Saturday, January 31, 2015

Little A

Today he's 7.

My beautiful, funny, quirky little boy is 7.

He lights up a room with his 'remembering' (what he calls his stimming).

He's hates being anything, but good. Yet loves the bad guys.

He may not read or write very well, but rarely forgets anything he's told.

He will build Lego all day, every day, without complaint.

He loves chocolate sandwiches and smiley faces. In fact he eats little else!

He's made our family complete.

He totally rules his big brothers.

Today, that little boy.

MY BABY.


Is 7!?

He's already put me in my place about his presents. (Good job I'm used to it)

Love you little A.

Hope you have the best day.

Happy Birthday baby.

(Mom)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful

It's the end of January already, that means it's the last week with Becky, before I take over for February. This means you're with me for Valentine's, expect proper mushy stuff! Mwahaha.

So, let's get on with this weeks: 
Reasons to be Cheerful
1. A wonderful trip to London. We managed the Emirates stadium tour (which I, surprisingly, enjoyed rather a lot), and a Twickenham tour. Apart from that, we had an extremely restful and relaxing break. The hubby is really suffering with his knee, so the laziness was a blessing for him.

2. The success of my guest posts. It was lovely to see them get the figures, particularly the anonymous one! I'm sure the writer of that will be happy to know that too.

3. Coming home to discover my children had been good. They were fantastic for my mum, which fills me with pride, I guess I'm doing something right.

So, what's making you smile this week?

Come tell Aunty Ojo

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ickle Pickles guest post

I would like to introduce you to my final guest post. It's from a fellow Welsh Blogger, don't forget to check her link, at the end of the post:

I am delighted to be writing a guest post for the fantastic Jo from Ojos World, I was very excited, thank you Jo for having me!

I thought I would share with her lovely readers the reasons why a walk is so good for you!

It is proven that lack of sunshine affects us. Physically, emotionally, mentally. We can't all jet off to find the sun unfortunately, so the next best thing is to grab it when it does show its face here at home. Wrap up, grab your dog / child / friend - in fact anyone who will come with you - and go for a walk. A brisk walk does you so much good. It helps you clear your mind. And gets you out into the sunshine. Even 10 - 15 minutes brisk walk a day will help improve your mood and well being.
walk on beach

Whilst walking, focus only on what you are doing at that moment. Feel your feet making contact with the ground. Feel the air on your skin. feel you tots hand in yours. Really connect with the moment. Look round you - notice everything. There is plenty of time later to think about your To Do List. This will make your walk a more fulfilling experience.

By being 'in the moment' and really connecting with what you are doing, a walk anywhere becomes more interesting. You will notice things you have never spotted before - even in your street, your local park, or around your town. You can walk anywhere!

If it is raining - still go out! Cover up, and go for a walk in the rain. Rain is so cleansing. Again, really connect with the moment, fully embracing the rain. Be thankful for the rain, it is essential to us. By thinking positively you will lift your mood.

Obviously the exercise is so beneficial for you - brisk walks are kinder and less impact for your body too.

Whenever you can walk instead of taking the car - do it! You will feel so much better for it.

Enjoy your walks! If you would like to pop over to see other well being tips and a peep into 

 I would love to see you!

Ickle Pickle :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Charlenes Guest Post

Today is another guest post, from Charlene. Touching on a subject very personal to her, but that a lot of us can understand:


Guilt and love as a young mum


As mums, I'm sure we will feel guilty at some point .
For me I still feel guilt over times when Estelle my daughter was a baby .

She turned 13 last week and, as birthdays often do, they make you reflect and remember . Our relationship is much stronger these days then when she was younger which was confirmed by one of our mother daughter chats on her birthday where she said in so many words how she used to hate me ….

I left her dad when she was 7 and she was very angry over this and we didn’t have a close bond which I believe is due to me having post natal depression and me not having a mother of my own …that’s a whole other story! We also moved a lot which was very unsettling and as a sibling of a brother with autism she has had to take a back seat .
There were arguments in the past where I would say 'go an live with your dad' and I really struggled to connect with her.

I feel as a result all these factors combined has affected her and I feel GUILTY.

I often think, wow. I wish I could go back with what I know now and enjoy her as a baby and appreciate her growing up .
I think having her young affected a lot of my maternal feelings as I was still growing up and finding out who I was. A lot of the mistakes I've made she has seen, or suffered from.

So her saying yes I hated you, was hard to hear and I did cry but it wasn't said in malice, it was said as a sign of how far we have come .

We are close now and adore each other, we bicker, we annoy each other but we love each other so much .
I am very proud of the young lady she is becoming and what she has overcome. Despite a rocky start and lots of dramas, and the days I feel guilt, I know I've done a good job.

She is my rock and keeps me sane at times, as being a single mum and carer is isolating.

Thank you for having me and you can find me on @hellosweety26 and charlenejess.wordpress.com


Monday, January 26, 2015

An Anonymous Guest Post

This is the first time I've done this, hosting guest blogs. I decided that while I was away with the hubby, enjoying time together, I wanted to give writing a rest, but let my blog be used by others. 

In all honesty, I didn't expect anyone to respond, as my blog doesn't really fit a niche. However, I had some lovely responses! 

This one was requested as anonymous, and I love that. It gives this person to freely write what they feel, without any comeback to them. The words are written exactly how I received them, and are beautiful, in my opinion:
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