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‘The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award’ goes to 7 sisters…

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A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Sandra Danby for nominating this, my very own blog, for the ‘Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award’!  Thank you!  I’ve been following her blog pretty much since it started around 8 months ago and would highly recommend you grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy her little corner of rural Spain ‘Notes on a Spanish Valley’.

So, I’ve covered the first rule of the blog award (thanking the giver).  Now to the second, which is telling you 7 things about me (in no particular order):

1. I can only wear gold (sorry hubby!)… or nickel-free.  But gold sounds so much better!

2. If I had to live again, I would be a suffragette.

3. I’m a hippychick at heart.

4. I was fascinated by Geography at school and still am.  Which is probably why I enjoy ‘Notes on a Spanish Valley’ so much because it touches on the landscape, the foods, the weather, the culture.

5. I’m more random than most people give me credit for.

6. One of my toes is double-jointed.

7. I’m in the process of getting my children’s book into print!

Now it’s time to ‘pass the blog’ to:

Mummy Says

Shannon A Thompson

Tale from The Motherhood

Mummy Tries

My Liquid Life

Bucketlist Publications

CogitoErgoMum

All that remains to say is that ‘The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award’ has some rules to follow:-

  • All recipients need to thank the giver
  • Post 7 things about yourself
  • Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.

Picture courtesy of the award-originator http://dreamzandclouds.wordpress.com/

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So what do you think to CBeebies ‘Topsy and Tim’?

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Let’s face it, ‘Topsy and Tim’ on CBeebies isn’t very realistic really is it?  Now, don’t misunderstand me here. I know that it’s an adaptation of the popular books.  But I had high hopes for the children’s TV series, because I was a huge Topsy and Tim fan in my childhood.  And I do enjoy watching the new series.  In fact it’s one of my current favourites, but the truth is that us parents need to relate!

Yes, the twins are cute and quaint but first up, we’ve never seen anything close to a meltdown from either the twins or parents.  The closest we have come was when Tony Welch and Vinda came to play and a catastrophe was in the midst.  But pizza came to the rescue.  And they all lived happily ever after.  We’ve also seen milk get spilt on ‘King twin Tim’.  Tim threw a bit of a strop and Topsy’s bottom lip wobbled.  But big deal and no, I’m sorry, I don’t buy that!  The actors are great and granted, ‘mummy’ doesn’t get to drink any tea, never mind a hot cuppa, or sit down.  But just once (or maybe twice!), I’d like to see how she deals with a full on tantrum.  Or two.  At the same time.  Wicked aren’t I?!

It was interesting to read what one of the creators Jean Adamson thought about it.  Read it yourself here.  What do you think?

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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: via http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/

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Blog of the Year 2013 ~ ‘You Can’t Spoil a Child with Books’

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As I couldn’t decide which one blog to award the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ to, and because I post in 2 very different categories, I decided that I would award two bloggers.  My previous award went to ‘The Pumping Mama’  but for this post, I would like to award a star to ‘Life’s Big Canvas’ in my ‘Literally Speaking’ category.

The blog post that particularly caught eye and that I passionately believe in was ‘You can’t spoil a child with books’.  To me, this post from Pesky Chloe says it all in respect of children reading books.  I particularly love this fantastic drawing that she is offering up as a colouring-in page.  You can get more details on her blogpost here.

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Picture source: spoil by PeskyChloe on Flickr

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To get involved with ‘Blog of the Year 2013′, here’s how to pay the award forward.

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

The instructions for this award are simple:

 

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

 

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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‘The Pumping Mama’ is my Blog of the Year 2013

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Thanks for reading this special blog post.  I would like to present a star for ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ to The Pumping Mama.

Despite the best efforts of the ‘experts’ and those who have experienced it first hand, Post Natal Depression is still a bit of a taboo.

Talking about it, even thinking about it, gets in the way of everything pink (and blue…) and fluffy that is preparing for a baby, having baby and bringing up a baby.

Nobody, but nobody wants to experience PND (or any kind of depression) be it themselves or through someone else.

‘Thankfully’, because I’ve experienced mild depression many years ago, I can recognise the pokes and niggles of the ‘black dog’ in my field of vision and I can nip it in the bud.

I really look forward to blogs from The Pumping Mama.  Her posts are frank.  They ‘pull’ you into her experiences of PND but not in such a way that you can’t dust yourself off and leave by the stage door.  I’ve got a lot of respect for her.  She’s got the guts to admit she has PND, to talk about it, and to bare her soul.

Her feelings of guilt and resentment come through in her blog but even deeper, even stronger is her love for her family.

I hope you will pop over to say ‘hello’ to The Pumping Mama and learn a bit more about what contribution factors led to her experience of PND.

Here is one particular post that particularly touches me titled ‘Please be grateful’.

…and this one is about her breast feeding journey ~ ‘My breast feeding journey’.

http://www.thepumpingmama.wordpress.com

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To get involved with ‘Blog of the Year 2013’, here’s how to pay the award forward.

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

The instructions for this award are simple:

 

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

 

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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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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Blog Your Heart Out…

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The rules are simple: answer five questions, nominate five more blogs to continue the meme and learn a bit more about the person writing. Below are my answers and nominations…

What/Who encouraged you to start blogging?

Way back when, my newly-revived hobby of baking inspired my blog.  I would share my successes (or not!)  I have since closed that blog down and started my current one, which focuses on my real passions of writing and parenting.  Although blogging had been around for years, I was brand new to it.  And it intrigued me…

How did you choose what topics to blog about?

At first it was a bit of a mish mash about ‘virtually all sorts’ of things.  But it soon became apparent that I needed to categorise and focus more.  With discipline and support, I have been able to follow blogs, comment on them and write every day.  So my Thursday blog for Virtually All Sorts of writing was born.

While as a mum and wife, I’m interested in reading parenting blogs.  Enter my Sunday blog on parenting!

Writing and parenting are both topics I have a huge passion for and some knowledge/experience in too.  So choosing my blog topics was logical really.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I once dyed my hair red but when it started to wash out it went yellow.  Very yellow!

…and I’ve written a children’s book which will become a series and it’s almost ready to go!

What 3 words describe your style?

Hippychick, positive, day dreamer

What do you like to do when you are not blogging?

Family time: gardening and crafts aka making a mess in the summer; baking and the park in the winter.  Oh and reading blogs too 😉

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My nominations are to the following fantastic five… I love reading their blogs and I hope you’ll show them some blogging your love too!  Blog your hearts out ladies 😉

Emma @ http://myliquidlife.wordpress.com

Kiran Chug @ http://mummysays.net

Shaz @ http://apinchofshaz.blogspot.com

Vicky@ http://prettywittythings.com

Miss Marzipan @ http://missmarzipan.com

Thanks to mummytries.wordpress.com for giving me a starter for ten!

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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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Ode to ‘Man Flu’ ~ The Tissue Issue

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Ode to ‘Man Flu’ ~ The Tissue Issue

The common cold is, well,common – it’s a virus
That goes, well, ‘viral’ quicker than Miley Cyrus.
There are 3 in our house and we’ve all got a cold
But for the ‘man’ it’s the worse thing ever to behold.

As ever, I soldier on through tissues and sneezes
But hubby moans n whinges, I’m sick of his wheezes.
To him, it’s ‘man flu’; oh please, man flu?!
To me it’s a commotion and such a to-do.

My head is so woolly, my nose is so sore,
Any more whinging, he can sleep on the floor.
Our first aid cupboard is full with pills and with potions
To deal with man flu and other such commotions.

All night long, I’m not joking, I hear cough, I hear splutter,
“Oh man up,” under my breath you may hear me mutter.
“Here, take this ‘dear’, you’ll sleep better,” I say,
And as the fairer sex I ‘keep calm and carry on’, come what may!…

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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 @ComplicatedPreg.
Also available ~ my indispensable guide to avoiding Working MumGuilt. Whether you’re about to return to work 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.

Picture source: http://www.dotcomgiftshop.com/couch-potato via Pinterest

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A storm in the UK

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With no where to go, no one to see,

our little one’s poorly, no work for me.

I’m glad to be in here and no out there,

all cosy and snug with our little bear.

 

For mother nature has dealt a bad hand today

as severe storms batter and bruise the UK.

The Environment Agency declares ‘red’ as authorities urge

people to leave their homes for fear of a ‘tidal surge’

 

How frightening, how surreal it must be for them all,

though they’re not forced to leave, it’s totally their call.

My thoughts go out as they take refuge in some hall,

And to those people and their rescuers I say, “stay safe one and all.”

 

Picture source: http://alimillerlondon.bigcartel.com via pinterest

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Are you a ‘mumpreneur’ who needs a helping hand?

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Mumpreneur Mentor can lend a hand

 

If you want to break away to the promised land.

 

 

 

A wealth of good knowledge, friendly and nice,

 

She’ll guide you and help you with a word from the wise.

 

 

 

A mum of two, a wife for good measure,

 

With tips and tricks, she’s a real treasure.

 

 

 

She’s passionate and knows that ‘anything goes’,

 

With a family to feed that keeps you on your toes.

 

 

 

The balance – where is it?  It’s over here

 

Click the link and it will all become clear.

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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: Pinterest.com

 

 

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