Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #76 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

Your weekly dose of happiness… 

Welcome back to my regular readers and for those who are joining for the first time or just browsing, let’s have a little reminder of what #HighlightsofHappy is all about…

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?!)

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 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 Friday on instagram.)


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…so what’s been making ME happy?

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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 😉

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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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