Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #26

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…

(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?

Well it’s been a peculiar week really.  It started off with an issue at school, which was a bit of come-down after last week’s Head Teacher award.  But I’m very grateful that our daughter can approach us, speak to us, knows that we’ll listen and knows that we’ll help her to take action.  Which we’ve done.  So that’s the positive out of the slightly negative.

I’m also happy to have arranged for 2 more of her friends to come round after school and at the weekend.  It’s so nice to hear her scheming playing nicely with her friends.

Our local shop is offering daily free fruit for children for the whole of January.  We’ve only just got around to signing up for it but we’ve just enjoyed our first free piece of fruit (today in fact!).  Our daughter loves fruit and eats plenty of it so doesn’t need any encouragement to consume it but it makes it slightly easier on our pocket.  Win, win!

I got everything, yes everything done on my list one day.  Wow, what a feeling!!  The rest of the week has just about made up for that small victory though!…

Not that I’m wishing time away but for various reasons, a massive amount has been going on here and truthfully, I’m very glad it’s gone quickly.  Hello weekend 🙂  THAT makes me happy!

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So that’s my happy this week and my happy word is ‘spinning’ because at times I’ve really felt like my head’s spinning, that I’m in a bit of a whirlwind and that the plates are going to fall!  But to keep that positive vibe going on, all the ‘plates’ have either stopped spinning or are under control now 🙂

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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How you and your child can learn from your history

Our daughter keeps asking to see photos of me as a baby.  She’s fascinated!  I keep meaning to dig them out at my parents.  (Yes, they actually have them stuck into photo albums, not saved and hidden from view on a hard drive and in ‘clouds’…)

There’s one particular photo of our daughter when she was around 6 months old in her bouncer.  She’s the complete and utter, absolute double of me as a baby in this photo (except her eye colour and tone, which are 100% hubby’s – the shape of the eyes and the gaze are absolutely me though…)

I love looking back at photos.  It’s fascinating that my baby face started out so soft and unweathered!  I wonder now what the first real stress was that I experienced and what effect that had on my features.  And then as to how much more stress and lack of sleep over the years contributed to my ‘now’ face!  (No, I’m not doing before and after pics!)

But it’s life, isn’t it?  It’s what makes us, us.

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How we deal with life and stress, of course, can determine how rugged and weathered we look years down the line.  Some of it’s genetics but if I knew growing up what I know now about life, about healthy living, about the effects of ‘what goes in, comes out’ (so to speak!), I would very likely have had a different approach, have been kinder to my younger self!  Maybe even have taken things more slowly…

I certainly deal with stress in a different way now.

I’m not even sure how I dealt with such things as exams, boys, student life and budgeting.

But nowadays, I choose to relax with candles, yoga, meditation and reiki, and I also eat lots of fruit and veg.

My older, wiser self would, no doubt, be critical of my much younger self.

And as our daughter grows up, I know she takes it all in because she’s asked to do yoga with me.  She asks which crystals are which.  She notices things.  She copies my healthy eating.  She copies my attitude to others and adopts my kinder, more patient qualities (hark at me!)

Being a parent is my chance to re-write history, to open doors for our daughter, to open her mind to possibilities that my younger self knew existed.

I’m using my knowledge and turning my story, my history into her-story

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What would you do differently in turning your story into your child’s future history?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Join in with #HighlightsofHappy on Instagram 25 ~ share your happy!

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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!  I love how the little HOH community is growing.  Please spread the word and we’ll get even more happiness being shared 🙂

To join in, simply post a pic of your ‘happy’ on IG and remember to tag it #HighlightsofHappy (so we can all find it!)  It’s open all week and every Monday I will choose my favourite to showcase on IG and in a dedicated blog post…

As long as it’s your happy and you’d like to share it, then go ahead!  Branching out into making smiley faces is optional 😉

If you’d like to, you can also include a line or 2 telling us why it makes you happy :

Don’t forget that it’s also the opportunity to link up your favourite IG happy pic to the blogpost (by copying the url of the photo you choose in your instagram).

Thank you so much for helping to spread the happiness by sharing your highlights and I’ve got an exciting giveaway for a #HighlightsofHappy in 2017 which goes live on 6th February so if you’re not already subscribed, whizz over to the right hand sidebar so that you don’t miss it 🙂 


Here are my favourites from last week…

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Caroline from @becomingaSAHM shared this beautiful moment when her daughter was out in the snow!

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As part of The Positive Moment Project, Karen from @twotinyhands gave us something to ponder with this fantastic proverb.  I just love an inspiring and thought-provoking quote, don’t you?

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@babiesbiscuitsandbooze shared one of her son’t memorable moments of the week on a shiny new tractor!  What’s not to be happy about?!

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And here’s @larabeeuk ‘s happy snap of her son enjoying being outdoors in the fresh air!

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Thanks so much for sharing your #HighlightsofHappy on instagram everyone 🙂  Please do come back for more next week…

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #25

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…

(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?

Strictly speaking, this is last week but I couldn’t not mention it could I?  Last week, our daughter got a Head Teacher’s award in assembly for ‘outstanding behaviour and getting 10/10 in all her spellings for a whole term’.  To say that we were proud of her is easily the understatement of the year so far!  The Head called out her name, which was a surprise for her and she went up to get her certificate.  Afterwards, she came over to us briefly.  I got a chance to thank her teacher after school too 🙂

A school trip on the horizon, which is always exciting isn’t it?

Buying a new magazine, which I will be reviewing shortly on here.  It’s right on my wavelength (and therefore totally fits in here).  Look out for ‘Enhancing your Mind, Body, Spirit’.

Friends round for tea.

Sharing our daughter’s first *Exciting Things* vlog!  She’s so excited and wants to do lots more!

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So that’s my happy this week and my happy word is ‘exciting’ because that really does sum it all up!

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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“It’s time” ~ poem

How are you doing with your resolutions and goals?

 

Were they set at the beginning of the year?

 

Or did you say to yourself…

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I said that to myself and I started my gratitude journal in December one year instead of 1st of January!  It helps me to focus on my happiness each week.

 

It’s such a great tool for focussing on gratitude that I thought “why wait?”

I saw little point in waiting because…

 

When you wait you do nothing,

you make time stand still.

You don’t tick or tock,

you procrastinate at will.

 

 

When time stands still,

the world still moves on…

Life goes on around you

it waits for no one.

 

 

If you wait for a chance

you’re a fool to be sure;

you should try all the locks

to open the door!

 

 

For when you wait, you do nothing,

chances are you’ll lose out;

don’t wait, you can do it,

of that there’s no doubt…

 

By Carol Cameleon 2017

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Here’s a past-time for all seasons

Have you ever thought that you need to have a perfect blue sky dotted with clouds in order to cloud watch?

 

Well think again…

It’s a past-time for all seasons!

 

Take this picture that I shared on instagram.  Though there’s not much blue sky, isn’t it beautifully atmospheric and zen-like? (if I say so myself!!)

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Granted, I’m not suggesting that you lay on your back on some sodden, cold grass and cloud watch, but just stop a moment.

 

Be in the moment.

 

Take in the clouds as they swirl by… Follow that swirl as it changes form…

 

Although you haven’t got your eyes closed, it’s a great way to slow down and it actually might just be a form of meditation.

 

So, my message to you is ‘do yourself a favour’ and gaze up at the sky; lose yourself in those swirly wirly clouds; relax and be grateful 🙂

 

Why not make it a habit?

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And when you do it, let me know how you got on!

 

 

Do you like cloud watching?  What else do you like to do that relaxes you and is a great past-time to adopt?   I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  And come and say hi on social media ~ 

 

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Join in with #HighlightsofHappy on Instagram 24 ~ share your happy!

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After a little Christmas break, my weekly feature is back!  So, did you have a good time?  I hope so!

Thank you so very much to everyone who shared their #HighlightsofHappy .  I was over on instagram liking and loving them but not sharing them in my weekly #round-up.  Well, I’m BACK and here are my favourites from each and every one of you that has shared the hashtag since it started…  it’s an extra little ‘thank you’.

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!  I love how the little HOH community is growing.  Please spread the word and we’ll get even more happiness being shared 🙂

To join in, simply post a pic of your ‘happy’ on IG and remember to tag it #HighlightsofHappy (so we can all find it!)  It’s open all week and every Monday I will choose my favourites to showcase on IG and in this dedicated blog post…

As long as it’s your happy and you’d like to share it, then go ahead!  Branching out into making smiley faces is optional 😉

If you’d like to, you can also include a line or 2 telling us why it makes you happy :

Don’t forget that it’s also the opportunity to link up your favourite IG happy pic to the blogpost (by copying the url of the photo you choose in your instagram).

Thank you so much for helping to spread the happiness by sharing your highlights and I’ve got an exciting giveaway for a #HighlightsofHappy in 2017 which goes live on 6th February so if you’re not already subscribed, whizz over to the right hand sidebar so that you don’t miss it 🙂 

@Babiesbiscuitsandbooze shared this of a very cool dude!

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A lovely sign from @Aftertheplayground to remind us that Spring/Summer is just around the corner… maybe!

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Melanie @blackberry_stone brought us this beautiful picture of the winter solstice…

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Caroline @BecomingaSAHM shared this lovely family shot

It was a gorgeous (though blimmin cold) winter’s day here with beautiful blue skies, so we headed out for a bike ride and a play. Mid play I managed somehow to catch an almost perfect family snap, we’re all actually smiling, which never happens! Just love this pic, makes me smile whenever I look at it 🙂 #meandmine #familyphotography #familyphoto #meandmineproject #letsgolittles #ourfamilyadventures #pinklinker #highlightsofhappy #cutekidsclub #mamarazzi #momswithcameras #rememberingthesedays #lifecloseup #childhoodunplugged #our_everyday_moments #simplepleasures #simplychildren #mblogger #lovelifeoutside #candid_childhood #cherisheverymoment #whatevertheweatherkids #countrykidsfun #instakids #humansofjoy

A photo posted by Caroline Elliott (@becomingasahm) on

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@larabeeuk shared a bedtime story with us from ‘Message in a Bottle’ and Kiki!

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Here’s a stunning picture from @over40andamumtoone

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Karen’s little boy The Robot @twotinyhands is trying to hide from her here!…

Well this seems like the best use for the kitchen draws… If only I could close him in it!!

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A lovely picture of a couple of besties from @helsy_1983

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Claire @lifeloveanddirtydishes show us sibling love

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A beautiful Sleeping Beauty from @dear_mummy

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I love this one from @bees_circus

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@thimbleandtwig was excited to with a charity shop find!

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Thanks so much for sharing your #HighlightsofHappy on instagram everyone 🙂  Please do come back for more next week…

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #24

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…

(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?

It’s a bumper load of happy this time!  Not least because I’ve had a break for a couple of weeks and it’s ‘built up’ but because this week alone has been amazing!  The good feeling’s flowing because…

of food with my amazing family.

of watching our daughter dance, dance, dance along to her disco light that she got for Christmas!

of my new gratitude journal.

of getting my workspace sorted out.

of sitting and watching a film with hubby and our daughter.

of candles and music.

of getting out of the house into the bracing, fresh air.

of the shops being shut!  On new years day there was only shop open in our little town and it made such a refreshing change on a holiday day.  It’s very rare and signified a nice, chilled out day.

of being (very nearly) clutter free!

of a lovely relationship with my daughter.

of seeing her get excited when she entered a magazine competition.

of seeing our girl with her great grandparents.

of doing yoga and feeling the benefit.

For a lovely phone call from school to say that our girl is going to receive a Head Teacher’s award.  She’s going to receive it in assembly on Friday and both hubby and I are going.  She doesn’t know she’s got an award yet and I’ve been bursting to tell her!  The pride is currently resonating off me 🙂

For doing Cosmic Kids yoga with our girl, at her request.  A lovely moment which I hope to be a regular thing.

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So that’s my happy this week and my happy word is ‘family’.  It could have been proud or happy or relaxed or even busy but it’s family because it’s so, so nice to be with mine!

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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The joys of bedtime reading

Our daughter loves to read.  She always has done.  From back in her first year at school when her phonics learning grew before our very eyes, with sounding out, blending, understanding, expanding her vocab… She’s always thrived in her literacy.

I’ve never held back in my passion of reading with children.  Our daughter is proof that by reading to them every day, then with them, as they learn to read, their literacy goes from strength to strength.

One way that we’ve continued to instil books into our girl’s daily life is with the fabulous old-fashioned bedtime story.

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I’m sure that the vast majority of households with young children build this into the evening routine.  But what about when your young child is growing at an alarming rate both physically and mentally?  What when they don’t want you to read to them or even with them any more?

I knew it would come some day and at 7 years old, that day inevitably came.  However, every cloud as a silver lining!  Why?  Our daughter now asks me to read my book while she reads hers, “Let’s read in our heads, Mummy!”  I’m more than happy to oblige with this because it gives me some down-time and chance to read a few pages to!

And after ‘lights out’, the torch goes on.  At first, she did this on the sly but soon realised that she wasn’t being told off for not going to sleep straight away and now reaches for her torch when it’s lights out.  And so her little bedtime reading adventure continues for a little while longer each night.  I remember myself that there’s something about being immersed into another world, while tucked up in bed, reading by torchlight.  It takes the magic and imagination to another level…

She often reads the same books that I did, such as the Enid Blyton Magic Faraway Tree books.  And that to me, is the most magical thing about the bedtime reading.  I distinctly remember all those wonderful characters literally coming alive from the pages of the book.  What a wonderful time and what wonderful memories!

How did you feel when reading the bedtime story out loud disappeared from your child’s routine?  Or do you still have it, but in a different way, like us?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  And come and say hi on social media ~ 

 

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