A Sanity Saving SmartSign Design

When the SmartSign blogger challenge popped up on HIBS100 I knew straight away which sign I would be looking for.

We’re moving house next month (in the middle of the summer holidays with no childcare, while working from home – send cake) and so have a sign in mind.
Is it a family rules sign? No!
A “Beware those who dare to enter” for my pre-teen’s new room? No (although this might not be a bad idea)!
Perhaps something with a quote like “Sorry about the mess, my children are making memories”? No, sorry.

What am I looking for?
A miracle. It’s a miracle I’m looking for. You see, I am slightly outnumbered in my house. There is little old me, then are three boys (two boys and a husband).What I’m looking for, is a pee-free bathroom.

 This is the look of a mother who is frazzled, worn down and quite frankly worn out…. by boy pee. Parents of boys will feel my pain. I thought that a handy sign would remind my cherubs to WIPE THE DAMN SEAT so I that I wouldn’t have to yell “HAVE YOU WIPED AND FLUSHED?” up the stairs who be a wise choice. I’m pretty sure when I yell right now using my stern Mum voice that our current gentleman neighbour sits down to pee. I’m hoping to make a more refined impression on the new neighbours, at least for a little while until they really get to know us and so I put this sign together…

They’re not going to be able to ignore that looking down on them, are they? We can but hope!
I was quite tickled, on browsing SmartSign closer to find that great minds think alike as they have a similar sprinkle tinkle sign. If I’m chosen as a winner of this fab comp (this post is an entry into the #MyCustomSign www.smartsign.com blogger challenge) I would ask them to make mine up to fit with my decor for the new house or design one similar perhaps without the disapproving dog looking down (see below).


What do you think? It’s a winner, right? 

Children dying through a lack of Healthworkers

Yesterday a group of Bloggers and Vloggers went to London for a conference at the London headquarters of Save The Children. Save The Children is a charity close to my heart and one I support keenly. Many of you will remember being asked earlier in the year to click and sign (a two minute job) the No Child Is Born To Die petition, aimed at ensuring the right funding was given to ensure children in less fortunate countries were able to be given life-saving vaccinations. AND WE DID IT! Not closing the browser, signing and passing on, made the difference in saving millions of lives.

Now I’m asking for your help again.

A huge problem in Africa is the chronic lack of healthworkers, trained professionals who can help families and children on a daily basis, educating, caring and saving lives. Our own keen campaigner Christine Mosler (@ChristineMosler) and Liz Scarff from Save the Children will be attending the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday and they need help to pressure David Cameron to play his part in solving the health worker crisis.

They need 60,000 signatures to take with them, the total already received is £40k+ – they need your help!

Please take just two minutes to visit and sign and do your bit in ensuring that what is a completely avoidable loss of life doesn’t continue. If you don’t blog, you can help by signing, passing the link or this post on to your friends and contacts. If you do blog, see below for how YOU can make a difference.

The key to a campaign like this is awareness and the lovely Michelle from Mummy From The Heart has asked bloggers and vloggers to spread the news using their readership. A damn find idea. If you blog here is how you can help.

  1. Sign the petition!
  2. Why not take part in the challenge set by HelloItsGemma and Michelle ? They want (need) to see 100 posts of 100 words linked up here by Tuesday. If 100 bloggers write a post and encourage more signatures it will go a long way to obtaining those much needed remaining 20,000 signatures!
  3. Write your 100 words about a great health professional you have encountered in your life. Add a link to the petition and either link or add in some information from Save the Children about the #Healthworkers campaign.
  4. Link to bloggers and vloggers you know and encourage them to take part
  5. Spread the news on Facebook, Twitter, any way you can.
My 100 words:
I want to tell you about Noel. When pregnant with Taylor I developed Gestational Diabetes, unpleasant but also quite dangerous for some. My blood sugar levels were all over the place and several times I came close to spiralling into a hypo. Noel was the diabetic nurse who cared for me. He phoned every 3 days to check my levels and ensure the insulin dosage was correct. He calmed my fears and helped advise the maternity ward on how to manage my insulin during the CSection.  Without such help, things may have turned out very differently for Taylor and I.
The lovely bloggers I’d love to see take part are:
The funny and wise Pippa from AMothersRamblings
The clever and cool Kat from 3bedroombungalow
The extremely lovely Liz from MeandMyShadow
The adventurous and wonderful Carolin from MummyAlarm
and last but not least
The ever fun and fiesty Kate from TheFiveFsBlog!
PLEASE take 2 minutes and SIGN!