time flies when you're being a mum

12 Feb, 2019

My Mum has always worked (or studied) full time. Well, she’s a primary school teacher so she’s always worked more than full time. But recently she went part time and it’s been amazing!

Not only has she had time to pursue her own interests – something she had very little time for as she’d normally be working every night and weekends – but she’s also been coming to see Nancy and me on a Tuesday!

We get to have a good old natter and, in true mum style, she helps me with stuff. The first week she came I had about 50 things that all needed name tags. She did at least 45 of them.

The next week her toy hospital was open and then she helped me get a bunch of books out of storage onto the shelves.

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This week  (after tidying the kitchen and walking the dog) we had afternoon tea together. I bought her afternoon for two at Matfen Hall for mother’s day last year and we finally got to use it.

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It it was so nice!! Delicious treats with my lovely mum. I feel very lucky to get to spend so much time with her now.

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11 Feb, 2019

I put a call out to the FB community today in a confessional manner to say I am currently sweaty AF.

Breastfeeding this time around has resulted in a serious armpit situation to the point where my current favourite, natural deodorant, Pitrok (which makes me sing ‘I can make you Pit rock’ to the tune of Bedrock by Young Money, every time I use it), is no longer able to hold back the flood gates.

Noice huh?!

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Now, I was aware that putting out such a call for action could have resulted in the internet equivalent of tumble weed (no comments) but thankfully the Mums’ Days FB community have some up fake-armpit-trumps and made a bunch of suggestions.

Others merely showed solidarity with my plite by saying “me too 🙋‍♀️ I am also sweaty”.

Thank you, fellow pit pals.

So, my plan is to test drive a bunch of deodorants and let you know how I get on.

Some are woohoo crystals. Others look like blocks of cheese. But I’m quite excited to see how I get on.

  1. Japanese Cherry Blossom from The Body Shop – £4
  2. Crystal deodorant stick – £5.15
  3. Driclor Solution – £6.19
  4. Aromaco solid deodorant from Lush – £5.50
  5. Perspirex – £8.49
  6. Earth conscious – £7

I shall report back. This is edge of the seat stuff, so I hope you’ll enjoy the rollercoaster!

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How and why to plot your story first

27 Jun, 2018

Up until a few weeks ago, my opinion of plotting was a snobby one. I’d read Stephen King’s fantastic book, On Writing, a few years ago (you can see my favourite quotes from On Writing in this post I did for Live Love Blog) and Stephen King doesn’t plot. So, despite never having finished a story (and barely even starting one for that matter), I didn’t plot either.

Up until I hit a wall with the story I’m writing (Frog Boy – working title!). For over a year, ideas had come to me while out walking, during chats at the pub, from books I’d read and random things that fell out of my husband’s mouth.

I’d written about 4 chapters by the seat of my pants, totalling around 5000 words, and writing what came into my head. Then I realised:

a) It was taking me ages; and

b) I was getting lost.

I knew there was an idea in there but I had no clue how it was all going to piece together nor what the point of it was going to be.

And the not knowing made me not want to write.

I realised I needed to know how to plot a story…

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I’ve been reading about plotting for a few weeks now but hadn’t put it into practise.

Finally, for this week’s creative writing class, it’s my homework! I’m now forced to come up with a plot for a new story. Hurrah!

And in doing so, I can use the process to plot Frog Boy. Which I had a go at yesterday…

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I’ve collected together some tips from a chapter on plotting from the book How to Write a Children’s Book, and have added in tips from my Creative Writing tutor. (more…)

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How to get 'unstuck'!

21 Jun, 2018

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in the middle of a creative confidence revival.

I was working on the blog, and had ideas a plenty. I even wrote about confidence and how to cultivate it here.

This was compounded by a creative writing course, which gave me the confidence to try new things and reignite the kids’ book I had begun writing last year. Starting the Miracle Morning was the icing on the cake – it focused my mind on my goals and got me striving to achieve.

I’m certain pregnancy hormones were making me super ambitious, but I wanted to get it all done before the baby arrived!

But then… just as I was getting into the swing of things, my confidence took a holiday.

Creative Confidence (more…)

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my reading list

30 May, 2018

I few weeks ago I read, made lots of scribbles and folded lots of pages over, then reread Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.

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I love this guy. He does a great weekly email about what he’s found in the week and I even own a jumper of his first book; Steal Like an Artist.

He’s basically an artist with good ideas around creativity and getting yourself out there. This book, in particular, is about the latter: How to share what you are working on; and, get yourself known in a non-narcissistic manner.

I first wrote about it years ago in Best Books – my top 5 from 2015, but I found it hard going because, I wasn’t working on anything. My focus back then was to get contracts with brands and I rarely wrote about what I truly loved. I didn’t know what I loved and I didn’t have time.

These days I’m working on a few passion projects. (more…)

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