What a great half-term week we have had. I wasn't sure whether to book a holiday but the kids all asked to stay home and just have some days out so that is what we did and it fitted in really well as just before half-term Popchips (the popped potato snack) challenged me to have six days of enjoyable experiences and to take a packet of Popchips with me for each.
They set the challenge to celebrate the launch of their new 6 pack multipacks, which are available in Sea Salt and BBQ flavours. I can genuinely tell you that I am so glad they set me this challenge as I'd not tried Popchips before and I really like them. As someone who needs to be cutting down on calories they are my new best friend at around 70 calories for a packet.
Popchips believe that every day should be filled with joyful and light-hearted moments and I set about capturing those. Not just the moments that you know are pretty special but also the ones that are easily missed and must not be taken for granted. I wrote recently about how important it is to choose joy and to make sure you live in the moment and delight in the small stuff.
Let me share with you some of the things we got up to during our 6 day challenge.
The week started on Sunday, when I was not feeling that great (chronic cough and cold) but we still managed to have fun at church and I was on the tech desk in the kids N:Gage group. The morning turned out to be a really joyous one as we learnt one child had decided to make a commitment and accept Jesus into their life that week and another had a vision of Sunday morning being filled with great joy. There is nothing as special as a child being confident in their faith.
Sunday night was time to pack for going away the next day. The kids were off to my parents and this makes them super happy as they love to spend time with their grandparents. My husband and I were then off to London to send some alone time and see U2 in concert as guests of ONE.
I even managed to sneak some Popchips into The O2 to enjoy whilst I waited for Bono and U2 to come on stage. It really was the most amazing concert, such a spectacular stage show and also a special section devoted to challenging people to think more about the greater good and how their actions can impact others. I've written about the concert and the desire to speak out because of it over here.
After an enjoyable night in a hotel my husband and I were refreshed and ready to collect the kids for another fun day in London. On the way up to London the kids all snacked on their Popchips and then JJ went on to secure himself an official Guinness world record and he was over the moon. We have the certificate now in our hall and it's serving as a daily reminder to the kids that if you work hard, practise and stay determined who will achieve your dreams. JJ has been attempting Guinness world records for about 4 years now. You can read the full post about our day out with GWR over here.
After such an enjoyable time outside on Friday we were keen to join some of our Church friends who were coming over to Ashburnham for a walk on Saturday. As I waited for everyone to arrive Miss E caught me snacking on my Popchips and we then headed off for a good couple of hour walk. Beautiful sunshine, crystal clear skies, fresh air, amazing autumnal colours and some very excited kids made for a lot of happiness and fun.
This is just one of the many gorgeous vistas that we got to enjoy on our walk. The kids played 40:40 home, they jumped in puddles, got stuck in mud, joined a fisherman for 20 minutes trying their hand at fishing and we all walked up and stood under the mighty cross. It was a great time with friends.
So there you have it, six days of fun and light-hearted moments, all enjoyed with a packet of Popchips from my multipack of 6. A few of us have been sharing our moments these last couple of weeks and you can check out our photos on Instagram and Twitter by searching the #GetPopped hashtag. You can also buy the new multipacks at your local supermarket, the RRP is £1.99 but I see Tesco have them on special at £1.50 at the moment so I'll be looking to stock up, especially on the Sea Salt flavour which is scrummy.
Thanks so much Popchips for reminding me again to live in the moment and to enjoy the everyday with my family and friends.
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