Day 36 – Day 42 #100happydays

Day 36 was a mammoth day. I can be the queen of busyness, check but this took the biscuit. Falling in the door at 18.10 having been on the go since 06.00, then bathing and reading to the kids before tucking them up tight and back out of the door by 19.15 was a challenge. But the reason for my evening outing was to catch up with these girlies.

My ‘mum’ friends as I like to call them. Our friendship formed as we all got to grips with our foray into motherhood, some seasoned professionals, others complete newbies, but all with a need for the comfort that comes from just knowing that someone else knows what you’re going through. Years have gone by, and nappy chat, weaning woes and toddling tales are now part of our shared history. But what remains ever present is a bond that goes beyond those baby ties. And memories of pole dancing, glamping, ‘drive by jazz hands’, outdoor hot tubs, ‘mixtapes’, choreographed dance routines, planking in pyjamas and the rest are just as important!

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Day 37 – Tweeting the Celebs!

I’m a huge Jill Mansell fan. I also like to tweet. Combine the two and I had a lovely happy moment when upon tweeting Jill about having worked out the plot twist in her latest book, The Unpredictable Consequences of Love, from a simple throw away comment from a character, she replied back with as much excitement as me about my working out the twist. This happy moment really does go someway to showing that it can be the teensiest little things that make us happy.

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Day 38 – Valentines Day

One could think ‘cue lots of happy lovely dovey chat’ as today’s #100happyday, but actually not so much. Having handmade the kids a Valentines card each – yes handmade, and yes the kids – not SuperDaddy (his was shop bought after he asked if last years extremely thoughtful handmade anniversary card was made by one of the kids), I presented them with a flourish alongside their Valentines breakfast (ok, grapes in a heart shaped dish).
The Little Princesses’ card had mini love heart sweets glued in a heart shape on the front and inside read ‘I love you sweetheart’. I know. Clever. Thanks Pinterest.
She was less than impressed, “but mummy, I can’t eat those with glue on them!”
The Little Monster didn’t react too well to his card decorated with lots of pieces of pink tissue paper, again in the shape of a heart, and reading inside ‘I love you to pieces’ (once again, I thank you Pinterest)
“I don’t want you to cute me into pieces!” He wails.

Harrumph. Not the reactions I’d hoped for, but made me smile and hey, the cards look pretty cute even if I say so myself.

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More #100happydays Days 29 –

Day 29 saw me at home, hospital feeling unwell, with a little boy feeling under the weather too. Duvet, Ice Age 4 and snuggles on the sofa would have topped the happy moments were it not for the snotty noses and scratchy throats that accompanied it. An impromptu delivery and a feel good motivating note was a smiley spot in the day.

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Day 30 #100happydays

Dancing in the kitchen is a regular occurrence in our house. Dinner done, music goes on, kids Dance For Their Pudding (it’s in our family rules, this one input by them!) anyone who watched Big Brother circa 1999 (?) will remember the ‘grab one leg behind you and hop whilst puffing out your chest’ move. Kids mastered it.

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Day 31 #100happydays

I won a teapot in a competition, and it was delivered today. Teapot gorgeousness right there.

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Day 32 #100happydays

Growing my business, whilst having a hoot.

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Day 33 #100happydays

Saturday nights on the sofa, glass of something cold in hand, make for a top spot in the week. Berries and bubbles on this occasion. Ooh and it’s a lovely pink colour.

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Day 34 #100happydays

Trying hard not to count up the years since I agreed to be the girlfriend of this guy. Only because that makes me feel old. (Sssssh, more than 20)

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Day 35 #100happydays

Loving my work colleagues for knowing me so well and leaving this colourful page opened on my desk. Featuring my favourite piece the Norah pendant too.

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But again, I peaked too early! THIS overtook.

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The Justin picture is purely gratuitous. ENJOY.

Days 9 – now! #100happydays

When I set out to complete the 100 happy days challenge, cialis I won’t lie, cialis generic I saw it as a good opporchancity to get better at updating my blog on a regular basis since it’s become a little unloved in recent times. But in amongst looking for and enjoying all the happy stuff, I’ve continued to forget to post it all here. I’ll give short sharp summaries of days nine to now (I can’t quite count up what day we’re on!) in order that I catch up, and here forth I’ll adopt the mantra that tomorrow is another day.

Wishing you all happy things,
Julie-Ann

Day 9 – the one with the ESPA back, neck and shoulder massage courtesy of a great local salon, The Retreat

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Day 10 – the one with splashy fun at bath time. Wow, these guys are growing too fast.

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Day 11 – Friday G&T. Enough said.

And if you look closely enough you’ll see the G&T Photo has made its way to the very bottom of this post and I don’t know how to fix it! This must mean I have to have another tonight!

Day 12 – Growing my Stella & Dot business

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Day 13 – the one where my little sister turned 30. 30 presents for each year.

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Day 14 – the one where I escaped from my desk at lunchtime and *gasp* went for a walk. This view is five minutes away from my desk. Very lucky.

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Day 15 – I love Tuesdays. Flexible working means I get to pick this bundle of gorgeousness up from school. And we drink hot chocolate.

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Day 16 – ‘just because’ flowers. The best kind.

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And then there’s today – Day 17, it would appear. It’s nearly 10pm and therefore nearly bedtime… And I actually have a list of things that would make it on to the list today, some family oriented, some relationship wise, some professionally, some really personal, some business focused and some friendship based. So today, I’m just taking it all in, and this sums up exactly where I am.

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Days 5 – 8 #100happydays

Well, sildenafil it would appear I’ve been too busy being happy to actually post here on a daily basis! So you get not a double, not a triple, but a quadruple whammy of happy photos in today’s entry!

Day 5 – the one where the girls (and their bairns) came over, we drank tea, ate cake and drooled over the boys from One Direction (much to the little princesses horror!) I decided Zain / Zayne (?) is my favourite. Much love for Harry too however.

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Day 6 – the one where I got to spend an unexpected afternoon with this handsome guy. He’s my husband, so it’s not that juicy, but given he usually spends Saturday afternoons at the matches of the Under 17s football team he coaches, it’s a rare occurrence. Thanks Jack Frost for the frozen pitch.

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Day 7 – the one where I got to choose the movie. Sunday movie night, no sci-fi, no thriller, no cop dramas or aliens. Just Bradley Cooper. Sweet.

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Day 8 – today! A whole 20 minutes listening to the radio on the car journey home from work, good tunes and bad singing in equal measure. And no refereeing of back seat squabbles or a million ‘but why?’ questions to deal with. Turn that volume UP!

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Day 4 – #100happydays

Feeding the creativity today; mind mapping and realising this little pile of colour popping jelly belly beans weren’t going to break the diet….

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Day 3 #100happydays

The one with the exploding bath bomb. A secret Santa gift from my school mum chums. Oh what good taste they have. Making me even happier is the gorgeous smell wafting round my bathroom and this swirly, store whirly pattern left in the bubbles.

And relax……

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100 Happy Days

I love this sh*t. I genuinely do. I dabbled sometime ago with random acts of kindness, online some folks told me it was just too weird, doctor others just got it. I read ‘The Secret’ seven years ago and regularly practice the principles of the laws of attraction. An attitude of gratitude has been a mantra of mine for a long time too (and hearing the rather lovely Bradley Cooper talk on Radio One to Chris Moyles about writing a gratitude journal each morning as the first thing he did upon waking didn’t influence me at all!)

After a yucky time with anxiety nearly two years ago, I started to read up more around mindfulness, living in the moment, taking action for happiness, practising gratitude more and as it happened, putting my energies in that direction really helped.

Last year we started a ‘happiness jar’ – a basic idea which the whole family embraced in the end. One jar filled with little blank strips of paper and a pen, another empty jar. Each day, or when the moment took us, we’d write down what made us happy that day, or something we were thankful for and pop it in the happy jar, which eventually became pretty full. At the request of the little princess we read out our years worth of happy moments on Christmas Eve. It was my top happy moment of the year.

So this year, alongside the happy jar, and alongside hundreds / thousands of others who are doing it too, I’m taking part in #100happydays and each day will be taking or sharing a photo capturing my happy moment. Simple. But powerful.

Join in! Simply take your photos and tweet, share on instagram or facebook using the #100happydays, or simply keep them in a photo album of your own. I’d love to see everyone’s photos though as I already have a warm glow of happiness from seeing those of friends who are also giving it a bash, please do share and feel free to tweet me @workingsupermum or follow on instagram too.

Day one #100happydays – finishing and submitting a children’s book entry to a competition. To be honest, reading it to the kids and having them love it was the best part.

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Day Two #100happydays – building the Playmobil Hotel as a team! Took forever, but it rocks. I love it more than the kids I think.

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Happy Thankyouful Day

I talked to the kids this morning about Thanksgiving, viagra prompted by a few things. My new boss is American, buy cialis so there’s a bit of a vibe in the workplace today though I’m sure he’d much rather be with his family watching American Football and eating turkey, sweet potato with marshmallows and pumpkin pie. But also we’re trying as a family to be more appreciative and grateful for the things we have.

Some time ago, we added a new element to the bedtime routine, and tucking in was accompanied by renditions of ‘three things I’m thankful for today’. It took while to get into the groove, with the Little Monster only being thankful for the things he saw as treats in the day – chocolate buttons after dinner, watching an episode of Scaredy Squirrel on Pop and getting to play on Mummys’ phone. But I encouraged him to share these thoughts, the practice being more important than the actual list. The Princess, like me, loves a list, so this was any easy ask for her to embrace. Similarly, her initial things to be thankful for were of the same ilk – cupcakes, watching movies, getting new toys. Yet over time, without really noticing, they’ve developed a broader thought process about the things that we have to be thankful for. Small, but beautiful things – enjoying a sunny walk to after school club, playing on the swing in the garden, having dinner as a family, getting to go to school, getting the last yoghurt at breakfast club, getting to sit in the front of the car with Mummy and turn the radio up loud, being able to sing, having strong arms to use to cuddle mummy and daddy, being able to help a friend with a tricky maths problem, staging (not winning!) a dance contest in the kitchen, crunching through crisp autumn leaves, stories at bedtime, soft toys to snuggle in to. Now I find we can’t stop at just three things.

The kids listened intently as I told them about the traditions many families in the US will be enjoying today. They were interested, and thoughtful about it, but the Monster summed it up beautifully when he said “So just like we do everyday Mummy but without the turkey and the football? Happy Thankyouful Day!”

Happy Thankyouful Day to you all!

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