If you are regular readers of Mudpie Fridays then you will know that I am on my way back to work after maternity leave in the next couple of weeks. As Kipper is likely to be my last I have mixed emotions about my pending return. It is to be expected and I am busy making sure everything is in place for when I return to work, you can read all about in my last month of maternity leave post.

Other than the obvious going back to work can have leave some negative feelings and create a little bit of an emotional rollercoster for the first few weeks. I definately had this experience last time round at the same time everyone in the house was trying to find their feet with the new childcare and house management arrangements. Couple this with a rather demanding career, wanting to spend as much quality time with the children as possible and still trying to strike that elusive work life balance. All the time avoiding the darn mummy guilt and annexity we put on ourseleves. Can lead to a very unhappy mummy indeed!


When I was contacted by the founder of The Moments Journal it sounded as though her wonderful new journal may help with reminding myself about the positives in everyday. I love journaling but I don’t want to create yet another thing on my to do list. At the same time I don’t want my negative mindset to add to the already difficult adjustments that going back to work brings. So I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did. I am already feeling more positive, just spending a few minutes to write down things like positive news, acts of kindest and things that I am grateful for has a way of reinforcing the good in life. I can also incorporate things with the boys at the bottom of the pages.

Things I love:

  • The beginning of the book includes some ideas around when to fill in your journal and how to build it into your day. There are also 25 random acts of kindness to give you some ideas where to start.
  • Within the journal itself there are inspirational quotes and stories
  • Each page has no date so you are free to dip in and out as you choose. This is ideal for me as I feel no increased pressure to do something everyday. It has quickly become a habit and I want to do it everyday. But there is no pressure, no missing pages if for whatever reason I can not
  • All proceeds from the moments journal goes to www.goodnewsshared.com. Good News Shared is a social enterprise with a mission to inspire people to take positive action and do something kind for others. The website features charitable uplifting stories from across the globe.
  • Psychologically by journaling everyday you are training yourself to recognise the positives over the negatives and put importance on them.
  • There is an online community which you can join and gain encouragement for positive journaling everyday.
  • There is six months worth of entries

The only improvement I can see is that I would personally prefer a hardback version. This is personal taste more than anything, hopefully in time there will be options around finishes. I will definitely be buying another ….

You can get your own ‘The Moments Journal’ from the website, RRP £15. However the lovely people at Good News Shared have given me one to giveaway to my readers. To enter please enter via the Gleam application and note the T&Cs below:

The Moments Journal RRP £15

  • Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive their own copy of The Moments Journal
  • The competition will close on 20th February 2017 at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

I have a number of other giveaways running as we approach Christmas please search giveaway in the box above to enter. Good Luck!

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  1. Tracy Nixon Reply

    Handing a homeless person on the street a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie!

  2. amy bondoc Reply

    holding that door open for the next person, smiling at someone that looks sad, buying a hot meal for someone sleeping rough, dontating what i dont use to charity

  3. Rebekah Jones Reply

    Helping an elderly relative or neighbour with their shopping without being asked, donating to a charity, helping out the homeless guy sat outside the supermarket every week, picking up a child whose Mum is struggling to juggle work and the school run xxx


    my latest random act of kindness was when i was in a coffee, there was a disabled man really excited because he nesrly had enough stickers on his coffee card to get him a free drink, so I gave him my card which had stickers on, he was so happy and his carer said I have made his day 🙂 I also try to take a drink or food out to a homeless person if I am passing near somewhere I can get something for them, I think little things can make a persons day just that bit better

  5. Lorraine STONE Reply

    With having an elderly Dad I have learnt that it is important to listen to people and not be in a rush to move on. I would spend time.

  6. Rachael ashmore Reply

    I regularly bake for my children’s teachers just to say thank you for doing a good job ????

  7. Debbie Henderson Reply

    yesterday i left the pound coin in the trolley and gave it to an elderly couple to use x

  8. If it’s random, it’s a bit hard to predict what it might be. 😉 However, I’m thinking it would be nice to knit a scarf and leave it in a public place with a label asking for someone to use it while needed and then pass it on.

  9. Charlie Brunton Reply

    I love to clean so I’d offer to help clean for an elderly neighbor!! Perfect opportunity for company and a chat too!!

  10. I’d donate some food to a food bank or hospital, I’ve heard of too many people lately struggling with not having enough money for food! It breaks my heart! We all have a right to eat! I’m returning to work Monday from maternity leave so I aim to compliment at least one hard working teacher every day! ( I work in a school)

  11. Deborah Clarke Reply

    I always give a little something to any homeless gentleman or ladies I see. Be it a coffee or some home baked muffins, a cigarette or burger or soup and couple of pounds. A little kindness goes a long way when you have nothing. I know this myself. Fab giveaway. Fingers crossed x

  12. Elizabeth Hinds Reply

    Being a shoulder to cry on/someone to talk to for somebody in need. A lot of people suffer with mental health issues at some point in their lives and everybody feels lonely sometimes – it’s always nice to have a non-judgemental person to talk to 🙂

  13. Diane Waugh Reply

    I would give a homeless person a flask of homemade soup to keep them warm on these cold days.

  14. Jayne Townson Reply

    I try and do one random act of kindness every day, my last one was letting someone jump ahead of me in the supermarket, as she looked like she was in a hurry.

  15. Richard Tyler Reply

    Helping old people reach high items in supermarket, as im 6ft 4!

  16. Sally Collingwood Reply

    I gave a man his bus fare home after he came out of hospital, a total stranger.

  17. Keri Jones Reply

    My act of kindness would be to visit my retired next door neighbours, my husband seems to vanish for hours when he visits them so they must have some good stories to tell- or nice biscuits, lol xx

  18. My random act of kindness will be an unexpected donation to Second Chance Animal Rescue Crockenhill when I get around to listing a stack of books and boxes full of other items that I plan to list for sale on ebay and donate a percentage of the final sale values to SCAR. They are a small charity but achieve many little miracles with their dedicated volunteers. We support them when we can and I’ve won animal-related comp prizes that we’ve donated – we know every little helps them to help the animals. My better half and his business partner have spent time helping with repairs and building work for them before and probably will do so again in the future.

  19. Louise Crocker Reply

    Random acts of kindness make me feel soooo good! Sometimes I’ll let the person behind me in a que go infront. If I see someone is short changed, I’ll give it to them. If someone is looking down, I’ll give them a compliment.

  20. Annabel Greaves Reply

    Helping someone with their shopping if it was too heavy

  21. Jo Carroll Reply

    Give up my seat on the train and bus to someone in more need is always one I try to adhere to. x

  22. jo liddement Reply

    Buying the local newspaper for my neighbour each week and stopping for a cup of tea and a chat as she gets lonely.

  23. Rachel Craig Reply

    Smile in acknowledgement of acquaintances. Offer assistance if see someone who appears unsure of their surroundings :- As sometimes the person is in need of directions, due to being in an area which is new to them. This is sometimes the situation with tourists, also people who are visiting an area after some decades, having maybe spent part of their childhood in the area.

  24. claire croft Reply

    Giving those who are homeless a hot meal or drink when you see them on the street. My 4 year old always asks if we can help when she sees those that are homeless

  25. With the return of the freezing cold and snow, my random act of kindness would be helping elderly people cross the road or get around the pavement if there’s a lot of ice.

  26. Many a time I have bought a coffee for the next person in line or if there is a homeless person outside I buy a cup of soup

  27. Danielle Spencer Reply

    I take in animals, foster, rescue them and raise money to help get treatment, neutered, paired (Rabbits) and find them their forever homes.

  28. I invited a homeless person to have Christmas dinner with us. I also feel grateful that my fourteen year old shares his pocket money by buying the same homeless man McDonald’s and Cookies whenever he goes into town.

  29. Victoria Prince Reply

    Mine would be to bake a cake and take it round to my neighbours 🙂

  30. Emily Mead Reply

    I love this idea, if I don’t win I’m defo going to order one, I’m starting back at work soon after 6 weeks off sick so I think this will help me keep me in good thoughts!

  31. paula cheadle Reply

    I have already done my act of kindness, my neighbour fell last week, I helped her up, and I had to call the ambulance as she had hurt herself, I waited until her daughter got there before I left soshe was not on her own, my neighbour will be 96 next month

  32. Pauline Black Reply

    Helping my elderly neighbour out by getting her shopping when the weather is bad.

  33. Sirley Young Reply

    This year I’m crocheting 50 octopus toys for preemies in hospitals 🙂

  34. Vicky Allum Reply

    To donate to the local food and children’s clothes bank and let people with less shopping than me jump in front of me in the supermarket queue.

  35. Rebecca roberts Reply

    Me and my daughter handed out sandwiches to him less people

  36. Putting a neighbour’s bins out and returning them afterwards.

  37. I always buy homeless people food when I see them I know it’s not much but it could be all they eat that day x

  38. Ruth Wollerton Reply

    Giving a smile and a hug to cheer up everyone, it’s priceless and really WORKS to boost spirits xxx

  39. Hayley Todd Reply

    I always pop in on an elderly lady before I go to work to have a cuppa and a natter and twice a month she comes to us for a meal. I hate the thought of her being lonely so try to do as much as I can.

  40. Dominique Clarke Reply

    The elderly often struggle out shopping, Always help to reach out of reach items and retrieve and take back trolleys

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