What are my reasons for cheerfulness this week?


1. Although my 6th wedding anniversary did not go to plan in various ways, my husband did get me a lovely necklace and make me one of his famous steak dinners.

2. All the children are now kitted out fully for their new schools. Why is there so much to think about?

3. My teenage son is being particularly lovely at the moment. He brings me little treats on the way home from school like pain au chocolat. He goes on walks with me and says he wants us to do things together. I sense somewhere in the mix I must have done something right to have such a kind-hearted son.

4. All the children have new friends and are missing their old school that bit less every day.

5. We are getting the house sorted well now with new (to us!) furniture. I am particularly pleased with the arrival of a blue bed for my youngest son and a pink one for my daughter. We have less space here so the beds are high sleepers which also include sofa/chair beds, desks and drawers.

6. On the subject on smaller living space, this means there is far less housework to do and you can make the place look ship-shape much quicker. Happy days!

7. We have a Bank Holiday weekend and a school holiday coming up. I feel our family need this now we have got so many things sorted out so that we can relax and chill a bit. I am hoping to get to a car boot sale on Monday.

8. We had a lovely meal out as a family at the local pub restaurant. The service was disappointing but it was a good night in other ways.

9. The children has a good time at Film Club and just as I was thinking I did not want to climb the hill home, I spied my husband driving towards us to give us a lift home. We went for a sneaky little white wine on the way back.

10. Obviously shamed my his son, my husband brought me a posh sarnie for lunch the other day. He went to get it before setting off for work. Romance is alive and well.

11. We have found our kitten. It went missing a week ago. I am quite smitten with him so was upset. A card in a local shop resulted in a lady telephoning me today and Indiana (don’t ask!) is back where he belongs.

12. I am happy and humbled to be mentioned on the finalist list in the Inspire category for the Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2014. I am in the most amazing company who have overcome such tough challenges and done so much for other people.

My secret online love affair.

We met online.

It is easy to be cynical about what can come from the Internet. However, one of my friends found a husband that way so I decided to give it a whirl.

It was fun whilst my husband was at work to look at all those images. They all had something to offer but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you stood out.

I tried to resist and put you out of my mind.

It didn’t work. I embarked on a secret love affair.

I thought about your good looks and what you might do for me.

I really believed you could change my life.

I had to meet you.

You didn’t disappoint. Tall and slim. Fresh and powerful.

It was inevitable.

Things got steamy.

We didn’t make it upstairs and did it on the kitchen floor.

When I asked your real name, you said it was Vax.

I love my new steam cleaner.

My Secret Online Love Affair

Cuddle Fairy
My Random Musings

I am a bit tired today after a bad night’s sleep and I think just generally from a tough year too. My mood is low when exhausted but that is one of the best times to celebrate my reasons to be cheerful. Yes, here are my happy thoughts of the week.

1. We had a lovely meal out as a family for my husband’s birthday in a really lovely hotel/restaurant we found on first arriving in Hampshire. It has the most lovely food and has so much to look at inside in terms of art, quotations and so on. It is right up my street and not at all snotty which also helps.

2. Both my son and daughter were named stars of the week at their new school. I am sure this is standard procedure for new kids but they deserve it for settling in so well and being so positive about the move. They are both working hard and making new friends.

3. My teenage son has started at his new school which has great standards and is a place that I can see thriving in unlike the last school. He has chosen his options including acting, food technology and history which thrills me as all links back to his connection with his late grandmother. Little legacies. He also has a lot of mathematics, science, computing and business studies in the mix.

4. We are getting the new house sorted bit by bit. I am finding it a depressingly slow process really as downsizing so much makes storing all our stuff a challenge. I have spent time today getting some bids in on Ebay on the things we need. Wish me luck.

5. I am doing the school run and getting faster at it every day by a few minutes without trying. It just shows how you build up fitness levels so much once you actually do some exercise. In hot weather like yesterday, I take a picnic and have a break on a bench on the way home for good quality time chatting with the children.

6. I take real pleasure every day in the lush green of the countryside just a couple of streets away from where we live. It feels my soul.

7. I am looking forward to the weekend. It is our wedding anniversary and I plan to visit the big city by the sea and do some fun things along with practical stuff like haircuts for the children.

8. I am reflecting on many things blogging and social media – this usually leads to good things so something else to smile about.

WE visited Morrisons to check our their “I’m cheaper” claims.

What do you look for when you go shopping in a supermarket?

What makes the experience a good one?

We have moved house and were looking for a good supermarket with a wide range of affordable products.

We visited the Morrisons store in Horndean. We parked easily and noted how the staff in the car park seemed so happy in their work.

As my husband collected a trolley, myself and the children skipped off to check out the new cheaper prices at Morrisons.


There was so much to love about this visit.

Cheaper Products

As soon as we arrived, there were signs everywhere highlighting the new cheaper prices at Morrisons. The really good news is that these prices are dropping permanently and not just for a short-term promotion.


You just need to look out for the “I’m cheaper” signs to identify the everyday items that have come down in price and for good.

There are so many of them all around the store including on food, cleaning products, baby and toddler items and feminine hygiene.

Fresh fruit and vegetables

I love it when you are tempted into the healthiest of eating. The fruit and vegetable choices at Morrisons range from the everyday to the exotic.


I got really excited at all the bright and different colours.


As you can see, as well as the newly reduced prices, they also have tempting special offers.


It was very difficult to leave the fruit and vegetables section where you could find treats like asparagus and herbs kept in such a fresh manner. The children loved the theatre of the dry ice!

Something Fishy

I am so impressed by the range of fish on offer and the advice from the fishmmonger. I love fish and want to eat more but don’t really know how to prepare or cook some varieties. How fabulous to have so much available and tricks of the trade too.


Marvellous Meat

My husband does not like fish at all. He investigated the meat counter and I will enjoy eating his steak dinner.


So many bakery choices

I find all too easily I slip into eating the same old bread when there are much tastier options available and I fully intend to investigate them at Morrisons.

Drinks of both varieties

This was one of my favourite reductions.


This one was delightful too.


Catering for individual needs

I noticed that there were plenty of products catering for those who need to go dairy, gluten and wheat free.


Let them eat cake!

I was very surprised and delighted to see that even items for special occasions featured as “I’m cheaper”


Family dining

I do like a supermarket with a good cafe to add to the whole experience and love how kids eat free on week nights at Morrisons


Here is just one of the meals we enjoyed this week. Herb-crusted chicken with new potatoes and carrots. It came in at just over £2 per head although I felt it could easily have served 4 which would have brought it down to just over £1 per head.


I made this scrumptious dessert from the Morrisons recipe section. It went so fast that I did not get a photo but I am making it again today so watch this space.

Check out which of your everyday needs feature in the “I’m Cheaper” campaign on the Morrisons website.

I received £80 vouchers via Morrisons and BritMums to inform this review.


Morrisons - I Am Cheaper!

I am indulging in some positive thinking for mum.

Not too many days ago, I was feeling a bit blue as the fatigue and disruption of the house move took its toll. Today, I feel that I have emerged from that and am moving forwards positively in our new life in Hampshire.

1. I think the marital spark may have disappeared a bit whilst we were living apart. So I took action and asked my husband on a date night. OK so we had the children with us but we took a break from unpacking boxes and went out for an evening meal at a local pub. We enjoyed it so much that we spent the next two nights out and about too. We seem more like a couple again. It can’t be all work and no play and I intend to ensure there is plenty of play in this new chapter.

2. The children are playing out and making new friends. This is helping them settle into the new area and will help when they start at school with already established friends.

3. My oldest son has realised he can retain his friends from Yorkshire even though we have moved. He is happier as a result.

4. We have all our belongings here now although we had to give things away or send them to the tip as we have moved from a big house to a small one. Fortunately, the space here is good in terms of storage so a lot of things don’t need unpacking just yet.

5. After a blip, we have managed to get the washer plumbed in today which is a huge relief. You take these things for granted until they aren’t there.

6. I have been enjoying getting to grips with a new piece of work.

7. For the first time in ages we have felt able to go out and buy things without stressing so I have a new value hoover from Argos which is superb, a new rug to protect the carpet near the back door and a new kettle. The last purchased was not planned but after somehow getting blue dye in the old one, I could not face a coffee from it again.

8. I found the knickers I lost in the house move along with the bag of my son’s clothing that had also gone missing in the move.

9. I got an email from school today so hopefully we can arrange a quick return for the children who are clearly getting bored and ready to return to education.

10. I have found my Dad’s memoirs so will be posting more of those soon.

11. There is a Bank Holiday weekend coming up giving us the chance to explore the stunning countryside round here and also to see the sea.

12. The week was polished off nicely with news that I am shortlisted in the Inspire category of the Brilliance in Blogging Awards.