Reasons to be cheerful 28.5.15

Calm is returning with the start of the secondary school summer holidays. The pressure is less, though I will need to offer lots of attractive alternatives to video games over the next three months. At the same time I must keep stomping on all those thoughts about how I think the summer should go. You know what I mean. Normal stuff: family outings, sport, fun in the sun, beach days, picnics, meet ups with friends, even holidays. So I'd say that reasons to be cheerful will be an absolute must for the next while! But I'm determined that this year I will focus on what we can do as a family, not on what we can't.

Here's what I came up with for this week:

Baking


Best therapy ever for when you can't leave the house but need a sweet treat. During the last seven days I made BrowniesAfghans and white chocolate cheesecake with strawberries and an Oreo crust. It was a small flat cheesecake, because there was only Smiley and I to eat it, but still delicious.


The recipe needs a bit of tweaking, and then I *may* blog about it when it's absolutely perfect...

A free Fitbit


Of course it's not a Fitbit at all. Sadly the manufacturers have not offered me a free one to review, but I'm over here if you're interested? No this step counter arrived home in Smiley's school bag as part of the Food Dudes programme that encourages Irish children to make healthy eating choices. As she can't use it, I decided to give it a try and was fascinated to find that I clocked up 800 steps in two hours yesterday morning just getting everyone up and everything organised for the day. I could get into this step counting trend.


Babysitters


The babysitter is back! She was studying and then away and even though Angel is still here, I feel that I have many more options when our babysitter is around too. Options that enabled me to go to the cinema with Angel last night as a post exam treat. This was her choice of film.


My verdict: a good action movie, but not much heart. The ice-cream was lovely though!

So those are my three reasons to be cheerful for this week, I hope that yours was good too.


Ojos World


12 comments:

  1. Such a good plan to focus on what you CAN do as a family. I need to do that as well. Hope your Afghans were divine! :-)

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    1. Oh they were, thanks so much for the recipe :-)

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  2. You're so right! A focus on what you can do... I need to do that more often! My husband's very good at it but I can get frustrated - especially if indeed we can't do something that would be of such benefit to our daughter through either money or time constraints.

    Same for many and nothing is achieved by wishful thinking.

    Th Oreo base dessert looks like something my daughter would very much like, by the way! :D x



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    1. Though sometimes I think we need a bit of wishful thinking to spur us on too, to try and make change happen, It's a balance I guess! x

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  3. Your opening paragraph is me just now. Hoping to have a lovely summer and keep everyone happy. Best of luck to you. Looking forward to that recipe :)

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    1. I really hope that you have a good summer too x

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  4. I've been making my raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake since 2 summers ago, and am still tweaking it! Good luck with your summer and it is exactly right to concentrate on what you can do and not on what you can't ;) xx

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    1. I know, it's just that it's hard to do sometimes ;) xx

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  5. Lovely reasons. I feel the same about summer! Not sure what to do yet! Glad you enjoyed your trip out to the cinema we went recently and saw Paddington it was great and nice to spend time with my daughter :) x

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    1. I love cinema trips because there's no interruptions :) x

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  6. Isn't step counting addictive! Glad you got to go to the cinema, I love going. Unfortunately I can't remember the last time I went child free. Embrace summer, whatever your normal is xx

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    1. You must try and get a trip to the cinema with Mr Ojo, I'd say you'd both really enjoy it xx

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