Originally posted 2011-09-10 08:58:53.
I am joining in with a fabulous new linky set up by the Reading Residence.
I feel it is a powerful and simple concept. So often these two adjectives go together.
My word of the week is “Glimmers”
In many ways, we are in darkness. There is so much uncertainty about what the future holds. It is difficult to know what to do for the best particularly regarding housing.
It is a New Year and there are glimmers of hope – a couple of folks have reached out with potential work opportunities for myself. Whether they come to anything is yet to reveal itself but they are glimmers at least.
My husband has job applications in and an interview offered already for January .
We have to believe that the glimmers will come to something. The alternative is a scary place to go in our minds.
So we keep on keeping on hoping the indistinct lights will soon be blazing bright.
Now go forth and check out The Reading Residence’s linky where people share their own individual words of the week.
OK, so I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here has hit our television screens again.
So I thought I would have a little fun with blogger friends old and new and start a new meme type thing. I will tag a few people, hope they join in and pass on the jungle baton to other bloggers.
It is very simple to do and the rules are as follows
1) Answer the 10 questions and consider the mission.
2) Tag a few bloggers to do the same
3) Come back to my original blog post and tell me you have done the questions and answers so I can take a look and promote your post.
1. What one thing about being a parent makes you scream “Get me out of here!”
2. What qualities would you bring to the jungle?
3. How are you likely to annoy people in your were stuck with them for 3 weeks?
4. What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?
5. What item would you smuggle into the jungle with you?
6. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
7. Who would you miss most if you went into the jungle with a bunch of strangers?
8. What celebrity alive or dead would you like to have with you in the jungle and why?
9. What would scare you about being in the jungle?
10. After leaving the jungle, you go to a luxury hotel. What would be the first thing you did on reaching your hotel?
11. Who do you think should win the Jungle Crown this year?
12. Who is your least favourite celebrity in the jungle and why?
13. Which celebrity has surprised you most and how?
Your final mission should you choose to accept it is to tell us why the blogger/s who you tag are stars.
Have another look at the guidelines above and get going to have some jungle fun!
I am tagging @AutismMumma @mummyglitzer @smilesandphotos @LJB41 @CupcakeMumma11 @InstinctiveMum @Tamsin_Tweets @goriami @ SarahMo3w @DownsSideUp @ Redpeffer @ knackeredhwife @ KimberleyJTaylor @MummyTries @ nicolacupcake @ Ojosworld @oliversmadhouse @soundinglike
Anyone should feel free to join and obviously if you can link back to this post so much the better.
Today, the sunshine was appealing to me so I went forth in search of charity shop bargains even though there was a chance of the tradesman actually turning up to fix our boiler. I had my smartphone with me and town is not far away so I had an excuse.
There was a brand new Marks and Spencer dress in the shop that I have spied on several visits. It had the tag for £45 and was in perfect condition and was priced at just a fiver. Now this dress is in a size one or more realistically two sizes smaller than I am. It is, however, a very special dress and I have lost almost 2 stones recently so I have faith that I can get into it one day. Every time I have called in, I have picked up the dress and put it back thinking perhaps I was being silly even considering it.
Was it the fact I had done hours of housework? Was it the sunny weather? Who cares? Whatever it was, the dress is now mine!
I also picked up a multicoloured but mainly purple summer dress.
Finally, I saw a brand new table cloth for £2.50.
So I am a happy bunny after a day that started really badly. Charity shopping is one of the best therapies I know.
I also wanted to share a find from a few weeks ago which is a Le Creuset white fondue set. It was boxed and not used.
We changed that as you can see in this picture. I have always wanted Le Creuset in my kitchen so now feel like I have totally arrived (because I am sad like that).
The bad news was that somebody who had said I could collect a clothing bundle via NetMums has now said it is not longer available. I hate it when this happens but to be honest, think she was overpricing things really so may be good news after all.
Linking up with Magpie Monday over with Liz at the Me and My Shadow blog.
Have you seen Room 100 on the television where celebrities try to persuade the host to condemn their hated things?
As a person who regularly gets frustrated by all sorts of things, I thought Blog 101 might be a good idea as a linky where bloggers can dump all those things that really get to them.
Here is the idea and the guidelines.
1. You are encouraged to write a blog post about one or more things that wind you up. That is things not people!
2. You link up here.
3. I will promote your blog post on Twitter, Facebook etc.
4. You and I feel better for getting it all out of our system and see the undesirable thing hurtling through cyberspace into Blog 101.
Of course, something in particular gave me the idea to set this linky up. I will add a couple of others just to give you the idea.
Here are the things I want to send to Blog 101.
1. Resealable packets. In theory, these are a very good thing in terms of keeping things fresh. However, I find when you open them, you either find that you can’t get at the food item at all or you destroy the tiny millimetre of packet that will actually reseal. In my house, this leads to conflict with Him Indoors who thinks such anal things are a very good thing and pays more for them.
2. Money Boxes that can be opened by children. I think it is a very good thing to make children aware of the value of money. I also like to encourage them to save. Over the years, my children have had so many money boxes but tend to empty them on a whim. I have just come across the marvellous invention of a money box that children cannot open. Inspired and one of the very best Christmas pressies this year from my point of view.
3. Pictures that you buy that you can’t hang up immediately. I regularly buy prints and paintings. I get so very frustrated when you can’t hang them on the wall straightaway. What on Earth is the point in a work of art if you aren’t going to put it on a wall. Therefore, they should come wall-ready with a string or whatever on the back. Grrrr!
I hope that gives you the idea and that you fancy joining in. I will post every Friday with a linky.
Surely I am not the only one who finds myself getting stressed out by random things?
You can now imagine me spending the next week with a little notebook so I can record all those nasty things ready for next week’s post.
Blog and link up by clicking here
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As I have blogged since early 2009, I reckon I must have learned some things of value to bloggers whether new to the exciting game of blogging or old hands. Here are my 5 top tips for bloggers.
1. Make your blog your own in terms of content and style. Don’t try to please the crowd because it is false. Be yourself and perhaps get a real wake-up call when you realise you are not alone with your thoughts and feelings. The more true and heartfelt you are on your blog, the more people will like and respect you as the individual you are.
2. Network for advice and support. You will be delighted at just how willing most bloggers are to share their tricks of the trade with you. There are lots of networks for bloggers both at home and abroad. If you don’t know their names, just join Twitter and ask on there. I am a member of Netmums, Britmums, Mumsnet and Love All Blogs. They all provide slightly different things so go and find which one/s suit you best.
3. Don’t write yourself off on the technical side of things. When I started I knew nothing about themes, widgets, buttons and all those sparkly bells and whistles. My friend Kat gave me some help via emails and then I just realised that perhaps I should have more faith in myself and have a go at the techy stuff myself. I am the most untechy person you could wish to meet so if I can do it, so can you.
4. Don’t become a slave to reviews, awards or statistics. They are all entertaining to an extent but it is easy to get sucked in to thinking they define you. They don’t and that way insanity lies. Believe that you are worthwhile in your own right and if plaudits come your way, celebrate them but don’t get needy for them.
5. Expect the Unexpected. Blogging is an unpredictable and exciting journey. My first surprise was when people read my blog and commented on it. My second surprise was realising that I was not quite as weird as I had previously thought (or that if I am, there are an awful lot of folks like me out there). My third surprise was when a public relations firm asked me to review a toy. My fourth surprise was when a founder of one of the networks listened to me and appeared to value my opinion. My fifth surprise was when I was asked to speak at Britmums Live. My sixth surprise was when I was featured as Blog of the Week on Netmums. My seventh surprise was when old college friends found and read my blog. My eighth surprise was how blogging helped my relationship with my stepdaughter. My ninth surprise was when famous authors and journalists read my blog and encouraged my writing. The tenth surprise may well turn up today!
So there you have it and now pop over to the Kate Takes 5 where you will find lots of lovely bloggers sharing their own ideas on what works best for them as part of the weekly Listography.
It is a momentous occasion. It is not only my birthday but it is also 13th day of the month and the 13th week of the #groovingmums blog hop.
For the uninitiated (where have you been?) #groovingmums is all about mums finding me time, rediscovering themselves, reinventing themselves and just generally getting a bit of a personal revival going on in whatever individual way makes sense to them.
In the last 13 weeks, a diverse group of #groovingmums have taken up courses, looked for work, flashed their pants, bought lovely shiny things, volunteered for good causes, lost weight, exercised, danced and all manner of things all in the name of highlighting the va-va voom of life.
Some have taken tiny steps and some huge ones in the last quarter of the year but all have made meaningful progress and today I celebrate that along with not feeling down and out at 43 years of age.
One mum said quoting the weeks the blog hop has gone on for sounds a bit like Emma’s Diary where you look at how a pregnancy is going. If we use that analogy, we have got over the yucky morning sickness that is realising it won’t always be perfect and fun but it will be worth the end result. We are probably starting to show too whether in terms of lost weight, fitter bodies, revived spirits or whatever.
So what do you think? Do we make our own luck? Has participating in #groovingmums being lucky for you? I guess my learning is that external events will impact on us but we can choose how to react to them. We can also decide to change and make proactive steps towards a new future.
Here are some recent stories from some of the #groovingmums. In no particular order except the first one who gets top spot the most special reason.
I have not being the best #groovingmums guru or queen (those are terms the #groovingmums have used so don’t blame me) in the last couple of weeks and that is OK. Sometimes we struggle a bit but we are all here for each other. Here are some fab mums who join in #groovingmums a lot or a little.
Please make a special effort to visit and leave a comment on these blogs as sometimes silence means people are either stressed, busy, depressed and/or in need of a kind word. In this festive season, let’s reconnect with old friends.
We welcome interest in #groovingmums from a blogger worth checking out over at
If you want to get involved, drop me an email over at email@example.com and I can explain all. All mums are welcome and you will find those who take part to be a really useful support mechanism if you need that in your life for whatever reason. Most #groovingmums are on Twitter and easily found by putting hashtag #groovingmums in the search box.
Right, my birthday cake is calling so if you are looking for the photo of my birthday purchase that reflects #groovingmums or this week’s challenges or my personal journey, you will have to wait. Even a guru is allowed a day off on her birthday.
Raising a glass to all #groovingmums, regulars, one-offs and those with potential to join us.