The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #17

Rabbit Hole 17

Howdee partners! It’s the weekend! Huzzah! How was your week? I hope it was a cracker! I’ve been getting my head round the nearly-new job for three days and being a domestic goddess for the other two. I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of time in the kitchen and at my computer – two of my favourite places!

Exciting news from the Rabbit Hole! We have a new co-pilot on our Ultimate Rabbit Hole adventures. Fleur has hung up her co-pilot’s hat, and the lovely Shannon from My 2Morrows has gallantly stepped in to join the team. Do pop over and say hello, won’t you?

Life is so good at throwing us curveballs and this post has some cracking tips on how to bounce back when things don’t go your way.

Cancer was one of those things that didn’t go my way. I was lucky, though. I had so many awesome people around; supporting me, loving me and just being there for me. I had one friend who didn’t contact me for a whole year. She told me after she couldn’t deal with me being ill and she didn’t know what to say. She totes needed a pack of these empathy cards. They are designed by a cancer survivor and emblazoned with the words she wished she’d heard when she was receiving treatment. Pure class!

It’s important to look out for others but it’s just as important to take care of ourselves too. Dr Sash does it again with this post.

My sleep hygiene is a work in progress and still leaves a lot to be desired. But at least I’ve aced the sleep space.

If you need to find your mojo and hit your refresh button, here’s how.

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. This confuses me no end as Mother’s Day in the UK is in March. David and I are haphazard in our greetings, sometimes we celebrate the UK date, sometimes we follow the Australian lead, and sometimes we send greetings for both. I wish I could share a cuppa and some cake with my mum but geography kinds of get in the way. If you want to get your bake on this weekend, you should totally check out this guide for the best bakes this Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a bit of a paradox, isn’t it? For some of us, it’s a celebration of love, and for so many others it’s a painful reminder of loss. This is a beautiful and heartfelt post on how to survive Mother’s Day for those of us who find it difficult.

Did you catch my mum’s interview on the blog yesterday? If you missed it, you can catch it here. She’s all kinds of awesome, and oh, so inspiring. Moms really rock and I loved this treasure from Soul Pancake, it just warmed the cockles of my heart, it did. I hope it warms yours. This one’s for all the mums we love, and all the mums we’ve lost.

What would you say to your mum? Have a beautiful weekend, y’all!

Here’s how  The Ultimate Rabbit Hole works:

Every Saturday morning, we will open up the rabbit hole link up for bloggers to add their link list posts or even just their favourite post (if you are not of the link list kind) for the week.  Do try and pop along to say howdee to some of  the other lovely linkers. Link up here, over at Calm to Conniption, A Little Part of the World or My 2Morrows. It doesn’t matter where you add your link because it will appear on all four blogs, as if by magic!  The link up will stay open until midnight the following Monday.

Be a smarty and join this linky party!

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Woo hoo! Happy weekend Sammie. So many great links to go and check out! Thank goodness it’s freezing and raining here, so I’m snuggling up on my couch with my laptop for some serious bloggy reading!

  • Gael – The Vinyl Edition

    Hi Sammie. Hope the new job is treating you well.
    Funny that you said Mother’s Day is a paradox. I find it a paradox in the sense that I spend an inordinate amount of time buying a gift for my mum, my MIL, and ME! Then I organise the long distance phone calls to mum and MIL on Sunday, and somehow feel responsible for providing food/treats etc to ensure that my kids enjoy our mothers day celebration. It’s ridiculous. At some point though, I will give myself a moment of perspective and be grateful for the little people I have because this time 10 years ago it was a different story.

    • I don’t think having a man baby makes me a mother in the true sense of the word. I was only thinking yesterday, what happens when you are a mother and you have a mother too, so much celebrating and who gets to spoil who? And you’re so right, a little bit of gratitude goes a long way. I hope you have a beautiful day with your loves. Enjoy your present!

  • Urgh I accidentally linked up the wrong thing, ignore my first link!
    I love those empathy cards! Have a wonderful weekend, I’m off camping!

  • Jenni from styling curvy

    I love those cards!!! I’m totally wanting to do my own line.

  • Thanks for hosting the link up. Hope that you’re settling in well to your new job. And enjoy the weekend!

    • The new job is keeping me on my toes, that’s for sure! Thanks for linking up and hope you have a marvellous Mother’s Day xx

  • Um so tears in my glass of wine watching that vid. It is great. The lady that speaks about her Mum with alzheimers is exactly how I feel about my Nana. I also loved the empathy cards they are great. Very perfect. x

    • How beautiful is that video? It gave me goosebumps! The empathy cards are way cool. I would have so loved a set of those!

  • Ok so I just watched that you tube clip and my nose is still running, my tears are just starting to dry, how beautiful. I’d say to my Mum, you are amazing, inspiring and a pillar of strength, I wish I could be half the mother to my children that she is/was to me (I have told her that before) I seriously think she has a SPECIAL gift, she amazes me with the energy she has for her grandchildren and I’m so very grateful for the support she gives us.
    Those bakes look absolutely divine.
    Blah Blah magazine’s hit the refresh button post was lovely, love the clip she made.
    Have a beautiful weekend gorgeous lady. xx

    • I love your message to your mum and I love that you have such a wonderful relationship, such a precious gift! I hope your Mother’s Day was as gorgeous as you!

  • Hope your first week at the new job went well very exciting for you! 🙂

    Thanks for the link to those empathy cards too – I will have to check them out! My bestie is going through some cancer stuff at the moment and I really don’t know what to say to make it better sometimes, especially before surgeries, she gets so anxious for surgery. I tend to send her little notes and just write and write hoping that somewhere in my scribbles I say the right thing! It’s terribly difficult having distance, when you know a hug would say everything that’s needed.

    • Yes, exciting and so busy! I’m sure your friend appreciates your little notes, being far away sucks so bad. Most of my friends and family were in the UK which made it doubly difficult! Hope you had a cracker of a weekend! xx

  • I definitely like the sound of the empathy cards!! We had a week where I was at a loss at what to say to a good friend… Not having been in their situation, you feel like a muppet trying to say anything. Tonight he sent a link for people to make donations and that helped… I surely couldn’t say much but I could donate to the foundation that has been helping them through their tough time. Thanks for sharing and hope the next week at work goes well!

    • I love those cards. Even though I’ve been through it myself, everyone’s experience is different and my foot is always in my mouth. I think when people are doing it tough, reaching out and a helping hand always goes down a treat. Hope you had a wonderful weekend xx

  • Those empathy cards are gold… some of them get my giggle up I can tell you. Another great list of links to check out over the next few days. Thanks Sammie Xx

  • What a shishy video!

  • Ohh love the video. I like those empathy cards too. We’ve been away all weekend without any internet so I’m checking out all your now.

  • I am just playing catch up now.. thank you so much for including my kidspot post lovely xx