Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Love is A to Z [Giveaway]

February is here and, as the weather is still hideous (although a tad brighter - yay!), we still need nice things to look forward to and Valentine's Day fits the bill perfectly. Everybody knows Valentines is the day to celebrate love, romance and coupledom in all its glory. Which is all well and good, but it's kind of cheesy and also not the only kind of love that exists in the world.

Zazzle contacted me a while ago about their thoughts on Valentines day. They believe that it’s not just romance that should be celebrated and that #loveisAtoZ. Aunties who babysit regularly, best friends who make you feel 10 feet tall, your mum’s cousin-who’s-like-a-second-mum to you, loyal blog readers (wink wink)… the list goes on, all deserve to be shown love. Don't you agree?

Zazzle want to help you find the perfect token of appreciation for that special someone, to surprise them with on the day of love-of-all-kinds. They challenged me to find a few things to show my own A-Z Style Love this Valentine's Day! There is no end of options with Zazzle from personalised products, to gorgeous prints and I spent aaaages browsing all of the lovely things before remembering that...

I'm being abandoned on February 14th by Devo, in favour of a 'gig with the lads'! 

So, I first decided to show MYSELF some love with this challenge. It's no secret that I'm a fan of unicorns so when I spotted this vest I thought it was the perfect way to show my husband what I really think of being left all alone on romance night... (not really, I just really wanted the vest!) It's the perfect mixture of naughty and nice and I love it!
I am no model.
I also chose a Valentine's card each for the little loves in my life. A cute vintage Valentine kitty for Lile because... well, cats. And a pun-tastic vintage Valentine for Sábha who is really into humour like this at the moment. Her favourite joke to tell 57672782 times a day is "Why was the brush late for school? Because he over-SWEPT", so I think she'll get a kick out of this card. 
Next I chose a poster for one of my besties who I have known since our early teens. She's an absolute treasure and my guru for all things twin-related. Her twin girls are double my girls' age and she's seen it all before so I'm constantly asking her for her advice/opinions on things. She deserves a little treat for putting up with me! 

I chose this for her because as unicorns are to me and cats are to Lile - Octopuses (Octopi?) are her thing:

Finally, I thought I couldn't let this Valentine's day go past without showing some love to my amazing readers - without whom I wouldn't even get to try out some of these cool products - so I've chosen two of these prints to giveaway: 
For a chance to win, just use the gadget below. I'll draw two winners on Valentine's Day... because I'll obviously have time on my hands to do that... seeing as I'll be alone...

I hope the prints will bring a lot of love into the winner's home this Valentine's Day. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Click on the titles below to see more of our reviews for Zazzle products:

Zazzle Lunchboxes are Cool for School
'Pick' the Perfect Present from Zazzle
Zazzle Love


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Disclosure: Zazzle provided me with the products mentioned above for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to give them. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Where Wishes Come From.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Dreams at January's End

The month of January has come to an end. It was as bleak as and miserable as it always is (sadly, made even more miserable by the loss of so many inspirational humans). But, at least it was mercifully swift in its passing, as all time is when you have small people to keep you distracted from it. Tomorrow is Imbolc, the day Winter should loosen its grip and let Spring begin to show itself. It feels good that it's a Monday. The start of a new week. The start of a new season. The start of a new plan.

I didn't make any New Years' resolutions this year. Usually my resolutions are a bit abstract and wishful so instead, I set myself a series of goals for 2016. None of them involves going out in the cold or eating rice cakes and no chocolate. Some even have definite deadlines, so I can work towards them and know that I'm making progress. Others have more of an investigative nature - small things I'm trying on for size to see if I'd like to pursue them further.

I have a tendency to be over-ambitious. To ignore the fact that there are only so many hours in the day and that, although I'd love nothing more than to lock myself into a room and work towards my own personal goals, there are other people and things that require my attention. There's also the need to eat and sleep... The other things that need me are worthy of my time too, of course. I enjoy spending time with my children and Devo. I enjoy baking and making nourishing meals. I don't even mind keeping the house (reasonably) presentable. But I also enjoy pursuing my 'work' aspirations and sometimes it's hard to juggle it all. To cram it all into too few hours. I seem to believe that if only I can be more organised then I'll be able to 'do it all'.
Regular readers will know I have a love of stationery and that I'm a fan of planners and planning. Although, sometimes I feel like I spend more time trying to corral my life into little square boxes on the wall or lists in notebooks than actually doing the thing on the lists, I know for a fact that it does help me focus and feel in control. I don't necessarily believe that 'life is what happens when you're busy making other plans' because a most of the things that happen in mine wouldn't happen if I hadn't written it down. (I'd forget my head if it wasn't screwed on!) Regardless of how much I 'plan', however, it doesn't magically extend my day by 7 hours or make me any less tired in the evening. 

Maybe, if I could decide on just one goal to achieve, I might make faster progress and see better fruits for my labour. (Sorry, but I appear to be full of the 'sayings' today!) But I'm not that kind of person. I'm more of a suck-the-marrow-of-life (will it ever end!) type person. I think life is rich and wonderful and full of so many things to try, I can't settle for just one. Hence, my plans for 2016 include writing a children's book, pitching another book idea, pursuing more work in television, writing more craft pieces for more publications, developing a product to sell, developing this space and more.

But that's not all - I also have a list of family goals, financial goals and home-improvement goals...

I don't mess around...

(*ahem* ... except for all that time I waste hanging around on social media....)
I have a few diaries and planners on the go this year, which serve different purposes. One of my favourites is my Book of Days made by Emily at the Nest. At the beginning of each month there is a large fold out page entitled: inspiration, plans, hopes, dreams, intentions which is the perfect place to record my intentions for each month. 

Tomorrow, I will find a quiet moment, light a candle to welcome back the sun and continue to dream that my days will magically be extended and that all my goals will be reached. Eventually. A girl can dream, huh?!


P.S. As February is here and our thoughts turn to loooove, check out my guest post on Red Ted Art to find out how to make this easy Valentine's Card!

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For more post about Imbolc see below:

Mama, is it Spring yet?
Signs of Spring that bring cheer.

Make a Wooly Sheep for Imbolc
Where I explain the origins of Imbolc and share a cute craft that would look lovely on your nature table.

Imbolc
This piece is about starting a nature table and having a simple '1st day of Spring' celebration.

Winter-Spring-Winter
Yet another piece about how this time of year is always such strange mix weather-wise.

I Went Out to Find Some Light
An early post from when the girls were teeny tiny babies and there was a storm.

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