#AllSortsofBlogs ~ Best Blogs to Read… 39

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This is where I share my pick of the best blogs that I’ve read in the last week or so and I invite you to do the same.  So please link up your favourite blog post (or posts) of the week (funny, serious, somewhere in-between, part of another linky or stand-alone… anything goes ~ it doesn’t matter!).  Then sit back, read a few other posts in the link up and enjoy…

Tweet @AllSortsHere with #AllSortsofBlogs and your blog post url and I’ll retweet. :)  I’ll also share every single post on twitter and a few on facebook and pinterest too.

The link up is open from  6 am Saturdays to midnight the following Friday.

And my favourites were…

When Jocelyn at The Reading Residence asked her daughter ‘what makes a good mum?’.  To me, this is the innocence and honesty of childhood…

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This post from Renee at Mummy Tries can help you to become the best you.  I’ve read her self-help book.  In fact, she’s been my Featured Author for the last month… Bookmark my book review!

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Next, hop over to Antonia Chitty at 38to39 for a review of a must-read for anyone suffering with depression, whether personally or someone they know…

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And I smell a rat!  That aside, here’s a great writing challenge from Maddy at WritingBubble.

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…I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I did!

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Look what we’ve got ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Look what we’ve got…

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We’re all entitled to our wallowing time

Our “what if” moments, waiting for a sign.

But when we’re done, all our tears subsided,

It’s time to be positive and open-minded.

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Then we should focus, be grateful… for what?

That we’re here, in the ‘now'; look what we’ve got…

Each other, united, come together as one,

There’s a long way to go but for now we have won.

By Carol Cameleon

Join in and link up with any genre of writing…

Linky open from 0630 Wednesday to 12 midday Saturday GMT

 

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A papery goat for Chinese New Year ~ February #PaperyPeep

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A papery goat for Chinese New Year…

Our little bear’s school is currently decorating its walls in sheep and goats for Chinese New Year.  Part of her homework for Half Term was to create something, anything, connected with the occasion.

She chose to make a goat.  First we got the paper, then we got the glue.  Then I got told off for starting to draw the outline of the goat before we’d made a big enough ‘canvas’!  So we got more paper and more glue… and then I started to draw… while our little bear began to decorate her ‘goat’.

The horns are glittery, the fur is kind of swirly spirally (!) and the whole time she was dressed up as Anna wearing her Elsa wig!

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We handed the picture in to her teacher and our little bear had a visit to the Head with some of her classmates to show off their pictures :)

I love helping our bear with her homework and especially like the more creative challenges.  So far, this challenge is top of the pops with Goldilocks and the Three Bears :)

Are you a papery peep?  Then visit Jocelyn’s blog (the brainchild behind #PaperyPeep) by clicking the badge below…

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#AllSortsofBlogs ~ Best Blogs to Read… 38

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This is where I share my pick of the best blogs that I’ve read in the last week or so and I invite you to do the same.  So please link up your favourite blog post (or posts) of the week (funny, serious, somewhere in-between, part of another linky or stand-alone… anything goes ~ it doesn’t matter!).  Then sit back, read a few other posts in the link up and enjoy…

Tweet @AllSortsHere with #AllSortsofBlogs and your blog post url and I’ll retweet. :)  I’ll also share every single post on twitter and a few on facebook and pinterest too.

The link up is open from  6 am Saturdays to midnight the following Friday.

And my favourites were…

An interesting post from The Uncheshire Wife highlighting that education is a bit of a team effort…

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Never a truer word spoken by Tori at Teacuptoria about women drivers!

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And as a previous habitual worrier, these 6 ways to deal with worry are great tips from Heels and Hooves.  I especially like the  one about writing it down.  Seeing as this blog focusses on positivity, I wanted to include this post in my round-up.

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Now onto my #WonderfulWorldofWriting linkers…

Renee at Mummy Tries gave herself a 10-1 writing challenge with ‘The Dream’ theme.  Read this and it will all make sense.  What a great job she did of it too!

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And also Lexie at Those Words She Wrote shared a beautfully written piece about ‘The Girl’

…I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I did!



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A Spectator’s View ~ Short story #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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A SPECTATOR’S VIEW part 1

John put his briefcase down, lit a cigarette and pulled out his mobile phone. It was time to seal a deal before the train came. He had dealt with George before so there would be no need for formalities. Taking a sip of the tasteless takeaway tea, he tapped on his phone to speed dial his client on hands-free.

George. John Barnes here. Morning to you. Have you had any other quotes for the refurbishment yet?”

Ah John, morning. Well yes, as it happens I have had a very competitive quote from a newly established company,” George replied. “All the employees have reputable backgrounds themselves and I have to say that I am very keen to speak to them again.” George knew that John would not like his answer.

I see. That’s all well and good George,” came the reply, “but perhaps you should ask yourself if you can trust a new company with no proven track record. By that I mean can you risk spending thousands of pounds of your company’s profit on a refurbished office that will need maintenance work sooner rather than later?” John asked his client with a feeling of self-assurance.

George was not in the mood for John’s manipulation this morning. He had a train to catch and was ready to sit down and read his newspaper before switching his laptop on. To this end he decided to play it cool with John.

Perhaps you should ask yourself if a new company manned by people with a vast knowledge and experience should be any less worthy of this contract than your lot who have been in the business for years and tend to have blinkers on?”

John could tell this was not going to be an easy deal to clinch. As he came back with his reply, George saw him standing at the end of the platform, all hunched over in the cold.

I understand what you’re saying George”, John stressed, rubbing his eyes with a clenched fist.

But do you really John?” George asked, interrupting calmly and firmly. “Can you honestly say that you think your deal would beat any other company’s worth its salt?”

John tensed up and rubbed his nose and said, “The quote I have given you is reflective of the materials and tools to be used.”

Liar”, thought George, “I bet you couldn’t look me in the eye and say that.”

With a pregnant pause John continued…

Stop by in a month for part 2

Whilst at college, back in the day, I compiled a ‘writing portfolio’ of which I was very proud.  And I still am, which is why I’m now sharing this story on my blog for my blog linky #WonderfulWorldofWriting.  Join in and link up with any genre of writing…

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Time wasting zen

So, I’m supposed to be writing but instead I’m procrastinating in my time wasting zen !  Oh yes, this is procrastination at its best!  I haven’t kicked it into touch yet this month – better get a move on!

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Okay, so I’m not playing for time in a negative sense… because I’ve already written for my allocated daily time on my current writing project.  But there’s always room for more writing isn’t there?!  While playing for time I have created a new blog linky!  As you do…

I just couldn’t help myself!  And now that’s all the technical bits and pieces conjured up for the linky, it really is time to get back to my actual writing ;)

And to round up this blog post, a nonsense piece of writing that I’ve mentioned before!

Time-wasting zen

I’m playing for time, fingers tapping away

It’s all drivle and waffle, not hip hip hooray!

Kettle’s just boiled, ipad’s going ‘ping ping’

A quick cuppa, a loo stop, a social media ‘fling’.

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Just 5 minutes won’t hurt, I deserve a break,

I’ve been working hard for 10 minutes, for goodness’ sake!

I know every nook, every mark, every imperfect wall,

I blame the stubborn blu-tac that’s making me stall.

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It’s on my to-do list, to tick off this week,

That reminds me, the to-do list could do with a tweek…

That counts as writing, it’s a words from a pen!

And then maybe a bath, my perfect time-wasting zen…

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Let me write a personal rhyme especially for you.

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A personal rhyme from you to them,
it’s unique, bespoke and easy.
Get in touch today, waste no more time,
It’s really easy peasy…

“Bespoke Rhymes

…for those personal times”

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#AllSortsofBlogs ~ new best blogs link up coming soon!

From 21st Feb, this is where I’ll share my pick of the best blogs that I’ve read in my weekly round-up and I’ll invite you to choose your favourite posts from your blogs.  So please get ready, get steady and link up your favourite blog post (or posts) of the week (funny, serious, somewhere in-between, part of another linky or stand-alone… anything goes ~ it doesn’t matter!).  Then sit back, read a few other posts in the link up and enjoy…

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Valentines Day ~ a poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Valentines Day

As I bring to the fore all the reasons to smile,

I see the good life, no reason to wallow,

Well, why would I wallow, why would I moan?

Reasons to be grateful, I’m not alone,

I’m grateful, I don’t need a reason like Valentine’s Day

To feel the love around me each day,

Am I lucky?  Maybe. But some say you create

Your own happiness, and when you find your soul mate,

You just know deep in your heart,

Deep in your soul,

As long as they’re with me,

I know I’ll be ‘whole’.

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By Carol Cameleon

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Is it someone’s birthday and you don’t know what to do?

Let me write a personal rhyme especially for you.

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A personal rhyme from you to them,
it’s unique, bespoke and easy.
Get in touch today, waste no more time,
It’s really easy peasy…

“Bespoke Rhymes

…for those personal times”

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Positivity on paper

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One thing I do each day is to make a quick note in my paper diary (not my smartphone!..).  A note to acknowledge to myself what has made me happy and grateful each day.  Some have ‘happiness jars’.  It’s such a tonic and makes me focus on the good stuff.  I used to do something similar when I experienced depression years ago.  That’s not to say that I’m feeling depressed.  It’s just to get into the habit of looking at the good in any situation.  As we go from day to day, through the motions, we often find that we face challenges (even mundane ones like ‘simply’ getting out of the house on time!).  I know that I do!

Given that my blog rarely (if ever) features down-trodden writing or negativity, and given that my blog is all about positivity, I thought it would be good to share this approach with you all.  Okay, so it might not be ‘writing’ in the strictest sense of the word but I am physically writing down positive thoughts.  Sort of affirming them forever :)

What do you do to focus on the positive each day?

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Virtually All Sorts pick of the best blogs ~ round-up 37

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Welcome back to my pick of the best blogs.  Last week was mainly a vocational week, courtesy of our little bear (!) and I had quite a thought-provoking ‘time’ in my #WonderfulWorldofWriting linky.  Again, enjoyed taking part in several linkys last week and these are the blog posts that I particularly enjoyed as I negotiated teh blogosphere.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did:

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‘Mumma’ over at Our Little Life by the Sea has just launched her series of blog posts to help you meditate ‘easily and quickly’.  Her first post was on how to meditate.  It’s right up my street and I hope you’ll glean plenty of benefit from it too.  You might also like to have a read of my #TheZenZing posts on the benefits of lemon water and the benefits of ‘the breath’ while you’re in the mood ;)

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Here’s post from October 2014 but is timeless really.  Tim at Slouching Towards Thatcham shared his son’s wonderful handwriting (3 pages later!) and mused on writing vs sporty children…

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Now onto my linky #WonderfulWorldofWriting:

Antonia at 38to39 shared her experimental writing, taking segments of writing and making them into a story.  Each segment turning into a story in its own right.

Have a read and enjoy!

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Get in touch today, waste no more time,
It’s really easy peasy…

“Bespoke Rhymes

…for those personal times”

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