Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Blogger Rejection & Losing Confidence

Blogging has, over the last 2 and a half years, become very much a part of my every day life.

It's my favourite hobby - the one I've stuck with the longest and have enjoyed the most, and it's now also my full time job.

Writing is my true passion, it always has been and blogging gave me a way to use that.

There are many many sides to the emotions that I connect with blogging...sometimes I feel that my blog improves my confidence, gives me a voice in the crowd, gives me a space for my feelings and anxieties, allows me to connect with likeminded people, and an added bonus is that it earns me a living and some wonderful opportunities.

There's also a downside - sometimes it makes me feel "less than", not good enough, sometimes it takes away the little confidence I have to begin with.

As bloggers we often collaborate with brands and companies who recognise our social influence - this was something I wasn't aware of when I began blogging but over time I've come to appreciate the mutual benefits from establishing these relationships with brands and PR companies - sometimes though, it doesn't feel that nice.

Sometimes it feels quite disheartening.

I recently decided, as an exercise in self confidence, to apply to join a new YouTube channel aimed at Mums sharing their honest experiences.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

My Psychic Reading Experience

I was recently offered the chance to have a psychic reading with one of the UK's leading psychic mediums, Emma Kinsey.

Those who know me well will know that spiritualism is a big part of my life, and I believe very much in mediumship having had experiences of my own and having read the tarot and used crystals since a young age. 

This is something I choose not to discuss all too often, as my own family are either not believers or find the whole idea quite frightening, and so it was never something that was encouraged in me but something I simply found by myself and had a deep interest in.

I currently attend a weekly open circle for developing as a medium, and have given readings myself over the years - and so it's fair to say that I have a very open mind to the whole thing.

I understand completely that many people either do not believe in this "sort of thing", or find it spooky or frightening in some way - I respect everybody's right to their own opinion on the matter, but I also ask that my own opinion is respected in turn - therefore if this is something you have no interest in or don't believe in whatsoever, feel free to skip the post!

Back to the reading - I was offered the chance to have a reading by Skype or Phone, but as my toddler has recently completely broken my Skype app it had to be over the phone - I would have preferred Skype as I would have liked to have seen Emma during the reading, and I have always had trouble understand how a phone reading would work having worked myself on a psychic hotline briefly and quitting because I found myself completely unable to get any link with the person that way.

Emma didn't seem to struggle with that at all and flew straight into the reading as soon as the call started. She didn't ask me for any information about myself, and I was careful not to give anything away.

Almost immediately, Emma informed me that the she had the spirit of a gentleman with her who she believed to my grandfather on my Dad's side.

She gave me information on how he passed over and illnesses that he suffered with, informed me of some relevant months for birthdays and passings, and passed on numerous messages from him to me.

These included messages giving the name of one of his sons and something he has been going through recently, various messages about my own life, messages about my children and my personal situation,  and other bits & pieces.

There were a few things that really struck me about the messages she passed on from him... She told me that I was a very imaginative and creative writer, and that whenever I had an idea in my head it was from him, and that he was presenting her with the image of an old fashioned quill pen - this struck a chord with me as my grandfather was also a writer.

She told me that he was telling her he hadn't been around to see me grow up, but that he's always been with me - again this was particularly poignant as my Grandfather died when my own father was only 15 years old, a good long while before I was even born.

She also said that he was showing a black and white photo of himself - this may seem like something that would be relevant to any older person, but it had particular meaning to me as the only image I have of him is the one old black & white photo I have seen of him which used to sit on my Nans dressing table - I've never seen any other image of him and its what I always picture when he's mentioned.

Now the cynical among you will have picked up on the fact that, as this was done as a blog review, Emma could very easily have found my blog before doing the reading and researched me well - I thought about that myself! A little cynicism is healthy of course!

But during the reading Emma mentioned that there was something which had been discussed between myself and my partner recently - something I haven't mentioned anywhere on here or to anybody, which she was absolutely spot on about.

There was also another thing discussed which is very relevant to my situation in life right now and my life over the coming year, which again has not been mentioned at all on this blog or anywhere else - and she knew all about it, discussed it with me at length in fact! (See...bloggers do keep SOME secrets for themselves! ;)

There were lots of predictions made for the coming months which I'll be very interested to see if they come true - apparently there's a house move on the cards which is something I'm not too keen on the idea of, but apparently it will come out of the blue and be a good thing! So I wait with baited breathe to find out if thats true!

She also said that I would start a second business in the future, which would somehow be linked into fashion and writing for magazines - wouldn't that be lovely!

She left me with a message from my Grandad that "Nothing is impossible" - and that's what I'll be taking with me from this reading, she closed by telling me that my Grandfather wanted to thank me for giving one of my sons his name...and indeed, Tyne's middle name is William...my grandfathers first name.

I came away from the reading feeling calm and somewhat uplifted, said a silent thank you to my grandad, and went about my day...so see? psychic readings really needn't be anything deep, dark and frightening - they can a lovely and uplifting experience, and they are something I would recommend that everybody try once - even the cynics among you! Don't knock it 'til you've tried it, right?! ;)

You can find out more about Emma's ability on her website www.emmakinsey.com - you can also book a private reading, skype or phone reading with her - readings are charged at £40.00

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Saturday, 3 October 2015

A Big Boy Bedroom

Today I thought I'd share a little tour of my eldest sons "Big boy bedroom" - I've recently been browsing new ideas for when Noah goes into a big boy bedroom, and I've been loving these great Thuka beds from Charlie's Bedrooms, and all of the planning has me reminiscing over Tyne's bedroom and how we chose to decorate.

Tyne's old bedroom was a much lighter shade of baby blue with cloud details, which I do miss a bit - but as his room now has his toddler bed instead of the white cot he used to sleep in, it made sense to go for darker shades of blue to bring everything together.

We have the three of the walls painted in a slightly lighter shade of blue, and the far wall in a darker shade - I like the contrast of colours and feel it makes things a bit more interesting!

We are pretty lucky that in this room, the bedrooms have large built in wardrobes - but as we LOVE Tyne's own wardrobe so much we didn't want to be without it - instead we use his blue wardrobe for storing his clothes, and the built in wardrobe to store extra toys and bits & pieces which is very handy as he has hundreds!

We also have a 3 drawer wicker unit which I use to store his socks, vests and pyjamas - and which still holds his Baby Blooms bouquet and baby elephant from when he was born!

Tyne has a LOT of toys and loads of cuddlies, so storing them can be an issue - I do like to have some out on display as I think all childrens rooms need cuddly toys out! - we have lots on top of his wardrobes but for extra ones we have his little suitcase-style storage chest from Ikea.

He also has to have his Ride On Thomas and Track out as this is his absolute favourite toy!

And his book corner had to stay too - he LOVES to read and has a ridiculous amount of books collected already - he loves to sit under his little canopy, snuggle on his cushion and just flick through his favourite stories.

I do love a bit of personalisation, and this is shown in the decor across the bedroom - two of my favourite things are his framed name print and the personalised sailboat sitting on his window ledge.

His curtains have been changed from the previous baby blue ones, to dark blue blackout curtains with some bunting as tie-backs.

My own personal favourite thing about Tyne's bedroom is the view from his bedroom window!

His old bedroom looked out on a row of back yards...his new one has a beautiful view of the sea and the pier!

I am pretty jealous of this as our own bedroom is facing the opposite way, and I have to admit - I was so tempted to keep this room for myself! I just hope he appreciates the view as he gets older!

One of the biggest changes to Tyne's bedroom when we moved was that we transitioned him from his cot into his Toddler bed!
We thought it made sense to do it all at once - new house, new bedroom and new bed!

We were of course a bit concerned about how Tyne would react to it - particularly as he had always slept in a baby sleeping bag and the concept of duvets was new to him - but he took it all completely in his stride!

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Great Scooby Doo Stop Motion Videos for Kids!

There's nothing quite like some YouTube time to keep the kids occupied while you're cooking dinner or doing a quick chore, my own son is a big fan and I credit them with having taught him SO many things!

Just last week he was telling me all about how the solar system works, the inner workings of the earth and all kinds of random things that he certainly has never learnt from his father or myself - he doesn't go to nursery yet so there is nowhere else he could have learned this stuff other than from the YouTube videos he watches!

I quite often sit and watch them with him, and aside from some of the nursery rhyme channels which do get on my nerves slightly - I have been so impressed with the quality of the videos he watches!

He's a big fan of the stop motion Thomas The Tank videos, and lately he's also been watching these amazing Scooby-Doo stop motion videos created using the brand new LEGO Scooby-Doo sets!  

New videos are uploaded weekly – so be sure to visit ScoobyDoo.com and subscribe to the WB Kids YouTube channel

There's also the chance for US readers to win 1 of 4 $200 giftcards to Target, Walmart, Toys R Us & Amazon!

(Please note that this giveaway is hosted on other sites, and not just my own - I will not be drawing the winner and am in no way responsible for this giveaway)

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep: Review

We were recently invited to take part in a trial of the much-discussed book "The Rabbit Who WantsTo Fall Asleep" by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin - a Swedish teacher of communications, a life coach and a leadership trainer. He has combined all of these skills and experiences in developing the techniques in this book which is said to help children to fall asleep and has been hailed as the answer to the prayers of parents everywhere!

I had read about this book previously and been very tempted to try it myself - my 2 and a half year old son Tyne has never been a great sleeper, and his sleep routine tends to change every now and then - sometimes he's happy to go into his own bed and fall asleep, other times he'll spend weeks refusing his own bed and wanting to sleep in ours, getting very upset at bedtime and taking anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to fall asleep.

We gave the book a try over four different nights, following Tyne's usual bedtime routine of an evening bath and going up to bed to have a story.

The book has a page for the adult with instructions on how to read it - you are to exaggerate the bold print, read the italic print slowly and calmly, and insert the childs name and yawns in various places.

The book is quite long, and I personally found the story didn't make a lot of sense and with so many instructions to follow it was difficult to concentrate on even for me as the reader.

My son seemed to struggle to hold any interest in it, and wasn't paying any real attention to the story.

You can alter the way you tell the story as you need to, which I did try but my son seemed to have already decided he didn't like the story and wasn't going to listen to it...which is quite unusual for him as he usually loves books and being read to!

He didn't fall asleep during the story on any of the occasions we tried it, but on some occasions he did calm down a lot during the story and was easier to soothe to sleep afterwards.

I do wonder if perhaps he, at 2.5 years old, was a little young for the story and whether it would be more successful with a slightly older child who can concentrate on the words more.

Although we didn't have any success with the book personally, I have read many accounts from friends who did and would certainly try it again in the future with other children as every child is bound to respond differently.

I would also be interested in trying the audio version as perhaps it was my own reading of the story that limited its effectiveness?

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is available now in eBook and will be available in paperback and audio on 2nd October. The audio version will allow you to choose between a male and female narrator.  Find out more and buy HERE

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