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Make It Happen in 2015

As 2014 draws to a close (in the next 9 hours to be exact), it's time to start looking forward. I hate the idea of RESOLUTIONS. They are doomed from the start and quite unoriginal in their wording most of the time. Instead of writing down 5-10 sentences about what I aim to achieve, I… Continue reading Make It Happen in 2015

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How to cope with stress

There are TEN DAYS until Christmas!!! T. E. N. While I am thoroughly excited about THE BIG DAY, there's a lot to be done before then. And the fact that there is an ever widening Black Hole in our bank account makes me stress more than a little bit. We are down to the final… Continue reading How to cope with stress

3 Good Things, Daily Inspiration

#25daysofembracehappy

The Advent season is full swing now. In fact, we're half-way to the BIG DAY which is starting to make be just a bit jumpy at the moment. I still need to sort out presents for family abroad, a few things for my husband and local family and the dreaded Teacher's gifts! But do you… Continue reading #25daysofembracehappy

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Today I am grateful for…my Husband

Yesterday I sat and watched my husband Mark make calculation after calculation to plot out the course for our new patio. He measured and measured, tapped numbers onto the calculator, got out graph paper and made a map for the pattern. Where I would have just plopped slabs into place and made adjustments for the… Continue reading Today I am grateful for…my Husband

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Make It Happen

Hello Lovelies! When was the last time you made something happen? I mean, thought of an idea, created a plan, set up steps and goals to make it happen and then actually MADE IT HAPPEN! Never? Last month? Last year? How do we keep moving forward, onward, upward? You make it happen, that's how! The… Continue reading Make It Happen

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#beautifulme

Hello Lovelies! I've been a reluctant blogger lately! I have been wrapped up in living life, wanting to write a lot and not entirely knowing how for some reason. Sometimes I feel like I have so much to say and nothing to say in the same thought! Is that possible? A wise blogger once said,… Continue reading #beautifulme

Casual Friday, Daily Inspiration

Happy 4th of July!

Today is July 4! Also known as American Independence Day. Yes, we'll gloss over the fact that it was England whom America declared independence from and I am now a permanent resident in England. I am still American, however, and still celebrate the 4th of July. The last two years, I spent the afternoon in… Continue reading Happy 4th of July!

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It’s time to smile

The world can be a challenging place can't it? We can get down, depressed, angry, grumpy, shouty and nasty. Footballers are biting each other, families are being stressed and torn apart, life is not fair sometimes. But then, there is beauty all around us. There is beauty in the quiet moments, there is beauty in… Continue reading It’s time to smile

Savour Our Weekend

Savour our Weekend- BritMums Live and Family Reunions

This past weekend was filled with inspiration, freedom, revitalisation and reunions. What an amazing weekend and one that I truly have savoured. I returned, for the first time in 2 years, to BritMums Live in London on Friday and Saturday. The largest blogging conference in the UK, BritMums Live brings together bloggers from all over… Continue reading Savour our Weekend- BritMums Live and Family Reunions

3 Good Things, Daily Inspiration

Ups and Downs

Hello Lovelies! This past week has had a lot of Ups and Downs for me! We finally had some proper brilliant sunshine which has made it feel like the Summer could be a very good thing indeed. I got some amazing news about an exciting holiday after Ella finishes school and feel extremely grateful for… Continue reading Ups and Downs

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Savouring our Weekend- Water, Play & Fun

Friday is the start of the weekend for me. We got off to a brilliant start when Ella came out of school and showed me the gap where her bottom front tooth had been. Her wobbly tooth from a month or so ago had finally given up and fallen out in the middle of Ella's… Continue reading Savouring our Weekend- Water, Play & Fun

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Be childish!

Hello Lovelies! Who has more fun than a child? Their day is centered around play and entertainment. If something doesn't grasp their full attention within minutes, they're on to the next thing that will hopefully be even better. Puddles are for jumping in! Sand is for digging in! A hill is for rolling! An open… Continue reading Be childish!

Casual Friday, Daily Inspiration

Casual Friday- Take a break

Hello Lovelies! It's Casual Friday! I'm declaring every Friday forever more to be Casual Friday! I used to love Fridays when I was working and if possible, I love them even more now. I know have waxed lyrical about "Savouring the Weekend" but Friday for me is always the start to the savouring. It's the… Continue reading Casual Friday- Take a break

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Share the love

Hello Lovelies! Today dawned and as I struggled to drag myself out of bed, I was reminded that today is Thursday which means that we are two days closer to the weekend. Weekends are my favourite! Shared parenting, happy family time and a different pace to life. I had a really lovely day yesterday and… Continue reading Share the love

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Happy Birthday

Tomorrow (June 3) is Ella's 6th Birthday. This past weekend we held a lovely party for Ella and 9 of her friends at my in-law's house. My in-law's have an amazing house, garden and in-ground pool so we were able to set up a giant tent/marquee in which to house the children. Our plan was… Continue reading Happy Birthday

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I’ve learned

Today a highly honoured woman died. Maya Angelou was a master of words that reached to the core of so many. I took her words for granted but today read them with a new clarity... I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will… Continue reading I’ve learned

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Happy Faces

Today I am celebrating my children. I have two amazing children and their faces light up our life and make us happier in return. Isn't it wonderful to see a child smiling? Or even better, to hear that giggle that only a baby or toddler can have? Have an extra good look at your little… Continue reading Happy Faces

Daily Inspiration, Savour Our Weekend

Savouring our Weekend- May 17-18, 2014

I talked last week about how much I am enjoying our weekends now that we have no major committments with activities or classes. This weekend, the entire country agreed with me! We didn't want it to end. The PROPER sun came out and it truly felt like Summer. And what better to do than spend… Continue reading Savouring our Weekend- May 17-18, 2014

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What happiness means to me

I started Embrace Happy after spending about two months doing the 3 Good Things challenge. I was sharing my #3goodthings every day through my social media channels and a few people became interested in what I was doing. A few people started joining in with #3goodthings as well. This made me happy. I realised that… Continue reading What happiness means to me

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Random Act of Kindness Challenge

Today, on the Embrace Happy Facebook group, I challenged the members to do a random act of kindness. It could be anything for anyone or for no one! Maybe you know one of your neighbours is struggling with something? How about picking up a small bouquet of flowers or a plant and giving it to… Continue reading Random Act of Kindness Challenge

10 Random Things

10 Random Things- May

Ah, May! Summer, really. My home state in the US is only just starting to thaw yet we here in England have had two and a bit months of flowers, warm-ish air and sunshine to shake the dregs of winter off. I am currently sitting in our little muddle of a garden while Sammy plays.… Continue reading 10 Random Things- May

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Savouring our Weekend

I love Fridays. I have always loved Fridays. Back in the day, and in another country, I used to have Friday afternoon off and it was bliss. Because I worked Saturday mornings, I always made sure I had Friday afternoon off. Now, the reason I look forward to Friday is because I get to share… Continue reading Savouring our Weekend

A Snap in Time

A Snap in Time- Siblings

I remember watching Ella playing, before Sam was even a thought in our heads, and thinking, "Oh, sometimes she seems quite lonely! It really would be nice for her to have a sibling!" We were worried when Sam turned out to be a boy, that Ella would be angry and upset that we didn't present… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Siblings

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My Happy Place

Over the weekend I challenged the members of the Embrace Happy Facebook Group to share their Happy Place in/around their homes. Of course, it's only fair that I share my Happy Place as well. I had a good think for a bit to figure it out. I have a very happy place which is a… Continue reading My Happy Place

10 Random Things, Daily Inspiration

10 Random Things

Yesterday, while wasting time perusing the internet, I saw a link from a blogger friend of mine. Alison at Five Go Blogging lives near to me and is a very crafty lady. She wrote a post entitled 10 Random Things to get a bit of a peek into the workings of her creative brain. I… Continue reading 10 Random Things

A Snap in Time

A Snap in Time- Park Fun

Tuesday was a day where the fun of the Easter break ended and the return to a normal routine began. We have approximately 12 weeks or so remaining until the end of the school year. Yes, I am counting down to the Summer holiday. I had told Ella, at the breakfast table, as an incentive… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Park Fun

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Best laid plans

The last week of our Easter/Spring Holiday didn't go according to plan. I'm rather grumpy when things don't go according to plan. The original plan was that Mark would be on holiday from Friday evening, 11 April through Monday 21 April. A much needed break from work and a chance to have fun as a… Continue reading Best laid plans

A Snap in Time

A Snap in Time- Family

This past weekend I encouraged the members of the Embrace Happy Facebook group to Get In The Frame and take a family photo. Mums spend far too little time being IN family pictures mainly because the picture taking responsibilities fall on our shoulders. If I hand Mark my smartphone to allow me to be in… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Family

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Happiness Smoothies

We all are looking for easy, nutrious ways of fueling our children. Of course, you can pick up the nearest Innocent Smoothie (which I do love) but there's a cost involved. I've been motivated lately to make our own smoothies. I like to call them Happiness Smoothies because they are chock-a-block with gorgeous fruit filled… Continue reading Happiness Smoothies