18 Jul 2014

Vlogging Virgin

Many of you will have seen on my twitter feed that I was keen to join in +Nickie O'Hara and +Kate Sutton #vloggingchallenge they are setting on a weekly basis. However, I hate the sound of my voice. Well, that's not quite strictly true. I don't mind how it sounds in my head, but when I hear it on a recording it makes me cringe. I think I sound like some kind of hybrid Scottish Smurf on helium. I have the blue tinged skin to go with it and everything. I even asked +Ruth Arnold if there was voice changing software I could use. I pushed those fear aside and recorded not one but three vlogs. I haven't listened to them yet, there is no editing and it's just on my iPad, so I'll let you make the judgement. Should I give up now or keep going?

I actually quite liked doing it, watching it is maybe a glass of wine or two or ten's job. Next time, if there is a next time and I hope there is, I'll use better software. Anyway here goes nothing.....

16 Jul 2014

The Gallery 193 - My View Right Now

This week's Gallery Prompt at from the lovely Tara over at Sticky Fingers is My View Right Now.

I received Tara's email on Saturday, late afternoon, and had just returned home from the worst shop on earth Ikea. I hate shopping as it is, but this shop irritates me no end. It's always mobbed and you can only walk in one direction. Heaven forbid if you want to go back and pick something up you seen and were unsure of at time. Then you go round and round in circles, it's never ending. Until you see the food and you know the end is in sight. Anyway, I digress. I signed up to do a writing course with +Keris Stainton after getting the feed back from the literary agent at Britmums. I decided I needed some space for me. I don't have a room, or corner or anything. My lovely hubby agreed and I got a little desk in the living room. He'd just finished building it and I was about to try it out when I got the email. Here is My View Right Now.

Desk

I am really looking forward to having my own little space and will customise it as I go along. I hope it's what I need to knuckle down and get on with my writing and be more productive with my blog. I love to write and sitting on the couch or in bed with a laptop just didn't feel right. Do you have your own little space at home? I'd love to hear about them.

Extracting the Dental Demons from Your Child's Imagination

None of us enjoy a trip to the dentist. In fact, dental visits are often seen as being one of the most stressful experiences of our adult lives. If us adults are so very afraid, imagine how our children feel. I am often asked if there are any ways to help a young child cope with a trip to a dentist in the UK. This is an interesting question and it is worthwhile taking a look at some great parenting tips that will help remove the fear from a child and allow him or her to appreciate the benefits that these professionals can provide.

9 Jul 2014

The Gallery 192 - The Great Outdoors

This week's Gallery Prompt at from the lovely Tara over at Sticky Fingers is The Great Outdoors.

Tara must have read my mind as this is a perfect prompt for us. Right now our usually not such an outdoorsy family are spending a week in a log cabin in Sherwood Forest. No internet, or mobile signal, arg. I'm typing this to you as we pick up provisions at Tesco, thank you free wifi. Here we are exploring the Forest this morning. See you all when we get back.


4 Jul 2014

Britmums Live - Be Brave

A few weekend's a go, I was nervous, but I went to the blogging conference Britmums Live. I travelled down to London, it's a long way from Glasgow, on the train thanks to the lovely Skibz for sponsoring me, I wouldn't have gotten there without them. You can also read all about what I expected from Britmums Live before I went. So what happened when I got there....

I got off the train in Euston at 2:15pm and jumped on the tube with hubby to get to The Brewery were it was hosted. It started at 2pm, so I was a little late by the time I got there. Flustered, hot and bothered. I put on my badge and my Skibz bib, I accessorised it well thanks to the tips from Transatlantice Blonde who was a Bibs Style finalist,  I met several people I already knew from previous conferences. Then settled down up the back to listen to the welcome and keynote by Emma Freud, which was good, but went on a bit. There were loads of bloggers there, 700 I'm told. Just look at them all.

Authors

2 Jul 2014

The Gallery 191 - A Younger Me

This week's Gallery Prompt at from the lovely Tara over at Sticky Fingers is A Younger Me.

Having looked back the photos of night's out, holidays, etc I've decided I'll have to burn them before my kids become teenagers! Only kidding, we all have a past, but not sure I can say to Aria, you can't wear something that short when I wore skirts and dresses that you could barely call a dress. But, that's what we do and it's part of growing up, having fun, expressing yourself and learning about who you are.

Here's a picture from my first girls holiday in Gran Canaria. I was 17 years old, almost 18 and we had a ball.

Teen on holiday

Here's another photo when we went to Newcastle for the night. Yes we travelled down on the bus and back after going clubbing. It's about 3 hours in the bus, not good, but was a good idea at the time. I am about 20 here. 

Night out

I had a lot of fun and glad it did it all. I wouldn't want to do it all now, but I have the memories and love the family life I have now. 

What did you do in your teens and early 20's?

1 Jul 2014

The Mystery of the Pyramid: Scooby-Doo Live on Stage

I grew up in the 1980's, yes I'm that old. One of my favourite cartoons as a child was Scooby-Doo. I loved the characters and even though it was always something crazy going on, it was great fun to watch. Sometimes a little scary at time, but always come right in the end. I even liked the Scooby-Doo film when it came out, well it might have a little something to do with a slight crush on Freddie Prinze-Jnr. Yes I admit it. 

My boys aren't as big Scooby-Doo fans yet, but I think they would be if they watched it live on stage. What do you think? Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne; the whole gang come together live and stage. And no annoying Scrappy-Doo in sight. What you liked him? 

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