It’s time to break the rules

Happy 2016!

I hope you had a great time . . . Christmas Rules in our house . . . and this year was no exception.

I just had a quick read of my first blog for 2015, and I am pleased to say that this Christmas has been as successful than the last one. . . .

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the childhood appreciation stakes have definitely remained strong, maybe as they get older my boys understand how much things cost. . . .
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ooh . . .13 Reasons for a happy breath!

Today’s blog is a bit late. . . . although I imagine you never really noticed. . . . I seem to have a few things that have had to be prioritised . . .

Just for a change, even though it did all get a bit stressful for a while. . . things are coming together nicely . . .

I can now relax and look forward to Christmas.

1. (. . . . ooh keep calm and take a happy breath!)

design your own keep calm poster
design your own keep calm poster

(design your own keep calm poster here.)

It’s that time of year when you have to try and fit Christmas into your normal schedule. . . and I have had so many things to do of late.

Last Friday, I had to forego the Lichfield Rugby Club breakfast meeting  . . . . . .
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Pocket Money – The 4 step guide

As a parent, the responsibility of making that judgement call when deciding what is “right” for your kids is huge.

I can still look back and remember as a child asking my own parents . . . “can I have? . . . . . can I go? . . . . . Can I do? . . . .

The answer is not always obvious . . . .

Do you remember that yearning for a time when you can make all the decisions yourself, without having to ask someone else if its OK . . .

And once that time comes, you realise that you still kind of like to ask someone else if they think its OK . . . as the truth is you are not always all that sure . . .

. . . there is not always a magic answer. The only thing that is certain . . . there are lots of opinions . . . and many different ways to approach things.

This week I read a Facebook post from a fiend of mine broaching the subject of pocket money for your kids . . .

1. To do or not to do? . . .
2. How much? . . .
3. What for? . . .
4. How do you keep track?  . . .

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“Oh yes! thank you mummy!”

Happy 2015!

I just had a quick read of my first blog for 2014, and I am pleased to say that this Christmas has been a lot more successful than the last one. . . .

. . . the childhood appreciation stakes have most definitely increased 100% – but possibly due to the standard of the presents?

I forced myself to get out of bed at a sensible time so I could see the boys open some of their presents, if not all . . .

. . . and my eldest really made my day, with his genuine and heartfelt “thank you mummy for my ipad” . . . .

. . . which was what he had asked for months ago, but was only 90% sure of getting –

and then to see the real genuine pleasure and surprise on his face as he opened the Lego Creator Bike Shop and Cafe set . . .

“Oh yes! thank you mummy!”

. . . . he had asked for this too but once he realised the price of it, he had known that it was too much money for Aunties or Grandmas to pay for. . . .

. . . and as he knew that the ipad was his “only” present from mum and dad, he had been ready to offer a trade off and have the lego instead.

(Too late at this point, ipad was purchased!)

Anyway, with contributions from Aunty and Grandma, (and a rather generous Secret Santa, who always gives the boys some money), the Lego set was purchased. . . .

. . . So he kind of got to have his cake and eat it too.

And youngest son was happy too. . . .

. . . my cynical view on Dad’s purchase of an unrequested scalextric was (thankfully) proved wrong as both boys and dad played for what seemed like an exceptionally long time with it. . .

. . . plus batman Lego, and the inevitable scooby doo colouring books and pens meant happy faces all round.

Even Christmas dinner got eaten without too much grumbling about sprouts and sausages! (The pigs in blankets is now the best bit).

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But now its time to dive back in to work, and try to stick to my resolutions and business goals.

After a half hearted attempt at Mailchimp 18 months ago, and a bit of a struggle to get to grips with it, I finally had another go. . . .

. . . . managed to load in my contact list (with a bit of help from an Apple script, in order to save it as a mail chimp compatible format) . .

. . . and will be using it to email the notification about this blog. (fingers crossed)

Not sure if I completely know what I am doing, as it will be the first time, but decided to stop making excuses and heck . . . . . Just Do It!

Got a few other new things in the pipeline to emerge from Wild Ideas this month, so will be doing those too.

If you have stuff that you have been hesitating about then isn’t the new year a great reason to just make a new start, and get on with things?

Something is better than nothing, so don’t worry too much if it’s not quite perfect, you can tweak and improve it later . . .

. . . and apparently  –  “if you are not making mistakes then you are not trying hard enough”

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Smashing Baubles!

Well the presents are purchased, the tree is up, the decorations done and the cards posted, and all day Sunday was spent melting chocolate bars to create our own mix-up versions for teacher!

So I think apart from a few last minute odds and ends, then Christmas is sorted.

Last week before the school hols, so a bit of child-free work time to finish some design jobs before the big wind down.

So all that is really left to do this week is wish you all a fantastic Christmas and a great New Year.

I am going to b-log off for a couple of weeks now, and resume again in 2015.

But in the meantime . . . .  Grab a coffee, and take up my christmas challenge,
never mind candy crush get some festive fun smashing baubles. . . . . .

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7 steps for a great advent…ure

So December is upon us. . . and while 8 year old son has now shut up hassling me about opening his lego advent calendar . . . .

. . . . . 5 year old son is still trying to get a grasp of time, and relentlessly asking if Christmas is tomorrow.

Hopefully once we get into the swing of the advent chocolates, (and I spend 10 minutes explaining it to him) he will get the idea.

His counting is excellent, so should be fairly easy for him to “get it”, and since he is now at school and learning to read, then I am bombarded with information about which words start with which letter, and frequent games of I spy.

He already visited Santa, at our Fradley Village christmas fayre last Saturday, (and told him what he would like) so fingers crossed ebay can come up with the goods, or I will be having a repeat of last years christmas morning.

(You may remember the complaints I had before the day had barely started, from last years blog).

But there are 24 days to go and plenty of things to do, and who knows how the time will unfold and what excitement there is in store before then.
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7 little give aways

Signs that its beginning to feel a bit like Christmas . . . .

The boys are starting to talk and ask, and get upset about how long they have to wait.

We were lying in bed on Sunday morning and youngest son came in and asked how long till Christmas?
Dad “about 6 weeks”
me, ” I would say longer than that surely”

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Jumpstarting the Spaces in Time

It’s nice to be able to say, that since moving to Fradley, a little over two years ago, and doing some serious business focussing, that my work and clients have steadily increased.

I have met some new people locally, and via referrals, and from my website, and from some publicity flyers promoting the FREE website Offer, as well as some contacts from the FSB.

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The Cause for the Clause

I sold a premium behave chart this week, (from my toddler ideas range – for big kids too)  and as usual, as well as the chart you order you get a freebie.

During most of the year the freebie is for a learning to tell the time chart, my latest creation done for my eldest son, but coming up to christmas, I tend to change it for a Free being good for Santa (advent) chart. Continue reading

The importance of being earnest

This week I have been catching up on paperwork , as most of my clients seem to be tied up away on holiday or entertaining the children while they are off school.

It has come to my attention that although clients, with all good intentions have agreed to write earnest testimonials for me, these have not quite materialised for all manner of reasons I imagine.

Oscar Wilde has been telling people how important it is to be serious and sincere (earnest) for just 6 months shy of 120 years. We should take a leaf out of his book.
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