#TuesdayTreasures 17/01/17

Ahoy Matey! Welcome Aboard #TuesdayTreasures

Welcome to this weeks #TuesdayTreasures blog linky with myself and the lovely Rachel from RachelSwirl.

#TuesdayTreasures is for bloggers from all walks of life, whether you are a parenting, lifestyle or any other type of blogger you are welcome to join in and to share your posts new and old.


The Blog With The Booty

Each week one post which has been added to the #TuesdayTreasures linky is selected by both Rachel and myself to share with you all resulting in two winning (a winner is chosen by each of us).

I’ve chosen this weeks post as I’ve been through something similar with Jake in the past. Why Won’t My Son Sleep ? by Amy & Tots  is a poignant and emotional read. For me sleep deprivation has been the hardest part of parenting and I hope this phase will pass quickly for Amy.

Amy & Tots is written by Amy a super mama from the West Midlands. She started blogging in 2015 whilst pregnant with her second baby. She’s now a proud mama of 3 under 3’s and fiancè to Darren. Amy blogs about pregnancy, parenting and lifestyle.

You can read more lovely posts from Amy & Tots here.

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I would like to thank Amy and awardher with the #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. Here is the code (see above) for your #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. I look forward to seeing your badge proudly on display somewhere on your lovely blog.


Avast Ye! (The Basics For Linking Up)

The #TuesdayTreasures linky will be live from 5 am every Tuesday and will close at the end of the day on a Thursday. As with all linkys there are some rules and the full version of these can be found here.

Basically, you can link up to a maximum of two posts, new or old. Please comment on the hosts posts (that would be RachelSwirl and myself) and at least two other linked posts. If you can please finish your comments with #TuesdayTreasures that would be particularly helpful as it puts bloggers in the know as to how you found their posts.

If you are on Twitter then let us know, You can find us at @FrugalMrsW and @RachelSwirl, again try not to forget to include the hashtag #TuesdayTreasures. We will share your posts and in turn share the love!

Every week we will each pick a favourite #TuesdayTreasures post and will mention it at the beginning of our linky posts the following Tuesday, so don’t forget to pop back each week to check on both our blogs.

Here is the badge and code for you to use in your post/ posts which you select to link up.

Adventures In Websterland
Drink Up Me’Hearties Yo Ho!

Now it’s time to get linking, We look forward to reading all your linked posts shortly!

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Watching The Classics- A New Year A New You Campaign

I love watching films, there’s nothing better than sitting down in the evening and losing yourself in a plot line. Since the introduction of subscription services I’ve found myself bingeing on whole TV series of shows instead of films. This new year I want to shake things up a bit and watch some of the great classics to get me back in to the habit of film watching.

I want to watch things that I wouldn’t usually reach for, films that I’ve heard great things about. I’ve chosen some films that I think Chris and I will really enjoy watching together. We are a bit nerdy and like to talk about the film afterwards and look up the actors.

Here are the classics I’ve chosen.

Dial M For Murder 

As a Hitchcock fan I can’t believe I’ve never seen this film. Grace Kelly stars as a society woman who’s husband plans to murder her. Of course there’s lots of chilling twists and enough suspense to keep you right on the edge of your seat. I do love a good thriller.

The Towering Inferno

I have heard reference to this film so many times but never taken the time to find out more about it. The Towering Inferno is a 1970’s disaster movie that’s full of action. It stars the legends Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. I have a feeling Chris might enjoy this more than me but I will definitely give it a go.

The Curious case of Benjamin Button 

Although Brad Pitt isn’t one of my favourite actors this story sounds amazing. It’s a romantic fantasy drama about a man that ages in reverse. The film is loosely based on a 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m really looking forward to watching this one.

Gone With The Wind 

Despite catching snippets and knowing the characters names I have never ever watched this great classic. This 1939 American epic historical romance is set in the deep South during the American civil war. It stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh and won 8 Academy awards. The film is four hours long so we won’t be watching it all in one go. It will be interesting to see if this film lives up to the hype that surrounds it.

The Colour Purple

I have seen this film before in fact the novel that the film is based upon is one of my favourites. It’s been well over 10 years since I watched it last. Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey this film couldn’t fail to become a classic. The film tells the story of Celie a Southern black woman and her life of servitude and abuse at the hand of her husband. It’s a tough watch but the ending is beautiful.

If you want to change things up this new year you can buy these classics and many more here.

 

*This is a collaborative post*

Living Arrows 3/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

I was a bad blogger last week and barely took any photo’s of anything let alone the children. The weather has been awful and our days have mostly been spent hanging around the house watching TV or catching up on sleep.

The weekend has been rather tough with one thing or another. The children have been out of sorts and not in the mood for anything. I’m sure we will back to business as usual next week.

Here are my favourite photo’s of the children this week.

Daisy

In our house we often express our love through food. Daisy made this beautiful spread for our cat Mo, I think it portrays her kindness perfectly. I think kindness is the most important thing you can teach a child to be.

Jake

Jake is still enjoying his new found freedom without the buggy. I’m yet to buy him his own umbrella but he had great fun using his sisters. It was so windy so he did really well to keep hold of it by himself.

Living Arrows

 

Look In My Letterbox

I had absolutely nothing to show you last week. All that arrived were the usual junk mailings. I’ve put myself on a spending ban this month so no online sales shopping for me. Thankfully a few things did arrive this week. Here’s this weeks look in my letterbox.

Prizes

I love it when prizes arrive for the kids, even better when they are addressed to them personally. It was Jake’s turn this week to get something nice through the letterbox. He won a Milkshake DVD and a Milkshake comic.

Freebies

I signed Daisy up for the free Lego club a couple of years ago. They send magazines regularly and Daisy is always excited when it arrives. She particularly likes the pull-out posters and the puzzles.

Just before Christmas Sky Store were offering customers a free gift. We got a code for a free buy and keep film so we chose Suicide Squad. I really enjoyed the film even though I hadn’t heard good reviews about it. Sky store were really generous last year with their free promotions I’m hoping they continue the trend this year.

Podcasts, Pounds, & Minimalism #LittleLoves

I can’t believe it’s already time to share another #LittleLoves post with you. Where on earth has the last week gone ? I had so much fun joining in last week and found lots of new blogs to read. As well as ideas of things to watch and read. Here’s are my little loves for this week.

Read

I’m still making my way through ‘The Magic’ at the moment. The only other thing I’ve read this week are blogs. I loved reading blogs way before I started my blog. Some of my favourites this week have been what the Redhead said, Mandy Charlton & Little Pickle’s Mom .

Watched

I first saw a trailer for Taboo starring Tom Hardy in Summer last year. It finally premiered on BBC One last Saturday. Those who follow me on Twitter will know of my fondness for Mr Hardy. I’m more than happy to say it did not disappoint, gritty, dark and brooding. Just the way I like to see my favourite actor. For the first time in years there’s something worth watching on a Saturday night.

Heard

I’m a big fan of podcasts, I love listening to them at bedtime instead of reading sometimes. After watching The Minimalists documentary on Netflix I noticed they also had a podcast. I’m not a minimalist in the true sense of the word I like stuff too much. I do however really like the principles of simplicity behind it. If you have any suggestions of new podcasts for me to listen to then please let me know.

Made

I made some money from selling some unwanted items. I used Zeek to sell some vouchers that we couldn’t use, the money will be going straight in to our holiday spends pot. I’ve also got a pile of DVD’s, books and other items destined for one of the online buying websites.

Wore

This week has been so windy and cold. I’ve not left the house without wearing some lip balm. My favourite at the moment is the Nivea Hydro Care Lip Protection with Pure Water & Aloe Vera. I don’t like lip balms that leave my lips greasy and this one doesn’t it just leaves them soft and protected. The flavour is subtle which I really like.

And lastly

I’ve been solo for a few days this week, Chris has been away on a training course. I’ve been feeling a bit sad about him being away so I’ve cheered myself up by binge watching Gilmore Girls. I don’t know what it is about that show but it just makes me feel so happy when I watch it.

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Word of the Week – Solo

This week saw Chris take a training course in Birmingham a lot sooner than we expected. This left me to parent solo for a few days. Hats off to those who parent solo all the time, it’s a lot tougher than I expected but not for the reasons you might think.

He was originally due to go in February but a space became available this month so off he went. On Tuesday he commuted which meant he didn’t arrive home until after the kids bedtime. Wednesday night saw him staying away from home overnight in a hotel. He finally arrived home on Thursday night meaning we had barely seen him since Monday.

I was worried that the kids might be upset, we have a pretty good routine going on and Daddy always reads the bedtime story. Thanks to the wonders of technology he still got to read to them on Wednesday night. The kids wwre delighted that Daddy had taken their favourite book with him. They sat so nicely and listened and it was so lovely to watch.

I think most of all it was me that found it tough. Chris and I have only spent a few nights apart, usually due to hospital stays. I missed him terribly and I will admit I had a little cry. I’m a big softy at heart and I’m not ashamed to say so.

I wasn’t worried about parenting solo, it’s the loneliness that bothered me. I’m a total chatterbox and I love having someone here to share my day with and chat about nonsense. We did video call just before bed and he even offered to stay on all night so I could here him snoring. I declined his kind offer !

I’m so thankful that overnight stays apart are not part of our regular routine. I know some families don’t have a choice and that makes me really sad.

On the positive side the training has taught Chris new skills and that’s always a good thing. I’m now looking forward to a weekend all together.

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#TuesdayTreasures 10/01/17

Ahoy Matey! Welcome Aboard #TuesdayTreasures

Firstly I want to say thank you to everyone who joined up last week. It was a wonderful way to welcome me as co-host to this fabulous linky. Choosing a Tuesday Treasures trophy winner was so difficult as I loved all of your posts.

Welcome to this weeks #TuesdayTreasures blog linky with myself and the lovely Rachel from RachelSwirl.

#TuesdayTreasures is for bloggers from all walks of life, whether you are a parenting, lifestyle or any other type of blogger you are welcome to join in and to share your posts new and old.


The Blog With The Booty

Each week one post which has been added to the #TuesdayTreasures linky is selected by both Rachel and myself to share with you all resulting in two winning (a winner is chosen by each of us).

This week I really enjoyed reading Fortune favours the brave  by Whatmyfridgesays. This year I’m focusing on being positive and this post about turning anxiety in to action really struck a chord for me.

I’m certainly going to take action this year and face up to my fears in all areas of my life.

Whatmyfridgesays is a wonderful motivational blog. After using her sons brightly coloured alphabet letters to create motivation on the fridge door to brighten her day it soon became a talking point. After sharing on Facebook and Instagram it naturally progressed into the creation of a blog. Hoping to inspire and motivate this blog is full of lovely positive posts.

You can read more uplifting inspiring posts by Whatmyfridgesays here.

Adventures In Websterland

 

I would like to thank Whatmyfridgesays and award her with the #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. Here is the code (see above) for your #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. I look forward to seeing your badge proudly on display somewhere on your wonderful motivational blog.


Avast Ye! (The Basics For Linking Up)

The #TuesdayTreasures linky will be live from 5 am every Tuesday and will close at the end of the day on a Thursday. As with all linkys there are some rules and the full version of these can be found here.

Basically, you can link up to a maximum of two posts, new or old. Please comment on the hosts posts (that would be RachelSwirl and myself) and at least two other linked posts. If you can please finish your comments with #TuesdayTreasures that would be particularly helpful as it puts bloggers in the know as to how you found their posts.

If you are on Twitter then let us know, You can find us at @FrugalMrsW and @RachelSwirl, again try not to forget to include the hashtag #TuesdayTreasures. We will share your posts and in turn share the love!

Every week we will each pick a favourite #TuesdayTreasures post and will mention it at the beginning of our linky posts the following Tuesday, so don’t forget to pop back each week to check on both our blogs.

Here is the badge and code for you to use in your post/ posts which you select to link up.

Adventures In Websterland
Drink Up Me’Hearties Yo Ho!

Now it’s time to get linking, We look forward to reading all your linked posts shortly!

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5 Simple Ways To Cheer Someone Up This January

January can be a really tough month, Christmas is over and the warmer months seem an age away. Sometimes it’s hard to feel cheery when the weather outside is cold and damp. I usually hate January but this year I’ve decided to turn that around and find ways to feel better about it. I started thinking about some things that would cheer me up and in turn what I could do to cheer someone else up.

Here are five ideas that I’ve come up with, they are all low cost and budget friendly.

1.Write a letter just to say hello or to let someone know how much you appreciate them. Getting a lovely letter in the post instead of a bill would certainly cheer someone up this month.

2.Buy a bunch of flowers for someone just because. A beautiful bunch of flowers in a vase will help cheer any room up and be a reminder that it will soon be Spring.

3.Invite someone round for a meal. I’m someone who definitely expresses my love through food it’s a great way to make someone feel better.

4.Spread some cheer on social media. The world can be a crappy place sometimes but there’s no need to dwell on it. Share a heart warming story or a motivational quote. It could help someone change their outlook if they are feeling down.

5.Tell someone how much they mean to you and why. When you are feeling down it’s easy to forget about the wonderful qualities you posses. Hearing them from someone else can be just the boost you need.

Living Arrows 2/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

One of our family goals for 2017 is to get outdoors and explore more. I asked some fellow North West bloggers for some suggestions of places to visit. They went above and beyond so we now have a long list of ideas to work our way through. I’m hoping lots of my living arrows photo’s will be taken outdoors this year.

Here are my favourite photo’s of the children this week.

Jake 

Jake has just enjoyed his first full week totally buggy free so he’s making the most of exploring his world in a new way. Leaving the buggy at home when we go out is so strange, but it’s lovely to watch him run and play along with Daisy.

Daisy

We made the most of the bank holiday last Monday and went to the park. Despite is being freezing cold the sky was so blue and clear, it made me long for Spring. I love this photo, I don’t know what she’s looking at or thinking about but she looks absolutely beautiful.

 

Living Arrows

Magic, Frosty Mornings & Plans #LittleLoves

I’m really excited to be taking part in another new linky this year. I’ve really enjoyed reading some of my favourite bloggers #LittleLoves posts each Friday. I decided it was time to join in myself, it will be so nice to look back on the things I’ve loved each week.

Read

On January 1st I started reading ‘the Magic’ by Rhonda Byrne. I’m a big believer in the law of attraction and this book focuses on gratitude and the part it plays. It’s designed to be read over 28 days with tasks to undertake each day. I’m finding it really helpful to keep the January blues away and focusing my mind on the positives.

Watched 

I’ve been binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix in the evenings, I’m so late to the party with this show. I’m a few episodes in to season 3 and I’m hooked. It’s such an easy watch and so much fun. Chris pretends he doesn’t like it but I’ve caught him peeping over his laptop watching.

Heard

I’m listening to the stations on Amazon Prime music and keep finding myself drawn to Passenger. I particularly love this track called ‘Holes’ the lyrics are brilliant.

Made

We’ve been making lots of plans this week for the year ahead. As well as making goals we have been planning for the celebrations we have ahead this year. I turn 40, my eldest son turns 18 and heads to university and we are taking our first holiday as a family.

Wore

My wardrobe this week has mainly consisted of warm jumpers, leggings and joggers. All the things that make me feel extra cosy and comfortable. The kids have been well and truly bundled up for the school run as it’s been freezing in the mornings.

And lastly

This week we’ve really enjoyed and been grateful for the slower pace of life after the madness of Christmas. The final few months of last year were so busy so it’s been lovely to ease in to the new year slowly. With Daisy back at school, Chris back at work and new work trickling in slowly for me it will soon be busy again. Until then I’m going to savour every last bit of the peace and quiet.

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