I certainly have butterflies now but in a positive way I think. Last weekend, it looked like I might not be able to come to BritMums Live after all. That is one surefire way to make you realise just how much you are looking forward to it despite the nerves.
BritMums Live will be my first blogging conference. Fortunately, I have now met about 15 or so bloggers all of whom have proved to be warm, friendly, amusing and tolerant too. That gives me hope that I will be fine and you will be too.
It will all be a rush to get down to London and to the venue in time from Yorkshire especially as we have to get the children to their sister’s house beforehand.
Dad has manfully taken on looking after the animals for us.
Little is expected of me on the Friday but Saturday sees me involved in the Blogging for the Greater Good session and the Blogging for Happiness session. Who is coming along to one or both of those? So I can bribe you to be nice to me and to say loads so I don’t have to lol.
If anyone wants to see me for definite (why?), I will be on the Give As You Live stall at 1.45pm on Saturday. There are confirmed rumours of cupcakes so come and see me if only for a nibble.
Of course, it is exciting to imagine being in the same room as famous people but I am equally if not more excited at linking up with folks I have tweeted with or engaged via blogs with for weeks, months and years in some cases.
Overall, I just have this great sense that BritMums Live will be a celebration of parents and mums in particular, of lives led and challenges overcome and a starting point for many of us for new futures.
Nerves or not, I will be there. Will you?
And if you aren’t coming along, I hope to see you at next year’s event.
P.S. Despite rumours of nudity, boob flashing and a silly CV, I am actually a shrinking violet so this is a big deal but sometimes you have to break out of that boring comfort zone and live life to the full.
It is the time to celebrate my reasons to be cheerful this week.
1. Yesterday I had a day out in London with my 11 year old son. It was great to have some one on one time with him. We attended a blogger event and I did not know anyone there although knew their blogs of course. Although my usual shy self, I don’t think I did too badly in terms of chatting to people. My son was amazing talking of films, history and social networking. We bought cheap and cheerful gifts for the other two children so everybody was happy.
2. My son and daughter are doing so well with their swimming every weekend and are now jumping in happily and have forgotten all about armbands. We have decided that after this series of lessons, we will take them ourselves and join in the fun.
3. I am feeling upbeat about BritMums Live next week. OK, so I am speaking, but how much damage can I realistically do. It will be fine and the more I meet bloggers, the more I realise how most people are genuinely warm and wishing you well. I have new shoes as I ended up not able to walk in my boots yesterday so got some flat shoes. I have various outfits from the charity shop to try on. I need a haircut and then I am all set. If you want to find me for some reason, I will be at the Give As You Live stand at 1.45pm on the Saturday and am trying to work out a way to persuade people to come and say hello and find out more. All suggestions welcome.
4. I made a decision to not waste any more time on one particular issue. Sometimes things cannot be resolved and you have to let them go.
5. I get the sense that Him Indoors is getting very committed to me having a life of my own and doing all he can to facilitate that. This makes me cheerful as I want new chapters but want him by my side too.
6. I feel we are making use of the land this year both in terms of growing vegetables and by getting out there to play badminton and so on.
I am sure there are lots of things I have forgotten but that goes to show that life is pretty happy right now.
I am promoting charities and good causes for free on my blog during June 2012.
Here is an introduction to the work of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield supports children with life limiting conditions and their families. The charity began more than 12 years ago as a result of the challenges of a local mum whose son, Russell, became very ill and needed hospice care. She was concerned at the lack of local support, and set about changing this.
12 years on The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is now a reality. In October 2010 the charity began supporting children and families through its hospice at home service. To date we have received more than 60 referrals, and we are already helping over 40 children and their families, with more coming to us every week. In October 2011 the hospice building was completed.
The care provided by a children’s hospice is unique. All of the children we help will have conditions which will, sadly, significantly shorten their lives. However we may support children and their families for many years, possibly until the child is a teenager or even a young adult.
We know that when a child has a life limiting condition they still have the same needs as all children – the need to play, to communicate, to experience new things, to learn and to reach their full potential, whatever that may be for them. Our focus is to do everything we can to make children happier and more fulfilled while they are with us, however long or short that may be. Despite the common perception, a children’s hospice is much more about life than it is about death – and any visitors will find fun, noise and laughter in a building which is designed to feel like a large, welcoming home.
As well as helping the child we also provide support for the whole family. Caring for a child with a life limiting condition places immense strain on parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members. We give parents a break, and help them become parents instead of full time carers. We give support and attention to siblings who are dealing with all the issues of having a brother or sister who get all the attention but who won’t always be with them. We support families through bereavement counselling, relationship guidance, and general emotional support while they are caring for their child and often for years afterwards.
There is no charge for the care and support we bring to children and families. As less than 4% of our funding comes from government sources we must work hard to raise funds to enable us to care for those who need us. As we open the hospice and continue our hospice at home service we must increase our income from £1million per annum last year, to £2.5 million per annum over the next 18 months.
We love to hear from people who are able to fundraise for us in any way. Please get in contact if you want support, ideas or information on 01422 411046
Do you like chocolate? Is that a really silly question?
I was lucky enough to be sent some Divine Chocolate to review.
It was a generously-sized bar of the dark chocolate with orange and ginger. I loved the taste although it took me a few minutes to get used to the texture presumably orange or ginger strands.
I don’t actually eat chocolate often but when I do, I like it to be a really indulgent treat.
Divine Chocolate fits the bill perfectly. Chocolate to savour or to share with a very special loved one. A lovely addition to a romantic night at home. Alternatively, something to hide away just for you when the children are in bed and you want to reward yourself for another day of juggling it all.
Even better, you can rest assured that the producers of the chocolate are getting rewarded appropriately for their efforts too.
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