Friday, November 21, 2014

Should You Choose Your Career Over Having A Baby?

This is a really difficult question to answer because of the fact that the question is subjective by nature. There are some women that will want to have a child, no matter what. Others will be focused on their careers and will not care about anything else. Although the subjective nature of the choice is obvious, we cannot deny the fact that facts can influence this decision. Gumtree have put together an info graphic below for those who are struggling with this decision themselves.

  Gumtree infographic baby versus career

Gumtree infographic baby versus career is an infographic that was produced by Gumtree

*This is a featured post

Your Youtube #4


It's week four and Your Youtube has been going for a whole month! I am loving watching everyone's videos and have found so many new channels to subscribe to, I hope it's the same for you! This week's featured video is from Free From Farmhouse who shared her time at the BBC Good Food and even got me wantng some of the products she picked up!




I hope to see you all taking part again, please PLEASE make sure you visit the host video at least one other from the linky and like, comment and subscribe to their channels. That was hopefully everyone will get more views and likes on their videos and we can all share the love. As usual, I will be watching, liking and subscribing to everyone that joins in, and will also be sharing all videos on twitter. All I ask is you tweet and use the hashtag #YourYoutube when you've linked up.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This Week's Story - Youtube Sneak Peek #2

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have noticed some sleepy time photos being shared of J in his new bed. As part of our role as ambassadors, we have been sent the Story bed from the lovely team at Cosatto and I have been so excited to share loads of photos of this beauty!
A photo posted by Hollybobbs (@hollybobbs) on


The First Taste Of Christmas

Last week mum and I were invited to return to The Ideal Home Show at Evencity in Manchester, only this time it was the Christmas show. We had a great time at the event in the summer and both being Christmas fans we couldn't wait for this show!



Friday, November 14, 2014

Your Youtube #3

Welcome to week three of Your Youtube! I'm really enjoying watching everyone's videos and have already come across some great vloggers that I wouldn't have seen without this linky, I hope it's the same for you.

The featured video from last week is The Mother Geek and her vlog on her journey getting an early autism diagnosis for her son and how it has affected her family. It is a very open and genuine video and I'm sure will help lots of people out there going through similar situations.



As always, please make sure you visit the host video at least one other from the linky and like, comment and subscribe to their channels. I will be watching, liking and subscribing to everyone that joins in, and will also be sharing all videos on twitter. All I ask is you tweet and use the hashtag #YourYoutube when you've linked up.

Link you videos here:





Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Top Buys This Week

Over the last couple of months I have shared my top purchases so here is what I've been buying over the last few weeks.

The Collar Necklace



I recently purchased this for £4.88 from Amazon and I am really pleased with it, and looking forward to giving it a try to jazz up those plain tees.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sealife Centre With The Octonauts

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to visit Sealife Centre at the Trafford Centre and say hello to the Octonauts. Whilst the children have occasionally watched the show, we are more Disney Jr fans so it was interesting to see what they would make of the characters.



Monday, November 10, 2014

A New Direction?

This weekend I attended Blogfest, the blogger conference run by Mumsnet. I spent my time with some incredible and inspirational bloggers and had such a great time, laughing and chatting away, in fact we spent more time doing that then attending the sessions!



Friday, November 7, 2014

Your Youtube #2

I was thrilled to have so many of you link up last week, thanks to all those who joined in, shared and commented on others' videos. It's great to see so much support for each other. Each week I'll be picking a favourite and this week I have chosen Coco Mama Style's video Get Yourself Out Of A Jeans Style Rut. Helen shares some great tips for mums out there to update their wardrobe without too much effort and I found her style recommendations really helpful, as I definitely guilty of sticking to what I know and in need of a change.



I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up this week, as before please make sure you visit the host video at least one other from the linky and like, comment and subscribe to their channels. I will be watching, liking and subscribing to everyone that joins in, and will also be sharing all videos on twitter. All I ask is you tweet and use the hashtag #YourYoutube when you've linked up.





Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Youtube Sneak Peek #1

As some of you may know, I have been focusing a lot more on my Youtube channel recently and am really enjoying filming and creating the videos, much to my surprise. I don't often post the videos over here unless I am writing a related post, so I wanted to share a couple of my recent videos just to give you an idea of what I've been talking about.




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Days With Daddy

I am very fortunate that my husband is a very hands-on dad. Over the weekend when I am having a bad day or am feeling particularly tired, he will look aft her children and let me have a rest. Most Saturdays he takes the children to the supermarket to do the 'big shop' whilst I stay at home and he spends lots of time just taking care of them.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Planning A Birthday Party

Like many parents, I look forward to my children's' birthdays tremendously, but also slightly anxious about the preparation these celebrations take to put together, especially as the children get older and the requests more demanding.

It is good to know I'm not alone as a recent survey revealed 42% of parents also feel this pressure. Steve Duggan, party planner to the stars including Elton John, has shared his top tips for throwing a stress-free and budget friendly party for your little treasure.


Fisher Price Little People Skyway Giveaway With Tesco

A few weeks ago I reviewed the Skyway from Fisher Price's Little People range. My children absolutely loved it and still play with it regularly and we have adapted it so you can use smaller cars on it too.

Today I have a giveaway to win one of your very own - perfect in time for Christmas! Worth £29.99 this huge ramp will keep your little ones entertained for hours. Simply follow the Rafflecopter below to enter.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, October 31, 2014

Create something special by upcycling this Christmas!



Now that the clocks have gone back, whether we like it or not, it's time to admit that Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas can be a great time for parents and children alike, but for those of us who have to shell out it can also be a great source of stress. Every year the Internet is awash with ideas of how to cut back on spending for Christmas. One that's very much on trend The process of “re-using discarded objects or material to make something of higher quality or value than the original.” 

When I first heard about the trend I was a little dubious, but after reading up on it a little and indulging my creative side, I now can't get enough! You can take any ordinary household item that you may have cast aside for a charity shop and turn it into something fabulous. One of my first projects, I'll admit, was a little ambitious. After years of staring at mine and my husband's lacklustre bed, we both knew it was time for a change. I just never had the heart to throw it out; after all, this was the bed that signalled the start of our marriage. When I discovered upcycling however, I realised that all I needed to do was make a few little changes! I found a great selection of headboards online and took off the old and tired looking headboard and replaced it with another. Wham. Good as new.

I soon realised that if I could do something so big, I could easily transform my creative talents into something smaller, such as a Christmas gift. There are plenty of upcycling Christmas gift ideas on Pinterest, and while some of these can look a little dated in their current state, there's nothing that a little TLC or lick of paint can't do.

DIY Chalkboard Mug
It's also perfect for Christmas decorations – how many years have you been holding on to those tired old baubles? With a little help from your children, you can breathe new life into your baubles by adding a little glitter and glue. You can change colours, designs and patterns, and the best part is, it'll cost a fraction of what it would have cost to nip to the shop and buy a whole other box-load!

Turn old CD's into decorations

Happy up cycling!


*In collaboration with Slap Up Media

Your Youtube #1

Over the last few months I have been slowly and steadily growing my Youtube channel. Inspired by the success of blogger such as Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter, I have been surprised at how much I have enjoyed filming and sharing my videos.

It has occurred to me, though, that the parenting vloggers are few and far between and whilst the community is growing it is extremely slow to do so. I can probably count on one hand how many I am aware of and regularly visit and yet I know there must be more of us out there.

So I have decided to create a place where parent vloggers can share their videos and content and find one another. There is a huge gaping void in the Youtube market for us parents, yet we happen to know a thing or two about what we are talking about and definitely have something interesting to say.

So to help bridge that gap, I bring you Your YouTube! This will be a weekly linky each Friday for you to share your posts from the last week (although for the first few weeks feel free to link up any of your past videos until your content grows). Please make sure you visit at least two videos from the linky and like, comment and subscribe to their channels. I will be watching, liking and subscribing to everyone that joins in, and will also be sharing all videos on twitter. All I ask is you tweet and use the hashtag #YourYoutube when you've linked up. Let's help each other grow our channels and our audience and hopefully encourage others out there to do the same!


If you are struggling to think of things to vlog about then do visit Nickie at I Am Typecast, as herself and Kate from Wit Wit Woo co-host #vlogchallenge every week where they set a theme to get your creative juices flowing!



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