Word of the Week. 1st of 2019

Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome to the home of Word of the Week, a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like.

There are not too many rules with this linky, just remember to read at least another couple of posts in the link up after adding your link. Do try to stick to the theme of summing your week up. I will read and comment on all posts and tweet them out for you. Please add the badge below to your post so that others may find us and join in. If you comment or tweet then please use the hashtag #WotW

If you are unfamiliar with the Word of the Week linky then please feel free to ask any questions. New linkers are always welcome, we love to hear what you have been up to in the past week.

My Word of the Week


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The kids are still off school and we are trying to fill each day with a limited budget thanks to Christmas overspending. (One year I will remember to save some money for the sales!)

We love playing games as a family, board games or video games, it doesn’t really matter, everyone loves to join in. So that’s what we’ve been doing mostly this week.

My eldest daughter has been playing The Walking Dead (after the kids have gone to bed) and I’ve had far too many late nights intrigued to watch what happens next. Last night I watched the ending which was very sad. But at least I’ll be able to have an early night tonight.

New Years Eve we split up the games. The two eldest and the girl’s played Super Smash Bros on the Switch, While me, Graham and the Little Man played Bugs in the Kitchen. They are both actually very competitive games.

Boo had Think Words for Christmas and we’ve had loads of fun with her with that. Some rounds have been really easy and others frustratingly tricky. But we are a family of words and that’s why I bought Star a new game of Scrabble. (Our old one has a worn board and missing tiles.) We played double up, where three adults helped the kids play. It was way too competitive for a word game!

Maybe I should have chose the word ‘competitive’ but I think that sounds less fun than Games.

Now it’s your turn, what have you been up to this week?

Raisie Bay



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Kid’s Books Round Up Review

Here are few books that my kids had for Christmas. This post contains affiliate links.

Castle Adventure Activity Book.

front cover of kid's book
Castle Adventure activity book

Paperback: 64 pages
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Button Books (1 May 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1787080218
ISBN-13: 978-1787080218
Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 0.8 x 29.2 cm

The Blurb

Knights, princesses, jesters, jousting and feasting – this fabulous activity book based around castles has got the lot! The pages are crammed with all sorts of great activities, including dot to dot, spot the difference, colouring in, simple makes and other engaging puzzles. Fun and educational, Castle Adventure Activity Book features beautiful, bright illustrations that will draw children in and keep them busy. And while they are enjoying the mazes, matching and counting, the games are helping them to develop a wide range of skills, including observational, conversational and motor.

Verdict

This has been perfect for my Little Man, aged 8 years. It’s kept him occupied lots over the holiday period. There is so much to do with all the puzzles and picture colouring and he still loves stickers. It’s engaging and fun and I was really surprised at just how much is packed into the 64 pages. It really should be called a bumper book of activities.

You can pre-order the Castle Adventure Activity Book on Amazon for £7.85

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Tom Browning

Paperback: 40 pages
Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (7 July 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 145491355X
ISBN-13: 978-1454913559
Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.8 x 28.7 cm

The Blurb

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house … For decades families have gathered together to read Clement C. Moore’s enchanting holiday poem. Featuring beautiful original illustrations by award-winning artist Tom Browning, this stunning edition stands apart from the rest. Browning has created a classic Saint Nick the quintessential round, jolly, white-bearded figure that everyone imagines. The look is timeless, filled with warmth and sentiment: exactly what Christmas should be. The story’s enduring charm and Browning’s memorable art make The Night Before Christmas a must-have for any child who is just discovering the tale and every adult who has loved it forever.

Our Verdict

We already have a copy of this story, a wonderful Christmas poem written by Clement C. Moore which it is believed he first wrote in 1822 for his Children under the title ‘ A Visit From St Nicholas.’

This paperback copy is delightful with it’s illustrations by the painter Tom Browning who is renowned for his artwork of Father Christmas. It’s a must read poem before Christmas for any young child, and as old as it might be it is still fun.

I did have some explaining to do to my kids, what is a ‘kerchief, what are sugar plums? What does droll mean and what is a pedler? I do love the traditional version of the poem though, and with the old fashioned illustrations it’s a perfect version of the story.

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Reflections on the Past Year and Looking Forward to the Future.

Happy New Year

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The New Year is a time of reflection and also a time to think about the future.

Reflection

I’ve mostly been thinking back on the last three years and my illness. It all started on January 1st 2016 when I ended up in hospital for two weeks. A year later I was finally diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome plus PERM.

I had to learn to walk again which was difficult, and I had to learn to cope with a completely different life. I was independent and strong, but now I’m dependant and weak. People say I’ve come a long way since I was first sick, but they are just being polite. Yes, I can walk a little, but I know I’ve not really made that much improvement. You learn to live with the pain and discomfort and just get on with it.

I’ve tried to keep going, keep life as normal as possible especially for the kids. We’ve had holidays and days out and lots of fun together. We have made lots and lots of memories.

The past year I’ve found out how intolerant people can be of someone chronically ill. I’ve had personal attacks and people just cut themselves out of my life. Talking to other sufferers, it appears to be a thing. It’s not nice. It hurts. But for whatever reason that finally made them do it I have to forgive them and move on with my life.

The Future

Three years ago I had big hopes of being in a better place by now. I think that has been playing on my mind over the past few weeks and bringing me down. But now I have to keep looking forward and keep on fighting.

I have some exciting adventures planned for this year and may even go abroad for the first time. I want the kids to experience so much more before they grow up..and boy do they grow up quick. My illness is progressive, but I can still fight it. I’ve been looking at other treatments rather than medicine. I think my IVIG is working better which is great, but I have cut down and even cut out some of my other medications.

The future doesn’t have to be bleak, even with a chronic illness.

I don’t do New Year resolutions, but if I had one this year it would be to enjoy life as much as possible.

Do you make New Years Resolutions?

Thanks to all my readers and supporters over the last year, I really appreciate you all.

I would love for more people to join me on fridays for my Word of the Week linky. It’s a simple link up where we all share our weekly round up and sum it up in a word or phrase. Do come along and join us if you can. Look out for my tweets on Friday.

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Post Christmas Limbo

The days after Christmas and before New Year when the house is full of toys and the kids are playing.

We had a great Christmas, the kids were happy, the adults were happy and the house was a mess!

Next it’s New Year, we will be carrying out our tradition of doing ‘not very much at all!’

What are you doing for New Year?

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Word of the Week 28th December 2018

Hello and welcome to the home of Word of the Week, a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like.

There are not too many rules with this linky, just remember to read at least another couple of posts in the link up after adding your link. Do try to stick to the theme of summing your week up. I will read and comment on all posts and tweet them out for you. Please add the badge below to your post so that others may find us and join in. If you comment or tweet then please use the hashtag #WotW

If you are unfamiliar with the Word of the Week linky then please feel free to ask any questions. New linkers are always welcome, we love to hear what you have been up to in the past week.

My Word of the Week


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I hope you have all had a really happy Christmas and I wish you all the best for the New Year!

I am now finding myself in the Christmas Limbo. There is no school and no work and I struggle to work out what day of the week it is. Routine has gone out of the window as the kids go to bed late and get up at different time. Even the television schedule is different.

Christmas Eve

We had a busy day planned for Christmas, first up was to take my wreath to the cemetery for the family plot. After spending a little time at the grave I wanted to pop into the church to light a candle and let the kids put a bauble on the huge Christmas tree…but we walked into the Crib Service. I wanted to stay and so did Star, the others not so, but we persuaded them. I’m so glad we did because it was so lovely. It was aimed at young children and the whole service was done like the book ‘We are going on a Bear Hunt.’ There were actions to do and phrases to copy, the interaction was great. The little children were dressed up as Angels, Shepherds and Wise Men. There was a little Mary and Joseph, a donkey and some other animals. It was adorable and very relaxed. We joined in with the carols which were all familiar ones and they kept them short with just one or two verses. It really made us feel in the Christmas spirit.

After we went to visit the kid’s remaining Grandma, and My brother and exchanged gifts. The kids were excited and happy.

Christmas Day

Christmas day itself went really well the kids got up just before 7am. All the adults in the house got up too and we opened our presents. Then two of the other adults went back to bed because they had been up until 4 am!!

Eldest son stayed up to help with the kids, working out how their presents work and keeping them happy. I spent an hour with the Little Man sorting his Wedo Lego bricks into labelled containers (oh this was the idea of heaven to me, but it was also hellish to see him throw his dismantled brick back in any old way!)

I had been promised that I would not have to do anything about dinner as it would all be done for me. But I ended up doing most of it anyway. My family say I’m useless at asking for help, but how many times do I need to say the vegetables need to go on now. I think I said it about four times before I just got up and did it myself half an hour later. Everyone one else was just far too distracted.

Christmas dinner itself was a big success, there were no complaints and everyone enjoyed it. (This is a BIG thing in our house, there is always someone not happy with what we are eating.)

The day passed happily and was enjoyed by all.

Boxing Day

Boxing day was similar, but I was struggling with pain and fatigue. It’s hard to admit to family that you are feeling ill when everyone is in such good spirits. So I battled on, which was a mistake as I eventually broke. I hate to admit it, I was the only one to have a misery fest over Christmas. I did recover myself pretty quickly and tried to stay chilled for the rest of the day.

One thing I have really enjoyed over the Christmas break is a marathon of Terry Pratchett films. They have been on a lot and I have watched The Colour of Magic, Going Postal and The Hogfather. Each time I have felt emotional at seeing Sir Terry Pratchett make his cameo appearance. It is so sad that there will be no more Discworld books.

Christmas is over for another year, and this year I can count as a success. Now, we just have to survive New Year.

I don’t really expect many to join in this week, but I’ll be reading and sharing if you do. I will look forward to seeing you next year and I hope to get more bloggers joining in with their word of the week.

Now it’s over to you, come and tell us your word of the week.

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.