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?



I am joining in with the Britmums Prompt this week where we are asked to tell you about the best day with our family.

When I became a mum, it felt like a lovely two had become a wonderful three. My son was a bonus, adding to an already fun and lively couple. Yes folks, once upon a time I was fun and lively. We had great days out at the seaside, in the countryside, at car boot sales, at airshows and even figured out ways of my son accompanying us on trips with work. They were really happy times.

When you become a mum to two, things get more complex and especially if that monster known as post-natal depression enters your world. I was delighted when my daughter was born but I soon found myself really struggling with the demands of both children especially when a family conflict resulted in my parents not contacting me for months on end.

I was shocked when I became pregnant again with number 3. I don’t know why as by now I had worked out what causes babies. I decided that I would enjoy the pregnancy and just hope for the best I would cope when my second son came along.

My third child was born a day early. I remember them doing all sorts to induce proper labour as things just did not progress. Eventually, it was a case of an emergency Casarean. Does that make a difference I wonder? Anyway, the hugest baby ever seen in the hospital was delivered and I just remember the midwife rubbing his face against mine. All I wanted to do was sleep after a traumatic night. We took him home and we had a near miss car crash on the way home. More stress. Then he started screeching and we had the horrors of colic for months. Through all this, I was very clear that although I knew I was responsible for this baby, I had no feelings for him at all.

One day, we were out in the car on a day out. I suddenly looked at my son and saw he was ill. He was funny colour and his eyes were sort of lolling around. We rushed him to hospital. I was so scared that I sent my husband in to get the diagnosis and sat in the car with the other children. I know that sounds awful.

When my husband brought him back to the car, the news was good. It was just tonsilitis. At that point, all the love flowed from me and we have never looked back. In fact, we are so very close and he gets away with more than the other two my husband says. I always say that he had to do without my love for months so it will be there in heaps now. He is my cheeky chappy, my comic genius, my born performer and my healer. He is essential to this family.

So this may seem a strange post considering the prompt. What I want to say is that it is this day when my family became complete, the day I started to love all my children for the first time.

The Ultimate chocolate brownies recipe.

Luscious, special brownies with a crisp and fragile top and moist inside, made with extra virgin olive oil instead of butter.

Chccolate Brownie Recipe

This chocolate brownies recipe makes 12

115g / 4oz best 70% cocoa chocolate

80ml/ 5 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil

70g/ 2 ½ oz self raising flour

1 level tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

3 medium eggs

150g / 5 ½ oz caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Icing sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Place chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water. Stir until chocolate melts. Alternatively melt in the microwave for around 20 seconds. Do not overcook in the microwave. Whisk in oil. Leave to cool.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. In another bowl whisk the eggs and sugar until light and pale. Stir in the vanilla extract and chocolate mix. Gently fold in the flour mix, until all is incorporated. Line an 8in / 20cm square non-stick tin with baking parchment and oil lightly. Pour in brownie mix and smooth over.

Bake in a pre-heated oven, Gas 5 / 375F / 180C for 20 – 22 minutes. Test with the point of a thin sharp knife – which should come out just clean, but slightly moist. Cool then cut into squares. Serve sprinkled with sifted icing sugar.

Will you try this chocolate brownies recipe?

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