Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Crafting With Laura Ashley

Just before Christmas I was invited to attend a crafting event with Laura Ashley with lots of other bloggers. We all met at the stunning Rosylee restaurant in Manchester and had a lovely few hours crafting, chatting and eating the amazing canap├ęs on offer.

I put together a little video from our day, which I thought I would share with you today.


It was really nice to take some time out and have a natter without constantly being interrupted by children. It was also lovely to do some crafting, which I always enjoy but never have time for - my poor sewing machine is collecting dust in the spare bedroom! We also got to get our hands on some beautiful Laura Ashley paper!

A huge thank you to Laura Ashley and Joe Blogs for a great afternoon.


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Britmums Live 2015 Sponsorship Information


This year will my third year attending the blogging conference, Britmums Live. In a way I suppose this makes me an old hat, but I still don't feel I am any way a pro in this industry. To me, there will always be something to learn and that's why I attend these events - to keep up with what is going on, what is new and keep learning my craft.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Your Youtube #10

We're now on week ten of Your Youtube and I hope you are all still enjoying sharing your videos and engaging within our community. I have already found so many new vloggers and am loving watching everyone's every week and learning different styles and techniques along the way.

This week's featured video is from The Giggles Family, who have recently started weekly vlogging and are doing such a great job. This week they linked up their weekly vlog, and I love their style and editing.



The linky is below for you to share your recent videos - please link no more than two as that makes it fair to everyone, and don't forget to watch and comment on the HOST video and at least one other in the linky.



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Four Years Old

I am about a month late with this post, but back in December our little girl turned four. FOUR. Every parent says it, we hear it from our own parents, but I cannot believe how quickly these years pass by. The day she was born and those newborns days are still so firmly etched in my memory that I feel I can almost touch them, and yet here we are four years on.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CFS: A Relapse?

It has been a fair while since I posted about my chronic fatigue on the blog, which I think is probably a good judge on how much better I've been doing. Whilst not back to 'normal,' whatever that is, I have so much better than I was twelve months ago. That is until this weekend.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Valentine's 12 Years In

It's only mid-January and yet already people are talking about Valentine's. Personally I'm still recovering from Christmas, yet I am seeing Cupid-related press releases and people pinning their little romantic hearts out with heart-shaped crafts, gifts and recipes.

Myself and Mr H right when it all began

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Your Youtube #9

Welcome to week nine of Your Youtube, and first of all let me apologise for it being late - this week has just been one of those weeks.

Thank you to everyone who linked up after the Christmas break, this week's favourite video is from daily family vloggers, The Gibblets who shared episode 184 Modern Warfare Fun!




Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Thoughts On Bloglovin



When I first started blogging four years ago, Google Friend Connect was the place to gain followers. However when it was retired in 2012 I wasn't really sure what the next thing would be to take it's place. I have to admit I'm a bit of a bad blog reader - it's hard enough finding time to blog and vlog let alone read others' posts. But I know it's all part of the community so I try and do my best when I can.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: The Cosatto Story Bed


For a couple of months now we have been using the Story bed, created by our friends over at Cosatto. After sharing our initial experience in the video below, today I wanted to update you on our thoughts and feelings after fully putting the bed to the test.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

No More Toddler Tantrums

We are definitely in the terrible twos with Little J - at two and a half years old we have our fair share of meltdowns and it is always a struggle to teach him what he can and cannot do. I thought today I would share some of my tips in managing those battles and maybe help you deal with these challenging moments in raising our little treasures.



Friday, January 9, 2015

Your Youtube #8

Happy New Year and welcome to Your Youtube in 2015! After a lovely break I am back with my video Youtube linky where you can share your latest and best videos, increase your views and subscribers, as well as find new channels along the way.



Monday, January 5, 2015

Welcome to 2015!

Over the last couple of years I have written a post setting a few goals for the coming twelve months and assessing how I did with these the previous year. I find at this time of year I like to sit back and reassess where I've come and where I hope to go in the future - it is quite therapeutic. I have spent quite a lot of time over the last couple of weeks journaling, planning, brainstorming and have also followed Susannah Conway's Find Your Word programme.


Friday, January 2, 2015

I'm Asking You

It is 2015 and time to make those resolutions and take stock of where we are at and where we want to be. For me this includes my blog and my YouTube channel. I am always trying to reflect on my work and find room for improvements, and this is where you come in. You, my dear readers. It is you that ultimately makes my blog what it is, and so I am looking to you to help me move it forward. I have put together a short survey, which should only take 5-7 minutes to complete, but will really help me decide what works and what doesn't.

As a thank you I will give away a £10 Amazon voucher to the most interesting answer to question 14 - that can be positive or negative, whatever you feel is constructive. Click here to answer the survey.

Thank you so much for your support over the last *gulp* four years, and I cannot wait to see what the next few hold!




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best Bits for 2014

This time last year I shared my most popular posts of the year, and I really enjoyed looking through what you, my readers, had appreciated the most. I decided to do the same again this year, so with the exclusion of giveaways and review posts, here are your top five of 2014.



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas 2014

I've just been looking back on the post I wrote at the same time last year, sharing our days before and over Christmas. It's lovely to look at all the photos and the times we had, so why not do the same this year? The last few days have flown by and I can't believe it's all over already and we are rapidly approaching 2015! Here's a quick snapshot of the best moments of the last two weeks.


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