Two weeks ago, Ella and Sam and I trundled down to London to have a simply marvelous day, thanks to innocent Drinks. I've never taken the children to London on my own so this was a real adventure! And not a pushchair in sight! Both Ella and Sam were so well behaved and such troopers… Continue reading Innocent #FiveADay campaign
Day Two of the Embrace Happy Challenge and our theme today is ROCK! The overall list is a lot of opposites but I had a bit of fun with the first three days by choosing Paper, Rock and Scissors. See what I did there? I play this game with my Husband whenever there's a job… Continue reading Embrace Happy Challenge Day 2: Rock
Last month I started a photo-a-day challenge on Embrace Happy. I chose a theme word for each day of the month to prompt anyone who was interested to look at the world in a different way; with a bit of a different focus. There are a plethora of Photo-a-Day prompts out there, the greatest being… Continue reading Embrace Happy Challenge Day 1: Paper
In the space of 4 months time I have lost my 2 remaining Grandparents. In the 10 years that I have lived in the UK, I have lost the 3 Grandparents I grew up with and was unable to attend any of their funerals due to being 4000 miles away. That's a lot of loss… Continue reading Grandma Dolly
Last month I read a post by someone who is a real creative inspiration for me. Chantelle, aka Fat Mum Slim, is a creative wunderkind. She created the exceptionally popular Photo-a-Day challenge that so many people have copied and made their own. And she's just a really REAL blogger. She shares her worries, her weaknesses… Continue reading 27 Things I Have Learned
The Summer holidays are in full swing now and we're not sitting by and watching it trickle away. Last week we got out and DID each day at some point and even braved a rather rainy Friday armed with rain gear, umbrellas and wellies and puddle jumped to our hearts content. I'm trying to steer Ella… Continue reading Ella & Sam #CelebrateBetter with Footy Fun!
Can you believe that we are actually half way through this year? My phrase of the year was "Make it Happen" and thankfully, I have made it happen in a variety of ways. I was raring to go into 2015 with my then job with the now defunct Wauwaa. Things were going well with… Continue reading Just a little bit of me…June, 2015
BritMums Live was held in Central London last weekend and what a weekend it was! The lovely Pippa Best from Story of Mum and I presented a wonderful Embrace Happy session to around 40 bloggers. I think we make a pretty good team! The weekend was filled with laughter, wine, hugs, chatting, lots of inspiration… Continue reading BritMums Live 2015- #embracehappy
I'm really excited to tell you about a great opportunity I'll be having on Friday, 19 June, at BritMums Live! I'm going to meet Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella fame. Yes, probably just to stammer and be a bit star-struck but hopefully to ask her a bit more about how she was able to embrace… Continue reading Embracing Happy with Deliciously Ella
Earlier this year, in one of my "Make It Happen" moments, I pitched an idea to BritMums for a fun Embrace Happy session at BritMums Live this Summer. There are so many wonderful blogging sessions that go on at the UK's largest parent & lifestyle blogging conference that I wanted to offer something that was… Continue reading Embrace Happy at BritMums Live
This past week has been Half Term for us. It's our last Half Term break before the end of the school year. We now have 7 weeks until our 7 week Summer holiday and I can't wait! We had such a lovely week this past week. It was just Ella and Sammy and me during… Continue reading Appreciating the #littlemoments
The other day, a friend shared a link to a wonderful video from the goddess of all things Happy, Zen and Empowering, Oprah Winfrey. The video was super short but quite interesting as well. Oprah was interviewing Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love". Gilbert talked about how one of the ways to be more… Continue reading My Happiest Moment
I've had this post rolling around in my head for the last two weeks, ironically. I wanted to share some ideas about making an effort with your life, your children, your partners, your work, your happiness. Yet I was struggling to make an effort to get the post written! Yes, I told you it was… Continue reading Making an effort
These days I am finding a great deal of comfort in simple pleasures. I believe that comes with being more mindful and slowing down to smell the roses. This past week, as Ella and Sam have gone back to school, I've decided to take the time I have when they are both at school to… Continue reading Simple Pleasures
Yesterday I received my first negative comment on this site. Someone felt the need to tell me off for something I had written. I have not published the comment (as is my right to do so) and I have deleted the post it was about. I don't know who the person was or if they… Continue reading Firsts
This week, for our family, is about slowing down and spending time together. We are beginning our Easter/Spring break holiday! We have just over two weeks off from school and lessons and no real plans for anything specific. Mark will be taking much needed time off from work from Good Friday. We are hoping to… Continue reading Mindful Monday
Tomorrow, Friday the 20th of March is International Day of Happiness! Besides putting a smile on your face and a skip in your step, how can you celebrate this lovely day? Well, I happen to have a few ideas for you. Some are BIG and some are small. Some involve stepping out of your comfort… Continue reading International Day of Happiness- How can you celebrate?
This week I have learned a valuable lesson! Keep up with regular blog maintenance and protect your site with Security plugins! On Monday morning, a lovely Embrace Happy friend messaged me to let me know that Google had placed a warning on this site: ‘This Site May Be Hacked’. Gee thanks Google! Funny how Google… Continue reading Technical Difficulties and Amazing Opportunities
Could you Cut out Complaining for one WHOLE day? It's harder than you think. But hold on, don't dismiss the idea straightaway. There's actually a far more constructive way to complain and that's what I'm hoping you'll take on board. But let's set the scene for some fairly traditional complaining situations: You're having coffee or… Continue reading 40 #embracehappy Acts: Day Eight- Cut Out Complaining!
How are you doing on your #embracehappy adventure this Lent? As I am not giving anything up, per se, I am doing pretty well! I very much like the idea of focusing on giving and reaching out versus giving something up. It's certainly a more positive approach to changing habits and improving yourself! We started… Continue reading 40 #embracehappy Acts- Day Three to Day Six
Yesterday I experienced some site difficulties. Someone was able to hack into Embrace Happy! My only hope is that they are now thoroughly happy but I kind of doubt it! At any rate, if you were unable to access Embrace Happy yesterday, I do apologise (watches tumbleweeds blow by). We should be back at full-strength… Continue reading 40 #embracehappy Acts- Day Two
Just over a year ago I began challenging myself to find three good things to celebrate at the end of each day. Inspired by an email which my Dad shared with me, I thought I would give it a go. The challenge was simply, at the end of each day, look back over your day… Continue reading How #3goodthings can change your outlook on life
Yesterday was Valentines Day. The ONE day every year where we are bashed over the head gently prodded to remember to buy something show how much we love those precious to us. I am from America. America does an excellent job of over-commercialising the little holidays in between New Year's and Christmas. We can thank Hallmark… Continue reading An everyday kind of love
It's the middle of February and while Spring is starting to show in the UK, the skies are still pretty grey, the temperature still requires coats, hats, scarves and gloves and the Sun lacks true warmth. One of my favourite ways to brighten our house is to buy flowers. More often than not, we are… Continue reading Happiness Challenge- Bring Flowers
Yesterday I went to Paris for the day. Yes, that sounds rather decadent and probably annoying to some. I went to a blogger event for the purpose of learning about SMELLS! It was rather fascinating what we learned and I was even able to turn it into some pretty amazing #embracehappy moments. The biggest things… Continue reading Smell the Roses
One of the tasks I have worked on over the last year of embracing happy, is to be far more conscious of my words. I am more aware of what I say, the words I choose and most importantly, how I say them. My Mom always used to say "Tone of voice!" when she found… Continue reading Positive Words Only Please
It's Saturday. Usually I like to lounge in bed on Saturday mornings while Mark gets up with the kids. This morning I was the gracious wife and got up with Ella and Sam and made pancakes. Pancakes are good for the soul you know? Especially with Nutella and marshmallows on top! I did decide, however,… Continue reading Slow Down & #embracehappy
It's February. You've (hopefully) been joining in with Embrace Happy and practising fairly regularly your #3goodthings and are feeling a teeny bit more positive in general. But when it comes right down to it, you're not LIVING IT! You're trying to Embrace Happy, making an effort to look at the good things in your life… Continue reading Live It!
Every day, on our Embrace Happy Facebook group, I start the day with a challenge. The members are welcome to join in publicly or privately in their own journals/notebooks or not at all! I'm not big on "YOU MUST DO" when it comes to embracing happy. Do or Do Not...the choice is entirely up to… Continue reading Happiness Challenges-January
Sunday is one of my favourite days of the week. Friday is my first favourite. Never mind that I'm a Mum and work from home so it's not like Friday signifies a major change in my daily life. Friday for me means the start of family time, the beginning of shared parenting and less-stressed time… Continue reading Sunday Best
This week I have picked a somewhat odd theme for Flashback Friday. Work. A bit of a flyer really but I got to thinking that for most of us, Work has played a major part in our lives. So this week I am asking you to flashback to your working days. Maybe a FIRST day… Continue reading Flashback Friday- Work