I am a week away from my milestone birthday. How I have managed to survive 5 decades on the planet is a mystery. I intend to celebrate and to be proud of how far I have come through good times and bad. So for a bit of fun I thought I would imagine all the things I would like to have in my life over the next year or so. I should warn that the items on this list may be quite random – welcome to my world!

A is for Afternoon Tea and Abacus. Afternoon Tea is always delightful and I had an abacus years ago. There is something lovely about an abacus and I would like another one.

B is for blankets, Baileys and books. I love to read and am managing to find time to do it recently after a long dry spell. As my late Mum said, you are never truly lonely if you have a good book and fond memories. Baileys should speak for itself and I know is a guilty pleasure for many of my readers too. Blankets are important because I like to keep warm and snuggly. In fact, if I had enough blankets, I could also have a beach hut all year round!

C is for cushions, champagne and chaise longue. My other half hates cushions so the only ones we have are in my daughter’s room or in storage. My Mum always had cushions and I would like some of my own on the sofa to be enjoyed. Champagne is something I only truly enjoyed when I was a teenager on French exchange. It was very good and I think it spoiled me for lesser versions. So I am on a mission to find a lovely bottle of Champagne. I had a chaise longue but it was not retro enough and actually not very comfy either.

D is for duvets and decanters. I do enjoy duvets and the higher the tog the better. I want a decanter because my parents had them and so this one is pure nostalgia really.

E was a letter I struggled with. A friend suggested eroticism and once I find out what that is, I may well consider it.

F is for flowers and I would like some to be delivered every week. My other half buys them so rarely for me so I have started buying them myself from time to time. I would love the luxury of them just turning up on the same day every week.

G is easy because I have wanted a globe drinks cabinet for years. I know why of course. It is because my amazing Uncle Lawrence had one in the Seventies when we used to visit him regularly at his flat in London. I would also like a glitterball because I have just always fancied one.

H is another letter I struggled with. A friend suggested a hot tub but I would want one to myself as I am such a shy, introverted woman.

I is for Impressionist prints. I have always loved Impressionist paintings. I chose a card with one on to present to my parents when I got into Cambridge and we all took a day off from life to celebrate going to Ilkley and indulging in hot chocolate fudge cake.

J is another letter I struggled with. I used to want a Jaguar but I think that moment has passed. Maybe I will just settle for jelly either with ice-cream or in a trifle just like my Mum used to make – boozy and with deep layers of cake, jelly, custard and cream.

K is for kiss. I would like to have a kiss from someone who really wants to put one my way. Don’t they say you have to kiss a frog who will turn into a Prince?!

L is for lighthouses. My late Dad started this one off I think as he took us to Flamborough a lot. I used to hate it at the time but nowadays I love all things lighthouses and have often thought I would like to live in one. L is also for lamps because I would like to have lots of them just like my Mum did and have seen some spectacular ones recently in vibrant colours and that give off aromatherapy scents too.

M is for music, maxi skirts and Mah-Jong. I love an eclectic range of music. My other half does not like me to play it loud.  As he now has poor hearing and we have a bigger place, I can get away with it more. I keep wearing trousers and miss having maxi skirts but cannot seem to find any in the shops here. If anyone knows a good online store for maxi skirts, let me know. Mah-Jong is a game that my lovely Uncle gave me years ago but I was too young and could not grasp the rules. I do remember the set was beautiful and would like to finally learn the game before I am older and even more grey.

I warned you it would be random!

I will work on N-Z tomorrow!!

If you had to pick just one item off my list to receive yourself, what would it be?

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Strong Soham Mums have joined forces to produce a charity calendar with a cheeky twist. They are getting naked but all in the most amazing cause. I don’t often ask people to share my posts in a begging type fashion but this time I am and I think you will see why when you read on.

Who are the Strong Soham Mums?

They are like you or me in that they are  mums who love their children. The difference with these mums is that  they have all lost a child and all live in Soham. We all know that losing a child is the biggest fear of any parent so I urge you to empathise with these amazing mums and lend your support to their collective efforts. They loved their children so much and they lost them which is gut-wrenching all the time but perhaps particularly challenging at this time of year.

Alison’s story

“My husband and I lost our son, Charlie in June 2017.  He and our younger son have a rare immune condition.  After a couple of very dangerous bleeds, and worried that the next bleed could be fatal, the doctors wanted Charlie to have a bone marrow transplant.  Unfortunately after 5 long months in hospital he lost his fight for life.  Our lives will never be the same and we will continue to love and miss him forever.”

Alison’s story is so sad and every mum in the calendar has her own tragic tale to tell. We cannot bring their children back but we can get behind their fundraising efforts by purchasing their calendar and spreading word of mouth far and wide.

Strong Soham Mums Calendar 2019

As I say the photos in the calendar are more boudoir than boardroom. They are tasteful and were taken professionally. At just £9.99 the calendar is great value for money and will raise a giggle at Christmas or the New year as well as giving you that feel good-factor of helping good causes.

Where is the money going?

100% of the proceeds will go to Addenbrookes Hospital, Children’s Wards and the Road Victims Trust.  The Strong Soham Mums have chosen Addenbrookes Hospital as it is local to them.   Road Victims Trust was also chosen as a few of the mums lost their children in road traffic accidents.

Two requests

Please spread the word about this calendar via your social media networks and in the real world too. It will make a great gift for Christmas and the New Year.

Please consider buying at least one of these calendars because it will make these women feel they did the right thing and help some amazingly good causes.

http://www.strongsohammums.co.uk/product/charity-calendar-2019/

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With summer well and truly here, it won’t be long before the cooler temperatures arrive and if you have a new addition to the family, you will want to take extra care to keep the baby warm. The delicate newborn baby should never be exposed to wind, especially not a cold one – and with that in mind, here are some useful tips on keeping a baby snugged up when the summer finally says goodbye.

  • Maintaining Body Temperature – Babies have difficulty maintaining a good body temperature, so they need all the help they can get. Too much clothing and the baby will perspire and if the room is a little on the cold side, the baby’s fingers and toes might turn blue. Make sure that the baby is wearing a single piece jump suit, one that covers their hands and feet and wrap them up well whenever you have to go outside.
  • Layered Clothing – Well, if it works for grown-ups, why not for a baby? There are affordable baby gift sets available online from leading suppliers such as https://babygiftbox.com.au/ and they have hampers filled with items that are suitable for winter wear. Don’t forget hats and mittens if you do have to go out, as these will prevent the baby’s extremities from getting cold.
  • Don’t Make Baby Wear A Coat While Inside – This could cause the little one to overheat and even a few minutes is too long, As soon as you enter a warm interior, remove the baby’s coat before you do anything else and avoid exposing the baby to heat too quickly.

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  • Stay Inside As Much As Possible – This is the time to forget about the afternoon walk in the park, as cold wind can seriously harm a baby’s delicate skin, and if you can limit your outdoor time to being to and from the car, then this will ensure that he or she doesn’t catch a cold. In the event you have to take baby out, there are some great tips on winter dressing that might help.
  • Swaddle In Blankets – The age-old tradition of swaddling a baby in a soft blanket is as good today as it ever was. Rather than using loose bedding, which could lead to suffocation, swaddle baby, but not too tight, as this will help to maintain body temperature.

 

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  • Be Careful Using Portable Space Heaters – If you prefer to use one rather than turning on the central heating, make sure you never leave the room while it is running. If a baby suddenly learned how to crawl, it could have serious consequences. Perhaps it is better to preheat the room before removing the space heater, as the baby will not come into contact with it.

There are many specialised items you need for a newborn baby and the online supplier has a wide range of quality baby clothing and accessories, and all at lower than retail prices. If someone you know is soon to have a baby, why not send them a baby basket or hamper? They come in all sizes to suit every budget and each one contains essential baby care items that every mother could use.

A Guide To Keeping Baby Warm This Winter

Are you going to be selling your home soon? Before you put your house on the market, there are lots of things that you will need to do in order to improve the presentation of your home and ensure that it sells for the best possible price. If you want to get a head start, make sure to carry on reading for our top tips on things you need to do before selling your house.

Welcome Potential Buyers

One of the first things that you should do is make sure that your home looks welcoming from the front for potential buyers. Remember, this is the first thing that they will see when they arrive at your home and a good first impression is what will set the tone for the rest of your home viewing. We would recommend making sure that your door is in tip top condition, that you have cleared away any debris, there is no clutter lying around and that your lawn is mown and hedges are trimmed.

Pack Away Your Personal Belongings

When you are trying to sell your home, you should try and start packing away your things early. When you have a cluttered room, this can make your home feel much smaller and will deter any potential buyers. What’s more, having lots of clutter and personal items lying around can make it difficult for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. Pack away all things that you do not use on a daily basis and put them in storage a this will also give you a head start on your move too.

Lick of Paint

If you want to instantly freshen up your home but with little effort, then an easy way to do so is with a lick of paint. Give your walls a fresh coat of white or beige paint and keep things neutral as this is always more appealing to potential buyers, rather than having extremely bright colours.

Repair Broken Items

Before buying a home, potential buyers want to know that everything is in tip top shape, and this will ultimately be a deciding factor in how much they are willing to pay for the property. When selling a home, often the buyer will ask you to leave certain electrical appliances, particularly in the kitchen which could be things such as fridges, dishwashers, and washing machines. If any of these items are not in good working condition, take a look at who the manufacturer is and then head online to find an authorised repair partner. For example, if you have Electrolux home appliances such as a tumble dryer, washing machine or fridge freezer, then you can book a repair slot with https://www.serviceforce.co.uk/electrolux-repairs/ who are the only authorised repair partner for Electrolux appliances in the UK. This will ensure that all repairs are carried out by a professional and having a full range of working appliances is sure to increase the value of your home massively.

Update Your Lighting

You would be surprised at how changing something as simple as your lighting can make a huge difference in your home. New lights can give a fresh look to your home and you can install new bulbs that will help to create specific atmospheres around your home. Accent lighting is also a great thing to use as a focal point in a room and you can use specific lighting such as those above paintings, to draw attention to specific selling points of your home.

Things To Do Before Selling Your  Home

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Abusive relationships, whether they last a few months or a few years, can have a detrimental effect on the rest of a person’s life. And whilst you may never forget what happened, there are ways you can find strength and courage to move on and make the best of your life.

One way you can do this is claiming compensation from the CICA scheme, which allows victims of abuse to gain some independence and use this money to set up a new life, take a holiday, find a new home or even just treat yourself. It can be a difficult process but CICA UK can make the claim on your behalf to take away some of the stress.

Whilst you might move on physically it can take a long time to do this mentally, especially when it comes to trusting someone new. When it comes to these hard times it’s important to take some time for yourself, a little bit of simple self care can make the world of difference.

This simple care tips can help you to relax and refocus so you’re not focusing on the past.

Take a day for yourself

Sometimes taking a day off from work, or switching your phone off on the weekend and staying in bed could be all you need. There’s no problem in taking time for yourself, whether it’s to catch up on some good Netflix shows or just taking the time to read a book.

See friends or family

It can be easy to think that being alone is the best option when you’re feeling down or anxious, but sometimes isolation isn’t the best option. Seeing your friends and family is a great way of reinforcing the fact that you’re not alone. You don’t even have to leave the house, a simple phone call or nipping round for a cup of tea could be all you need to lift your spirits.

Get outside

Talking a long walk outside can help to clear the mind and give you a fresh perspective on life. If you’re looking for a reason to get outside more, may be a dog could be what you need, a couple of walks outside a day with a pooch could be what you need to help boost your mood.

Take a trip

Is there a place on your bucket list you’ve always wanted to visit? Then take a trip. This can be alone or with friends or family if you prefer. Giving yourself this independence to visit a new place can do wonders for your confidence and make you feel like your own person again.

Give yourself a pamper

Don’t underestimate the power of a long bath, a face mask and some new pyjamas and what it can do for your mood. Just taking a little time for yourself, such as painting your nails can be really therapeutic and relaxing.
If you’re feeling really indulgent you could even take a trip to a spa for a real pamper.

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