Own Cinderella's Glass Slippers!

When I was a little girl and first watched the Disney movie Cinderella I dreamed of wearing that beautiful blue gown. I fantasised about owning my very own glass slippers and meeting my handsome Prince.

Morgan's Milieu | Cinderella's Glass Slippers for me? Yes please!

I did meet my Prince, I don't think I've ever worn a blue gown and as for the glass slipper, well that was just a pipe dream.

Or was it?

Disney's new live-action movie Cinderella will be in theatres on March 27th and I just found out that Disney enlisted 9 designers to re-imagine the glass slippers. The 9 designers are Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, René Caovilla, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Jerome C. Rousseau and Stuart Weitzman, and their take on the glass slippers are below.

Morgan's Milieu | Cinderella's Glass Slippers: designs from Jimmy Choo and Salvatore Ferragamo!
Top row (from left to right): René Caovilla, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy Choo, Paul Andrew
Bottom row (left to right): Charlotte Olympia, Alexandre Birman, Salvatore Ferragamo,
Jerome C. Rousseau, Stuart Weitzman

Morgan's Milieu | Cinderella's Glass Slippers: A great quote from René Caovilla.

"Works of arts called shoes' to grant wishes and raise emotions. Passion and never ending research don't draw the line at fantasy and creativity. This is how dreams come true in our fairy tale." - René Caovilla

Swarovski provided the crystals in the designers shoes and also produced the iconic glass slippers for the movie, with direction from Sandy Powell, Academy Award-winning costume designer. 

In early March you will be able to order your very own pair of glass slippers in retail stores around the world, including some of the designer brands' own stores. I love these new designs and would give anything to get my hands on a pair of these.

Morgan's Milieu | Cinderella's Glass Slippers: Own a pair of your very own!

You'll find the shoes at:

Saks Fifth Avenue (New York and Beverly Hills) - United States
Harrods - London
Galeries Lafayette - Paris 
Excelsior Milano - Milan
Tsum - Moscow
Iseten Shinjuku - Tokyo
Level shoe district, The Dubai Mall - Dubai

Saks Fifth Avenue will bring Disney's Cinderella to life with enchanting fairytale scenes within the six centre windows of its New York flagship store and the Beverly Hill location. The scenes will include the entire designer footwear collection and props and costumes from the movie.

Slipping your foot into a pair of these elegant, designer shoes would make you feel like a princess. All you need now is a fabulous dress to go with them!

If you had the chance which pair of Cinderella's Glass Slippers would you wear?

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How to Entertain School-Aged Boys

With two boys, 5 years between them, it is hard to keep them entertained but when those boys are opposite personalities, it becomes almost impossible.

Let me explain...

Yes, BP is outside but we're on holiday.
This is Big Prince (the one in the green hat, not the one holding the donut), he's 10 years old and likes to watch TV, play games and draw. He's the type who enjoys being indoors. He's not very sociable and likes his quiet time.

LP, outside as usual.
Little Prince is five (six in April) and likes playing football, video games and being outdoors. He is constantly active, from the moment he gets up in a morning to the second he falls asleep. He loves having friends over and running around the house.

They have very different personalities. My house is often filled with yells from BP telling LP to go away. Or shrieks from LP because BP won't play. This is why my house is filled with a plethora of toys, activities and crafts. There's golf caddies with clubs and balls, boxes filled to the brim with Lego and there are iPads.

Tablets are great but I refuse to let the boys use them all the time.

I bought a games table years ago and it has sat in our house, unused, for years. Recently the boys decided they wanted to use it. On the table they can play table tennis, table football, pool, air hockey and a whole load of other games. So far they've played table-tennis and pool.

It is great when I see them playing the games together. The games table is active enough that LP is happy but it's indoors and quiet (ish) which makes BP happy. They can play together nicely and enjoy themselves.

I never thought I would find any activity to keep them both happy but it turns out I was wrong.

How different are your children and how do you keep them entertained?

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The Disney Tag

If you didn't already know (OMG where HAVE you been?!) I love Disney. The movies, the characters, and the theme parks. So when I came across this fabulous Disney Tag over at Northumberland Mam I had to take part.

Morgan's Milieu | The Disney Tag: Cinderella, Slinky & Mike Wezowski - now there's a combination!

What is your favourite Disney movie?

Mine is Cinderella, it's a classic, but more than that it made me believe in magic. I recently took the boys to the cinema to see Big Hero 6 and that is their current favourite.

A Writing Exercise - Brainstorming

That's it, half-term is over and the boys are back at school. Although I wasn't looking forward to the break it turned out to be rather entertaining. I am glad to be back to normal routines now though and I'm having a great week so far.

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Although no actual writing got done I came up with a writing exercise that will prove useful. Last week while Skylanders stormed the sofa and Lego scattered the carpet I managed a brainstorming session. With my notepad in hand I thought about everything you would include in a scene. I started with one word; beach.


I put myself on the beach and thought about what I could see, smell, hear, taste, and touch. Still brainstorming I wrote ideas down and filled a page in my notebook. My next step was to consider my emotional state (on the beach), was I happy and relaxed or sad and stressed? I chose sad and wrote more ideas in my notebook. 

After an hour of brainstorming I wrote a short passage containing snippets of all my ideas. That's where I stopped but I plan to go back and analyse it more later. Add in more emotions, description and context. 

I didn't do this for any particular reason but haven't analysed my own writing in this way before. I found it eye-opening and learned a lot in a short time. It also made me realise this would be a useful tool when I come around to editing my novel. Using this kind of brainstorming session could really help with making my characters seem more real. Obviously I'm still on the drafting stage but the editing has always been daunting because I didn't have a plan. Now I do. 

Right now I'm sat in my room, typing this post. Music plays softly in the background and my fingers are hammering the keys on the keyboard. I'll occasionally pick up my coffee cup and take a sip but my enthusiasm for this work is enough that I sometimes forget my coffee is there!

New steps, learning new skills and becoming the me I was supposed to be is what's making me happy. I love this writing malarkey!

What did you do over half-term?
Do you have a process to learn more about your characters?

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Health and Weight Loss Tips 8

After putting on weight it is hard to keep going. When things aren't going your way willpower fades. But believing in yourself makes a big difference to the progress you make.

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11st 0.5 lbs

21, 467 steps

My weight has crept up again because it's been half-term; my walks with friends are suspended and we celebrated the Hubby's birthday yesterday with a curry! Those darned Lamb Rogan Josh's are simply too nice to pass up.

What I Read 8

It's almost the end of half-term, the boys are back at school on Tuesday and regular programming can resume. Or something to that effect. 

Welcome to another instalment of What I Read, I've got some great posts in store for you today.

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Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 8: Brighton Mama shares a quote from Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

It was Valentine's Day last weekend and I came across a brilliant quote posted by Brighton Mama. The quote is from Captain Corelli's Mandolin which Brighton Mama says is one of her favourite books. Hop over to Our Seaside Baby to read.


After taking Monday off last week to teach a friend about blogging and then getting ill on Tuesday evening my word count is a big fat 0. The likelihood of getting any done this week is low too because it's half-term.

Right now I've got Little Prince in my room working on a time activity. The Hubby is downstairs trying to work and Big Prince is playing on his iPad. I'm trying to think of activities to keep the little one occupied enough that I could get some writing done but it's not happening. The most I'll get done is this blog post.

Morgan's Milieu | Pause: Novel writing is on pause during half-term holidays.

On a positive note my creativity is itching to get out and my characters keep popping into my head. Ideas are swimming around waiting to be unleashed. I love this feeling and hope it stays until I can get some writing time.

At the moment I'm clinging to positivity, knowing I can write more than 1,000 words in 30 minutes is keeping me going. Once I get those 30 minutes I'll be on a roll again. The funny thing is I can remember where I was in the story. It's been more than a week since I last looked at it and I remember the last words I typed!

I can't wait to get back to it but until then my week will be filled with activities and outings.

What are you going to be doing during half-term?

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Health and Weight Loss Tips 7

After a week of illness I'm back to normal and, not surprisingly, I've gained weight.
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10st 13.8 lbs

17, 179 steps

If you've read my earlier posts you'll know that last week I was ill. It started on Tuesday evening and I spent the rest of the week not wanting to move. I laid on the sofa while my stomach made unearthly noises and my energy levels dropped. I couldn't eat my dinner on Tuesday, barely ate anything on Wednesday or Thursday and by Friday was feeling better. 

My weight dropped to 10st 12.4lbs mid-week but not through any effort on my part. I was dehydrated, hadn't eaten properly for three days and was down in the dumps. 

Over the weekend my weight has crept up, my appetite has increased and I'm all better. I may weigh a little more than I did last week but I expected to put weight back on after being ill. It's what happens. 

Tip: expect weight gain

As a part of any healthy routine or weight loss campaign you have to expect your weight to go up. After illness, before, during or after your period (ladies) or after drastic weight loss there will always be a period of gain. 

Don't be disheartened by putting the weight on, it is inevitable. Our weight fluctuates throughout the weeks and months and especially during illness. As long as the general trend is downwards (if that's what you want) then you're winning. 

How do you cope when you put on weight?

What I Read 7

Oof! What a week. I've barely written anything but on the plus side I've read lots. Not wanting to move from the sofa meant I had the chance to read some great posts this week. 

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Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 7 - Kriss MacDonald, wildabouthere.com

Google Plus has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I share and interact but because I haven't used it much I don't know a lot about etiquette. Cue Kriss MacDonald with her Google+ Tips: Do's and Don'ts. I found it very useful and will be putting her tips to use.

Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 7: @rantybeast aka Chrissie

Over at #WhatImWriting this week were some great posts but the hosts' posts topped it for me. Chrissie's post, Just Write, is a glimpse into the world of a writer (who is also a mum) and totally sums up the process.

Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 7: Maddy of writingbubble

Maddy entertained us with a quiz to find out what sort of writer you are. Your answers reveal which genre you are better suited to. This post made me giggle and I can't wait for the results of the next study from The Institute of Silly Suggestions.

#AllAboutYou had some fab posts linked up this week but I loved Katy's post, Inspiration. She talks about splitting off her different 'selves'. It was an interesting way to look at things and I really enjoyed reading this short post.

Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 7: Zaz writing about her inspiring women.
Check out Zaz's new hair! 

Zaz did it again and showed us all why she is such a strong, lovely woman. In her post, Inspiring Women, she tells us about the women that have influenced her. Both her grandmothers sound like wonderful women and I can understand why Zaz chose to write about them. A lovely post about the power and strength of women. 

Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 7: @mummyconstant with mother's guilt

A brilliant post I found at #PoCoLo hosted by Victoria Welton was A Mother's Guilt written by Sonia aka mummy constant. She talks about her guilt about missing her children's younger years while she works full-time. A mum's guilt is never-ending but we all need to learn to let it go.

Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 7: Stressy Mummy and parenting

Lastly Stressy Mummy's post I found on Facebook had me nodding along. She'd been talking to a friend who is expecting her first child and Nikki decided to write the post to prepare her. Expect the Unexpected describes parenting brilliantly and I loved her last point.

It's been great reading and sharing all these lovely posts this week and I'll be back next week for another installment of What I Read.

Until then, have a great week folks!

The Bug Bit Back

Boy do I feel rough! After a week and a half of positivity and me thinking I'd beat the bug it finally hit me last night. Just before dinner.

Everyone in the house had been ill but me, we'd had a clear few days and I thought I'd escaped. I admit I was surprised because I always get ill after the boys. The bug bit Little Prince first and early last week he got out of bed and ran to the bathroom. After some TLC from mummy he was all better by lunch time but then it was Big Prince's turn. Luckily his bug hit him at the weekend so no time off school. It was a short illness, lasting only a few hours for LP and 1 day for BP. Then the Hubby was ill, it bit in the evening after dinner and he felt rubbish for most of the night. He was not sick. 

I thought I'd miraculously missed out this time, I thought I'd been lucky. But as it turns out the bug lingered in the house, unbeknownst to me, and it bit me last night. Before dinner I started to feel weak and tired, I put it down to being busy. The minutes ticked by and I gradually felt worse and worse. I cooked dinner but couldn't eat anything, and even drinking water felt like effort.

The kids went to bed and the Hubby and I sat down to watch our evening television. I felt like there was a valve open somewhere and all my energy was seeping out of me. By nine o'clock I couldn't take it anymore and went to bed. The stomach cramps were bad and the only way to get comfortable was to lay on my side in the fetal position. I slept from 9pm until about 1am but then the cramps were just too much. From 1 o'clock I spent my night in and out of the bathroom unable to get any sleep, or at least if I did sleep it wasn't noticeable. I hoped that come morning I'd be all better. I wasn't.

I woke (again) at 6.20am and hurried into the bathroom and this time... let's just say it was unpleasant. My energy had all but gone and the cramps continued. But as all mothers do I got up to sort out the boys ready for school. I made their breakfast, I packed their lunch boxes. I asked the Hubby if he would drop them off at school, I simply didn't have the energy. 

Fast forward a few hours and I'm feeling slightly better. I have eaten a small slice of toast and had plenty of water and so far it has stayed where it's supposed to. I'm shivering, on and off, am super tired but as long as the cramps have subsided and the food stays inside I think I'll be okay.

Here's the thing that makes me laugh though, I feel guilty for being ill. As if my being ill is somehow restricting what the boys and the Hubby can do. This illness of mine means the dishwasher isn't put on and I'll only be cooking something quick and easy for dinner. Although I know I can't help being ill I still feel like I owe them something, some sort of compensation. 

I'm sure when I'm feeling better the housework will (may) get done and everything will be back to normal but for now, we're all just going to have to live amongst the mess.

You Can Fly Too at Peter Pan's Flight in Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is, by far, the most magical holiday destination in the world. I know this from personal experience. It is a place where adults can be children again without feeling a bit out of place. It is the place where childhood dreams come true.

Morgan's Milieu | You Can Fly Too at Peter Pan's Flight in Walt Disney World

At Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World you can visit Cinderella in her castle, see Ariel and Eric and watch Tinkerbell fly high above Cinderella's Castle.

Blogging with Confidence

Each time I sit down at the computer with intention of writing my output increases. I managed 1,924 words last week, again over two days, 1,100 of them in one sitting. I continue to surprise myself. 

Writing Bubble

Only two days writing for the novel is a little frustrating, I'd like to do more. So many things take up my time... You know what, I won't keep repeating myself. I have limited time, we all suffer the same. So why don't I stop saying it!

*Shakes head*


I've taken on a project, or should I say I've taken on a student? I don't know. You see I've been talking to a friend about blogging for months. She's listened to me ramble on about limited time, natter about social media and most of all she's heard how supportive the blogging community is. I told her it might be a good idea to start blogging, she's been going through some stuff and needs an outlet. She took the plunge and yesterday I spent the morning helping her set up an account. 

I never realised how much work bloggers do! I spent time writing notes so I would remember everything and my notebook is almost full. Writing a post is the easy bit, there's so much more to blogging.

I spend about 30 minutes writing a post, sometimes longer but never more than an hour. That's the unedited version. I then spend ages going over the post, re-writing bits, deleting bits, editing. When I'm happy with the writing I move on to images and recently I've learned I need to optimise my images for the internet. Choosing an image, saving in an appropriate format, adding it into my post and optimising the title or description adds another 15 minutes. And the post isn't even published yet.

Over the past year I have blogged more than ever before and as a result have learned a lot. My knowledge of social media, online communities and publishing online is ever increasing, as is my confidence. There is always something new to learn, issues with code or broken links and I jump right in and fix them. 

Morgan's Milieu | Blogging With Confidence: Laptop, notebook and camera

Like I said I hadn't thought about it until recently but I'm awesome! That might sound big-headed but when I think back to when my boys were babies I was 'just' a mum. Being a mum is a tough job but I always wanted more, I wanted to feel like I was contributing something other than housework.

I'm building a readership of Morgan's Milieu and my stats are growing daily. An editorial calendar is proving useful at the moment because I can't contain all my ideas. Growing my little corner of the internet is taking a long time, but I like it. I love it when there's a little bump in my stats but I'm thrilled when people come back time and time again to comment on my posts. 

Blogging has become a bigger part of me than I ever thought it would. I see lots of other bloggers getting all kinds of opportunities, and even jobs, out of their blogging and that excites me too. Possibilities are endless and I think I may have infected my friend with my enthusiasm. We shall see. 

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Health and Weight Loss Tips 6

Finding exercise enjoyable can seem impossible when you're starting a weight loss campaign. It certainly did for me, I never thought I'd smile when exercising.

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10st 13.6 lbs

58, 347 steps

My weight is heading in the right direction, albeit slowly, but my main focus is fitness. I like being able to run upstairs without leaning on the banister. I enjoy chasing Little Prince around the garden. To be able to do these things I need to be fit. LP is 5, his energy is everlasting.

Just lately I have been doing my morning walks and I've been using our exercise bike in the evenings. This way I'm getting more exercise than usual and feeling much better.

The strangest thing, when I think about exercise, is I don't automatically scrunch my nose. I look forward to my morning walks and am even enjoying my evening exercise.

Morgan's Milieu | Health and Weight Loss Tips 6: Freaky smiler

Tip:  Do what makes you smile

Be it running, walking, swimming, cycling or something else, you need to look forward to it. How else will you stay motivated?

Doing exercise that you enjoy means you won't skip it. You'll do your best to keep it up and in the process aid your weight loss. Eventually you'll see results you never thought possible. I'm 34 years old and I didn't think I'd be able to run upstairs without holding the banister. I didn't think I'd ever get back into a size 10 (not quite there yet) but I'm well on my way. I have never felt more healthy than I do right now, even with the weight I want to lose.

I'm motivated, I love my exercise routine (OMG!) and I'm setting a good example for my boys. BP has started walking to and from school to stay healthy (okay, maybe it's to get time alone...).

Enjoy your exercise, do what makes you smile.

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What I Read 6

Time for some sharing of great posts I've read this week...

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I read a few more posts this week, I'm feeling much better after the bug disappeared. Unfortunately Little Prince was off school on Monday with the dreaded lurgy but he is all better now too. At the moment we currently have a bug free house. So let's get on with the sharing shall we?

I read a great post from Sarah Howe this week about ageing. Well not so much ageing but more about the kinds of things that need to change as we age, like dress-sense. In I'm 30. I'm a Mummy. Am I too old for??? Sarah talks about her love of New Look and worries that she needs to stop shopping there. I believe it's the person that makes the clothes (or the hair, Sarah) and as long as you can wear it with confidence it doesn't matter. You could be wearing a clown outfit but if you can have the confidence to carry it off then people will love it! Sarah linked her post to this week's #AllAboutYou and that's how I found it.

Natalie's post made me giggle and I nodded along as I read it. She talks about 10 things that annoy her about her family and, as a mother, I agree with most of them. Her post was totally relatable and if you pop over there I'm sure you'll agree. I particularly agree with number 8 but my boys are 10 and 5 and may need a little more training where that's concerned. Natalie linked her post to #BrilliantBlogPosts.

Over at misplacedbrit.com Steph tells an amusing story. Even though you can guess what's going to happen from the title of the post she still manages to make you laugh (sorry Steph!) and feel embarrassed for her at the same time. Go check out Why You Should NEVER Bungee Jump in a Bikini which I found on the #AllAboutYou linky.

Dr Juliet McGrattan asks a thought provoking question in a post I found in the linky #BrilliantBlogPosts. Juliet is a GP and is wondering how to get to the subject of exercise with her patients. She asks us How should I tell you to exercise? It was great to read this from a doctor's point of view, I never thought about how awkward they must feel. A good read, please take a moment to visit.

And last, but by no means least I have a blogging post for you. Again found at #BrilliantBlogPosts. Bex talks about being burned out last year, the pressures of being a working mother became too much and blogging took the hit. But after some thinking Bex came through the other side and shares with us How to Beat Blogger Burnout.

It is the first time I'd visited most of these blogs but each one gave me an entertaining story or something to think about. That's what I love about the blogging community and all the fabulous linkys, we get to read new things, read about new people and make some brand new friends. Thank you ladies for sharing your posts.

Valentine's Gift Inspiration

Last year the Hubby and I spent Valentine's Day watching House of Cards series 2 on Netflix. We had a brilliant day spending time together and enjoying a great TV series. What more could you want?

Morgan's Milieu | Valentine's Day Plans: Pink Roses
Okay, maybe a bouquet of these beautiful things would be nice too!

So far this year we have no plans for Valentine's Day, but I'm thinking a relaxing bath, a good movie, popcorn and a snuggle on the sofa.

Nothing goes better with a relaxing bath than the perfect soap or shower gel. Compagnie de Provence Liquid Marseille Soap is scented with fresh verbena and smells lovely. It is invigorating and whenever I use it in my morning shower I am ready to take on the day. The soap doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight. It is available to buy from iwantoneofthose.com for £9.50.

After my shower or bath I moisturise and my hands need particular attention. This is when I use Compagnie de Provence Hand Cream, again scented with fresh verbena. The hand cream with shea butter, olive oil and vitamin E, is light and airy. It isn't too oily and keeps my hands soft and moisturised all day. I used to use L'occitane hand cream but I switched to this because I only need to use it once a day. I'm considering buying more just to make sure I have enough to last and at £13.00 for 300ml it is worth it.

The liquid soap and hand cream would make a great Valentine's gift and if your boyfriend/hubby needs a hint (or even you), look no further.

Morgan's Milieu | Valentine's Day Plans: Compagnie de Provence Gift Set

As you know the Hubby and I love movies and the classic accompaniment to a movie is popcorn. My boys are always asking for popcorn whenever they watch their movies and I can't keep buying the packaged toffee popcorn, it's just not good for them. I found a replacement though and it's perfect. 

Morgan's Milieu | Valentine's Day Plans: Heat n Eat Popcorn Maker

The Heat 'n' Eat Popcorn Maker from iwantoneofthose.com is great. Buy a bag of popcorn kernels, fill up the measuring cup and tip the kernels into the big red tub. Then all you need to do is pop the tub into the microwave and two minutes later you get hot, fresh popcorn. A bonus is you can choose which topping to add to your popcorn. You can buy the Heat n Eat Popcorn Maker from the iwoot website for £14.99.

This popcorn maker is so convenient, I love it!

Morgan's Milieu | Valentine's Day Plans: Popcorn Maker, worth the buy.

The movie hasn't been decided yet, maybe it'll be Gone Girl. I saw it available for rent on the Apple TV so that's a possibility. There's always our favourites but I'm thinking we should try something new.

What plans do you have for Valentine's Day?

I was sent the products in this post for the purpose of review, all opinions are my own.

Introducing Maxwell Scott Bags

Handbag designers like Louis Vuitton appeal to me, and in fact I own my own designer handbag. I've had it for years and it will always be my favourite.

Louis Vuitton Brown Leather Handbag

What I love about premium brands is the quality of the product. Yes, they're expensive but you can see, just by looking, that they'll last. Owning many handbags over the years I can now tell which will last days and which will last years. It is always the more expensive bags that last longer.

Activities for 4-6 Year Olds - Weekend Box Review

Come the weekend I often struggle to find things for Little Prince to do. Being offered the chance to review the Weekend Box was just what I needed.

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When I first heard of the Weekend Box I thought it was just a cooking/baking activity but as LP and I opened up the box on Saturday morning I was pleasantly surprised. Inside the box were four different coloured packs, each containing a different activity.

Who Inspires You?

In practicing the 30 minute bursts of writing last week I broke into the lofty heights of 1,000 words. My second burst I wrote 929 words so this new writing routine is going well. Overall I wrote 1952 words last week, that's two days worth. Monday and Tuesday I wrote, the rest of the week was hectic and I didn't look at the novel again. 

The strange thing is that I'm not fazed by it, I don't mind that I missed a few days of writing. Doing the 30 minute bursts makes me more relaxed about the whole thing.

Muddled Manuscript

A question has been playing on my mind recently, I don't know if it was the post from Nicola Young about Inspirational Writing or talking to a friend about my writing that prompted it. The question is:

"Who inspires you?"

Snowy Morning View

Two names come to mind, Heather Killough-Walden and Micheal Crichton. If it wasn't for Heather I would never have known how much I love writing. When I learned that she was a SAHM too and still managed to write novels a lightning bolt hit me. I was energised and couldn't wait to get started writing. Of course because I'd been reading Heather's books I tried to write in the fantasy genre and, well let's just say it didn't go well. I finished the first draft but the story wasn't great and the writing was just plain terrible. But I'd got the bug. 

That was four years ago and I will always be thankful that I learned about Heather. You should read her Big Bad Wolf series; it's what I was reading around the time. Heather is a very talented writer and has written lots of books now. I admit to feeling inadequate when I see the number of books she has under her belt.

Michael Crichton, well where do I start? He was such an amazing, talented writer I don't think I could ever come close. Whenever I read his books I marvel at the research that went into writing them, the sheer intelligence required makes my mind boggle. The fact that he had many books made into films and was still writing when he died spurs me to try. After Michael died two novels were found on his computer, one had already been finished and the other was a third finished. If there's one writer I aspire to be like it's Michael Crichton. 

These aren't the only people who inspire me. 

When I think about it many names come to mind and if I wrote them down this post would be a mile long. All the writers (YOU) that take part in Maddy and Chrissie's What I'm Writing linky have inspired me at one time or another. You've all kept me going despite my self-doubt demon attacking at regular intervals. You all have your own processes and responsibilities and yet you continue writing those projects. Brilliant.

Bloggers are writers too, some people may disagree. If you write daily and people read it then you're a writer, it doesn't matter whether it's in a book or on a screen. Again many bloggers inspire me but a few that come to mind are Zaz over at Mama and More, Vicki Psarias aka Honest Mum and Kate Portman of Pouting In Heels. These ladies are strong, beautiful and inspiring. Their posts have made me laugh, cry, and shout at the screen (in agreement). Every day they inspire me to put the effort into all the things I do, be it mothering, writing, or just being me. 

On a personal note the Hubby inspires me. Ever since he was a child he has strived to be the best he can be and I'm stumped by his talent. If my writing can be of the same calibre as his programming I know I'll be a successful writer some day.

Thank you all for reading and now I have a question for you...

Who inspires you?

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