If Money Was No Object…

This is a collaborative post.

We all know what we would do if we won the lottery – but what if money was no object? Some people may say they are one and the same but we’ve all heard the stories of people spending all their lottery money and being left with nothing once again – there was even an article this weekend about a man who did just that. I know exactly what I would do if I won the lottery but there is so much more I could do if money was truly no object.

Make My Families Houses More Accessible

It is my deepest regret that I never had the finances to do this for my Dad before he passed away and I wish I had the finances to do it now for my grandparents. I would love to make their houses more accessible. My grandparents currently have a stairlift but there is so much more that could be done for them that would help with their mobility. Neither of them can use the bath anymore and find the bathroom quite hard to get around so I would love to be able to put in a walk in shower for them. They also have that weird setup where their toilet is in one room on its own and the sink and the bath are in another – I’d love to knock down the wall between them to make it easier to get from A to B.

I have other family members who have mobility problems and I’d love to be able to help them too. Every person should have an accessible house, especially a bathroom. It is a basic need. I’d love to be able to help them live the happiest life they can.

I’d Hire My Mum

I bet it sounds super silly but my mum would never be able to cope without working. I dread to think what she is going to be like when she retires! We’ve always said that should I ever go back to full time or my freelance career takes off in such a way that we would be looking for childcare, that we’d pay my mum and get her out of retail. I’d love to be able to do this – my Mum would love to spend all that time with the kids but she’d still feel like she was working.

I’d Pay Off Debts

My brother is one of my biggest inspirations. He’s done so much for me over the years and if money was no object, I’d love to pay his debts off for him. He borrowed off my Dad to start his business and paid him back and then, like we sometimes do, got hit with an unexpected bill. I’m not sure where he stands right now – he may even have paid it off – but I’d love to have been able to help him out to repay him for all of the times he has helped me. I’d also do the same for my in laws – they are in the process of selling their house but there have been so many problems and these problems are literally guzzling money day to day. I’d love to be able to help them if I could.

I’d Help Family Fulfill Their Dreams

I am quite happy to say that most of my family have achieved what they wanted to do. My cousin has recently completed a golf scholarship in America, another has been going round England talking about Gothic literature. But there are some family members who’ve had to shelve their dreams for certain reasons, including financial. I’d love to eventually to be able to help them to fulfill their dreams.

What would you do?

Celebrating My 28th Birthday

At the end of this month, I turn 28. Just two more years until the big 3-0. I haven’t really done much on my birthdays in recent years – least of all last year when Olivia was just three weeks old. This year, though, I would like to do something – I’m just not sure what.

Perhaps some drinks with some friends – one of my friends is having drinks next weekend and has said I can make it a joint thing with her. Maybe a meal out with Steve – but that requires babysitting. Maybe booking a last minute party at my local hall – it is affordable and there is sure to be some availability close to my birthday. Yes, I’d need to hire some entertainment quite last minute – I’d use Headliner as they cover all bases (bands, DJ’s, musicians in various genres and various locations – I’m bound to find some entertainment that suits me and my guests) and just hope that my guests could make it fairly last minute.

Why now do I want to do something to celebrate when there is just over two weeks? Well, after participating in the Best Foot Forward linky with other bloggers, I realise that I really don’t do that much for myself or by myself. It would be nice to actually treat myself on my birthday for once whilst doing something special, thinking about me for once.

I’m not getting any younger and birthdays are that one day a year where everything can be about you and it is okay to be a little bit selfish – so why not? A small party, a meal out with family, some drinks with friends – anything would be nice to break the monotone of staying in, don’t you think?

I’m not asking for anything big and fancy – just something a little more special than my day to day for the other 364 days of the year. January is a boring and depressing month as it is, I’d like to liven it up a little. The only problem is everyone is still so poor from Christmas that hardly anyone ever actually makes it out for my birthday – perhaps I should be like the Queen and have two!

I’ve still got just over two weeks to go so I am going to get my thinking cap on and decide what I want to do – I’ll be sure to let you know when I decide. How do you think I should celebrate my birthday this year? Have you got any special ideas – perhaps something unique?



The Magic Of A Moment

It is amazing what memories and moments photographs can capture. You look back on a photo and remember all those good times, all those experiences. The magic of a moment is something unforgettable but sometimes we take ages to get the perfect photo because of lighting issues.

My mum recently found some photos from when I was younger and one in particular caught my eye. I don’t own many pictures of myself from when I was younger and definitely not many of my family and I – we just didn’t seem to take them in recent years. Back when I was little though, the camera always seemed to be out and ever since my Dad passed away, those photos mean so much more.

Whilst my Dad isn’t in the below picture, it means so much to me for various reasons. It seems like an ‘of the moment’ snapshot where the light just happened to be right and I just happened to be doing something. Of course, this was 25+ years ago so it is never going to be as amazing as those taken today but why is this picture so special to me?

For me, this photo means so much to me as it really captures a moment for me. We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful village and have some lovely family friendly pubs with amazing pub gardens. When I was little, we used to go down to one of the local pubs every Sunday afternoon and meet my uncles, aunties, cousins and other family. I have a big family so it was always lots of fun and no one week was the same. I used to look forward to Sundays just so we could go down, see family and I could stuff my face with cheese and onion crisps. Even if my mum decided not to come down and visited her side of the family instead, I’d still go down there with my dad, having a daddy daughter day. This is why it means so much, it showcases time spent with my Dad that I, of course, can’t get back and will no longer have but which I look upon fondly.

Panasonic have recently unveiled their brand new camera which is an exciting high performance low light camera. You can see more about it here:

This definitely seems like a great camera for all situations – I love that it can be used in low light too. It will really help you to capture your own magic moments.

What magic moments do you have captured on camera?


Putting My Best Boot Forward

I recently saw Kate talking about Best Boot Forward and just knew I had to be involved. A linky and group created by Kate and Chloe, their message really resonated with me and I knew I wanted to get involved.

Last week they asked if any of these questions resonated with those reading.

Have you got lost as the individual you are somewhere in the mix of juggling responsibilities? YES.

Do you feel there must be a little more in life for you? YES

Have you given up on your dreams? A LITTLE

Do you crave just a little time for yourself or perhaps you are the opposite and would like to make new friends? YES

Do you look in the mirror and an inner voice starts criticising how you look? YES

Would you just like a little support as you take on new things? YES

It is like they were speaking just to me. BFF is designed as a support network and I can’t wait to get properly involved.

This week, Chloe asked some questions. They were:

What has your first step been and how did you find making it? Mine has been getting back on track with healthy eating, arranging a girls night in with my friend (no kids) and arranging a time and a running buddy to go running with in the evenings whilst Steve looks after the kids.

When can you make time to take another step forward and what will this be? I’m making time this week to arrange a date night for me and Steve – we don’t get enough time together.

Where is your favourite place to spend time outdoors? My local common – it is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to get back to running around it again

I’m determined to be more positive in 2018 and I’m hoping I can push forward with those also putting their Best Boot Forward. Won’t you join me?

Feel Good in the New Year by Giving Back to Your Local Community

Want to start the New Year on a positive note? There are plenty of things you can do to give yourself a big motivational boost by trying something new. Humans are curious creatures and it always puts a smile on our face when we know we’re doing something to help others or for the betterment of the world. However, we can only do so much in our position, which is why helping out our local community is arguably one of the best ways to feel great about ourselves.

Even if you haven’t lived in your local community for long, helping out is still a fantastic way to show compassion to others, to make new friends and to make a difference in the lives of many different people. We’ve put together a list of different ways that you can help out your local community so that you too can feel good about yourself.

Donating to Charity

Donating to charity is arguably one of the easiest ways to show some compassion. You can donate to virtually any charity you want, but if there are local charities supporting a local cause, then it’s often better to donate to these organisations because you get to see the effects of your contribution. For example, there might be a local charity that helps people with learning disabilities to cope with their everyday tasks. By making a small contribution, your generosity could go towards reaching out to new people that need assistance or paying for projects that help to enrich their lives. Money isn’t the only thing you can donate either. Some shelters will gladly accept food that will be redistributed to the homeless. Whether it’s canned foods or freshly cooked meals, you’ll get to see the smiles of the people you’re helping and receive thanks for your help.

Offer Your Skills

Many people learn and study skills because they want to help others. Whether it’s studying how to fix computers so they can assist seniors in their community and teach them how to cope with technology, or using the nursing skills they learned to help with disaster relief, there are plenty of ways to transform your skills into something that can improve the lives of others. You could visit Staffnurse.com to learn more about becoming a support worker. Being a support worker is all about using your skills to help vulnerable people in different ways. Whether it’s giving emotional support to an abuse victim or practical support to former addicts, it’s a fulfilling role that can make a difference to many lives. If you’re interested in support work, then keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need a degree. As long as you’re able to demonstrate your will to help others and have a bit of experience volunteering or helping in your local community, you’ll have a high chance of being accepted.

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Attending Fundraisers

You can find plenty of local fundraisers if you search online at places like turn2us.org.uk. You could even run your own fundraising campaigns once you’ve integrated yourself into your local community. You can attend fundraisers as just a volunteer helping out, you could use your skills to create advertising materials to attract more attention, or you could even act as a security guard to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that there are no troublemakers ruining it for others.

Becoming a Volunteer

There will always be volunteering roles around your local community. Whether it’s helping distribute food to the homeless or filling in a security guard position for a local marathon, there are many ways to give back to your local community and lend a helping hand. As shown in this article at ialwaysbelievedinfutures.com,  there are many different things you can try in the New Year for the sake of empowering yourself and giving you something new to look forward to and learn. Volunteering, as the name suggests, usually doesn’t give any monetary compensation. However, it does give you a great feeling inside and you’ll usually get something back such as a paid lunch.

Take a look at articles such as this one at moneycrashers.com/ to help you find local (or distant) places to volunteer. To find locations to help out, you may want to get involved with the local community or, as explained in the next section, look online.

Find Ways to Help Online

It might seem difficult to find places to get involved especially if you’re in a fairly secluded part of your town. You may need to do a bit of travelling or walking around to find the right places to get involved at, but once you get involved with the local community it’s usually pretty easy to find places to help and people to assist. It can help a lot if you go online to find local charities, fundraisers or even events that you can attend. By building up a network of contacts you’ll always have people that are more than happy to enlist your services.

A quick Google search should reveal local events happening close to you and there are usually requests for volunteers if help is needed. If not, it’s always worth giving the service a call to see if they need help, especially if you’re passionate about the message they are sending out. There are likely hundreds of local charities, fundraising events and volunteering opportunities in your town alone, and it’s a good idea to use the internet as a means to look for them.

Feel Great and Make a Difference

Volunteering and giving back to your local community can be hard work, but it’s a fantastic way to feel great about yourself in the New Year and give yourself a huge motivational boost to do some good this year. Even if you can only volunteer or donate a bit of money, every little bit will contribute to a greater good and your assistance is always appreciated by the many charities and support groups in your local area. So whether you’re dancing to cheer up a group of children or making tea for seniors at a retirement home, make the world a better place today by showing your love and care for your local community.