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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

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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

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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

A Snap in Time

A Snap in Time- Ella

I am amazed some days with how quickly my little girl is growing up. Ella is 5 going on 25 in some respects but thankfully is still silly and goofy and wild like all nearly-six-year-olds should be. Yesterday we had a morning out as a family. We drove into Stamford to have a proper breakfast… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Ella

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Someday is not a day of the week

Last night I was perusing Facebook on the iPad, as one does at 11pm when one should be going to bed. I saw an app advertised on Facebook for Reading Rainbow. Reading Rainbow is an American show on PBS (Public Broadcasting System...where Sesame Street lives) hosted by LeVar Burton. He presents stories, others narrate them,… Continue reading Someday is not a day of the week

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This past weekend I saw a status on Facebook from a company that I follow. They were re-posting a video created by a Dad who had videoed snippets from every Saturday morning with his daughter for several months. In the shots you see half of the Dad's face as he's sitting at his computer while… Continue reading Appreciation

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Life moves pretty fast

One of my favourite quotes is from the film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". I'm a child of the 80's, what can I say? The quote goes like this: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. How very appropriate is this nugget of advice?… Continue reading Life moves pretty fast

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A Snap in Time- Me

The last year and a bit has been challenging, frustrating and fulfilling all rolled into one. After having 2 children between 2008 and 2011 and battling post-natal depression in 2012, I feel that I have come out the other side stronger and ready for action. In January of this year I finally had the operation… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Me

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Happiness is a journey

I am a wife to an amazingly patient man and a mum to two wonderful children. When my son, Sam, was about 3 months old, I realised that the contstant black hole that I was in was not just "baby blues" but instead was the onset of Post-Natal Depression. I was not coping well at… Continue reading Happiness is a journey

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Fresh Air

Yesterday, although the sun was not brilliantly shining, I decided it was time to get out and get some fresh air as a family. Last Sunday, Mother's Day, I had wanted to christen our Burghley House Garden of Surprises & Sculpture Garden family membership but family challenges and help needed prevented that. One week late,… Continue reading Fresh Air

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What makes your soul happy?

Yesterday I pinned a quote..."Take time to do what makes your soul happy". I love this. Take time. We don't do that much these days do we? We rarely seem to take time for ourselves, to focus on our partners, to fully appreciate and pay attention to our children. So maybe it's time, particularly on… Continue reading What makes your soul happy?

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A Snap in Time- Bedtime

Most nights we have a fairly predictable bedtime routine. My husband comes home from work, we have a family dinner, we go upstairs for baths, get in pyjamas and have a bedtime story. Most nights I lay down with Ella to have her read her school reading book to me and often I read one… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Bedtime

Embrace Happy Snail Mail

Embrace Happy Snail Mail- April

We all need a bit of sunshine in our day don't we? In the United Kingdom, some days that sunshine can be hard to come by! So why not spread the sunshine through the post? Technology has made our life far easier and faster however, we've lost the lovely art of doing things by hand.… Continue reading Embrace Happy Snail Mail- April

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Bake It Forward

You know the old challenge to "Pay it forward"? Where one good turn deserves/begets another? Well, I am going to challenge you to Bake It Forward. That's right...BAKE! A few weeks ago, inspired by a Lenten challenge, I made some treats to share with the Mums on the school playground. I didn't exactly BAKE as… Continue reading Bake It Forward

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Every day may not be good…

Saturday was supposed to be a good day. Saturdays are generally quite good. Part of the reason I look forward to the weekend so much is that I get to share the parenting responsibilities with my husband. Yes, of course, he is around during the week. But from 7:45am-7:00pm, Monday through Friday, the parenting responsibilities… Continue reading Every day may not be good…