Positively Inspirational Round-up: Autumn leaves

inspirational blog postsI’m really thrilled to have been asked by Michelle to job share her monthly round ups for the Positively Inspirational Round-up’s. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through so many inspirational posts over the past few months and I’m looking forward to my new role.

October seems to have all of a sudden crept up on me. It only seems like five minutes ago that I was out in the garden, enjoying the summer and then wham, autumn has landed. I’m not complaining I do enjoy all the seasons, and I do love the changing colours that Autumn delivers. Such a lovely time of year.

I’m kicking off this months round-up with the lovely Michelle. As you know she has recently made quite a few life changing decisions which involved moving her Family to live in a lovely community idyll. You can read all about how She is settling in and how much she is loving Living in community.

Michelle’s round-up last month was centered around marriage, and I am a sucker for a good love story so I had to include Franglais Mummy this month and her inspiring post, ‘What I’ve learnt from 10 years of marriage. Marriage isn’t always easy and it can be a real struggle sometimes to take a moment and appreciate it. I love Franglais Mummy’s top tips in this post, they are really positive.

Like I said, I’m a sucker for a good love story and I really enjoyed Oliver’s Madhouse post, ‘Back to the beginning’. Such a lovely story about how two teenage sweethearts met up again after 18 years, fell in love, had a Son and eloped to be married. Such a sweet story.

I always enjoy reading positive posts about partners, especially Daddy ones and Hollybobbs gorgeous post ‘Your Daddy’ literally made me say “Awww” out loud. A really fab tribute to Hollybobbs partner, and what a lovely Daddy he is.

Cupcake Mumma’s ‘A year in gifts’ is such a thoughtful and kind idea, as she makes up gorgeous surprise parcels for Friends and Family who are in need of a little ‘pick me up’. A very busy young Mum, she still makes the time each month to send loved ones a special gift to put a smile on their faces. I love this idea and I imagine her recipient’s are thrilled to find the postman at the door with a parcel from Hannah.

Save Every Step writes a beautiful, touching series all about her Uncle Joe. Every Friday she publishes Joe’s letters that he wrote home during his time in WWII and as you read more about Uncle Joe, you become more and more enchanted by him. I love this letter as Joe’s Mother writes to him regarding his recent news of an engagement.

Dragonfly Poppy has recently discovered that her Mum has Cancer. I felt warm tears sting my eyes as I read her very heartfelt post about feeling disconnected from the situation. I know lots of us have been in this very position ourselves before, and we know exactly how she is feeling right now, so please do pop over and wish her lots love, courage and strength over the coming months.

I really hope that you have enjoyed this months round-up. Michelle will be back next month and I’ll be here for Decembers round-up.

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About Emma Syder

Mama Syder is a 45 year old married Mum and Nan from Essex, who has been blogging over at ‘The syders’ for eight years. A thrifty Mama, she lives a simple lifestyle while growing her own vegetables, homeschooling, sewing, crocheting and enjoying the small things in life.


  1. 05 October 2013 / 12:12

    Thank you so much for including me in this round up I feel honoured to be mentioned amoungst these fellow lovely and written blogs. X

  2. 06 October 2013 / 17:28

    Wow! Thank you for featuring me, I am totally honoured 🙂

  3. 08 October 2013 / 15:10

    Thank you for the mention. The support from the blogging community has meant more than words can say. Thank you xxx

  4. 09 October 2013 / 10:22

    Hi Emma/Michelle,

    I was wondering if you’d consider including our recent campaign to shut down Ask.fm following the tragic suicide of a very close family friend of mine, 14-year-old Izzy Dix, in the next BritMums Inspirational Round Up? We are lobbying the government for real change on the way bullying and cyberbullying is dealt with in society. Here is my blog post about it:


    Any type of support would be much appreciated! We are trying to get 100,000 names signed up to our petition, so need all the help we can get in spreading this message to parents and beyond!

    Thanks so much for reading.

    Kind regards,


  5. 09 October 2013 / 12:16

    What an inspirational round up! (Although it’s managed to take me WAY off task as I got lost in the rabbit warren of wonderful links….) 😉

  6. 20 October 2013 / 14:54

    Thank you for intriducing me to some new bloggers with this wonderful round-up. I’m working my way through, feeling inspired.