Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #22

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…

…so what’s made me happy this week?  You can find out by watching my short vlog or read the words below 🙂

(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!

It’s another bumper week of happiness!  I love that sometimes, you don’t actually realise just what a good week you’ve had until things like post a blog about it all!  And I’m grateful that:

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Our daughter has been singing and dancing at every opportunity!  It’s lovely to see and hear her expressing herself!

For discovering a gratitude advent calendar on facebook.  It’s such a simple yet effective thing to do.

For our girl sharing her maltesers.  I walked through the door after Christmas shopping and hubby and our daughter were watching a Christmas film.  I got a handful of chocolate! 🙂

Our daughter’s school Christmas fayre was great fun and it was lovely to get involved.

Seeing our daughter with her friends and hearing them giggling together.  I often wonder which of these friends will also be around in the teenage years…  What a lovely thought!

For our girl getting her parcels delivered.  She spent her job money this week and she’d been saving a fair bit of it up.

For bumping into a very good family friend at a local Christmas market and her buying our daughter a bauble for our tree.  Because I had told her on the school run that she was going to be decorating our tree.  How kind!

Seeing the local lights switch on and everything that goes with it.  The tat, the raffles, the yummy proper chip shop chips, the drink int he local pub afterwards.  it’s all turning into something of a tradition and it was lovely to share it cousins and other family.  Just lovely!

Getting a new phone upgrade – goodbye dodgy phone!  I should be able to sort out my duplicate instagram posts soon!

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So that’s my happy this week and my happy word is ‘lights’ because they’re so pretty, they lift your mood and it’s such a lovely occasion where the whole community gets involved!

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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Best of 2016 ~ my writing ~ #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Have you got some writing to share?  I’d love you to share your writing with me.  Please link up below – it’s open all 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 )


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

#WonderfulWorldofWriting is a monthly feature on my blog (new link opens 1st Wednesday of the month).   #www for short because we can share a wonderful world of writing on the world wide web! 🙂

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So on to this month’s…

As a little round-up of my writing in 2016, I’d like to share with you my top posts of poems and flash fiction (according to my stats) and at the end of the little list, I’ll re-publish my personal favourite.  I’d love to know which one’s your favourite too?…

Best of 2016… my writing

‘The Friendship Journey’ ~ an observation of childhood friendships, how they’re made and how they’re (generally!) so simple.  It really doesn’t matter what our daughter’s friends look like, where they come from, what they eat, what colour their hair is.  If they ‘click’, that’s all that matters…

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‘Thinking Outside the Box’ ~ a poem which explores our daughter’s ability to re-think a hiccup while building a toy.

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‘No one knew when it was going to happen’ ~ as I continue to experiment with flash fiction, this was one of those that just flowed and this was the result.

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‘Platform to another World’ ~ another piece of flash fiction where my imagination led the way.

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‘How Safe is your Street?’ ~ a collaboration that I really enjoyed writing.

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‘Pretty post-its and paper’ ~ this poem was inspired by … well the title speaks for itself!

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‘Visiting Hours’ ~ a powerful poem on a personal level, which makes it my second personal fave!

But my favourite is ‘The Friendship Journey’.  If you’ve read this one before, I make no apologies but invite you to settle in for a couple of minutes and enjoy it again 🙂

The Friendship Journey

Moving house with a child is no easy thing to do,

A new bedroom, new school and new friends too,

A time of stress, anxiety, a logistical nightmare,

Emotions are tender, how will they fare?

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You get it all sorted, a school place is yours,

A settling in session, opening of new doors;

Metaphorically, literally, it’s a critical time,

Reassured by people, “she’ll be just fine…”

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It’s exciting, it’s scary for her and for us,

We try to hide our unease with a ‘positive’ fuss,

Goodbyes are said to old school friends, her mates,

A new chapter is coming, new friendships await…

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Then new names come up in our daily chat,

“So and so said this, so and so said that,

Soon can they come after school and for tea?

They can play with my toys, they can colour with me.”

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Of course the answer is, “yes, yes and yes!”

As long as she’s happy I can cope with the mess!

It’s lovely to see, a relief beyond doubt,

To see our girl happy, see new friendships carved out.

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What’s more, it’s so nice she doesn’t care one bit

If her friend’s from Eastern Europe or if they’re a Brit!

All she wants is to play, to share jokes, to have fun,

As far as she sees it, they’re like her, we’re all ‘one’…

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

The story behind the poem: As our little girl is cementing new friendships after a house move and subsequent new school, it’s intriguing and refreshing that background really doesn’t matter, as long as she ‘clicks’ with them…

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Have you looked back on your best bits yet?  I’d love to hear!  Tweet me @AllSortsHere or comment below…

Thanks 🙂

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Got some writing to share? Tweet your post direct to me @AllSortsHere using the #WonderfulWorldofWriting or #www hashtag and I’ll retweet!

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Join in with #HighlightsofHappy on Instagram 21 ~ 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 the 25th #HighlightsofHappy 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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I love this Christmas craft idea from @Bees_circus

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A photo posted by Bee. 🐝 (@bees_circus) on

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This picture from @dear_mummy is beautiful in the snow

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I love the cheekiness and the pretty glasses in this picture from @helsy_1983

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@Aftertheplayground put these advent boxes somewhere safe last year and couldn’t find them this year!!…

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

 

 

Time for some happy in my #HighlightsofHappy #21

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…

…so what’s made me happy this week?  

Being focussed on my goals for 2017.  I don’t do new year’s resolutions but I do focus on achievable goals… It works for me 🙂

For an emotional daughter being able to talk to me.  Sometimes, they just need to talk it out and then have lots of cuddles too…

For being able to go to our girl’s school Christmas production.  She’s narrator, though she’d much rather be in the choir…

For a lovely, random trip to London – specifically Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.  I posted on instagram one of the highlights..

What a wonderful time we had at the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland over the weekend! It was a very random trip. “Let’s go to Winter Wonderland”, we said. And within the hour we were on a train and having a lovely family day out! All the nicer because it was so random, I think. Just look at these lights (though my photography skills certainly don’t do them justice!). Oh and just for the record, a stall inside did the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. So smooth and well, chocolatey! So often it can just be dirty water at these events! Well worth going back to @winterwonderldn next year! Have you been? . . #HighlightsofHappy #MyHappyCapture #LifeCloseUp #TheMagicinEveryday #makemesmile #happy #happinesseverywhere #capturingtheday #capturemypositive #sparkle #WinterWonderland #HydePark #London #FamilyFun #dayout #Hoponatrain #memoriesaremadeofthis #mydarlingmemory

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For the smoothest, most velvety hot chocolate ever… at the Winter Wonderland.  Yum!

That our daughter bought home ‘the box’.  Each week, a child in her class gets to take it home to pop a few things inside, then they talk about them in class.  She’s been waiting since September to get the box and was so very excited!  Who knew a box could bring so much joy?… 🙂

For getting Christmas sorted, including the tree…

‘tis the season… Our daughter has been asking to decorate the tree since November! Finally, today after school, she posted her letter to Father Christmas and then she decorated! We promised she could do it on 1st December… I watched and soaked up the magic while she did it herself and only helped for the higher branches. What I love is the memories that come back of when I used to decorate our family tree. So many happy memories. We have a couple of pictures of her on the home-made pre-school and school decs – she’s changed so much and yet has stayed exactly the same. She’s still beautiful, of course! On another note, I wonder how long til the cats start sniffing around it…! . . #HighlightsofHappy #MyHappyCapture #LifeCloseUp #TheMagicinEveryday #LittleFierceOnes #FamilyFun #makemesmile #happy #happinesseverywhere #capturingtheday #capturemypositive #happylittlebuttons #mydarlingmemory #Christmas #Tistheseason #decorating #feelingfestive #happymemories #deckthehalls

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Yes, we’re organised and have just got to wait for a few deliveries… and then relax!

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So that’s my happy this week and my happy word is ‘box’ because a little (well, shoebox sized!) cardboard box brought so much joy to our house this week! 🙂

And although my word wasn’t ‘Christmas’, here’s a little vid of the nativity scene our daughter set up at the bottom of our tree…

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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!

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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Why I became interested in crystals ~ #TheZenZing

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

zing back into your life.

This time I’m going to tell you why I became interested in crystals!

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It all started when I was introduced to the world of reiki.  I received a treatment and learnt more about chakras – the openings (or at least they should be open…) that let in universal life energy.  It wasn’t long until I was attuned to reiki level 1 and was meditating with a crystal one night.
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At the time, my crystal collection was very small.  I had a set of tumble stones in the colours of the chakra and a couple more but that was about it.
So, I was meditating with an amethyst crystal in my hand and I was really relaxing.  I could feel the pleasant pull of the energy, clearing all those blockages and gently realigning and rebalancing my chakras. (Here’s a little poem that tells you a little more about chakras.  It’s one of my personal favourites in fact!)
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I had meditated before, being a bit of a hippy at heart.  But when I saw the colour purple vividly and unmistakably flash across my field of vision, with my eyes closed, I realised I was experiencing something new and incredible.
You see, in case you didn’t know, the amethyst crystal is purple and is aligned with the third eye chakra (on your forehead just above the in between bit of your eyebrows.)  And since I had been attuned, some channels had clearly been unblocked, opened and the energy was obviously flowing freely.  What an incredible world this crystal had opened up to me!
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I read up some more about what crystals might be beneficial to my home and me personally.
And one day I came across an amazing stall on Camden Market (London) with a friend.  While I’d love to live just a little closer to London, my purse-strings would suffer because of this stall!
The person running the stall was extremely knowledgable and was more than happy for customers (browsers and knowledgable buyers alike) to look, touch, ask, ponder, get in the zone…
This day my friend saw a black tourmaline crystal, held it in their hand and it felt ‘right’, so they bought it.
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Their workplace was full of negative people.  The negative vibes oozed off them, onto her and lingered.  Oh my goodness, did they linger?…
Until my friend carried their cleansed and programmed black tourmaline crystal in their pocket for the day.
No negativity appeared to seep into them.  It seemed to be repelled, bouncing off her and back at the negative ‘carriers’ surrounding her.
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I also know of a lady who had a rose quartz pendant around her neck.  She liked to wear it because she was going through some emotional difficulty and wanted it to be close to her heart.  Over the years, she says, the rose quartz has faded to very nearly white.
There are plenty more experiences I could recount, both personal and not.  But I wanted to illustrate where my intrigue for crystals comes from.
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I was inspired to learn more and signed up for a Crystal Healing Practitioner’s course, which was a distance learning course and I recently completed it with a distinction.  I learnt about crystal auras, their properties, how to cleanse them, program them and nurture them.
And in the new year I will be launching my Bespoke Crystals feature right here, on my blog.  Because I’d love to help you if you experience things such as anxiety or insomnia or anything else.
Crystals can help you.  They can benefit you.  And that also means that they can benefit those around you.
When it launches, I’ll be offering a discount off the normal price and details will follow very soon.  Subscribe to make you sure you don’t miss the updates…
It’s all about #TheZenZing 🙂
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Are you intrigued by crystals?  Did you know much about them before you read this? 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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If you’re a blogger, why not join in with my Zen Zing linky by adding a blog post relating to finding your zen?

Share your posts that are positive, happy and full of zing and show us how you put the zing back in your zen!

The linky is open on the 1st of each month and stays open for the month.


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#PaperyPeep ~ mini libraries, colouring tables and a little collage

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It’s been a while since I joined in with Papery Peep so here’s a collection in pictures (mainly).
I’m starting off with the main blog pic; our daughter left this little lot on the table just as you see it here.  A perfect photo opportunity!  I love the cat, don’t you? 🙂
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 I’ve shared a few pictures on instagram lately of our girl’s reading matter…
It’s a daily occurence for her to come downstairs to breakfast with a book under her arm or in her hand.  In between mouthfuls and general chat, she always reads a book.  I can’t remember when this first happened but we’ve never discouraged her from bringing a book to the table.  Sometimes our days are so busy in the week that the ‘only’ reading she does (apart from at school, which I don’t get to savour!) is at breakfast and bedtime.
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I truly hope she never loses her love of reading.  Strange really – I embrace that she can read to herself but a part of me misses sitting down every day like we used to and me reading to her.  I think that stage is withering out now…  But strange because I embrace with pride this newest phase of her reading journey 🙂
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On to the pic below and who in the UK remembers the Griffin savers dictionary?  The you got free when you opened a Midland Bank young savers account?! (Showing my age!!)  Our daughter has claimed mine, which I don’t mind at all.
You can just about see the cat diaries top and bottom in the end column there.  Chosen by our daughter, of course (had to be cats!)  The ‘best mummy ever!’ card totally melted my heart and is on the wall next to my desk.  The final picture is of the Message in a Bottle postcards.  I’ve been involved in the launch of this book for children and it’s coming to end now…
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Finally, it’s been while since Stephanie from Lifeat139a very kindly sent me this book as a random act of kindness.  And it’s been a good few months since I finished it.
 
Our little girl was at a birthday party, hubby was at work that same afternoon and I took myself into the garden to read ‘Missing, Presumed’ by Susie Steiner.  I chilled out and got stuck in.
This was definitely one of those books that I found very hard to put down due to its readability.  Each chapter effortlessly flowed into the next, with questions being raised and left unanswered from the beginning.
I didn’t make any notes when I finished this (which is what I would normally do when reviewing a book) and because it’s a while since I read it, I’m not going to attempt a ‘review’.  Suffice to say that I felt a little lost when I’d finished it (you know it’s a good one when that happens) and there was satisfaction at reading it quite quickly – around 3 weeks.  (Unlike Jocelyn at The Reading Residence who seems to get through one in 3 days!)
Aside from wanting to thank my virtual friend for kindly posting it out to me, I genuinely feel it deserves a good mention.
Pop it on your reading list!

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Have you been writing, reading or even colouring recently?  Do you remember that dictionary?!  I’d love to hear!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Join in with #HighlightsofHappy on Instagram 20 ~ 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 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 🙂

I’ve had more lovely people joining in this week and I thank you so much for helping to spread the happiness by sharing your highlights 🙂

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).


Here are my favourites from last week…

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A massive puddle and a bright brolly from @Aftertheplayground…

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Fresh air with daddy (and mummy too!) @BecomingaSAHM

We had a lovely time outside this morning getting some much needed fresh air. Like many people though we have been hit by bugs this week. Monkey is ok now apart from a cough, I was really poorly last night though a bit better today and LM is just coming down with it. Bleurgh. Still, so lovely to see these smiles with their daddy this morning 🙂 #letsgolittles #littlefierceones #curiouslittleexplorers #outsideandhappy #outdoorplay #theirwonderfulworld #worldoflittles #daddytime #savouringtheseason #ourfamilyadventures #documentyourdays #justgoshoot #dirtisgood #pinklinker #clickinmoms #highlightsofhappy #humansofjoy #rememberingthesedays #mamarazzi #momswithcameras #lifecloseup #lovelifeoutside #childhoodunplugged #our_everyday_moments #simplepleasures #simplychildren #mblogger #candid_childhood #cherisheverymoment

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This chocolate orange from @helsy_1983 caught my eye!

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And this gingerbread model posted up by (but not made by!) @over40andamumtoone is absolutely incredible

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

 

 

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door ~ Positive Thinking

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This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.

And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

This month, remember that

If opportunity doesn’t knock… build a door.

How often have you come across an obstacle to put a damper on your plans?

How often has that obstacle made you doubt yourself, when you should be saying to yourself, “I can!”

How often have you told yourself (out loud is better!) that if something doesn’t happen for you, that you can make it happen?

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Have goals, have plans to achieve those goals and if the opportunity doesn’t knock, you’ve got your goals and plans as the foundation.

Now you need the framework to build the door.

The framework is the action.

Start the action today and build that door!

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How often do you assess your goals?  How do you overcome obstacles?

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

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking is my monthly blog linky.


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 linky door is always open.

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Also join me on twitter.  Tweet anything positive and/or promote your positive blogpost (the one you link up!) with #PositiveThinking and include a direct tweet to me @AllSortsHere… I’ll share by retweeting.

Let’s get the positive vibrations going good and strong 🙂

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Morse Toad personalised chocolate cards (with discount code)

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Morse Toad is a great concept.

Firstly, who doesn’t like to receive nice post?

And who doesn’t like to receive chocolate?

Well, I love to receive both!  And I love to write poems too, so this is what I’d like to say about Morse Toad…

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When you want to say ‘thanks’ or ‘congrats’ or ‘well done’,

Morse Toad chocolates are second to none!

They’ve a list of occasions you might want to use,

There’s bound to be one that you’d like to choose!

With an option to add a heart-warming snap,

You can personalise your delicious, chocolatey pack.

And ordering’s easy with one or two clicks,

With delivery choices, just take you pick!

Morse Toad have thought of it all, and more…

The chocs go through your letterbox, straight through your door,

It’s great value for money; you can see from their shop,

Stay in your PJ’s, don’t shop til you drop!

And what about the chocolate?  Well that’s yummy too,

If you’re lucky, the receiver might leave some for you…

The best Belgian chocolate, so smooth and so scrummy,

There’s an edible greeting card for everyone’s tummy!

Morse Toad is available all year round,

But read on for a discount to get more for your pound!

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Yes, Morse Toad are very kindly giving you a 10% discount by using the code “HappyToadmas”

(expires 25th December 2016 which is of course Christmas Day!).

You can hop over (like a Morse ‘Toad’!) to Morse Toad’s message service to see their range, which would make great secret Santa presents, and there’s something there for your family too, befitting all occasions (as the poem above suggests!)
chocolate Christmas cards and stocking fillers: something for Mum, Dad or your friends.

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 I created an unboxing vlog because Morse Toad very kindly gave me a discount for the purpose of this review and I chose the ‘Awesome Box’ for our daughter.

The reason being that we love to be positive and use empowering words in our house (and I secretly blatantly knew she would share her chocolatey stash with me us!).   I chose to add a picture of her with her cousins and this was great value at an extra £1.  That in itself is awesome, to add an even more personal touch and sending a strong message that they are all awesome.  When you order, the website says that you can take the picture out and pop it in a frame.  I thought that would be a lovely and unique touch and was intrigued to see how this would work.

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When we received the parcel, this was my favourite feature.  You could easily slip the picture out of the box and pop it in a frame!  What an awesome idea…

The packaging appears to be sturdy enough to drop through a high letterbox without breaking up.  And there’s even a note on the box to keep the package out of the sun!  Once opened, there is  plastic cover that slots easily over the chocolate pieces.

Mine (or our daughter’s!) package arrived within 2 days of placing the order (which was done in the evening) and here’s her favourite part of it:

The picture of her with her cousins, the letters and hearts and the really yummy chocolate!   (all of it then really!)

When she saw the box with the picture inside, she was really excited and said she wanted to put the picture in a frame next to her bed.  How lovely!  She read the words and I took a moment to reaffirm to her that is awesome, so are her cousins and so are we!  Keen to have some chocolate, she took the sturdy plastic cover away (which was easy to do) and pointed out 2 pieces to have.

We both decided it was really smooth, yummy and most importantly, chocolatey!  Highly recommended! (and Daddy agreed when it was his turn to sample his pieces.

My favourite part:

Watching our daughter’s face when she opened the box to see the picture, letting her read the message and telling her that she IS awesome!

And also showing her that she could take the picture out.

Some other good points to note:

The chocolate does not contain alcohol and is kosha accredited. It does not contain eggs, and is gluten free.  This is good, quality chocolate and I’ll bet that not many messages stay in tact for long.  If they do, someone has very good willpower!

What I would change:

If I could change one thing about the packaging, it would be to put the chocolate pieces in a ‘rigid’ tray within the box.  By that I mean something to keep the pieces in their rightful places.  Not only would this stop the remaining pieces from rattling around, it would keep the message making sense (in the early stages when not too many pieces are gone!)

But really, this is a great value-for-money product.  I can see this will become very popular once word gets around.

Don’t forget to use your discount code HappyToadmas and follow Morse Toad on social media:

Visit their website and follow them on instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter.

*This is a review post but all opinions are my own.

 

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Here’s another beautiful insight into the history of Scotland from Ailish Sinclair.  This time in the form of tapestry…

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I love the feeling of intensity in this poem from Cara McKee.  You can actually feel her looking into her eyes in the mirror as her pupils dilate.

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The facts and figures speak for themselves in The World According to Izzie.  She talks about the drink drive limit being changed in the UK.  A welcome change in my opinion, at any time of year but particularly poignant as the festive season approaches…

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