Not Your Usual Relaxing Holiday

We have made it to Easter, and my, how the year is flying! It has been a very dramatic and eventful start to the year in domestic circles, although my professional developments are somewhat lacking. But, I can only do what I do. Subsequently, and due to an impending house move (yes, I said it, we are moving to a new house), we were unable to book a family holiday during the Easter school break. We just didn’t have the spare cash.

Not Your Usual Relaxing Holiday SpookyMrsGreen

Anyway, it doesn’t matter. There will be plenty of time for holidays, and instead I am taking our daughters to stay with my mum for a few days. They love having sleepovers at Nanny’s house, and I get a bit of a break while she keeps them entertained. This time, however, I have jobs to do. I have to start organising the mountain of stuff we have in storage at my in-laws’ house. There is a lot of stuff! I have stashed clothes, toys, books, ornaments and I don’t know what else. And then there is the music equipment that my husband will bring to the new house. He couldn’t fit it into our first home, so it stayed with his parents. Now he wants it back. So, I will acquire a vintage Marshall amp and speaker stack as a delightful piece of living room furniture. Oh, joy!

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Top CashBack and Groupon Money Deals

We all love a bargain, and I am really loving the money saving website Groupon at the moment. Since joining Groupon, I have enjoyed discounted afternoon tea at local restaurants and country cafes, I have bought lots of interesting and quirky gifts for birthdays and Christmas, and I have purchased useful items for the home and for myself. Recently I bought a couple of jade massage rollers to use with my reiki therapies…

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Anyway, today I have a deal for you courtesy of Top CashBack. This is another bargain website, where you simply click through to your preferred shop (in this case Groupon), and you receive cash back as a bonus. You can get up to £15 cashback if you use my special affiliate link. Happy shopping!

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*Discount Book* The Darkness of Love #ASMSG #booksale

Time is running out! You can download my Victorian vampire romance novel, The Darkness of Love with a hefty 25% discount, but only until 31st March. This book was a spin-off from the Redcliffe Novels that I wrote several years ago, and it tells the story of Marcus Scott and his transition from human to vampire.

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A Victorian vampire lord seeks an heir for his estate in this English Gothic novel with passion and flair.

Lord Gregory Stockton is a powerful and respected businessman embracing the modern era of the Victorian industrial revolution. He has a grand and beautiful manor house complete with a repertoire of servants, and his young wife is charming, attractive, and the perfect lady to his gentleman. The only thing they lack is an heir to the family estate. Lord Gregory knows he can never produce a child, for he is a vampire, although his wife and servants know nothing of his secrets. There are other ways to provide heirs for his estate, however, and Lord Gregory has noticed the romantic attraction between his wife and the young stable hand Marcus Scott. He hatches a plan to bring the would-be lovers together, and then cruelly tear them apart as he continues to build his empire and secure his power base in the south of England. The humans are pawns in the vampire’s game of lust, love and control.

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Family Holidays at Easter with Pontins

Ah, we have almost reached the end of another long and challenging school term. My daughters and I are more than ready for the Easter holiday from school, although it won’t be much of a rest after all because now I have to start thinking about packing up a house for big changes… more on that later!

Pontins Easter Breaks SpookyMrsGreen

For now, I can dream of our family holiday, and try to plan something last-minute to give us a much-needed break from daily stress. I like the look of the big Easter sale at Pontins. These are good old-fashioned family holiday parks, where you can explore local nature reserves, go off on adventures every day, and enjoy the evening entertainment and kids’ clubs. There is something to suit all tastes, and at very reasonable prices. Happy Easter!

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How to Date when you are Older

How do you get back into the dating scene when you are older? That is a very popular question, due to a change in societal trends and lifestyle preferences. These days there are a lot of older people who are single and looking for love. Perhaps we feel more entitled to express our true feelings and requirements, or we are more confident in our needs. Some people find that they marry young or settle down at a younger age and have children, only to fall out of love with their partner as they grow older. It is a simple fact that people change, and sometimes people need to have a change in lifestyle. There are others who spend the first half of their lives desperately seeking a partner in their local area, dating colleagues from work, casual friends met in the pub, and people that their own friends and family members try to set them up with. But none of these relationships work out. So where do we look? Who do we turn to for help with dating when we are older?

Nowadays, your first thought might be to try out a new dating site when you are looking for someone. Here you could find new friends, new acquaintances, and maybe even someone to fall in love with and share your life with. It can happen. Dating sites came about because so many people struggled to find others in similar situations that were looking for love and friendship. Sometimes you use a dating site as a means to fill some social space, perhaps a casual fling. Maybe you need a date for an official event, and you don’t know where else to look. That family wedding is looming, and you might need someone new to distract you from those well-meaning relatives that try and set you up with a person who is totally unsuitable.  Life is full of possibilities, and, I think people have always been prepared to travel and explore in their pursuit of a decent life. Think about the early explorers who set off in their ships to discover America and beyond. They didn’t sit around at home waiting for attention. They went out and found what they were looking for.

Are you looking for a completely new experience, or a new lifestyle? Maybe you have a yearning to travel and explore the world, and your previous romantic partners weren’t interested. Maybe you always wanted to visit a specific country or a distant part of the world, and you simply couldn’t fit it into your lifestyle and commitments.  Do you find that your children are grown older and less dependent, and maybe your current life situation isn’t as fulfilling as it used to be? There are many factors that contribute to making a huge life change, and sometimes you just need the motivation to get started. Maybe you just want to make that change, and you want to go out and explore, just like your ancient ancestors. Who knows where your family and friends truly originated from? You could follow in their footsteps without even realising it and check out Older-Dating.com.   This is a great idea especially if you have an interest in social history and have been researching your family tree. You could incorporate your search into your need for a new life partner or love interest. It could be just what you need to make those big changes and get away from your current unfulfilling place in life.

Some people might feel unsure about dating someone from another country. Indeed, the thought of travelling from one county to another can seem quite daunting. I know, because I have been there. But truthfully, once you set your mind to it, the process can be liberating. If you have spent a large portion of your life working hard, saving money, providing for your family and always being there for other people, now is your chance to take time for you. Get out there, meet those new partners, find new friends and experience new adventures. Dating older people can be a refreshing change, especially when you find someone with a different mindset and different attitudes to those that you have lived with up to now.

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Spring Equinox

Equinox blessings, my friends! Today marks the Spring Equinox, but I have to say, the weather has been far from spring-like during the past few weeks, as I’m sure you will agree. Nonetheless, we managed to get out by the canal for the first time in ages and have a couple of nice, long walks with our dog this week. There was an ulterior motive for one of our walks: we wanted to see the huge hole that opened up in the canal late last week. All the water has drained away and now all that remains is the muddy basin, a collection of beached boats, and a huge repair job that will probably take the best part of a year. It is fascinating to see, but not so good to be affected by.

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I will not be doing anything special for Spring Equinox other than a little time for quiet contemplation. Now is the time for new beginnings, the birth of new projects, and I for one am very excited about what is to come. I cannot say more at present, but let’s say the fortunes of the Green family are turning more favourable at last. And I am in the middle of one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. It will all be worth it in the end, and I continue to practice reiki and meditation in an effort to reduce the stress. I am also making good use of my Naipo Shiatsu massage cushions.

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Enjoy the fresh, Spring weather while it lasts, and let us hope that we’ve seen the last of the snow for this season!

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Who Pulled the Plug? Middlewich Canal Disappears

It has been an eventful weekend in our little town. Late on Thursday night, the embankment around an aqueduct fell away, causing the canal to drain over the sides and into the river below. There is now a huge hole in the canal with up to 20 boats stranded, including one that was moored so close to the hole it’s a wonder it didn’t fall in. And our lovely waterway has disappeared, at least in one half of Middlewich.

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It was an interesting school run on Friday afternoon!

Today will mark the return to school of my eldest daughter after her stay in Alder Hey hospital for a rare and serious infection that required emergency surgery. She has been off school for three weeks, and my life has been chaotic at best. I was looking forward to a nice, long walk along the canal with my dog, returning to our regular school run routine. I am seriously in need of some fresh air and exercise! But our usual route runs alongside the now empty canal, and I know that large sections of the path has been fenced off for safety reasons since the incident. I may have to modify my Monday morning walk, after all… and the recovery mission begins for our waterways authorities.

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You can read the full story about the Middlewich canal collapse over on The Middlewich Diary, with links to press reports.

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The Storm has Passed – for Now

Spring is finally in the air after our “Beast from the East” that ravaged the UK during the past few weeks. Today we had heavy rain in the morning, but now the sun is shining, and the air feels fresh. My daffodils are finally able to bloom, and very cheerful they look. I am desperate to take our family out for a proper country walk, and to visit the seaside, but the weather is simply too horrendous on weekends, and my eldest daughter is off school recovering from her illness.

Witchy Wednesday SpookyMrsGreen

It occurred to me that I hadn’t practised my craft recently. Then I remembered that yes, I did. The whole time I was in hospital with my daughter, I called on reiki healing energy to support and sustain us. I connected with the energies of the trees and grass that I saw outside our hospital windows. And my faith in the angels and the higher entities kept me going when stress and worry had me at breaking point. For now, we are recovering. The storm has passed, and our daughter is recovering well. Now we are preparing for other developments… I will explain later!

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Toy Review: Bayala Mermaid with Baby Turtle

My daughters absolutely love mermaids. When we received an offer to review a brand-new mermaid toy, we had to accept. She comes from Bayala and is part of their Meamare underwater paradise collection. Each mermaid comes inside her own portable clam shell, complete with a pet and accessories. Our mermaid came with a baby turtle and a musical instrument. We have a live pet turtle already, so my girls thought that was wonderful!

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The Bayala Mermaid with Baby Turtle is a beautiful toy with exquisite detailing. Her clam shell is made of durable plastic in a nice, pearly sheen, with glittered accents that gives it a magical feel. The mermaid is colourful and very lifelike, and she has glittered details on her fin and hair. My daughter likes how she has a tiara and ribbon in her hair, and she loves the glittery mermaid tail. She now wants to collect the whole range of toys! I like that the mermaid and her clam shell is portable and suitable to take on holiday or day trips, easy to fit in a handbag and strong enough to withstand heavy handed playtime.

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Priced at a very reasonable £14.99, you can purchase the Bayala Mermaid toy from Schleich. I think she is ideal for children who would like a toy that feels more grown-up but still has the tactile and visual qualities that they enjoy. Recommended age range 5+, my daughters are 4 and 7.

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CraftStash LIVE Giveaway and Hot Foil Special Offers

How would you like to get your hands on a GoPress & Foil machine for free!!! (Hot Foil Stamping is such a fab technique to take your cardmaking and crafts to the next level!)

The CraftStash team is feeling particularly generous this week! Tune in to CraftStash Live on Friday at 10am UK time for your chance – let us know if you’ll be watching in the comments!



All you have to do is watch and comment – CraftStash will pick a winner LIVE on Friday!! Please spread the word to crafty friends and papercraft groups so they can watch too.

Offers will be live at 10am Friday 9th March!

Code: Use GOFOIL at checkout to get 2 x free CraftStash hotfoil stamps when you buy a Go Press & Foil Machine. (ends 12th March 2018)

Bonus: 10% off all Craft Stash Hot Foil Stamps (a huge range!) [discount will be applied at the checkout] (ends 12th March 2018)


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