What is my word of the week?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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.

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Now go forth and check out The Reading Residence’s linky where people share their own individual words of the week.

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I’m a Blogger, Get Me Out of Here!

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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.

 

 

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Good and bad news on the bargain-hunting quest

Monday, April 15th, 2013

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.

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What are my reasons to be cheerful this week?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

You find me in a happy frame of mind. About so-and-so ing time you may say.

What are my reasons for this upbeat mood?

1. I am going to lose 4 stones by the time of BritMums Live. I have decided and will make it happen. Either that or give you a good giggle at my failed attempts so win-win. Seriously, I started Slimming World this week and have stuck to it. Well done me and cream cakes all round.

2. I am looking forward to all the real Christmas stuff starting from the weekend with fairs, carol services, school plays, shopping, planning, Christingle and more.

3. I am going to walk the Great Wall of China and am pleasantly surprised that having raised this only yesterday on my blog, folks are saying they might like to join me. Who knew? The outsider no longer or maybe I have just found a happy band of other outsiders. I need to look into it all more particularly the fitness and financial requirements but at least I am seriously considering it.

4. The meeting at school about my son’s issues with went reasonably well. I have more to say on this but that is for another post. What was really lovely to hear was my husband’s support for his son.

5. I have plans for this blog and blogging generally. Watch this space.

6. I have a cheeky idea for a blog hop. Not quite sure I will go ahead with it but it is making me giggle to myself.

7. We have sunshine in Yorkshire today.

8. We are decking the halls as I blog …

9. My birthday is just around the corner, 44, droopy drawers …

Have yourself a wonderful week.

Now rock yourself around the Christmas tree over to Mich at http://mdplife.blogspot.com to see what other people are jumping for joy about.

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A Kick Up The Bum For Mums

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Well, here I sit sobbing that only one person linked up last week to the Groovy Mums blog hop.   What do you mean you have not heard of Groovy Mums?  Read all about it by clicking here http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/how-to-be-a-groovy-mum/ I know I say you don’t have to join in but when you don’t, I start to think you are all grooving and have left little old me way behind.  No seriously, I know you have your own struggles but one mum has asked for a kick up the bottom so I thought I would do a scolding post to encourage a sense of revival in groovy mums old and new.

Here are your optional challenges for this week.

1. Body – how can you incorporate touch into your life this week?  Massage or more?  You decide but take time out to touch and be touched this week.

2. Mind – your challenge this week is merely to link up a post about how you are attempting to change your life with steps whether like those of a baby or more solid ones.  Any progress is to be celebrated so acknowledge how well you are doing by linking up  a post.

3. Spirit – Lent sometimes involves giving things up.  What can you give up that would help you move forwards in life?  This might mean delegating or accepting that some things or people no longer serve you positively.

4. Blogging – Did I mention that you are supposed to link up with Groovy Mums this week?  There you go, two kicks up your rather lovely ass.  If you are going to Britmums Live, you can also join in the blog hop mentioned in my previous post.

5. Special Days – Mother’s Day is around the corner so why not start planning just how you would like it to go.  Your task is to communicate your ideal day to your nearest and dearest.

6. The Big Question – what needs to change?  OK, maybe lots needs to change but identifying the big thing that needs to change might help you to prioritise what the first baby steps need to be.

There you go.  Hope your bottom is not too sore and if it is you can always return to challenge 1 and look forward to increased participation this week.  Newbies welcome.

Here is the linky

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A Brand New Linky – Blog 101 – Share The Things That Annoy You.

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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.

Join Me?

Blog and link up by clicking here

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What Are My Reasons To Be Cheerful?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Are you thinking positively?  If you sometimes struggle to do so,  why not write down your Reasons To Be Cheerful?

I do this most weeks with Michelle over at http://mdplife.blogspot and it really helps me focus on the happier things in life.

What are my reasons for smiling this week?

1. My son had a CT scan and everything is fine.  I thought it would be but better to have these things checked out.

2. My other son has gone on a “gifted child” register at the grand old age of 6.  I am happy about this partly because it means he will get additional support from school and partly because it probably explains some of his less than ideal behaviour.

3. My daughter has a  new hair band thing that actually holds her wild locks in place.  This is a huge reason for me. I envy those Mums whose little girls’ hair can be put in plaits and ponytails etc. Hair bands is the way from now on and I think I have found another mum who can make some for me.

4. I had a lovely family afternoon out at a free Waterways Museum.  We had a very affordable snack and enjoyed learning lots more about boats and social history.  I am a big fan of all things historical and seem to have passed this on to my children. 

5.  I have had little trips out with my Dad.

6. I got loads of support on my post http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/why-am-i-struggling/  I am pleased to report all the wise words have put me right back on track.  I have eaten only healthy things today and feel like my mind is in the right place too.

7. I hope to be volunteering with the Joe Bingley Memorial Foundation very soon.

8. I am booked into Britmums Live and have my accommodation sorted which is probably a very good thing seeing as I am listed as a speaker.

9. Did you hear I am now a member of the Britmums Team?  Yes, I know you did but it did fall within the last week’s news so I am shouting out loud about it again.  Iwill stop now, honest.

10. People have shown generous support for the new Britmums Group called Charity Connections -Blogging It Forward.  There are already 50 members and more joining all the time. If you are a parent who blogs and wants to look at how you can join forces with charity in some way, please do join.  You are not committed to doing anything unless you want to and there are some really interesting discussions taking place on there.  Plus you get to find out just how diverse the voluntary and community sector is both at home and abroad.  You can find out more over at http://britmums.com

11. I am really happy that bloggers are getting behind the Breakthrough Breast Cancer blog hop I set up today.   All you have to do is write a post with 90 words (or more if you want to) about a woman who matters to you and then mention the new fundraising initiative from Breakthrough and Pink Ribbon Bingo.   You can find out more by clicking here http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/i-am-looking-for-90-bloggers-to-support-breakthrough-breast-cancer/  I have set a target based on bingo numbers of 90 people linking up so I could do with the support or I will have egg on t’old face.

12.  Him Indoors has had 2 night away.  I have enjoyed having some space and being totally in charge of things here. I am now cheerful that in 5 hours he will be home and we will be an “us” again.

A great week.

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Mums Deserve A Treat. Win A £50 Voucher From Experience Days.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Have you got the January blues? Fancy a treat but finances are tight? Have I got very good news for you?

The lovely people at Experience Days have kindly given us a £50 gift voucher as a competition prize for one lucky reader.

The lucky winner will be able to redeem it against any of the gift experiences on the Experience Days website which we encourage you to visit right now. http://www.experiencedays.co.uk/

There are countless options on the Experience Days website from pampering days to theatre trips and so very much more. Do go and see what you fancy as there is something for the foodie, the sporty type and the risk-taker. With Valentines Day round the corner, there are special days for couples too.

Prices vary but there are lovely ones that come in under £50 so you really could have a free experience of a lifetime.

Have you seen the Groovy Mums initiative? You can read all about it by clicking here http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/how-to-be-a-groovy-mum/

I would love more mums to get involved in blogging about their experiences of taking charge of their lives and putting their best foot forward towards a more positive future.

So, anyone who links up a post this week about how they are changing things for the better for themeselves will be in with a chance of winning the Experience Days voucher.

Experience Days is ideal for mums wanting to try new things, take time out for themselves or to boost their flagging sense of confidence.

All you have to do to be entered into the competition is to link up a post that tells us how you are changing your life whether in baby steps or in huge ways by midnight on Tuesday 24th January. It could be about your body, you mind or your spirit. You decide.

If you are stuck for ideas on what to write about, check back previous #groovymums and #groovingmums posts where you will find so much inspiration. Later today, I will post some challenges which are totally optional but might give you some more ideas.

For a bonus entry to the competition, please subscribe to this blog via email.

For another bonus entry, tweet about this competition and mention @kateonthinice in the tweet.

This competition is restricted to UK mums aged 18 years and over. The winner will be selected at random.

Well, what are you waiting for? Get blogging and link up.

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What Are My Five Top Tips For Bloggers?

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

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.

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Are You Ready For A Challenge? – Grooving Mums

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Doesn’t Tuesday fly around fast for some reason?

Have I written my page explaining what #groovingmums is all about? Nope but I will do it today rather than go on about it all here. Suffice to say, if you are a ready for a challenge, grooving mums are ready to welcome you. Here are some of them http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/real-mums-real-stories-grooving-mums/

How am I getting my groove back? My individual journey will be different from yours but here goes.

1. I continue to eat healthily the vast majority of the time. Yesterday, I got on the scales and appeared to have put on 4 pounds which was so very disappointing. On moving the scales to my bedroom, I lost 6 stones. Never knew that was all I needed to do to reach my target weight. So I cannot tell you what my weight is as there is clearly something wrong with the scales. Part of getting my groove back is being determined to buy new scales this week with a guarantee too. In other words, thinking I am worth that investment. Here is more on weight loss http://kateonthinice.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/how-do-you-feel-when-you-put-on-weight/

2. I got over my trauma of even attempting to put on a size 16 top and it fits comfortably. It is many years since this happened so it shows that I must be doing something right.

3. I used a pretty lame excuse to not attend my first session of volunteering at the charity shop. My Dad chose that day of all days to not get up till late so I had no transport as I don’t drive. I could have woken him up but it is a balancing act now as when he gets things wrong or forgets them, he finds itt very distressing so I kept quiet and missed the volunteering. On the more positive front, I did fill my Criminal Record Bureau form in and return it for volunteering in school purposes.

4. I did look into a business opportunity. It was not for me but not because I bottled it. I just decided I would probably prefer to do my own thing rather than take on somebody else’s creation. I am counting this in getting my groove back because I seem to be actually visualizing myself as a successful businesswoman which is the first step to becoming one. Any potential partners out there I wonder?

If you want to see how other women are getting on in making time for themselves and moving forwards positively one step at a time, check out my post from yesterday or keep up with us on Twitter where we use hashtag #groovingmums. You are more than welcome to join us by just writing a relevant blog post and sending the link to mums-the-word@live.com

Here are this week’s suggested challenges.

1. Set your own challenge, something that is meaningful to you. Or even better, include a challenge in your blog post that all grooving mums might want to have a go at.

2. Investigate poetry and share a favourite with us whether poetry is something you indulge in often, sometimes or never.

3. Dance whether at an event, in the privacy of your own home or out on a walk with the children.

4. Take part in the Listography blog hop over at Kate Takes 5 here http://katetakes5.blogspot.com/2011/11/listography-top-5-randoms.html sharing the random thing you like. It will help us all get to know each other that little bit better. Plus I am wondering why nobody commented on my random things lol.

Tomorrow, I am going to post about all our challenges so far as it is 2 months since we started this thing and it might be good fun to revisit some of them.

One, two, three, time to groove, time to blog, time to celebrate how you are changing.

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