Tuesday, 13 September 2016

MUSINGS: Quotes of inspiration #2

I figured it had been a while actually nearly a year since I did a post like this. I have found some gorgeous quotes of Insirations that may speak to you. I hope you like them and they brighten your day.

Stop and appreciate life no matter what's going on stop and be thankful. What worries you today will be a distant memory in years to come. I am so thankful for my husband, daughter, my friends and church they have truly held me up and know me so well and the person I am and still yet to become. Living with Chris onicillness doesn't define me! Nor does others opinions. I was once told no one can make you feel less than or inferior with out your consent, so today I revoke consent I am in love with a life ahead of me. Step back and remember what matters is who you love and see you for you and supports you. Never judge as one day it may be you on the other side. God loves all, he is inclusive not exclusive and I know God loves me is at work in my life and guiding me to a brighter future to help me do gods work. 

Hope this brightens your day 

PARENTING: Our summer fun for rainy days

Rain is the worst when you a a little person full of energy to entertain. So finding activities to keep them entertained and indoors is a challenge.
So we ran onto on particularly horrid day and Autumn preceded to have more energy than every before (perfect timing). 

Extra lucky my husband was on annual leave so we took the opportunity to max out her energy with rainy day fun activities.

We stared with baking! Autumn loves to help and feel needed this is a perfect time for her to shine. We decided to bake cupcakes and she helped measure and stir and put in the oven, then when cooked Autumn iced them. 

Painting and messy play is always a winner specially when sprinkles (glitter) is involved. This can take hours and hours of fun and lighter in our house. We managed 3 different pictures with a tray of sprinkles and colours and it was lots of fun. 

We embarked onto temporary tattoos Autumn wanted just the one (well two but the first attempt was a huge fail on my part) so she ended up with rapunzle and felt super cool and grownup like mummy (although I can assure you most days I don't feel I adult well at all). 

Paining pit own nails..... And when o say this I mean I paint my own and Autumn is completely insistent she is well enough trained to do her own nails. I disagree but for tantrums save decided to see just how well she can paint her own nails. And to be honest she is 3 and is pretty amazing at at it considering her age. 

And finally playing dress up and having fun with wigs. I  was asked to review two wigs and Autumn and I decided the best way to start was with Dress up we pretended to be princesses and mermaid s it was a moment I will remember for ever. 

What do you do on rainy days to keep your littles ones occupied? I would love any hints and tips and if you have any posts on the subject please leave below. 

Love Aimee xx

Friday, 2 September 2016

LIFESTYLE: Summer clearout with Oxfam & Mumsnet

I am very honoured to be asked by mums net to have a home summer clear out so the house is free from clutter ready for the end of summer and start of the school year. 
I couldn't wait to apply and was so happy to be accepted.
I have lots of extras in my home and some new especially when it comes to girls clothing and toys
oxfam logo

I managed to find a whopping 20 black bags full and I'm pretty sure I could find some more. 
The feeling I got when freeing my home from all these things which some were new and unnoticed was really amazing I felt like a weight was lifted and my home was breathable again. 
I can honestly recommend this to anyone not just family's. There are things luring in your home unloved and untouched for god knows how long desperate for a new home. 

This way when you donate to oxfam your not just giving it away your  stuff to anyone you know it's going to a shop to be sold to raise money for oxfam to help family rise from disaster and help end poverty. 

When your dropping off your donations you can also tag your bag! So every time oxfam sell one of your donated items if you qualify for gift aid they get an extra 25% from the government at no cost for you! This is amazing for them so they get more donations to do good with. 

Tag your bag couldn't be easier when you donate just fill in a form and as long as your a tax payer you qualify. You get personalised tag your bag stickers which can be used in future donation bags! And that's it oxfam is 25% better off with wash sale they make of your donations. 

I ended up donating to two shops one was just a book store and I have 7 bags of just books to them. And the rest went to my other local store which sold a mixture of items. 

You can find out more here about oxfam and where your local donation points are HERE

£15 in sales is enough to buy five Oxfam buckets to keep life saving water clean and disease-free. Or it can help two vulnerable families to buy desperately needed food in an emergency. Or give a famer manure and fertiliser so they can grow enough crops to earn a living. There are so many ways donated stuff can help Oxfam fight poverty which is why donations are urgently needed. 

I urge you to look at your home and go room to room just as I did and ask your self do I need it? Have I used or worn it in 6 months. If the answer is no start a black bag or two and you can make a difference just like I did. 

I found doing this blogger summer clear out so liberating and freeing. My home is clear of clutter and unused chia thing and bits and pieces. And I would never have had the drive if I wasn't shown the way and given this opportunity by oxfam and mums net. 

So thank you for this chance to have a warm feeling inside for doing something good for people who need it far more than me. 

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