Mama OWL Blog: October 2012

DKL Toys - mic.o.mic & Corolle Doll Review

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

I was delighted to be chosen by DKL Toys to review two of the products from their fab range of children's toys, the mic.o.mic Small Aeroplane and the Corolle Mini Corolline Blonde Doll.

H was in charge of road testing (or rather, runway testing) the mic.o.mic airport and small aeroplane. The components that make up the mic.o.mic small plane are chunky and durable plastic, and easy for little fingers to assemble. They're bright & colourful and use a press stud connector system to build the model. H managed to construct most of the model himself with only a little help from me, and will no doubt enjoy taking it apart and re-assembling it many times over. The airport zip-up mat is a great little storage bag and play mat for the plane, opening out to become a little runway. A great little build & play toy that will keep little ones well entertained. We'll definitely be expanding our collection of the mic.o.mic toys and adding one or two of the cars!

E is a huge fan of dolls and babies and was thrilled (as I am sure you can tell by her little face) when I gave her the Corolle Mini Corolline Blonde Doll. She's a really caring and motherly little girl and spends hours playing with her dolls and their accessories, so this was an ideal toy for her to try out. Her face lit up when I handed her the box, E said that her Corolline Doll is "so pretty" and "smell lovely!", as it is scented with a lovely vanilla.

It's the perfect size for her little hands and is lightweight, at 20cm it's just right to pop in her backpack when we go out and about. She has taken great delight in showing everyone her new 'baby' and loves to brush Corolline's long hair.

The Corolle range boasts some very beautiful, highly collectible dolls that will appeal to toddlers and little ones and be loved & cherished for many years.

There is a list of DKL toy stockists available on their website, and you can follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook to keep up to date with news, offers and competitions.

** Disclaimer: DKL Toys sent the mic.o.mic small aeroplane and Corolle Mini Corolline Blonde Doll free of charge for my family to review. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the products.

The grinding of the gears.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

I was tagged (ages ago, sorry) by the fabulous Mummy of Many Talents, who asked me to share things that grind my gears. The meme rules are to simply link back to the meme creator, & the person who tagged you.

I'm going to have to restrain myself because otherwise this could get very long winded, and it has taken me a while to have a good think about what is and is not going to be acceptable to add to my list, lest someone take something the wrong way and/or incorrectly believe it to be about them. So I will tread carefully, and take this time to make very clear that I am not referring to any one person in particular at any point during this post. Let's crack on, shall we?

Things that yank my chain.

- As mentioned above, over sensitive types in general. Things really don't need to be a big deal.

- That we have a shit Government and that they weren't even elected, yet we're all supposed to dance to their tune when they're just a bunch of hypocritical, out of touch snobs who wouldn't know what real life was if it jumped up and slapped the silver spoon out of their mouths. All in this together, my arse. The elderly, disabled and children shouldn't be IN anything, we're supposed to be taking care of them.

- Monday mornings.

- That I'm not married to Steve Backshall... *sobs quietly*

- The never ending laundry. I get it all done, turn around... four more loads. Yay.

- That I still have terrible skin and I am thirty god damn years old. When does this shit stop?!

- The fact that I am 30 years old. I could have sworn I was still only about 22.

- Not having won the lottery yet. One day, it WILL be bloody me.

- Winter. Everything about it. March cannot roll around soon enough.

- I'm always tired, yet whenever it's time for bed - DING! Wide awake.

- Never having any time for myself. I love my life. I love my kids. I even love my old man ;) but OH. MY. WORD. Sometimes I just want to pee without a frickin audience.

- My own poor choice of friends.

- That it takes ages to get a refund on something. THAT'S MY MONEY, GIVE IT BACK.

- People who never ever answer their mobile phone. Absolutely no point in owning one.

- That it takes ages to lose weight, but it piles on faster than you can say "Cadbury's".

- That some things just cannot be unthought, unsaid or undone.

- That I know loads of awesome people, but they live so far away.

Ok. That'll do. I tag...

Sonya @ The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock n' Roll Mum
Sarah @ Ups & Downs, Smiles & Frowns
Chelsea @ MS Mummy of Two
Clare @ Musings of a New Wife & Mummy

Guilt free crisps? Yes please!

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

I'm a snacker. I love me some snacks.

I can easily sit and munch through a grab-bag of crisps while watching tv... I know, I'm not proud. So imagine my unadulterated glee when this beautifully presented box arrived at my house from Special K containing not one but THREE boxes of their new Cracker Crisps.

I couldn't get the Sweet Chilli box open quick enough, that is my absolute favourite flavour and I was keen to see if it was going to live up to my expectations. I was sceptical, to be completely honest. At 95 calories per 21 crisps I did imagine that the flavour could possibly have been jeopardised in order to keep the calories low but I was very pleasantly surprised. They were tasty, flavourful and I have to admit... I did eat them all. Not in one sitting I hasten to add, but that box was MINE.

I thoroughly enjoyed trying the sour cream and onion flavour too (as did the kids), but I did leave the balsamic vinegar & sea salt box for The Mister... Quite the crisp connoisseur, even he was impressed.

You can find Special K Cracker Crisps in the Crisps aisle in all major supermarkets and convenience stores now, priced at £1.99 for a 100g box and 60p for individual bags (handy to pop in your hand bag or to hide away in the glove compartment!).

All of the taste and none of the guilt, what can be better than that?!

** Disclaimer: I was sent the samples of Kelloggs Special K Cracker Crisps free of charge for a no obligation trial. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the products.

Halloween Tricks & Treats

Monday, 29 October 2012

The lovely people from Wilkinsons have sent us some fiendishly fab items to help us enjoy a fun family Halloween here at Chez Mama Owl.

We've got the Happy Halloween bunting, and spooktacular Bat garland up in the kitchen ready for our spooky Halloween family buffet dinner on Wednesday, and the skull head bowl has been filled up with goodies ready to scare any Trick or Treaters brave enough to darken our doorstep!

The kids favourite item was the spooky sweet bowl, with moving skeleton hand that pops out to grab any little fingers that might be looking for a treat!

Note how I still jumped even though I knew it was coming, d'oh! Flashing LED light up eyes and scary sounds all add to the scare factor. It makes it a very effective 'tricky' treat bowl and a great decoration for your Halloween table. The spooky sweet bowl is priced at £13.

H has claimed ownership of the fake scar stickers and is planning on looking suitably spooky as a mummy ready to scare any creepy callers on the night! They look very effective and at only £1 for the pack it's a bargain, we're looking forward to trying those out.

We're not going out Trick or Treating, but the reflective vampire stickers will help anyone venturing out in the dark to 'be seen at Halloween' and help keep your little terrors safe. Only £2 a pack (and currently offered free with a costume), we'll be sticking ours to the boys school bags ready for the coming darker evenings.

Check out the bargains for yourself from Wilkinson's spooky range, and have a fiendishly fun family Halloween!

** Disclaimer: Wilkinson sent the above items free of charge for my family to review. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the products.

Meal Planning Monday #mealplanningmonday

Monday, 29 October 2012

Monday 29th October - Spaghetti & sausage meatballs

Tuesday 30th October - Chicken Casserole

Wednesday 31st October - Spooktacular Halloween Buffet (potato wedges, chicken goujons and a selection of mini pizzas) followed by deadly delicious desserts (and probably a fair few sweets and popcorn!)

Thursday 1st November - Cheesy pasta bake

Friday 2nd November - Chicken Fajitas

Saturday 3rd November - Brinner*

Sunday 4th November - Roast Lamb Chops

I've joined in with Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky with this post
*Brinner = Breakfast for Dinner

The WINNER of the Dark Shadows Triple Play Blu-Ray is...

Friday, 26 October 2012

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway to win the Dark Shadows Blu-Ray Triple Play Pack.

The winner has been drawn via on Rafflecopter and the lucky person is...

Entry #481 - KATE O'NEILL

Congratulations Kate, I have sent you an email so please keep an eye out for it.

Thanks again for all of your entries, there is still a little time to enter the Pumpazing Giveaway and be sure to be on the look out for more giveaways coming soon!

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Here we are again ladies and gents, happy Thursday everyone. #R2BC is hosted by the lovely Michelle at Mummy From The Heart so be sure to head over and link up.

1. Christmas is only 60 sleeps away! Two months today! I cannot wait. I’ve been buying little bits & bobs through the year and putting money away each week, in a couple of weeks the Mister and I are going to go out and do a big Christmas present shop, which I am very much looking forward to! I’ve got a few ideas of things I want to get but we’re going to head into Bristol and test things out in the shops sans kids to make sure we’re getting the right ones!

I have already begun putting money away for next year now too, it’s so nice knowing that Christmas is paid for. I’ve started now so that I will have a bit more for 2013, with the kids getting older their taste is getting more expensive so this way I know that I will have it to spend. I never go mad at Christmas though, I really don’t see the point, plus they have plenty throughout the year so there’s no need. For us, the best part of the holidays is spending time together doing things as a family. I put a real emphasis on spending our time together baking and making decorations and watching movies, because in ten years time they probably won’t remember the presents that they got, but they will remember our quality time and that is what is really important.

2. Half term has landed. This morning we all had a lie in and a lazy start to the day which was lovely. We hung out in our jimjams until midday, I managed to get all of the clean laundry put away and a couple of loads washed and A & J did helped out with some housework while I was out with L, H & E. Dinner is on now, and we’re cosying down for a quiet evening at home in the warm.

3. My sister welcomed her new baby girl into the world on Saturday! Eleanor Elizabeth Jayne arrived on Saturday 20th October at 9.31am weighing a healthy 9lb 6oz and measuring 55cm long, we are all thrilled to welcome her to the family.

What are your reasons to be cheerful this week? Why not link up and share with us all!

#TheGallery : Books

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

I have been an avid reader from the minute I was able to do so. I used to spend hours reading with my sisters, and by the time I was a teenager I had amassed a bookcase full of the 'Point' series (horror, romance, crime) as well as the Judy Blumes, Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High. I couldn't get enough!

I have tried to pass my love of books on to the kids, A in particular has an impressive collection already (and has requested more for Christmas, she has an eclectic mix of your popular teen fiction along with some classics, as well as all of my old Point Horrors) and E loves nothing more than to sit and enjoy listening to anything by Julia Donaldson. The kids always get books for Christmas too, I'm still trying to coax the boys in to reading more and hope that the books I have chosen for them this year will aid my mission!

For the gallery this week, I have shared a snapshot of my book shelf, above my bed. These are the books I have read this year (er, minus the man books which I believe are easily identifiable amongst all that Jodi Picoult) as well as a couple I read previously. I apologise for the presence of the Fifty Shades books, I allowed myself to get suckered in to the hype, and I can never get that time back... Unfortunately I'm not even halfway through my 50 book challenge for this year, but there is always next year. One of my goals is definitely to find more time to sit and read, there is nothing I love more than getting lost in a good book.

Spider Web Cheesecake [#Recipe]

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

I do not accept any credit for this recipe, as it's one from the fantastic The Hummingbird Bakery 'Cake Days' recipe book. If you don't have this book, you should buy it now, it is one of my absolute favourites. I think that this cheesecake makes a brilliant Halloween dessert, particularly if you fancy a change from the usual simple sponge cake. I made it last year (which is when I took the above pictures) and will definitely be making it again for us to enjoy next week.

This recipe serves 8-12.

- 220g (8oz) digestive biscuits
- 100g (3.5oz) unsalted butter, melted

- 4 leaves of gelatine
- 600g (1lb 5oz) full-fat cream cheese (such as Philadelphia)
- 110g (4oz) caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
- 200ml (7 fl oz) double cream
- 60g (2oz) dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)

You will also need one 20cm (8in) diameter spring-form cake tin, and a piping bag with a fine (no. 2) writing nozzle.

  1. Line the base of the cake tin with baking parchment, then in a food processor, whiz the digestive biscuits into fine crumbs using the blade attachment. Alternatively, place the biscuits in a plastic food bag, seal it shut and crush it with a rolling pin.
  2. Tip the biscuit crumbs in to a bowl, pour over the melted butter and mix together with a spoon. Pour the buttery crumbs into the lined cake tin, pressing them into the base of the tin, then place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to cool and set while you make the topping.
  3. Place the gelatine leaves in a bowl of tepid water to soften. Using a hand-held electric whisk or freestanding electric mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla essence and lemon zest until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the double cream until it forms soft peaks.
  4. In a small saucepan, on a very low heat, melt approximately 200g (7oz) of the cream cheese mixture. Allow it to warm slightly, then remove from the heat, add the softened gelatine and let it melt into the cream cheese.
  5. Add the remaining cold cream cheese to the warm mixture in the pan, mixing it in 3 tablespoons at a time and stirring continuously. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the cheesecake mixture and then pour on to the prepared base in the tin. Smooth down the top of the cheesecake using a palette knife.
  6. Break the chocolate into a glass bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Pour the chocolate into the piping bag and pipe on to the cheesecake in evenly spaced concentric circles. Using a toothpick or the point of a sharp knife, draw a fine line from the centre circle to the outer circle to create the spiderweb effect. Clean the toothpick or skewer after drawing each line.
  7. Place the finished cheesecake in the fridge and allow it to set for a couple of hours, or preferably overnight.

Shared a Halloween themed post? Why not link up with me here and share your tips and ideas with me and my readers. The linky list will stay open until midnight on Halloween (Oct 31) so there is plenty of time to share your posts.

Cottage Pie [#Recipe]

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Cottage Pie is a firm favourite in our house, always goes down a treat and this recipe makes enough to feed all of us well (which means, six of us plus enough for A & J to have another big helping each!).

To be fair, I'm not even sure we can really call it a recipe as such because I change it often and just sort of throw things in as I'm cooking, but I'll let you know the basic ingredients and what I do, then you can change it to make it your own in whatever way you choose. Sometimes I add carrots to the base, sometimes I add swede to the topping... Etc. It just depends on how I feel on the day & what I fancy!


- 750g minced beef
- 2 x cooking onions
- gravy granules
- garlic puree
- Worcester sauce
- 2 x 400g tins of baked beans
- dried mixed herbs


- potatoes
- grated cheddar cheese


  • Peel the potatoes and bring to the boil in a separate pan. The amount of potatoes is entirely up to you, as some people prefer only a little mash with their pie. We have ours about half and half and I just peel until I think we have enough for a good topping.
  • Chop up the onions and fry them in a pan with the garlic puree for a couple of minutes, before adding the minced beef.
  • Continue to fry off the onions, garlic and mince until the mince is browned. Sprinkle in some mixed herbs, and a few dashes of Worcester sauce.
  • To soak up any excess fat from the mince, sprinkle in a few gravy granules a little at a time until it has thickened up and there isn't any excess liquid floating around the bottom of the pan.
  • Add one tin of baked beans, then drain off the tomato liquid from the other before adding the beans to the mince. Mix well and allow to warm through for a few minutes.
  • Transfer the mince & beans to a large oven dish and level it out.
  • Mash the boiled potatoes and add whatever you wish (milk, butter, salt etc), before spooning it out on top of the mince in the oven dish. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheddar cheese over the top and bake in a preheated oven (about 190) for approximately 25-30 minutes until the cheese has started browning nicely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Like I said, this is always a big hit in our house and is a great Autumn/Winter warmer. You can also serve it with a big helping of green veggies too!

Meal Plan Monday #mealplanningmonday

Monday, 22 October 2012

I'm all about the easy meals this week, last week was exhausting and stressful, so anything that makes my life easier without resorting to takeaway is fine with me.

Monday 22nd October - Chicken Chasseur

Tuesday 23rd October - Brinner* with hash browns & french toast

Wednesday 24th October - Cottage Pie

Thursday 25th October - Toad in the hole

Friday 26th October - Chicken Fajitas

Saturday 27th October - Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Sunday 28th October - Roast Gammon

I've joined in with Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky with this post
*Brinner = Breakfast for dinner

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Thursday is here again, which means it is almost time for the weekend, hurrah! This week's #R2BC is hosted by the lovely Becky at Lakes Single Mum so be sure to pop over to read and link up.

It has been a busy week and I am shattered, Sunday honestly cannot come soon enough so I can have a day in my PJs doing nothing at all, just hanging out with the kids. I think we could all do with it really, we've all been a bit tired & snappy.

1. The event my sister and I have been working on for weeks is THIS SATURDAY! Exciting! Puddy Muddles in Bradford on Avon is having 'Peppa Pig Day' at the shop from 9.30am - 4.30pm where customers can bring their little ones to meet Peppa and get a free book and/or balloon (books only available while stocks last of course!). Eva's Kitchen will be serving lots of Peppa themed goodies and there will also be a little stall by Becks Beauties offering free glitter tattoos. Fingers crossed the weather will be nice, and it should turn out to be a good day!

2. Half term starts next week, and like I mentioned above it can't come soon enough! The kids are worn out already (and actually so are three pairs of school shoes and a bag...) so hopefully this will give them some time out to have a bit of a rest ready for the final term before CHRISTMAS. Yes. I said it.

3. Another of my sisters and I have been making plans and organising a family 'do for Bonfire Night, we're going to have food and fireworks and all get together with our kids to enjoy the evening and have some fun, which I am really looking forward to. With that and Halloween I am especially excited about the next few weeks, particularly as that means lots of baking opportunities!

Lots to look forward to in the coming weeks, exactly why this is my favourite time of year!

Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-fire, Star Wars Phantom Menace Double-bladed Lightsaber, & Bouncy Balls [Toyologist Reviews #10, #11 & #12]

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-fire Blaster

As if it wasn't perilous enough living in a house with five children, Toys R Us sent us the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-fire Blaster to review as part of the 2012 Toyologist program. My children were absolutely over the moon.

Cue much maniacal giggling from around corners, behind sofas and the nooks and crannies around the house, if you hear a whirring noise then I recommend you duck or run because the likelihood is, you're about to get nailed with a Nerf dart (or six).

To ensure that it was suitable for the children *ahem*, naturally I had to test the Hail-fire out myself, and I thought the best person to test it on was of course The Mister. Next time I call him to the living room, I imagine he either won't come or he'll have fashioned some sort of shield. Where is the trust?! (Probably long gone, after I unloaded an entire clip of darts in his general direction as soon as he entered the room...). For safety reasons I must recommend that you do not fire the darts AT anyone. Yes. You must never do that...

The Blaster is designed with a rotating ammo rack and comes with 4 'clips' and 24 elite darts, and has the capability to hold up to 8 clips and 144 darts (available separately). There is an air-assisted acceleration trigger powered by a motor (batteries required, not included) which gives you a range of up to 75 feet. The motor also gives you time to get out of the way because it makes quite a loud whirring noise. The case around the ammo rack doesn't fix on to the Blaster particularly securely and tends to slide down or off if you're not careful, but that doesn't affect the Blaster or use at all.

The Blaster has the potential to provide lots of fun for those who enjoy a 'battle', which my kids certainly do! The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-fire Blaster is currently on sale at Toys R Us for £34.99 and is recommended for ages 8+ (but 30 & 31 year olds may enjoy it too...).

** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-fire Blaster free of charge for my family to review as part of the 2012 TRU Toyologist program. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the product.

Star Wars Phantom Menace Double-bladed Lightsaber

L is the Star Wars fan in the Mama Owl house, and was pleased to see this Star Wars Phantom Menace Double-Bladed Lightsaber in the box from Toys R Us.

I have to say, I was expecting this toy to do something... light up, make noises maybe... but unfortunately it does not. What you see is literally what you get. There are several buttons on the toy but only two in the middle work to release the 'blades' that pop out from either end. You spin the lightsaber, and press the button(s) to release one or both of the blades, for a reach of up to five feet so make sure your child has plenty of room to spin it around!

The lightsaber is a basic toy without any bells & whistles, but would make a good role-play toy for fans of Star Wars, and is recommended for ages 4+. It is currently available from Toys R Us for £19.99. I think it would be better value for money at a lower price, as it doesn't offer much besides the Star Wars logo.

** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the Star Wars Phantom Menace Double-bladed Lightsaber free of charge for my family to review as part of the 2012 TRU Toyologist program. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the product.

Galt Bouncy Balls

J and his friend N wanted to make these Bouncy Balls from Galt on a quiet Sunday morning before they left for football. I set them up at the table with the kit, plus a pair of scissors and a cup of water and let them get on with it.

We went over the - very simple - instructions and they set about making their very own glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls, alternating between the coloured crystals to create their own unique patterns and designs. It is very easy to do and was nice for the boys to sit and do together. You simply pour the crystals in to the mould, put the mould in water for a couple of minutes and then take it out and leave it to dry for a further two minutes. Remove the mould and rinse under the tap, and voila! Your bouncy ball is ready. We found that leaving it to dry a little longer in the mould made for a better bouncy ball.

J started off by making a small one, and N a large ball. It took rather a lot of the crystals to create just one of the large balls so there was only a small amount left to make some smaller ones. We've made three little ones so far and I think there might be just enough to make one more. The kit says it contains enough to 'make two large or eight small balls'.

Galt Bouncy Balls is recommended for ages 8 and up and is priced at £6.99. This is a nice little kit and would make a good birthday gift or perhaps a stocking filler. It's very simple to do with easy to follow instructions, H and L were also able to make their own bouncy balls without any trouble so the potential age for this I think is probably 6+.

** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the Galt Bouncy Balls kit free of charge for my family to review as part of the 2012 TRU Toyologist program. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the product.

Meal Plan Monday #mealplanningmonday

Monday, 15 October 2012

Monday 15th October - Dry-fried eggs & hand-cut chips served with baked beans

Tuesday 16th October - Rigatoni alla amatriciana

Wednesday 17th October - Brinner

Thursday 18th October - Macaroni Cheese with broccoli

Friday 19th October - Chicken Fajitas

Saturday 20th October - *to be decided*

Sunday 21st October - Roast pork served with mashed potato, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings, mixed vegetables and gravy

I've linked up with Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky with this post.

WIN a Dark Shadows Blu-Ray Triple Play Pack!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

With Halloween fast approaching you might be planning some cosy nights in out of the cold, and what better way to enjoy them than getting comfy on the sofa and watching Dark Shadows, a film by Tim Burton and starring the delectable Johnny Depp? You can own it on DVD & Blu-Ray from October 15th 2012, and one lucky reader can

WIN a Dark Shadows Blu-Ray Triple Play Pack by entering my giveaway!

Dark Shadows, a Tim Burton film, is based on the classic US television series.  Barnabas Collins has been trapped for two centuries by an evil witch (Eva Green) who just happens to be an ex lover. Barnabas now has to struggle with the ever changing 1970s and save his family’s business!  With an all star cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and more, Dark Shadows will be sure to whet your appetite for fun.

Why not take the Are you CREEPY Enough Quiz? I am Creepily Conservative, but that's probably because the voices only talk to me in the night... Take it yourself and see what you are, I'd love to hear your answers!

Enter now using the Rafflecopter widget, the competition closes on October 25th! Open to UK entrants only. Good luck!

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It only takes ONE Mum... #ONEMums

Friday, 12 October 2012

Clare at Seasider In The City started the 'It only takes ONE Mum" meme as a fun way to encourage everyone to get involved and lend their voice to the #ONEMums campaign. Michelle from Mummy From The Heart is currently in Ethiopia seeing first-hand the wonderful work and progress being made possible by ONE and hopefully this meme will help raise awareness.

All you have to do is use the letters of ONEMums (or ONEMoms) to create phrases or just words that sum up the meaning of being a mum for you personally. You can be serious or silly, just write your post and include the link to sign up for ONE, and then add yourself to the linky on Clare's blog. Spread the word & encourage others to join in too.

O - I only have to see their smile to feel happy.
N - I never knew I could love five people so much.
E - Seeing the world through my children's eyes.
M - Being a Mum is an honour & a privilege.
U - Unconditional love for my children.
M - Making them happy is what I live for.
S - Sometimes I can't believe just how lucky I am.

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Happy Thursday everyone. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart is in Ethiopia with ONE and Jen from BritMums seeing all of their amazing work and has asked me to host #R2BC this week while she is away.

I hope you will all visit Michelle's blog to read all about the trip and see for yourself the wonderful work that is going on to help improve lives. Get behind the campaign by signing up to ONE and showing your support. They're not asking for your money, they want your voice, so why not lend it to them and help spread the word, join the fight against extreme poverty.

Who are ONE?
"ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers."

Real Progress
"ONE and its partners, have played an important role in persuading governments to support effective programs and policies that are making a measurable difference in fighting extreme poverty and disease. As a result of those programs, today nearly 4 million Africans have access to life-saving AIDS medication, up from only 50,000 people in 2002. Malaria deaths have been cut in half in countries across Africa in less than 2 years and 46.5 million more children are now going to school."

Visit Clare at Seasider In The City and join in the #ONEMums "It Only Takes ONEMum" Meme, tag others and encourage everyone to join in to help ONE in their campaign to improve lives, help turn a whisper into a shout.

With ONE in mind I am keeping my reasons to be cheerful simple this week, because it is so often something I think many of us - myself included - perhaps don't think about.

1. I have a home with heating, electric and clean running water. We have beds to sleep in, and food to eat.

2. I am healthy, and have a healthy family, with access to some of the best medical facilities in the world whenever we need it.

3. My husband has work, and my children are being educated in modern, well equipped schools.

It is worth remembering that everything else is a bonus, even when things are getting you down. You can join in with the blog hop this week by linking up below.

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