Friday, 13 September 2013

Win P&G Everyday Effect essentials



This is one of my last few 'Uni' posts, I feel quite emotional that Paige will be leaving home, the last week has been a flurry of packing, student loans, banking, cooking and usual over protective Mum chats!

P+G kindly sent her a few goodies to set her up and the findings from a recent survey they carried out, we have giggled at a few.


45% of under-35s admit they had never bought a toothbrush, toothpaste or shampoo before leaving home. I am hoping they do buy the toothbrush  after!! 

This gives me more reason to whittle, I imagine end of term sending home a smelly, dishevelled underfed waif! I do not know whether I will need to open my arms or the bathroom door!






75% of mums expressed some sort of sadness at their kids leaving home. ( Are the others having parties?) I know that one boy that Paige has spoken to has to make his way to Uni on a train with all his stuff, when she asked him if his parents didn't drive he replied" Oh yes they said it would be easier if he went on his own!!


However, little deeds can make the difference before this exciting but nerve-wracking step, such as teaching your children how to cook or do their laundry. 

Even something as simple as showing them what products you use can ease the transition, with a quarter of children who use the same products as their parents saying they do so because reminds them of being at home.

 Paige is pretty organised, the washing tips have been passed on, cooking is getting there. 
Paige has already stated her choice of named brands, this penniless student says she will eat lentils each day as long as she has good teabags, baked beans and washing powder that we use!
So the Ariel and Lenor was squirrelled off in her shopping crate. 

We think by doing ordinary things, we can make a difference to our own and the lives of those around us.  P&G calls the impact of these seemingly ordinary moments the “Everyday Effect”.

So, to try and ease this transition, as well as Paige receiving a mini hamper of P+G goodies,they also  have one to give away to one of my followers. You may not have bigger children to teach new skills to, it may just be little ones, or maybe enjoying the 'Everyday Effect' will just be for you.

Just fill in the easy peasy rafflecopter and tell me in comments below what little 'everyday' thing makes a difference in your life, or what skills would you like to pass on to your children.This is just for fun,a random winner will be picked.

Just make sure after the comment you fill in the Rafflecopter to keep your email details safe and private!



Disclosure we were sent P + G goodies, my views are my own, no payment was received.

217 comments:

  1. Hi, just smile, it makes people happy

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  2. That would be coffee, you do not want to see me without coffee :D

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  3. hi from lowri! i would love to win i pressed enter too fast so i cant remember what i was meant to comment about!! sorry x

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  4. I want to make sure my children know how to cook a simple healthy meal before they leave home, I was never allowed to cook growing up and was useless at it when I got my own flat.

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  5. i like to be chilled out and it would seem i have passed that to my son a bit too much

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  6. Brightens my day when I hear my twins chatting to each other about how much they love their little brother. :)

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  7. Everyone being happy makes me happy!

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  8. The skill I would like to pass on to my kids is to love reading and writing.

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  9. Chocolate makes the world seem a better place & gets me through the day

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  10. I make sure my children can cook, simple things to start with then progress as they get older

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  11. be honest to others and yourself

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  12. my husband making me a coffee every morning it starts the day great
    @bella97p

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  13. I have a cup of tea in bed every morning which is my daily treat and I cherish it. I want to pass on knowledge of good nutrition and how to prepare and eat a balanced diet. I also want my children to accept we are all different and to try not to judge others too harshly & to use one's abilities to do good.

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  14. My first cup of tea, cannot function without it in the morning. I would like my children to grow non-judgmental and tolerant.

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  15. Music makes a big difference in my life. Met so many great friends through it

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  16. I would like to pass on to my son my skills in picking up dirty clothes from the floor and putting them to wash, turning lights off when not in a room and closing cupboard doors and drawers!

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  17. Hi - Everyone - comping makes a difference to my life - meeting great compers and sharing prizes :)

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  18. I'd pass on my philosophy in life 'if you see someone without a smile give them yours'

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  19. I'd like to pass on the skill of confidence to my daughter, it took a long time for me to acquire and I'd love it to be a little easier for her :)

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  20. To save a bit of money for a rainy day, though I know its not easy nowadays.
    Twitter @tjsi1963

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  21. I would pass my persistance onto my children :)

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  22. Nothing is ever so bad you can`t get through it. x

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  23. I would like to pass on common sense to my children, it's priceless!

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  24. washing up the night before so that I always get up to a clean kitchen

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  25. To have pride in themselves! And to carry on making memories for themselves, friends and if they have families!

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  26. To clean up asap after creating the mess

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  27. Chatting together as a family about our day.

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  28. sharing the cook in our house and always getting our little boyinvolved so he can pick the cooking bug up and like to cook things when hes older x

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  29. being tidy! tidying up as you go along

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  30. I would like my daughter to know the value of money and to save, I have only recently learned that you should save some money as you may not always be in work and it would be handy to have a nest egg

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  31. To always find the positive in the situation - even if it's just the fact you can still smile!

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  32. Take time out to sometimes just sit and listen to the world

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  33. I try to think positive and make my son do the same, but I am such a negative person its not very good.

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  34. I don't know how to ride a bike and it's a skill that I really wish I had, and it's one that I hope my daughter will learn. Maybe we could both learn at the same time.

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  35. Being able to make the perfect cup of tea

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  36. I want my children to be able to fend for themselves - by keeping a tidyish house, cooking proper meals and being organised financialy

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  37. Fresh air and walk with my dog clears the cobwebs away for me and gives me time to reflect on nature and think.

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  38. I like that my daughter also makes end of the week soup with the veggies left in the fridge.

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  39. I like that my daughter also makes end of the week soup with the veggies left in the fridge.

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  40. the tesco delivery van!! makes my life so much easier not having to drag the kids round the shop - yay!

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  41. How sad that your daughter's friend's parents are leaving him to struggle on the train on his own. I think teaching about laundry is pretty important especially things like separating dark and light colours.

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  42. There are many simple pleasures in life, too many to list - but the feeling of self satisfaction is the greatest one of all. Walking home carrying bags in a storm, to that ahhhhhh i am home feeling - finishing the laundry pile or looking at the tray of cookies you have baked for the children.

    Write a list and tick things you have achieved off, thats what I do, and it feels great to know "I did that! yesss" haha xx

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  43. There are many simple pleasures in life, too many to list - but the feeling of self satisfaction is the greatest one of all. Walking home carrying bags in a storm, to that ahhhhhh i am home feeling - finishing the laundry pile or looking at the tray of cookies you have baked for the children.

    Write a list and tick things you have achieved off, thats what I do, and it feels great to know "I did that! yesss" haha xx

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  44. My dishwasher....Couldnt live without it.

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  45. Been really enjoying your posts about Paige getting ready to fly the nest, brings back all those worries and emotions. I had to go through the whole empty nest again at start of this year as both boys have moved back in at various times, then the youngest's girlfriend moved in too.

    We finally got them all moved out and within the year, eldest is getting married and youngest is going to be a daddy!! I haven't even finished decorating their old rooms and now my idea of a little craft room has been shelved & we're deciding where the travel cot will go!

    Kirsten x
    ps. Do you think I should worry, the pregnant one has been sneaking stuff back in, just found a dressing gown, 2 pr of socks & a pair of slippers!

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  46. i'd love to pass my creativity on to my children :)

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  47. a love of reading, nothing like delving into your imagination after a hard day in reality!!

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  48. To live each moment and day to the full and to always follow your dreams

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  49. My love is costa lattes just my favourite time of the day

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  50. My love is costa lattes just my favourite time of the day

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  51. Please put me into the draw - thank you xx

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  52. Doing what makes you happy - makes a difference to my days and is something I want my son to remember.

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  53. Please put me into the draw - thank you xx

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  54. I'd like to pass on a few easy recipes to my kids :) x

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  55. I like to teach my son how to look after himself. I would like him to be able to cook, clean, iron etc :)

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  56. I would like my children to be able to cook more than toast and enjoy it to

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  57. I would like to pass on the ability to make brilliant yorkshire puds! and a nice cuppa.

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  58. i have always passed on to my children to be happy and follow their dreams

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  59. Always be happy, lifes too short to be miserable

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  60. My family make me happy :)

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  61. Manners, please and thank you cost nothing

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  62. I try to tell my kids to be polite and not to let other people make them stressed and angry x

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  63. The dishwasher, can't beleive how i managed without one

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  64. Don't worry about the little things, when you're old and grey they wont matter in the slightest. Just live life and laugh a lot.

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  65. The abilty to not let what people say get to you. Over sensitive people don't get far in life

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  66. Hi! Thank you for the competition :)

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  67. My partner cheers me up he's really helped me out depression! x

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  68. I would teach them to be strong and educte all their life.

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  69. a sense of humour is very important!

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  70. I want to teach my kids to be kind and not to be too harsh on themselves.

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  71. I like my doggie - he's so cheery and he always makes me smile.

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  72. Be respectful to yourself and others

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  73. Have good manners - they don't cost a thing!

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  74. Aw, I remember going to uni for the first time! My life tip is just to be kind to everyone you meet, a little kindness can make a huge difference to someone having a bad day! xxx

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  75. I would hope my children will learn the basic life skills from me, how to run a house, budget for shopping.

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  76. I'd like to pass on the skills to be a able to cook a meal from scratch and not to spend what they don't have.

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  77. I would like my children to always be their own people and not be influenced by what other people want them to do

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  78. Learn to feed themselves dont ring me at work to say is it ok to go and get a chip butty from the chippy at the end of the street

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  79. Learn to feed themselves dont ring me at work to say is it ok to go and get a chip butty from the chippy at the end of the street

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  80. The everyday thing that makes a difference to me is a nice cup of tea and a quiet half hour in the afternoon.

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  81. Always try and be yourself,and try not stress,take each day as it comes

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  82. If I hold the door for someone at work and they say Thank You - there's far too many people who don't! x

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  83. i would like them to follow in my footsteps when it comes to money and budgeting, to always make sure they have their bills and food paid for before anything else :)

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  84. Cleaning makes my day, weird but true. Nothing quite distresses me like a spotless house :)

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  85. It's not so much a skill as a way of looking at life but I'd like the to be confident in their own decisions and themselves.

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  86. noticing the small pleasures - like the cat sleeping upside down or the condensation on a spiders web

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  87. When the cat headbutts me or watching the birds having a bath in the garden!

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  88. cup t & homemade cake with friends.

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  89. i would teach my kids how to cook and do the washing. these are things they are gunna need to know when older

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  90. when someone does something just to make you happy - no matter how small

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  91. cooking and budgeting

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  92. try to get a 'bargain' every time you shop. It's easy - just check out the bargain bin in the supermarket & any shop you go into and it's amazing what you find you can use. Don't look at use-by dates as sacrostante - get them & put them in the freezer and use when you want. Better than ready made meals & cheaper too.

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  93. I would love to paws along the skill of TREE CLIMBING. my boys are not outdoorsy.

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  94. I would like my girls to be polite and patient

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  95. Im never without tea
    I would like my girls to understand tat everyones different and we dont all think the same

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  96. Hunting out the bargains when shopping!!

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  97. My heart, I was never confident or artistic or very clever at anything, but I always cared and wanted to give, I hope you gets that from me

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  98. Just saying hello and being pleasant to the people I get thrown into small spaces with - elevators, offices, classrooms. :)

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  99. Manners make an everyday impact on my life and I think they are getting lost with each new generation. What happened to ignorance isn't bliss? :(

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  100. my son giving me a hug before school every day

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  101. chocolate and kisses from my daughter

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  102. My morning shower makes my day, chills me out and wakes me up at the same time :)

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  103. I need to learn to sew so that I can pass the skill onto my daughter !

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  104. a happy calm day makes all the difference

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  105. im a bit of a baker so hopefully my kids will be too

    kay panayi

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  106. I would like my childre to work hard at what ever they do

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  107. I would like to pass on my love of stats to my kids ( because I am a bit of geek when it comes to this) and my partner to pass on his knowledge of Indian Religions. Not expecting them to enjoy it necessarily but will bore them anyway !

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  108. my recipe for shepherds pie!

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  109. passing on the knowledge to cook decent meals

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  110. To be polite but stand up for them selves

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  111. Don't litter pick it up and take it home :)

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  112. I'd like my kids to be kind hearted, down to earth honest people

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  113. i'd like to pass on being clean and tidy as well as the obvious being nice to others :-)

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  114. Can't do without my coffee and I'd tell them to remember there is a person behind a computer and phone so anything you say may not come across as how you want to say it and could be misread/misinterpreted.

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  115. smiling :)

    smile and the whole world smiles with you

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  116. cherish the moments you get on your own

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  117. My drinks maker makes a difference to me cos I can't use a kettle so couldn't have a hot drink without it.

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  118. clean towels and sheets always make a difference and cheer me up

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  119. my sense of humour

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  120. Rebecca Fitzgibbons

    I would want them to get my sense of individuality. Don't be afraid to be who you are.

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  121. I would just hope that my children grow up to be healthy, good and happy.

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  122. having my hair straightend - makes me feel human and ready to face the day :)

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  123. Mine are nowhere near leaving home, but I want them to be able to cook, healthy meals :)

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  124. I'd have to go with chocolate too...

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  125. I try and make sure my children are growing up to be independent and capable young adults :)

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  126. Stay organised, cos it gets messy if you let it slip - a skill I learnt the hard way, and ill be passing it on! x

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  127. The everyday thing that makes a difference in my life is my computer as it helps me stay in touch with my mates!

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  128. Prosecco. Has to be Prosecco! Me and my hubby work bloomin hard, and on our days off, a nice chilled glass of bubbles goes down a treat. :D

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  129. Coffee **cough cough - and Murder She Wrote - cough cough**

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  130. I love cooking with good food and i am teaching my children

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  131. shop staff that smile...it helps make a boring mandatory task just that little bit better

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  132. A nice coffee to start the day

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  133. playing and having fun with my son

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  134. I'd like to pass on my cookery skills and languages!

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  135. being alive I love everyday it makes me smile, and watching my children grow each day

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  136. My dogs make a huge difference everyday in my life...

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  137. A cuddle from my son makes a difference to my day

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  138. How to use a tin opener with both hands...but in all honesty, I am teaching them to pick their battles and use their manners!

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  139. A nice cup of tea, without my tea - i'm nothing ha,

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  140. Getting everyone invovled with house cleaning makes it so much easier than it all being left to mum to do, pitch in and help out xx

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  141. There is nothing in this world that can't be made better after a good nights sleep and a cup of tea

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  142. Manners make a difference i always instill in my children how important they are!

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  143. coming home to the waggy tail and cuddles of my lovely old dog puts the smile back on my face no matter how bad my day has been

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  144. being able to cook homemade healthy meals

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  145. Coffee, i probably drink way to much of it but i don't think i'd function properly without my morning coffee :)

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  146. my confidence which I only found once I left school, I want her to continue to be happy and confident as she is now :-)

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  147. Just appreciating everything, even the little things! :)

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  148. when you leave the room take something with you that belongs in the room youre going to. tidying happens all by itself that way

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  149. Sleep! I need lots! (Meryl Rees)

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  150. I'd like my daughter to know how to cook so I sit her in her bouncer and she loves watching me prepare meals.

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  151. With 8 messy kids I really value my washing machine! I wouldn't know what to do without it! & I want to pass on my values to my kids including working hard & trying to do everything to the best of your ability.

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  152. My friends make me smile - we have been through so much together

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  153. Seeing my kids being happy laughing and smiling

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  154. Coffee - I can't start the day without it

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  155. i want to pass on to my kids the ability to manage their finances as i wish we'd been prepared when we left school and had to rely on ourselves

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  156. I'd like them to be independent and do what they want, follow their dreams. Independence I can give them, confidence I can hope to instill, the rest is up to them.

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  157. A nice cup of tea first thing in the morning sets me up for the day and makes me happy!

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  158. I'd like to teach my children practical skills so they can cook when they go to University

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  159. I would like my children to be good with money so they do not get into debt

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  160. I like hearing Please and Thank You from my children. Manners cost nothing

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  161. My dog makes a difference to me....gets me out walking and meeting people and he is a great companion :-)

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  162. For my children to try extra hard to be friends with others who struggle for friends

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  163. I would pass on the skill of cooking - invaluable.

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  164. thanks for fab blog and giveaways

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  165. A day is not a good day without coffee

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  166. I'd like to pass on the ability to play piano.

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  167. I like to spend 10 minutes in quiet time - just trying to work through my thoughts.

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  168. My morning walk after I've dropped my little boy at school, it makes me feel so much better, it has really helped with my depression. Sometimes I don't feel like doing it but always feel better for it x

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  169. I like to have time to do some exercise a couple of times a week. its my quiet time to myself without the stresses of work or the kids running about

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  170. Relaxing with a morning coffee

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  171. smile!!! it does not cost you anything, and clean hair and shoes.... xx

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  172. don't stress the small stuff :)

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