Read a Book Day ~ are YOU well read?

Read A Book Day Are You Well Read Reading Challenge

I love the idea of Read a Book Day! 

There’s the obvious excuse of getting stuck into another world, with your nose inside a book.  There’s also the perfect chance to look back on my reading goals and how I got back into reading.

I also love that this Day has prompted me to look back before my reading challenge has finished for the year because I’m not one to wait until new year to start new things and set new goals.  Why wait?  I also love that the picture in this blog posts is of a dog reading a book – suggesting that anyone can get involved and read.  So come on people, read, read, read…!  I set myself a reading challenge of 12 books this year and I’m very pleased that I’m ahead of target.

Read A Book Day Are You Well Read Reading Challenge

Having looked at my ‘read’ shelf on GoodReads I saw 3 books that had particularly given me that pick-up-a-book-and-can’t-put-it-down feeling!

 

You know that feeling, I’m sure.

 

There’s also the feeling of being lost and not knowing what to read next because nothing seem sappealing after such a good read.  Well the 3 that gave me both of these feelngs were:

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

 

Pop them on your To Be Read pile!

I’m not going to review them simply because I’m not very good at reviewing books.  I think I’m too subjective and would much rather discuss them in a facebook group like Bookish Mamas.  Talking of which, I must thank Lucy, Jess and Naomi for establishing this great group.  They’ve encouraged me to actually read again.

 

I had intended to gather all of the group reads, take a picture and publish it on instagram and on here but I only ended buying my own copies of a few before turning to my library.  I love a visit to the library don’t you?

 

As for next year?  I’m going to stick with 12 books as my goal becuase it’s clearly working and puts me under less pressure.  Now I’m off to find my cosy throw, pop the fairy lights, chillax and get all hygge 🙂

But first, tell me what’s your best read of the year so far?  Or what’s on your TBR pile?  I’d love to know.  Tell me by commenting below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 

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Tempting the tastebuds ~ #FloraLunchbox Challenge

When the lovely people at Flora sent me a lunchbox to cram full of goodness, I was looking forward to tempting our little girl’s tastebuds.
As part of the #FloraLunchbox challenge we also received a ‘lunchbox builder’ which was really handy to have on hand when planning the week’s lunches.
By using the guide, it ensured that our girl (and us too!) had one each from the sections main, snack, fruit or veg (or both ideally!)
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All parents know the importance of a healthy and balanced diet.  So what do you do when you’ve got a picky eater who then goes to school and you have no way of encouraging them to ‘eat up’… except by what goes in their lunchbox?  You can cram them full of fruit and raw veg with their after school snack OR you can explore the ideas from Flora which covers all sorts of lunchbox tips including how to get kids to eat veggies, a 5 day lunchbox plan and a lunchbox builder (which I found really useful).
Our little girl’s school does encourage the younger children to eat up by giving out stickers (all kids love stickers after all!) but the question is, how many of those children have a nutritional and balanced lunch to eat in the first place?  It was a real concern to learn that a study by Flora found that only 1.6% of children receive a packed lunch that meets nutritional standards set for school meals.  Surely that means that a large proportion of our children are not getting the nutrition they need to grow and develop as they should do.
In light of that, it’s reassuring to know that:
  • Every tub of Flora contains plant oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils.
  • Flora is lower in saturated fats than butter (Flora Original – 80% lower; Buttery – 71%; Light – 78%).
  • It provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6 which are essential fats that contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children.  I’ll high-five that!
  • Flora also recently launched Flora Freedom which is a 100% dairy free product, is free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and like the rest of the Flora range is approved by The Vegetarian Society.

Win-Win!

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Fortunately, our little girl (6 years old), has always been a healthy eater.  She loves her fruit and veg but she’s not very adventurous.  So it’s no surprise that her lunchbox ‘menu’ has been a bit haphazard and desperately rotated week by week in the hope of adding some variety.  (Yes I do have a weekly ‘packed lunch planner’ because who wants to be using their brain at 7am or before when they’re doing the lunches?!  No hands up there then!…)
We had some fun thinking up some ideas.
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 This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by
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Disclaimer: Written in collaboration with Flora ~ all words and opinions are my own.

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Reflecting on what I’ve written…

Last week I penned a poem titled ‘When you set yourself a challenge’… inspired by taking part in the #AtoZChallenge in April 2015.  I survived and now I’m reflecting on what I’ve written..!

A-to-Z Reflection blogging #AtoZChallenge alphabet

Happy picking 😉

AllSortsofBlogs

Badge

Complicated

Ditch

Energy

Featured Authors

Google

Help

Inspiration

Juggling

Kudos

Laugh

Meditation

Nine Lives

Ordinary

Pinterest

Quotes

Rhymes

Smile

Testimonials

Unique

Vibration

Wonderful

eXtraordinary

Yes

Zing

Which is your favourite word?  Now I’d be intrigued to find out if the post for that word was what you were expecting?…  Just a little bit of fun!

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When you set yourself a challenge …

What am I writing?  A little poem this week…

A Challenge

When you set yourself a challenge,

What goes through your mind?

If you take a look inside mine,

There’s lots that you will find.

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Can I really push myself

With all there is to do?

How on earth will I do it?

Truth is, I have no clue!

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But I can’t resist a challenge,

The carrot dangles to and fro.

Temptation draws me in,

Am I ready? Get set… go!

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But wait, no I’m not ready,

Doubts are lurking, “Go away!”

I push them firmly to one side

And that’s where they will stay!

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By Carol Cameleon, 2015

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With April behind me, I’m very pleased with myself.  Why?  Because I blogged every day for the #AtoZChallenge.

I did it last year too and I found that the whole experience seemed much more ‘slick’ this time around.

Posts were scheduled, blogs were read, commented on and shared.  And that was all during the 2 week Easter break with our little bear.  I made myself a pact that I would not do anything blog-related (or indeed social media-related) while she was awake.  Apart from a few photos which I would have taken anyway.  I kept to my little pact.

You should see the state of our house though… 😉


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My happy February #365doh

365doh february sorting the juice from the pith 365 days of happy blog positivity gratitude

Be grateful, be happy… and smile!

So here’s where I sort the juice of my month from the pith and focus on the happy , the positivity and gratitude in my life 🙂

We could all use a little gratitude…

Let’s kick start with how I rocked with gratitude in the form of a little poem ~ Look What We’ve Got.  I do like a rhyme!  p.s Look out for my post in the coming weeks on my gratitude rock 🙂 

We could all use a smile…

Our cats didn’t quite know what to think of our little bear’s paper goat which she decorated for Chinese New Year while in her ‘Frozen’ Anna dress and Elsa wig!  She never fails to make me smile and appreciate a simpler take on life.

We could all use some happiness…

When my current writing project has slowed down a little, I intend to set myself some more writing challenges, like this one that Maddy at Writing Bubble did.  I do love a good writing project but I also enjoy a diversion, a change, a challenge, a chance to let myself ‘go’ a little 😉

Let’s see what March brings.

I’m linking this up with Lexie at Those Words She Wrote for #365doh, what will you share?

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