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Blogmas Day 3

Christmas Craft Fayre Weekend

On the 1st and 2nd of December, our local theme park, Flambards, held their annual Christmas craft fayre. It feels like the season has officially started when the Christmas craft fayre comes around.

Local crafters have stalls positioned through the Victorian Villlage Museum and in various locations in the park. It looks so magical. See for yourself…

We tend not to spend a lot of money and simply go for the atmosphere and to see Santa, but my daughter did have her face painted and bought a Hufflepuff coaster for her bedroom. One thing we do always spend money on is the food stalls.

If you want to know the real reason why I go to the craft fayre… its churros. Only joking, well, I’m only half joking. Despite the rain, we made sure we got our hands on some Nutella filled churros. (Photo of me stuffing my face courtesy of my hubby.) Not only that, we also bought handmade cookies that were as big as my head.

What event or tradition kicks off the festive season for you?


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Milestone Thanks

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What a lovely thing to wake up to this morning: 300 followers!

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I can’t believe that 300 of you lovely folk have hit that follow button on my little ol blog. I’m so very grateful for the continuing support I receive from my blogging community.


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The New Year & All That Goes With It

Happy New Year to all who celebrate it. I hope you awoke this morning totally celebrated out, but hangover free. If not hangover free, just think of the memories you have made… or depending on how much you drank, lack of memories.

Seeing as this is my first post of the new year, I would like to take the time to thank all of my followers for the great support I received in 2015. I started my little blog in June, and have gained an overwhelming 158 followers since. All the kind comments, reblogs, and shares on social media have not only motivated me, but they have also warmed my heart. My sincerest thanks goes to you all.

So, what does 2016 hold for me?

I am a resolution maker. Resolutions such as gym memberships and saving money always fall by the wayside, so I set myself achievable, meaningful resolutions I’d like to accomplish in regards to my family life and with my writing.

My Resolutions

Family Ambitions:

  • Eat healthier.
  • Go away together (even if we stay inside the UK, even if we stay inside Cornwall for that matter.)
  • Use my husbands days off wisely.
  • Make more of the weekends when we are all free at the same time.
  • Get through the bungalow extension with our sanity.  (Our landlady is extending the bungalow we rent and it is a mammoth job.)
  • Turn thirty in style! (We have 12 days between our thirtieth birthdays, and plan to hold a joint party.)
  • Throw Sophie her first, big, birthday party for her sixth birthday. (The invite her whole class kind of party, with lots of sugar).
  • De-clutter. (This is a must before the extension.)

Writing Ambitions:

  • Complete and self-publish EVO Shift (by April at the very latest.)
  • Complete the third and final book in the EVO Nation Series (by November.)
  • Complete and self publish my current side project (by February. This is very near completion.)
  • At least make a start on my new series by the end of the year.
  • Self- publish a Christmas novella. (This is a side project that will only come to fruition if time allows.)
  • Build and grow my blog and web presence.

I’m not a martyr, and if I don’t fulfil every resolution/ ambition I won’t beat myself up over it or push myself to breaking point. I simply enjoy setting goals to aim for. All our family ambitions are easily achievable, and are just continuations on what we have already started. All except that dreaded extension… ‘think of the end result, Kayleigh- more space.’

Each new year feels like a fresh start to reassess where I am at and set new goals. I hope you all are looking forward to the new year and the possibilities 2016 may bring.

Tell yourself that…

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Raising Awareness for Bell’s Palsy, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome & MND: My Sister in Law’s Struggle

I know this isn’t my usual type of post, but what’s the point of having a blog if we can’t use it to promote awareness of serious health issues when we know those affected?

Meet my sister in law, Becky Chapman:

Becky is a twenty eight year old, mother of four from Essex, England. Becky was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy at the age of four. She had two more episodes since her initial diagnosis at the age of eleven, and then again at sixteen.

Bell’s Palsy is part of the herpes virus that can lie dormant, but be triggered by illness, stress, and by coming into contact with chicken pox, and measles. The sufferer can experience facial paralysis, loss of taste, ear pain, eye problems, slurred speech, reduced sense of taste, numbness, and sensitivity to sound.

Now, Becky has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome brought on by shingles in her inner ear. Ramsay Hunt Syndrome has similar symptoms to Bell’s Palsy, and has caused Becky motor neuron issues. Becky has her worst case of facial paralysis to date. The duration of the symptoms can be from weeks to months, and can cause long term damage.

In her video, Becky bravely tells the world what she is going through and the struggles she is facing. She also expresses empathy to those who suffer with the symptoms on a daily basis, and has started fundraising!

Please watch Becky’s heart felt, courageous video to raise awareness of these illnesses: Support Becky and Raise Awareness

Here is the link for Becky’s fundraising page: Fundraising for Bell’s Palsy, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome & MND

Thank you all for your support and for taking the time to read this important post!

Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, October 26th 2015

Family is what you make it. I’m incredibly lucky to have a big, close family and I include important friends in that category. With my wedding coming up in eight weeks, my family have given me fantastic support and help in preparation for the big day. It’s times like these when you realise just how lucky you are to have amazing people in your life.

‘Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.’ ~ Jane Howard

‘Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.’ ~ Paul Pearshall