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What to make the family for dinner? Try this idea…

Each and every week, I try to vary the meals that we have as a family.  I even do meal plans which are usually governed by… what days our 7 year old has school dinners (and what she has), what friends are coming round for tea, what do they like, what have we got in the freezer?  Oh yes, the freezer saves the day many a time!

And of course, I try very hard to balance out freshly cooked with frozen.  But what I really love is when you find a meal that the family loves, will even ask for (yes, really!) is quick and easy and tastes just as good prepared ahead or cooked fresh …  our family favourite is…

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Share The Joy Blog Linky

Yes, it’s time to Share The Joy again you lovely people! 

And I can’t WAIT to read your posts.

Share the Joy is the happiness-focused linky.  Bloggers, writers, artists, poets, if creating something made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile – you’re welcome here.

But you’re probably wondering where the usual host Lizzie is… well the lovely Lizzie has decided to share the joy even further with the help of 3 co-hosts: that’s me, Amanda from SpiritKidNetwork and Christina from LadyBugHome !  You’ll also see down below that it’s got a new badge ! (in fact with massive thanks to Amanda, we’ve all got new images and badges.  Couldn’t have done it without her, that’s for sure…)

So, how do you link up your joy?

1) Link up a creation that has brought you JOY – all genres are welcome, new or old favourites and as many links as you like!

2) Include the Share the Joy badge (below) or a text link back to this page in your own post.

3) Please comment on one of your hosts’ posts and a few others. Let’s Share the JOY through commenting as well as through our posts!

STJ will run for a whole week until the following week’s linky is open, so you’ll never be too late. And don’t forget to tweet me @AllSortsHere  and also @lizzie_roles , @ladybughome1 and @SpiritKidNet the URL to your post using the hashtag #sharethejoylinky so we can retweet it.

Feel free to invite your friends to join in – JOY is always better when it’s shared!

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Share The Joy with Encouragement

Share The Joy With encouragement And The Kindness Calendar

Share The Joy with Encouragement

 Kindness is something that I really try to embed into my every day life.  And also into our 7 year old’s daily life (not forgetting hubby too!).  We’re only human and so some days take more effort, more thinking about.  But I’ve been following The Kindness Calendar from MakeTodayHappy and this week, my act of kindness that stood out was…

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Giveaway ~ Buddha bracelet

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Giveaway ~ Buddha bracelet

So this giveaway might end on the 13th October but who’s it going to be a lucky number for??
Enter using the rafflecopter below and it could be you…
Buddha Bracelet Giveaway Zen

The giveaway is open to UK entries only and closes at midnight on 13th October 2017.  In which case 13 will be lucky for someone!

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What does friendship mean to you?

Friendship What Does It Mean To You

What does friendship mean to you?

Is it fake or ‘phoney’?  Does it mean interacting in your home through a screen, digitally or in your home over a cuppa with an actual real-life  (RL) person?

Nowadays, for me it means digital interaction.  And you know what?  I readily admit that.

Friendship What Does It Mean To You

Virtual or real-life?

First up, I’m a blogger and that brings with it an obsessive amount of interaction with other bloggers who turn into virtual friends (having not yet met them in RL, they remain virtual friends).  I interact with these friends daily; liking, commenting, sharing wins and woes, offering advice, support and sometimes, just by ‘being there’.  Isn’t that what a RL friendship is too?

Inevitably, I think, my friendship circle has changed over the years, particularly post-child.  It’s natural that friendships change when you have children and families.

And employment has changed too.  Again, friendships fell by the wayside and things change over time.  Yet I’m friends with a lot of these RL people still.  I’ve got their numbers and sometimes I do send a random text or (shock horror!) even call them!  Yes, really!

I know there are a couple of RL friends who would drop anything and I for them.

That’s friendship

To me, it doesn’t matter how you formed that friendship or how you interact.  That doesn’t matter in friendship.

And what’s just as important is that as I’ve grown up, I’ve broken free from ‘bad’ friendships.  The ones that give me a  bad vibe, that almost give me a bad taste.  I decided a while back that I didn’t want those ‘toxic’ friends in my life.  So I just meandered away and lost contact.  And I feel better for it.

Honesty not pretence

There will be some who don’t ‘get’ my vibe.  And that’s okay.  We’re all different.  I don’t take offence.  In fact, it’s a relief not to ‘have’ to pretend!  Friendships are made from honesty, not pretence, after all.

I asked some other bloggers for their thoughts on friendship and here are their thoughts:

Jemma Wilson  mayflowerblogs.com

I have recently walked away from a 7 year friendship. I hadn’t realised how toxic it was until I looked back and discussed things that had happened or been said with other friends and family. 
I realised how much negativity that friend had brought to my life and how awful she made me feel.  I have no room for negativity in my life now.

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Cheryl Dodd mummyof5miracles.com

I’ve recently stopped a few ‘close’ friendships as they were all about me listening to them and their problems and when I really needed someone there was no-one there 

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Emma Chaplin  ourfairytaleadventure.com

Over time I’ve grown and drifted apart from people, but I think that is just life. Now I’m a mum I have made a great group of mum friends who are incredibly supportive. I have made a few friends through blogging, but I’ve met all of them in person and meet up for dinner during the blogging conference season. I find it hard to class someone as a ‘friend’ if I haven’t actually met them in person.

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Lauren Porter sophiesnursery.com

I think my favourite quote is “a friend loves you all the time” – we all have flaws & all go through bad times in our lives, its the ones that stick by you that are true friends.

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Emma Reed  emmareed.net

I’ve had to leave friendships behind because once someone betrays me that’s it for me. I find it hard to forget and my brain will torture me thinking they could hurt me again. Having said that I have just got back into contact with two friends from school who I had drifted from and it’s been so nice to be back around people I like and I know I can trust. I think with real friends it doesn’t matter how long it has been you can always just pick up where you left off and it comes naturally

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Laura Light savingsforsavvymums.co.uk

I have more online friends than real ones. I speak to my online friends everyday, share what’s happening with them, even though I’ve never met them. I like my real friends (obviously) but I struggle to contact to people in real life. I find online a lot easier!! 

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Charlie Beswick  ouralteredlife.com

As I’ve got older I’ve realised that the old saying ‘quality not quantity’ is true. When I was younger it was all about having a ‘group’ around me and feeling part of something but as I’ve got older and more self-assured, I’ve realised that I actually just need those few friends who have been with me through the good, bad and ugly. I have walked away from friendships that used and drained me but I’m grateful for them all as they just help you see the type of friends you want and more importantly, the kind of friend YOU want to be. 

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Jo Isherwood cupoftoast.co.uk

I can go hours or weeks between contact with my friends but when we are together or pick up the phone to talk it feels as though it has only ever been minutes. To me, that’s a sign of a true and long lasting relationship.

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Sinead Latham  sineadlatham.com

I’m not really a massive fan of people in general, but the friends I have are awesome. We don’t hang out all the time, but we are all ok with that.

I also have an awesome bunch of online ladies who have really helped me and my confidence as it took a bit of a beating when I first became a mum and I felt I couldn’t talk to anyone Face to face about it. 

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Samantha Rickelton  northeastfamilyfun.co.uk

As I’ve grown older I’ve said goodbye to a few toxic friends. It feels sad at the time (and still does now) but really, these types of friendships don’t benefit anyone. 

I’ve made lots of online friends through the year – it’s an easy way to make friends with like-minded people when you’re at home with the kids and can’t always get out. Many of my online friendships have transferred over to real life now and as well as chatting every day online, we regularly meet up 

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Lisa Valentine  thatbritishbetty.com

Last year, aged 33, I walked away from a friendship that began in 1996. It was always critical and if I’m honest, simply convenient but we took different paths. I’m a little bohemian and she was very traditional. We had different views on politics, parenting and relationships. I stopped texting, arranging to meet for a monthly coffee and it naturally deteriorated. Not bitter or nasty, just outgrew each other. I have other friends who I don’t see for six months yet we catch up like we’ve never been apart. I think you change so much as you get older that your social circles also adapt.

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #60 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

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 in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

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.)


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…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Why we let our young daughter use makeup ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

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Why we let our young daughter use makeup

As our daughter grows up (and up and up!), I’m most definitely realising that her baby days are long gone, and her toddler days too.  But I often find it really hard to let go and her her find her way, let her independence grow and let her discover the world around her in her way.

But it’s vital for their development isn’t it?

One area that we give her absolute free-rein is make-up.  She loves to experiment and I adore to see her ‘apply it’, seeing the end result of invariably blue or pink eyeshadow smudged all around her eyelids.  It’s an adorable part of a little girl being no-so-little and growing her make-believe fairy wings out.  Though it makes me sad and even pine for my beautiful newborn, I can equally see my beautiful, wonderful daughter blossoming and growing, expressing herself and becoming her.  To me, that’s just as important as remembering her baby and toddler days.

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Writing blog linky #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ September 2017

Wonderful World of Writing www Blog Linky Virtually All sorts September 2017

Welcome to my writing blog linky!

Have you got some writing to share?

Wonderful World of Writing www Blog Linky Virtually All sorts September 2017

Poetry, prose, short stories 500 words or under, flash fiction.  Anything goes!  As many as you like!

I’d love you to share your writing with me.  Please link up below – it’s open all month starting on the first of the month (and if you choose to – and if you don’t blog – please tweet your post url to me @AllSortsHere and include #WonderfulWorldofWriting or simply #www )  #www for short because we can share a wonderful world of writing on the world wide web! 🙂

 Before you go, here’s my post that explains why writing’s my way to inner peace

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #59 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 59 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Music

Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's Time For A dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 59 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Music

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

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 in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

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.)


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…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Review ~ personalised photo gifts from Bags of Love

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Review ~ personalised photo gifts from Bags of Love

There’s a picture on my hard drive which I took myself.  It’s not perfect and it’s not going to win any awards.  But that doesn’t matter.  What matters is that it holds memories.
It’s a picture that was taken of the sunset on holiday last year.  The colours came out beautifully and it makes me smile.  I told hubby that it’d look great on a canvas.
So I was really happy when Bags of Love got in touch and offered me one of their products to review.  They’re a personalised photo gift company and when I saw that they do canvases, I knew exactly what to choose, although I could have chosen from personalised clothing, kitchenware, homeware, luggage…
Anything you can think of that can be personalised and I reckon it’ll be on their website!
The design process is very simple.  You upload your picture, alter any dimensions, then you preview and you’re good to go.  I chose a 50 x 40.

And here it is…

Review Of Personalised Photo Gifts From Bags Of Love Canvas

The packaging

The canvas was securely packaged and easy to hang (the screws are included).

Worth the money?

I can only speak for the RRP of the canvas of my size which was £60 including p&p.  It’s very good value and excellent quality.

If I could change anything…

I don’t think I would.  The website was easy to navigate, the order process was straight-forward and you get a reminder email if you haven’t completed your order.  Nothing not to like here really!

Don’t forget to follow Bags of Love on social media:

twitter, instagram, facebook, pinterest and google +..

What would you choose from their website?

*I was sent the canvas to review free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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