Lifting Your Mood With The Right Lighting

How To Lift Your Mood With The Right Lighting For More Positive Thinking
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Lifting Your Mood With The Right Lighting

Lighting can make all the difference to the mood of a room when you’re looking to update and modernise your living or office space.  It’s worth considering switching to LED lighting and it couldn’t be easier.  Especially when you choose somewhere like www.thelightingsuperstore.co.uk.

Much like ‘traditional’ bulbs, LEDs can be dimmed and come to fit all shapes and sizes of fittings and fixtures.  There’s something to suit all moods and size of space.

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Somewhere to relax or revitalise

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to relax your mind or somewhere to revitalise, you can relax knowing that in the long-run you will be saving on your energy bill.

The dimmable LEDs are a fantastic tool to create your chosen atmosphere all year round because as the nights draw in and out, you can still create a cosy feel by dimming in and out.  These infographics helps to show the benefits to the environment (and your pocket) and the versatility of LEDs.


Feel the difference

The difference a well-lit room makes to your mood really can be amazing.  Not many people want a bright, starkly lit space when they’re trying to relax.  Ending the day on a calming note can really make a huge difference to a good night’s sleep and therefore a good, positive start to a new day.

It’s #LEDeasy to create the right mood.

Have you switched your lighting to suit the mood of the room?  Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂 

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Caffeine ~ how you can get off it too

How I Got Off Caffeine And How You Can Too For Your Wellbeing

The story of how I got off caffeine

Once upon a time, I used to drink my fair share of caffeine, in the form of coffee.  My morning used to start with a good-size bowl of cereal (I’ve got to have my breakfast!) followed swiftly by a cup of caffeinated coffee.

Then, apparently out of the blue, I got the usual symptoms of a water infection (urinary tract infection).  The frequency, the burning, the back ache…

I took myself off to the doctor’s and was very surprised when my sample showed no infection.  Literally a day later, I was in so much pain and feverish that I was on the verge of going to A&E because I couldn’t get a doctor’s appointment.  However, I settled for the walk-in centre and lo and behold, I had an acute UTI.

Questions and answers

“How could that be?”  I asked the nurse.  One day I was clear and the next, I was close to going to A&E.  They suggested that it could be triggered by fizzy drink. “I don’t ‘do’ fizzy drinks,” was my reply.

“Caffeine can irritate the lining of the bladder.”

That was enough for me.  I was prepared to try anything to avoid this pain again and decided to go ‘cold turkey’ on the coffee.

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Decision time

“I don’t drink alcohol anymore, I don’t smoke, and now I don’t drink coffee; chocolate and candles it is then!” I decided.

Over the next 3 days, I had a headache and I was tired… beyond tired.  I mean way more than the tiredness of having a 1 year old baby.  Way beyond THAT tired…

But by day 4 of no caffeinated drinks, I was feeling like I’d broken through the barrier.  My caffeine craving was easing and I was breaking the habit loop.

Because it’s a bit of a ‘chicken and egg’ situation isn’t it?  It’s a habit and mild form of addiction that you crave.

Fast forward to present day and I haven’t had a caffeinated drink since the day I felt pain from that UTI.

I’m not suggesting the UTI was caused by caffeine irritation alone but from that day on I never wanted to experience such pain again.

Ride the storm

Yes, there are days I really need a pick-me-up but I just ride through it.

And now I reach for a Redbush (Roobois) Tea or a herbal tea.  Or simply a hot water instead.

I see people, especially young people, gulping down the energy drinks and my heart palpitates for them!  Do they seriously know or understand what that stuff does and how strong it is??  Clearly not.  Anyhow, that could well be another blogpost…

One reason for telling my non-caffeine story is to demonstrate willpower.

When I experienced pain like I did that day, I was prepared to avoid that level of pain at all costs.

Breaking the habit loop

Yes, I love chocolate and yes, that contains caffeine (and of course sugar) which has the same effect, but I don’t rely on chocolate in the morning.  Chocolate is not part of a daily habit loop.  And it’s not *quite* an addiction!

I do love the taste of coffee though and regularly need the comfort of a hot drink with a bitter taste… so I have de-caff coffee.

The purpose of this post is not to say ‘go me’ (well, maybe a little bit!) but to say that if you really put your mind to something, you can do it. You can break a habit, you can change a thought pattern.  You can break through barriers to achieve something.  You need grit, determination and your ‘why’!

I’ve recently started to drink Thyme tea and you can read the review soon.  (Opt-in below or in my sidebar to make sure you don’t miss that one!)

Have you got off caffeine?  How did you do it?  Have you got big plans to get off caffeine? I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  
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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #34 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

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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… I mean, why not?!)

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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 you 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?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic here?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy?

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?

Getting our daughter’s bedroom sorted out.  By that I mean de-cluttered, cleaned and re-arranged.  She was due to ‘help’ but had a sickness bug so I did while she had snuggles with daddy.  To be fair, it was probably easier that way.  Her room now looks much bigger (and tidier- for now!) with the furniture rearranged!

Sorting out an airbed for her friend coming round in a few weeks for the first sleepover at ours!

…and…

A looong lie-in (albeit due to a poorly daughter who slept until gone 10… so we lounged around until then too!)

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So that’s my happy and my happy word is ‘de-cluttered’ because our daughter’s room looks and feels so much better for it.

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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Book review ~ One Third Stories

Book Review One Third Stories Help Your Child to Learn A New Language

Book Review ~ One Third Stories

When I heard about One Third Stories – ‘a story that starts in English and ends in another language’, I was intrigued.
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The people at Boolino asked which language I would like to review and I chose the Spanish because I thought it would be a good starting point.  Those episodes of Dora the Explorer must have given our 7 year old a good grounding for Spanish surely?…

 

Seriously though, not being a language expert, I also thought Spanish might be one of the more straight-forward languages.
So that’s what I thought, but I was also interested to see how our daughter would approach it and how she would react.
She loves reading and happily reads fluently alone.  And so I had little doubt of her capabilities.  As I said, she’s also seen her fair share of Dora so I thought she would already have a feel for the intonations of Spanish as a language!  A logical conclusion to draw perhaps?!

 

The unboxing

What made me smile on reading this book was her realisation that some of the book was in a different language!
When we opened the parcel, she read the cover and I explained what it was.
Curious, she began to read and by page 4  she came across a Spanish word which was very cleverly woven into the text.  Having been through phonics, sounding out and blending with her, it was fascinating to hear her do the same with the Spanish word.
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I did have to jump in and tell her how to pronounce ‘si’.  But due to the accompanying pictures, the word meaning was pretty self-explanatory within the context of the story.
Genius!

 

Does the concept work?

Having the Spanish slotted into the text didn’t slow the story down at all, which I thought may have been the case.
A very clever concept that works brilliantly with competent, engaged readers (or at least a 7 year old and her mum!).  I can see how this book (and no doubt others in the series) would aide in actually introducing a different language and therefore learning new, basic words.

 

My thoughts

Based on our experience and our daughter’s reaction, I would highly recommend this book.
Not only for the general concept of ending in a different language but also for the sheets of ‘flash cards’ that come with it.  On one side you have the Spanish and the other is the English.  A great idea to enhance visual learning.  What also impressed me about this book visually was at the start, the numbers were introduced alongside clear drawings of the number of the relevant item, so the child can count them and work out what the Spanish word is for themselves.  The package also came with a free audio book download which is a great idea for the pronunciations and also a cute Spanish fact file that you can see here.
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One Third Stories came with a cute Spanish Fact File

 

With an RRP of £14.99, there is value for money because you do get a fair amount for your money – a good quality, sturdy story book with flash cards.  My initial thoughts were that it’s a little bit pricey, but when I considered the concept a little more; that this series could engage with your child and ease your child into a new language, I do think it’s worth it.

 

What language would you consider buying for your child?  Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂

*I was sent this book for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own (and my daughter’s!)

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Days out that are fun and educational

Days Out That Are Fun And Educational For The Family Rossall School
 

Days out that are fun and educational

Some days you can’t just sit around watching TV, you’ve got to get out, and take the kids for days out. It’s not hard finding fun things to do, but what about keeping their brain invested too? Rossall School have a few ideas that should tick both boxes as being fun, educational days out.

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Zoo/Aquarium/Safari

Who doesn’t love animals? What better way to celebrate than by going to see a host of exotic beasts up close you wouldn’t normally see at home. There are plenty of dotted around the country, but how about Longleat Safari Park?  It’s the perfect example of a great day out; there is plenty to do around the grounds, see animal shows such as birds on display, chances to hold reptiles and see all the creepy crawlies up close, then finish it off by getting in your car and driving round the actual safari part, getting up-close and personal with the bigger, more impressive creatures.

Museum

Museums aren’t all just old paintings (not that there is anything wrong with that), but it’s not a bad idea to educate the kids in some famous artwork to encourage their creativity. There are loads of different exhibitions on offer, from Ancient Egypt, to dinosaurs to science and technology. There’s no limit to the amount of stuff, often all under the same roof. A perfect way to spend an afternoon and usually free entry!

Castles

There are literally hundreds of castles dotted around the UK.  They are a big part of our history but a good day out is the Northumberland Coastal Route where there are a bunch of castles still in good condition. There’s Bamburgh which is right by the beach, Warkworth, more ruins now and Alnwick, which has been used in a few films including a little known movie called Harry Potter. It also has a fantastic epic tree house and gardens where the kids can learn all different kinds of plants and flowers and there’s even a poisonous plants guided tour section.

Beamish

Speaking of the North East, there is also this brilliant open air museum which is practically a whole town frozen in time. Three times to be precise; The 1820s, 1900s and the 1940s. You can explore what life was like during those times with shops, farms, schools, blacksmiths (with a working blacksmith) and even doctors, dentists and the best part, a sweet shop where you can watch old-fashioned treats being made right in front of you. The staff play in character and can provide information about their respective roles and era.

 

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Have you got any suggestions for great, educational family days out?  Share them in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #33 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

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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… I mean, why not?!)

Time For A Dose Of Happiness In Highlights Of Happy Blog Linky 33 Parenting parents Evening

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 you 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?  If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic here?  If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy?  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.  You can join in with highlightsofhappy on instagram – share your happy in a giveaway)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

Having a wonderful Mum who helped out and ‘baby’-sat for us while we went to parent’s evening.

Having pancakes with chocolate spread and strawberries – from the shop!  I did consider making them but my escuse was that we were short of time because of parent’s evening!!

Talking of which, we had a fab parent’s evening.  Our daughter is ‘a good all-rounder’.  And when your child’s teacher tells you that, well you really can’t ask for more! 🙂

…and this too…

Having cold and flu tablets in the house… At the beginning of the last week I wasn’t quite myself, a bit achey one and off, so thank goodness for a glass of water to swill these down with, and for having them in the house in the first place!

That I remembered the car wasn’t at home… One morning it was absolutely chucking it down.  Instead of getting soaked to the skin, I decided it best to start the day on the right foot by driving, literally round the corner.  We only live a 10 minute walk away from school but what’s the point in getting drenched when you’ve got a car?!  The rain turned to drizzle by the time I left the school and on auto-pilot, I walked right past the car and home again!  Luckily, when I had to go to somewhere, I remembered the car wasn’t at home!!  Phew!

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So that’s my happy and my happy word is ‘egg’ because our daughter is a good ‘egg’ (as in good all-rounder) and we had pancakes!…

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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Poetry for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ A Poem About Pet Loss

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Poetry, a short story… Have you got some writing to share?

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

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 )

#WonderfulWorldofWriting is a monthly feature on my blog (new link opens 1st Wednesday of the month).  

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A Poem About Pet Loss

 

Pets can be so different,

And their owners too;

Different personalities

That come shining through…

 

When they’re no longer there

And only memories remain

We look back fondly at their quirks

Wishing to see them again.

 

Rosie was our pet, our cat

Much joy she brought us too,

I remember when we bought her home

It was so exciting and new…

 

She fitted in the carrier with another kitten,

Skitting here and there,

She was so funny

Yes we were smitten…

 

She had a little nook, a box

Where she often lay,

She’d pop her head up out of the top,

She really made our day!

 

A typical cat, she’d often play

And chase her tail around,

The Queen of funny she really was

A cat or maybe a clown!

 

When you lose a pet, a void appears

a massive gap is left

Empty bowls and beds, less noise, less ‘them’

Leave you feeling quite bereft

 

At times like these I remember

All the funny times and more,

Those snuggles on the sofa,

Cat food all over the floor!

 

Rosie, we will miss you,

But we’re glad your now at rest,

Your cheeky character, exploring nature,

You really were the best!

xXx

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By Carol Cameleon 2017

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Giveaway ~ Rose Quartz crystal ~ #TheZenZing

Giveaway ~ rose quartz crystal!

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

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So, what is rose quartz anyway?

This amazing crystal can help with lowering stress and tension in the heart, Rose Quartz can clear out anger, jealousy, and resentment of others, and allows healing of heart issues and dis-ease associated with holding on to such negative emotions. Known as a romance stone, Rose Quartz can be used to attract love.  [Source: Healing Crystals.com]
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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #32 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

Happiness - Time for a dose of happiness and gratitude in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #32 ~ 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… I mean, why not?!)

Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy Blog Linky #32 ~ 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 🙂  That’s why, in my weekly feature, I look back and bring to you 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?  If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic here?  If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy?  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.  You can join in with highlightsofhappy on instagram – share your happy in a giveaway)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

  • So hubby had a touch of man-flu.  To be fair I could sympathise because I’ve been feeling rough for a couple of weeks… so despite the traditional making fun of our partners who have sneezed and them announcing that it’s flu, I was grateful to be able to get him some proper comfort food!
  • Unfortunately our cat Rosie was run over, which I realise will never be a happy thing to report but the whole point of my blog and this feature is to look at the best of something.  With that in mind, I’m grateful for a few things in the aftermath: our daughter didn’t see any of it, despite it being right near to our front door; our neighbour is a vet, hadn’t yet left for work, heard the commotion and dealt with Rosie for us, taking away a lot of the trauma (we gave her a box of chocolates as a thank you… least we could do); that our cat didn’t suffer, it was clearly a quick departure from this world; that we’ve got lots and lots of happy memories of our cat.  And a few days before this happened, I posted up a short clip of Rosie Posie on instagram  And she’s a very happy cat here…

…and this too…

  • That we kept safe on Storm Doris day!  For non-UK readers, I’m sure that you’re aware of Doris.  She caused havoc and mayhem, we kept our other cat in all day (which she wasn’t too happy about until she sniffed by the back door, felt the air tunnel come through the air block and then nonchalantly reversed back to cosiness!).  Our daughter’s school had to change the normal collection point for safety too.
  • That our daughter got another green letter for ‘getting tops marks in a grammar and punctuation test’.  As I explained in last week’s #HighlightsofHappy post, there is a traffic light system for behaviour and effort, each day each child starts on yellow and it goes from there.  Our girl’s doing so flippin well at school and though some of it might be in the genes, a massive amount is down to interaction and effort in the early years… I’ve said before how we’ve read to our daughter every day of her life (though she now reads to herself or us, or the cat or teddies!)  And we’re really reaping the benefits now.  Or should I say, our daughter is.  So very, very proud.
  • For snuggle time at the end of the week and watching Gnomeo and Juliet.  Haven’t seen it?  Do it!  It’s laugh out loud funny and that’s fine by me!

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So that’s my happy and my happy word is ‘safe’ because Doris wreaked havoc…

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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