The Be A Fun Mum Blog is all about reclaiming the joy of motherhood in a fast-paced world. It’s about loving the little moments which are like pieces of a puzzle, together creating a beautiful masterpiece. This is encapsulated by the slogan, Love the Moment. The below picture tells the story of one of these moments.
My 3 year-old son is heavy so I can’t carry him for long periods anymore but I do love to hold him when I can. On the day this picture was taken, I lifted my son into my arms and walked across the road towards the shopping centre. As I lifted my leg to step up on the footpath, my son twisted to point at something.
“Look Mum! A love heart!”
And there it was: A heart shape on the road. I could have so easily missed the moment of happiness. Thank you my son.
I want to capture more love-the-moment moments like this one so I’ve designed a challenge, and you can do it with me if you like. It consists of daily activities as simple as “take 1 minute to look in your child’s eyes” to create awareness of things we sometimes take for granted. If you follow me on facebook, I will feature the day’s challenge with a few extra ideas also.
Click on the image to access a printer friendly version.
The thing is, I do many of the activities on the calendar in a given day, but the idea is to impress the moments on my mind so I don’t take them for granted.
Here’s to a New Year where the birds and the wind, the grass and the sky and a hug and a kiss don’t go unnoticed. Love the Moment.
If you have something to share in relation to this challenge, use #lovethemoment in your twitter conversations and follow me @BeAFunMum.
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Kleenex Mums Posts
I’ve written about moments and quality time for Kleenex Mums. Here they are:
How Mums can Make Moments Count
Other Love the Moment Challenges
Love the Moment Challenge: January
Love the Moment Challenge: February
Love the Moment Challenge: March
Love the Moment Challenge: April
StaceyDecember 31, 2010 at 11:54 am
Great minds Kel, this morning I just said to my daughter that we were going to start a project tomorrow of taking a pic a day together for 2011 and writing the moment that went with it! I just ADORE your idea and will be participating for sure…off to tell the Sunny Mummies about it too! Stace x
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 7:49 am
Thanks Stace x
BookChookDecember 31, 2010 at 11:55 am
What a great idea!
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 7:52 am
ChristieDecember 31, 2010 at 12:15 pm
It’s lovely, Kel. What a beautiful idea.
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 7:53 am
Thanks Christie. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. And it’s going to make January more bareable for me.
Michelle Dennis EvansDecember 31, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Great idea … loves it!
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 7:54 am
I knew you would <3
ReneeDecember 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Love it! Printed and on my wall already. Looking forward to catching up, maybe even before the end of Jan!
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 7:56 am
It’s going to be great to be closer Renee. Really looking forward to it.
ChristieDecember 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Sounds gorgeous Kelly, I look forward to watching these moments unfold.
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 7:57 am
BonnieDecember 31, 2010 at 1:40 pm
It’s a moment Nell! *fingers up*
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 7:57 am
cateDecember 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm
great idea! all printed out, ready to start tomorrow! thanks for sharing.
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:03 am
Thanks for joining me!
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LouiseDecember 31, 2010 at 6:52 pm
love it !!!
we are going to be doing a “what we love” album this year 🙂 and going to fill it with photo’s and stories throughout the year -the aim is for something everyday ! I love the idea of a photo a day too my 4 yr old is so in love with taking photo’s of different things and people that i think we could really embrace this!!
next year is a year of thankfulness for us – everyday no matter what we will be thankful for something and will bring the good to the surface of our minds 🙂
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:07 am
How gorgeous. I love the idea. What precious memories you are gong to make. xx
EllaDecember 31, 2010 at 10:09 pm
Ive just printed it ! What a gorgeous idea. I do the same thing with my 3 yo son – i love to still carry him but he is getting so heavy. He is still my baby though!
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:08 am
They will always be our babies I think. *sob sob*
JDaniel4's MomJanuary 1, 2011 at 12:02 am
I love the planned and unplanned special moments with my son. Your calendar is wonderful. I will have to remember to do many of the things on it.
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:09 am
Beautiful JDM. Just beautiful.
KatrinaJanuary 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Love this idea Kelly, I have added it to my goals for 2011 to follow, love it!!
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:12 am
I’m so glad you’re joining me Katrina! I’ll pop over and see your goals too. I need to be inspired.
CraftyMummyJanuary 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm
Great idea! So easy to forget the little stuff
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:13 am
It absolutely is easy to overlook the little things. And they aren’t little are they?
NaomiJanuary 2, 2011 at 11:28 am
love this idea Kelly and will share it on my blog for sure! I have printed it out and my kids and I are just going to love it! Naomi x
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:15 am
When I see your kids Naomi, they remind me of mine. Just the way they play etc. I reckon they would have a ball if they got together. xx
MelissaJanuary 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm
What a beautiful idea! It’s these kinds of precious moments that make life magic x
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:17 am
So true Melissa.
JoJanuary 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm
love it what a great idea!
I’ve tagged you in a post with a stylish blogger award 🙂
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:18 am
Thank you so much JO! I’m going to pop over to your blog now.
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KerrieJanuary 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Gorgeous idea! I need to adapt it slightly this month as I’ll be away for 10 days! First time in years!! You’ve inspired me to actually leave them a ‘gift’ in a box for each day. Thank you!
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:20 am
OOO, HAVE A BRILLIANT TIME AWAY! And you’re welcome Hope you have fun with it.
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AliceJanuary 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm
Thank you so much for the inspiration! Will aim for everyday. Managed to fit in “love the moment” moments with each of my 3 kids, my husband and as a whole family yesterday. It wasn’t the exact challenge for the day, but I really tried to soak in the moment I was in with each family member, then the joy of having one all together as a family at the beach. I’m in the process of writing and refining my recollection of these special moments. Thank you for your inspiration to Be a Fun Mum, and to be the best mum I can be!
Kelly Be A Fun MumJanuary 5, 2011 at 8:23 am
So beautiful. And you’ve captured exactly what the Love the Moment Challenge is about. It’s actually not about the actual challenges (they really can be anything) but more about taking the time to notice things we sometimes take for granted. I’m so glad you stopped by Alice.
Alex@LateEnoughJanuary 9, 2011 at 2:10 am
What a lovely idea. Thanks for your hard work making the downloadable calendar, too! Now I vaguely sound like spam.
Kelly BJanuary 27, 2011 at 11:54 am
@Alex@LateEnough, HA! I Alex. I went to visit your blog and you are just adorable. Thanks for coming to visit me here. I’m so glad you did. xx
Elena @NaynaDubJanuary 9, 2011 at 11:43 am
Such an awesome challenge! Starting it today…a bit late to the party!
Kelly BJanuary 27, 2011 at 11:55 am
@Elena @NaynaDub, NEVER too late Elena. Glad you are coming along for the ride.
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AmberJanuary 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm
I know this is a pretty old post, but I’ve only just discovered your wonderful website, so am a few years behind, but am going to take the challenge!
It’s so true that we get caught up in the hub bub of life that we often miss those precious moments and I don’t want to look back when my daughters a grown up and think “if only”
Thanks for the wonderful idea!!