The Saturday Sesh #5

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Seriously, I’m not sure that its just having a weekend linky but these weeks seem to be getting quicker and quicker. I guess the one great thing about that is the weekend is here! So its time to be a full time mummy and clean the house for survival for another week ūüôā

And of course pick my featured blogger for another week, please check out my cohost’s option, as we both pick a featured post for #thesatsesh by clicking¬†here¬†to see Hayley’s zen blog aptly titled Mission Mindfulness.

It was hard to pick a winner this week but I have a blogging confession – I hate reviews, I stopped doing them myself for this purpose, however Daddy Poppins had me in stitches and I totally recommend his post on cleaning teeth. Yes it is PR related – but also a fab read. Click¬†here¬†if you missed it, because its so well written and a delight to read. (Plus I’m a sucker for a gif / meme)

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A small plea – please don’t link and run. We even had a blogger last week who wrote a post on the joys of linky’s and how to abide by rules – not link the badge, not comment and it spoils the vibe of what we are trying to create, which is a totally inclusive and loving community of talent and weekend joy. Thanks for coming to play, read and link. Below are the rules incase it isn’t clear…

RULES

  • Link up¬†You can link up to 2 posts, old or new
  • Grab a badge¬†Please do add the # thesatsesh badge. You can do this by copying and pasting the badge code into the text/HTML area of your post within your publishing platform
  • Tweet¬†Share your posts on Twitter using the linky hashtag¬†#thesatsesh¬†and tag us in for retweets @fridgesays @mummy_mindful. Follow us if you don’t already please.
  • Comment¬†sit back, relax (its the weekend after all). Please use #thesatsesh and in usual linky etiquette¬†comment on each of the hosts posts,¬†mine and Hayleys,¬†the post before and after yours (4 in total).¬†If you comment on more, that would be wonderful.¬†

OPTIONAL EXTRA:¬†Come and play in our IG community by using #thesatsesh for photos of your weekend or perhaps connected to a post you’ve linked. Follow us on Instagram @fridgesays and @mission_mindfulness_blog and we will keep up to date and follow you back.

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The Saturday Session #4

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As Autumn colours sweep the UK we are into our first month of #thesatsesh, I’m starting to like this little community for the variety of blogs I get to read. Frequent members are now becoming missed when they can’t come out to play. So gratitude to all that continue to do so and hopefully over the coming months we will expand but also keep the variety of talented bloggers.

Myself and Hayley from¬†Mission Mindfulness¬†both pick a featured blogger each week, so why not give her a click to see who she has picked this week *exciting music makes you want to click…BUT not before you have seen my top talent, this week I absolutely adored Rabbit ideas. Click¬†here¬†to see wonderful Mindful ideas to do with a stunning children book called ‘Giraffes can’t dance’ by Giles Andreae. It literally ticked all my favourite things about life: Giraffes (tick) children’s books (tick) and mindfulness (triple tick). I also don’t think this review has received the credit is due, so well worth a peek.

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Now time for a few rules, because I’m a Teacher and we love a sprinkle of structure.

RULES

  • Link up¬†You can link up to 2 posts, old or new
  • Grab a badge¬†Please do add the # thesatsesh badge. You can do this by copying and pasting the badge code into the text/HTML area of your post within your publishing platform
  • Tweet¬†Share your posts on Twitter using the linky hashtag¬†#thesatsesh¬†and tag us in for retweets @fridgesays @mummy_mindful. Follow us if you don’t already please.
  • Comment¬†sit back, relax (its the weekend after all). Please use #thesatsesh and in usual linky etiquette¬†comment on each of the hosts posts, one of¬†mine and Hayleys,¬†the post before and after yours, so thats FOUR in total.¬†If you comment on more, that would be wonderful and Giraffes will dance¬†for you.¬†

OPTIONAL EXTRA:¬†Come and play in our IG community by using #thesatsesh for photos of your weekend or perhaps connected to a post you’ve linked. Follow us on Instagram @fridgesays and @mission_mindfulness_blog and we will keep up to date and follow you back.

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The Saturday Session #3

…and whoosh there goes another week. A huge week of settling back in to old and new routines. If I’ve published this post it means little dude survived his first week at ‘BIG school’ and I’m hoping he thrived.

I started #thesatsesh to get me out of a comfort zone, to make me accountable and to learn new skills. Already I’ve learnt more than I realised, below are my thoughts.

  • Coding is like a toddler – unpredictable and at times it does what it pleases.
  • I love the structure it gives my week, a marker to reflect on the week just passed
  • A new love for bloggers – seriously some of you are so very talented, its a joy to read your work…

This leads me beautifully on to announcing who this weeks featured blogger is. Myself and Hayley each select somebody, so please head over to her blog to see who she has picked, just click here.¬†Until #thesatsesh I hadn’t stumbled upon my featured blogger, a Mummy who lives in Japan, Kasmin has a unique writing style and from reading her about me section it seems she was always destine to live in Asia. Her piece is about her son Euan starting his first day at Yochien and I had admiration for her facing this challenge with a a different culture (I’m glad the reception teacher didn’t ask me for cash), well worth a read of¬†Euan and the grasshopper.


If you are joining this week, then please check the rules below and be generous in your comments and hopefully lovely comments will flow to you.

THE RULES:

  • Link up¬†You can link up to 2 posts, old or new
  • Grab a badge¬†Please do add the # thesatsesh badge. You can do this by copying and pasting the badge code into the text/HTML area of your post within your publishing platform
  • Tweet¬†Share your posts on Twitter using the linky hashtag¬†#thesatsesh¬†and tag us in for retweets @fridgesays @mummy_mindful. Follow us if you don’t already please.
  • Comment¬†sit back, relax (its the weekend after all). Please use #thesatsesh and in usual linky etiquette¬†comment on each of the hosts posts,¬†mine and Hayleys,¬†the post before and after yours.¬†If you comment on more, that would be wonderful.¬†

OPTIONAL EXTRA:¬†Come and play in our IG community by using #thesatsesh for photos of your weekend or perhaps connected to a post you’ve linked. Follow us on Instagram @fridgesays and @mission_mindfulness_blog and we will keep up to date and follow you back.

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The Saturday Sesh #two

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The end of August bids us farewell and #thesatsesh is back and ready to play again, still new and getting in the swing of things but definitely feeling humble to the awesome range of blogs about. *Thank you for playing.

Myself and my co-host are each selecting our own featured bloggers (double the winners guaranteed), so head over to Hayley’s blog at Mission Mindfulness blog¬†to see who she has selected. My pick is a blogger I’ve read for a while, its¬†The topsy Turvy Tribe¬†. The post made such an impact on me I found myself not only contemplating the concept of Home – but once again, do we really need all the ‘stuff’ we accumulate? No, Im not sentimental so have been known to throw out just about everything if it isn’t glued down, but I really would like to become minimalist – whats holding me back? Sparkly things of course! Anyway, congrats to The lovely TT tribe and please grab yourself a badge at the bottom of this post. (* the crowd goes wild)


The basics: 

  • We are open for 7am Saturday GMT and close at 8pm Sunday GMT
  • All posts on all topics welcome, we want this linky to be totally inclusive to all.

Now for the rules (please take a peek below), having never been a host before I was shocked at the number of bloggers who either linked and didn’t comment or didn’t share the badge, needless to say #thesatsesh is a inclusive community so please share the love and if you have any issues please email us and we will do our best to help (Click here)

  • Link up¬†You can link up to 2 posts, old or new
  • Grab a badge¬†Please do add the # thesatsesh badge. You can do this by copying and pasting the badge code into the text/HTML area of your post within your publishing platform
  • Tweet¬†Share your posts on Twitter using the linky hashtag¬†#thesatsesh¬†and tag us in for retweets @fridgesays @mummy_mindful. Follow us if you don’t already please.
  • Comment¬†sit back, relax (its the weekend after all). Please use #thesatsesh and in usual linky etiquette¬†comment on each of the hosts posts,¬†mine and Hayleys,¬†the post before and after yours.¬†If you comment on more, that would be wonderful.¬†

OPTIONAL EXTRA:¬†Come and play in our IG community by using #thesatsesh for photos of your weekend or perhaps connected to a post you’ve linked. Follow us on Instagram @fridgesays and @mission_mindfulness_blog and we will keep up to date and follow you back.


 


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The Saturday Session #one

Welcome to #thesatsesh linky party designed for a weekend of chilled blog reading and joy. Ive teamed up with Hayley from¬†Mission Mindfulness Blog to create a mini world of blog reading pleasure. I asked her to join me on this adventure as her blog is all about bringing calm to the masses and with my motivational sparkle we are a winning duo, we also happen to be teachers – so detentions for any of you that break the rules ūüôā

Im totally out of my comfort zone, so I’m practising what I preach; until last week I thought coding was voodoo and widgets were from some mystical land… I still think this but I’m looking forward to using them and developing my own skill set, plus I love reading a variety of blog posts, with this in mind the linky is open to all bloggers and all topics.

Myself and Hayley will each pick our favourite post each week and share it with you in the following weeks post, so lets get this party started. Click the inlinkz below and make sure you are happy to follow the rules, its sad when people come to a party and don’t bring a plate – so make sure you don’t link and run. If you have any issues please email #thesatsesh¬†here

The linky goes live at GMT 7:00am and closes at 8pm on Sunday evening.¬†Perfect if you’ve had a hectic week and haven’t had the chance to give your blog the promotion it deserves

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  • Link up¬†You can link up to 2 posts, old or new
  • Grab a badge¬†Please do add the # thesatsesh badge. You can do this by copying and pasting the badge code into the text/HTML area of your post within your publishing platform
  • Tweet¬†Share your posts on Twitter using the linky hashtag¬†#thesatsesh¬†and tag us in for retweets @fridgesays @mummy_mindful. Follow us if you don’t already please.
  • Comment¬†sit back, relax (its the weekend after all). Please use #thesatsesh and in usual linky etiquette¬†comment on each of the hosts posts,¬†mine and Hayleys,¬†the post before and after yours.¬†If you comment on more, that would be wonderful.¬†

OPTIONAL EXTRA:¬†Come and play in our IG community by using #thesatsesh for photos of your weekend or perhaps connected to a post you’ve linked. Follow us on Instagram @fridgesays and @mission_mindfulness_blog and we will keep up to date and follow you back.

Lets get this party started, click below and add your posts to the very first #thesatsesh linky.


 

 

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It’s up to you…

Quote by Anon.

The worst part of growing up for me is responsibility. It’s inevitable and it means you have to ‘own’ your actions. This seems easy enough but usually feels like hard work.

I remember walking out of hospital with my new born bundle and wondering why nobody was questioning me, where was the security, the paperwork? Seriously it’s harder work to go through airport security and I had more paperwork when I recently bought a new kettle. I got home and looked at his sleepy face and realised this was forever… ouch, that’s some serious responsibility. (I probably should of been more aware of this during the pregnancy but I’ve never been the sharpest tool in the box)

On Friday one of my chicks lost her shizzle…her words were something along the lines of ‘Being happy is hard work’ and I’d have to agree. I’m a half full glass kind of lady and I need to make something clear to all glasses, cups and China implements. On behalf of all cheerleaders, positive people, glass half full, over full and anything on the side of joy…we have days that suck too. However, I guess I’m a little quicker to pick myself up and much more resilient in looking at the world around me and finding some joy to grip to when the darker days hang over me. As a result I may be guilty of making positive vibes look easy…it’s not. It’s a decision I make multiple times a day. To see the silver linings and not look at them as grey. It’s all about perception and an internal battle to stay happy.

How? Instagram helps me to post physical photos and capture them in what I hope becomes an album of positive vibes. I sometimes then look through the photos on darker days and it instantly lifts my universe. Especially the selfies ūüôā

This was my latest photo and you can follow me @fridgesays for lots more like it. This was even a #nofilterneeded , get me and my iPhone camera!

I do a similar thing on Pinterest, it’s like going shopping and collaborating lots of gorgeous items without the price tag, although one day it would be nice if a few of those lovely images jumped into my wardrobe.

I keep a gratitude journal that helps me to keep centred and I love reading it back to myself. I also keep a ‘get done’ book, where I list mainly household chores that need a magical wand over them and then I tick them off with love and sparkle.

But honestly, mostly I stay mindful and make a CHOICE to stay positive. To smile, to compliment others and to stay as sunny as I can be. Why do I bother? I guess mainly it’s my preferred natural state to be in but also I want to be upbeat for others to see, experience and be part of.

We live to experience. If I’m flat out on a tropical beach or popping items in my trolley at the supermarket, I’m always going to make a choice to experience the best it can offer – no matter the task at hand. I don’t win everyday, and certainly not every moment but the internal battle to keep my glass half full and even sneak a few extra drops is at the top of my ‘get done’ list everyday.

How do you stay positive during the day?

A grateful heart is a magnet for miracle’s

The fridge is a place for consistent quotes of inspiration, but every now and then we like to mix it up and today I’m writing thanks to the #rockingmotherhood nomination. Gratitude is something that I try to focus on and much like the quote above I truly believe it is a magnet for magic and miracles.

I was nominated by one of my favourite flowers and bloggers alike Peonie and me although the original idea began with Patricia at White Camellias (So many flowers) as she wanted to focus on the small but great things mother do right day after day.

The rules are pretty simple if you want to join in…

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline, it can be more or less than 10 – it really doesn’t matter)
  • Tag 3-5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMother tag.
  • Grab the badge and add it to your post or sidebar
  • you can also tag @whitecamellias for her to have a read and she’ll even RT for you.

So here goes my magnet list…

  1. I love a label. Since becoming a Mummy with my daughter in 2009 and then her flying off to heaven (she was too precious for this earth) I loved being called Mummy. In fact today Nanny Bonkers popped around and J answered the door (he is 3 years old going on 35), he said “Hi Nanny, i’ll get Lucy for you” (cheeky chops), she corrected him and explained that he was the only little boy in the world that could call me Mummy…and my heart sang.
  2. Working full time. If I have to be away from that little munchkin for more than thirty seconds, its got to be worth while. Since returning to work when he was five and a half months I am career hungry and focused. However, to all parents full time, part time or stay at home we all work around the clock with a house to run, a little human to grow and ‘the career’ so I’m taking a moment to high five myself and salute us all.
  3. Manners don’t cost a thing. He is polite and I work hard to remind him of his pleases and thank you’s. We never leave Nursery, Preschool, family or friends without saying ‘thank you for having me’ and although we occasionally forget in the demands of a drink or snack – Im usually proud. A bonus when you have a teacher for a Mummy means he also tucks his chair under ūüôā
  4. Ive never lost me. The hardest part about the label is that growing a demanding tiny human means that identities can get confused and at times lost forever. I am still me, I know myself and I am many things AND a Mummy – not just the later. I think this has served me and kept me sane (…ish)
  5. Coats and accessories. In the rush of the Nursery run, the stampede to the shops or just leaving the house a coat, hat, gloves and all sorts of accessories are usually necessary in the UK (especially in the Summer months). I have a long commute to work which J joins me on and I’m notoriously bad for not wearing a coat myself. HOWEVER I always make sure J has everything he needs, including snacks and back up snacks (I’m growing a human dustbin) as I freeze by his side.
  6. Open loving and kisses. I work with teenagers so I know the cuddles and kisses don’t last forever, Im completely indulging in his squidgy hugs and if like today he is on a playdate and I say I need a kiss, he will drop everything and top me up (usually with a second helping of snot). Im so thankful to be around him and J ‘doggy hugs’ are the best – I’ve no idea why he calls them this, but they make me feel amazing.
  7. Enough already. This may sound cliche but I have recently had to step up the No’s as he demands and pushes the boundaries for what he wants. At times this literally breaks my heart and I have an internal argument with myself – but I NEVER give in, backdown or compromise. I know that with the boundaries in place now he is less likely to grow up to be a complete dick but its a battle for me none the less.

so thats my glass half full and submerged in love…below are some Mums who I think are also rocking it with style and my nominations.

  1. Selena at My Rambling Thoughts (we have an IG gratitude party on Thursday that you need to check out. Join us @fridgesays
  2. Kat at Beau Twins she’s a digital pro and single Mumma to twin future legends.
  3. Rachel is an over sharer and blunt as they come (Which is why I adore her) from Our Rach Blogs
  4. Hayley at Mission Mindfulness a kindred spirit of mine.
  5. Lastly, Hayley from Sparkles and Stretchmarks who frankly has the best blog name EVER.


 

 

Celebrate every tiny victory 

Quote by Anon
This quote excites me. In a ‘live for today ‘way, rather than counting down to the next big event and slowly wishing our days away.

Back in 2009 I was pregnant and like all chaotic moments – buying a house. The year seemed to be eating at our souls slowly, so much to do and so little time to do it in. More terrifying was where to start. It was at this time that my midwife encouraged me to relax more and Mr F started taking me to the pub for a celebratory lemonade (outrageous I know) in the afternoon, it was the last trimester where I was reluctant to leave the house. With money tight we felt the need to have a reason to go out midweek and so we started to celebrate our daily victories. Send paper work off – Chink, to a week later completing a survey on the house or buying a pram – chink. 

Mile stones seem to follow with the birth of a baby; from rolling on their tummy to first steps. Yet just before two years the mile stones ease and the celebrations frequency seems to also.

My ‘to do list’ is endless and although when I complete individual tasks I feel satisfied I never really celebrate the end of the list. I’ve never wrote a Facebook status on the topic, or even tweeted my joy…in fact until now I’ve never taken the time to reflect that I have ever got to the end of the list, perhaps because I’m busy writing tomorrow’s ‘to dos’ and that isn’t healthy or productive. 

Tiny victories make for happy souls. Think how far you’ve come since the start of the year, the month or even what you’ve achieved this week. May be even jot them down.

  • Got home earlier than usual 
  • Cooked dinner, sat and chatted to Mr F over said dinner with candles lit and…
  • Toys cleared away
  • Two loads of washing 
  • Wrote this post ūüôā 
  • Participated in a linky by commenting on other blog posts 
  • Updated Instagram @fridgesays and Twitter whatmyfridgesay 
  • Showered 
  • Planned outfit for tomorrow

Okay, so perhaps this isn’t the makings of a God like figure, but this list occurred in a three hour time frame, with family around, distraction and with other many victories in between.
The washing pile took a battering, my blog blossomed, Mr F and I connected and that’s healthy progress, if we slowed down and noted the commendable moments that pass so many of us by, perhaps we would all have a little more self love and less doubt. How many people would love to start a blog but don’t have time are too busy to sit down mid week and share a meal, now before I award myself a medal and you think I’ve lost the plot here comes the magic

You’re victorious too. We all are. We just forget to celebrate it. 

What we don’t realise is that celebrating doesn’t need a social media status, a party for 6000 people or a food/drink reward.

It takes tiny moments and a tiny amount of time to recognise and enjoy the self satisfaction of what we have done, rather than going to bed with a list of all we still have to do, feeling exhausted and like we are failing. 

Today is a gift and that’s why we call it the present, perhaps this is our most precious victory and it isn’t so tiny. 

If you suck at looking at your daily victories, I have a game that may work. 

Just before I pull into my village on the way home I go over my day and remind myself of eight moments where I was successful. (I’m not sure why eight, it just feels right for me) The best bit about this game is I now ask J (aged three) what his favourite moments were, it can easily be adapted. By the time I’ve put the car in neutral and removed the car keys I always feel good about my day and what I have achieved. 

A positive mindset helps you reach your goals quicker, lifts your soul and even makes for a happier being. What’s not to love? Start treasuring your achievements everyday. You are victorious 


Lovely things #10

May days were quick and gone before I could really get a feel for them. The weather was glorious or horrendous (with nothing In between) and with half term waving May days behind us adventures and snoozy mornings in bed were plenty.

I have a new promise that I’m trying to keep – I can’t stop ‘instagraming’ food pictures, seriously check out @fridgesays and follow me. It’s like a midlife photo crisis and so lovely things this month will not include a single food photo.

1. Walks with my boys.

With a Labrador and a little man in tow, walks can be messy and usually have some sort of water fun / mud through the kitchen element. However, one dry morning early this week we enjoyed a walk through our local woods and beyond. Thanks to Daddy ‘Elephant rides’ (shoulders) we were able to ‘mooch’ about four or so miles and it was simple family time that I’d like to bottle. I was on ‘oh pretty flower’ task force and these little beauties seemed to have ended up on our mantel piece.

2. After having a baby (as in he is three and I still haven’t fully recovered) finding a sense of identity can be hard. One thing that has been neglected on my happiness radar is baking. As I promised no food pics you’ll have to make do with below; needless to say half term had been ‘back to baking for me’ and I’ve relished every moment. 

3. We don’t watch tv very often in our home, for the first few years together we didn’t even own one. Mr Fridges Nan thought that we were odd and kindly bought us one. I guess she was right to an extent, but we mainly use it for films…the image below however is out of the shed and in full use and it brings me so much joy. We usually sit outside with a bottle of wine, a Spotify playlist and just chat until the wine runs out. It’s fab to connect as a couple and secretly brings out the arsonist in me – who is usually told to step away from the flames.

So I guess as usual I’m enjoying the simple things in life, which is ironic as my head is usually full of complicated desires. Either way I’m loving being outside and enjoying any sunshine Mother Nature can provide.