Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #50 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 50 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Refreshed

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 50 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Refreshed

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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Will this book help your child fall to sleep?

When we received a package from Vicks as part of their #VicksTricks campaign, we were intrigued by the book inside.  The title of my blog post for their campaign was ‘I’ve Got a Trick Up My Sleeve’ and so did they, it seems!

Their ‘trick’ was a book entitled ‘The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep
by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin.

Will this book full help your child fall asleep Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin Vicks Tricks bedtime reading parenting virtually all sorts

And what an intriguing book.  The idea is to read this book to your child who doesn’t want to or won’t sleep, at bedtime.  I found it quite challenging to read because of the style.  By that I mean that parts were in italics (which you say in a soft, slow voice) and bold (which you say ‘in character’ and animate your voice etc).  To accompany the book were 3 finger puppets, to use alongside the book, to really bring the book alive.

Will this book puppets full help your child fall asleep Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin Vicks Tricks bedtime reading parenting virtually all sorts

We love a bedtime story in our house, we always have and in all honesty, we’ve never really had any issues with our 7 year old wanting to go to bed or to sleep.  I’ve mentioned before how she asks me to read 7 pages and then she reads the rest herself by torchlight..

So to be asked by our daughter to read the whole lot came as a surprise.  A nice one though!  It felt very odd not to be reading the whole 7 pages and our daughter didn’t even manage to read the rest herself!  Why?  Because by about page 4, she was curled up in bed, with her teddies and duvet around her, heavy-eyed and ready for sleep.  She usually sits up next to me in bed, snuggled up under her duvet holding a teddy.  So was this coincidence?  Well, we will never know but in any case, the concept of the book is really clever!

Have you come across this book?  Do you find bedtime challenging?!  Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂

This post contains affliate links which means that if you buy something from this page, I get a little happiness too, at no extra cost to you.  Thanks 🙂


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3 Advantages of a Blackout Blind

It’s so nice to see some sun and to feel spring in the air, which also means that we’re considering getting a blackout blind sorted for our daughter’s bedroom.

3 advantages of a black out blind full sleep rest spring wellbeing virtually all sorts

We swapped bedrooms at the end of last Summer and got away with putting a duvet up at her window until the clocks went back (because that’s how we roll!).  We think it’s really important for her to get a good night’s sleep when the sun comes up earlier.  And a happy, well-rested girl makes for happy, well-rested parents after all!

We’ve always been very fortunate because in the main our 7 year old has always loved her sleep.

Whether this has been due to the bedtime routine of bath, story, bed from an early age, we will never know for sure.

But what we do know is that before we moved house, she had a blackout blind and it does make a difference.

A blackout blind is good because…

  1. Not only is this good for encouraging weekend and school holiday lie-ins, it also helps to ensure that our daughter is getting the rest she needs as she grows physically and emotionally.
  2. They benefit children and adults too because I used to work shifts (the full 24 hours of earlies, lates and nights) and had a blackout blind, which was a sanity-saver at times, I can tell you!
  3. It’s surprising how much light is blocked out by the blind.  And so with Spring being on the horizon, a blackout blind will be most welcome 🙂


Has your little one got a blackout blind?   Have you noticed the difference from a blackout blind?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below 🙂 


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Back in the Room!

I’m back in the room…after being abducted by aliens on a totally different planet for a few days.  And I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
Glands the size of a water melon, being in agony every time I swallowed, a fever that felt like I was breathing fire every time I , well breathed, and shivers.  Add to this concoction a husband who had similar lurgy at the same time and is coughing annoyingly (not his fault I know…) seemingly every 5 minutes, so that he coughs when I’m not trying to swallow but when I’m trying to sleep in between trying to swallow in agony.  Got that?!
Either way resulting in very little sleep.
Open wide and say, AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!

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I sometimes feel like a train… chugging along and not stopping for anyone!  Tonight is one of those nights but you know what?  I love it!  Sure, there are some days/nights when I just say ‘whatever’ to the housework and don’t potter around but sit still.  It always feels odd though, like I should be doing something else. 

Maybe the fact that I’m working on my next book (while marketing the first one!) means that I’m not actually tired at the moment.  Just incredibly excited!

I’ve made it through the day without a coffee too!  A couple of years ago I went cold turkey on caffeine (eeek!) due to a very bad water infection which I didn’t want to recur in a hurry.  The doctor suggested cutting out caffeine and fizzy drinks.  So I did.  Just like that.  Without a doubt I do feel tons better when I haven’t had a coffee.  Also the fact that I’ve slept much better the last couple of nights helps to stop me feeling zapped.  Possibly because I’ve been so zonked out from lack of sleep from the heat…

The feeling you get when you’ve achieved something is immense and that’s why I’m working on my next book…  I’m not stopping for anyone J