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5 Ways To Keep The Home Happy And Positive

As a homeowner, your job is to ensure that the place is kept in the best possible condition. Anyone who has ever owned a home before will know that this kind of role is pretty much endless. You won’t be able to kick back for a week as there will always be another job around the corner. If it’s not a domestic job relating to fixing or improving the home, you’ll have something to do regarding the kids!

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One of the good things about looking after your home and keeping everything in good spirits is that it’s just a case of falling into the right habits. If you get stuck in some pretty negative ways, then looking after the home can be quite challenging. If you want to simply keep the home happy and positive, then you’ll have to make sure that you do a few things right. Here are five ideas for you: 

Set The Right Example

This kind of collective attitude around the house will start with you. If you have a family to look after, then this is especially important to think about. When it comes to supporting your children and making sure they live a happy life, you’re going to need to set the right tone and be optimistic every single day. If you have a negative disposition, then they’re going to mimic that, and the entire ambiance of the home will be negative. 

Keep Everything Neat, Tidy, And Organized

If the home is looking and feeling good, then the chances are that those inside the home are going to feel good, too. If everything is organized, then you won’t have to stress over things like messy items and other clutter. Make it a regular thing to clear up and keep everything hygienic. Think also about adding a few touches to boost the aesthetics. Perhaps you could add some pictures with a wooden frame on the walls of special moments and family members. Perhaps an ornament or two could make things even prettier. 

Make Sure The First Impressions Are Great 

If your home has positive first impressions, then it’s only going to be a good thing. First impressions are gigantic when it comes to the way we feel about pretty much anything. They set the tone for what lies ahead. So, make sure the home is looking pretty in terms of the exterior – if it’s a mess, then it’s going to make you feel a little down. The same applies to the porch and foyer areas. 

Think About The Colors And The Overall Atmosphere

Color psychology has a big part to play in terms of the way we feel about our homes. We often like to live in homes with warm colors, but it’s, of course, entirely up to you and your preferences. The atmosphere matters in terms of the smells and overall feel of the home. Do what you can to ensure the place is smelling fresh and providing the right temperature all year round!

Ensure There’s A Room In The Home For Everyone  

Everyone deserves to enjoy the spoils of your home. Make sure there’s a place in the home for every resident. So, if that means creating a study, a game room, a gym, or anything related to someone in your home, then why not go ahead and make it happen?

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Romancing the witch, werewolf style! #TheRedcliffeNovels

Happy Hump Day! Today I share an excerpt from my second Redcliffe novel, Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel), where the love triangle begins to form between the witch, her werewolf, and her vampire boyfriend.

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“This is all for you, Jessica,” Danny said, “I can no longer deny my feelings for you.”

My heart skipped a beat and the room spun around me. It was nothing to do with the whiskey. I swallowed nervously, again glancing from Jack to Danny. My boyfriend was silent at my side, and I was aware of Simon standing just in front of the desk.

“W-what do you mean?” I asked shakily.

Danny placed his hands on my knees, and I sat rigid, unable to move. Suri stirred again within me. I was aware of her lifting her head, surveying the scene with interest.  I could hear her thinking how useful this situation could be to her. She pleaded again for me to allow her release.

“Not now, Suri,” I whispered, and Danny looked at me sharply.

“Your tiger is here,” he said with a faint smile, “I can feel her. She wants me. Do you want me, Jessica?”

I licked my lips nervously. Yes, I wanted Danny, and it terrified me. How could I do this to Jack? Surely, I could not be in love with two men. It wasn’t possible. Well, maybe it wasn’t love. But I certainly felt something for Danny, and I could no longer deny it. He knew. He stared at me with growing comprehension, and his expression grew triumphant.

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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. That includes Simon Bunce, manager of the Ship Inn, who turns out to be lieutenant to the Redcliffe werewolf pack, and lover to the wolf alpha Danny Mason. He fights to protect his master from the ethereal animal familiar who threatens to claim their pack. Who knew the Cornish coast could be so deadly?

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Chronic Voice Link-up: Blood Donation for Rare Eye Disease Treatment

Welcome to June and our monthly A Chronic Voice blog link-up. Today is my blood donation day to have special eye drops made for my personal use. Read on to find out more!

ACCUMULATING

Today I am accumulating blood! Well, the NHS is. I am visiting a blood donation centre in Liverpool, which is apparently the closest place for me and will take at least an hour to drive there, maybe more depending on traffic. They will take 1 pint of blood, send it to a facility, and have the serum extracted to make eye drops that will hopefully ease the chronic pain I live with because of rare eye disease and severe Dry Eye Syndrome.

HARMONISING

I feel that my life is finally harmonising. Following several years of struggle, I decided to separate from my husband and while it is an ongoing struggle, I feel like it was the right decision. I have worked hard to build my part-time reiki business, Goldstone Reiki, and continue to work as a freelance blogger and author. I managed to spend quality time with my children during the half-term holiday, and even took them to the seaside for a few days. It is all falling into place.

PRIORITISING

Right now, I am prioritising me. For years I put my husband’s needs before my own, all the while struggling along with my rare eye disease and the associated strain on my mental health. Nobody thought to offer help because I appeared to cope so well with everything. There are only a few people in my life that understand how difficult it is to live with a rare congenital disorder and the associated chronic pain. My children understand that I need to look after myself, and they are still young. This is my life, and I need to take charge of it.

CARVING

This year I am carving out time to have fun. We spent most of 2020 in lockdown and the first quarter of 2021 also. Then we were allowed to return to school and work but nothing else. Now we can travel around the UK freely, we can stay in hotels and holiday homes, we can visit museums, indoor entertainment centres and spend time with other people. We need more holidays!

A windy selfie at Morecambe Bay!

TRAINING

I spent the past 4 years training to be a Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher, so now I am taking a break. I continue to attend group sessions with my teacher and fellow students to deepen our reiki connection and practice the self-care that is important for our health and wellbeing. Later this year I plan to attend training for Karuna Reiki and that should be fun, but right now I need to work on myself and my business.

Chronic Voice Link-Up

I joined the social network for A Chronic Voice because I needed to find people who understand what life is like with chronic illness, people like me. Today I have written a post using the June link-up prompts, to show my experience of living with a chronic pain disorder. Click here to find other blog posts from fellow chronic pain sufferers, or #spoonies as we call ourselves online.

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A Dog-Friendly Holiday in Morecambe

We just got home after a lovely short holiday in Morecambe, Lancashire. It was our first visit to the town, and we will definitely return.

My daughters, dog and I stayed at the Clarendon Hotel on Morecambe seafront. It was a great location since we were 5mins walk from the dog-friendly beach, and approximately 10mins walk from the town centre with amusement arcades, funfair, pubs and restaurants, and shops. There were three decent outdoor play parks along the seafront that my daughters enjoyed, and the weather was perfect.

I am on a mission to find the best dog-friendly locations in the UK, and we found one at Half Moon Bay in Heysham. It was a short drive from our hotel in Morecambe, and there was a large, free carpark right next to the beach. They have a café with toilet facilities, and they offer dog sausages on the menu which I thought was cute. Marley certainly enjoyed his lunch! There is also a kiosk selling ice-cream, drinks, snacks, and beach toys. We got a new fishing net since our old one broke.

The beach at Half Moon Bay is lovely. I let Marley off his lead, and he had hours of fun exploring rock pools, climbing the rocks at the base of the cliff, paddling in sea pools, and digging in the sand. Meanwhile my daughters set to work digging holes, and I sat still for half an hour to enjoy a cup of coffee and take in the views. Bliss! We spent a good hour collecting shells, sea glass and pottery remnants from the beach, playing with seaweed (popping the dried-out husks), and watching crabs and fish in the rock pools.

Later that day we took a walk along the cliff top to explore the ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel at Heysham. It is an Anglo-Saxon ruin, and the history was fascinating to learn. My daughters enjoyed looking at carvings on stone, reading the information boards, and clambering around the hillside to explore. Even Marley found it fascinating! We didn’t make it into the village, but you could walk there from the beach along the cliff, leaving your car safely at Half Moon Bay. I’m sure there would be nice places to eat but my children have a short attention span, so we rely mostly on fast food. There is also a woodland walk on the edge of the village, but we didn’t do that because we were tired after a day on the beach.

I thoroughly enjoyed my dog-friendly holiday in Morecambe and will recommend it for families and dog people.

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Children’s Book Prize Shortlist & Half Price Book

Waterstones have announced their shortlist for Children’s book of the Year 2021 with a great range of titles shortlisted that you can check out here perfect for some half term reading.

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Important Things To Think About For When You Are Giving Birth

Sometimes in life, things don’t always go as planned. Especially when it comes to giving birth and going through the difficulty of labour. You can have the perfect birth planned but the baby will always make their own plan. You can never be fully prepared for what will happen. There are things you can put in place to prepare for different outcomes. There are also things you can do to help yourself like hypnobirthing.

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The birth of a child is a life-changing and magical thing. All expectant parents are waiting while full of excitement and normally are preparing for everything weeks in advance. Getting ready for the arrival of their newest addition to the family. You can never fully plan how the birth of a baby will go. Even one woman can have completely different births with different pregnancies. Some will be easy and quick with no issues, and some will have problems occur and things that arise which take them off their birth plans they have put together. Even resulting in emergency C sections if things are bad.  

There are home comforts you will want to think about having with you to help it be as comfortable as possible, like having your own pillow with you. You can also make a music playlist of calming music to have in the background and anything else that gives you comfort. 

There are all different types of issues that can arise like wrongful birth and in very severe cases wrongful death. In situations like these you will want to seek advice and help from a birth injury attorney. They will be able to help you out as well as be patient and understanding in what will be a very distressing time.

When you are giving birth another thing that you will need to think about and plan for is how it affects you after. What the recovery will be like and how can you make it easier for yourself. Doing something like batch cooking meals and putting them in the freezer will be very beneficial as it will be nice quick meals while you are adjusting to the new way of life. It is a good idea to plan your diet after giving birth.

Remember you know your own body, despite all the changes you will have a good gage on when something doesn’t feel right. So if it doesn’t, then trust yourself and seek some medical advice. Never be afraid to speak up or challenge your doctors and midwives if you feel you need to. Some women really suffer in pregnancy which can cause a lot of concerns and anxiety for when you are giving birth. Especially if you feel like your midwife isn’t listening to you. So make sure you are able to speak up and also talk to your partner about your wishes. Things you want and things you don’t want to happen during giving birth. You can be completely out of it with the pain so sometimes your partner will need to take the lead on it. So it is really important that they have a clear idea on what your wishes are. 

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