Archive for October 2013

I wish....

Saturday, 19 October 2013

.... I could be a morning person. I swear I'm not human til lunch time and no amount of caffeine helps. Other people can leap out of bed and achieve a million things by 10.00 am while I'm pouring coffee down my throat and resisting the urge not to throw myself back under the covers.

.... I could sing. Now don't get me wrong I don't want to sing for a living, I just want to be able to carry a tune. I have always loved to sing, whenever there is music playing I'm singing along. Unfortunately nobody loves to hear me so I try to keep the noise level to a minimum. The same applies to whistling, I've never been able to do it as easy as everyone else makes it.

.... I could understand my sons maths homework. It was my worst subject and he seems to have taken after me. It's so frustrating to watch him struggle and only be of minimal assistance. He's doing really well in everything else so I'm not too worried, I just wish I could help.

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Workplace Bullying

Monday, 14 October 2013

This is a topic that is close to my heart as a friend of mine felt she had no option but to leave her job due to bullying. Now surely something is wrong if my friend is leaving the workplace and not her bullies so I did a little research.

- 8 in 10 workers are affected in some way by workplace bullying.

- 80% of managers know that bullying is occurring in their workplace.

- 19 million sick days are lost to bullying per year.

- Tribunal statistics rose last year.

Yeah, I was shocked too. I watched my friend go through hell. She did everything she was supposed to do, trying to sort things out herself before reporting the problem. Everywhere she turned she hit a brick wall and her managers only solution was to offer a transfer. My friend refused at first as she loved her place of work and asked if something could be done to avoid the transfer. Unfortunately nothing was done and she recently left the company altogether.

I feel that my friend was badly let down by her employers and it is my opinion that more should be done to ensure companies are dealing with bullying appropriately. Bullying in the workplace is not acceptable ever.

Have you ever had experience of workplace bullying? How was it dealt with?

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Friday, 11 October 2013

For about a month now I have completely lost the ability to sleep. I have never been the best sleeper in the world but it's getting ridiculous. I am now starting to sleep in for work/school because I havnt got to sleep until 4, just 10 or 20 minutes but it's a mad rush and I feel like death.
Even after a 12 hour shift at work I'm wide awake. At 3.30 this morning I had been awake for 22 hours and still didn't feel tired.
I have asked myself the obvious questions. I'm not overly stressed, I'm not really worried about anything and I never have time to nap during the day.
I have stopped having caffeine after 6pm drinking camomile tea instead. So far this has made no difference. I also make sure not to fall asleep on the sofa on my days off as tempting as this is.
I'm at a loss as to what else to try as for me medication is not an option for me. Ideas anyone?


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My Kitchen Wall

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

I have been looking for something retro inspired for my kitchen wall for ages. I was thrilled to come across this beautiful and affordable decal. It's exactly what I've been looking for and the words are pretty true too. It was tricky to apply to the wall, it took 3 of us but I love the end result. It looks gorgeous and finishes off my retro theme nicely. Now for the bathroom.


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Destination Wish List

Monday, 7 October 2013

I love to travel and experience new places and cultures. Unfortunately I don't get to do it as often as I would like but I can still dream. Here's my top 5 places on my wish list.


I'm a huge Elvis fan so this has got to be top of my list. I've heard nothing but good things from friends who have visited. Oh and staying at the Heartbreak Hotel is a must.


This is somewhere I would love to take my son as he loves history and is passionate about all things Roman. Also making a wish at the Tivoli Fountain is on my bucket list. 


Not really fussy about the actual destination maybe Kenya. I have always wanted to do this but havnt found anyone adventurous enough to go with me yet.

Niagra Falls

This just looks so beautiful and powerful and a million other descriptive words I can't think of right now. Nature at it's finest.

The Northern Lights

Sticking to the the theme of nature we have the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis as they are known to people who can pronounce it. This just looks so breathtakingly magical I really hope to get there one day. I've been told it's well worth a visit even though the north coast of Norway is freezing beyond imagination.

What would be on your list?

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Share The Love Blog Hop

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Welcome to Share the Love Blog Hop for October

I have BIG news

Has you all know Danielle from Sew Much Crafting as had to step down as host of Share the Love blog hop, So I put out a request for some new hosts. So thank you to everyone who replied, now let me introduced you to our permanent Hosts

Natasha from Serenity You (me)
Consie from Atop Serenity Hill
Cindy from Superheroes and Teacups
Danielle from Life of a Full Time Mom
Jessica from The Silvah Lining

Every month Share the Love blog hop will be on ALL of the hosts blog along with the co-hosts's blogs

1. Please follow your hosts @ number 1-5 and The co-hosts at number 6-9.  And any others that you like.
2. Please leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you are a new follower and found them on 'share the love blog hop'
3. Copy and paste the code at the bottom into a new post on your blog (optional)
4. Have fun!!

I am scheduling co-hosts now
If you would like to be a future co-host please fill in this Form
      At the moment this is free, but soon I will be charging a small fee

After you have linked up your blog, make sure you scroll down to add your bloglovin, facebook, twitter, pinterest and google+ accounts!! 

Don't forget to share and Tweet about this link up!
Share the Love goes live the first Sunday of every month
If you would like to receive an email reminder of when the blog hop is live Please fill in this form







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I Love My Post Blog Hop

Friday, 4 October 2013

I love my post Welcome to the I Love My Post blog hop where we invite you to link up your favourite post of the week, to show it off and hopefully receive some love from the others partaking in the hop!
If you are yet to participate in a hop they are really simple to get the hang of all you need to do is 'hop' around, hopefully finding some new great reads!
The Rules are simple! Have Fun, click around find some new blogs to read and share the I Love My Post LOVE! And if you fancy being a co-host with us! Give Sarah an Email:
Your Host’s this week are: Sarah from Life in a Break Down Bex from Futures and our lovely co-hosts are: Tiffany from Sunglasses and Starbucks Linsey from DaisyDaisy Miranda from Purely by Accident
I would love it if you would tweet, share on facebook or place our button on your blog, the more sharing we can get happening the bigger this hop can become!
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This week's Featured Blog is: Winterpast Moments.
Written by LuAnne she using her blog as place to share her thoughts, life and beautiful pictures. ~ Sarah
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News and Interviews

Thursday, 3 October 2013

I went back to work this week after 2 weeks off and it wasn't as bad as I thought. It's amazing how quickly I can get back into the swing of things. I really enjoyed my time off and got quite a lot done.

I am spending today looking for fancy dress for my son. We are going to comic con in November and he is going as the 11th Doctor, I'm having a nightmare trying to find a second hand tweed jacket. Anybody else in fancy dress hell?

I'm thrilled to be featured on Our Little Nest today. Check out Chelsea's lovely blog and read an interview with me here.

I will be having a blog hopping weekend as I'm lucky enough to be co hosting 2 blog hops. Don't forget to stop by and link up.

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Not A Cooking Mama

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Well I'm just going to say it and then it's over with. I hate cooking!
I've always hated it. I find it stressful and very unrewarding as I'm always disappointed in the results. Recipe books bore me and I will never understand my mums addiction to buying them. 
I love food, I love going to fancy restaurants and trying new dishes but the thought of cooking that food fills me with dread. 
Don't get me wrong I'm not lazy, I do cook but only because we have to eat and I want my son to have a healthy diet. I'm not that bad at it either. I havnt poisoned anyone that I know of. 
I don't think I will ever enjoy cooking or be excited about creating a meal. To me it's a chore that has to be done, just like ironing really.
 My friends love cooking and take great pride in sending me photos of muffins, cakes and homemade bread. I really try to join in with their enthusiasm. 
One of my close friends is having a party soon and she has asked me to help with the food and I will because she's my friend. As long as I don't have to make the cake! 


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