All Change for my Little Girl (and Mummy)

Today marks the beginning of a big countdown for me and several of my local mum friends. Our youngest children are now in their final month at preschool, and before we know it, all of our babies will be at primary school, and we will suddenly have a gaping hole in our daily lives. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it! I mean, I knew this day would come, but after walking to and from preschool and getting to know the teachers and parents for the past 5 years, this will be a huge change of routine. And we don’t like change! But it has to happen. My little girl is more than ready for big school, as are her friends. It’s just us mums that need to pull ourselves together and get over it.

My Little Girl SpookyMrsGreen

Anyway, on a more practical note, a new school year can only mean one thing: new shoes. If you are like me, and you do the old-fashioned routine of visiting your local Clarks shoe store to have the children’s feet measured, then check out their big summer sale. Up to 50% off all shoes, including children’s, up until Wednesday 28th June, and then further reductions to be confirmed afterwards. Let’s try and be organised, eh? Have a good week, and make those cuddles count!

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Festival Fun and a Good Cuppa!

Festival season is in full swing, and despite all the recent dramatic events here in the UK, we are a nation that gets on with our lives. Have a cup of tea, dear. Keep calm, and carry on, as the old saying goes. Or rather, enjoy the festivals, sing and dance to your heart’s content, and then have a good cup of tea during your recovery period.

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I am pleased to share with you a couple of special offers from Whittard of Chelsea. Get two free Zinnia cups plus two mini caddies when you spend £90 – use offer code FESTIVAL – click here for details. Get two free Zinnia cups when you spend £60 – use offer code SUMMER – click here for details. That’s better!

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Summer Solstice Blessings

We have reached the longest day of the year, and what a challenging time it has been. Life is like that, of course. We thrive on drama and activity, and we grow bored when there is nothing to do. Humans must keep busy. If we become idle, we start to look for ways to create mischief. It is in our nature. And so, we see it happening all around the world.

Today I will take time to celebrate our world. It is our home, our sanctuary. Mother Earth continues to grow and replenish as we continue to take and destroy. Many of us try to put back what we take, or are mindful about our activity. Yet more of us simply live our lives in a state of blissful ignorance. Perhaps now we should remember the impact every time we throw something in the bin, even the smallest sweet wrapper. Just a thought…

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Well, I am off to light a summer solstice fire, give thanks for the fruits of my labour, and banish anything that is holding me back. Oh, and I might find some time to be with my husband and celebrate our love in the good old-fashioned sense… see you later, and Solstice Blessings, my friends!

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Preparing for the new School Term

I know there are lots of parents who have children starting school this September (yes, that would be me), and others whose children are moving up from primary to secondary school. We all accept that the rigmarole of purchasing new school uniforms and all the associated paraphernalia can be stressful and expensive. That’s why many parents choose to start their shopping earlier in the year, and prepare well in advance ahead of the new Autumn term in September.

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Today I have a special offer to share from WH Smith, one of my lifelong favourite shops. We always visit Smith’s when we need school stationery, and I remember the excitement of purchasing my new school bags, pencil cases, notebooks and whatever else was needed at the time. You can’t beat a collection of novelty erasers!

Anyway, here’s the deal. I hope it helps! £5 off when you spend £25 or more at WHSmith.co.uk* – use code SAVING5click here for details.

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Terms and Conditions

*£5 off when you spend £25 or more at WHSmith.co.uk – offer ends at 23.59 on Thursday 29th June 2017. Offer valid online only. To qualify for this offer, add your products to your basket and enter promotion code SAVING5. The £25 spend level is the total order value excluding delivery charges and after all other discounts have been applied. £5 discount will show in the basket and is only valid once per transaction. The following products are excluded from this offer: gift cards, tokens & vouchers, magazine subscriptions, Royal Mail postage stamps, Kobo eReaders, eBooks and all partner/3rd party products. Offer subject to availability. No cash alternative. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other online promotion codes.

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Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel)

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***Cover Reveal*** Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel) by Catherine Green #ASMSG

COVER REVEAL – Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel) – book 4
by Catherine Green
Jessica Stone used to be a normal human. Then she fell in love with a vampire, met his
identical twin werewolf brother, and her life fell apart spectacularly. Meeting
Detective Jack Mason, and his brother Danny, brought about a powerful change,
and Jessica’s magic was released. Now, in Redcliffe book 4, she must learn to
control her ethereal animal familiar, who lusts after the alpha werewolf, and
will stop at nothing to use her human mistress as a tool… Or is that a
weapon?
The Redcliffe novels series follow the adventures of bookshop owner Jessica Stone
as she meets a man and falls in love, only to discover the hidden werewolf
secrets of her close friends. Who knew the Cornish coast could be so deadly?
Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel) – coming June 2017
                            
Find Catherine Green and her British paranormal novels
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Preparing for Middlewich FAB Festival #BEFAB

Our town is preparing for the biggest event of the year… Middlewich FAB Festival! It is always a very special weekend, and I love how the town literally comes alive for the big party. We have been watching the boats arrive into town, mooring up and settling in ready for the floating market and all the entertainment that is promised. There is a growing buzz of excitement, a certain low-level hum that is getting louder as the weekend draws closer.

In these days before the festival, my friends and I like to walk along the canal and speak to the visiting boaters and their dogs (very important!). We enjoy the calm before the storm, the quiet canal paths and empty streets, because we know that come Saturday, we will barely be able to step out of our front door without being bombarded by colour, sound and excitement. And we love it!

Later this week we will watch tents and marquees going up, flags and bunting appearing in the streets, and the funfair will roll into town. We have our festival outfits all ready, nice and colourful. Our tickets are waiting, our babysitters booked so we can enjoy watching the Lightning Seeds. All the local pubs and venues will prepare their outside spaces to welcome musicians and gig goers. Oh, and the beer will flow. Cheers!

Ayup! #BeFAB SpookyMrsGreen

The Beer Boat will soon be heaving! #BEFAB

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Our Visit to SEA LIFE Manchester @SEALIFEManc #ErnieTheTurtle

My family and I recently visited SEA LIFE Manchester for a family day out. It was our first visit to the Manchester venue, although we have visited SEA LIFE in other UK towns throughout the years. As always, it did not disappoint. I was very pleased to find that SEA LIFE Manchester is supporting turtle conservation both in the wild and in captivity. Those little critters have always had a soft spot in my heart!

SEA LIFE Manchester has been improved and modernised so that they now boast some very cool interactive features. The first attraction we saw was a holographic, and very realistic, female sea turtle laying her eggs on a beach. The SEA LIFE ranger guide who introduced us gave some very interesting facts and information about turtles in the wild, and we loved the visual display. You have to see it for yourself, I could not do it justice with my camera.

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Another fascinating feature for me was the assortment of glass bubbles and walk-through tanks. Now, I have seen the tanks where children can crawl through tunnels in other SEA LIFE centres, but one of the tanks near the beginning of the attraction was very interesting indeed. As you approached, it looked like the fish were sort of flying, or hovering, in the air. It was only as we got closer that we realised it was a special kind of tank that protruded out in a sphere. Again, you have to see it.

Essentially, there is a lot to see and do at SEA LIFE Manchester. We walked around in about two hours, although I could have happily stayed longer if the children had allowed me to stop and read the information boards. There are interactive games that children can play, activities to get involved with, and we even got to meet Nala the rescue snake, with her handler. We stroked her skin and learned a bit about her and her rescued companion. We saw interesting fossils and were fascinated by the Rock Pool room, all part of the interactive Ranger Day experience that families can enjoy at SEA LIFE Manchester.

On a more practical note, SEA LIFE Manchester is designed to be family friendly. You can walk round with pushchairs and wheelchairs very easily, and the toilet facilities are spacious and accessible. There is a very nice soft play area which is enclosed and secure, and we could sit in front of the huge feature fish tank to watch the animals while our children played for a while. There is no café inside the centre, but there are plenty of eateries within walking distance, since it is situated in the Trafford Centre complex, and there are vending machines next to the soft play. All in all, SEA LIFE Manchester makes for a nice, entertaining, educational family day out.

#ErnieTheTurtle SEA LIFE Manchester SpookyMrsGreen

#ErnieTheTurtle SEA LIFE Manchester SpookyMrsGreen

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Garden Toys for the Kids

Summer has arrived here in the UK, and my children keep adding to the list of toys that they “really must get” to play with in our garden while the weather is nice. So far, I am managing to put them off by promising a shopping trip when we move house. Our garden is just not big enough, never mind the fact that we have no shed or garage to store items in when the weather turns bad.

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Anyway, today I have a special offer for you, courtesy of Top Cashback. Get yourself a free toy from Toysrus when you join the money saving website. I am a member, and am accruing a nice little cashback balance that I’m sure will come in very handy for the aforementioned garden toy shopping trip. Have a lovely week, my friends!

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Breathe

Take a deep breath, all the way from the bottom of your lungs.

Breathe in…. hold…

Breath out…

And again:

Breathe in… hold…

Breathe out…

Once more:

Breathe in… hold…

Breathe out.

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You got this. You can vote in the UK election and know that your vote counts. Our country is safe, despite what the media tells you following the recent attacks. We are strong together, as a national and a global community. Take each day as it comes, live your own life, and love as much as you can. That is all. Blessed Be.

 

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The Seven Year Itch? Not in My Marriage!

Today is my seventh wedding anniversary. My husband and I have been together since we were teenagers, not exactly a high school romance, but not far off. We took time to live apart, go to separate universities, experience a bit of independent life, and eventually we decided to get married and start a family. Well, I decided. He just went along with it!

My Wedding Day SpookyMrsGreen

Marriage was not on my radar when I got together with my husband. I was reeling from the painful divorce of my parents, and I believed I was strong and happy as a single woman. Well, I can be that, but the love that my husband and I share for each other runs deep. There are no words to describe it. We are soulmates, and we both agree on that point. Of course, we have our disagreements. We both drive each other crazy. We came close to separating three years ago. But we got through it, and every day we work at growing strong again, together. Love really is all we need. Happy Anniversary, Daniel. I love you.

Mr and Mrs Green SpookyMrsGreen

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