Are there changes you wish to make in your life?

Mum Power

Do you feel you are stuck in a rut?

Would you like to take up new interests but lack confidence to do so?

Do you yearn for the you of yesteryear and want to get that person back?

Perhaps you have a poor self-image?

Or perhaps it is just time to shake things up a bit?

If any of these feelings resonate with you, I would love you to get involved in an initiative to feel that mum power.

It is you that can change things. It is not always easy to do. So what if a group of mums came together online to support each other in their individual paths towards a bright future?

Welcome to Striking Mums!

Every week, I will post something inspirational and ask you to get involved too.

You can do this by linking up a blog post and then visiting others on the linky to offer your support, tips and/or personal stories.

We will also have a Striking Mums Twitter party on a weekly basis using hashtag #strikingmums to share our hopes, aspirations and the baby steps we are taking towards that exciting future.

If you follow me on Pinterest I will follow you back and then you can pin in the Striking Mums collaborative board. I am hoping this will become an inspirational visual image of just what us mums can do when we support each other.

Why is it called Striking Mums?

Striking as in mums that stand out

Striking as in mums on strike in terms of taking a little time for themselves

Striking as in the striking beauty of all mums

You can stand out and you are beautiful whether you feel that or not.

First week’s challenge

We will keep it simple for the first week of Striking Mums. Share a blog post about what you want to achieve. It can be anything that will make you feel better. Sometimes it could be as simple as getting out of the house more or setting up a night out with your partner or friends. Maybe you want to set up a business, return to work to take up studying. It is your life so dream a little dream and share it with us.

We will have a badge ready for you to display on your blog soon courtesy of my lovely friend Jo.

Details of the first Striking Mums party will be shared shortly.

I look forward to reading your posts and don’t forget to visit other mums taking part in the linky.

If you would like other mums to find out about Striking Mums don’t forget to push those share buttons so we get the word out quickly.

Here is a badge for you to display on your blog if you believe mums matter designed by my lovely friend Jo.

Kate on thin Ice Striking Mums

    When I was on holiday with my son in France, there was a lovely, life-affirming moment which proves that life goes on after loss. I did not say anything to him for fear of upsetting him. I did not mention it to my brother either. As ever, the blog is a safe place to share it.

    We visited a café and sat outside in the sunshine. My son ordered a pancake with lemon. He clearly enjoyed it very much.


    I remember a day when he would not eat one.

    This post will only really make sense if you read tough post on my old blog.

    My mum died in September 2009 and almost 5 years later her son, daughter and grandson went on a holiday to France.

    The day where my son would not eat a pancake is also the one where my parents and my brother cancelled a holiday to France because she just could not face it with the horrors of her illness.

    In 2012, Dad was due to go on holiday to France with my brother but did not go as his final illness took hold.

    Yet in July 2014, my son sat happily in the sunshine on his first visit to France eating his pancake completely unaware of how very much this meant to his Mum.

    Life goes on. You think it won’t but it does and in time you smile at memories instead of being devastated by them.

    Now that is a kind of magic.

    PrintI am joining in with the Word of the Week linky for the first time in months. It is one I really like as it is about language and life.

    My Word of the Week is proactive.

    “The adjective proactive can describe a person who get things done. If you are proactive, you make things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen to you.

    Active means “doing something.” The prefix pro- means “before.” So if you are proactive, you are ready before something happens. The opposite is being reactive, or waiting for things to unfold before responding. Think about winter cold season. A proactive person washes his hands and takes vitamins; a reactive person gets sick and takes cold medicine.”

    Looking back, a lot of the so called impressive things I have done have come about through somebody else suggesting them or showing me the way. A teacher said I had an outside chance of getting into Oxbridge so I applied. My Dad told me perhaps I could help a charity so I visited one and ended up doing 20 years in that field. My blogging achievements certainly come from people believing me and inviting me to get involved in things.

    I want to be more proactive because I know it works. My life has changed so much since starting Groovy Mums in late 2011 but there are other things I want to see happening for me. Groovy Mums was very much about taking proactive steps even if baby ones towards our dreams.

    So this week, I was proactive. I did research, I learned new things and I reached out for help. This led to me discovering new opportunities and also to setting up Groovy Mums again albeit in a slightly different form. I am so looking forward to the journey ahead because when you get proactive, it is exciting and you can claim the results if things work out well.

    Also this week, respect to Him Indoors who instead of handing a phone call straight to his manager, asked some pertinent questions and ended up with a new job as a result. Him Indoors is very much a plodder so this new streak pleases me a lot.

    So there you have it – my word of the week is proactive and I for one intend it to become a way of life.

      I have always loved Sweep. I watched Sooty on children’s telly as a child and always preferred Sweep because he got into scrapes and had a naughty steak. I found Sue to be an utterly painful Goody Two Shoes.

      Did you have Sooty and Sweep puppets?

      Mum bought me a Sooty puppet and I remember waltzing around the house saying “Abradcadabra!” at any possible opportunity. Sooty used to come on expeditions to the garden too often wheeled round in my little trolley meant for wooden bricks.

      They were happy days. Mum stayed at home and enjoyed her garden. There were three painted red steps down from the back door. The top area of the garden was flagged and my Dad had built me a “kitchen” area out of paving stones where I used to create all manner of things from mud pies to manky rose petal perfumes.

      There were some little steps down to a lawn and my Mum’s pride and joy was her rockery. I used to have to clamber up the rockery to be thrown over the wall to the sisters Nellie and Bessie who would look after me if my mum had to go somewhere.

      Nellie and Bessie adored me and I used to take full advantage of that. They were like birds in a way. Nellie was always in drab colours and so very kind-hearted. Bessie was glam with bright make-up and flamboyant clothing. Nellie did all the hard work of looking after me but Bessie used to steal the show with her legendary Apricot Pasty.

      When Mum came home, I would be thrown back over the wall. Mum and I would explore looking at the honeysuckle, the fuschia and my personal favourite the busy lizzie,

      You didn’t need to know any of that really did you?

      Isn’t it odd how a little thing can set off a heap of memories?

      Anyway, I always wanted a Sweep bucket and I got one last week in charity shop. Him Indoors looked at me like I was insane (nothing new there) but the children fell in love as soon as they realised Sweep also squeaked.

      So here is Sweep joining the family on a cultural visit to the pub. Can you think of a caption to go with the picture?


      Now go forth and invent captions for other pictures in this fun linky

      Saturday is Caption Day

        How do you fancy winning some Vileda cleaning products?

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        With the children going back to school, now is the perfect time to do a big push on the housework front. That can only be easier if you win cleaning products.

        I have tried to keep up with the housework over the school holidays. I have even tried to get the children involved but they prove very reluctant. It can be difficult to juggle everything that needs to be done over the school holidays. As soon as the new term starts, I am going to do a major cleaning and tidying blitz.

        To celebrate the launch of their campaign, ‘Floor Miles’, I’ve teamed up with Vileda, the UK’s leading household cleaning brand. Vileda is offering one lucky reader the chance to win £25 worth of cleaning goodies to get their homes ship shape this summer. Perfect for busy homes, Vileda products are designed to last miles longer and make your cleaning miles easier! You can enter via to win the cleaning products pictured via the Rafflecopter below.

        For more competitions and to find out how to collect Vileda ‘Floor Miles’ and be in with a chance of winning a family eco-holiday, head to the Vileda UK Facebook page.


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        With love from the Striking Mum x