Art Book Review ~ ‘The Impressionists’

The Impressionists Boolino Art Book Review Moonlight Publishing

Art Book Review ~ ‘The Impressionists’

Boolino got in touch to ask if I’d like to review a book about the group of artists known collectively as the Impressionists.  And I thought it would be fun to read an arty book because our daughter had been learning about Van Gogh.  (Though I didn’t realise he was an Impressionist until we read the book!)

The Impressionists Boolino Art Book Review Moonlight Publishing
So, quite apart from being artists, what or who were the Impressionists?

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #45 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 45 Blog Linky 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?!)

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 45 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

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.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Positive Thinking ~ Surround yourself with positive people

PositiveThinking Surround Yourself With Positive People Wellbeing Mental Health Gratitude Happiness Happy Blog Linky Virtually All Sorts

Positive Thinking ~ Surround yourself with positive people

PositiveThinking Surround Yourself With Positive People Wellbeing Mental Health Gratitude Happiness Happy Blog Linky Virtually All Sorts

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:

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5 reasons to get caught up in the lego cards craze ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

5 Reasons To Get Caught Up In The Lego Cards Craze ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

 We’ve been well and truly caught up with the lego cards craze!

It all started when one of our daughter’s friends gave her a duplicate.  And that duplicate was a sparkly koala card.  “Aw it’s so cute!” were the words that animatedly came out of our 7 year old’s mouth.  Had she been given a duplicate of the odd-looking and sounding ‘alien villainess’, I’m not sure the craze would have taken off in quite the same way!…

But it did.

And we happen to shop at Sainsburys for our convenience.  So do other family members!

5 Reasons To Get Caught Up In The Lego Cards Craze ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

Just in case you’ve no idea what I’m talking about (which is quite possible if you’re not UK-based and/or don’t shop at Sainsburys and/or don’t have children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews to educate you on lego cards…) here are 5 reasons to get caught up in the craze:

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#AllSortsofBlogs ~ Best Blogs to Read… 64

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AllSortsofBlogs Blog Linky Best Blogs To Read 64 Yoga Healthy Eating Recipes De-stress Writing Poem Quotes Gratitude

This is where I share #AllSortsofBlogs in my pick of the best blogs to read from recent weeks.  Feel free to add any or all of your favourite posts to the linky.  I’ll share all posts across my various social media ~ twitter, pinterest, stumbleupon, g+.

The door’s always open with a new linky starting on the last Friday of the month…


And if you’d like to add my badge, it’s at the bottom of this post.  Thanks.

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Now on to my best reads this month (as ever, it’s a varied and interesting list – one that may take you back several months with me!):

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Review ~ Music for Yoga CD from Group Fitness Music

Music For Yoga CD From Group Fitness Music With Niki Wibrow Helps You Zone In To Your Zen Review

 Review ~ Yoga Music CD from Group Fitness Music

I was recently sent a yoga CD from Group Fitness Music which was produced with teachers in mind, as well as individual users.  The music is fully licensed so you can use it anywhere and although I received a CD, it’s available for download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.co.uk and Spotify.

 

Music For Yoga CD From Group Fitness Music With Niki Wibrow Helps You Zone In To Your Zen Review

 

Different uses

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Review ~ Reed Diffuser by Pairfum London

Review ~ Reed Diffuser By Pairfum London Non-voc

 Review ~ Reed Diffuser by Pairfum London

I’d seen reed diffusers dotted around the shops, online and even at people’s houses but never really knew what they did.  They look sufficiently contemporary, almost ornamental but I wondered just what they did other than look good.  Pairfum London kindly sent me a large bell diffuser with reeds and ‘Innocent Vanilla’ scent.

 

Review ~ Reed Diffuser By Pairfum London Non-voc

 

Vanilla rocks!  It’s my favourite scent.  I love the sweet smell and the neutral colour that it’s associated with, which just looks clean.  On opening the bell dome, a gorgeous rush of vanilla scent greeted my nostrils.  And on reading the instructions (who knew diffusers come with instructions?), it says to put more reeds in to increase the intensity of the scent.

 

Well it’s a good job I did read them, because our cosy little home would probably have been over-powered with more than the 2 that we used.   It was just the right amount for our home because you get a gentle waft when you walk past, you get a lovely scent that’s not overwhelming when you come in from outside and more importantly, it doesn’t smell ‘chemically’ or synthetic.  It just smells ‘pure’.

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3 reasons to use your right to vote ~ #NotThe33

3 Reasons To Use Your Right To Vote #NotThe33 Polling Station General Election Have Your Say Democracy

 3 reasons to use your right to vote

First up, this isn’t about me putting across my personal political views or about expressing an opinion that the current government is/or is not doing a great job.

No, this is about looking at the reasons to vote.

Here are some interesting facts from Every1PR to get us started:
At the last General Election in 2015, the turnout was 66.1%. This figure includes spoiled ballot papers.

That means that 33.9% did not vote. It also means that the number of people who did not vote outnumbered the votes tallied by any one individual party.

Too many people think that voting isn’t important. Too many people think that their vote can’t make a difference. Yet these figures show how votes DO make a difference. If all those who think it doesn’t make a difference actually voted, then a difference could by made. In the Local Elections 2 weeks ago, a seat in South Blyth was awarded by drawing straws after there was a tie between the two candidates. The turnout was just 26.6%.

You can help make a difference.  If everyone had the ‘my vote won’t make a difference’ attitude, it’s kind of like saying that we live in a democracy… but don’t.

3 Reasons To Use Your Right To Vote #NotThe33 Polling Station General Election Have Your Say Democracy

You’ve been given a voice

As a woman, I’ve been given a voice.  If you’re a woman reading this – so have you!
Don’t waste it.  Don’t let the effort of The Suffragettes be in vain.  And if you don’t know who to vote for, do some homework and make an informed decision.  Don’t be a misinformed or ignorant no-voter

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #44 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 44 Blog Linky 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?!)

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 44 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

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.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Pocket money – an alternative approach ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

How To Teach Your Child The Value Of Money Pocket Money Spending Saving Earning Jobs Parenting Kids Virtually All Sorts

Pocket money – an alternative approach

I recently introduced a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy and this week I’m talking about pocket money.  #IfShesHappyImHappy is all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!  You can read it here if you missed it.

How To Teach Your Child The Value Of Money Pocket Money Spending Saving Earning Jobs Parenting Kids Virtually All Sorts

Our approach to pocket money is probably not the most common one.  But perhaps it’s more common than I think.  Maybe you can tell me!…

Whichever way you look at it, money is something that our children will have to get to grips with in some form.  Be it physical money or by bank transfers or ‘plastic’.

Money makes the world go round…

Money is said to make the world go round and even if she has modest amounts of it when she’s older, hubby and I both agreed that our daughter needs to be empowered by it and not see it as a ‘problem’ or even worse, ‘dirty’.

We both agree that our daughter should understand that generally you have to work for it.  Yes, it’s nice to have some given to you, but more rewarding to have earned it.

To that end, we introduced weekly jobs for her.  In the early days, she earned 1p for each box she ticked on her weekly ‘job sheet’, of which there were 5 boxes a day.

So that’s potentially 5p a day, if she chose to do the job.  We’ve never put any pressure on her to do a ‘job’, simply telling her that she wouldn’t get her money if she didn’t do the job.  Of course, there are days when she’s sick and on holiday from school.  In which case, she gets her money anyway, because most people get sick pay and holiday pay after all!

So, what are her jobs?

We started with tidying, putting clothes in the linen basket and helping to hoover her bedroom.  That takes us up to the present day when she also sets the table for tea (by that I meaning putting the cutlery out.)

It works really well and there have only been a few occasions when she has ‘opted-out’.  At the end of each week, she counts how much money she’s earned by counting the boxes on her job sheet.  Sometimes we purposefully over pay or short-change her to see if she’s really counting and notices – which she does!  She’s honest when overpaid too!

What’s the point?

The point is not the jobs she has to complete but that she’s empowered, just like we are (generally!) in the real, grown-up world of work.  She has free-will and has experienced the consequences of choosing not to do a job (or 2…).  But she’s also felt empowered from earning her money.

Just the other day, we were out shopping, she saw something, knew she didn’t have enough money and said she would pay me back.  I felt mean by saying ‘no’ but otherwise, there’s little point in doing this little exercise at all…  It’s about earning money, maybe saving and spending as you earn it.  Not about spending it before you’ve earned it.

Unwittingly, our 7 year old is already learning about the value and power of earning money and that fuzzy feeling you get when you’ve saved for something or simply ‘earned’ something.

And that’s good enough for me because…

#IfShesHappyImHappy

  How do you approach pocket money?   Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

Thanks.

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