What’s our special memory of the 90th birthday of the Queen ?

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On  the occasion of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, our little girl’s school learnt the National Anthem.

Now at the time of writing this, she is fast approaching 7 years old (yes, I did blink but thankfully I don’t feel like I’ve missed too much…).

In that time, she has received 2 (yes 2!) letters from the Queen’s Lady In Waiting on behalf of the Queen herself.  The first time she received a letter from Buckingham Palace was a momentous occasion!

We were also in London at Buckingham Palace on the morning that Princess Charlotte was born.  And now… she has received a commemorative 90th birthday coin!

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As a super proud mummy, I can tell you that seeing a letter on your doorstep with the Royal Crest postmarked Buckingham Palace and addressed to your daughter, not once but twice is incredible!

The original letters are safely stashed away and copies were taken into school on both occasions.

In the lead up to the Queen’s 90th birthday, our daughter’s school were invited to a beacon lighting in the town and everyone sang the National Anthem when the beacon was lit.  It was pretty special and all the pupils received a coin to treasure.  I know it will potentially be a number of years until our daughter appreciates these occasions but as her parents, we can savour them now 🙂

As an after thought, I wonder what the BFG would say when told of these letters from ‘Her Majester’ to our daughter…

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Did your child’s school/nursery do anything to celebrate this occasion? I’d love to hear about it!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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All that glitters ~ a boredom buster activity

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As with the average household with children, it’s not uncommon to come across a creation by our little girl, you might call it a boredom buster activity.  But the twist here is that she hadn’t actually uttered the words, “I’m boooored!”…

The creation can be anything from a Hello Kitty collage, to a present for Father Christmas or an insect hotel!

There are no limits to our daughter’s imagination it seems.  So when I was politely summonsed to see her latest Tate Modern-inspired offering, this is what I saw.

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This is the cushion on top of a footstool, in case you were wondering…

 

I was reluctant to clear it up to be honest.  When the light caught the sequins, it was so pretty (the picture really doesn’t do it justice!)

I feel sure that very soon our daughter will be able to open her own art gallery.  And when she does, entry is bound to be by donation to her choice of animal charity and/or to give a seagull a bed!

Joking aside, hubby and I are both passionate about giving our little girl the space (physically and mentally) that she needs to express herself.  Be it by writing or art creations 🙂

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How about your child?  Do they like creating?  Perhaps they could collaborate with our little girl?! 😉  I’d love to hear about it!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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What music puts a spring in your step? Share the vibe! ~ Positive Thinking

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Do you listen to music in the morning?

(Or when you get up if you’re a shift worker!)

How about today?

When we have breakfast, we always have the radio on.  Usually the same station.

Except at weekends when we have a more upbeat station on because our weekday regular is often less upbeat.

We always have some kind of music wafting through the sound waves of our house!

It’s a no-brainer that feel-good music makes you feel, well, good!

And who doesn’t want to start their day in a good mood?

My advice is to be more conscious of what you listen to.  It could make or break the start of your day!

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What did you listen to this morning?  Did it put a spring in your step?  What’s your favourite song to lift your mood?

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

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #11

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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?  Here’s my vlog that tells you.  If you’d rather read all about it, see below the vlog 🙂 

For diaries and planners ~ being Miss Organised, I wouldn’t feel complete without them and not wishing the time away, I’m looking forward to getting my 2017 set!

For yumminess ~ strawberries, chocolate pancakes and squirty cream.

That our girl got a golden sticker from the Headteacher ~ her friend nominated her for being kind.  Only 3 children in her class got a golden sticker; it wasn’t across the board!

For more yumminess ~ croissants and bacon.

For smiley faces ~  I’ve been sharing some smiley faces made from ‘themed’ objects… proof that you can find a smile anywhere if you look hard enough and often in the most unlikely places.

For our daughter doing my make-up and me hers!  We used chopped up sponge and water… and lots of imagination.  Shame – I’d have loved to post up a picture of all those rainbow colours on my face!

For down-time with our daughter ~ watching TV with her after school and ‘zoning out’ with her 🙂

My happy word this week is ‘golden’ because it’s not everyday you get a golden sticker for being kind.

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

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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 new linky post opens at 0600 GMT on the last Sunday of each month.

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A Spectacle ~ #FlashFiction

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He wasn’t sure what had brought him here.  In truth, he didn’t know where he was but looking at the window, he guessed it was an old converted church.

He hadn’t been to church for years.

Perhaps this was his calling?

Then, a distraction.

He could see a reflection in his glasses; they were lights that moved as he did and followed his every move.

Yet when he took his glasses off to see the source, the light was nowhere to be seen.

Was it a trick of the light or a trick of his mind?

A trick that resulted in him seeing things from a different point of view?

Ironic that taking his glasses off helped him to see more clearly.

He felt sure that he had lost his religion, as he moved to ascend the stairs.

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How to prepare for your child’s chosen career

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I’ve talked before of how adventures between our little girl and her daddy give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.  Particularly when I know she’s been thinking of me.  Their one-on-one time is important. Vital, even.

Just as vital though, is time as a family.  This quality time makes me feel fuzzy in equal measures, just in different ways.

Like the time we found ourselves on the beach and our daughter busied herself making and creating.

When I asked her what it was, she said, “It’s a seagull bed!”

Of course it is.  I can see it now! Can you? 😉

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A seagull bed… clearly 😉

 

At the last mention, our daughter’s chosen vocation was to be a singing vet, among other things – so that she can do alternate singing and vet days (love her!)

Therefore, it makes sense to make a seagull bed, doesn’t it? 🙂

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Bags of Love

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Little gives me greater pleasure or gives me a warmer, fuzzier feeling than our little girl and her daddy spending one-on-one time together.

Although I miss not being a part of it, I know it’s vital that they have this time together.

And then there’s hearing all about that special time from our little as she tells me (with great animation) of all the things they’ve done together!

Hearing it in her words, in her expression, hearing about her favourite parts is just simply priceless!

One moment like this came recently.  During a day out together, our little girl had chosen a bag for me (which hubby bought of course, thanks hubby!)

This was not just any bag, it was a bag chosen with love by our daughter.  In my favourite colour – turquoise!

I started using it straight away and it will always be special to me.  Our daughter chose a pink one and has prettied it up even more.

Here’s hers…


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Hers tends to be used for storing and transporting loom bands and reams!

And mine?

It’s full of love and always will be!

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Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #10

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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?  Here’s my vlog that tells you.  If you’d rather read all about it, see below the vlog 🙂 

De-cluttering ~ finding a cupboard to fit in an odd/small shape, putting it together and having a sort out.  That’s better!

Heart-melting moments ~ walking home from school with our daughter, her friend caught up with us on her scooter (Dad following close behind) and gave our girl a sweet.  It was her sister’s birthday and she had some sweets left.  Sweet moments like this are catching…

I-spy ~ such a simple game but one that really did give me so much quality time and enjoyment with our daughter for a while.

Guitar ~ seeing our girl tinker on the guitar after her Daddy had tuned it in with the piano.  Then they had a mini jam together.  It was just magical and I absolutely love seeing them together like this.

Decorating ~ randomly, our daughter decided she would like to decorate her ceiling.  So, she used a light-saber type thing to point on her ceiling and asked me to stick glittery bits of paper to her ceiling 🙂

Drenched ~ we had continual rain one day this week.  It was the sort that didn’t stop all day and got faster/harder randomly through the day.  It was still warm though and our daughter went outside for a good 10 minutes and got totally drenched, laughing, jumping and having a ball in it!  I joined her too (for all of 2 minutes, in my waterproof coat!)

Turquoise ~ that I found time to paint my nails turquoise.  My favourite colour 🙂

Just because ~ Hubby bought me some beautiful flowers, my favourite dark chocolate and vanilla candles… just because!

Headband ~ Another simple thing but our daughter has jobs to do daily.  She saw a My Little Pony Fluttershy headband that she desperately wanted but didn’t quite have enough pennies.  Mid-week, she had built up enough pennies but we didn’t have enough time to get it, around the school-run and general life.  So, I popped to get it, made her day and she paid me back with her hard-earned money!

I found it near impossible to choose just one moment this week but it has to be done and my happy word this week is ‘because’ … just because I look at the beautiful flowers hubby bought me and it makes me happy each time.  (And the cats haven’t attacked them yet).  

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!

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