Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A different way to celebrate Mothers' Day

I can't avoid the fact that it's Mothers' Day this coming Sunday.

It's a bittersweet day for me these days because while it'll be lovely for me to receive flowers or cards or maybe even a little present from my gorgeous girls, it's also a poignant reminder that since losing her to breast cancer four years ago the flowers I buy for my Mum will be laid quietly next to her name.

And this year will be the first Mothers' day for so many people who have lost their own Mum since last year, and my heart aches for them too because I know just how hard it will be.

So, to mark this year's event and to honour the memory of my own wonderful Mum I've signed up for a Race for Life, and I'll be doing a 5km jog/limp on 5th June and hopefully raising some money for cancer research. Both of my girls will be doing it too to remember their lovely Nana, who they still miss and talk about often.  I'll be posting more details nearer the time but in the meantime I'll be hoping to go from couch potato to 5km jogger in the next few weeks.  Pray for me....

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

This is me

I've been tagged by the very lovely Nova from Cherished by Me in the This is Me meme.  There are some rules to abide by:

The Rules

Ask your child to draw a picture of you. It doesn’t matter how old they are…
Post the picture on your blog.
Call it the ‘This is Me Meme’.
Pop over to Tara’s post to add it to her linky too.
Then tag some others

I've seen this meme doing the rounds on the blogosphere and thought it looked like fun, so I asked Tall Daughter to draw a picture of me. 

She likes to draw so she set to it straightaway but when she'd finished it she was a little concerned.  She said "I'm not sure you'll be able to use this because people will be able to recognise you, and you're anonymous aren't you?"  Bless her.  Anyway, here is her version of me:


Notice the slight roundness on the belly area? Well, she's been very kind to me that's all I'm saying. The big spot on my face is a mole, and she's even drawn my precious Orla Kiely bag. So, now you know what I look like. Say hello if you see me at this year's Cybermummy!

I'm tagging the following people (apologies if you've already done it)


Have fun!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Do you wear make-up everyday?


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I can't remember when I stopped wearing make-up.

I always used to wear make-up for work. Even when I had a job that started at 6am I would get up early enough to put my face on before driving to work at 5.30am. I know that I've never worn make-up to work since I started working in a school, so I can backdate it to at least 6 years ago but I think it goes back further than that.  Come to think of it, the job I did where I started at 6am was ten years ago....so sometime between 6-10 years ago I stopped wearing make-up on a regular basis. And believe me, it's not that I don't need to wear it - I look eminently better with make-up on but most of the time, well, I just can't be bothered.

I'm not even sure why I stopped wearing make-up, but I reckon it's also around the time I stopped looking after my skin, manicuring my nails and wearing heels.  I still buy heels, you understand, but rarely wear them.  My hair is also a mess. Instead of spending 20 minutes every morning blow-drying my hair, the way I used to, I've adopted a wash-and-dry style and I use the word style loosely.

My daughters always comment on how nice I look when I make an effort, and I usually vow to do it more often but it never seems to happen. During the week I'm usually too tired or in too much of a rush, and at weekends I usually too tired or in my scruff and don't see the point of putting a bit of slap on. 

Do you wear make-up everyday? Or if you don't wear it, do you still make an effort with your hair, nails or clothes? Or are you like me and have lost pride in your personal appearance?

Silent Sunday ~ Say hello to Daisy, our new family member



Silent Sunday

Friday, 18 March 2011

Missing in action - one blogging mojo


A few weeks ago I was busy writing ideas for blog posts in a notebook, and ticking them off as soon as they were posted. I was prolific! I was doing more than 20 blog posts a month which, for me, is a lot.

Since then......a big fat nothing. *cue tumbleweed rolling across blog* I am adrift in a sea of nothingness. No ideas, no motivation, no notebook on the go.

Instead, I'm left wondering where my blogging mojo has gone. It's happened before and it did eventually return, but in the meantime I'm left twiddling my thumbs. If you happen to see it could you do me a favour and send it back to me? Thanks.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Book review for World Book Day: Frank and Teddy Make Friends

I love children's books. Long before I had my own children I'd already started a collection of beautifully illustrated storybooks to read to my future children and when my own girls came along reading a bedtime story was always a treat, not just for them but for me too.  Sitting with them on the bed, and calmly reading a story with the girls snuggled up beside me was never a chore and I still miss that daily slice of reading and quality snuggling.

Now that my girls are older I still get to read stories, but now I do it at work with the Reception class children. In the afternoons when they're getting a bit hyper and the noise level is threatening to drown out overhead air traffic getting the class together for a story is always a surefire way of getting them to calm down and just listen. I always, always try and make time for a story when I'm teaching the little 'uns and they never turn down the opportunity for storytime.

So when I received a copy of Frank and Teddy Make Friends by Louise Yates recently I couldn't wait to read it in class.

It's the story of Professor Frank Mouse who's very clever, very inventive and very lonely. Though he loves collecting, making and mending all sorts of things, shy Frank would love to have a friend to help him, so one day he makes Teddy! But Frank doesn’t realise that what he really needs is a true friend - someone to teach him that real friendship is all about sharing, and Teddy might be just the fellow to do it.

The children loved this, and they were so engrossed in the story you could have heard a pin drop. It is a lovely story and the theme of friendship meant we could have a chat about making our own friends, and what makes a real friend. Lovely, just lovely.

Frank and Teddy Make Friends is published by Random House and is available to buy from Amazon and other book retailers.