Welcome to a Listography where we don’t have to think. This is great news as last week was a tough challenge thinking up 5 dates never mind 5 disastrous ones at that.

1. Halloween Carrot Cupcakes – I guess from this we can take it that I have lots of foodie readers and that I like to keep my blog topical when it comes to food if nowt else.

2. Savoury Dutch Pancake Recipe – Well, this goes to show my blog can be savoury as well as sweet. I quite like that idea.

3. Lincolnshire Hot Pot – more food. Is it any wonder I am weighing in stones overweight? Quite nice to see Hot Pot in the week where we lost the wonderful actress and singer, Betty Driver. She played Betty Turpin the long-suffering barmaid and cook at the Rover’s Return in Coronation Street.

4. Blog Hop Tuesday – this pleases me as will hopefully mean more people get interested in joining in with the Getting Your Groove back blog hop I launch every Tuesday. It is all about mums getting a sense of self in the midst of juggling work, parenting and the rest. If you have lost your va-va voom or never quite found it, if you want to rediscover or reinvent yourself, this is the blog hop for you. The good news is there are others on the same journey more than willing to offer support and ideas.

5. Get thin Freshers – Well, I guess I am on a journey to get to a reasonable size again even if not thin exactly. The Freshers bit means I went to university and have blogged about it. After all, way back in those days, I was a size 8 and thought I was fat. Oh to be so fat again.

So there are my 5. Have a go at Listography over on the Kate Takes 5 blog yourself.

You have a choice now. You can join the grooving mums some of whom are trying to get fit and healthy or you can think blogger it and indulge in the recipes for the lovely dishes outlined above. Which will it be?

Joining in with Mich’s blog hop over on the Mummy from the Heart blog at http://mdplife.blogspot.com

Here are my reasons for smiling this week.

1. It is official. I will be speaking at Britmums Live next June which means that I have to actually turn up and is a great motivation for getting my groove back generally. It is a bit daunting to see the calibre of the other speakers but I guess they would not have asked me to get involved if they did not think I have something to offer to the mix.

2. Him Indoors went away on a business trip this week. The children behaved really well and I enjoyed some me-time including being in charge of the remote control for the telly.

3. My daughter got a cerficate for good behaviour in school. On an more worrying note, my son tells me that the boys in Year 6 have voted her the cutest girl in the school. This stresses me out on two counts, one that she must be protected from demon boys at all costs and two that I was never ever seen like that when I was at school. Yes, mums can be petulant too!

4. My son has really taken to netball and his team came second in an inter-schools event.

5. My other son is doing so well with his reading and spellings. He is so enthusiastic about his work and I love to see that.

6. I have tackled some highly personal stuff on here recently and I so appreciate the warm-hearted comments and support received. Even when I could have been judged harshly, wonderful women and even the odd bloke have reached out and said lovely things.

It is one of those weeks where finding reasons to be cheerful is easy. I feel like I could go on and on but will hold some stuff back for #mumentum and #groovingmums posts next week.

Now go forth and read some other lovelies blogging about their happy stuff.

Is it  time to Spring into action as a Groovy Mum? Spring has arrived so let’s seize all those ideas of new life and get our groove back, take on new challenges or just ensure we are improving our present and working towards a great future.

Is It Time To Spring Into Action?

Welcome to the Groovy Mums linky!

You can find out all about the linky which really is all about you because you are great even if you don’t quite feel that way right now. Don’t forget to grab your badge from the top of my sidebar on the left.

What should I blog about this week?

Blog about what you would like to change in your life right here, right now. That could be delegating some of your load onto other people, taking up a new interest, returning to a old hobby or anything that makes sense to you as the awesome individual you are. We would love to get to know you better because you are not just a mum, just a wife/partner, just an employee or whatever labels apply.

Welcome to the fairground

I had a dream about a fairground the other night and have decided to use this to inspire you. Well either that or you will think I am just a little bonkers and you may well be right.

So if Shakespeare said life is a stage, I am telling you it is a fairground. It is an exciting place but the only issue is that you only have a limited time to enjoy it and nobody is going to tell you exactly how long. Which rides will you choose? What gambles will you take? Will you overcome your fears to take on the really scary stuff? Will you stop for some food and if so, what type of food and drink will you choose? You might be lucky and win a huge cuddly toy but what I do know is that you should prepare for some ups and downs.

You could of course choose not to go into the fairground entrance but where would the fun be in that?

This week’s challenges

Ask someone for support. Often we try so hard to be strong that we never find out all the help that might be available to us if only we would ask. If you can’t ask for it verbally, do it in writing.

Treat yourself – too many mums deny themselves as a habit whilst looking after everyone else’s needs. Treat yourself this week and if you want to share a picture or a video about that treat great or just keep it as your own guilty pleasure.

I am groovy too!

The truth is I do not feel very groovy today after work issues and also my medication not appearing at the pharmacy this morning. Both of these problems can teach  me something so I am trying to see them as gifts.

I will delegate some more household stuff to other members of the family.

I am going to treat myself to some time off this week. I drive myself too hard sometimes.

You see, every baby step should be celebrated and that’s all I feel up to today. Next week, it will be different but I wanted to get Groovy Mums up and running because someone out there needs it and that someone could be you who I might know already or who may well become a new online friend.

Feeling groovy?