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?

A funny old week consisting of worry, powerlessness, loss, hope and impure thoughts.

As of yesterday, I have more free time as no longer doing social media for BritMums.  I have done it for 4 years and it rescued me giving me an interest after Dad died.

So I have more time to blog and not just reviews but some real from the heart or head stuff.  Back to one of my all-time favourite blog hops, Reasons to be Cheerful.

  1. More free time means I can say yes to the children more enjoying activities like inventing a board game for Halloween and listening intently to them.
  2. My son did so well with his  GCSE results and at the young age of 15!
  3. My husband is on late shift which suits me as we can sort practical stuff in the morning and I can enjoy my soaps.
  4. I am enjoying my work and seeing the fruits of my labours as it were.
  5. My brother is home from hospital and wanting contact so at best I am hopeful of a peaceful sibling relationship going forward with both brothers..
  6. I am spending less.
  7. I am getting rid of clutter which makes our bedroom and other areas of the house look lovely.
  8. My youngest son has a new tiger blanket which has thrilled him. He knows what he likes.
  9. I have  lost weight and rightly so as back to healthy eating. Looking forward to upping my exercise as the days get cooler.
  10. It’s nice to get back to blogging just for the fun of it!

Also very cheerful to see Mich back as a host or #R2BC, the linky that reaches parts other linkies cannot reach!

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Strong bin liners are not the sort of thing I expected to get excited before becoming a wife and mother. They were about as interesting as warm cardigans and storage solutions. How times change!

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Like many women, the bulk of the housework falls on me even though I work. I resent this and even rant about it on occasion but pretty much to no avail. The children buy things and lose interest quickly and I think they might get that from me with my charity shop obsession.

When I try to declutter, you can bet bin liners are not strong enough so I give up, have a coffee and sink into despair.

All this has changed and has put a spring in my step after I was sent some bin liners from Visqueen to review. You can get one off the roll easily without ending up tearing into the next one. You can stuff them with all manner of things.  In fact, I get making the  challenge more tough and still they stood up to the test. I have stared to send things to the tip and the charity shop, mountains of bin liners full. It really has cheered me up and makes housework so much simpler. I have held an attachment to stuff for far too long and I feel lighter as I let things go.

A survey undertaken by Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest site for parents, and commissioned by Visqueen Ultimate, the UK’s toughest bin bags, found that in 46% of households, women are responsible for emptying the kitchen bin into the outside wheelie, compared with 25% of households where it’s the man’s job. In 27% of households, meanwhile, it’s a shared responsibility, and in only 1% of homes do the children take on the task.

It gets worse for the women-folk. The survey also found that in 62% of homes, women are in charge of emptying the other household bins, compared with only 14% of homes in which men do it. It’s a shared job in 20% of households and the kids do it in just 2%. When it comes to actually cleaning the kitchen bin, don’t expect any help from a bloke! In 76% of households, women carry out this unpleasant chore, while men step up to help in only 9% of homes!

The survey shows that what has traditionally been a task for men is no longer just a job for the boys, with increasing numbers of women now responsible for emptying the bins. It is unclear whether this is because men are too busy doing other chores – gardening, shopping or ironing for example. But it is clear that when it comes to responsibility for taking out the household waste, there’s been a significant swing between the sexes.
With this new wave of trash-tasked women in mind, Visqueen Ultimate’s experts have developed a hi-tech generation of super-strong drawstring bin liners that are truly up to the task. Made in the UK, the new bags offer unrivalled strength and tear-resistance, eliminating all risk that a bin bag full of garbage will split and spill its contents on the floor. Mumsnet users have sampled the products and 94% said they would recommend Visqueen Ultimate products to a friend and 94% said they were stronger than their usual brands.

The launch of Visqueen Ultimate, the UK’s toughest bin bags, means that help is here for the growing numbers of women in charge of putting out the household rubbish. The products are strong enough and tough enough to fill the bag to capacity. A simple pull on the drawstring, meanwhile, will protect everyone from unwelcome smells and sights, ensuring household waste can be delivered to the outside wheelie bin with a minimum of hassle and fuss. The Visqueen Ultimate range is on sale now at www.Amazon.co.uk.

Looking for strong bin liners? Trust me on this one!

Pedigree dog food is always the brand that I have associated with quality. However, I have also associated it as not the cheapest brand on the market and wondered whether it really can make a difference to a dog’s mental and physical health.

So I have tended to go with working dog brands and was excited when Pedigree sent us a range of dog products to try including wet and dry and Dentastix. I did not really think we would see any difference in our dog if I am honest. I could not have been more wrong.

On his first introduction to Pedigree, Stan the Beagle dived onto the dining table with gusto! He was not exactly a couch potato before but now he seems so much more energised and full of fun. The other big positive is that his coat is now super soft and silky. Finally, he will do just about anything for Pedigree so it can be used as a training aid.

My husband attended an information event on Pedigree and was really impressed with how much research goes into their products based on good science. He was also thrilled to see their commitment to dog welfare.

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Snoopy and Charlie Brown brings back fond memories so I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to share the joys of these characters with my son Ramsey.

The Peanuts gang make their feature film debut in Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, and we were asked to give our verdict.

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The first thing I was loved was how this film was safe to share with children. There were no dire warnings of foul language, sex or violence on the back. It made me realise how rare it is these days to share a film with kids without checking and double-checking it is OK for them to watch.

In Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang appear in the feature film as they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.

The plot like so many Charlie Brown stories appears light but has deep meaning. Charlie falls for a little girl and is too scared to approach he or to tell her how he feels. I guess plenty of us have experienced exactly that sort of anxiety when someone takes our heart.

He tries to impress and seems doomed to always end up with egg on his face or jelly on his dance shoes. I really felt for him and hoped against hope that it would all come right for him in the end.

According to the creators, “The Peanuts Movie will prove that every underdog has his day”.

Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. I felt the Snoopy plot did not really add much to what was already a powerful story of apparently unrequited love. Ramsey agreed with me that he was more engaged by the story of Charlie Brown.

I loved remembering the diverse set of characters in Charlie Brown and it made me want to read and watch more. Underdog or no underdog, Charlie Brown has stood the test of time.

“It’s a good film and I would recommend it” he commented.

SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN: THE PEANUTS MOVIE IS OUT NOW ON DIGITAL HD™ & ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD FROM 30th MAY, COURTESY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

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