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In my ‘bag of tricks’ this week… what’s in yours?

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So there I was, rummaging through my big tote bag (not my ‘hand’ bag) looking for notes that I had made for a blog post and ‘funnily’ enough, I didn’t find my elusive notes.  But I did find something…

…yellow and soft wrapped up in a clear carrier bag.  No, not a banana that’s seen better days ~ a small tube of suncream that obviously hadn’t found its way into our little bear’s bag for pre-school/childminder.

…soft on the outside, hard and ridgey just under the surface, black and red with a velcroed strap around it ~ an umbrella.

…the size of a golf ball.  Can’t be.  I don’t play golf.  Try again.  The size of a golf ball, hard with a pitted surface ~ a long-forgotten and forlorn-looking clementine.

…that makes a wrinkly foil-type noise when scrunched up.  A similar noise to a baby’s toy.  You know, the sensory ones where you tug the ear and it makes a, well wrinkly foil-type noise?  Nope not one of those.  Try again.  It makes a wrinkly noise and there’s a stray breadstick inside that our little bear has obviously somehow missed! An empty snack pack.

Along with these items there was a carrier bag containing the emergency waterproof top and bottoms for my walk to and from work… but no blog notes in my bag of tricks.  Oh well, no magical finds but at least it gave me inspiration for a different blog post so all was not lost. Funnily enough.

What’s in your ‘bag of tricks’?

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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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Giveaway and self-publishing guide…

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I’m very excited that this week my eBooks ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’ and ‘Ditch the Guilt’ are featured in a giveaway run by young adult author Shannon Thompson.  Hop over here to find out more…

In the meantime, I thought it fitting to write a post about how to self-publish an eBook.  Here are the first 4 steps (the second part will be published in the next writing blog post next week):

  1. Write it! Have a brainstorming session, take your idea, expand it and write it.  Then set it aside for a few days.
  2. Apply for your ISBN from Nielsen.  While you’re waiting for your ISBNs to come through, research the best platform from sites like Lulu to Smashwords (others are available!)
  3. Re-visit your written book, edit and convert to your chosen format.  Personally, I find primo pdf best for pdf and the Smashwords guide best for epub.
  4. Get a good, professional looking cover.  Do a google search or go to fiverr.com.  Alternatively, search on twitter for book cover designers.  There are some great, good quality designers out there.

 

So now you’ve have your cuppa, sit tight for the next writing blog post which will guide you through the final steps.  

Until then, have you read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’? If you’re not lucky in the above giveaway, it’s available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia.

…and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

 

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 

Thank you.

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Anniversary & 9,000 Likes Giveaway

Hi folks, it’s Giveaway time over on ShannonAthompson.com. Ready, steady…. Go!!

Shannon A Thompson

Today marks the one-year anniversary of ShannonAThompson.com!

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I wanted to thank everyone for encouraging me as I continue on this journey of writing and publishing. You might recall that I announced a GIANT giveaway to celebrate 9,000 followers, and it is now up and running:

a Rafflecopter giveaway (for U.S. residents only)

You can enter the raffle until October 9, so have fun and enter to win all of these fantastic novels:

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This time 4 years ago…

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This time 4 years ago we were approaching the final furlong of our pregnancy journey.  We were about to have our final ‘welfare’ scan.  Due to placenta praevia (low-lying placenta), we were having more scans than normal.

 

This time 4 years ago the final scan resulted in us booking a planned caesarean because the consultant said the placenta ‘lip’ hadn’t moved quite enough for him to be happy with the 10 cms dilation needed to allow for a ‘natural’ birth.  A c-section it was.  This suited us.

 

This time 4 years go I was on the brink of starting my maternity leave.

 

This time 4 years ago, myself and hubby were getting close to embarking on what would be the single scariest moment of our entire lives.

 

This time 4 years ago, I was about to experience the biggest emotional rollercoaster known to me.  Ever.  And that’s coming from someone who has experienced mild depression.  Trust me, this rollercoaster had no height restrictions.  It had no sign at the start of the road giving a price.  There was no disclaimer and most certainly no safety harnesses.

 

This time 4 years ago, I was about to have my eyes rudely opened to pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome.

 

4 years later, my crusade along with so many other women, to raise crucial awareness of these conditions continues.

 

Want to help save a life?…

 

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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

 

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How do you encourage your child to tidy up?

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Do you use praise alone or reward charts?

Do you tidy with them or ask them to do it while you put the shopping away/do tea/sort washing?

 

In our case, we say to our pre-schooler, “what do you get when you help to tidy up and put away?”

Her little face lights up and she says, “a penny in my purse!”

 

And off she goes.  She tidies and puts away 3 things – because she’s 3 – and gets her penny.

If she tidies downstairs and her bedroom at the end of the day, she gets 2 pennies in her purse.  Which, for the record, is the pink Disney

Princess purse you see in the picture.  Gotta be pink!  She’s also got a Peppa Pig purse which she uses for playing shops but her Princess

purse is where the money’s at…

 

To ask her to tidy everything up is, we think, unreasonable.  So she tidies her age in toys and understands that if she does this, she knows

where to find them.  At the weekend, she gets to choose what she buys with her ‘pocket’ money.

We have to make up the difference of course… but any change we get goes into a pot that her pennies come from.

 

To ask her to tidy more than 3 things would take too long and she’s often tired after a busy day.

 

She’s already told us that she would like to buy a magazine at the weekend.

 

So, how do you encourage your little one to tidy and put away?

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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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Which book do you think this little girl is reading?

blog pic girl readingI wonder if she might be reading ‘The Enchanted Wood’ by Enid Blyton, as I did way back when. Looking at her eyes, I would say that she appears to be avidly reading and seems to be a good way into her book. I love this picture for many reasons. One being that I would like to think her book is opening up another world to her. I have fond memories of working my way through ‘The Enchanted Wood’ seemingly in one Sunday afternoon. Maybe I didn’t finish it that quickly but that is what my childhood memory is telling me. I do know that I was encouraged to read though; as we have encouraged our little girl to. She now shares a love of books and looks forward to her bedtime story after her bath while snuggled up in bed. Perhaps this little girl looks forward to that too? What do you think?

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 …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg. Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt. Thank you.

Picture source: Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith via flickr.com

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Are you a per-en-ni-al Mum?

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Per-en-ni-al Mum ~ Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring.

To me, this mug says it all!  Given the last few nights where I’ve got up to see to our little bear and then got up for the (pre)-school run, then put on the turbo charge on for the emails etc and then housework…then gone to work.  

This week has been particularly busy at work so the notion of going to work to relax definitely isn’t true. 

Back to our little bear. It seems she may be getting herself ready to be dry in the night.

“Muuuuum”, she has hollered at around 3am for the past few nights.  Despite him being a fantastic hands-on Daddy, it’s not worth the effort of kicking hubby to get him up – that’s a story for another day!  So into her room I go.  She needs the loo.  She tries and it turns out she’s already been in her pull-up but no matter.  Back to bed we both go. 

I’m not used to these broken nights’ sleep… I reckon this is the test of just how much of a hardy perennial this working-mum-of-the-species really is… I’m no mug!

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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt 

Thank you.

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Follow the blog clickety click

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Being an avid reader (when I get the chance), I enjoy reading blog posts.  To this end, I have put on my Wizard of Oz Dorothy clickety heels and started to consciously follow more blogs.  By ‘consciously’ I mean that I am actually subscribing to blogs as a whole in order to get the latest blog post through by email.  I find this is the best way of following the blog.
     

I am now following the blogs listed below.  They cover parenting, writing, publishing and everything in between:

Happiness is egg shaped… my adventures as a mummy (wordpress.com)

Prettywittythings.com

Notes on a Spanish Valley – Living in rural Andalucia (wordpress.com)

My liquid life – because sometimes we can track the rhythm of our lives by the drinks that mark our day… (wordpress.com)

…and a few more that I will share in the near future.

 

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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 Thank you.

 

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Sent La La by Lau Lau…

Image It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, to coin a phrase.  Our nearly 4-year-old is playing happily and pulling out every single toy she’s ever owned from the old play pen where they’re all ‘stored’.  I can’t believe she use to fit in it, but that’s another story entirely…  She asks for her purple rabbits with the green eyes.  I rack my brains and can’t think what she means.  She’s got her soft teddy-bunny-type-things in her hands.  Purple rabbits with green eyes?!?  Sounds like something from a horror film to me!  But then, aha, I realize that she means her ‘Waybuloo’ Lau Lau figures.  Image Now way back over a year ago, Lau Lau fitted perfectly into her little hands, resulting in Lau Lau going everywhere with her/us.  She inevitably got lost, which meant a mad dash by Daddy to get a new one.  Of course, Lau Lau 1 then re-appeared and we had 2 of them.  So, our little bear is asking for her purple ‘rabbits’.  Can we find either one? Of course we can’t!  I look in all the nooks and crannies where they’re usually hidden and forgotten about.  Including the doll’s house roof where Zingzilla Panzee once lay abandoned when food was mentioned.  No, not in there.  Not in the doll’s house either.  Although as you can see, everyone else seemed to be there waiting patiently for her/them to make an appearance.  Every doll’s blanket was moved and there was no sign of either purple ‘rabbit’.  Then, “found them!” says our bear… there they are under the same blanket I thought I had moved!  No matter.  At least they were found and at least it resulted in a bit of a tidy up.  Ever found yourself in a similar situation? 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. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt  Thank you.

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