Cute clothes and pretty bracelets – Postbox Peeking 28/5/17

Cute clothes and pretty bracelets – Postbox Peeking 28/5/17

We’ve had lots of lovely things in the post this week, mainly through our brand repping. Here we go with our weekly look at what’s arrived.

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Penpalling

Three letters for me and one for Monkey this week. She’s not had any penpal post for a while so she was so excited to have a letter of her own.

My three letters were lovely and full of good news. There was new babies, adoptions, holidays, exam successes and lots of things to make me smile.

Brand Repping

Monkey is a brand rep for Little Mr and Miss Apparel. She gets so excited when a parcel from them arrives. This week we had three gorgeous outfits from them.

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The only outfit we’ve managed to wear so far is the one I didn’t think we’d get much wear out of. This watermelon summer set is so cute I had to have it but I wasn’t sure we’d get the weather for it here in Manchester. It’s been beautiful this week though so we’ve been out and about, enjoying the sunshine and looking fab!

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Although we’ve not had the other outfits on I love them because I can almost hear Monkey saying what is written on the tops.

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It’s normally Monkey who is the brand rep in our house so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to be a brand rep for Katy Day Designs. They sell the most beautiful jewellery with a christian theme. There is so much I want to order but for now I am loving my bible verse bracelet.

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Shopping

Next week we’re going camping at Big Church Day Out. We’re not campers! I have no camping equipment and no clue where to start. I’ve managed to beg and borrow most things we’ll need but I’ve bought a gorgeous disney princess ready bed for Monkey to sleep in. No pictures as I’ve had to hide it from her for now!

I also bought a few more bits for my Mummy Meditations Good Gift Exchange. It’s all been sent off to my partner now so hopefully I can tell you more soon.

Monkey’s Birthday

Monkey’s birthday is in June. Way back when I was pregnant I joined a facebook group of women all expecting babies in June 2014. They should never have let me in as I was due in July but I’m so glad they did. It’s been an amazing group and we’ve shared so much. Now that the babies are turning 3 (how did that happen?) we’re taking part in a gift exchange and Monkey’s gift arrived yesterday. I’ve put it away until her actual birthday but I can’t wait to see what’s inside.

Other Stuff

Other stuff we’ve had this week include a party invitation for Monkey, a hospital appointment for Monkey and my pension statement which was very confusing.

What have you had in the post this week?

Stay strong Manchester

Stay strong Manchester

On Monday evening once Monkey was in bed I sat down and wrote a plan. I’d not been great about blogging for the previous two weeks and wanted to sort it out. I had so many things I wanted to write about, I just needed to put them in some kind of order and get writing.

But then, just three miles from my front door, something awful happened. Something that made blogging seem completely irrelevant. I saw bits about the attack at the arena before I went to bed. At this point it was still being played down and I went to bed thinking it was just a blown speaker that had caused a bit of panic.

And then we heard the sirens.

It was clear that something was going on but it wasn’t until the next morning that I realised just how awful it was. The news I woke up to was just devastating.

Obviously whenever you see news like this on the tv it’s devastating but I think now I have Monkey it hit me harder. And the fact that it was so close to home. I pass the arena almost every day; on my way to work, shopping, visiting family.

There aren’t any words to talk about the awfulness of what happened. Going into town on the Tuesday morning was awful. Manchester, my home, the city that I love was so quiet. There were armed police everywhere and it felt like a very scary place to be.

But the terrorists picked the wrong people to try and terrify. Whilst Tuesday morning was horrible what I’ve seen in town since has been amazing. I love that Manchester is such a diverse city. We’re not going to let this divide us or spread hate. People of all races and religions are there in town doing whatever they can to help. And this weekend we’ve got the City Games and Great Manchester Run. There’ll be loads of us out there celebrating our city.

I’m not even sure what I’m trying to say here. But I had to say something. Basically I love my city and I’m proud of it’s people. Stay strong Manchester

Good Gifts – Postbox Peeking 21/5/17

Good Gifts – Postbox Peeking 21/5/17

We’ve not had much post here this week but gifts seem to have featured heavily – both coming in and going out.

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Penpalling

Only one letter arrived for me this week, all the way from Finland. My finnish pal lives in the Lapland area, just 57 miles from the artic circle so I love reading about her weather. While I’m moaning about the typical Manchester rain she is managing to keep a garden alive through snow and frost. In this letter she had 40cm of snow and the temperature was -4 and this was it getting warmer!

Monkey had no letters this week but her first birthday present arrived from her penpal in Dubai. It’s a gorgeous doll with lots of accesories. She’s not seen it yet as I’m going to wrap it and put it away for her birthday next month.

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Shopping

I can’t show you what shopping arrived this week. I’m taking part in a gift exchange to celebrate one year of Mummy Meditations. Some lovely gifts arrived for my partner this week but I am keeping them secret until she’s received them.

Free Books! – Postbox Peeking 14/5/17

Free Books! – Postbox Peeking 14/5/17

Hello and welcome back to our weekly look through my letterbox.

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Penpalling

Five letters for me this week, all from within the UK. There’s been lots of exciting news – holidays, dance shows, new babies, new businesses – and it’s lovely to be able to share it in this small way.

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Charity

Another envelope of used stamps arrived for my charity collection. Any used stamp from any country can be used to raise money for Allergy UK – a charity that means so much to my family. If you could help with this or want to know more PLEASE get in touch.

Shopping

I wasn’t sure whether to include these in this section as they were free but it seemed like the best fit. The lovely people at Godventure gave away 1000 free books last week to celebrate getting to 1000 likes on their facebook page.

Godventure describe themselves as inspiring families to do “God stuff” together at home. Monkey is at an age where she is just starting to understand things at church and I’m always looking for ways to discuss faith with her. I was already planning to order some of their products so when I saw this offer I jumped on it straight away and ordered two books – Our Family Godventure and A Godventure through the life of Jesus.

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I’m going to do a proper write up of these in the next few days so I won’t say too much about them for now other than they look fab.

Other Stuff

The only other thing that arrived this week was my polling card for the General Election.

What have you had in the post this week?

Mummy Meditations – Goodness week 2

Mummy Meditations – Goodness week 2

Every week me and Monkey take part in Mummy Meditations – a wonderful way of spending time with God whilst also raising children. Each month we focus on a different fruit of the spirit and each week we look closely at just one bible verse. This month we are looking at the fruit of goodness.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

If you read my blog regularly you’ll know that Monkey is a big fan of Listener Kids. Whenever we look at anything new from the bible together we always try to find one of their videos to watch. Monkey loves to sing along and they are a great way to introduce ideas to her. As we started looking at this verse together we watched “This Little Light of Mine”.

Monkey loved stamping her feet and clapping her hands in the middle of the song. But after we’d watched it a few times she began to talk more about the message of the song. She wanted to know who the light in the video was. I explained to her that Jesus is the light of the world and that as Christians we have Jesus in us, his light shines through us.

A few months ago Monkey made a stained glass picture of Jesus at a church service for under 5s we attend monthly. She has always been very proud of this picture and kept it safe. I used this picture to help her understand this verse. We looked at the picture on the table and talked about how beautiful it was. We then held it up to the window and let the light shine through. We agreed that although the original picture was beautiful the light shining through made it even more so.

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We are the same. People are beautiful but when they let their light shine it adds to their beauty. I explained to Monkey that she could let her light shine through the things that she said and the things that she did.

The verse tells us that when people see our good deeds they will glorify our Father in heaven. We did a torchlit treasure hunt to help Monkey understand this. I hid treats in her bedroom, turned all the lights off and gave her a torch. She had lots of fun shining her torch around and was very excited when she found her sweets.

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While we enjoyed our sweets together we talked about how the good things we do are like the light, they can lead people to even greater things. People will see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven.

We did some more singing. This Little Light of Mine has become a big favourite but we also enjoyed Let Your Light Shine.

We finished off our week by making a paper candle to remind us to always let our light shine. We had so much fun with this verse and we’re looking forward to next week.

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Mummy Meditations – Gentleness week 5 and Goodness week 1

Mummy Meditations – Gentleness week 5 and Goodness week 1

As I logged on to write up this week’s Mummy Meditations post I noticed last week’s was still sitting unpublished in my drafts. So this week you’re getting two for one!

Last week was the final week on gentleness and a bit of a bonus week as April was a five Sunday month. Our verse for the week was Philippians 4:5

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. – Philippians 4:5.

I loved this verse. It seemed to finish off our month on gentleness perfectly. We’d talked about gentle touch and gentle words but now we had to think about how everybody could see that gentleness.

Monkey was poorly this week so we didn’t do many creative or practical things with the verse. We looked at it together as she said her prayers each day but that was it really. We continued with the gentleness quilt which has ended up being a much bigger project than I originally planned. It’s something we’re going to continue with even though gentleness month is ‘officially’ over.

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Doing less practical stuff did mean I had chance to reflect on the verse but more importantly on the last month, my first month taking part in Mummy Meditations. I have loved it. It’s really given me a focus in my prayer time, reading of the bible and most importantly to me sharing my faith with Monkey. I’m so happy I found it and would like to say a big thank you to Rachel and Naomi.

Now onto this week! It was our first week looking at goodness. Although Monkey was a lot better, neither of us were 100% so we didn’t do as much as we’d like with the verse.

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him. – Matthew 7:11

It’s not a great feeling to think of yourself as evil but here Jesus is reminding us that we’re not perfect, we all have our faults. However, no matter what my faults are, I’m a mum. I want the best for Monkey and will always do my best for her. I’d like to think I give good things to her. But if I can do that with all my faults what gifts could a perfect God give to her?

What struck me with this verse though was the last five words – to those who ask him. This verse gives us permission to ask God for things. He is a good Father and will only give us good gifts. I talked to Monkey about how we can ask God through prayer. We’ve signed up to Thy Kingdom Come – Global wave of prayer and can’t wait to get started. We’ve downloaded some wonderful prayer resources from their website.

I’m looking forward to next weeks verse and getting back on track with our Mummy Meditations

Girls like Thomas too! – Postbox Peeking 7/5/17

Girls like Thomas too! – Postbox Peeking 7/5/17

It’s been a fairly quiet week for post but my shopping has made Monkey VERY happy. Here’s what we’ve had in the post this week.

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Penpalling

No letters for Monkey this week but I’ve had four – three from UK and one from New Zealand.

Charity

I received an envelope full of stamps to help with our fundraising for Allergy UK. Another package has gone off this week so I’m looking forward to seeing how much we’ve raised.

Shopping

The only thing we’ve bought this week is a t-shirt for Monkey. Not just any t-shirt though, a Thomas t-shirt! And not only that it was a Thomas t-shirt for girls.

Monkey has been a huge Thomas fan since she was 18 months old. She’s 3 next month and this is the first time I’ve been able to get her Thomas clothing designed for girls. She has had some t-shirts as I have no problem with buying her boys stuff but it’s nice to see an acknowledgement that Thomas is for boys and girls. Thomas Land sell girls clothing but it’s all Rosie the pink engine. Monkey doesn’t want that – she wants Thomas! I love this top because it is girly (we like girly!) but not pink for pinks sake and it’s still very definitely Thomas. Monkey loved it too and she looked fab in it.

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What have you had in the post this week?