Cheerful Guest Bloggers Wanted!

I thought for my reasons to be cheerful this week would be based around upcoming events that I am very excited about!

My Calendar

– Only 8 days till we go on holiday – yee-ha! So while I’m away I’m looking for guest bloggers – more on that later!

– Only 25 days until my husband’s big 40th birthday, and 26 until my wee one turns 1.  The plans are all coming together for the birthday celebrations & I’m getting very excited about that!  I think I’ve got great presents for both of them – although my husband is currently quite worried as he has no clue what I’ve got him!

– Only 93 days until Christmas!  Yes, I confess, I’m like a wee girl when it comes to Christmas, I just love it, and get all excited in the run up to it!  I love choosing presents for people, I love decorating the house, I love hearing cheery Christmas music in the shops (ok, maybe not quite this early!), I love everything about it!

So there we have it – lots to look forward to, and lots to be cheerful about!  To see what everyone else is cheerful about this week please hop over to Mum of All Trades who is guest hosting this week!

So, my holidays!  I could just leave my blog for a week, or I could leave it in the hands of some other trusty bloggers through having some guest bloggers!  If you are interested in blogging for me when I’m away from 3rd – 7th October please get in touch.  There are a few conditions…

– you would have to follow my rules, ie, one picture to illustrate your post, no faces to be shown
– I need to have your entry in advance, by next Wednesday 28th September so I can get it all set up
– you would preferably be a reader of mine so that you can fit in with the general tone & topics, ie, parenting, home & garden, blogging (but if you are reading this then the chances are you know that anyway!)
– it should generally be a cheerful post – as it is ‘reasons to be cheerful’ day!


Is this Autumn?

Summer was a bit of a wipe-out here in North East Scotland; other than a day here or there my shorts were rarely out.  On one of the very few occasions that I ventured out without my buggy rain cover I ended up having to shelter under a bridge for ages and then run home with a soaking baby!

Autumn Leaves - Boston IvyToday, for the second day in a row I woke up to beautiful sunshine.  The colours in the garden are starting to turn autumnal (see our fabulous Boston Ivy in this photo!) so I am thinking that it’s worth giving up on summer and hoping for a nice mild autumn.

Autumn has several advantages over summer anyway – you don’t have to worry about sun-cream quite as much, the colours are fantastic, there are conkers (can’t wait for my wee one to be old enough to play with them!) and I love the sound of the leaves on the ground as I walk through them!  Ok I’m sounding like a bit of a child with those last two – but then I am a bit of a child at heart.

It did make me think about how much the weather can affect our mood though. The minute I saw the sun was out I definitely felt happier.  I had a spring in my step as I could push the pram up to our Jo Jingles class, and enjoyed walking to the post office on the way back – no need for wrapping up in lots of clothes, bundling the wee one in and out of the car, finding parking spaces, and running for cover between shops!

Guilty Pleasures – but why?

The Gallery - Guilty PleasuresI thought I’d photograph three guilty pleasures in one go for this week’s entry to ‘The Gallery‘, but then it got me thinking… Why are these guilty pleasures?  Is there anything wrong with the fact that I like to sit down with some biscuits in front of Neighbours to do some blogging each lunchtime?

The obvious answer is ‘No’.  There is no reason why I shouldn’t sit down for half an hour of Aussie soap and enjoy surfing the net with a few biccies at the same time.

However, that doesn’t stop me feeling guilty.

It’s one of the main things I debate as a stay-at-home Mum – when am I allowed to relax?  I can’t really explain why I feel this way, but I feel like I should always be ‘working’, I find it really hard to sit down during the day.  Of course there are always things to do – washing, ironing, preparing tea, cleaning, organising, making party invitations (eek still haven’t done that one!) – no end of things I can do while my wee one is napping.  I feel I should be taking the opportunity while she is asleep to get on with it so that I can give her my full attention when she is awake.

But I know too that there is nothing wrong with sitting down and putting my feet up for half an hour… or more!  In fact I’m doing it right now, and when I stop over-thinking it, it feels great!

Pop over to The Gallery: Guilty Pleasures to see the other entries this week!

Baby Furniture Removals!

Kitchen Re-arrangedDoes anyone need some furniture re-arranged?  At the moment my wee one is specialising in this area and she is available to rent!  It’s great, your room gets a whole new look, and it tires her out nicely so she sleeps well!

We’ve had coffee tables in all sorts of positions, and today she decided to try and move all the kitchen chairs into the dining room! Unfortunately she found the table too tricky to move – didn’t stop her trying though!

My Health Visitor (Save the Children 100 words)

No Child Born to Die

I hated my health visitor from the minute I met her. 

At the first ante-natal class I felt patronized and looked down on just because I expressed concerns about breast-feeding.  I decided I was better ‘on my own’. 

Everything changed when my wee one was born. 

Then I welcomed my HV who answered my silly questions and my serious ones.  I don’t always agree, but I’d hate not to have her!  I hope I don’t ever take for granted having her on the end of the phone, and doctors to help whenever needed.  If only everyone could have that support.

Those were my (exactly) 100 words for Save The Children’s current campaign.
Plenty is written elsewhere, so to find out more please visit Mummy From The Heart’s linky or read more about the idea she and Hello it’s Gemma had here.

And if you agree, please sign the petition!

I’m tagging my first five subscribers who haven’t already taken part!

This Charming Boy
Not Just a Mummy
Mummy Plum
Chatty Baby

I’m not crafty, but…

Hobbycraft invitesI’m not crafty at all.  As in – no artistic ability whatsoever.  But that doesn’t stop me planning all these amazing crafty activities I am going to do with my wee one.  I’ve been amazed by some of the ideas I’ve seen on blogs that I really fancy doing, and find myself bookmarking things like ‘button pictures‘ and ‘lavender wands‘ ready ‘for the future’, ie when the wee one is old enough and I turn overnight into an amazing crafty Mum!

It’s time to get planning the first birthday party, so obviously I found myself wandering around Hobbycraft, excited at all the different options for making my own invitations.  Yes, despite all I have just said I have decided to make my own invites!  So watch this space – I have everything I think I need, now I just need to put it all together and I will magically have wonderful party invites… or not…!

Soap: how much?!

Today I finally made it out of the house to go and do some shopping!  Grandma kindly took over babysitting / nurse duties for the wee one, who I’m glad to report is now much better!

Perhaps I was taking my time too much before I even noticed this, but I was astounded as I looked at the soap aisle!  I’ve always used Imperial Leather – we were brought up using it and it’s one of those things that I’ve never even bothered to try other soaps – there’s no choice – it’s got to be Imperial Leather!  In fact, my Mum reminds me that I once commented how amazing it was that no matter where we went on holiday the hotels always used Imperial Leather soap.  This caused no end of amusement as I hadn’t realised my parents took a bar with them wherever we went!  (Perhaps they didn’t trust foreign soap supplied in hotels – oddly though, it’s a trend I’ve continued!)

So to my point – note the picture below:Imperial Leather 

One bar of soap is 68p
Two bars of soap are £1.28; so 64p per bar
Four bars of soap are £1.46; only 36.5p per bar

Now I’ve heard of economies of scale, but really, how is it possible that four bars of soap cost only 18p more than two bars?!