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Skydiving

For my OHs anniversary present I booked for him to go indoor skydiving at Airkix in Milton Keynes. So at 5:30am I was in the bath getting ready for our two hour journey. P1 is spending the day with her Nanny and Grandad. There’s so much preparation needed for a trip with a newborn. So last night I was packing …

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Slow Up Speed Down

In April we find out whether P1 has got into the school we chose. For a lot of parents they’ll be wondering which school their children got into. You are meant to put three choices but we hated the other schools in our catchment area so only put one down. We’ll have to appeal if she doesn’t get in! Anyway, …

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40 Acts – Day 34 – Plant A Tree

Is there a local area near you that needs some TLC? Why not organise a community group to tidy it up? Alternatively, persuade your local Council to allow you to create a community orchard in your area. Could you offer to volunteer within a local school to encourage children to care for the natural environment? Whaaaat?!?! Ok so I highly …

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40 Acts – Day 33 – Use Your Influence

Consider the areas of your life in which you have some measure of influence. Perhaps you hold a position of responsibility at your child’s school, or at church. Maybe you write a blog that gets a lot of traffic. Perhaps you’re just naturally sociable and have a wide network of friends. Wherever your influence is, make a decision to use …

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40 Acts – Day 32 – Say No To Plastic

Reduce your use of throw-away plastic. Next time you go shopping, take your own reusable bags with you. Replace the plastic cups at work with mugs. Look at the amount of plastic packaging used for food products before you take them off the supermarket shelf. If you’re hoarding used plastic bags at home, take them for recycling. We have one …

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Late Night Baking

I did a bit of rushed baking tonight… The end product tastes gorgeous but I’m not pleased with the look of it. It is meant to be a dotty sponge. I’d seen a post on Facebook that inspired me to try my own. Recipe (My own) 175g self raising 175g caster sugar 175g unsalted butter 3 eggs 3 tablespoons milk …

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40 Acts – Day 31 – Listen

Think of ways you can give others the opportunity to talk. Start by asking the next person who serves you in a shop or café how their day is going and make sure you really listen to their answer. This one got me thinking about how many people might be following and listening to these challenges from 40 Acts. As …

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Excellence

I had a perfectly perfect day today. I had a leisurely “get up” this morning. No rushing about and no arguments. Still haven’t managed a bath time without P2 crying though. I dropped P1 with my Grandparents like usual for a Tuesday and headed off to visit my work with P2. On maternity leave yet can’t keep away. I then …

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40 Acts – Day 30 – Donate Blood

Visit fleshandblood.org to register online to give blood, make a date to donate or become an advocate for blood donation. Unfortunately I won’t be participating in this challenge. My blood is useless to me at the moment so won’t be any good for anyone. I’m always battling anaemia.

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Nominate Me For A BiBs Award 2013

I did quite well in the nominations for the MADS Awards but unfortunately didn’t make the finalists. I’m not going to beg for nominations – well only a little but if you like what you read please nominate me for the BiBs 2013 (Brilliance in Blogging Award). Nominations end 12th April 2013. Then it will be on to the next …

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My Love Story – Part 2

Can you believe that I’ve made a year of being with the man that sent me a relationship request via Facebook. I’ve never been happier with my life. It’s been a whirlwind relationship really. So much has happened; we’ve moved out, we’ve got engaged, we’ve planned our wedding but had to cancel, we had to move back in with my …

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40 Acts – Day 29 – Have A Car Free Day

Think about the way you use your car and consider alternatives to all those journeys. Could you walk, cycle, go by bus or train? If you really have to use the car, think about car sharing. Designate one day a week a ‘car-free zone’. I had a car free day today. Not out of choice really… I usually have to …

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My Love Story – Part 1

A year ago today I went for my first date with my OH in Lakeside shopping centre. We went shopping for Mother’s Day presents. He chose to get his Mum wine and I’ll always remember it as he was laughing at me because I know nothing about wine. We went to the cinema – is it bad that I cannot …

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Battling Body Perception

I have a friend. A beautiful friend. Yet she looks in the mirror and doesn’t see what everyone else sees. She’s fighting anorexia. Just like thousands of men and women all across the world. What causes someone to hate their own body that much… Bullying maybe? Magazines with their airbrushed models? The NHS says there’s 3 factors that contribute to …

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I Did It

I’ve been nervous about expressing for a while – trying to decide when the right time would be to do it. I found the courage to express last night. It was prompted by a conversation with my OH a few days ago. We were discussing anniversary presents. I’ve sorted his present but it’s been quite tricky for my OH as …

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