Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #43 ~ 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… well, why not?!)

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 43 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Priceless

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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Mental Health ~ why we should keep talking about it

Mental Health ~ Why We Should Keep Talking About It And Empower Our Children

 Mental health is happening and is being talked about

Right now

And not just by ‘normal’ folk but by Kate Middleton and Princes William and Harry.  And they show that mental health can happen to anyone.  Prince Harry has talked of how he was affected when his mother, Princess Diana died.

And Prince William has talked of how he and Kate will be encouraging their children to talk about their emotions as they grow up – not adopting a ‘stiff upper lip’ and bottling those feelings up.

Mental Health ~ Why We Should Keep Talking About It And Empower Our Children

The ups and downs

When we experienced a sudden family bereavement and began our rollercoaster of a journey, I remember clearly the ups and downs of emotions that I felt.  Once the shock subsided a little, I needed to talk about it, to get my feelings and thoughts out.  The tears came and went.  And came and went again and again, but the words that came expressed those tears and helped to make sense of a muddled situation.  And muddled it was.  Every single emotion was felt in quick succession, sometimes at the same time…

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Safety in the home – a clear alternative to glass

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Safety first

 When our daughter started moving under her own steam, we did what any parent with common sense would, and as all the professionals advised us to do – we began to baby-proof our home.  Apart from all the usual hazard prevention tricks like using electric socket covers, stair gates and temptingly dangling table cloths, we decided to change our coffee table.
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Making changes

We loved the table but it had a glass cover.  And it was a ‘standard’ height coffee table – the perfect height for a cruising baby/toddler to grab hold of and slam toys onto.

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #42 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 42 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Reading Books

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 42 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Reading Books

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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How a group activity can grow your child’s confidence ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

How A Group Activity Can Grow Your Child's Confidence #IfShesHappyImHappy It's About You Being Happy, Making Your Child Happy, It Coming Full Circle Making You Happy!

How a group activity can grow your child’s confidence

I recently introduced a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy and this week I’m talking about a group activity that our daughter enjoys and has helped to build her confidence.  #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 A Group Activity Can Grow Your Child's Confidence #IfShesHappyImHappy It's About You Being Happy, Making Your Child Happy, It Coming Full Circle Making You Happy!

Expressing themselves

Our daughter’s 7 and typically, she loves to dance and sing.  Very soon I’m sure she’ll be singing into a hairbrush.

For now, she loves to express herself by dancing and singing.  And so when she got a place in the cheerleading club at her school, I was really pleased.  She’d been asking to go, to join in with her friend.  And she loves it!

I even found some cheerleading pompoms in Poundland.  Of course, her eyes lit up when she saw them and off she went.

Age range

What I love about her little cheerleading group is that not everyone’s her age.  The group of around 15 range from 6-11 years old I think.

There’s a boy from her class who joins in just as eagerly as the rest, and she’s always shattered afterwards so the teacher is clearly getting  a lot from them!

And it’s turned into a family affair.  Oh yes, one rainy Saturday, we were all up on our feet waving pom-poms around and strutting our stuff to the cheerleading moves!  I was shattered, I can tell you…

Seeing their confidence grow

A few weeks ago, they did a little performance for us which was lovely to see.  As with anything, we’ve been building her confidence by using encouraging words, by telling her well done and by playing music in the house which she generally sings and dances to.  Her confidence has been growing and growing.  It was great to see her performing to the songs with her friends.

Whichever way you look at it, this group activity is good for our daughter and though it doesn’t need to be cheerleading, an activity like this could be good for your child too…

And #IfShesHappyImHappy

  What group activities does/did your child do that helped their confidence grow?   Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Poetry for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ When Their Eyes Sparkle Wide

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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).  

#www for short because we can share a wonderful world of writing on the world wide web! 🙂

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When Their Eyes Sparkle Wide

 

When I looked through her school bag for homework and slips

I found an envelope inside, “To the parents of Miss…”

Absent-mindedly I thought, “It’s likely about SATS.”

As I skim-read, blah blah, wait, “I’m delighted that…”

 

Wait, what?  Slow down, the letter’s not what I thought,

The pride rushed right through me like a proud mummy’s ought;

I read it again, word by word, slowly this time,

Taking in each syllable, the wonder all mine…

 

There have been moments a-plenty in my days as a Mum

When my heart’s near burst open, and this moment is one;

Reading on some more, I called our daughter to look,

Slowly, precisely she read, “…poem published in a book!”

 

Our girl’s wonder, amazement, her eyes sparkling wide,

Her poem to be printed and read far and wide!

She’d penned a poem at school and handed it in,

Of 11,000 entries, the judges’ decision was ‘win’!

 

And it is a ‘win’ cos it’s amazing and believe it or not,

Her original, own poem is in the final ‘lot’;

She’s been chosen from thousands, she’s our little star

Our creative, wonderful daughter, see her talent go far…

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By Carol Cameleon 2017

What’s your happiest memory of opening your child’s bag?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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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!  You can also link up above.

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #41 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 41 Blog linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Achievement Poem Published

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 41 Blog linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Achievement Poem Published

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?

Easily one of the things that has made me smile from ear to ear, that has made my heart completely and utterly burst with joy and that has absolutely made my week is our daughter having her poem published in a poetry anthology!  I did the usual rummage in her school bag for stray permission slips, spellings etc and came across an envelope.  I skim-read the letter, thinking that it was about the upcoming SATS and therefore not paying much attention (I’m not in the slightest bit concerned about them – because although she’s bright, I wouldn’t be concerned anyway – and I’d digest it at leisure later, I thought).  THEN I read ‘I’m delighted to tell you that {our wonderful daughter} has had a poem chosen for an upcoming poetry anthology.’  As it happened, she’d come home from school feeling bit sick (I’m sure it was just indigestion) but knew this would cheer her up.  I told that out of 11,000 entries, her poem is one chosen to be published at the end of July.  As a creative writer who loves to write poetry myself, and as a mum who is utterly passionate about literacy as a whole, this, yes THIS made my day and I’m sure I was more excited about it than our daughter purely because she didn’t ‘get’ the enormity of it!  We waited patiently for daddy to get home from work, not wanting to tell him over the phone, rang the grandparents, popped it on speakerphone and shouted it from the rooftops!  Of course, we’ve already ordered our books!

and this…

 Seeing a golden sticker on our daughter’s school dress as she came out for end of day in the playground on Friday.  That golden sticker means that she’s been to see the Head for something.  And it was for her poem.  There are 3 others in her class that are being published too and they’ve all done so well 🙂

Can’t you just tell that the VirtuallyAllSorts household is buzzing this week?!?  I’ve noted down other things in my gratitude journal this week but without a doubt, this comes top!

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So that’s my happy and my happy word is ‘achievement’ because quite frankly, there couldn’t BE another word really now could there?  By next week, I may probably won’t have come down from cloud 9 so be prepared for more of this proud mummy!

And 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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Blog Linky Time ~ #Let’sLinkUp! {May}

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THE place to link your blog linky !

(and find others too!)

It’s a monthly linky that opens on the 1st of each month until the last day of the month.  Feel free to add your weekly linkys and your monthly linkys.  If your monthly linky starts near the end of the month, just pop by and add it again to the next month’s linky!

Any linkys you like – as many as you like!

I’ll retweet all that are linked up.
 It's Blog Linky Time With Let's Link Up #LetsLinkUp THE Place To Link Your Blog Linky And Find Others Too!

Come on, #LetsLinkUp !

(and if you’d like a list of linkys, here’s a list of Blog Linkys I love… )

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Positive Thinking ~ It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

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Positive Thinking ~ It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

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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.

And this month, from 8th to 14th May it’s mental health awareness week.  A great opportunity to remind you that:

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

With a stigma still attached to mental health, with the pressure to have to feel and be okay all of the time, it’s time to remember that it’s okay not to be okay…

You know why?

Because we’re all human and life happens.

We all have times when we don’t feel okay.  And that’s okay.  Remember that the next time someone asks you if you’re okay, if you’re not okay, don’t reply with the automatic, expected response that you’re okay.  It might just open up some channels to your recovery and make you day okay.  Or okayish.  And that’s okay too.

So, tell me, do you feel okay?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.  Or 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 🙂

And while you’re here, last month A Positive Parent linked up to PositiveThinking.  Here’s their link if you missed it… 

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5 Ways to Share the Happiness of Books with your Child ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

5 Ways To Share The Happiness Of Books With Your Child And Lay The Foundations For Literacy #IfShesHappyImHappy

5 Ways To Share the Happiness of Books

I recently introduced a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy and this week I’m talking about sharing the happiness of books with your child.  #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.

5 Ways To Share The Happiness Of Books With Your Child And Lay The Foundations For Literacy #IfShesHappyImHappy

Laying Foundations

I’m passionate about encouraging children to read.  Laying a good foundation in literacy really does have its advantages – increases vocab, increases interaction and increases bonding.  With enjoying books comes the joys of bedtime reading and mini libraries.  You don’t need much to instil a love of reading into your child – just grab a book, and away you go!  These books (see the picture below) hold such a special place in my childhood and the warm, fuzzy feeling I got when our daughter began to read about Silky, Moonface and Saucepan Man in The Magic Faraway Tree was beyond words.

5 Ways To Share The Happiness Of Books With Your Child And Lay The Foundations For Literacy ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

Encouraging reading

  1. Read the book to your child ~ From an early age, we read to our daughter every single day.  As a newborn, it doesn’t matter if you read them something that’s not a board book or that goes way over their heads; the point here is that reading to them is a bonding experience and increases their vocab, laying vital literacy foundations as they grow.
  2. When your child is old enough to read themselves, give them the books you read (and that were read to you).  We did this when my Mum unearthed some of my childhood favourites (as seen in the picture above).  My copies are well-loved and that just adds to the charm for me.
  3. If you don’t want your own copies to be used, consider borrowing from a library or buy another copy.  But also consider that charm of seeing your child read the very book that you read and that was read to you.
  4. Ask your child what their favourite part or character is.  And then tell them yours.  Our daughter was amazed that I had read the same books that her Grandma had now given her!
  5. Do a ‘Create Make Do’ activity around your child’s favourite book from your stash of ‘oldies’ (or if they haven’t got your stash, choose their favourite from their own collection).  Perhaps a puppet show, thinking of a different ending to a chapter (what could happen in the next chapter now?), a new take on a pivotal point in the story…

The only limit, as they say, is imagination!

 What happy memories have you got of reading to your child(ren) or being read to when you were a child?   What was/is your favourite childhood book?  And your child’s?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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