and aligned.  And we raise our vibrations :)

So, what positive, happy thoughts are you going to have today?

I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking is my 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.

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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 :)

And join me on the 1st of each month for #TheZenZing, putting the zing back into your life :)

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The Truth About My Blog

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I’ve just given myself a whole 2 weeks away from my blog and off hardcore blogging (apart from an ickle bit of occasional commenting).  And I feel gooood!  Truth be told, (naively perhaps) I didn’t realise just how much it had taken out of me.  I love blogging and all that it brings; writing content, tweaking photos, taking part in linkys, reading, commenting, sharing…  but I was in desperate need of getting away from it all.  And I did.  I had little break away with my amazing family, got hooked on Downton Abbey (I’m up to season 3… no spoilers please!!)  and realised by watching that how very different a world without technology would be.  But this post isn’t going to be a debate about whether we can without technology (I’m a blogger for goodness’ sake!).  No, this post is just me thinking out loud about how much I get out of blogging and how much I should be putting into it.  The truth is (as all bloggers know!), it can be addictive and one quick post can take a whole night to re-tweak…  which, to be perfectly honest, can be frustrating when you’ve still got ‘housey’ things to do.
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Our little girl is just about to go into Year 1 and for various reasons, I’m going to a have a chunk of my time taken away from me as a result.  Something’s gotta give, as they say.  And one of those things is not having a jam-packed blogging calendar.  It’s not about organisation.  I couldn’t be more organised if I tried.  It’s about accepting that, realistically, 2 posts at the most will be published a week, not up to 7.
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I’m streamlining my blog linkys.  They’re not taking over the blogosphere (ahem!) but I really enjoy commiting to them, to setting them up, to promoting them… and so they’re staying!
By making these tweaks, I feel that I’m being ‘me’ again, that I’m being true to myself.  By that, I mean that I can also find time to work on my writing (outside of blogging), practice my reiki, complete my crystal course and complete some ebooks that I’ve got up my sleeve… along with running a house with hubby too of course!
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I feel better for getting all of that off my chest and now I think a nice cuppa is in order… along with another episode of Downton Abbey 😉  See you on the other side… I hope?
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What’s your take on all of this?  Are you really comfortable with your blogging or do you feel parts are a time suck and you’re not being ‘you’?
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Parenting – How to teach your child ‘consequences’

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Parenting: sometimes it goes to plan, sometimes it doesn’t.  I recently shared how we are teaching our little girl the value of money. Here’s the post again if you missed it.  A few nights ago I replied to a comment on this very blog of mine that our little girl is seeing the consequences of her non-actions.  That is, she went to tick the box on her ‘job sheet’ that showed she had tidied downstairs.  But I put my finger over it, pointing out that she had decided not to tidy downstairs.
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I might add as an aside here that I had already given hubby the discreet ‘heads-up’ that we might have a meltdown on our hands.  Why?  Because she had decided not to tidy.  I pointed out to her just the once that she wouldn’t get her coins if she didn’t tidy and she was fine with this.  So I didn’t push it and got her ready for bath time.  It was at this opportune moment that I told hubby to brace himself and that we had to see it through because otherwise, what’s the point in doing it all?  He agreed.  Good.  We were solid, our armour was polished and there was no chink in it!
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So, as I was saying before my ‘aside’, as per every other night, I reminded our little girl after her bath that she needed to tick some boxes off her job sheet.  She merrily ticked away, telling me what each box was for.  My finger remained over the offending box and she jumped up to tidy what I (purposefully) had left.  Et voila, the box was ticked, she counted the coins that she had earned that day and she was a happy little girl who had seen the consequences of choosing not to do her little job.
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To me, this proves that we’re heading in the right direction with the pocket money ‘concept’.
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How to teach your kids the value of money

When our little girl was around 4 we started to introduce the concept of pocket money.
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She got a penny for doing things like:
  • helping to wash the car (she loved doing this before and definitely loves doing it now!)
  • Pressing the ‘on’ button for the washing machine
  • At random times (when she was safe or when the smoke alarm went off (when I’m cooking!) and she looked to see if there was a fire
This approach has worked really well for us.
We also introduced a ‘penny for the pictures pot’.  On a Monday morning, if our little girl wanted to watch TV, she had to put one of her pennies in the picture pot (as do we!)  The penny lasted all week and stopped the pictures from running out! 😉
Now that she’s finished her first year at school (!), we’ve tweaked the pocket money to add value to the concept.
Our little girl has a ‘job sheet’ and daily, she ticks boxes for the relevant day of the week (of which there are only 4 boxes for each day, I might add.  Child labour, this is not!..)
Each day she has the choice to:
  • Straighten her pillow and duvet (the phrase ‘making’ your bed did confuse her – they are still so literal at nearly 6!)
  • Tidy her bedroom
  • Tidy her desk and toys downstairs
  • Put her clothes in the linen basket
She’s not always overly happy to do the tasks admittedly, but in the main it’s been received really well… because she gets rewarded for her time.
The weekends are her days off because everyone has time off!
For each job she gets 10p and for any extra jobs (such as car washing), 5 p.  So she generally earns around £2.50 per week.
And she does earn it.
Not only does she count the coins when she puts them in her purse, she also adds them up by value.
We vary the denominations of her coins too.  So we might give 2 x 5p, 5 x 1p and so on.  And she notices if we short-change her and is even honest when we give her too much!
So far, she’s saved up a couple of weeks for a new bag (a bag at 5!) and it’s making her really think what she wants to spend her cash on.
As for the TV, we’ve increased the price to a penny a day.  So we each put 5p in the ‘picture pot’ on a Monday which lasts up to Friday with minimal watching at the weekends.
If she has not watched TV on a Monday, it ‘costs’ only 4p until the Friday for the pictures.
So our little girl is making decisions and also realising the consequences of the decisions.
The next step is to open her a bank acocunt for any savings she might want to keep hold of.
It’s really important for us to show our little girl that:
  • you have to work (sometimes very hard) for your money
  • you can often decide what you spend your money on and when it’s gone, it’s gone until next time
  • money has real value
And it really seems to be working!
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The benefits of morning yoga… relax with #TheZenZing

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Hello and welcome to another #TheZenZing where this month I’m looking at the benefits of a morning yoga session.

In #TheZenZing I share how you can put the energy back into your life!

{Last month we looked at reiki and there was a giveaway of a distance reiki healing session (look out for another one very soon!) Would you be interested in receiving distance reiki?  Let me know by tweeting @AllSortsHere.}

Back to this month.  I’ve talked before about how I took inspiration from Vicki Psarias over at HonestMum by doing a morning yoga routine.  A month or two later and I can definitely feel the benefit…

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Not only is my morning yoga helping me to right the writing but rising 30 minutes earlier is also energising me.  Yes, really!  (Putting my phone alarm on the other side of the room also helps!..)

I grab my comfy, soft TnS yoga mat, roll it out and start my stretches by following this routine.  Accompanied by my concious breathing, I really do feel the stretches working and next, I plan to ‘stretch’ to getting a yoga block to help with my yoga.

After my short routine, I feel revitalised and slurp on my hot lemon water (which brews while I’m doing my yoga!), in between doing the pack-ups for the day.

That 30 minutes to myself makes me feel organised, revitalised and sets me up for the day :) …before I get the hubby and our little girl up for brekkie!

What do you do to revitalise yourself for the day?  And don’t say have a coffee! 😉

 It’s #TheZenZing…

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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What’s your blog made of? ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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What’s your blog made of?

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Is it about sugar and spice and all things nice,

Or a confessional of a particular vice?

Is it lifestyle, parenting, writing and more,

Or reviews and comps and giveaways galore?

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Have you so much to say that you post every day,

Or are you less frequent to come out to play?

Do you follow your stats with an eagle eye,

Or go with the flow with no ‘wherefore’ or ‘why’?

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And how about linkys, do you take part in one,

Or even run one for double the fun?

And blogging support – it’s second to none,

It’s addictive, it’s social, it’s oh-so-much fun!

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With humour and truth and bare-your-soul posts,

A dose of self-help, ‘how to’s’, ‘meet your host’,

The techy bit’s done, SEO and short lnks,

We’re ready to schedule or hit publish, me thinks…

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But wait – one final edit, one final ‘tweak’,

The ingredients are mixed now, you need a good heat,

In an aga or retro eye-level grill,

The method won’t matter, it’ll still fit the bill!

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‘Cos whatever makes our blogs, whether newbie or star,

We write from the heart we are what we are,

And that’s what matters, don’t aim to be ‘pro’,

Just blog what you want to and go with the flow!

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By Carol Cameleon 2015

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A Letter from Buckingham Palace … yes really!

Once upon a time a little girl (our little girl!) received a letter from Buckingham Palace.  And here’s why…

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Once upon a time there was a little girl in her first year at school.  She loved going to school and learning about all sorts of things…

One day, in her school book bag, her mummy came across a picture of London which the little girl had coloured in.  Her class had been asked to colour in pictures of The Queen and London because they were learning about the monarchy and the Queen’s birthday.

When her mummy said what a beautiful picture it was and how neatly she had coloured it in, the little girl told her mummy that she would like to send it to The Queen for her birthday.

And so, together with her mummy and daddy, the little girl wrote a short note to The Queen to say “Happy Birthday Ma’am!”

Soon after the little girl had posted the birthday card to Her Majesty, she visited London with her mummy and daddy and it happened to be the same day that the new Royal baby, Princess Charlotte was born!

While in London, the little girl visited Buckingham Palace (barely an hour before the announcement of the royal birth was officially made on the easel!).  She also visited Big Ben, Horse Guard’s Parade, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.

The little girl sent a postcard to her teacher telling her that she had visited London.  The postcard had a photo of The Queen on the front.

A few weeks passed and life carried on as normal.  Then, one day the little girl received some rather special post through her letterbox.  The envelope was postmarked ‘Buckingham Palace’ with the Royal Crest.  The little girl opened the letter and the opening line read:

Dear ‘Little Girl’,
The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your message which you sent on the occasion of Her Majesty’s eighty-ninth birthday.
The remaining contents advised that The Queen had been interested to learn that her class had been learning about the Royal Family, and some lovely, glossy, informative leaflets about the monarchy were enclosed.  The letter was signed by The Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting.
Needless to say, a copy or two several copies  were taken of the original letter ‘just in case’ and a copy was taken into school the next day.  The original will most definitely be framed to keep it safe while on display :)
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Think, feel, be happy and positive ~ #PositiveThinking

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Hello and welcome back.  It’s time for more Positive Thinking.

It’s so important to your well being to be happy, to think happy, to feel happy.

Why? Well, the quote above says it all ~ when we feel good, positive and happy, we attract good, positive and happy.

We manifest this positivity in ourselves by consciously being surrounded with good, positive, happy ‘things’, with good, positive happy people.

Being, thinking and feeling positive and happy is so good for our well being.  Being, thinking and feeling positive keeps the good energy flowing through our bodies and our minds.  And by clearing any blockages, our chakras remain open, balanced and aligned.  One way that I keep balanced is by self-treatment reiki and also by meditating with crystals.

So, what positive, happy thoughts are you going to have today?

I’d love to hear from you. 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 :)

And join me on the 1st of each month for #TheZenZing, putting the zing back into your life :)

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Book review : East End Tales by Gilda O’Neill

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Today I’d like to share with you a book review.  One of my favourite genres to read falls under the category ‘tales of bygone days’.  It feeds my intrigue of days when life wasn’t as easy as it is for many of us now.  Gilda O’Neill’s ‘East End Tales’ satisfied my curiosity.  The front cover alone drew me in: two young girls spinning around a lamp post, on a rope, skirts tucked into their knickers.  The look of sheer glee on their faces, the blissful ignorance of any health and safety or any grown-up decency.  Not an i-anything in sight!  No phone glued to their hands…

Just throwing caution to the wind and living in the ‘now’ (or then!) and enjoying the moment.

Despite the over-riding theme of hardship, poverty and squaller running through the ‘tale’, O’Neill manages to paint a wistful picture of East End London life.

These days it’s difficult to really fathom how financially restrained the majority of East Enders were.  Even more difficult to imagine the squaller.  To them, weekly baths (at best) were the norm.  They knew no different.  But to us, it’s ‘squaller’.

You can smell the smells, you can taste the grit as O’Neill touches on the main points of life back then.  I really felt that I’d lived a tiny part of her East End life with her.

As the front cover suggests, this is a ‘quick read’ and if you don’t read it quickly, then it’s very readable and perfect for dipping into when you get the chance.

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Getting down with nature ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Getting down with nature

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The soil under my fingers

Is a sign of fun;

I dug around in the mud

And unearthed a worm!

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He’s a friendly little fella,

With his long body he wriggles around;

Not sure what he thinks to this tub though,

No soft furnishings to be found!

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But does he think? Is he a she?

If we know, I’m not sure how!

With soil and mulch to feast on,

These are his home comforts for now.

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Back to the earth little wormy,

It’s been good to explore your home;

You’re not like my dolls or My Little Ponies,

No clothes to change, no hair to comb!

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I like to explore in the garden,

Get grubby and dig around;

Yes there’s lots to do outside,

And grubby things to be found!

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