Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #6

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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 new weekly feature, I will 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 will then round it off with one word that sums up my happy.

So, what am I happy and grateful for this week?

For new retractable pencils ~ my favourite writing tool!  I kept forgetting to get any and while shopping for something else, I stumbled upon the back to school stuff and a pack ended up in my basket!

To have a lovely vibe of happy in our home ~I’ve got a unit where I keep my crystals laid out permanently and I also frequently do reiki on the house too.  I love that this week has felt particularly good.

For an especially chatty daughter one evening ~ I just love it when she’s non-stop chatty about her day and life in general 🙂

For sofa-time and garden-time with our little girl ~ fresh air and chill-time.  Perfect!

So that’s my happy this week 🙂 I love that looking back over the last week in my gratitude journal results in this 🙂  My word of the week is ‘chatty’ because it really brightened my day to have a lovely chat with our daughter 🙂

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

Share your happy with me!

Thanks 🙂

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #5

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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 new weekly feature, I will 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 will then round it off with one word that sums up my happy.

So, what am I happy and grateful for this week?

Well, oodles actually!

  • For time for me to read a book ~ ‘Missing, Presumed’
    was sent to me as a random act of kindness by fellow blogger Stephanie at Lifeat139A.  I had been ‘saving’ it for a time when I could really get my teeth into it.  When our little girl was at a sleepover and hubby was at work, I seized the opportunity and got totally enthralled in this book.  Watch out for a review but for now, safe to say it comes  highly recommended by me!
  • For a nap! ~ Yes, a nap!  After I’d read a big chunk of the above book, I took the chance to rest my tired eyes and had a little rather large nap!
  • For our little girl running in to join her friends at a birthday party ~ … not even looking back…
  • For another birthday party that our little girl was invited to ~ she saw a bunch of her old friends from her old school.  It was nice for me to catch up with a few of the parents who I used to see on the school run too.  It was also great to be able to say how much our daughter loves her new school too.
  • That I had a new book delivered ~ I’ve decided to read a series and I’m loving it!  But I won’t tell you yet which series because I don’t want any unintentional spoilers…!
  • For a lovely fish tea ~ found in the bargain bin. Even better!
  • For making time for reiki and recharging my crystals.
  • For a random trip to a science pop-up ~ after a shopping trip for new school shoes, we wandered past the Cosmos science roadshow which was just brilliant.  We plan to revisit over the new few weeks.  Look out for the blog post in the near future!

So that’s my happy this week and WHAT a lot to be happy about!  I love that looking back over the last week in my gratitude journal results in this 🙂  My word of the week is ‘me’ because of my precious me-time which is definitely a highlight 🙂

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

Share your happy with me!

Thanks 🙂

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How to change your zen to achieve your zing… #TheZenZing

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Welcome back to #TheZenZing, where I help you put the

zing back into your life.

This time I ponder how to change your zen to achieve your zing!

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In a previous ZenZing I shared how I intended to start running and swimming again.

After I passed my health check with flying colours, I decided not to assume I would remain physically healthy.

I decided that I needed some cardio to get my blood pumping.

My yoga, reiki and meditation help to keep me balanced mentally but I also needed to get moving.

I completed the Couch 2 5 k a couple of years ago (you can read my poem ‘Cancer, jog on!’ here.)

So, I thought it wouldn’t take a huge amount of effort to get my fitness back.

And did it?

Well, I don’t know!

I never started the running again.  Instead, our little girl has been swimming at her school and has been asking to go swimming at the weekends.  So we’ve been a couple of times and although I’m not doing hardcore swimming, I’m still getting some exercise.  It look like she’s getting very close to swimming unaided so it’ll be lovely to be able to do a width or 2 with her, moving on to lengths soon enough afterwards perhaps.

So, although my running’s been a non-starter (so far), swimming has taken its place!

And I’m okay with that because any exercise is better than none at all…

because it’s all about #TheZenZing 🙂
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Have your exercise plans changed for whatever reason?  How did you adapt your plans to keep exercise on your radar?  I’d love to hear from you.  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere and use the #TheZenZing hashtag.
Thank you 🙂
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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #4

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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?!)

3 is it your magic number highlights of happy 4 gratitude journal grateful happiness positivity positive thinking bonding fuzzy

In my new weekly feature, I will 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 will then round it off with one word that sums up my happy.

So, what am I happy and grateful for this week?

  • For some lovely chilled out family time with our little girl and hubby ~ you can’t beat it!
  • For skimming stones with our daughter and hubby.
  • For painting my nails and our daughter’s nails bright pink ~ it made her day that we haven’t got to take it off because it’s the school hols!
  • For the beautiful, priceless bond that hubby and our little girl have ~ it’s enough to put a warm, fuzzy feeling in you, right down to your toes 🙂

My word of the week is ‘fuzzy’ because our little girl and hubby have had lots of one-on-one time this week and it really has given me a warm, fuzzy feeling from my head to my toes  🙂

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

Share your happy with me!

Thanks 🙂

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The BFG by Roald Dahl ~ review and giveaway

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Welcome to ‘The BFG’ review and giveaway!

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If you’re looking for a heart-warming story that feeds the imagination of children and adults, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) by Roald Dahl is the book you need.

Why?

Well, where do I begin or I should say where to we begin, because our little girl aged 6 loved this book and read it page by page, slowly but surely all by herself.

I admit to being a little concerned about the weird and wonderful words that the BFG uses.  Our little girl was a little confused by them but when I explained the reason for these words, she simply said, “Doesn’t he [Dahl] know anything?”  There’s no answer to that!

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I had never before known the background behind The BFG and the foreword by Lucy Dahl (Roald Dahl’s daughter) gives us a beautiful, cherished insight into how Giant Country came to be.

A lovely touch in the book is an interactive section at the end, where you can learn how to draw the BFG and also draw your very own dream in your dream jar. Here is our little girl’s, which turned out to be a clown pouring water over a cat’s head… she was very proud of it!

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Now on to the story:  If you’d rather not know too much detail, keep scrolling to the film trailor and giveaway at the bottom.

We begin at the orphanage where Sophie is wide awake at The Witching Hour (when giants snatch and eat human ‘beans’ (beings!).  She sees the BFG, who also sees her and promptly pops his huge hand through the open window and takes her from her bed.  He takes her to Giant Country to stop her telling everyone that giants really do exist.  The rational being (if giants have rational…) that if human beans find out about giants, they would be hunted down and Giant Country would be no more…

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The story unfolds and Sophie learns all sorts of weird and wonderful facts about the nasty giants.

It’s not too long until the BFG tells Sophie about the dreams he catches in his dream jars.  And Sophie has a wonderful idea.

To stop the giants snatching even more human beans, they decide to re-construct the giants snatching children from the orphanage that Sophie lived before meeting the BFG.

We are taken on an enthralling trip to London and Buckingham Palace, where the BFG ‘plants’ the dream that they hope will help them, into the Queen’s bedroom.  Then Sophie finds herself perched on the Queen’s windowsill until Her ‘Majester’ wakes up.

After realising that her dream of the children being snatched and the giants was in fact real, the Queen meets the BFG in an hilarious yet touching moment and they discuss the way forward over breakfast.

Helicopters are rounded up and follow the BFG and Sophie (tucked inside his ear) to Giant Country where the giants are all in a deep sleep… except one.  When the her ‘Majester’s’ Armed Forces attempt to tie a rope around one of the giant’s arms, he wakes and an unlikely weapon is used to stun him!

The BFG and Sophie are branded heroes and The Witching Hour ends forever….

Hurray!

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There are so many lovely moments in the story but here are our favourites:

One of my favourite parts was the chapter ‘The Author’ which I found so very clever and just perfect.  I won’t go into it any more here, but will let you enjoy the moment for yourself.

Our little girl enjoyed when the BFG meets the Queen:

Will it be repulsant snozzcumbers, Majester?, the BFG asked. [when The Queen asks him if he would like some breakfast]

We’re both looking forward to seeing this part in the film.

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Other favourite parts were:

Enjoying a beautiful friendship blossom between the BFG and Sophie.

BFG’s protection of Sophie.

Sophie sitting in the BFG’s ear when travelling around.

It’s endearing how The Queen is kept ‘regal’ in the story.

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In summary: Quite simply a perfect story which is everything a story for children should be ~ full of occurrences that are not explained because our imagination ‘explains’ them for us.  Like when the giants don’t wake up even when one giant is ‘stunned’ by a secret weapon.

In all honesty, I’m not sure who’s more excited about seeing the film adaptation more – me or our little girl.  But one things for sure – the film of The BFG offers the perfect solution for those inevitable cries of, “I’m boooored” in the Summer holidays (and beyond…)  and the perfect chance for family time.  Because children and adults alike will love the book and the film! 🙂

I just hope they’re not serving up ‘snozzcumbers’ at the cinema!…

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Here’s a trailer for the film…

And don’t forget to go and download your Roald Dahl party pack now, ready for 13th September! 🙂
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Now onto the giveaway, which is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 22nd August 2016. Good luck to you 😉

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #3

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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 new weekly feature, I will 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 will then round it off with one word that sums up my happy.

So, what am I happy and grateful for this week?

  • For time to do some reiki self-treatment ~ I manage yoga most mornings but to do some proper meditation with reiki was just what I needed to ‘keep the home fires burning’!
  • For some time with my little family at the local coffee shop, chatting over some yummy food and drink.
  • That our little girl was delighted when we went summer clothes shopping for her (she’s grown again!) and found a My Little Pony top in her size.  AND it’s reversible!  Seriously, this was ground-breaking fo her!
  • For happening upon a box of free teddies ~ on a quick walk round the corner to the shop, someone had left a little basket on the pavement full of teddies with a note saying ‘please help yourself’.  So I grabbed a teddy for our daughter called Ollie the Owl!
  • For seeing our daughter with her grandparents.  Nothing quite compares to those moments when you hear your child telling them about something in their own little way 🙂
  • For air-conditioning in my car ~ enough said!
  • For our daughter’s amazing school report which states she is ‘exceeding’ and is clearly thriving.  As a parent, all you truly want is for your child to be happy and healthy – if they do well academically, it’s a bonus.  And this was a bonus after all we’ve been through.
  • For missing major tailbacks in a traffic jam which meant that I got home in good time, when there were reports of people taking 6 hours to travel 2 miles!
  • For hearing the words, “Thank you Mummy.  You’re the best Mummy ever!”. ~ This was after walking our little girl’s friend home after a play date after school, popping into the shop and she asked very politely for chocolate.  Yes I know it’s cupboard love but still…

Wow, that’s a mega lot of happiness this week!

My word of the week is ‘simple’ because most of these things came about from doing, seeing, saying or hearing something quite simple  🙂

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

Share your happy with me!

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Win a gem necklace from DeeBee jewellery ~ giveaway

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Hello and welcome to another very exciting giveaway!

Yes, you can win this pretty gem necklace from deebee jewellery.

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I’m very proud to be a brand ambassador for deebee jewellery and am very excited to be giving away this pretty gem necklace to one lucky reader!  I’ve expressed before on here how much I love the look of their products in a review of a buddha bracelet.  And this gem necklace is no exception.

Don’t you just love it?!

But don’t take my word for it… you can visit deebee jewellery here and you can also find deebee on Twitter and Facebook .

Go and say hello! 🙂
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Now, onto how you can win this gem necklace from DeeBee!  Just enter by using the rafflecopter (below).  The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 17th August 2016. Good luck to you 😉

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One good reason for the lousy British Summer !…

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As I write this where I am in the UK, it’s Summer and the clouds are, well, cloudy.  But not just cloudy, they are storm cloudy!  And I may have had a hand in this!

Why?

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I got prepared and stocked up on sun cream for our little girl.  Not from a special offer on the High Street.  Nope, from an online store.  Amazon to be precise.

Because our little girl is allergic to ‘regular’ sun cream.  I wanted to be prepared.

Oops!!

Rewind 2 years ago – our little girl’s skin started to come out in small raised bumps, very similar to heat rash.  The bumps were itchy and disappeared within a day or 2 of the last application of sun cream.

Last year was the same.  So we went back to our trusted brand of sun cream.

And then this year, we had a weekend of glorious sunshine.  I suddenly realised we had just about enough Sunsense sun cream for a day’s application!

So I ordered a couple more bottles on Amazon Prime to keep us going.

A couple of days in the week that followed were still glorious sunshine.  But since then we’ve had scattered showers – some of them thundery…

Sorry about that!

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Have you been prepared, only for it to backfire?  Does your little one have a skin allergy, particularly with sun cream.  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #2

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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?!)

3 is it your magic number highlights of happy 1 gratitude journal grateful happiness positivity positive thinking friendship

In my new weekly feature, I will 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 will then round it off with one word that sums up my happy.

So, what am I happy and grateful for this week?

  • Our little girl getting a party invitation from one of her best friends at school ~ no big deal, you might think… 6 year olds tend to get lots of party invites.  Perhaps.  But when I look back at how our daughter has settled into her new school and made new friends, it makes me very happy.
  • For meeting up with friends that we haven’t seen for a while ~ our girls were excited to see each other, they played together and we had a good chin-wag.  And the weather held off for us while they ran amock at an open day too!
  • For a nice hot shower after swimming with our little girl ~ there’s something amazingly amazing about a nice, hot shower in your own shower after a pool session. (Sometimes you have to ignore bad grammar to get the point across!)  🙂
  • For a lovely smoothie made by our little girl and hubby ~ while I watched the men’s singles final at Wimbledon… well not actually at Wimbledon.  But I had my feet up and was cheering our man Murray on!  And the smoothie was delish.
  • For hearing our daughter sing a goodbye song that she’s been learning at school ~ the Head teacher is leaving the school for pastures new this year and the school have learnt a song to sing.  She’s made quite an impression on our lives.
  • Hearing a good friend’s positive news on the health front ~ more often than not, we really don’t have anything to moan about do we?
  • That our daughter got a commemorative coin for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations ~ our community held an event which most of the school ended up attending.  It was wonderful to hear them all sing along to the National Anthem.  Look out for a blog post to follow about the coin 🙂

What a lovely lot of happiness this week!

My word of the week is ‘friendship’ because it seems to feature twice here.  Just lovely 🙂

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

Share your happy with me!

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When a teacher leaves a good impression

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Life is ever-changing isn’t it? It’s full of events that leave an impression on our lives.

Even if your own life is chugging along with little change, chances are that something running parallel to it will affect it in some way and influence it.  This is what makes the world go round after all.

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At the beginning of our rollercoaster ride, we moved house and our little girl subsequently started a new school.  The transition generally was incredibly smooth and we are very grateful for the Headteacher working so hard to accommodate us while we were going through a family bereavement.

It was with sadness, excitement and ultimately surprise that we were told of the Head moving on to pastures new.  We’ve been very fortunate that our little girl loves her new teacher and also the Head.

She’s forever making little cards for her teacher.  And after school one day she told me that, along with a friend, they had picked a bunch of ‘flowers’ (likely a limp handful of weeds from the school field!) and taken them to the Head as a leaving present!  (She’s currently penning a poem for the Head and I reckon that if it wasn’t child labour, I could use her skills for my Bespoke Rhymes!)

The positive effect our little girl’s school has had on this new chapter of our lives has been profound and we will certainly never, ever forget the time and attention that the Head (and supporting staff, no doubt) have given us.

So thank you, particularly to the Head who gives new meaning to the phrase ‘leaving a good impression’, the emphasis being on ‘leaving’ of course! 🙂

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Have you had any events (school related or otherwise) that have left a good impression recently?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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