Friday, June 26, 2015

Your Youtube #29


Huge apologies for missing last week but in case you haven't seen I was at Britmums Live on Friday and Saturday! As for the previous weeks, there were some fab videos linked up so today's featured video is from Chantelle Hazelden who shares her library book haul, which is I think is such a great idea for a video. I really need to get to the library more with my two!


So on with the linky - please share up to two videos and then make sure to watch and like the two before yours. This linky only works if we help each other, so do be sure to share the love.



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Britmums Live: A Video Round-Up

If you saw my post or any bloggers recently you won't have missed that the Britmums Live blogging conference took place last weekend. As a vlogger myself I decided this year to put the camera down and try to focus on enjoying it, however lots of others took to their iPhones, DSLR's and video cam's to share the day with everyone. Here is a round-up of the videos out there, so if you missed it or are feeling bit nostalgic about your time have a look at these:

Practically Perfect Mum filmed the Guinness World Record Attempt that took place. I missed this bit so it's great to watch what happened, it looked hilarious!


The Gibblets are a mum and dad team who create daily vlogs, so of course they had to film their time at Britmums Live. They have done a video for each day, here is their second installment with a quick shot of me to boot!


Amy from Fun Being Mum has shared her experience of the weekend, I love seeing other people's perspectives of the day and it looked like she had lots of fun.


The lovely ladies at My Two Mums are also daily vloggers and filmed both days. This is their day two, which I am also in (along with a sneaky shot of me behind Kirsty in the Embrace Happy session!), this video has a beautiful ending too so definitely have a look.


Nadine from Business Mum filmed the fantastic keynote from Deliciously Ella, it is quite long but do bare with it as there is a private interview Ella took part in with just five bloggers at the end, well worth watching!


Emma from Twin Mum and Dad has put together a photo collage of her time at Britmums and has some great shots in there.



Jess from Mrs Helicopter has created a slightly bonkers but very fun video along with Lady Emsy, have a look for lots of laughter and boob talk!


Lauren from Blogger Mummy Lauren filmed her day, starting at the airport! I really enjoyed watching her footage and take of her time there, she also has some lovely shots of her time in London.


Finally the Ginger Warrior's Britmums video is renowned now and doesn't disappoint. Full of energy and with lots of chat to different people and brands she really sums up the buzz at the event.


You can also check out Lisa at New Mum Online, Laura at Milk and Honey, Rocket and Bee and Jules from The Giggles Family later in the week for their instalments.

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Summer Finances!

Finally, the long cold winter months are a distant memory - thank goodness! Although I love nothing more than snuggling up with the children during the cold, dark winter nights, nothing compares to the welcome return of clear blue skies, longer days and the warmer weather.

The change of season also signals change in our home. From washing my windows free from those smear marks, to checking all of those overlooked surfaces that seem to gather incomprehensible amounts of dust, I love nothing more than welcoming the new season with a fresh, clean home.

But this year, alongside cleaning my home from top to bottom, I have challenged myself to give my finances a ‘spring clean’ too! It’s often a part of my life that gets overlooked - unintentionally of course. And I figure, if I can put so much effort into cleaning out my home, why can’t I do the same with my finances?

In fact, it was a topic that provoked much discussion discuss amongst my friends when we met for our weekly coffee, and we have all challenged ourselves to get our finances in order this year. But where to start? My friend told me about Mrs Moneypenny’s: Spring Clean Your Finances video (you may have seen her on channel 4’s Superscrimpers). She’s literally the guru of financial help and advice, and opened my eyes to how I could make substantial savings by making small yet significant changes to the way I look at my finances and manage my credit. Here are some tips I have picked up:

Invest in a notebook and write everything down
When you’re busy being a mum, it’s difficult to keep track of your finances. But before you can make positive changes to your financial framework, it’s important that you construct a list of every bank account, credit card, loan, and building society account that you own – this way you can identify ways of tidying up your finances. It may seem daunting at first, but it’s important that you take the time to understand how and where you can make positive changes for the future.

Do you have credit cards and store cards?
Over the years, I’ve used credits cards to purchase a variety of expensive items. From our new kitchen, car and sofa to holidays abroad, my credit card has always come in handy, especially as I have always been able to get good interest rates.

I don’t know about you, but time seems to fly by in our household and it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of when those interest rates run out, especially if you have more than one credit card. That’s why Mrs Moneypenny suggested writing each credit card down, and next to it recording when each rate runs out. This way you can identify the best approach to moving or clearing each balance.

If you do have a higher interest credit card, the Mrs Moneypenny video from Superscrimpers suggests moving the balance onto a card with a lower interest rate if you are not able to clear it straight away. But first, it’s a good idea to check your credit report to make sure everything is accurate and up to date and identify if there are any areas for improvement before you make an application. With services like Experian CreditExpert, you’ll also be able to get an idea of the types of cards you are likely to be accepted for.

Do you have more than one bank account?
One thing that I wasn’t aware of before, was that having lots of open current accounts could affect your credit score! If like me, you have bank accounts open that you barely use, the best option is to shut them down and use one account. I didn’t realise how much of a headache it was having more than one bank account before deciding to bank from one account. At the same time, it’s worth checking whether or not you are paying a monthly fee for your account. If you are, it is worthwhile shopping around to see if you can get a better deal!


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Britmums Live 2015 - My Third Year

Last weekend I attended the yearly blog conference, Britmums Live. For anyone who isn't aware it is the UK's largest parent blogger conference based in London and takes part over two days. It is attended by several hundred bloggers and there we get together, learn a bit and chat a bit more. For many is it the only time to see many of those we talk to online on a daily basis and it is also a sneaky break away from home and a chance to be ourselves for a couple of days.



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Surviving A Blog Conference With Chronic Fatigue

This weekend sees the return of the renowned blogging conference Britmums Live, and for those of us in the blogging world with chronic illness, the anxiety will have well and truly set in. As much as we want to go to these events and even look forward to them, there is always that little nagging voice in the back of out heads wondering if we can do this, and if we are slightly crazy for trying.

In the two years since I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue I have attended six conferences, most of which were in London. Some I have come away from proud of myself for doing it, some having found some incredible support, and some crying my eyes out, completely overwhelmed and wondering why I bothered.

All ready to go
If you suffer with chronic illness you may be feeling similar to myself, but I'm here to tell you that I have done it and you can too. Here are a few of my suggestions for making your time away manageable and dare I say, enjoyable too!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Your Youtube #29

Welcome back to Your Youtube and week 29 of linking up your videos! The linky is slow growing and I'm really enjoying getting to knew all these new channels.

This week's featured video is from Chez Mummy who had some drama on the farm this week! Check it out below.



Over to the linky - please share up to two videos and then make sure to watch and like the two before yours. This linky only works if we help each other, so do be sure to share the love.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Giveaway With House of Fraser

Today I'm really pleased to be giving away a fantastic prize from the House of Fraser outdoor toy range. They have a huge selection of toys for the garden and now that summer may be slowly making its appearance, what better time to get some great buys?

For this giveaway House of Fraser have kindly offered this Bestway 8ft pool to one lucky reader! All you have to do it follow the Gleam widget below.



House of Fraser Giveaway

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Matalan A/W15 Childrenswear Preview

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend a cheeky sneak peek at Matalan's A/W15 childrenswear for 2015. It seems a bit strange thinking about winter already, not even having had an inkling summer here yet, but I was really keen to go along and see what this Northern, family-friendly brand were planning.
Matalan A/W15 Childrenswear Preview


Review: Snoozeshade The Travel Sunshade

travel sunshade review

Back in February I announced my Britmums Live sponsors, and I was proud to be working with both of the brands who were supporting me to attend the most notorious blogging event of the year. One of those is the fantastic Snoozeshade. I first came across this independent brand via the labyrinth of social media and saw lots of other parents bloggers highly recommending them. I remember thinking what a ingenious idea their travel sunshade was, yet for some reason or another I never bought one. What a huge mistake as I missed out on so much use for this innovative little accessory.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Nursery Giveaway With Snoozeshade & Freckled Frog

Today I am really excited to be sharing a giveaway with my fantastic Britmums sponsors - Snoozeshade and Freckled Frog! Having worked with both companies for some time I am proud to be representing them at the UK's biggest parent blogger conference in less than two weeks time.

To celebrate both of these lovely companies have offered a prize for one lucky reader, and I am also throwing one in myself as an extra treat for you mummies. The bundle is worth over £100!

First up is a Snoozeshade for travel cots - a simple, portable shade that provides a darkened sleep environment wherever you are. The shade has adjustable side panels, a covered top area so it can be open but your baby is still in shade, and is lightweight and easy to travel.


Next is a beautiful organic cotton romper by Pigeon Organics, from Freckled Frog. This comes in six designs, and it made of the softest 100% organic cotton so it's super soft and comfortable for your precious bundle.


Finally I am giving away a gorgeous nightie from The White Company. This is beige with a pink stripe across and comes in a size medium. It has spaghetti straps with a button down design to the front and lace edging.


If you want to be in with a chance to win all this then follow the Gleam widget below, and good luck!

Snoozeshade & Freckled Frog Giveaway

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Your Youtube #28

Welcome back to Your Youtube for another week and thank you to everyone who linked up last week It was a small turnout but that's fine, everyone is busy enjoying the 'summer'!

I chose Sian from Helpful Mum's Month In A Minute video as my pick this week as I think it is a brilliant idea and so easy to do! Sian also has a link up for anyone who wants to join in so definitely give it a go.


Over to the linky - please share up to two videos and then make sure to watch and like the two before yours. This linky only works if we help each other, so do be sure to share the love.





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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sleep, Sleep, Sleep

Sleep, I swear, it dominates my life. How much have I had? When can I get some more? Have I had too much? What is too much? I don't want any more. I need more. There's rarely a moment goes by that it does not cross my mind.

I've been told or advised so much about sleep over the last eighteen months. Sleep when you need it, it is your medicine. Don't oversleep or that will make you worse. You shouldn't sleep through the day, you should rest.

Generally I get around eight hours a night through the week and then two to three a day. Without this I am a wreck and on the days when the children aren't in nursery I have to make sure I have plans where I can get help in order to have some rest, or I just can't cope.

Today I've had a really tired day. I think it's from Little J's party at the weekend, and it's hit me today. I took the children to nursery then went back to bed from 10am until 12pm. I had to set my alarm though otherwise I would have probably had three to four hours and I hate doing that. I feel like I'm sleeping my life away. But now I'm here at ten to five, dreading the nursery run and wishing I'd slept more whilst I could.

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I just do not know what is best at all. Have you any experience of this yourself? I'd love to hear how you manage your sleep.


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Sunuva: Children's Swimwear Review

As you may have noticed I absolutely adore children's clothing lately and dressing my two up is so much fun, despite the fact they can be very reluctant models. When we went on holiday earlier this month I spent a lot of time (and money) getting them some gorgeous pieces that I couldn't wait to see on them.



Sunday, May 31, 2015

Me & Mine May

This month has been pretty special for us as we spent a beautiful two weeks in Rhodes at the beginning and then the last few days saw our little man turn three. The holiday was amazing and really gave us all chance to be a family and enjoy each other's company in a way that every day life doesn't seem to have time for.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Your Youtube #27

Huge apologies to everyone as Your Youtube is late this week. I feel like I am still catching up from our holiday earlier in the month so please do bare with me!



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