This has so many lovely ideas that I had to share them with you all. I think my favorites are numbers 1, 8 and 14. What are yours?

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Remember your childhood? Dodgy dangerous homemade go carts, bruised knees & war wounds, climbing trees & building dens, wheelbarrow racing & playing out from dawn til dusk. The holidays seemed to last forever & be filled with adventures that we made without any money in our pockets but with bucket loads of imagination and hearts full of enthusiasm to pedal through puddles, ignore the rain & live for each minute of each day in a world of natural make believe with no concept of time & only how long we could play out being our focus & when we could next call for our mates. It seems that at the time we hade no knowledge of the importance of the era, how times would change & how we would sit back as we grew & realise the importance of the freedom we had in our youth in all that we…

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A Party with The REAL Elsa and Gluten Free Food

A Party with The REAL Elsa and Gluten Free Food

Last week my 5 year old, Frozen obsessed, daughter was invited to a birthday party. This is a short post to say a Massive Thank You to the mum who organized the party.

Eden was provided with her own picnic box of Gluten Free food and a slice of Gluten Free cake. I cannot express my gratitude enough. Eden was included. This extra effort on the mums part made such a difference, and she did with love. It wasn’t a hassle or an inconvenience.

Eden will remember the party because she got to sit with her friends and eat what they were eating and have birthday cake like everyone else. There will be no memories of sitting with no food or not being allowed cake like everyone else. There will be no lasting feeling of exclusion. The only lasting memory will be of meeting the real Elsa!

You know who you are, I cannot thank you enough.

Claire x


I’m Dyslexic Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I’m Dyslexic Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I love reading, I can’t begin to describe how much I love to get lost in a good book. The characters that become like friends and the places that end up feeling so familiar.

With this in mind I have always wanted to write my own book, to be able to give back as it was!

The problem I have is that I’m dyslexic. I really struggle to put my thoughts into coherent order for others to read. I can sit for hours trying to word a single email and often I need to get my husband to check it makes sense before I send it.

So I decided that my blog would be a good place to start. A place to share my thoughts without the pressure of having to get it right every time.

The more time I spend in this blogging community the more I feel accepted for who I am and supported in my ambitions.

Thank you for welcoming me.

New Year – Accepting Me Follow my blog with Bloglovin

New Year – Accepting Me Follow my blog with Bloglovin

There has lots of post in last month or so titled New Year New Me which have made me wonder why do these people have such little respect for the old me? It’s also challenged my sense of self and my respect for the person I was last year.

Yes there are things I would like to change about myself. I have posted here about me desire to be fitter and healthier. As most mothers across the worlds I constantly feel like I’m letting kids down and should do more!

However I am going to choose to focus on the things I done correctly last year, the areas in my live that I grew and the Epic memories of watching my kids grow.

So here are my highlights of 2014:

By far the best thing about 2014 was that my family grew both together and individually. The kids really came into their own last year, developing wicked sense of humour and a keen thirst for knowledge. In developing and nurturing their individual interests we have grown closer as a family as we discovered new things together.

My husband and I both started new jobs which has challenged the day to day running of the household, things got missed but you know what, we survived! Watching Eddie enjoy his new job has been a privilege. He is based from home now so we have settled into a routine which has us working alongside each other and I love it.

As I mentioned I have a new job, I started as the UK manager for resurf.a.stic and I’m now the official distributer for the UK. Big step but I’m loving it. The various facets of this job keep it interesting and challenging. I have met some amazingly supportive women since starting this adventure and I feel empowered by them.

Excuse me whilst I gush for a moment but I cannot carry on without mentioning one person who has has a profound impact on my self worth. As you know I attended Antonia Mariconda’s How to build a beauty blog workshop, little did I know that this would shape the way I view myself. At the workshop Antonia set us the challenge to leave a legacy. Which is where this blog was born. Antonia believes in me and supports my dream to be the best version of myself I can be. I cannot thank her enough for pushing me and telling me that I have a voice and I should use it! Shine Bright!!!

The result is 2014 was the year I found my voice and the courage to use it.

I don’t know what 2015 holds but I do know that I don’t need a new me to enjoy it. The possibilities are endless. As Dr Seuss says ” I have a brain in my head and feet in my shoes!” So bring it on!!!

My thoughts on Renee Zellweger

My thoughts on Renee Zellweger

In a week where twitter went nuts over Renee Zellweger’s new look I find myself challenged by my judgment of her.

It’s taken me a few days to write something about this, as it is an important issue. I know there are many who will argue the contrary however this woman has been judged by the world for making a personal choice. Is this really our right?

I admit when I first saw the photo I was shocked and could not believe that it was her! However the more I think about it the greater my understanding. How many of us look in the mirror and wish to be some else? Look in the mirror and see only fault? Imagine feeling that way but seeing yourself not only in the mirror but also on DVD, CD, magazine covers! Scary right?? Then imagine feeling this way, taking the step to feel better then having the world scream at you for doing it! She cannot win!

Please understand I’m not saying Renne did feel this way all I’m saying is there are 2 sides to every story and I doubt we are really hearing hers.

So next time I see Renee’s new face I will think positive thoughts and hope that she is happy and she can raise above the negative, judgmental press that has been put her way. In the end all that matters is that she looks in the mirror and likes what she sees.

I would love to know how this story has effected you!