Are you in the mood for dancing? Perhaps you are inspired by Strictly Come Dancing?

I had a look at the dictionary definition of dance. Apparently it means to move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps. Of course some of us have more natural rhythm than others.

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My parents danced a lot from waltzes to sequence dancing to the Slosh! I was encouraged to dance as a child and my Grandad wanted to send me for lessons but that never came to anything. I would love to be able to dance in the uninhibited way I did as young child to “Rock around the clock” but all too soon introversion hit and I avoided dancing in front of others including in nightclubs and at weddings. It’s a shame because I love music and have a fantasy of performing one of those top hat and tail “All that Jazz” routines some day. One of the very first decisions that I made about my own wedding day is that there would be no first or indeed any dance.

My teenage son and tween daughter take after me and don’t like to take centre stage.

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However, along came my 10 year old son my youngest who is a natural performer. He is an extrovert who simply cannot understand why people get nervous about anything. He has taken part in filming for adverts and drama with complete confidence. I am in awe of this quality in him. Whilst his sister bottled ballet lessons, he attacked street dance sessions at school with gusto!

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To celebrate Frubes’ partnership with the must-see family film of the year, The Angry Birds Movie, Frubes has created a squawksome dance-off between the Angry Birds and mischievous Pigs. Staunch enemies in the film, the dance off between the Birds and Pigs means you and your family can settle the feud for good – pick a side and find out who is the ultimate dancer! Will your family shake their tail feathers with the Birds, or dance their bacon off with the Pigs? Visit angrybirds.frubes.co.uk, where you can egg on your favourite character.

Frubes is the largest portable yogurt brand. These yummy yogurt tubes squeeze more fun into the day and are a family favourite. Available in Strawberry, Red Berry, Peach, and Banana flavours, they contain vitamin D and calcium for strong bones – great for those wanting to try out their own dance moves just like the Angry Birds and mischievous Pigs!

Did you know that as part of The Angry Birds Movie partnership, Frubes is running an egg-citing on-pack promotion until 31 October, offering families the chance to flock to the Bahamas for a fun-filled island holiday to spot exotic birds and swim with pigs? The competition includes a weekly draw to win a whole host of Angry Birds Movie merchandise, with a grand prize of a family holiday for four to spend six nights in the Bahamas! Now if I won thatI might get over all my inhibitions and gyrate with the best of them. Having said that my superstar son has informed me that “swaying your hips from side to side and moving your bottom to and fro is NOT dancing”.

This post is an entry for BritMums’ #FrubesMoves Linky Challenge, sponsored by Frubes < https://angrybirds.frubes.co.uk

Menopausal Monday! What is that?

I am aware that I am entering the menopause. I think the signs were there a couple of years ago when I first started to feel hot for no apparent reason and without warning. Now hot flushes come and go and the odd night sweat sets in. Periods are erratic where they have always being regular. SOMETHING is going on here.

Hitting the menopause brings its physical symptoms but it also is making me reflect on my life and times. It’s a turning point. My children are now tweens and a teen. They need me a bit less or perhaps just in a very different way. This allows me more freedom to read, to do my own thing and just to be.

So in my mid-forties (spun for good measure) I find myself fascinated and also strangely liberated by the changes in my body and in my life.

I also start to wonder if I have on big adventure in me and just how brave I am really.

Is anyone else having a Menopausal Monday?

Received wisdom is that the menopause is yet another of those things we don’t acknowledge or talk about enough. Perhaps we need to change that. Perhaps I could start a regular blog hop sharing the life and times of menopausal women to share peer support, tips and achievements.

How does that sound?

Stylish wellies have always gone on my wish-list but I have never bought any as they often seem over-priced to be honest.

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I was delighted when JDWilliams offered to gift me a pair to review on my blog. When they arrived, I was thrilled to bits with them.

Where would be the best place to wear them for the first time?

I headed for Wittering beach for a walk with my family and the dog. Wittering is beautiful with a sandy beach, colourful beach huts and affordable parking.

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Usually I find myself at the beach without appropriate footwear so if was a joy to walk with comfort and to make a splash in my stylish wellies from JD Williams.

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My feet and legs stayed comfy and dry even when I did some wild jumping in the sea. This is hardly surprising as the wellies come with rubber uppers, cosy linings, side adjustable buckle strap and thick and durable soles. They are available in a good range of sizes including special fittings for calves.

Now that really is something to write home about!

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I am feeling cheerful this morning particularly as I have found time to participate in one of my favourite blog hops of all time. Here is a list of happy things.

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1. I am on top of things – ooo-er missus!

2. I had a lovely long walk on the most amazing beach at the weekend with my dog and my new wellies! Splashing in the sea, meeting other people, coveting beach huts and taking photos – all very good for the soul.

3. I had a little wander into town today with the husband. Simple pleasure but a nice one all the same. Also got a very important letter off to a very special girl at last.

4. Really enjoying the company of my 10 year old son at the moment. We bond over wordplay and the analysis of everything. We have loved the dramatic Emmerdale this week for example.

5. My daughter is getting all creative with origami and I am quite envious but she won’t let me have a go! I am intending to get more creative and have bought some sketching materials.

6. I am having a really good sort out of stuff because I won’t be needing a lot of it from next year which probably means I never needed it in the first place.

7. Home education is going well. I have met some home educators and their children. Not half as scary as I expected – starting to realise rather late in the day that most people are lovely if you give them a chance. Nice to have people saying hello to me in the street – it’s been a while!

8. When I said I had been on a hot date, someone actually believed I might be dating. Amusing and vaguely reassuring too. You can check out my lonely heart ad this week on my blog too.

9. I have a new to me music centre so can play music when the mood takes me the old-fashioned way. I also invested in a new phone after some good freelance work came my way. Treated the children too – all good.

10. So I am happy and I know it so you should be clapping your hands and all that. Might even revive the groovy mums linky in an attempt to get back to all things blogging.

Are you cheerful this morning?

If I were ever to write a lonely heart advertisement, what would I put?

Well obviously I am an ageing woman and mum who juggles a lot. Yes there are roots in the hair and yes I could do to lose some more weight. I can be quite shy.

On the positive side of things, I am bright, caring and I think quite humorous with a quick wit and a feisty attitude. Over the years I have learned to like myself a lot. I have a booty that rocks and lovely brown eyes and the wavy hair. I can earn my own money and am passionate about the things I undertake. My children are amazing with great values and they know I love them.

So what would my perfect partner look like if I was in the market? You will understand this is just a little adventure in creative writing.

1. I would like someone who thinks I am fabulous. That is the point of being with someone right?

2. I would like someone who in the old-fashioned way can stick to me and not spend an awful lot of time looking at 2 dimensional images of women. I can’t be 2 dimensional so I will never quite live up to that particular fantasy.

3. I would like someone who loves to converse for hours about all manner of things.

4. I would like someone who touches me when I need reassurance or just to know that I am cared for.

5. I would like someone who shares their interests with me.

6. I would like someone who knows I sometimes need me time and even organizes treats for me from time to time.

7. I would like someone who takes their fair share of household chores.

8. I would like someone who makes me laugh a lot.

9. I would like someone who occasionally does things that I like to do that they don’t particularly because they might learn something or it might be worth giving something a go.

10. And just sometimes and not a lot, I would like flowers or to be treated like a girlfriend.

I thought writing this list would be a complex affair but actually if I was starting over, it is quite a simple list. Too much to ask apparently but simple all the same.

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