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Get into the groove!

There I was making tea, singing along, getting down to the beat, wiggling and jiggling to the rhythmn.  What was I grooving to? ‘Justin’s House’ on CBeebies!  Our 3 year old little-big bear was giggling her little head off at Justin, Robert the Robot and Little Monster!

It was a lovely moment.  At times like this, I really do appreciate Sky + and series link…!

Justin’s House is a kind of childish slapstick humour that I can’t resist and can’t help laughing along to.  Wonder what I’ll be dancing along to next time?!

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. Thank you.

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Smashed!

So, how do you go about doing something that you’re struggling with?  Do you ask a friend?  Do you fumble through by trial and error? Or in this interactive age do you google it Or You Tube it?

Good old google!

There I was trying to distribute my self published book ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’ on a particular website.  This website got so hung up on a techinical hitch their end that I decided to google ‘how to self publish epub’ which, for those not in the know, is a file format.  

That was how I revisited Smashwords.  I had come across them before but foolishly had put them on the backburner.  I had already formatted my document so I set-to and hey presto.  There was my file converted to several formats.  

My book was already available  on my website as a pdf and through Amazon in Kindle format.

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. Thank you.

Now I’ve sorted out the formatting, it’s time to set-to again on another project – finalising my next book ‘Working 9 til 9 ~ Ditch the Guilt’.

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

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How long can a bag of crisps last?

Not quite long enough is my answer to that!  

With our 3 year old still fitting in the trolley seat, I took full advantage during our shopping tri[, gave her a packet of her favourite crisps and began to whizz round Tesco.  As much as you can whizz round on a Saturday afternoon anyway.  It was either that or shop later that night or the next day.  Time to put on my No Nonsense Mummy Wings!

The first aisle we went down, I bumped into an old friend/colleague.  Tracey is a lovely lady and it was nice to have a very brief catch up before I pointed out that crisps would run out soon!!  “Gotta go!”.

Down the ‘egg custard’ aisle she pointed out that, “Oooh Mummy, I’ve just seen chocolate!”.

“Really?!”…

…time to whizz into the next less interesting aisle!

Shopping done and we’re at checkout.  Almost made it and then came the familiar crises of, “Out Mummy!”.  Fair enough, she had been a very good girl.

Walking back to the car with the trolley, she looked at me with a  very concerned face and said, “Mummy we need to put the trolley back!”.  I told her we needed to unload the shopping first and she was happy with that!  

Having retrieved the pound coin, we walked back to the car.  Well our bear began skipping so I did too, which she thought was hilarious!  I think we brightened up a lot of shoppers’ days by our skipping in synch back to the car!  A bit of a Morecombe and Wise moment!

While on the way to the car, passing the  Parent and Toddler bays, I couldn’t help giggling to myself at the sight of a new Dad trying to work out how to put the buggy frame up while Mum was juggling the baby and shopping!  It reminded me of us shopping for our pushchair when I was about 5 months pregnant.  The lady in the shop demonstrated the one with the chassis where you had 5 points all clearly labeled, which you had to click here, flip there, nudge there and hey presto!

She also showed us the one we could ‘install’ with a pull and a gentle but firm kick.  Hey presto, that’ll do nicely.  Thinking back to the car park scene, it’s precisely for times that (with a crotchety baby) that I’m glad we went with our Chicco one.  It certainly doesn’t owe us anything now!

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. Thank you.

 

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Back in the Room!

I’m back in the room…after being abducted by aliens on a totally different planet for a few days.  And I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
Glands the size of a water melon, being in agony every time I swallowed, a fever that felt like I was breathing fire every time I , well breathed, and shivers.  Add to this concoction a husband who had similar lurgy at the same time and is coughing annoyingly (not his fault I know…) seemingly every 5 minutes, so that he coughs when I’m not trying to swallow but when I’m trying to sleep in between trying to swallow in agony.  Got that?!
Either way resulting in very little sleep.
Open wide and say, AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!

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. Thank you.

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Excited? Very! Already nervous? Oh yes! Privileged and honoured? Most definately!

Well what am amazing year so far!  I do my very best to stay positive. Instead of procrastinating, I try to put my plans into action.  So why has my year been amazing so far?  Well, I’ve been invited by Action on Pre-Eclampsia to give a presentation/talk about my pregnancy experience at one of their midwife study days, I’ve got a 5 star book review on Amazon AND a cover for my next book in the pipeline.  Happy, happy, happy!

Back to the presentation for APEC.  It really is a privilege and an honour to be giving a talk to professionals.  Raising awareness is exactly what I said I wanted to do 3 years ago when our little girl was given a rude awakening into the world.  I wanted to do something to say ‘thank you’ for every single one of the amazing NHS staff who worked together to give us a happy ending when it could all have been so different.  Giving my time and energy to present my pregnancy journey is a great way of saying ‘thank you’! 

Excited? Very!  Already nervous? Oh yes!  Privileged and honoured?  Most definitely!

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. Thank you.

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£2.50 for a 3 course meal? Don’t mind if I do. Especially after a pretty full-on week!

So there I was getting ready for a night out… a very rare night out after a pretty full-on and stressful week!  AND I didn’t have to justify going out.  You see, at the back end of last year, our team won an award at work.  The prize was a meal out.  On top of that, we had a 50% off voucher to use at the particular place.  Result!  We don’t always get the chance to chit chat because more often than not, it’s busy busy busy, which is good.  So it made a nice change to be able to chat over my breaded mushrooms with garlic dip, my scampi and chips (I just fancied it!) and my coconut and jam sponge pudding with custard.  Yum!  After splitting the bill down the middle and taking our prize money off, I ended up paying just £2.50 for the lot.  Actually it was £2.40 but I didn’t have any change and wasn’t going to quibble at that!

Well and truly stuffed, it was a good night.

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. Thank you.

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