10 Things to Smile About July

1) It's our second week of the summer holidays so my first reason to smile is that I'm so proud of Midge for how well she's done in reception and I'm really looking forward to her moving up into year 1 in September. I can't believe how much she's changed though! This photo is her first day in Reception and her last:

2) I'm smiling because I have my first practical course this Friday on Indian Head Massage. I'm nervous and hoping I pass but equally I'm looking forward to it and believe in myself.

3) I wrote this post about Excessive Blushing and had a wonderful response. So many kind comments  from lovely readers and people who actually went through the same thing. Thank you to all of you who commented. I'm really smiling about this because I think I may have made someone become aware that somebody they love very much who is still young, could be struggling with social anxiety. I really hope my story has helped.

4) I went for a swim all by myself this month and beat the anxiety which usually holds me back. I had an awesome time and hopefully, if I'm feeling better, I should be doing it again tomorrow.

6) We had a wonderful family break thanks to Trevella Park in Newquay. I had a great time and will be placing a deposit for next year as soon as I can!

7) We had a family BBQ which went really well and was a lot of fun. The weather has turned a little but I hope it's not the last, my Mum wants one for her birthday in August!

8) I now have 8 pen-pals so have a steady income of Happy Mail. Receiving happy post always makes me smile.

9) Someone I love and care about very much has landed a new job, a complete career change. I couldn't more proud of them and I hope to be less elusive about it one day soon. Especially as I have a gift planned.

10) As always, my family are happy, healthy and with me. I'll always be smiling knowing this.

What a lovely way to start August on the blog! I'm linking up with the lovely EmmyMom as usual for this link up but also with Mummy From the Heart's  Reasons to be Cheerful.


Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart


  1. Wow, 8 penpals, thats some lot of writing you have to do. I have three, I must say its so much fun to receive hand-written letters through the post. If you could handle another penpal, you can email me, you have my email address.
    Joy xx

    1. Thanks Joy :) I'l drop you a message some time :) xx

  2. Sounds as if everything is turning up roses. Glad to hear about the new job and change of direction too.

  3. Sounds like a very positive month :) x

  4. Aw what a really lovely idea to do a picture of the first and last day of reception. So lovely...I have all this to come xx

  5. Those cupcakes look so good!! One of the great things about blogging is when you do open up and share and really do help people out. Your daughter does look older! They really do grow up so fast.
    I hope you have a wonderful summer break, ours is just ending.

    thank you so so much for linking up