IMG_2659Here is our week in pictures.

Day 1.

My daughter teaches me (or attempts to) Scratch. She explained things so clearly and made a presentation on circles following our geometry lesson. She showed an eye for design and an ability to work out the needs of different audiences.

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Day 2

Storage is so exciting once you become a parent because it is so essential. This gets worse when you start home-educating so we are investing in these pink boxes that are a bargain at just five pounds and slide under the bed and out of sight nicely.

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Day 3

It is always a fun day when our Baker Ross parcel full of arts and crafts goodies arrives. My daughter likes nothing better than crafting.

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Day 4

I am making great progress on the decluttering front as proven by the fact that the cat can now sit in this drawer!

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Day 5

I bought this postcard showing bloggers of yesteryear on a seaside trip. Nice to find it as part of the deluttering process. Perfect outfits for blogging conferences.

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Day 6

You know you are committed to healthy eating when the family have a pizza and you stick with trout.

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Day 7

Got up early for the thrill of seeing frost on the car windscreen. Funny what you miss when you move from Up North.

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We have not being out in the fresh air as much as I would have liked this week. This means we have got lots done indoors but I hope next week’s pictures show some exciting expeditions out in the big wide world.

Linking up with The Boy and Me blog where you will find other superb weeks and lives in pictures.

Do you feel life is passing you by as a mum?

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Are you feeling a little fed up?

Is you self-esteem a little low?

Do you feel it is too often more about them and less about you?

Do you feel a little frumpy?

Are you feeling isolated with the challenges you face?

Have you given up on your hopes and dreams?

Fancy rediscovering or reinventing yourself?

If ONE or more of these touch a nerve, we have news for you.

Welcome to Striking Mums!

Striking Mums is a simple initiative that can move mountains and help you change your life in tiny and huge ways.

You decide on what you want to change or to achieve and a supportive group of mums help you along the way.

It’s all about taking baby steps to a whole new you.

So how does Striking Mums work?

Every Sunday there will be a Striking Mums post on this blog. It aims to inspire and to perhaps suggest ideas you may not have thought about already. There is a linky so that you can post about how you are getting on. Other mums will visit your blog and lend their support.

We hold regular #strikingmums Twitter parties and welcome your input on what particular questions or issues you would like to discuss.

Meet-ups and retreats are on the agenda for the future.

So how does that sound to you?

How to feel better as a mum – it’s as simple as becoming a Striking Mum.

Striking – stand out as the individual you are

Striking – take some well-deserved you time

Striking – you are beautiful inside and out whether you feel that way or not.

In fact, I would love you to post on your social networks as often as you can about how you are doing on these 3 fronts and please use hashtag #strikingmums. The more we spread the word the more mums move forwards positively and proactively.

As for me this week, I can claim to be on of the #strikingmums as ..

1. I have looked through old photos and posted some on social networks to remind myself and others who I am.

2. I have stayed up late after the family have gone to bed to pursue some of my own interests.

3. I don’t like the way I look currently but I acknowledge that I am moving towards beauty as I take control of my weight.

You can link up any blog where you show you are taking steps large or tiny towards the present and future that you want.

Here are some tasks/questions that might help you compose a post but please don’t feel constrained by these. Striking Mums is possibly the most flexible linky on the planet.

1. Look at an old photograph of yourself. How does it make you feel? What hopes and dreams did that person have? What things did they enjoy doing? What might this person say to you now?

2. How will you carve out time for yourself and your interests in 2015?

3. What would you like to change about the way you look? What can you celebrate now about your own individual beauty?

4. What are your personal goals for 2015? Who or what can help you achieve them?

Let’s get striking and don’t forget to put the Striking Mums badge (you will find it in my right hand sidebar) created by my friend Jo on your blog.

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If you don’t blog in join us on Facebook and/or Twitter and feel free to leave a comment on this post. We will show you how to be a happy mum.


I held off doing this today as I wanted to be able to report number one in a truthful way.

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1. I have just completed a Fat Burner workout with Davina. I am obese and the 7 minutes was enough to get my heart pumping but not too daunting either. Plus as my daughter joined me I reckon that is our Physical Education sorted for today.

2. We got to payday after Christmas – always a good feeling.

3. My teenager has not made a friend to go out with at weekends since we moved last April. This weekend he is going out with a new best friend. This makes me cheerful as does anything which gets him away from the Xbox One.

He also did not go to a detention because he felt it was an unjust detention. I think he has a point but warned him actions tend to have consequences.

He also got a bad grade in RS for the first time ever because the subject was abortion. He tells me he did not really feel comfortable writing about it as he does not like the idea of it but respects that it is a very personal matter. His thoughtfulness again makes me smile.

2. My daughter is enjoying learning about Ireland. When I asked why, she said it is because she knows I am Irish and wanted to find out more about our country of heritage.

She also reports that she is enjoying eating toast.

Today she was delighted to receive a parcel full of amazing Baker Ross arts and craft materials.

3. My youngest son has reconnected with some old friends from Yorkshire. This has brought about such big smiles. He also had fun researching Icelandic rivers with his Dad and I enjoyed seeing them working together.

4. My husband has news of a tax refund today.

5. The cats are settling in so we are having lots of snuggles. They are at the vet as I write having their microchips done.

6. As for me, I am pleased to have set up two new linky things this week one on weight loss and one on learning at home. Please spread the word if you can as both involve parents supporting each other.

I am still eating healthily.

I am putting systems in place to manage my time more effectively.

I had good contact with a very old friend and she made me feel better about something that has bugged me for years. It is awful when people make out like you made something up and you know in your heart it is true. Nice to have it confirmed as fact by someone who was there and who I can trust to tell me the truth.

8. I am breaking out of the comfort zone at the weekend and going to visit another home education family. Scary but may lead to something lovely.

So on the whole a positive week.

How was yours?

I am starting a weekly linky where I blog about learning at home and encourage others to do the same. This is open to any parent blogger those who have pre-schoolers, those who have children in school and those who home-educate.

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I am currently home-educating my 9 year old son and 10 year old daughter. My 14 year old son attends a local secondary school. As he starts working out what he wants to focus on in the future, I hope to support him more with his learning at home at weekends and in the evenings.

I have come up with some questions to help me structure my posts but you should feel free to link up any post related to learning at home and in its widest sense too (cookery, arts and crafts, gardening, literacy, numeracy, ICT< history, science, design, life lessons, languages, music, religions and more) 1. How we are feeling?

My daughter is feeling enthusiastic about learning at home. My youngest son is happy and varies between very keen and not at all interested in learning. I am very slowly learning to relax and to let our days take their course but find I do need to do some planning or I get very anxious. My son who is at school is enjoying debating issues with us.

2. What have I enjoyed most this week?

I like Maths Antics and find I am getting to grips with the mathematical bits I previously struggled to understand. I really enjoyed today where my daughter went on Scratch and designed a project to capture our learning about circles. During this she presented the idea of Scratch to me so well, played music, laughed and even got me dancing. I need to get my head round all this coding stuff.

3. What has my daughter enjoyed most this week?

My daughter continues to enjoy art most of all.

4. What has my son enjoyed most his week?

My son has got very passionate about Iceland so we are using that as a hook to learn about geography, history, art, music and more.

5. What is my daughter’s proudest achievement this week?

She says being awesome and considering the damage her previous school did to her mental well-being, this is lovely to hear.

6. What is my son’s proudest achievement?

Creating things on Minecraft.

7. What are our challenges?

I am now feeling fine about home-educating my daughter as she is keen to get involved and to try ideas. My son is more strong-willed and more challenging as he knows exactly what he wants to do but I want to broaden his horizons and ensure he is equipped for a positive future.

8. What resources have we found particularly helpful this week?

Science Museum – they have games which engage both my son and daughter.

Natural History Museum – we have plans to build a bee hotel!

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A very affordable chest from Argos with lots of craft supplies in it.

9. Top outing of the week

A trip to the local town.

10. What are some of our plans for the next week?

We are going to look into nutrition and look at potential sugar swaps via Change4Life.

We are going to take part in the RSPB Garden Birdwatch

We are going to ensure time is spent on literacy and numeracy everyday.

We are going to do a good week or two looking at rivers for geography and will back this up with music and poems too.

I do hope you share your learning at home because I think a real truth is that we can all be inspired by and learn from each other.


I am starting a weight loss linky because I know it will keep me motivated and if others join in we can offer each other support along the way. I am calling it Muffin Top Monday but you can link up on whatever day of the week suits you best

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You can post about weight loss as you see fit but perhaps to get the ball rolling you might want to borrow some of my headings.

1. Tell us about your weight loss journey

I have struggled with my weight for decades. I was slim in my teens and twenties but that was not my self-image. I thought I was fat due to the harsh taunts of bullies. I piled on weight after a relationship breakdown and then after becoming a parent. I have tried many diets including clubs such as Slimming World and Weight Watchers. I was told I had high blood sugar in November and got a diagnosis of prediabetes in December. I can’t keep playing Russian Roulette with my health so I have committed myself to losing weight once and for all.

2. How much do you hope to lose?

I have stones and stones to lose. I estimate it will take me between 1 and 2 years to get to my target weight with the support of the best weight loss linky.

3. Have you made a start or are you just beginning?

I stared losing weight in November. By 15th December, I had lost 12 and 3 quarter pounds. Since then I have lost 1 stone and half a pound and on this journey every half pound makes a difference. So a total loss quite quickly of 1 stone 13 and a quarter pounds.

4. How are you feeling about losing weight?

I feel really positive and motivated partly fuelled by Muffin Top Magic, the best weight loss linky.

5. Do you have a top tip to share with us?

I have started to eat lots of fish. Most of it is low fat and low calorie too so you can have big amounts which fill you up.

As I say, you can link up any weight-loss related post and I look forward to getting to know you and celebrating our success in due course. This may well be the best weight loss linky.