My Sunshiny Life

{November 8, 2009}   Swear Box Smile Challenge

swear box

I watched the Fantastic Mr Fox the other day and instead of swearing they’d say the word ‘cuss’.  It was sweet and innocent, unlike my sometimes very unsweet expletives.  So I’m going to undertake a radical plan to sanitise my vocabulary.  Bring on the swear box!  Unfortunately I can’t go out and buy a box because I’m not buying ‘stuff’ in NO-vember, so for now I’ll pop my 50p pieces in a jar.  I might need a big jar. 

Every challenge needs some rules.  Mine are simple.

All swear words are 50p.  Bugger is not a swear word.  I need referees who will point out when I slip up.  The swear box challenge will finish just before Christmas, but my new found habits will continue (fingers crossed, halo shining).

Sarah has been threatening me with a swear jar for ages so will be most pleased to see me taking up this challenge.  Sarah – it doesn’t include the word Jesus.  That isn’t swearing, that is an exclamation. 

(Post Note Edit: After much discussion and negotiation with a panel of judges; bugger, JEEEEEEESUS! and Oh My GOD! are now included as swear words.  My charity fund is going to be bigger than I thought!)

I’m going to donate the proceeds of my swear box fund to charity, not the LMS new Citizens of Humanity Jeans Charity either.  Every year I say I’m going to donate money to help a cleft palette child and this is the year I’m actually going to follow through.  The proceeds from my potty mouth fund will start the ball rolling and I’ll top up the balance for my bit of Christmas charity …  I need £150 to pay for a complete cleft palette operation with the smile train.  I hope I end up topping up more than I have in the swear box!  Check out the fantastic work from the cleft palette charity at


Angelica before the operation


Angelica after the operation


{October 11, 2009}   Buying kids off. It works!

Before hitting the town on Saturday night I had a play date with Adi’s kids, who I’ve never met before now.  It’s funny when you just know your friend from party days and now you see them in a totally different environment, as a responsible, grown up mum! 

It was fabulous to meet little Lachlan and baby William.  The monster trucks I bought for Lachlan were very well received and we played crash up derby races.  He is a most gracious little boy who kept fetching my truck back for me so I could keep close to my wine glass.  Chivalry in one so young!

I’ve learnt that in the past, buying kids off works really well so I was happy to see that he loved the present and it scored me a shy kiss when he went to bed.  William is too little to know any better so he just got a little soft toy, a cuddly sheep so he doesn’t forget his half kiwi roots.

Not quite sure...

Not quite sure...

Warming Up

Warming Up

We have a toy winner!

We have a toy winner!

Baby William

Baby William

et cetera