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How do you spend a penny?

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Picture source: The Guardian via Pinterest

In an attempt to introduce our little bear to the concept of the value of money and the decisions it involves, we have this week seen this ‘attempt’ come to fruition.

It works like this.  She gets ‘a penny for her purse’ each time she:

Helps to tidy up

Is patient (while getting food prepared/while on the phone etc)

At random times when she is safe ~ she recently told us to check for fire when the smoke alarm went off, told me to stop before crossing the road)

It also works the other way:

Every Monday morning after breakfast, if she asks to watch TV for a little while, she has to put ‘a penny in the pot for the pictures’ to make the TV work.  We all have to put a penny in the pot at this point.  Once there’s a penny in the pot on the Monday, we can all watch TV for the rest of the week.

Once or twice she has asked for a toy with her pennies which she has been told she hasn’t got enough pennies for.  Then she has asked US to get the toy for her!  So, we have told her we will BUT she has to give us a penny for each day that she wants to play with that toy/watch that DVD (thank goodness for cheap DVDs online!)  

So that’s briefly how it works.  And it’s very interesting to see how savvy she is.  Not only is she thinking twice before she watches TV because she wants to save her pennies for sweeties or a toy at the end of the week (although she inevitably does give in an put the penny in the pot for the pictures at tea time on  Monday night!).  She is also ‘charging’ US to watch a DVD that she bought with her pennies!  And of course we have to oblige.  After all, it can’t be one rule for one…

Some may say it’s over the top.  A colleague joked this week that it’s child labour!  But it works for us and it’s getting our little bear thinking about money in all sorts of ways.  What do you do to encourage your little ones to earn, save and spend?

Another week, another word with The Reading Residence’s #WordoftheWeek

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 Thank you.

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Past, present, future

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We’re very lucky.  My lovely Mum, our little bear’s Grandma, looks after her on a Friday afternoon.  But while Grandma is on a holiday of a lifetime with Pop, Mummy Bear (that’s me, in case you hadn’t cottoned on!) and Daddy Bear (that’s hubby!) have been juggling the Friday afternoons between us without dropping any balls (metaphorically speaking…)

 

These holidays from work have taken me back to my maternity leave days.  It’s been absolute bliss to have no clock-watching.  Absolute bliss to totally enjoy our little bear on these holiday Fridays.  Absolute bliss to be able to keep a sense of me by working, for her to keep a sense of her by having time with her peers and family; yet to come together to enjoy each other.  We’ve even had a chance to catch up with friends that we made at playgroup when both our girls were barely sitting unsupported.

 

Okay, so last week when we met up there were a couple of ‘meltdown moments’ from both sides (the girls, not parents!) that involved not having 2 of the same pink princess dress and dressing up shoes!…

 

These moments aside, it was so nice to catch up with our friends  It makes you realise that as 2 mummys, as parents, you’re doing okay between you.

 

These Friday afternoons are ones I have cherished, as I look ‘forward’ – in both senses of the word – to our Summer holidays.  We will have 2 weeks off together.  We will be going to some of the playgroups we started out at when our little bear was a few months old.  We will be seeing some of the same lovely staff (who in the weaning days have seen me with dried rusk in my hair that I have missed after breakfast…).  We will be doing all of this just a few weeks before our little bear starts school.  (And that’ll be another blog post entirely!)

 

So, excuse me in my moment of reflection while I cherish the memories of these holidays past, present and future.

 

I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer for this blog post.

Looking for something new to do?  Join in!

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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Pink is for girls… And why we stayed neutral

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Picture source: Silver Cross via Pinterest

So it seems that pink really is for girls and blue is indeed for boys.  When we went shopping for ur travel system back in the day, we didn’t know the sex of our baby.  We looked a the price tag for the pink and blue ones (travel systems, not babies!) and we’re gob smacked when we realised that the neutral coloured one was far more expensive than the gender-specific ones.  (Disclaimer – the pictured pram was not  the brand I’m referring to here…)

 

Needless to say, we opted for the the blue one, thinking we could put a girl in blue but not vice versa! There is irony in that in itself…

 

Did you have a similar experience?

I’ve linked up with mumturnedmom.com for this post.

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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If you’re happy and you know it…

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Why am I ‘happy’?  Well, why not?

Granted there are lots of things to be unhappy or resentful about.  But that takes up too much energy and attracts too much negativity back.

When our little bear said, “Mummy, I want to write the word ‘happy’.  How do you spell it?”… and then wrote it all by herself, I was the definition of a Proud Mummy.

A pen and a word on a piece of paper made my day and made me very happy!

I wrote this blog for the #WordoftheWeek linky over at The Reading Residence . Why not join in with yours?

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 Thank you.

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A Fussy Faddy Journey…

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Picture source: growfruitandveg.co.uk

A Fussy Faddy Journey…
One gone, two gone, three gone, four…
Five gone, six gone, seven gone, more!
More? Are you sure? Really?
Yes, and its not veg disguised as cake…well, very nearly!
She’s always eaten well has our little one
And we try to encourage by making meal-times fun.
But you might describe her food as ‘unadventurous’
Because she won’t eat greens for anyone, especially not us.
Yet recently our eyebrows were raised somewhat,
With the question, “Mum…Dad…is that carrot hot?”
Trying not to choke with surprise on our chicken casserole,
Our faddy food journey has reached a turning point, a goal.
On her plate each night, the veggies have been jostling for room,
I could name them all with ease, thanks to Mr Bloom.
So here’s a message for stressed out mummys,
Don’t worry if they won’t have veggies in their tummys.
They may change their mind one day… when? It matters not one jot
But when they do, make sure their greens are not hot!
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Last week I said ‘Let’s not raise a glass’ for my take on #TheThemeGame.  And so this week’s theme is ‘cake’ and I will give you a run for your money with my foody rhyme 😉 I’m linking up with this week’s #TheThemeGame ‘cake’.  Looking for something new to do?  Join in at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer !

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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I must be Mad!

I must be ‘MAD’!

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Ever heard of the MAD blog awards?

If you’re a fellow mummy or daddy blogger then no doubt you have!

If you’ve stumbled upon my blog then there’s a chance you may not have!

As the mads.com website says: “The fifth annual Mum and Dad Blog Awards, in association with Parentdish.co.uk, are the UK’s

biggest and most exciting awards for parent blogs.”

…and that is exactly why I, Mummy Bear, would be completely over the moon (and back) if you would consider nominating me for:

Best Blog Writer ~ because it’s blow your own trumpet time and hey, you’ve got to believe in yourself!

Most Entertaining Blog ~ because I have my entertaining moments!

Have a look through my ‘most recent posts’ in my sidebar if you don’t believe me 😉

After you’ve had a look at that, why not have a look at the #WordoftheWeek linky over at The Reading Residence?

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 Thank you.

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Let’s not raise a glass…

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Picture source: ClassyJewelryByAlena via Pinterest

Let’s not raise a glass.

Why?

Because I’m still teetotal.

Why?

There are a cluster of reasons – the root one being my pregnancy.  Many pregnant women choose to give up drinking when they fall pregnant.  I was no exception.  Admittedly, I used to enjoy a nice glass of full-bodied red or rose.   I soon got out of the habit though, and a habit it was.  Not a bad one that was out of control, but a nice habit to enjoy mainly at the weekends.

My intention once I gave birth had always been to kick back with a nice glass of wine, to savour every deserved mouthful as the flavours swirled over my palate.  That had been my intention but it soon changed when I developed acute pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome at 37+1 weeks. I had a complicated pregnancy and it soon got more complicated with the onset of HELLPS.  In case you didn’t know, HELLP syndrome is all to do with blood pressure, liver enzymes and platelets.  In a nutshell, ‘HELLP’ is an acronym that stands for:

Hemolysis (the breaking down of red blood cells)
ELevated liver enzymes
Low Platelet count.
It is a dramatic disorder of the blood and liver and can lead to a potentially fatal liver rupture or stroke if left untreated.

After our little bear was born, I decided that my liver had already taken enough of a battering and made a concious decision not to drink alcohol.  It didn’t take long to get out of the habit; our finances were slightly healthier for it and I felt better for it.  Who wants a hangover with a little one anyway??  Even with Peppa Pig, Humf or the Wiggle dance to fall back on, I don’t think I could stand having them all on a loop with a numb head and a craving for McDonalds but no energy to get one!

Sometimes I fancy a drink, especially a nice glass of rose but I recently saw on a Facebook group that a fellow HELLPS survivor still has issues with her liver enzyme levels.  Why would I want to risk damaging my liver more just for the sake of it?

May 2013 was the last time I drank, at a friend’s wedding.  Before that it was probably the back end of 2010.  Some people may think I’m being over-cautious.  Some people may think I’m being dramatic.  Some people may think I’m being negative.  Some people may think I’m plain daft.  Well, for my own reasons, I say to those people ‘let’s not raise a glass’.

This blog is for #TheThemeGame at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer. The theme this week is ‘glass’.

Looking for something new to do?  Join in!

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Now that you know why I no longer drink, read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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Spots

Spots

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Picture source: aplacetolovedogs.com via Pinterest

Somewhere along the line, our little bear has been given a very large cuddly dalmation doggy.  Not a real one, obviously.  It’s not quite life-size but very nearly!

She absolutely loves having ‘101 Dalmatians’ read to her and while in town the other week we actually saw a beautiful, striking real-life fully grown dalmatian on a red lead.  If my memory serves me right, Pongo in 101 Dalmatians wears a red collar.

We pointed the dog out to our little bear, she squealed with delight, stood there open-mouthed in wonder for all of a few seconds and then told us the story of 101 Dalmatians… (as if we didn’t know – “again Mummy, again please!”)

So, this week, my #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence has got to be ‘spots’ because our little bear is very attached to the doggy variety at the moment!

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

 Thank you.

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It’s not all black and white

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Such a beautiful colour is white.  So crisp and clear… and bright.

It signifies innocence and an untouched beauty.  Oh to be a child again and get that innocence back…

The untainted mind of a child.  The non-judgemental thoughts of a child.  The fresh eyes of a child.  The willingness of a child.  A child’s need to learn new things.

We could all do with a big flash of white in our daily lives, don’t you think?

But it’s not quite black and white…

I’m linking up with #TheThemeGame at The Reading Residence and Redpeffer again this week with the theme of ‘white’.  

Looking for something new to do?  Join in!

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

Thank you.

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