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No one knew when it was going to happen…

Friday fictioneers

Picture copyright Sandra Crook

No one knew when it was going to happen.  There was no warning.

The locals accepted ‘it’ as a part of village life which happened randomly twice a year;  although it was an inconvenience.  Most of them saw the funny side though… except those that got stuck on the only bridge into and out of the village.

No one knew when ‘The Curse of the Herder’ would strike and open the gates for the herds to escape… and run amok.  It was a game that the ghostly herder relished!

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Main picture source: via FridayFictioneers

friday fictioneers

with Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt

Please do feel free to comment but likewise, please do note that I would prefer not to

receive constructive criticism.  

(This time anyway…)

Thanks in advance…

Carol Cameleon

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Families speak different languages

The theme game family virtually all sorts

Picture source via skreened.com

The picture shows the word family in different languages. And just like different languages, families don’t always speak the same language or communicate clearly…

This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘family’.

Join in – it only takes a click!

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You know that book you’ve always wanted to turn into an eBook?

You know that you’ve never known how to do it?

Well, Virtually All Sorts can show you how

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create your eBook the Easy Peasy way today!

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Sunday Afternoon

I don’t usually re-blog but this is quite simply beautiful and beautifully simple…

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I walk to find

 Peace of mind

By the water’s edge,

River bursting from the rain

Still it feels the same

White feathered friends

Swim by my side

Like a dedicated friend,

Creating ripples

Causing no harm

Creating ripples of calm,

A window of still life

Walking by the waters side

A gust of wind now picks up my hair,

I’m in a place where I really don’t care

We should all take the time

To go somewhere tranquil

Searching that  peace of mind

 

Gillian Sims

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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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What would you add for your little one’s development?

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This week marked the 4th birthday of our ‘little’ one.  As I was going through my emails, I read one from babycentre.co.uk.  Way back, when I did a positive pregnancy test, I signed up for several websites that email you baby development information.  I’ve been reading these emails with interest over the last few years, noting that our little bear is developing well.

None more so than one titled ‘Your preschooler – four year old, first month’.  Here is an extract of the ‘blurb’:

“If three year olds are busy, inquisitive and fun, four year olds are all that, magnified yet with a budding maturity, self-control and understanding of rules that help make life a bit calmer.  Wariness around new people wanes, and your child will probably enjoy making some new friends and having some playdates.”

As I followed the link (which will be available at the end of this blog), I nodded my head in total agreement at the points raised;

  • Frustration ~ “I can do it!”  Although we try to let our little one do things herself and work things out logically, time inevitably doesn’t always allow.  So when asked if she wants help with ‘that zip’ or ‘those buttons’, you get the determined reply, “no, I can do it!”
  • Expression ~ Our little bear got ‘Star of the Week at her pre-school last term.  It was for ‘being kind and thoughtful’ when she looked after her friend when another child wasn’t so nice to them.  We see this more and more from our daughter.  She’s very expressive physically and verbally when she tells us about when someone has been “naughty” or when someone shouldn’t use a words such as “pooh pooh head”…
  • “I’ll check my diary!” ~ are words I find myself uttering more and more nowadays.  Not for myself but for our bear.  Her social life has turned into ours!  I ‘speak’ to good friends and old colleagues by text and social media but unfortunately rarely glimpse them in the flesh.  Other parents, however, are the ones that I chat to over sipping squash in plastic cups and party food (our childrens’ parties, not ours!).  So many of my new found friends are from when our bear and their little one have met in the ‘gloop’ at Messy Play or from singing ‘Old McDonald’ at playgroups.  Don’t ask me about The Great British Bakeoff because I haven’t a clue.  CBeebies schedule and theme tunes however and I’m your woman!…

This is not an exhaustive list of development areas but points I have taken from the email.

You can see the full article here.

What would you add for your little one?

Disclaimer: This is not an official link to or from Babycentre.co.uk.  All words and opinions are my own.

Picture source: baby.more4kids.info via Pinterest (this little girl is not ours)

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

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How do you write what you write?…

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…I would be interested to know.

Me?  I have a favourite pen which feels ‘right’ and glides across the paper effortlessly as I scrawl my notes and ideas, which come flowing from head to paper.

Yes, paper!  I have a wad of scrap paper held together by a good old-fashioned bulldog clip.  I love writing like this.  To me, it feels ‘raw’, which helps to inspire and spur me on.

Rare is the moment when I type straight onto a screen.  In fact, this usually gives me writer’s block.

I would love to own a beautiful fountain pen to scrawl my notes with but feel it would be over-indulgent.  Perhaps I’m romanticising the whole process and have seen too many pictures of original Jane Austen manuscripts…

My notepad with trusty bulldog clip stays at home.  Dreaded is the day that I ever lose my beloved higgledy-piggledy notes.  Not dreaded for the fear of some unappreciative soul finding them (I doubt they would find my notes legible!), but dreaded for the fear that I have lost a part of my creativity and brainstorming.  I do carry a small notepad everywhere, of course I do.  Just like I’m sure many of you lovely readers do.  My wad of paper and trusty bulldog clip stays safely tucked up at home, like a faithful pet awaiting my return!…

So, how do you write what you write?

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: Bulldog clip de alfabeto de Dave via http://www.uppercasemagazine.com via Pinterest

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The party starts here!… and here and here…

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I love that it’s currently party season.  No, I’m not talking about an early Christmas party but our little one’s jam-packed social diary!

Last weekend she had 2 parties (with 2 of her very best pre-school friends), yesterday she had another with a childminder friend, and next week she has one with one of her best playgroup friends.  Then, after a week’s respite, she has her own birthday party!

It’s got to be said that it’s exhausting for her and us BUT I love it… and so does she.

I love the socialising with other parents – my friends that understand my celebrations and woes, my friends that can relate to my dilemmas and often offer advice.

I love seeing our bear go off and play with her friends as they all step into their own worlds.  A world which seems daft and crazy to us grown-ups but make perfect sense to them.

I love that when our little bear says goodbye to her friends at the end, they call each other by rhyming, crazy nicknames!

The sugar crash from the party food and cake isn’t quite so much fun, admittedly.  But, let’s be honest, is an inevitable aftermath of parties…  and actually, I love that too!

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: http://www.bestbirthdaywishes.net

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Drawing and doodling ~ Is it just ‘a phase’?

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Our little bear absolutely loves colouring, doodling and drawing at the moment.  It would be lovely if it’s not an ‘age thing’ or a ‘phase’ but if it is, so be it.  At least she’s happy.  Either way, we saw the perfect opportunity to nurture her current hobby when The Book People had a pile of books on show at her pre-school.  We had a leaf through ‘The Usborne book of Drawing, Doodling and Colouring for Girls’ by Lucy Bowman.  

We ordered it, we got it and we’re very impressed.  It’s great quality, there’s lots to do and plenty of space to let her imagination run wild with her own doodles and squiggles.

It’s very reasonably priced and well worth the money.  I can’t wait to see her little face when she opens her birthday present in a couple of weeks!

What does your little one like to doodle?

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.

Diclaimer: This product was purchased for us, by us.  All views and opinions are mine and not those of The Book People Ltd.

Picture source: http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk

 

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Encouraging Literacy ~ words & shapes

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As our ‘little’ one approaches her 4th birthday, her Mummy and Daddy (that’s us!) are so very proud of her in so many ways.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to gush about our little girl for the whole of this blog – although I easily could…  Instead I’m going to say how proud we are that she will say has begun to form letters.  She will say, “I’m going to do some drawing and letters,” and go off to her drawer to do just that.  She has particularly enjoyed the Top That! Early Learning Fun: Words and Shapes sticker activity floor pad.  It’s an excellent activity book which has encouraged her to form letters by tracing the dots and it goes without saying that she loves the stickers!

Just this weekend, instead of making her friend Jack a birthday card,  she formed some letter on some scrap paper for him.  We popped them in an envelope and she was very pleased with herself.  She has been able to write her first name for months and after reading about literacy online this week, it seems that this is no coincidence.  Since she was around 3 months old, we have done all of the following with her:

  • Read to her
  • Pointed out everyday objects to her
  • Talked her through the activity we are doing (such as cooking, putting her in her car seat/pushchair)
  • Chatted to her while she was kicking happily and admiring herself in the mirror under her play gym

In short, we have encouraged her with every little thing she has done right with her literacy.  From when she has pointed to an object and repeated the right word, to pointing to a letter/number and repeating the right one, and reading her the same stories that she has asked for over and over… and over and over again… and again!

Parenting is hard work.  Quite possibly the hardest job you will ever find but the most rewarding – if done with your heart and soul in the right place.

However, if you lay the foundations and build them up steadily, they will soon allow your little one to shine through.  

Trust us, we know.

 

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.

Disclaimer: This product was purchased for us by a family friend.  All views and opinions are mine and not those of Top That! publishing plc. 

Picture source: Amazon.co.uk

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How to be like Mr Happy and self-publish your book!

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So here are the final steps to self-publish your eBook.  If you missed the start of the guide, click here.

  • You’ve got your ISBN, edited your book, chosen your format and got a professional-looking book cover.  Great, let’s crack on.
  • Research your price and do your marketing plan.  Get a good old-fashioned calendar and back up important reminders with the calendar on your ipad, desktop or phone.  (Be careful of distractions while doing this… procrastination can creep up in the blink of an eye!)  Note days to tweet, update your facebook page, comment in forums and blogs.  And share, share, share!
  • Happy with the finished book?  Great!  Now to put your ISBN on your copyright page and allocate it to your book on Nielsen.  While you’re there, don’t forget to upload the book cover to Nielsen as well.
  • Get it out there by uploading the file to the platforms you’ve chosen and here comes the hard but satisfying part…follow your marketing plan.

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: positivityworks.wordpress.com via pinterest

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