I Want – The Meme

I was tagged by the lovely Lauren over at Real Housewife of Suffolk County in the I Want meme that started over at Mammywoo’s blog.

The idea is that we can become self indulgent and write the things we want. Not the kids, or the hubby, or the dog, but the things we want. Hubby is always asking me what I want for presents, and I never know what to say. Maybe he can magically find me something off this list?

Here goes….

I want….

  1. A cure for cancer
  2. To know that I won’t ever get cancer again
  3. To not have to worry about money
  4. To live in a house like the ones in Wisteria Lane – for they are beautiful
  5. To be able to be more creative with my hair, rather than just putting it in a pony tail
  6. To go on X Factor so I can hug Dermot O’Leary
  7. To be a size 10 again
  8. To have tenants for my house we are trying to rent
  9. To know that we will complete on the house we want
  10. To take the boys to Disney World
  11. Pancakes
  12. To win the lottery. I’m not greedy, just a single million would do
  13. To just be able to transport places without the need for long flights or car journeys
  14. To lean more about my family history
  15. My babies to stay babies forever
  16. To be able to escape the miserable weather over here and go somewhere hot and sunny (in my transporter, of course!)
  17. To visit The Wild Garlic in Dorset
  18. To have a surprise party thrown for me
  19. To have an apartment in downtown Toronto
  20. To own a Mini Cooper S
  21. And also a BMW X5
  22. And maybe a house with a paddock for a couple of horses
  23. And maybe even room for an indoor pool
  24. To sing on stage with Bryan Adams
  25. To be able to bake well enough to go on The Great British Bake Off
  26. To go on a sugar-craft course
  27. For there to be more softplay places in Worcester
  28. To have a full nights sleep again
  29. To do a lot more travelling
  30. For my boys to always want cuddles from me, no matter how old they are
  31. To have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to fight for the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (I stole that from Mammywoo, but I like it!)

I tag:

A Strong Coffee

Stars & Roses

Life, Love and Living with Boys

This Mummy Loves


I’m Hosting the BritMums Carnival

I’m hosting my first ever Britmums Blog Carnival on October 9th. I’m a bit nervous about it, so I’m hoping I get lots of submissions.

BritMums - Leading the Conversation

We are currently in the throes of moving house. We are renting our home of six and a half years out, and are buying a different one. We were due to have tenants move in today, but instead, they have split up and won’t be moving in.

We have found a house we love, but needs a fair bit of work doing to it – new kitchen, new bathroom, new windows – but it has everything we want. It’s the right size, right location, we have an en-suite and a utility room. We even have room for a dishwasher! The sale hasn’t gone through yet, we are waiting for the usual things to happen, surveys, mortgage offers, and now, new tenants. So in the mean time, we are staying with my in-laws until we can move into the new house. Which, may end up being a long time if we lose the one we love.

Anyway, I digress…

This month’s theme is “home“, so any posts you have relating to anything homey, please send them my way. This could be decorating ideas, plans you have for your home, housework related, buying/selling/renting. Anything goes!

Please have your submissions to me by October 7th. Email them to me at roz@lifelovelolliopops.com

I look forward to reading them!

Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week, 10 – 16 September 2012

Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 September, and aims to raise awareness of lymphoma, the UK’s fifth most common cancer.

Everyone knows about breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer… anything with cancer in the title. But not many people know about lymphatic cancer as it is usually referred to as “lymphoma” which doesn’t have cancer in the title.

The Lymphoma Association, the UK’s only specialist charity which provides information and support to anyone affected by lymphoma, is using the week as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its most common symptoms. 

Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s immune system. There are many different types of lymphoma, although they are broadly categorised as Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma. I was diagnosed in February 2010 with stage 4a Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Lymphatic cancer can occur in both men and women at any age, but is most common in people over 55. It is also the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the under-30s. I was 28 at diagnosis. I had people say to me “Oh you’re so young to have cancer.”

More than 75,000 people in the UK are living with lymphoma and over 14,000 people are newly diagnosed every year. See, not as uncommon as you might think.

The most common symptom of lymphoma is a painless lump or swelling, often in the neck, armpit or groin. Other common symptoms include excessive sweating (especially at night), fevers, unexplained weight loss, unusual tiredness, persistent itching, a cough or breathlessness and abdominal pain or diarrhoea. The only symptom I had is one that isn’t listed here. My symptom was alcohol induced pain. I would literally have a few sips of wine and would get the most intense pain in my right shoulder, I would have to go and lie down and have a cry, it would hurt that much. Apparently this symptom is quite a rare one; and I’m not even sure if anyone really knows why it happens. If anyone can shed any light on it, I’d be really interested to know.

Stage 4 cancer sounds quite scary, and believe me, it really was, but luckily Hodgkin’s Lymphoma does have quite a good cure rate, and now I’ve been in remission for almost two years, (even though i had a scare when I was pregnant) I think I might be finally starting to believe that i might just be okay! Just keep your fingers crossed for a little while longer!

Sally Penrose, Chief Executive of the Lymphoma Association, said: “Although lymphoma is the UK’s fifth most common cancer, many people haven’t heard of it until they or a loved one are diagnosed. We are trying to change this, so that people will go to their GP straight away if they experience any lymphoma symptoms over a period of time.”

As well as raising awareness of lymphoma, the Lymphoma Association has a freephone helpline, free patient information sheets and booklets, a website with an online chat room and forums, support groups across the country, a buddy scheme  which puts anyone touched by lymphoma in telephone or email contact with volunteers who have had similar experiences and conferences for patients and health professionals.

If you have been affected by lymphoma and want more information, visit www.lymphomas.org.uk or call the Lymphoma Association on 0808 808 5555.

Poppy Cat Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures Review

On Monday September 3rd, Poppy Cat Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures was released, and Jake was very kindly sent a copy to review.

Poppy Cat is on Nick Jnr and CITV but I had never heard of it, but seeing as Jake loves cats (he has been pretending to be one for the last two weeks!) I thought it would be something he’d enjoy.

The disc has eleven episodes, each lasting eleven minutes, so it is good for youngsters who are far too busy to sit down for very long, and perfect if you just want to be able to put a quick programme on for them as bribery!

Jake loved it and kept asking to watch “Orange Cat” even though when the theme tune is playing, he says “Poppy Cat”. The characters go on adventures in the episodes and there is lots of make believe (in fact, it was a few days after he watched Poppy Cat for the first time that he started to pretend to be a cat!)

You might find that you recognise Poppy Cat’s voice. That is because the voice belongs to Joanna Page (Stacey from Gavin and Stacey).

This bumper Poppy Cat DVD also offers something extra special for all of the family. The adventurous orange cat herself has teamed up with Chessington World of Adventures Resort. With any DVD purchase, families will receive a buy one get one freevoucher into the Park.

Title: Poppy Cat – Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures
Distributor: Lionsgate
Release Date:3rd September 2012
RRP: £12.99
Running Time: 121 mins (11 episodes)
Format: DVD

*we were sent a copy of the DVD to review, but no other payment has been received and I have not been told what to write.