What feeds your soul? What to you need to enable you to live everyday? For me my family, my faith and my spirituality help me get through everyday, they help me find make some sense of the day to day struggles that we all call life. For me affirmations play a big role in helping me find calm and serenity during the day. They help keep me focused, balanced and calm. They also help me in exploring my thinking and expanding the way in which I approach issues that I have in my life. They help nourish me both mentally and spiritually. I am also trying to bring affirmations in the more »
Let me take you on a little adventure and introduce you to a our local pond, which for a long time I had no idea was there! We live on a new estate on the edge of village and tucked away behind the houses and between the bypass, there is a wonderful pond. It is firmly becoming a favorite place for me and the boys to visit after school, as it is only a three minute walk and it is often deserted. We are the only people there feeding the many ducks, duckings, geese and goslings.
It is the second guest post day, which is the fab idea of Erica at Little Mummy. I took part in the first day and was matched with the fab Kelly at A Place of My Own. This time I have been paired with Rock n Roll Mummy, who has just started blogging at Rock n Roll Baby World. Her post is pretty close to my heart as my wonderful Neice, who will be 5 on Monday is Ginger too Ginger and Proud When I was little I didn’t realise having ginger hair would make me the subject of cruel jibes and jokes; as I got older and started middle school more »
We had a caravan when I was growing up. No, not one of those wonderful static caravans, no we had a box on wheels, so summers were spent setting off in the dead of the night to the English Riviera. Well before seat belts became compulsory, my parents would pack the cool box, the pillows and the duvets to make the back seat in to a makeshift bed for my younger brother and me and once we were asleep they would gently lift us to the car and start our adventure. Often the we woke to the sound of cars thundering by, as my parents had a cup of tea from more »
Fathers day will soon be upon us, it is Sunday 20th June this year and I have been busy thinking about cards and gifts for MadDad. If you are anything like me then you would prefer to give a home made card every time.I have a couple of very simple ideas for you. I was inspired by Valerie at Frugal Family Fun Blog for this card. Materials Card stock pencil or pen circle stickers, various colours scissors Method Initially fold your card stock in half to to create a greeting card shape Draw a number of lines horizontally across the card to make the wire for the birds to sit on. more »
MadDad and I spent a wonderful afternoon at Maxi’s school last Wednesday. We had been invited for a coffee, cake and fun with the children. I had forgotten my camera, so I took these images with the histomatic application on the iPhone – yes I know old hat by now, but I am a late adopter! We spent a brilliant 1 and half hours listening to all the children in the year singing songs and playing games. The weather was perfect, not too sunny, but warm. The teaching staff had all been very busy baking and the cakes were delicious. But the best part for us was just watching Maxi have more »
I talked earlier in the week about the values I am trying to instill in to my children and this week we have been discussing kindness. Fellow Blogger Suzie at New Day New Lesson has a kindness club, so we have been talking about her weekly initiatives. What is kindness and why it is important? this is one of the things we have been discussing this week the quality of being warmhearted, sympathetic, considerate, charitable, pleasant and humane To be able to forgive The boys have been actively working on their acts of kindness this week and we had a great example by Mini at our community coffee morning yesterday. It more »
I took part in the good enough to eat swap, where I was partnered with Gill The Vintage Gardener Gill is a very talented lady and she sent some wonderful things, all tied up with gardening twine A fab lavender heart and marching bookmark Some delicious fabric Two wonderful pot stands, we are using these on the dining table Look at these stunning tags, Gill makes these and sells them at her Folksy Shop I also got this divine pouch filled with more tags, which I adore Plus some lovely stationery (which for some reason blogger wont include the right way up).
In case you are wondering where I am today, you can find me over at fellow Mads Finalist’s Baby Budgeting where I am cooking with glue. There is still still time to vote, so please do vote for me by clicking here.
The best things come to those who wait, well that’s what they say. I am not good at waiting, no I don’t have a patient bone in my body. If I want something then I want it yesterday. I want it NOW. I have been known to stamp my feet and bat my eyelashes to try and get what I want. But what about when not one can give you that thing? What then? For me I hid my need, I pretended that I was happy. I even managed to convince myself that life was good. And it was. I was happy. I lived a good life, a great life more »
Yes I too am the one always behind the camera in this house, the one taking hundreds, not thousands of images. So when Tara at Sticky Fingers posted that this weekstheme was Self Portrait. So May I present, me Me and the boys all snuggled up and watching Doctor who a couple of weeks ago. Me with Mini as a baby with long hair, before my operations Finally me, about an hour ago, after my first trip to the hairdressers in a while, shorter hair, a lot greyer, but happy.
In an homage to my fellow MAD finalist Nick at My Daddy Cooks, Mini and I made a twist on his and Archies Tiffin We followed Nick’s basic recipe, but made a few tweaks as we went along. 125g butter250g digestive biscuits4 tbsp golden syrup3 tbsp high quality cocoa powder75g raisins250g plain/dark chocolate Instead of using the microwave we melted our butter, golden syrup and chocolate over the stove, for me I love the way it all melts together, so smooth and silk like. We then added it to our biscuit mix and added in raisins and mini marshmallows. What is truly great about this recipe is that mini did most more »
I have said many times that I want my children to be happy in life, but in order for me to be happy with them, I need for them to have a firm and good set of core values and beliefs, so below are a list of things we are working to instill in them. Respect for the opposite sex It is incredibly important for me that the boys, value, cherish and respect girls. That they understand the differences and uniqueness and celebrate them for it. I want the boys to become good men. Family To me family is everything, I want the boys to learn to love our family, to more »
I spent a wonderful day yesterday with my Mum. For the first time since she was in hospital in March we spend the morning pottering round our local shops (yes I took and she filled my shopping trolley). We then came back to themadhouse and spent an afternoon as a family. So I thought a gratitude post was due. Things I am grateful for Sunshine – this makes such a difference to life, we shopped in town, hung washing on the line, went to the park and sat in the garden . Mum feeling happier – even though mum is not physically any better, she is mentally on the mend, she more »
As you know I really do enjoy a nice swap and have signed up for quite a few recently. I was paired with Helen for Molly Cupcakes Spring swap and look what she sent me I was lucky enough to get some wonderful things including some CK smellies, napkins and chocolate of course. A lovely tin bird house, which the minimads have popped on the front of their playhouse! A hand painted sign, which is now hanging in my kitchen. A beautiful lavender filled bird, which I adore. A pink bead heart A super cute bunny. I was overwhelmed and love it all. Thanks Helen If you want to see what I sent Helen, more »
We signed up for the International Postcard Swap over at Playing by the Book and have been having a great time sending the postcards to our families we were allocated. Maxi helped write the cards, letting everyone know about the boys favorite book Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Court. Mini decided that he likes the taste of stamps. We were somewhat disappointed that our village post office and that of the two closest to us didn’t have any interesting picture stamps, so sorry folks. The boys also looked up the destinations of their postcards in their atlas, Germany, Canada, USA x2 and UK. They then stuck the relevant more »
Dear Voters (well my boys in this one) We will make life fun, we will focus on laughter and giggles and grasp what we can get out of the day. We shall enjoy the seaside and I will ensure that we have the wet suits in the car at all time. We shall endeavor to make the most of the sunshine and of the environment around us. We shall picnic in our secret place and run free on the moors. We shall barbecue in the garden on a Saturday evening focusing on good food and great company. We shall enjoy the harvest from our garden. We will make, bake and create more »