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Throughout lockdown, I’ve built quite the collection of tarot decks, some of which I’ve been rather lucky to receive for review purposes. Though I love each and every one of the tarot decks that I work with, there are a select few which I particularly treasure – one of which is the Hip Chick Tarot.

Designed and created by Maria Strom, The Hip Chick Tarot is a diverse, modern deck for women that’s both spiritual and practical.

Maria Strom

Maria is a tarot reader and artist based in Athens, Georgia. She first began to read the tarot at the age of fifteen after recognising the deep, spiritual knowledge within the cards.…

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Throughout lockdown, I’ve built quite the collection of tarot decks, some of which I’ve been rather lucky to receive for review purposes. Though I love each and every one of the tarot decks that I work with, there are a select few which I particularly treasure – one of which is the Hip Chick Tarot.

Designed and created by Maria Strom, The Hip Chick Tarot is a diverse, modern deck for women that’s both spiritual and practical.

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

Maria Strom

Maria is a tarot reader and artist based in Athens, Georgia. She first began to read the tarot at the age of fifteen after recognising the deep, spiritual knowledge within the cards. Whilst Maria is in awe of the synchronicity and spiritual epiphanies that ‘the divine’ sends our way, she believes that the real practice is in recognising the divine within our everyday experience.

Maria found that she read tarot mostly for women, she, therefore, felt that she ought to create an exciting, empowering deck for women featuring females taking on the roles which were originally held by men within the traditional tarot deck.

Given that we live in an increasingly diverse society and with Maria being half Mexican – half caucasian, she also felt it important to ensure diversity and reality within her deck – she, therefore, wished to include all women within The Hip Chick Tarot.

This divine deck features seventy-eight hand-painted, bold, bright and colourful cards which Maria designed from a female perspective to empower women to grow spiritually, to be creative, to feel freely, and to think clearly.

Packaging

The Hip Chick Tarot arrives packaged in a large, purple and pink, sturdy, cardboard, magnetic-close close featuring a fuchsia pink pull to open tab ribbon and matching hinge ribbons. Inside is a guidebook and the tarot deck which has been split into two for packaging purposes.

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

Although I have issues with decks which have to be split in order to fit back into their original packaging, I was quite happy to create a bespoke pouch for the Hip Chick tarot, as from the moment that I opened this deck, I knew that I would be using it so often that only the box would ever require storing and the pouch now follows me almost everywhere that I go…

The Guidebook

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

The accompanying 112 page-black and white printed-guidebook includes further information upon the Maria and the creation of her fabulously funky and feminine deck, guidance upon how to use the cards effectively, four example spreads, and a page for each of the major and minor arcana cards offering descriptions and meanings. Finally, Maria has added some beautiful closing thoughts to her fabulous and rather funky little read.

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

Whilst this isn’t the biggest nor longest accompanying guidebook that I’ve come across, it’s one of my favourites so far. I especially enjoyed reading the section upon ‘no bad cards and no bad feelings’. The Hip Chick tarot is just that – it’s hip, it’s happy and it just oozes the power of positivity – I love it!

The Cards

The Hip Chick Tarot is quite a chunky monkey; the cards are slightly larger than standard tarot cards and the deck itself is quite thick, that being said I find it very simple to shuffle despite having small hands. The card stock is of good, thick quality and whilst the cards have a mat finish, they are silky smooth to the touch.Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

The Hip Chick Tarot cards feature white borders and central labelling at the base of each card printed in a modern, funky font. The backs of the cards are a bright blue featuring a simple daisy – a flower which Maria specifically chose as she perceives daisies to be unassuming, yet beautiful flowers which are comfortable anywhere whether that be in a garden, being admired in a vase or growing upon a roadside. Maria explains that tarot teaches us that beauty is all around us, especially within the simplest of things, such as the daisy.

Modern Meanings & Modifications

Although the Hip Chick Tarot is based upon The traditional Rider Waite Smith Tarot, Maria has modernised the deck by altering some of the roles, figures, names and so forth.

Each of the suits within the deck has been given a distinct colour to help make reading easier: red represents the suit of ‘Create’ as it is fiery and passionate, whereas blue is associated with water and therefore the element of emotions, thus represents the suit of ‘Feel’. Yellow represents the suit of ‘Think’ as it is a colour which reflects the idea of illumination and inspiration. Brown represents the suit of ‘Earth’ as it is the colour of the land, and finally purple has been used within the major arcana as the colour purple is seen to be highly-spiritual.

The Hip Chick Tarot uses quick, easy and modern meanings through simple symbolism that can be applied to our own lives in a fun and accessible manner. Suns, smiley faces, moons, clouds, water, mountains, owls, plants, and flowers are all used within this deck to represent and suggest meaning within the cards.

The Major Arcana

The major arcana cards are mostly the same as a traditional tarot deck, though many of the names have been shortened (for example, The Fool is now ‘Fool’) and a few of the cards have been titled alternatively: The Magician is known as ‘Creator’ within this deck, The Empress has been renamed as ‘Nature’, The Emperor is now titled ‘Structure’, The Hierophant has been relabelled as ‘Sacred Knowledge’, The Chariot is now ‘Will’, The Hanged Man is referred to as ‘Hangin’, Temperance is now titled ‘Flow’, The Devil has been retitled as ‘Bound’, Judgement has been altered to ‘Reborn’ and ‘The World’, like within many other decks, has been renamed as ‘Universe’.

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

The Minor Arcana

There are a few differences within the minor arcana as the suit of cups has been renamed as ‘Feel’, the suit of staves/ wands is now named ‘Create’, the suit of swords has been renamed as ‘Think’ and the suit of pentacles/ coins is now named ‘Earth’.

The court cards have also been altered from Page to Child, from Knight to Teen, from Queen to Boss and from King to Queen. Though this may seem slightly confusing at first, I found it quite simple to adjust to.

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

Reading With The Hip Chick Tarot

These striking, vivid and vivacious tarot cards feature strong, diverse female figures who are designed and drawn to be dealing with the divine pursuits and life challenges that we can each relate to. The Hip Chick Tarot provides the ideal guidance, wisdom, affirmation, and support that so many of us need in order to tune into our own intuition and inner-wisdom. This deck is real, it’s modern, it’s gritty but groovy and I absolutely adore it!

I’ve been using the Hip Chick Tarot to carry out readings almost every day for the past fortnight and whilst some of the cards are a little different to the more traditional tarot, readings are clear, concise and easy to understand.

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

This has to be one of the brightest, bubbliest decks I have ever had the pleasure to work with. The Hip Chick Tarot (and companion guidebook) does exactly as it says ‘on the tin’ (or should I say box?) as it encourages and assists both readers and clients to be a little more daring and to make decisions that resonate with their soul rather than the expectations of society and others around them.

The Hip Chick Tarot is such a positive deck to read with – it’s so bright, colourful, friendly and easy to understand – I would certainly recommend it to readers of all abilities, including those who are new to the trade.

Pricing & Purchasing Information

The Hip Chick Tarot is available to purchase within the USA online via Schiffer (Red Feather) Publishing for $34.99. If like me, you happen to live in the UK, you can get a copy of The Hip Chick Tarot via Gazelle Book Services for £43.19 or Amazon for only £35.99.

Reviewing & Reading The Hip Chick Tarot - A Deck For Divas Of The Divine

To Summarise

What’s not to love about the Hip Chick Tarot deck? It’s bright, it’s bold and it’s beautiful! The Hip Chick Tarot is a gorgeously girly, groovy, modern deck for modern readers featuring striking and simplistic imagery ideal for readers of all abilities. Designed by a woman for women, the Hip Chick Tarot is THE go-to-deck for divas of the divine.

For further information upon The Hip Chick Tarot or alternative Schiffer/ Red Feather Publications visit www.schifferbooks.com

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#LivingArrows – Sunshine Smiles 32/52 (2020) https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/living-arrows/3252-2020/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/living-arrows/3252-2020/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2020 20:00:13 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=25389

It’s been a pretty, soggy summer so far, though we’ve had the odd sunshine day, it never lasts for long – though that’s always the way for us northerners!

I just feel so bad for the kids as, like ourselves, they too have been stuck living in lockdown since March and I’d have loved to have taken them away somewhere this summer but it’s not to be.

Smiles On The Shore

Given that we live on the edge of the Lake District you’d think that there would be so many places that we could visit but sadly the tourists have taken over and it’s just too busy to be out.…

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It’s been a pretty, soggy summer so far, though we’ve had the odd sunshine day, it never lasts for long – though that’s always the way for us northerners!

I just feel so bad for the kids as, like ourselves, they too have been stuck living in lockdown since March and I’d have loved to have taken them away somewhere this summer but it’s not to be.

Smiles On The Shore

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Given that we live on the edge of the Lake District you’d think that there would be so many places that we could visit but sadly the tourists have taken over and it’s just too busy to be out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s brilliant for business and the local economy but I swear, on my drive out the other day I could see that the streets were bustling like Benidorm and the beaches – they too were packed.

Sunshine Smiles

#LivingArrows -  Sunshine Smiles 32/52 (2020)

We do our best to keep the kids busy and to get them out and about but we have to stay safe, though I’, not sure how this will work come September.


Thank you for reading and as always, I look forward to catching up with your #LivingArrows either through your own posts or comments upon this post.

Living Arrows

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Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/review/the-first-light-tarot/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/review/the-first-light-tarot/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:07:46 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=25362

Though I’m most definitely a ‘Rider-Waite’ chick when it comes to reading tarot, I do quite like to dabble with alternative divination tools and techniques when I am given the opportunity. Earlier this month, Schiffer (also known as Red Feather) Publishing very kindly sent me a copy of the  ‘First Light Tarot‘, which is most certainly an alternative to the traditional tarot.

The First Light Tarot is a space-themed divination deck, featuring imagery captured by the Hubble Telescope and according to the First Light Astronomy Club, ‘First Light’ is the moment a new telescope first opens itself up to the universe.…

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Though I’m most definitely a ‘Rider-Waite’ chick when it comes to reading tarot, I do quite like to dabble with alternative divination tools and techniques when I am given the opportunity. Earlier this month, Schiffer (also known as Red Feather) Publishing very kindly sent me a copy of the  ‘First Light Tarot‘, which is most certainly an alternative to the traditional tarot.

Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot

The First Light Tarot is a space-themed divination deck, featuring imagery captured by the Hubble Telescope and according to the First Light Astronomy Club, ‘First Light’ is the moment a new telescope first opens itself up to the universe.

Dinah Roseberry

Designed and created by Dinah Roseberry, the First Light Tarot is a modern twist upon the traditional tarot as whilst it includes the major arcana cards (as featured within traditional tarot decks) everything else within the deck is a completely new concept.

After thirty years of reading tarot, Dinah wished to design and develop a new way in which to read the cards- a method that didn’t necessarily warrant such amounts of study and dedication in order to learn as the traditional tarot, thus the First Light Tarot came about.

Alongside the First Light Tarot, Dinah has also written numerous sci-fi, horror, and fantasy-based books, as well as a couple of non-fiction travel, romance, and career development books.

Packaging

The First Light Tarot is packaged within a large, space-themed, magnetic-close, sturdy cardboard box which features a baby blue ribbon pull-to-open ribbon and a matching hinge-ribbon.

Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot

Inside the box is a single folded, shiny quick-guide reference card for the major arcana and insight cards, a ninety-six page, colour-printed guidebook, and the divination cards which are placed in two separate piles and housed within a cardboard template.

I have said time and time again throughout my tarot reviews that I just cannot cope with tarot decks being split into separate piles for packaging purposes. Each and every time I come across a tarot deck which requires splitting in order to squeeze back into its original storage, I find myself having to sew yet another pouch to keep the cards together as I just cannot cope with decks being divided!

The Guidebook

As the First Light Tarot is a conceptual divination deck and therefore entirely different to read from the traditional tarot, the guidebook is, as you may expect, quite bulky.

Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot

The ninety-six page, colour-printed guide book which accompanies the First Light Tarot is split into three parts: part one includes an introduction to the deck, a guide to spreads and information upon astrological signs, numbers, numerology and meditation guides. Dinah has also included details upon the images used within the deck, further information upon the reference card, and a brief guide as to what you can expect from this deck.

Part two offers detailed information upon each of the twenty-two major arcana and twenty-two insight cards, each card has been given a full-page guide, featuring an upright and reversed card definition alongside advice. Finally, within part three is a conclusion and bibliography.

Divination With A Difference

Unlike standard tarot decks, the First Light Tarot consists of twenty-two major arcana cards, twenty-two insight cards, and twenty-two spread cards, all of which feature incredible images taken by the Hubble Telescope. Each of the images has been referenced and listed within the ‘authors note’ section of the guidebook, which if you happen to be like me, a space-nerd, is worth a read. 

I personally have been interested in space ever since I was a child, I remember collecting books upon the universe, posters of the planets and whenever I had the chance to stay up late, I’d sit and watch ‘The Sky At Night’. These days I’m more into Brian Cox than Patrick Moore but still, space has and will forever fascinate me.

The Cards

Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot

The cards are slightly larger than the average tarot card and I personally find them quite difficult to shuffle, though I do have quite dinky digits. The card stock is sadly rather flimsy and if I’m honest feels a bit cheap and cheerful.

Three differing but dazzling starry images are printed on the back of this deck to distinguish the major arcana, the insight cards, and the spread cards

Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot

According to Dinah, the First Light Tarot can help readers to:

  • Bring solutions for day-to-day situations to light.
  • Help to prepare long-term plans.
  • Interact with the universe.
  • Gain healing advice or inspiration.
  • Understand your place in the universe as a whole.
  • Figure out how to take action in your personal life.
  • Gain insight into the collective mind of those in the world around you.
  • Raise your vibration (the most important outcome).
  • Find out how to read cards easily and without deep thought.
Keep It Simple

Tarot reading is an art that takes time to study, learn, and practice. According to the guidebook for the First Light Tarot, however, this is a deck with a difference as it makes use of much simpler systems involving pre-marked, numbered cards that can be arranged in any which way to provide connections to make for easier reading.

Personally, I found that this deck was so different from traditional tarot that I was almost constantly having to refer back and forth to the guidebook, and though I’m sure that with time and practice I could crack using these cards, I disagree with the guidebook entirely as I find this deck rather difficult to use.

The Major Arcana

The titles for each of the major arcana cards have been shortened to the likes of  ‘Hermit’, ‘Star’, ‘Sun’, and so forth. The cards are labeled, numbered, and under each title is a printed keyword. Whilst I’m sure that this is helpful for some readers, I personally prefer to follow my intuition and I find printed keywords a distraction and an interruption to intuitive reading.

Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot

The Insight Cards

There are twenty-two insight cards within this deck, which perhaps could be treated much-like minor arcana cards, though truth be told, they are far more oracle based than tarot.

Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot

The twenty-two insight cards are named as Activate, Attraction, Battle, Children, Code, Conspiracy, Diversity, Emotion, Energy, Harmony, Healing, Karma, Messages, Nature, Portal, Power, Resistance, Soul Identity, Source, Thought, Vibration, and Well Being.

As I said above, the insight cards are almost oracle based, and whilst I often read oracle cards alongside tarot, I’ve never really thought to combine the two within one deck…

The Spread Cards

Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot

The twenty-two spread cards include: Querent, How querent sees the issue, Variable affecting the issue, Others looking in, Obstacles, Personal message, Past, Recent past, Present, First step, Strategy, Positive surroundings, Near future, Future, Outcome, Why is this happening? When? Who may hurt? What should I do? Who may help? and two wild cards…

Though I can completely understand the point of the ‘spread cards’ within this deck, I don’t really feel that they are needed, especially not ‘wild-cards’. Though I’m sure ‘spread cards’ may be of use to some readers, I tended to put them to one-side whilst reading with the First Light Tarot.

Reading With The First Light Tarot

According to Dinah, the First Light Tarot can be used in several ways:

  • The cards may be used as a traditional ‘major-arcana-only’ deck.
  • The insight cards can be used as a standalone oracle deck.
  • The cards can be used as a more traditional tarot deck featuring the twenty-two majors alongside the twenty-two insight cards (which may be referred to as clarifiers in a more traditional spread).
  • The cards can/ could be combined with other decks to add further information into readings.
  • The cards could be used for insights into astrology, numerology, and meditation techniques.

Whilst reading with this deck, I chose to separate the cards into three piles (the major arcana, the insight cards, and the spread cards) and I used only the major arcana and the insight cards to follow a few of the spreads featured within the guidebook.

Studying The Stars With The First Light Tarot

I’ll be entirely honest with you – these cards don’t really work for me, though I could happily gaze at the Hubble Telescope images all day long, I just cannot read with this deck. I think the First Light Tarot is just too far away from a traditional tarot deck and though I’ve sat and studied the guidebook, I find it too difficult to decipher.

In my eyes, the First Light Tarot is a divination tool just too far away from tarot to be classed as such, it’s a completely new concept which I’m sure with time I may grow to enjoy but for the time being – it’s just not tarot.

Pricing & Purchasing Information

Published by Schiffer (Red Feather), The First Light Tarot is available to purchase online via Schifffer for $24.99 or from the UK via Gazelle Book Services for £25.99. I have also found this deck advertised via Amazon for only £20.39.

To Summarise

To summarise, the First Light Tarot is totally different from the traditional tarot deck, and whilst it is a divination deck- it’s not entirely tarot nor oracle, it’s a hybrid of the two. This deck is just too far away from tarot for my liking, though the Hubble telescope images which feature throughout the cards are incredible and certainly something to enjoy at least.

Whilst I wouldn’t personally recommend this deck to traditional tarot readers – I would certainly suggest that the First Light Tarot could be an idea for those looking to branch out and to explore alternative divination tools and techniques.

For further information upon the First Light Tarot or Schiffer products visit www.schifferbooks.com


Disclosure: I was sent the above product for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

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#TheOrdinaryMoments – Driveway Dreams https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/the-ordinary-moments/driveway-dreams/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/the-ordinary-moments/driveway-dreams/#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2020 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=25357

Parking on our driveway has never been all these easy, don’t get me wrong there’s plenty of room for two cars but it’s quite a tight fit and with other cars parked here, there and everywhere, we’re often left with very little room to maneuver and I’m always worried that one of us (most likely myself) could catch the wall and damage one of the cars.

Four years or so ago I was rushing to collect E from a taster day at what was to be her new primary school, in my haste I managed to misjudge where the wall in accordance to my car was and as a result, I tin-canned the Zafira.…

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Parking on our driveway has never been all these easy, don’t get me wrong there’s plenty of room for two cars but it’s quite a tight fit and with other cars parked here, there and everywhere, we’re often left with very little room to maneuver and I’m always worried that one of us (most likely myself) could catch the wall and damage one of the cars.

Four years or so ago I was rushing to collect E from a taster day at what was to be her new primary school, in my haste I managed to misjudge where the wall in accordance to my car was and as a result, I tin-canned the Zafira. I was so upset and embarrassed – the car was such a mess but thankfully we were able to have the damage repaired, though not before half of the neighbourhood had seen the results of my mistake.

Paul and I have been discussing the idea of extending our driveway ever since we first moved in and it’s not until now that we’ve had the time nor the inclination to actually do anything about it. This week, however, the boys have been busy and after almost eight years of wishing and waiting for a little less wall and a little more walkway, we’ve not got just that!

#TheOrdinaryMoments - Driveway Dreams

The wall and the driveway are quite literally done and dusted and with the grass now gone, we can go ahead and complete covering what was the front lawn in white chippings which shouldn’t take too long at all! I’m super pleased as with all the extra room, parking is now a piece of cake.


Thanks for reading. I look forward to catching up with your #TheOrdinaryMoments posts either through your own posts or comments upon this post.

The Ordinary Moments

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#MySundaySnapshot – Beach Breather 32/52 (2020) https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/my-sunday-snapshot/32-52-2020/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/my-sunday-snapshot/32-52-2020/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2020 23:00:47 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=25329

Welcome to this week’s #MySundaySnapshot post, which is part of a snap-sharing-blog-linky series that you are very welcome to join. Click here for further information and guidelines upon this linky should you wish to take part.

We finally had a taste of normality this week as after almost six months, we took our first trip into town. The kids required fitting for new school shoes, Paul was keen to collect the watch which he left at the jewellers for repair months back and I quite fancied having my Dad’s previous iPhone repaired to pass onto J as an upgrade.

Having ordered and received a deluge of neoprene ‘made-to-fit’ masks, we were all set for our mini-shopping-spree.…

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Welcome to this week’s #MySundaySnapshot post, which is part of a snap-sharing-blog-linky series that you are very welcome to join. Click here for further information and guidelines upon this linky should you wish to take part.

We finally had a taste of normality this week as after almost six months, we took our first trip into town. The kids required fitting for new school shoes, Paul was keen to collect the watch which he left at the jewellers for repair months back and I quite fancied having my Dad’s previous iPhone repaired to pass onto J as an upgrade.

Having ordered and received a deluge of neoprene ‘made-to-fit’ masks, we were all set for our mini-shopping-spree. It was so hot, sticky and humid that once we’d whizzed through the ‘to-do-list’ we took a breather down at the beach.

#MySundaySnapshot - Beach Breather 32/52 (2020)

The kids were relieved to remove their masks and to get some fresh air, though the beach was rather crowded so we opted against strolling along the shore in favour of sitting on a bench and watching the world go by.

Though it was busier in town than I had anticipated, it was great to get out and to enjoy a little time away from home.


Thanks for reading my #MySundaySnapshot post, I look forward to catching up and sharing your #MySundaySnapshot pictures either through your own posts, social media shares or comments upon this post.

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#LivingArrows – Bigger & Better 31/52 (2020) https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/living-arrows/3152-2020/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/living-arrows/3152-2020/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2020 21:00:27 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=25292

In hindsight, I wish that I’d marked the height of the kids at the start of the lockdown as I swear that they’ve grown like weeds over the past few months!

Although J’s managed to outgrow my shoesize already, when we stand back to back, I’m still ever so slightly taller than him but only by millimetres. How?! How on earth is my eleven-year-old lad almost taller than me, I’m thirty-something years old and still can’t reach the cups on the top shelf but that’s by the by!

My Rather Lanky But Lovely Lad

Like her brother, E, bless her, is also growing at light speed.…

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In hindsight, I wish that I’d marked the height of the kids at the start of the lockdown as I swear that they’ve grown like weeds over the past few months!

Although J’s managed to outgrow my shoesize already, when we stand back to back, I’m still ever so slightly taller than him but only by millimetres. How?! How on earth is my eleven-year-old lad almost taller than me, I’m thirty-something years old and still can’t reach the cups on the top shelf but that’s by the by!

My Rather Lanky But Lovely Lad
#LivingArrows - Bigger & Better 31/52 (2020)

Like her brother, E, bless her, is also growing at light speed. Though she’s almost seven now, E’s wearing 8-9-year-old girls clothing as 7-8-year-old clothing is simply too short, too tight or too small. 

The kids obviously take after their Dad because whilst I’m barely scraping five-foot and struggling to reach anything above the middle shelf, Paul, on the other hand, is 6ft 2 and can reach the ceiling nevermind the top shelf. I’m only jealous and I often wonder what it must be like to be another foot taller…surely it must be like wandering around with your head in the clouds?!

Trying Out The New Trampoline
#LivingArrows - Bigger & Better 31/52 (2020)

Bigger kids require bigger equipment, thus we’ve ditched the rusty, old trampoline in favour of a bigger, better boing boing, although I must admit I didn’t realise that 10ft is actually quite large and once Paul had put the framework together, I was a little worried that it might not quite fit into the space where the previous trampoline stood. Thankfully we’ve managed to squeeze it in, but boy oh boy is it big!

Hopefully, the weather might behave over the next couple of weeks so that the kids can enjoy their new trampoline and perhaps even play in the sand which I’ve ordered to fill their pit with – I know they are a little old for sandpits now but at least it’s something other than tech to be playing with during lockdown. Heck, if they don’t play with it – I will! You’re never too old to build a sandcastle, are you?!


Thank you for reading and as always, I look forward to catching up with your #LivingArrows either through your own posts or comments upon this post.

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