Are you a per-en-ni-al Mum?

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Per-en-ni-al Mum ~ Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring.

To me, this mug says it all!  Given the last few nights where I’ve got up to see to our little bear and then got up for the (pre)-school run, then put on the turbo charge on for the emails etc and then housework…then gone to work.  

This week has been particularly busy at work so the notion of going to work to relax definitely isn’t true. 

Back to our little bear. It seems she may be getting herself ready to be dry in the night.

“Muuuuum”, she has hollered at around 3am for the past few nights.  Despite him being a fantastic hands-on Daddy, it’s not worth the effort of kicking hubby to get him up – that’s a story for another day!  So into her room I go.  She needs the loo.  She tries and it turns out she’s already been in her pull-up but no matter.  Back to bed we both go. 

I’m not used to these broken nights’ sleep… I reckon this is the test of just how much of a hardy perennial this working-mum-of-the-species really is… I’m no mug!

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt 

Thank you.

Picture source: MomGoodz at Etsy via Pinterest

 

Follow the blog clickety click

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Being an avid reader (when I get the chance), I enjoy reading blog posts.  To this end, I have put on my Wizard of Oz Dorothy clickety heels and started to consciously follow more blogs.  By ‘consciously’ I mean that I am actually subscribing to blogs as a whole in order to get the latest blog post through by email.  I find this is the best way of following the blog.
     

I am now following the blogs listed below.  They cover parenting, writing, publishing and everything in between:

Happiness is egg shaped… my adventures as a mummy (wordpress.com)

Prettywittythings.com

Notes on a Spanish Valley – Living in rural Andalucia (wordpress.com)

My liquid life – because sometimes we can track the rhythm of our lives by the drinks that mark our day… (wordpress.com)

…and a few more that I will share in the near future.

 

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 Thank you.

 

Picture source@ momsgetreal.com

 

Sent La La by Lau Lau…

Image It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, to coin a phrase.  Our nearly 4-year-old is playing happily and pulling out every single toy she’s ever owned from the old play pen where they’re all ‘stored’.  I can’t believe she use to fit in it, but that’s another story entirely…  She asks for her purple rabbits with the green eyes.  I rack my brains and can’t think what she means.  She’s got her soft teddy-bunny-type-things in her hands.  Purple rabbits with green eyes?!?  Sounds like something from a horror film to me!  But then, aha, I realize that she means her ‘Waybuloo’ Lau Lau figures.  Image Now way back over a year ago, Lau Lau fitted perfectly into her little hands, resulting in Lau Lau going everywhere with her/us.  She inevitably got lost, which meant a mad dash by Daddy to get a new one.  Of course, Lau Lau 1 then re-appeared and we had 2 of them.  So, our little bear is asking for her purple ‘rabbits’.  Can we find either one? Of course we can’t!  I look in all the nooks and crannies where they’re usually hidden and forgotten about.  Including the doll’s house roof where Zingzilla Panzee once lay abandoned when food was mentioned.  No, not in there.  Not in the doll’s house either.  Although as you can see, everyone else seemed to be there waiting patiently for her/them to make an appearance.  Every doll’s blanket was moved and there was no sign of either purple ‘rabbit’.  Then, “found them!” says our bear… there they are under the same blanket I thought I had moved!  No matter.  At least they were found and at least it resulted in a bit of a tidy up.  Ever found yourself in a similar situation? Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt  Thank you.

N-ice work…but did they finish the book?

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This amazing photo shows Ice Sculptures of Melting Men.  In 2006    Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo created hundreds of sitting figures out of ice…  maybe he’s got too much time on his hands?

Maybe I would have too much time on my hands if I were to watch them slowly melt and disappear…  I would find the figure that would reading a book and watch it slowly melt.  I would hope the figure got to the end of the book before that happened.

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt 

Thank you.

 

Picture source: Poisonous.tumblr.com via Pinterest

A trunk-ated blog for bookworms everywhere

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This trunk gives a whole new perspective to the term ‘mobile library’ or ‘book case’.  Even in the age of Kindles and Readers, isn’t it wonderfully comforting to think of a library that travels everywhere with you?

 Which books would you lovingly pack into it?

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt 

Thank you.

 

Picture source: HagAndNagAntiques (Pinterest)

 

 

A trunk-ated blog for bookworms everywhere

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This trunk gives a whole new perspective to the term ‘mobile library’ or ‘book case’.  Even in the age of Kindles and Readers, isn’t it wonderfully comforting to think of a library that travels everywhere with you?

 Which books would you lovingly pack into it?

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt 

Thank you.

 

Picture source: HagAndNagAntiques (Pinterest)

 

 

Creatively speaking…

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…as my nearly-4-year-old got the sponges and the mini rollers out, she assured me that the ‘lady’ sponge that she splodged in the paint was called Rosie and the 2nd was called Charlotte.  Then she got the car sponge and splodged that too…  It was very colourful, creative and actually very pretty.  I was about to move it to dry somewhere safe and she got the roller and, well, rolled straight through it!  Rosie, Charlotte and their little car were no more… this was the result!  It kept her amused for a while though.  And it amused me too!

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt .

Thank you.

 

How many steps to a sweet melody?

ImageThis photo is amazing and makes me want to run all the way up very, very fast to see if I could play a tune!  After I’d got to the top and at the risk of tripping over myself I think I would alternate my steps on the way down.  I recently had a chat about music, how it can bring back vivid memories (good and not so good) and how I could never live without music.

Little-known fact:  Years ago I filled out a Big Brother application form (truth be know, I don’t think I would ever have sent it off!).  When packing up my house to move, I came across it again.  One of the questions was:    

‘What one thing would you find it most difficult to live without (not including family and pets)? ‘

My answer was music.  I love most genres of music, except thrash metal and proper hardcore rap.  In a pub quiz of ‘name that tune’, I reckon I’d do pretty well and win the cheap bottle of sparkling wine!

Do you love music too?  Do you want to learn to play or know someone who does?  Orchestrate School of Music have loads of experience and will be happy to chat about what you want to achieve.   Go to their website or their facebook page.  Or give them a tweet @OrchestrateSOM .

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt 

Thank you.

“…And he flipped it and he flopped it and the fly flew away…”

“…powder puffs and curly whiskers…”
On Beatrix Potter’s birthday, I wonder what she would have thought of this song that is sung in playgroups and nurseries?  
Maybe she would have joined in the actions?
Alos, I wonder what she would have thought about Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail’s adventures in the CBeebies animation ‘Peter Rabbit’?
It’s on series link in our house with at least one episode ‘saved/kept’ just in case!
Many a time Beatrix Potter has saved an, “Muuum, I’m bored!/will you play with me?” moment when I’m in the middle of doing something ‘housey’.
So, if you’re listening, “thank you” Beatrix Potter!Image

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt 

Thank you.

 

“…And he flipped it and he flopped it and the fly flew away…”

“…powder puffs and curly whiskers…”
On Beatrix Potter’s birthday, I wonder what she would have thought of this song that is sung in playgroups and nurseries?  
Maybe she would have joined in the actions?
Alos, I wonder what she would have thought about Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail’s adventures in the CBeebies animation ‘Peter Rabbit’?
It’s on series link in our house with at least one episode ‘saved/kept’ just in case!
Many a time Beatrix Potter has saved an, “Muuum, I’m bored!/will you play with me?” moment when I’m in the middle of doing something ‘housey’.
So, if you’re listening, “thank you” Beatrix Potter!Image

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt 

Thank you.