Happy Birthday, Daughter!

Phew! We have not stopped this weekend, as we have been celebrating the birthday of our elder daughter, Elliot, who is 9 years old today. Happy Birthday, Elliot! She had a birthday party at home followed by a sleepover and movie night, and we topped it off with a visit to her uncle and cousin where the children spent an hour splashing around in the hot tub. A very happy, very busy weekend. And now she must go to school on her birthday, boo! But she doesn’t mind, because our beautiful girl loves learning, loves spending time with her friends and the school community, and generally loves life.

Happy Birthday Elliot

It has been a whirlwind week in the Green household. We finally said goodbye to our little old Citroen C3 and welcomed a brand-new Skoda Karoq, fresh from the factory. It is so good to have a car made for the digital age! I love the way it drives, the spacious interior, and being higher up on the road for a change. But now I must get used to driving a big car, something I have never done before, at least not regularly. I feel like I have taken to it quite well… and it’s not a bad birthday present for me, either! There is a downside to all this excitement. Our younger daughter has been called into hospital at very short notice for tests to assess swelling on her optic discs. We are a little worried, but we trust our doctors, and we know she is well cared for at our local NHS hospital. Enjoy your week, my friends!

Mummy Mondays SpookyMrsGreen

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The Devil’s Child by Maria Zeferino

She couldn’t change the pain and trauma they had wrapped her in, from early childhood.

But she could detach from drama, a drama that was never hers, to become who she really was – the best version of HER.

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The Devil’s Child exposes years of hidden physical, mental and emotional abuse and oppression.

A child’s sad and painful journey.

Yet, an uplifting story of strength and victory.

Maria Zeferino Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MARIA ZEFERINO

Maria was born in Portugal, in 1959, the eleventh child of her beloved family.

Her mum died when she was three years old and she was brought up by an unrelated family.

She got married at twenty- five and divorced at forty.

She was a Bank employee for twelve years, but lost her job at the end of 1999, together with thousands of colleagues, when the economic recession hit her country badly.

Through the Portuguese job centre, in 2001, she signed up for a four-month job in Southampton, England; the plan being to go back to her own country at the end of the contract.

But sometimes life has other plans and eighteen years later, she is still living in England.

In December 2014, she found a lump on her breast and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Two operations, six months of chemotherapy, one month of radiotherapy, a lot of physiotherapy, daily medication for five years, annual reviews and an amazing medical team behind her and she is still here, alive and grateful.

It certainly was an unpleasant experience, but it was also a learning curve.

She learnt to slow down and to treat herself the way she likes to treat others.

By learning to do that, she discovered art and abstract acrylic painting became her emotional and mental support through hard times.

By learning to do that, she allowed a deeply buried dream to come back to life – writing a book.

By learning to listen to and love herself, she gathered the courage to dig deep into old wounds.

However, this book is more than a dream come true; more than another step through her own healing process

The Devil’s Child is here as a message of strength and courage, to anybody, whose life has been tainted by abuse of any kind.

Maria Zeferino The Devils Child

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How to Cleanse Your Room

Cleansing the room is an important ritual for me as an energy practitioner. During my years of meditating, working with other empaths and mediums, and connecting with reiki healing energy I have learned how it feels when a room needs cleansing. Have you ever walked into a house and felt oddly subdued or depressed? Maybe it felt dark and dreary. Perhaps the space was cluttered with junk and you came away feeling jittery. These are all examples of space that needs cleansing. Sometimes it goes beyond the act of vacuuming and dusting furniture. You need to clean the energy, open up the space, and make it easier to breath and relax.

How to Cleanse Your Room

My easiest way to cleanse a room is using incense. I have incense sticks of various different scents, and I used them depending on my needs. For example, I will burn lavender incense to relax people and aid with meditation and self-care. I might burn sandalwood to help me feel more energized and connected to Spirit. I would burn a citrus incense to make the area feel physically clean and healthy. There are lots of different scents available, and you can buy incense cones or sticks. I like to burn a white sage smudge stick for what I call “deep cleansing.” I might do this once a week, or sometimes more frequently if we have been dealing with challenges at home. White sage is known for its healing and cleansing properties, and I have read in some medical journals that it has health benefits. Another favourite of mine is palo santo wood. These little sticks smell sweet and invigorating, and I feel that they help liven up the energy in a room if it feels stale.

How to Clear Smells from Your Room

Probably the most popular way of cleansing your room is using scented oils. A simple oil burner is great for this job. Add a few drops of essential oil to a small amount of water, pop a tealight candle underneath, and your room will soon feel and smell fresher than it did before, depending on the oil that you use. One of my fellow reiki students has been using frankincense oil and rosemary oil to help her husband recover from serious illness, and she highly recommends them. I decided to get some of these oils since I haven’t used them before. Do you use incense, smudge sticks and essential oils for cleansing? Please share your recommendations in the comments.

Witchy Wednesday SpookyMrsGreen

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Settling a New Rescue Dog at Home

You may have seen my earlier blog posts about the struggle we faced when trying to re-home a dog late last year. Our beloved Staffy X rescue dog died peacefully last August having spent a wonderful eleven years in our care. My husband and I vaguely remembered the early days with Baxter when he was about three years old. Although he was house-trained, he had clearly been badly mistreated, leaving us with a dog that had panic attacks if you mentioned the word “bath,” hyperventilated if the smoke alarm went off or he heard a similar high-pitched sound, and never could resist the urge to steal food and scavenge on the streets. Back then it was just the three of us, with no young children or children’s toys to protect. We had time to work closely with Baxter and help him overcome his fears and settle in with his new family. Settling a new rescue dog is hard work! It feels very like having a baby, where you muddle through each day and learn on the job.

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After several disappointing responses from rescue centres and re-homing charities, most of whom refuse to consider re-homing a Staffy dog breed with young children despite our experience, I found a charity that was very willing to consider our family for one of their dogs. Warrington Animal Welfare met us a few times when we visited a couple of dogs in their care. They listened to our story, they accepted that we wanted a Staffy crossbreed dog because Baxter left such a big impression on our lives, but they were not pushy when we took a little time to consider if we could give the dogs what they needed. Eventually we found Marley, a two-year-old Pomeranian-Staffy X. Yes, I know, I thought it was a strange mix as well, but a breeder did this deliberately! Marley had not been mistreated. He had lived in an apartment with a young couple, and while he came to us slightly overweight and under-exercised, he was and is a very happy and friendly dog. He simply needs some training, lots of outdoor activity, and something to keep his brain busy. But he is hard work. He barks every time someone walks along the pavement past our house. He doesn’t travel well in the car. He has slipped out of his harness a few times, and he can jump over the fence and wall in our garden. He’s a Houdini dog! Marley is also partial to the children’s toys, and has already eaten three or four dolls, several Lego pieces, and even a USB cable (thankfully not while it was plugged in). We are having to relearn life with a young dog and make our adjustments accordingly. This week I have someone making my garden Marley-proof. I am also contacting a local dog training facility for advice. Despite the extra expense and the stress, I love my new boy very much, he has settled in with our family very quickly, and he is adorable. Thank you, Warrington Animal Welfare for matching us with our new baby.

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Experience Brick Week this February Half Term

Experience BRICK WEEK this February Half Term with a short break to LEGOLAND® Holidays.

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During February Half Term Legoland® Holidays will be opening the doors for families to enjoy Brick week where there will be 20* awesome rides to enjoy plus exclusive LEGO® building activities including fun Build Challenges, free building and even a giant mosaic. Experience all of these exclusive activities plus an overnight stay in one of the onsite hotels with breakfast and free parking all from as little as £249 per family (Based on a family of four).

Breakdown of this offer:

  • An overnight stay in an awesome LEGO® themed family room
  • 2-day Park entry to selected rides* including Driving School and Mia’s Riding Adventure
  • FREE LEGO gift for each child**
  • LEGOLAND® character meet and greets
  • Evening entertainment
  • A delicious buffet breakfast
  • Splash and play in the LEGO pirate themed pool
  • Exclusive BRICK WEEK Themed extras and activities – First Peek New LEGO® Models, Free fun Build Activities and Challenges plus Mosaic.

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Stay dates are from 14th — 23rd February – book now to secure your stay and avoid disappointment!

Free-for-All Friday SpookyMrsGreen

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Reconnecting with the Spirit World

Did you see something? A shadow, over there, in the corner! As you look towards it the apparition vanishes, and you think your eyes are playing tricks on you. Then you hear a strange sound, maybe laughter drifting down the stairs, but you are alone in the house. It could be the neighbours or someone walking past outside… or maybe it was a ghost!

Reconnecting with the Spirit World

That was my lived experience up until sometime in the past year or so. Growing up I always sensed something “other” around me, but I could never explain what it was. The adults I spoke to always said I had a vivid imagination, and it was probably all those books I read playing tricks with my mind. But I knew that I could feel something different. I didn’t always see ghosts, but I knew when they were around me. I could list hundreds of small experiences across the years, but for now I want to talk about the experience of being a psychic sensitive. I am not a medium. I don’t see spirits and ghosts as physical beings like you see on TV. They speak to me silently, through music, odd sounds, and whispered words in my mind. They manifest as shadows and sensations, or an eerie cold patch in a warm place. They show themselves as an image in my mind. At least, they used to do that. Now my world is silent, and I feel lonely.

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One of my best ghost hunts – Edinburgh Vaults!

I am not sure what happened to me in 2019. It wasn’t a brilliant year, but I wouldn’t call it a bad year, despite the death of our beloved family dog. People and animals grow old and eventually we know that we must say goodbye. I experienced loss of people and animals last year. It was only in December that I realised I had been living alone. My spirit sense had disappeared. Or maybe it lies dormant, like a muscle that has wasted away. I became so wrapped up in the mundanity of life and domestic chores that I forgot to speak to Spirit, and so they left me alone. Why would they hang around someone who ignores them? There are lots of other sensitive people in the world that would welcome their company and their presence. Or perhaps they still wait in the shadows, knowing that I will search for them soon and they can return to me. There have been a few occasions recently where I felt a familiar shiver down my spine, and I knew I was not truly alone. I am here, my ethereal friends. And I would love to see you again, my beloved Baxter-Boy.

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My Top 3 Professional Goals for 2020

I wanted to write something inspirational and motivational today. This is our first day back at school after the Christmas holidays, and for many people it is also the first day back at work. I know a few people who are planning career changes in 2020, but for me there is a sense of, well, nothing, to be honest. I usually start a new year raring to go, with lots of plans for how to grow my blog, how to increase my subscriber numbers, and crucially, how to sell my novels. But none of it works. I simply do not have the time or the resources to make it happen. So then I get cross with myself and start searching for work from home jobs on my preferred jobs websites. Then I get frustrated because it takes me away from working on my freelance business, and the whole cycle turns inwards. This year I am breaking that pattern. Here are my top 3 professional goals for 2020:

My Top 3 Professional Goals for 2020

1, Be realistic. I have been trying to earn money from my published novels and freelance writing for the past eight years, and I still do not earn a regular livable wage. It simply isn’t happening for me. I need to lower my expectations, accept that I am just an average human, and keep trying to learn and grown in the best way that I can. I do not have access to business training courses, and I cannot pay for a mentor to guide me through the process. I have no money for PR or advertising, so I cannot build my author brand quickly. I can only take each day as it comes.

2, Be flexible. I have been applying for “regular jobs” for most of my adult life. Back when I worked a full-time office job, I was applying for work within the media industry, desperately looking for that big break so I could move into broadcasting and TV. But it was not my career, nor was it meant to be. I am a creative writer. I love words. But now I am struggling to get into the very closed and unwelcoming literary industry. I’m just a boring white girl from an average family. I have no special back story that will propel me to literary fame, and nobody has heard of my self-published novels. So I will apply for part-time jobs in my local area and be open to suggestions about how to earn a decent wage while still caring for my family.

3, Be kind to myself. There is no point in me getting upset and frustrated every time I hit the proverbial brick wall. It is an old pattern of behaviour and I am ready to move on. There is clearly a reason why I am not selected or considered for the jobs I apply for, whether they are freelance writing jobs, or regular day jobs. I do not desperately need the money. I want it for a bit of financial independence, but I am in a strong marriage, and my husband has a good, reliable job. He works in waste management; he will always find work. The work that I do is important but largely unrecognised in modern society. I know how valuable I am. I know my worth. And I will not settle for second best. I would rather be “unemployed” that make myself ill trying to juggle a job I despise with childcare and all the other domestic commitments on my time.

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What are your plans and professional goals for 2020? Have you instigated a big career change, or are you happy and settled with your lot? I wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous new decade!

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Detox with Twinings Tea

Are you back at work after the Christmas holiday? Did you eat and drink way too much junk food and alcohol? Perhaps now you feel the need to detox, clear out the rubbish, and make way for a fresh, clean January. Try out the tea blends from Twinings Tea. You can choose from Superblends, Cold Infuse, Green Teas and even Decaff Tea blends. They will help to revive you and give you a much-needed boost while you get back into the work routine.

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Happy New Year!

We made it! Today we welcome in a brand-new year and a brand-new decade. The past ten years have been busy, as I got married, had two children, began my professional writing career, published several novels, suffered bereavements, and worked through the issues caused by my father-in-law’s life-changing cycling accident. Then there are the still ongoing mental health challenges with my husband, which he managed to hide from me pretty much up until we got married, despite living together for a few years. I was oblivious to his struggles until I saw the change in his behaviour, but back then we were both working full time jobs and had separate social lives.

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The past ten years for me has been mostly about staying home with the children and trying to find a little independence. I admire women who manage to have children and still work their full-time jobs alongside it. I don’t know how they do it. I have been searching for work that I can fit around childcare, but mostly the wages don’t cover the costs of paid childminders, so I don’t see the point in applying for the jobs. And the jobs that I like the look of I am unsuccessful in receiving offers for because guess what, I don’t have relevant recent experience. Talk about catch-22. I would far prefer to remain self-employed and work to my own schedule, but realistically I need money. My savings account is not filling up very fast, I have no disposable income, and I am relying on my husband to pay for the household expenses and luxuries like holidays and a new car. And he refuses to take holidays, so guess what, we don’t go very far! That is something I want to change going forward.

Happy New Year! 2020 SpookyMrsGreen

I decided not to make any fixed New Year resolutions, because right now I don’t need that kind of pressure. I have decided to try something more manageable, like get back to reading properly. And finish writing the novel I have been working on for the past two years. But my most sensible and practical resolution needs to be finding a part-time job. My freelance work is too sporadic and unpredictable. I just need to find something that brings a regular, reliable income so I can take my children on holidays and save up for bigger projects. And I need to restart my pension account, which stopped when I left full-time employment. It might sound quite heavy and worrying, but I’m not concerned. For now I am happy to be here with my family, safe and healthy. Happy New Year, my friends!

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Kids go FREE on Your 2020 short break to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

Book your Short Break to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort now with an overnight stay and 2 days in the Theme Park from just £28 per person (based on 2 adults, 2 children, Kids Go FREE & Second day Free applied).

Enjoy 2 days in LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort where you can watch your little ones enjoy 55 interactive rides, live shows and attractions set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. Stay overnight at one of the onsite hotels or at one of our Nearby partner hotels with breakfast included.

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Package offers:

  • An overnight stay at your choice of Resort or nearby hotel
  • 2 days into LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
  • A delicious breakfast in the morning

+ so much more all from as little as £28 per person!

Guests staying in either LEGOLAND® Resort Hotel or LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel:

  • Fully themed room plus FREE LEGO® gift
  • Ride Priority Access – NEW FOR 2020
  • FREE parking and WiFi
  • Evening entertainment, morning Character meet & greets
  • Access to LEGO Pirate Themed splash area and pool
  • Access to hotel games room, LEGO pits and outdoor play area.

+ so much more all from as little as £70 per person!

Included in your 2-day theme park admission you will be able to watch your little ones’ enjoy 55 interactive rides, live shows and attractions set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland including:

  • LEGO® NINJAGO® The Ride!
  • 4-D Cinema which is exclusively showing LEGO® City 4D — Officer in Pursuit!
  • The LEGO® Friends & their Heartlake City concert!
  • Wander and enjoy model scenes from Europe and the USA featuring nearly 40 million LEGO pieces.
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£123 – Mar 15/22/29 Apr 26 May 3/8/10/17 Jun 7/14/21/28 Jul 5/12/19 Sep 13/20/27 Oct 4/11

School Holidays – £148 – May 23/24/29/30 Aug 8-31

 

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School Holidays – £170 – May 26-28 Jul 24-31 Aug 1-7

 

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£153 – Mar 13/20/27 Apr 24 May 15 Jun 5/12/19/26 Jul 3/10/17 Sep 11/18/25

£165 – Mar 15/22/29 Apr 3/26 May 3/8/10/17/22 Jun 7/14/21/28 Jul 5/12/19 Sep 13/20/27

School Holidays – £165 – Jul 19/24/26/31 Aug 2/7/9

 

Or Stay on the Resort, here are the best prices for LEGOLAND Resort Hotel staying in an Adventure, Kingdom or Pirate Themed Room.

£213 – April 21/22/27/30 Sep 7/10/14/17/24/28 Oct 1/5/8

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£243 – Jun 8-10/15-17

Summer Holidays – £325 – Jul 19-31 Aug 2-7

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