So I’ve had my ipad nicked

Where’s my keys? Where’s my phone? Where’s my ipad?…

Got my keys, got my phone.  Where IS my ipad?…

You turn your back for 5 minutes.

Keys, phone, no ipad.

*scratches head*

 

Oh, my 3 year old’s nicked it to play her Barnyard games on! (with parental lock on of course!)  She’s playing the memory game, balloon popper, alphabet bubbles, fruit slinger, number jumble and is dropping and dragging like the best of them!

Crazy to think that my sister and I had a ZX Spectrum plus back in the day.  We used to have to put cassette tapes into the tape player, rig it all up to the computer and if you got the volume slightly wrong, the dam thing didn’t load!!

Retro 🙂

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. Thank you.

So I’ve had my ipad nicked

Where’s my keys? Where’s my phone? Where’s my ipad?…

Got my keys, got my phone.  Where IS my ipad?…

You turn your back for 5 minutes.

Keys, phone, no ipad.

*scratches head*

 

Oh, my 3 year old’s nicked it to play her Barnyard games on! (with parental lock on of course!)  She’s playing the memory game, balloon popper, alphabet bubbles, fruit slinger, number jumble and is dropping and dragging like the best of them!

Crazy to think that my sister and I had a ZX Spectrum plus back in the day.  We used to have to put cassette tapes into the tape player, rig it all up to the computer and if you got the volume slightly wrong, the dam thing didn’t load!!

Retro 🙂

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. Thank you.

Crazy and lazy…

…relaxing and productive, emotional and reflective, creative and invigorating, surreal and inspiring…not forgetting indulgent… that was my week!

Our little bear started pre-school this week!  We’ve been fortunate all this time not to have to rush too much in the mornings, without the need to be anywhere at a specific time.  So the 1st challenge was overcome.  We did breakfast, changed, cleaned teeth and were at pre-school on time!

Due to work and other commitments, we had never actually been to a session there before.  The next challenge was to leave here there.  More of a challenge for me than her!

Half and hour into the start of the session, I slipped off.  I walked down the road with no pushchair or chatting little girl.  

Odd!

But refreshing.

New friends have been made, pictures have been drawn and we are the now the proud owners of the ‘book bag’.  First week done and it’s all good!

Me, I’ve got loads done.  From finalizing the narrative for my next book, to liaising with a possible illustrator for my children’s book.  From marketing my current book to a couple of catch ups with friends and a sneaky afternoon nap (shhh, don’t tell everyone!)  It’s been a lovely week off work for me.  I feel refreshed, relieved and a little bit annoyed that I’m back at work next week.  All good things must come to an end and it’ll be good to get back to normal in some ways.  Truth be told, I’d rather cram lots of things into a morning than end up being bored!

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. Thank you.

 

Crazy and lazy…

…relaxing and productive, emotional and reflective, creative and invigorating, surreal and inspiring…not forgetting indulgent… that was my week!

Our little bear started pre-school this week!  We’ve been fortunate all this time not to have to rush too much in the mornings, without the need to be anywhere at a specific time.  So the 1st challenge was overcome.  We did breakfast, changed, cleaned teeth and were at pre-school on time!

Due to work and other commitments, we had never actually been to a session there before.  The next challenge was to leave here there.  More of a challenge for me than her!

Half and hour into the start of the session, I slipped off.  I walked down the road with no pushchair or chatting little girl.  

Odd!

But refreshing.

New friends have been made, pictures have been drawn and we are the now the proud owners of the ‘book bag’.  First week done and it’s all good!

Me, I’ve got loads done.  From finalizing the narrative for my next book, to liaising with a possible illustrator for my children’s book.  From marketing my current book to a couple of catch ups with friends and a sneaky afternoon nap (shhh, don’t tell everyone!)  It’s been a lovely week off work for me.  I feel refreshed, relieved and a little bit annoyed that I’m back at work next week.  All good things must come to an end and it’ll be good to get back to normal in some ways.  Truth be told, I’d rather cram lots of things into a morning than end up being bored!

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. Thank you.

 

Crazy and lazy…

…relaxing and productive, emotional and reflective, creative and invigorating, surreal and inspiring…not forgetting indulgent… that was my week!

Our little bear started pre-school this week!  We’ve been fortunate all this time not to have to rush too much in the mornings, without the need to be anywhere at a specific time.  So the 1st challenge was overcome.  We did breakfast, changed, cleaned teeth and were at pre-school on time!

Due to work and other commitments, we had never actually been to a session there before.  The next challenge was to leave here there.  More of a challenge for me than her!

Half and hour into the start of the session, I slipped off.  I walked down the road with no pushchair or chatting little girl.  

Odd!

But refreshing.

New friends have been made, pictures have been drawn and we are the now the proud owners of the ‘book bag’.  First week done and it’s all good!

Me, I’ve got loads done.  From finalizing the narrative for my next book, to liaising with a possible illustrator for my children’s book.  From marketing my current book to a couple of catch ups with friends and a sneaky afternoon nap (shhh, don’t tell everyone!)  It’s been a lovely week off work for me.  I feel refreshed, relieved and a little bit annoyed that I’m back at work next week.  All good things must come to an end and it’ll be good to get back to normal in some ways.  Truth be told, I’d rather cram lots of things into a morning than end up being bored!

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. Thank you.

 

All in pink

I don’t have many treats but one of the treats I do have is my nails!  The only make-up I wear is a bit of eyeliner, mascara and bronzer.  When I remember to anyway!  So when I saw an offer on nail varnish, I thought, “Why not?”  I got pink, purple, blue, gold glitter and silver glitter.  My friend posted a picture on facebook of her very pink nails.  Here are mine!

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The other treat that I have as of today is more time to ‘myself’.  Having just dropped our little bear at pre-school for her first ever morning, I hung around for half an hour and when she went off to play, I left!  She seemed perfectly happy. When I say more to ‘myself’, it’s more time to do the food shopping, housework, general tidying… and of course more time to shamelessly plug my ebook ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’ – half of the sales are going to the charity APEC – and to finalise my next book.  I think time management is going to be the key!

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

 

5 out of 5

So there I was, just logging into my author page on Amazon to check a couple of things on my ebook ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’ when I saw the ‘customer review’ button activated…. 5 out f 5 stars!!  

Most importantly, the word is getting out there and I’m doing exactly what I intended – raising awareness of pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome. 
“I am also a survivor of HELLP syndrome and I highly recommended this book! Shocking how many people have not heard of hellp, this woman truly is an inspiration, plus half the proceeds go to charity!”
I am on cloud 9 and so happy to be raising awareness of pre-eclampsia, hellp syndrome and other pregnancy related conditions like post natal depression and placenta praevia.  I’m making a difference, people are reading my book and taking the trouble to leave a review of it.  One. Happy. Mummy!

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

‘HELLP’ with publishing your book

Someone on a facebook group called HELLP Syndrome Survivors asked me how I went about writing and self-publishing my ebook ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’.  One of my friends told me I should turn my story into a book to help others and raise awareness. I meant to right there and then but there was something to do with a 2 year old running around and a family to run!  In the Summer of 2012 (feels odd typing that!) I read a friend’s link on facebook that inspired me to finally do it. I googled and researched and finally found a free piece of software that converts word to pdf, I applied for my ISBNs from Nielsen and told them when I would be launching my book. On the day of the launch, I clicked a few times and hey presto there it was for all to see! I’ve got to say that I’m very proud but even more pleased that I HAVE helped to raise awareness and raise some money for APEC too  I used a cropped section of a photo of me holding our little bear in hospital the day after she was born. I was more than a hint of yellow… I zoomed in on the hands to hopefully convey the trauma and, well, the complicated pregnancy I ended up having. My friend Maddy Wheal at Fairytale Photography worked wonders on making the cover more prominent.

I used Primo PDF to convert from word to pdf. It’s really very simple although it was all a bit daunting at first…  However, I did it all by myself (ok with an awful lot of help from my hubby and google!) and can look back on 2012 and say that I did some good 🙂

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

Can you see the green line?

Have you ever found yourself in a bit of a rush with your little one in tow?  I know I have.  More often than not in fact!  I’ve also found myself quickly bundling our little bear into the car seat because I’m running late for the childminder’s and will be late for work.  As I bundle her into the car though, I always but ALWAYS check the green line’s showing in her harness and the straps are properly over her shoulders.  Always. 

How tempting is it to think that you can’t be late for work and not check the harness is on properly?  Well we all need to pay the bills, don’t we.  One event that has really taken the wind out of my sails this Christmas is a relative and her little girl being involved in a serious car accident.  Resulting in her 4 year old now being in hospital, having already had an operation on her head and currently on bed rest with a lacerated liver.  As if that wasn’t serious enough, it would have been devastating if her car seat had not been correctly fitted.  And that’s the official line from the fire chief of the crew who cut her out of the car.  Her mum is also recovering from cuts and bruises but is devoting all her time and energy to making sure her little girl recovers. 

I can’t imagine what thoughts are going through her mind.  I know the thoughts would be going through my mind, if I had been in her position with our little bear.  I have had to blink back tears several times.

So my positive thoughts and wishes go to them all.  How did that TV campaign go all those years ago? “Clunk click every trip”?

Remember the green line.

 

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

So how DOES Father Christmas know where you live anyway?

Does Rudolph have a little GPS gadget attached to his very shiney nose?  Does Santa employ a reindeer called TomTom for the night?  Does he google it before leaving the North Pole?  No.  His reindeers look for the magic reindeer glitter!

If you didn’t know this, you’re not alone!  Tonight when I picked up our little bear from the childminder’s for the last time this year, she gave me a little bag with some glitter and oats.  She then told me and our little bear that it’s very important to sprinkle it on the lawn on Christmas Eve night so that the reindeers can see it.  Then they know to guide Father Christmas’s sleigh to your house!  Well I never knew THAT!

Genius!

Here’s the Christmas card that our little bear made for us today… Image

 

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.