Thank you May! After having a bit of a tough time in March and April it is such a relief to have a really lovely month to write about! We have done so much in May and it has absolutely flown by.
Here’s a little round up of the highlights of our packed month:
The London Transport Museum – this was such a good family day out, I’ve written a review which has lots of details.
We had a trip to our favourite beach on the Norfolk coast. It was a wonderful day of kite flying, paddling and building sand castles. We got home very tired and happy.
Jango Unchained – I really enjoyed this Quentin Tarantino film. I didn’t really expect to like it as I knew it was going to be really violent but it’s really compelling central characters won me over.
Sofia had a Victorian day at school, I must admit that my good intentions of making a costume went out of the window and I bought a ready made outfit from Amazon.
We finally had a date night! We went to a great Argentinian restaurant called Cau to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. The steaks and cocktails were fab!
Death on the Nile Exhibition – I’d promised Sofia I would take her to this exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and we just made it there on the last day. It was all about Egyptian rituals and beliefs around death (more fascinating than morbid!) There was lots of decorated sarcophagus and it was incredible to think how old they were.
De cluttering project – I’ve made a lot of progress applying the KonMari organisation system to my house. I have got rid of so much stuff (I think probably a small skip load in total which considering we live in a tiny house is a lot). My house is looking so much better for it. I’ll do a fully post on my de cluttering experience shortly.
June Bullet journal – I’ve heard a couple of other bloggers mention using the bullet journal system so I thought I’d check it out. I was quite inspired by this YouTube video so have just started my own bullet journal. It’s early days at the moment but I think his could keep my life in better order.
Going solo – the biggest thing going on for our family in June is Rolando being away for a week. He is going to the US to see a friend which means I’ll have a week of looking after the 3 kids on my own. I have a bit of trepidation about how I will get on!
Father’s Day – Rolando is going to be away on Father’s Day so I’m thinking about how we are going to celebrate. Maybe we could just do Father’s Day on another day instead.
Decorating – Back in March we divided up our biggest bedroom into two smaller rooms one for the twins and one for Rolando and I. We have completely stalled on getting our new partition wall decorated so still have the bare plaster partition wall. We need to get back on track and decorate our new rooms. I love the idea of getting a massive canvas for the wall at the foot of our bed. I’m trying to decide on some kind of big mural or decoration for the boys wall.
The Secret Life of Pets – we are really looking forwarding to seeing this film which was one of our film picks for 2016.
Do you have exciting plans for June? Let’s hope this month has got good things in store for all of us!
Every day I catch myself saying really random things to my kids. I thought I’d do a little round up of some recently classics and throw in some of their bizarre statements for good measure.
“Stop hurting my Womble!” (me shouting at Sofia and Sam who have taken a massive dislike to my childhood toy).
“I’m sorry honey but you can’t have a platypus” (Consoling Leo who’s bottom lip started to wobble when I could not grant his request for one).
“You can’t go to the shops with your willy out.” (My boys are obsessed with being naked at the moment!)
“Take your tooth brush out of your brothers ear” (we are still working on the concept of personal space).
“I’m not eating that you have already chewed it.” (to Leo’s offer of pizza)
A few of the boys pearls of wisdom…….
Our conversation in a cafe:
“If you had a dog what would you call him”
Sam answers at the top of his voice “Poo-Poo”
Both laugh hysterically (an elderly couple start to stare).
Leo “I am not a freezer. I am a boy” (this came out of nowhere, maybe some kind of identity crisis).
Sam at every opportunity to complete strangers “Big boy coming through”
Leo (after finding a star shaped sticker in the sandpit at our local playground) “Look a star, maybe it fell out of the sky! Can you put it back into the sky mummy?”
I pretend to throw the star into the sky.
Leo “Why can’t I see it?”
Me “Because stars only come out at night”
I’d love to hear your randomness – please share in the comments section!
Ever wondered what it is like to have a baby in different countries around the world? I was chatting to a mum from German at a toddler group a little while ago and was surprised at how different their maternity leave and pay arrangements are to the UKs. My inner stats geek prompted me to do some research into what it is like to have a baby around the world.
The average age of a mother giving birth to her first child is 30.2 years.
The infant mortality rate: 4.38 deaths/1,000 live births
The maternal mortality rate: 9 deaths/100,000 live births
Length of maternity leave is up to 52 weeks statutory maternity leave.
Statutory Maternity Pay is paid for 39 weeks. Made up of 6 weeks at 90% of your average weekly earnings followed by 33 weeks paid at £139.58 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).
UK employers can chose to enhance statutory maternity pay by offering contractual maternity pay.
Of families with dependant children:
• 46% of families had one child
• 40% of families had two children
• 14% had three children
The average number of people per household was 2.39 people.
The average age of a mother giving birth to her first child is 26.3 years.
The infant mortality rate: 5.87 deaths/1,000 live births
The maternal mortality rate: 14 deaths/100,000 live births
Length of maternity leave 12 weeks unpaid leave following birth (although there are some exceptions – e.g. if a company has less than 50 employees, a mother has less than 12 months employment or is in the top 10% of wages).
Maternity pay – 4 US states have publicly funded maternity leave (California, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island). Outside of these states there is no statutory maternity pay.
It is down to individual employers to decide if they will offer paid maternity leave as an employee benefit. Approximately 12% of US mothers have access to paid maternity leave.
The average number of people per household is 3.13 people.
The average age of a mother giving birth to her first child is 19.9 years
The infant mortality rate 41.81 deaths/1,000 live births
The maternal mortality rate 174 deaths/100,000 live births
Length of maternity leave – currently 12 weeks paid maternity leave (paid at fully pay) but due to increase to 26 weeks paid maternity leave (subject to changes being approved by the India parliament).
The average number of people per household size is 5.3 people.
Average age of a mother giving birth to her first child is 29.2 years old
The infant mortality rate 3.43 deaths/1,000 live births
The maternal mortality rate 6 deaths/100,000 live births
Maternity leave: An employee is entitled to parental leave until their child turns three. During this time an employee is not obliged to work and their job is held open by the employer. There are options for parental leave to be taken by the mother and father individually or jointly. There is also an option to transfer up to 24 months parental leave to use between the age 2 and 7.
Maternity pay: Parental allowance is paid for 12 months and is roughly equivalent to two thirds of your previous income. There is an option for mothers and fathers to share the parental allowance. Parental allowance is also received if you were not in employment before giving birth.
There is also a “parental allowance plus” which is paid in to parents returning to work on a part time basis. This is roughly half of the amount of the parental allowance but is paid for a longer period of time.
The average number of people per household 2.09.
I’m really surprised that maternity pay is better in India than the USA – I can’t imagine having to go back to work with a 3 month old baby. I love the idea of being paid maternity allowance while working part time in Germany, although I can’t imagine having 3 years off work to have a baby (plus this must be quite a challenge for employers to accommodate). It’s interesting to see that we are choosing to have our children later in the UK, I had my daughter when I was 28 so below the average age for having a first child. I’m also happy to be in a rather exclusive club of UK families with 3 children.
Do you have an experience of having a child outside of the UK – is there anything surprising about having children in your country.
People are always surprised when I tell them I’d been married twice by the age of 26. I got married to my husband Rolando in the UK when I was 25 and we got married again a year later in Ecuador. We are celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary today so I thought I’d share the story of our two weddings.
Our UK wedding
Rolando is from Ecuador in South America – we met there and fell in love when I was working there as an English teacher.
Our wedding planning was influenced by the not so romantic Home Office. We needed to book our wedding before we could apply for a VISA. We called our chosen registry office in the UK from Ecuador and book our wedding. There was no deliberating about what would be the perfect date we just went for whatever was available and had a confirmation faxed over to Ecuador. Rolando was given permission to enter the UK but only on the condition that we get married within 12 weeks.
Rolando came to the UK in February. It was the first time he’d travelled outside of Ecuador (apart from a weekend trip to Columbia). He came from 35degree Ecuador to British sleet, with no coat! I remember the shock on his face when he went outside for the first time and the cold hit him.
Everything about sorting out our wedding was a complete rush. There was no loving curated Pinterest boards for us! I was working full time so I used to leave Rolando lists of wedding bits and pieces to sort out during the day. We had to keep things really simple due to the lack of time and because we didn’t have a lot of money to spend.
I bought a wedding dress from Monsoon and we rented Rolando’s suit from Debenhams. I got my flowers from the local market (and kept them in a bucket in the shower to keep them fresh). On the morning of the big day I took the bus into town to get my hair and makeup done. My friend’s Dad took our wedding photos, he wanted to start a business doing professional photography so we were his first wedding.
My Mum and Dad stayed in a B&B near the registry office so I got ready in their room. We sent my Dad out for snacks because we were a bit hungry he came back with sausage rolls, very classy! My Dad has a beautiful classic Rover which we used as our wedding car to drive to the registry office.
It was not possible for any of Rolando’s family or friends to travel to the UK for our wedding. Rolando had a best lady rather than a best man – a very good Dutch friend of ours called Marlies who we’d both worked with in Ecuador. It was the first time that Rolando had met a lot of my relatives and I could tell he was quite nervous.
I walked down the aisle of the registry office with my Dad to Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra. That song still gives me goose bumps. It was amazing to see all my friends and family there to celebrate with us. The registrar added a comedy note to the service by struggling to pronounce Rolando’s name.
We walked out to Are You Ready for Love by Elton John. We had some photos outside but then it started to chuck it down so we ran to the nearest pub to get out of the rain. We fitted in photos between showers so in the pictures it looks like a really nice sunny day. Between the service and the reception we went for a meal with my immediate family and Marlies and then popped home to have cups of tea and to call Rolando’s family.
We had our wedding reception at a local hotel – a buffet and a really cheesy disco! We’d made a CD of Spanish songs for the DJ to mix in with his regular tunes. We danced salsa for our first dance, we’d earlier had a five minute practice in our living room. I kicked off my shoes half way through. Marlies made us all cry when during her speech she presented us with a framed photo of Rolando’s family – so in a little way they got to be at our party. We went home to our little bungalow in my friend’s Volvo.
We went on honeymoon to London the next day. It is only 45 minutes train journey away but it was fun to be really touristy and introduce Rolando to all the sights of the capital.
Our wedding in Ecuador
We decided to have a second wedding in Ecuador on our first anniversary to make up for Rolando’s family and friends not having been at our first wedding. It was so different from our UK wedding except for the crazy rush to get everything organised! We flew to Ecuador and then had a really hectic week getting everything ready.
We had our hen and stag nights the night before our wedding so on the morning of our wedding day we were both a bit hung over. Luckily we weren’t getting married until the evening so we had time to recover.
I went to a local salon to get my hair and makeup done – this was hilarious. It took all of my Spanish vocabulary to explain that I wanted natural looking makeup rather than the drag queen look that they were going for! The Ecuadorian beautician exclaimed “You are so pale I can see your veins”.
I got ready with Rolando’s sister in the apartment that we were renting. I had brought the same wedding dress to wear (having made sure that it still fitted and getting it cleaned). I was a bit horrified to realise that I’d obviously put on a bit of holiday weight in the preceding days and couldn’t get my wedding dress to fasten. It took two of us to wedge the zip on my dress closed.
A good friend of us drove me to the church – we were a little bit too early so we drive around the block listening to Corrine Bailey Ray. We had Rolando’s sister and his little niece and nephew as brides maids and a page boy. I felt honoured to walk down the aisle with Rolando’s Dad.
Our wedding was part of a normal church service in a huge beautiful church near Rolando’s parents house – there was about 800 people there! We hadn’t had any kind of rehearsal so there was a funny sense of not quite knowing what was going to happen next. I was very nervous to say my vows in Spanish in front of so many people. I’d been practicing so that I knew what I needed to say. There was a really funny folk type band playing the music which totally gave me the giggles.
After the service it felt like hundreds of people came to congratulate us. We were very hungry so went to a drive through pizza place and had a sneaky takeaway before we headed to the party.
We went all out to hold a really crazy party for all our friends and Rolando’s massive extended family. We gave out bottles of whisky to the guests at the reception. We hired a cook to make big plates of chicken and rice for everyone. As a little surprise we hired a mariachi band to come and play party way through the evening. They got me and Rolando up to perform with them too. We also randomly decided to have a pinata too. There was lots of dancing salsa and everyone got very drunk.
For a honeymoon we took a trip along the pacific coast of Ecuador, visiting lots of beautiful beaches along the route and feeling very loved up and relaxed.
They were completely different but both of our weddings were very special. I keep telling Rolando that I’d like our third wedding to be in Las Vegas!
Welcome to Kids Love to Read a monthly linky that is co-hosted by Laura at Laura’s Lovely Blog and Angela from Days in Bed. Unfortunately Angela is unwell so I have stepped in to co-host this month. For people who don’t know a linky is a way for bloggers to share blog posts about a certain topic – in this case anything related to encouraging children to read, be it book reviews, activities or phonics we want to hear about them.
You can check out all of the posts that were linked up in April by taking a look at Kids Love to Read #6. Thanks to everyone who linked up last time – there was some great posts highlighting some lovely books.
This month Laura is linking up with a book review of Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon. My host post is about how I’m passing on my love of Beatrix Potter to my daughter.
My favourite post was The Butterfly Mother, What Will Danny Do Today? I love the idea of a book prompting lots of conversation at bedtime.
– Write about reading with children, share your love and your children’s love of books, what do you love to read together, how do you encouraging reading and books with your little or not so little ones? Books you love or book reviews.
– This Linky is open every 3rd Monday of the month for one week.
– Grab the Kids Love to Read badge and pop it in your post
– Use the #KLTR hashtag on Twitter and Instagram
– Share the love – try and read & comment the host’s posts and on 2 other blogs listed on the Linky
We look forward to reading your posts!
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Each month, to encourage reading with kids and to go along with our #KLTR Linky, we host a Book Giveaway.
The giveaway book for May is Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon by Rachel Valentine which I have reviewed this month too and it’s a great book. We have one copy to giveaway.
*Entrants must reside in the UK or Ireland. The competition closes on the 31st May 2016. One winner will be randomly chosen.
I love it when I can pass on something from my childhood to my own children and sharing books from my childhood is a really special way to do this. I have a set of Beatrix Potter books and it melts my heart to share them with my daughter, Sofia.
The set has 12 books in a presentation box. The box is quite faded now but the books inside are pristine and one of my most treasured possessions. They were a gift to my sister from a very elderly friend of the family called Alf. He gave them to us shortly before he passed away (I now understand that they were meant to be a Christmas present but he knew he was not going to live that long).
Beatrix Potter was a prolific children’s author and famously lived and worked in the Lake District. I went to the Lake District every summer as a child and my love of her stories comes from those early childhood memories.
I had these books stored away safely until my daughter was old enough to know to treat them carefully. They now live on a high shelf in her bedroom away from her not so careful younger brothers. Sofia calls them mummy’s special books. I used to cuddle up with Sofia (then aged 4) under the duvet when I was pregnant with the twins and read these stories to her over and over again. At the time this was a tactic to get some rest while looking after an energetic preschooler but I now remember these moments very fondly.
It’s hard to pick our favourites from the set. Sofia likes the cheekier characters like the two naughty mice in The Tale of Two Bad Mice and the mischievous Squirrel in The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin. I have a soft spot for the frog in The Tale of Jeremy Fisher and the lovely old hedgehog in The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.
As the books were originally written in the early 1900’s some of the language is a bit old fashioned and there are some words that I needed to explain to Sofia. In a way I like that they have a very distinct style and are different from the other books that we read. I find them quite calming as they show scenes from a different era of traditional country life. The pictures are incredible – it is like looking at a tiny detailed artwork on every page. The characters are really lively and appealing and have defiantly stood the test of time.
I would really recommend investing in a set of Beatrix Potter books. They would make a very special birthday gift or may a Christening present.
What books do you treasure from your childhood? Do you have a favourite author you can’t wait to discover with your children?
I often find myself amazed and slightly bewildered at how my life has changed since having 3 kiddos. I’m still the same me but boy my day to day life is pretty unrecognisable. Here’s a little round up of what I was up to as a teenager, in my twenties and now.
Things that I get excited about
As a teenager – a new Spice Girls song and a Top Shop bargain.
In my twenties – late nights with two for one drinks and Lazy Sundays.
Now – getting to wee unaccompanied and discovering an episode of Octonauts I haven’t seen yet.
Things that make me nervous
As a teenager – not looking cool enough in my glitter embellished denim.
In my twenties – could I afford a deposit to buy a house, how long I had left to pay on my student loan.
Now – my three year old uttering the words “Mummy I’m about to do a poo” when out in public and miles away from a public toilet.
As a teenager – running on the cross country team.
In my twenties – hitting the gym and trying out random exercise crazes and gadgets.
Now – walking to school and back 4 times a day and pushing a double pushchair miles and miles each week (officially the most effective workout of all time).
Things that make me laugh
As a teenager – messing around with my mates at the back of class.
In my twenties – drunken antics and live comedy.
Now – my son doing his wiggle bottom dancing (part grinding, part twerking) usually in his pants. Trying to do Zumba routines from YouTube with my daughter (we both suck but I find it hilarious).
What makes me proud
As a teenager – having a Saturday job in Boots.
In my twenties – having a proper job with a managerial job title and a company laptop.
Now – getting to the bottom of our laundry mountain, a day without any of my kids pissing somewhere inappropriate.
What I do to relax
As a teenager – bowling and the cinema with my school friends.
In my twenties – nights with cocktails and long pub lunches.
Now – drinking 3 sips of wine and falling asleep on the sofa (while attempting to watch a box set).
Do any of these things ring true to you? How has your life changed since having children?
When I’m not wrangling with my kiddos and spouting my opinions on my blog I work as a Human Resources Manager. At work we use personality profiling to look at team dynamics. The technique that we use is called the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) this identifies your dominant personality traits and shows what your preferred way of behaving is.
We recently had a team development day at work using the MBTI tool. The aim (along with drinking tea and eating cake) was to understand each other as colleagues and look at ways that we can work together more effectively.
This session really got me itching to profile my family, I was intrigued to see if I could see if I could get an extra insight into what makes my loved ones tick. So as slightly random as it sounds I’ve personality profiled my daughter Sofia (aged 7.5).
How does MBTI work?
The tool was developed from the work of psychologist Carl Jung. It is widely used in work places and in self development.
The method looks at 4 personality traits:
• Introversion – Extraversion (How you derive your energy – not whether you are fun at parties!)
• Sensing – Intuition (How you gather your information)
• Feeling – Thinking (How you make your decisions)
• Judging – Perceiving (How you organise yourself and approach tasks)
Your personality type is made up of 4 different traits. None of the traits are inherently positive or negative – they all work on a continuum. It is all about understanding what is your most natural way of being.
If you want to take a free test and understand more about the different personality types I really like this website, 16 Personalities. It has some really in depth information about the strengths and weakness of the different personality types. Including ideas of how your personality style influences your parenting style, romantic life and choice of job.
What’s my personality profile?
My personality type is INFP (Introvert, Intuition, Feeling and Perceiving).
In a nutshell INFP are optomistic, idealistic and look for the best in events and people. We search for ways to make things better and are not motivated by reward and punishment. We are good communicators and have strong creative written skills. We hate conflict and can be a bit impractical.
Profiling my daughter
Sofia heard me talking about MBTI with my husband and asked if she could also take the test. I wonder if she thought it was like those cheesy quizzes that you get in kids magazines that tell you what superhero you are most like. I had a look online and found a free version of the personality question that had been adapted for children age 7-12. It is available here.
Some of the questions had quite grown up language so I had to explain them in a simple way so that Sofia could understand them. For some of the questions I could easily predict what answer Sofia would give but there was a few responses where she surprised me. There are 44 questions in total so it took us quite a lot of time to work though them.
Sofia’s personality type
The results are completely fascinating – Sofia came out as an Introverted Thinking Child which completely rings true. In this way we are quite similar. I can see that Sofia is a very similar to a 7 year old version of me (but with way better dress sense!).
Here are some highlights of a thinking introverted personality type:
• Logical and objective
• Original and value uniqueness
• Highly independent, and don’t like being told what to do
• They’re very observant
• Curious and interested in learning new things, quick to learn but get bored easily
• They want to be good at things that interest them but are not interested in impressing other people
Some people are quite critical of applying personality profiling children. Children’s characters are still developing and it could be limiting to put them in a rigid category. However I think that anything that helps you understand your children better is helpful. I will obviously continue to see Sofia as her own perfect unique self.
You might be thinking why on earth would you personality profile your child in such detail. Doing this personality test has definitely given me some practical ideas that I can apply to the way I parent.
Giving meaningful praise
Sofia’s results suggested that generic praise is meaningless to children with this personality type – they need specific and detailed information on what they have done well. This is not something that I have really thought about before and this is something that I can work on.
Approach to learning
I can see how she is really naturally curious but I can also see that she gets bored easily. I have noticed when doing a homework task that she is not particularly interested in Sofia works much better in short bursts than when she does it is a long session. I learnt that it is better to give Sofia a goal to work for and let her figure out how she wants to get there (okay I will stop over helping with home work). It has also got me thinking of ways to appeal to Sofia’s love of learning.
Sofia’s personality type places a high value on fairness. There is a need for rules to be consistently applied and enforced. This explains why Sofia gets so annoyed when I give her brothers more leeway than her. I have tried to explain that because they are much younger my expectations of them are different but this really winds Sofia up. Now I can see why it obviously contravenes her sense of fairness.
Next up I’m dying to apply the MBTI to my husband……………he is currently asleep on the sofa so that will have to wait for another day.
I was stressed. I was in a rush during my lunch break and doing my usual hit and miss attempt at buying a bra. I was going for afternoon tea the following day and wanted to look my best in the dress I’d bought. My terribly fitting bra collection was literally letting me down.
I hadn’t booked a fitting appointment but you stepped in to check that the bra I’d chosen fitted properly anyway. I think I was giving off a confused vibe.
You explained why a different size would be more supportive and flattering. You found me the best bra I’ve had since having my 3 kids. It probably only took a few minutes and your expert eye to set me straight.
You probably don’t remember this interaction, you probably fit hundreds of bras each week. You won’t realise how feeding 3 little people had left me feeling less than in love with my boobs. You gave me a spadeful of body confidence back without even knowing it.
I left feeling a little bit more like myself again. I went to my afternoon tea with an extra spring in my step knowing that I look better in my clothes again.
I can honestly say that April was one of the hardest months of my life. A devastating earthquake hit the city where my husband’s family live and dealing with the aftermath has dominated our April. We were incredibly lucky that no members of the family were hurt or killed. There were around 270 people killed and thousands of people have lost their homes. The events of this month has hammered home to me how precious life is. Homes can be rebuilt and possessions replaced but it’s the people that you love that really matter.
We were overwhelmed by the support we have received from friends and family and even from people that we don’t know. We have had so many messages of support, cards and flowers. We set up a just giving page to collect donations for Rolando’s family. It has now raised nearly £1000 (our initial target was £200 and it has 15 more days to go). It has already made such a difference to Rolando’s family helping them get through the immediate aftermath (buying food and clean water) and will help them more long term as they put their lives back together. I can’t find any words to fully express how thankful and humbled I am by the kindness people have shown our family.
Amid all the stress of April there were some good things too.
Changing my working hours
I made a change to my working hours switching from working two evenings per week to working Wednesday mornings. I’m really appreciating having my evenings free again to relax, spend time with Rolando and work on my blog.
Watching the film Joy staring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Nero. I really loved this inspiring film. It has a lot of the same cast as The Silver Linings Playbook and is easily just as good. It is based on the true story of a woman called Joy who goes from financial struggle to success despite lots of set backs. It has lots of twists along the way and it really celebrates the power of determination.
Started using the 123 magic system with my kids
This is an American system for handling challenging behaviour in children age 2 to 12. I will do a full blog post about this and how it works soon. We have just stared to put this technique into practice but the early results are quite promising.
I’m continuing to work on de cluttering my house using the Kon Mari system (from the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying). So far I’ve tackled clothes, books, toys, bedding, toiletries and paperwork. I’ve donated, recycled and thrown away a massive amount of stuff. The room I’m most pleased about is the bathroom which is more organised than it has ever been and so much quicker and easier to clean.
Things we didn’t get to do – we didn’t get a chance to start using our new reward system with the kids and we still need to finish decorating our new bedroom and have a date night.
Goals for May
Barring any more family crisis here is my bucket list for May.
This month I am going to take part in the Month of Positivity – this is a fab idea from Laura at Laura’s Lovely Things and Rachel at The Melton House. The idea is to find ways each day in May to do something positive for other people and yourself. I feel after we have had so much support and kindness in April that it would be great to pay some of that forward. I also want to find ways to take care of myself too. These are the ideas that I’ve had so far:
Mastering my Nutri Bullet (which I’m sad to say has been gathering dust a little bit)
Mindfulness meditation – I tried to start a meditation habit at the end of last year but have totally fallen off the wagon with this. I’m going to try again to make this habit stick.
Gratitude journal and photos – I will make an extra effort to keep my gratitude journal up to date, I thought taking photos might be a good extra way to capture things that I’m thankful for.
No complaining days – I’ve done this once before and it was incredible but really hard to do.
Writing letters – there are a few people that I’ve been meaning to drop a line for ages, including some thank you letters.
Find little ways to spread kindness – I’m a bit hazy on what form this is going to take but I’m going to figure it out along the way.
I’m planning to do a post at the end of each week in May to give a round up of how my month of positivity is going.
Death on the Nile
There is an exhibition of Egyptian artefacts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. I’ve been meaning to take Sofia since it opened months ago. It only has two weeks left to run so I need to get my ass in gear and go before it is too late.
Picking up on the things I didn’t get to in April
I’m going to follow up some of the things that I didn’t get to last month
Continuing the declutter my house – I’m aiming to complete my Kon Mari mission before the summer holidays so that we are as organised as possible before the schools out chaos hits!
Date night – we will, will, will have a date night!
Get the kids reward system up and running.
Hope you have a great May and the sun shines on you whatever you are planning to do.