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My goodness me, is it really Friday again? This week’s woman is Jennifer Jain. She may only have a ‘little blog’ but she’s big on cross stitch, group hugs and seizing the day. Take it away Jennifer…
Jennifer Jain from Jennifer's Little World, on www.mummyratesit.co.uk 1 Woman: 10 Questions

Hi, I’m Jennifer – Mum to a three year old son and a one year old daughter. I live in West Sussex and I’m just about to return to work part-time in Information Management in the NHS. I enjoy crafting, reading, days out and travel with the family. I blog at www.jenniferslittleworld.com and tweet @jenniferjain – please drop by and say hello!

Q1: Describe your typical day

I’m used to early starts. At the moment we’re not doing too badly – my day usually begins around 6.30am when one of the children wakes up the other. My husband and I take it in turns to shower and have our own breakfast while sorting out their breakfasts. I’m right at the end of my maternity leave, so for now he will leave for work and I have the day at home. Some days I will put the baby down for her nap and she’ll sleep for a lot of the morning, meaning that I can spend time with my son. Other days we will go to a baby and toddler group in the morning and then she will have a long sleep after lunch. During that time my son and I will maybe do a craft, get out some of the toys that the baby can’t play with, or I’ll let him play games on the tablet while I have some sneaky computer time.

Mid-afternoon the baby rejoins us and it’s time for a snack. Then if the weather is nice we might pop out for a walk/scooter to the playground. Preparing dinner can sometimes be a challenge, we all eat together at around 6pm when my husband returns from work. Then we both work together to get the children in bed by around 7.30pm, leaving us the rest of the evening free. We will either watch a film or some television together, or else occupy ourselves separately. We nearly always go to bed at the same time, usually around 10.30pm. It’s a rare night that is undisturbed by one child or other, but it’s getting better!

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Q2: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and have you followed it?

My Dad is very fond of the Latin saying “Carpe Diem” (seize the day) and it was repeated to us often as children. It’s a saying that I try to live by, because you never know what is around the corner.

Q3: What do you think makes a successful woman?

For me I think that the most important thing in life is to be happy. So to me a successful woman is a woman who is happy with all the different elements that make up her life – relationships, family, friends, work, hobbies. I don’t think that success in life can be measured financially or by possessions, it’s more important to be happy with what you have.

Q4. What 3 things really make you happy and why:
Group Hug!! Picture thanks to Andrew Pescod @ Flickr.com

Watching my two children playing together. It’s wonderful to watch, and makes me realise how lucky I am. This morning I overheard my son telling my daughter that he loved her, and would always love her, you can’t get

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much better than that!

When my little family all come together for a group hug. Even the baby comes along and snuggles in.

Looking around me and feeling content with my environment. It might sound silly, but the state of the house really affects my mood. I think it’s because if I look around and see mess and dirt then I know that there is something I need to do, and I can’t relax. Not wearing my glasses around the house helps a great deal with this!

Q5: What 3 things really make you angry and why:

I’m not good with confrontation, but it makes me angry when I see people being rude to others for no reason, for example towards people that work in jobs serving the public.

The telemarketers who keep calling for a Mrs Dingle who obviously had the number before we did. They’ve woken up the baby on more than one occasion.
Seeing a dog owner letting their dog go to the toilet in public – imagine the reaction I would get if I let my son squat down by the side of the path!

Q6: How do you relax?

Cross-stitch tattoo
Picture by benjibot @ Flickr.com: Taking a love for cross-stitch that one step further…

I enjoy cross stitch because although it does require concentration I can also think about other things. I also like reading in bed, and although it can be an effort at the time I always feel relaxed after I’ve been out for a run.

Q7: What makes you laugh?

My son. He’s three, and some of the things that he comes out with are just hilarious. For more grown up humour I’m also a fan of Russell Howard.

Q8: If you were given a time machine where and when would you travel to and why?

I’d love to visit the future. I’m not sure how far forward though, I’d want it to still be recognisable! Perhaps 100 years, just to see how things have changed.

Q9: If you had £10,000 to give to charity which one would you choose and why?

The charity that I try to support regularly is the Meningitis Research Foundation after I lost a friend to meningitis aged 19.

Q10: If you could magically create an extra two hours in a day what would you use them for?

Not that long ago I would have said sleep, but we are doing a little better in that department lately so I would only take an extra half an hour to sleep, and that would be first thing in the morning. I like to think that I would use the rest to keep up with the housework, but I would much rather spend them doing more of what I usually do in the evenings when the children are in bed – cross stitch and other crafts, reading or spending time with my husband.

Make sure to visit Jennifer’s blog and her facebook page!

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  1. Thank you for including me! That picture of the cross stitch tattoo makes me go ouch!

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