Share the Joy with a little time for ‘chatting’

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Share The Joy with a little time for ‘chatting’

 Kindness is something that I really try to embed into my every day life.  And also into our 8 year old’s daily life (not forgetting hubby too!).  We’re only human and so some days take more effort, more thinking about.

I’ve been following The Kindness Calendar from MakeTodayHappy and I find it works really well to focus on one thing which I then write about in my Share the Joy post, and I link up to the #ShareTheJoyLinky.  Don’t forget to link up your posts below!  This week, my act of kindness that stood out was…

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Share the Joy with a little time for ‘giving’

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Share The Joy with a little time for ‘giving’

 Kindness is something that I really try to embed into my every day life.  And also into our 8 year old’s daily life (not forgetting hubby too!).  We’re only human and so some days take more effort, more thinking about.

I’ve been following The Kindness Calendar from MakeTodayHappy and I find it works really well to focus on one thing which I then write about in my Share the Joy post, and I link up to the #ShareTheJoyLinky.  Don’t forget to link up your posts – Lizzie is hosting this week!  This week, my act of kindness that stood out was…

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Bags2School ~ raising funds by recycling

 

A little while ago, I found this in our little girl’s school bag.

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We always try to get involved in anything happening at her school and this was no exception.

In case you can’t read the bag (!), the concept is this:

A bag is filled up with clothing, weighed and the school gets money, depending on the weight of the clothes inside.

What a simple but great way of raising funds for school and recycling clothes too!

Admittedly, we hadn’t got a great deal to give away, due to the recent house move and subsequent ruthless clear-out.  But, like any other little girl, our daughter is growing into a big girl and soon we had something in it.  When we’ve had our clear-outs in the past, it’s often been a bit of a chore to physically take the donation to a charity shop in between the daily madness routine.  But this?  We just took it along with us on the school run.  Easy!

Our little girl always gets sentimental about giving her own things away.  So much that, to be honest, it’s easier to do it on the sly!  With this bag though, she wanted to get involved!  Okay, so she wanted to give my things away instead of hers, but we still managed to negotiate a few of her things… saying it was for her school helped too.

Have you ever heard of anything similar or got involved anything like this?   I’d love to hear in the comments below.  Or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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‘The Pumping Mama’ is my Blog of the Year 2013

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Thanks for reading this special blog post.  I would like to present a star for ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ to The Pumping Mama.

Despite the best efforts of the ‘experts’ and those who have experienced it first hand, Post Natal Depression is still a bit of a taboo.

Talking about it, even thinking about it, gets in the way of everything pink (and blue…) and fluffy that is preparing for a baby, having baby and bringing up a baby.

Nobody, but nobody wants to experience PND (or any kind of depression) be it themselves or through someone else.

‘Thankfully’, because I’ve experienced mild depression many years ago, I can recognise the pokes and niggles of the ‘black dog’ in my field of vision and I can nip it in the bud.

I really look forward to blogs from The Pumping Mama.  Her posts are frank.  They ‘pull’ you into her experiences of PND but not in such a way that you can’t dust yourself off and leave by the stage door.  I’ve got a lot of respect for her.  She’s got the guts to admit she has PND, to talk about it, and to bare her soul.

Her feelings of guilt and resentment come through in her blog but even deeper, even stronger is her love for her family.

I hope you will pop over to say ‘hello’ to The Pumping Mama and learn a bit more about what contribution factors led to her experience of PND.

Here is one particular post that particularly touches me titled ‘Please be grateful’.

…and this one is about her breast feeding journey ~ ‘My breast feeding journey’.

https://www.thepumpingmama.wordpress.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To get involved with ‘Blog of the Year 2013’, here’s how to pay the award forward.

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –https://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link herehttpss://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

The instructions for this award are simple:

 

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – https://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here httpss://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

 

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

######################################################################

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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 Thank you.

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‘The Pumping Mama’ is my Blog of the Year 2013

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

Thanks for reading this special blog post.  I would like to present a star for ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ to The Pumping Mama.

Despite the best efforts of the ‘experts’ and those who have experienced it first hand, Post Natal Depression is still a bit of a taboo.

Talking about it, even thinking about it, gets in the way of everything pink (and blue…) and fluffy that is preparing for a baby, having baby and bringing up a baby.

Nobody, but nobody wants to experience PND (or any kind of depression) be it themselves or through someone else.

‘Thankfully’, because I’ve experienced mild depression many years ago, I can recognise the pokes and niggles of the ‘black dog’ in my field of vision and I can nip it in the bud.

I really look forward to blogs from The Pumping Mama.  Her posts are frank.  They ‘pull’ you into her experiences of PND but not in such a way that you can’t dust yourself off and leave by the stage door.  I’ve got a lot of respect for her.  She’s got the guts to admit she has PND, to talk about it, and to bare her soul.

Her feelings of guilt and resentment come through in her blog but even deeper, even stronger is her love for her family.

I hope you will pop over to say ‘hello’ to The Pumping Mama and learn a bit more about what contribution factors led to her experience of PND.

Here is one particular post that particularly touches me titled ‘Please be grateful’.

…and this one is about her breast feeding journey ~ ‘My breast feeding journey’.

https://www.thepumpingmama.wordpress.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To get involved with ‘Blog of the Year 2013’, here’s how to pay the award forward.

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –https://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link herehttpss://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

The instructions for this award are simple:

 

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – https://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here httpss://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

 

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

######################################################################

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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 Thank you.

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Blog Your Heart Out…

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The rules are simple: answer five questions, nominate five more blogs to continue the meme and learn a bit more about the person writing. Below are my answers and nominations…

What/Who encouraged you to start blogging?

Way back when, my newly-revived hobby of baking inspired my blog.  I would share my successes (or not!)  I have since closed that blog down and started my current one, which focuses on my real passions of writing and parenting.  Although blogging had been around for years, I was brand new to it.  And it intrigued me…

How did you choose what topics to blog about?

At first it was a bit of a mish mash about ‘virtually all sorts’ of things.  But it soon became apparent that I needed to categorise and focus more.  With discipline and support, I have been able to follow blogs, comment on them and write every day.  So my Thursday blog for Virtually All Sorts of writing was born.

While as a mum and wife, I’m interested in reading parenting blogs.  Enter my Sunday blog on parenting!

Writing and parenting are both topics I have a huge passion for and some knowledge/experience in too.  So choosing my blog topics was logical really.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I once dyed my hair red but when it started to wash out it went yellow.  Very yellow!

…and I’ve written a children’s book which will become a series and it’s almost ready to go!

What 3 words describe your style?

Hippychick, positive, day dreamer

What do you like to do when you are not blogging?

Family time: gardening and crafts aka making a mess in the summer; baking and the park in the winter.  Oh and reading blogs too 😉

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

My nominations are to the following fantastic five… I love reading their blogs and I hope you’ll show them some blogging your love too!  Blog your hearts out ladies 😉

Emma @ https://myliquidlife.wordpress.com

Kiran Chug @ https://mummysays.net

Shaz @ https://apinchofshaz.blogspot.com

Vicky@ https://prettywittythings.com

Miss Marzipan @ https://missmarzipan.com

Thanks to mummytries.wordpress.com for giving me a starter for ten!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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Blog Your Heart Out…

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The rules are simple: answer five questions, nominate five more blogs to continue the meme and learn a bit more about the person writing. Below are my answers and nominations…

What/Who encouraged you to start blogging?

Way back when, my newly-revived hobby of baking inspired my blog.  I would share my successes (or not!)  I have since closed that blog down and started my current one, which focuses on my real passions of writing and parenting.  Although blogging had been around for years, I was brand new to it.  And it intrigued me…

How did you choose what topics to blog about?

At first it was a bit of a mish mash about ‘virtually all sorts’ of things.  But it soon became apparent that I needed to categorise and focus more.  With discipline and support, I have been able to follow blogs, comment on them and write every day.  So my Thursday blog for Virtually All Sorts of writing was born.

While as a mum and wife, I’m interested in reading parenting blogs.  Enter my Sunday blog on parenting!

Writing and parenting are both topics I have a huge passion for and some knowledge/experience in too.  So choosing my blog topics was logical really.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I once dyed my hair red but when it started to wash out it went yellow.  Very yellow!

…and I’ve written a children’s book which will become a series and it’s almost ready to go!

What 3 words describe your style?

Hippychick, positive, day dreamer

What do you like to do when you are not blogging?

Family time: gardening and crafts aka making a mess in the summer; baking and the park in the winter.  Oh and reading blogs too 😉

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

My nominations are to the following fantastic five… I love reading their blogs and I hope you’ll show them some blogging your love too!  Blog your hearts out ladies 😉

Emma @ https://myliquidlife.wordpress.com

Kiran Chug @ https://mummysays.net

Shaz @ https://apinchofshaz.blogspot.com

Vicky@ https://prettywittythings.com

Miss Marzipan @ https://missmarzipan.com

Thanks to mummytries.wordpress.com for giving me a starter for ten!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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Ode to ‘Man Flu’ ~ The Tissue Issue

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Ode to ‘Man Flu’ ~ The Tissue Issue

The common cold is, well,common – it’s a virus
That goes, well, ‘viral’ quicker than Miley Cyrus.
There are 3 in our house and we’ve all got a cold
But for the ‘man’ it’s the worse thing ever to behold.

As ever, I soldier on through tissues and sneezes
But hubby moans n whinges, I’m sick of his wheezes.
To him, it’s ‘man flu’; oh please, man flu?!
To me it’s a commotion and such a to-do.

My head is so woolly, my nose is so sore,
Any more whinging, he can sleep on the floor.
Our first aid cupboard is full with pills and with potions
To deal with man flu and other such commotions.

All night long, I’m not joking, I hear cough, I hear splutter,
“Oh man up,” under my breath you may hear me mutter.
“Here, take this ‘dear’, you’ll sleep better,” I say,
And as the fairer sex I ‘keep calm and carry on’, come what may!…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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… And visit my Facebook page or follow me @ComplicatedPreg.
Also available ~ my indispensable guide to avoiding Working MumGuilt. Whether you’re about to return to work or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the Guilt today!… And visit my Facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt.

Picture source: https://www.dotcomgiftshop.com/couch-potato via Pinterest

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Ode to ‘Man Flu’ ~ The Tissue Issue

20131208-150349.jpg

Ode to ‘Man Flu’ ~ The Tissue Issue

The common cold is, well,common – it’s a virus
That goes, well, ‘viral’ quicker than Miley Cyrus.
There are 3 in our house and we’ve all got a cold
But for the ‘man’ it’s the worse thing ever to behold.

As ever, I soldier on through tissues and sneezes
But hubby moans n whinges, I’m sick of his wheezes.
To him, it’s ‘man flu’; oh please, man flu?!
To me it’s a commotion and such a to-do.

My head is so woolly, my nose is so sore,
Any more whinging, he can sleep on the floor.
Our first aid cupboard is full with pills and with potions
To deal with man flu and other such commotions.

All night long, I’m not joking, I hear cough, I hear splutter,
“Oh man up,” under my breath you may hear me mutter.
“Here, take this ‘dear’, you’ll sleep better,” I say,
And as the fairer sex I ‘keep calm and carry on’, come what may!…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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… And visit my Facebook page or follow me @ComplicatedPreg.
Also available ~ my indispensable guide to avoiding Working MumGuilt. Whether you’re about to return to work or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the Guilt today!… And visit my Facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt.

Picture source: https://www.dotcomgiftshop.com/couch-potato via Pinterest

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Ode to ‘Man Flu’ ~ The Tissue Issue

20131208-150349.jpg

Ode to ‘Man Flu’ ~ The Tissue Issue

The common cold is, well,common – it’s a virus
That goes, well, ‘viral’ quicker than Miley Cyrus.
There are 3 in our house and we’ve all got a cold
But for the ‘man’ it’s the worse thing ever to behold.

As ever, I soldier on through tissues and sneezes
But hubby moans n whinges, I’m sick of his wheezes.
To him, it’s ‘man flu’; oh please, man flu?!
To me it’s a commotion and such a to-do.

My head is so woolly, my nose is so sore,
Any more whinging, he can sleep on the floor.
Our first aid cupboard is full with pills and with potions
To deal with man flu and other such commotions.

All night long, I’m not joking, I hear cough, I hear splutter,
“Oh man up,” under my breath you may hear me mutter.
“Here, take this ‘dear’, you’ll sleep better,” I say,
And as the fairer sex I ‘keep calm and carry on’, come what may!…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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… And visit my Facebook page or follow me @ComplicatedPreg.
Also available ~ my indispensable guide to avoiding Working MumGuilt. Whether you’re about to return to work or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the Guilt today!… And visit my Facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt.

Picture source: https://www.dotcomgiftshop.com/couch-potato via Pinterest

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