“The Friendship Journey” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

The Friendship Journey ~ a poem

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Moving house with a child is no easy thing to do,

A new bedroom, new school and new friends too,

A time of stress, anxiety, a logistical nightmare,

Emotions are tender, how will they fare?

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You get it all sorted, a school place is yours,

A settling in session, opening of new doors;

Metaphorically, literally, it’s a critical time,

Reassured by people, “she’ll be just fine…”

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It’s exciting, it’s scary for her and for us,

We try to hide our unease with a ‘positive’ fuss,

Goodbyes are said to old school friends, her mates,

A new chapter is coming, new friendships await…

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Then new names come up in our daily chat,

“So and so said this, so and so said that,

Soon can they come after school and for tea?

They can play with my toys, they can colour with me.”

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Of course the answer is, “yes, yes and yes!”

As long as she’s happy I can cope with the mess!

It’s lovely to see, a relief beyond doubt,

To see our girl happy, see new friendships carved out.

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What’s more, it’s so nice she doesn’t care one bit

If her friend’s from Eastern Europe or if they’re a Brit!

All she wants is to play, to share jokes, to have fun,

As far as she sees it, they’re like her, we’re all ‘one’…

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

The story behind the poem: As our little girl is cementing new friendships after a house move and subsequent new school, it’s intriguing and refreshing that background really doesn’t matter, as long as she ‘clicks’ with them…

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“Pretty post-its and pencils” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

Pretty post-its and pencils ~ a poem

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When my Mum and Dad upcycled my cot,

There was not one tiny detail that they forgot;

More holes were drilled in the legs to ensure

The top could be lifted to last me past four…

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There was space for my pen pots, for sellotape, and for glue

And paper a-plenty to make pictures for you.

My imagination station’s a place just for me,

To potter, to write, to develop literacy…

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And let’s not forget my maths and my sums,

Times-tables, number bonds ~ numeracy’s such fun!

I’ve made cards for my friends and my family too,

And even pets’ birthdays, they can’t read them, mind you!

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With paper, pens, pencils always ready for me,

My Imagination Station’s the place to be!

On an ipad or a tablet you can tap, touch and swipe,

But nothing beats paper, so don’t believe the hype!

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Yes technology’s great in this cyber age

But there’s something ’bout writing a story page by page…

We’ve even made paper, I learnt how to at school,

It sits on my desk, next to my very own pink rule…

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What I mean to say is that there are no rules,

With pretty post-its and pencils, my imaginative tools…

Creativity has no bounds, it’s true,

With mine, I’m never stuck for something to do…

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

The story behind the poem: I happened upon this little arrangement on our little girl’s desk.  I thought how pretty the bits and pieces looked randomly among her other creative tools!

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Win a chakra bracelet ~ giveaway

Hello and welcome to another exciting giveaway!

Yes, you can win this pretty chakra bracelet.

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  You will see that the bracelet is a string of coloured beads appropriate to each chakra.  Here is a chance to win a chakra bracelet (see the rafflecopter below).
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But first ‘Where is the beginning?’ A poem on chakras…
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What’s at the beginning?

It all starts at the root,

When we’re not grounded,

A branch can’t develop its shoots.

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Our branches need feeding

With healthy, wholesome foods,

If not, they’re ‘unbalanced’

And affect our moods.

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When we work from the bottom

And end up at the top,

We have spinning wheels, or

‘chakras’ which never stop…

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Want to feel peaceful and calm?

Meditate daily, don’t be shy,

And your friends they may comment,

Share the love, tell them why…

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…Why you’re feeling grounded

And rooted, like a tree to the earth.

Why those positive thoughts and good food

Give a sense of self-worth.

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…Why you’re feeling creative

Bursting with thoughts and ideas,

As they ebb and flow like the water,

Eroding your fears.

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…Why your ego’s not ‘pumped up’,

You’re calm and ‘together’,

You don’t listen to the bad things,

You don’t need ‘lucky heather’.

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…Why your breathing’s steady and easy

While your heart pumps fresh air,

Pure and cleansed through your body,

To keep you alert and ‘all there’.

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…Why you’re feeling expressive

And you’re speaking your mind,

Being open and clear,

It’s the best way, you will find.

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…Why your sixth sense is open,

It’s your third eye, you see.

Is your perception of reality

With them or with ‘me’?

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…Why your crown’s like a flower,

Its stem’s like your spine,

A petal for each chakra

Now you’re upright and ‘aligned’.

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Now you’re beginning to see

What your thoughts can do,

Breathe slowly, be mindful

That it all starts with you.

By Carol Cameleon

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Now, onto how you can win a chakra bracelet just like the one featured!  Just enter by using the rafflecopter (below).  The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 20th June 2016. Good luck to you 😉

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How safe is your street?

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 How safe is your street?
There’s a question for you
To ponder and wonder
In the local shop queue…
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How safe is your street?
As you stand in the line,
Do you talk to your neighbour,
Do you find the time?…
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 How safe is your street?
A stone’s throw or afar,
Your neighbour’s your neighbour,
By foot, bus or car…
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How safe is your street?
Need an ice-breaker or two?
A bit of small-talk
Will be perfect for you…
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 How safe is your street?
Is your own home protected?
While you sleep at night,
Be ‘alarmed’, be detected…
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How safe is your street?
And your appliances too,
It’s vital to test them,
Corgi can help you…
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How safe is your street?
From the young to the old,
Are you ‘safe as houses’?
Do you stand tall and bold?
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 By Carol Cameleon 2016
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Disclaimer: Written in collaboration with Corgi ~ all words and opinions are my own.

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Lean Greens review and giveaway

Welcome to my Lean Greens review and giveaway!

(with discount code too!)

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As a busy working Mum with a 6 year old, a husband, 2 cats, a house and a blog to keep ticking over, my well-being is of paramount importance.

After all, if I’m feeling under the weather, I feel sluggish and  lack energy and that’s not a good thing to throw into the mix!

Despite all the energy products on the market, I endeavour to stay natural when it comes to my food and drink… we are what eat, everyone knows that.

Although I regularly practice yoga, do reiki self-treatments, meditate and steer clear of coffee, I was intrigued about ‘Lean Greens’ food supplements.

Their website states:

When being healthy just doesn’t fit with your crazy, busy life, Leans Greens gives you access to better health without the hassle.

And so… Interested to see how my energy levels would be affected, I took up the opportunity to review this plant-based powder-to-shake drink.

Dubious about the taste and texture, I was pleasantly surprised and the little gadget inside stopped the powder clumping, giving it a smooth texture.

2 Lean Greens giveaway wellbeing well-being nature natural shake drink healthy food supplement 2The verdict? A daily ‘shake’ of this for 2 weeks and yes, I do feel different.

I’m less bloated and therefore less sluggish and therefore my energy levels ave been affected.. definitely for the better.

I don’t have ‘troughs’ and instead I maintain a more steady balance in my energy levels.

A big improvement for me is that I don’t get nearly so many sugar cravings, which is definitely a result because I’m partial to the odd sugary snack…

It’s great to know that my body has reacted positively to this drink and it feels like I’ve got back to nature and am in harmony again.

And that’s a great feeling 🙂

You can find Lean Greens on Twitter and Facebook and also take a lot at their website. 

Go and say hello! 🙂
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You can also benefit because the lovely team at Lean Greens have a discount code ~ just click the link and quote ALLSORTS10.

 And they’re giving away a branded shaker and a tub of Lean Greens powder just for you!  Entering is easy – just use the rafflecopter (below).  The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 20th May 2016. Good luck to you 😉

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Visiting hours ~ flash fiction

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She loved cliches.  She could use them ’til the cows came home!

Her life had been full of cliches recently, or at least close to cliches.

She’d come to terms with a lot of things; she’d overcome a whole range of emotions and now she felt another chapter closing.

At first, she’d found it really hard to let go but then she’d seen the sense.  In fact she’d seen how it had all slotted into place perfectly, almost as if it was meant to be.

She’d taken comfort in that.  After weeks of sorting, clearing, reminiscing, she was now stepping through the door for the very last time.

She was just a visitor now.  The limbo was gone.  Time to move on.

Time for one last look around and then she’d close the door, lock it and she’d start again; a new chapter with so many exciting things on the horizon.  She hadn’t even realised that she was ready for all of this.  But she was.

It was all meant to be…

Visiting hours were over at last.

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“Is it worth it? Would I make it?” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

“Is it worth it? Would I make it? How far would I get?”

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I rummage around while I chat to the girl,

We talk of this and of that,

It’s mindless small talk, a distraction technique

My mind’s gone blank, that’s a fact.

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Then I tighten my grip,

Delve deeper once more,

Realisation dawns,

Should I run for the door?

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Is it worth it? Would I make it?

How far would I get?

“I’ve never done this before”,

That’s what they all say, I’ll bet…

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The queue starts to shuffle,

The queue starts to groan,

It’s enough to distract them

From their trusty smartphones.

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I feel the stares in the back of my head,

As the girl fills out a proforma.

She hands it over, I’ve seven days to pay,

 Oh, I’ll pay, once I’m over my trauma!

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

The story behind the poem: Having left my bank card in the local shop the night before, I was blissfully unaware until I went to pay for a full tank of petrol…!

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Win a bracelet from DeeBee jewellery ~ review and giveaway

Hello and welcome to a very exciting review and giveaway!

Yes, you can win this stunning bracelet from deebee jewellery.

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I love the look of their products.  They are very ‘me’ and so I knew they would fit in very well with my blog. Why? Because I’m a very spiritual person and am very ‘drawn’ to the range of jewellery which includes feathers, peace signs, buddha heads and the Hamsa, all of which are beautifully simple in my opinion.

When my buddha bracelet arrived, it was well packaged, without being over-packaged.  It was in perfect condition and fitted snuggly on my wrist without being overbearing.  I’ve been wearing it alot and getting compliments too!  Not only does it look pretty and stylish but it’s well made with good quality beads too.  This doesn’t feel like a bracelet that will fall apart after a few outings.  If you’re looking for a little something for yourself or a little gift, then do consider this bracelet from deebee. 🙂

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Now, onto how you can win a buddha bracelet just like the one featured, from DeeBee Jewellery!  Just enter by using the rafflecopter (below).  The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 12th May 2016. Good luck to you 😉

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Book review : Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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I felt I could have written an essay on ‘Big Little Lies’ by Liane Moriarty
when I’d finished reading it.  An essay about the genius of the themes interwoven through it: bullying, Domestic Violence, friendship.   (I had been rooting for one of the heroines from around halfway through.)  That’s why I loved the discussion points at the end and I’ve never come across this before.  I even discussed them with my hubby who doesn’t really read and had no idea what I was raving on about!   But I felt the need to de-brief myself after this powerful novel.

Admittedly, it wasn’t until a good few chapters in that I felt the novel really took off and I did get a bit impatient with it, due to the focus on the cattiness of the school run: humourous and ironic as it was.  Once the main themes had been introduced though, it really took off and I was hooked, making this a book that was very difficult to put down!

It really was one of those books that left me feeling a bit dazed for the rest of the day while I fully digested it.  In a good way…

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So tell me, have you read any of Moriarty’s books?  Does this sound like your cup of tea (with biscuit?)

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“Platform to Another World” ~ Flash Fiction

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‘Platform to Another World’ ~ Flash fiction

Were it not for the tell-tale modern phone wire across the skyline, the wizard thought he could still be in his past life.

He gazed at one of the tools of his trade, namely the magician’s time-piece on the windowsill.

What of that time-piece?

A good friend had gifted it to him; a fellow wizard.  Oh, the wonderful journeys he had been on!

“So, where to next?” pondered Professor Severus Snape as he heard the familiar chug of the Hogwart’s Express in the distance…

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A little bit about this piece of flash fiction:

Inspired partly by my current read ‘The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August’; the theme (so far) being time-travel.

Partly by the intriguing ‘time-piece’ that I saw on the windowsill in the photo.

Partly by one of my favourite characters in ‘Harry Potter’

And of course partly by my imagination…

I wanted to get the theme of Platform 9 3/4 into the title by a clever play on words… 😉

I hope you enjoyed?

Please do feel free to comment but likewise, please do note that I would prefer not to

receive constructive criticism.  

(This time anyway…)

Thanks in advance…

Carol Cameleon

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