Monday, 30 April 2018

Top Tips For Blogger Outreach

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So you're a blogger and you want to start earning a few £££, but you're not sure what attracts a brand to link up with a blogger. What makes a brand head in your direction with an opportunity?

Maybe you're a brand who want to work with bloggers and you don't know where to start and how to contact bloggers. What makes a blogger want to work with you and promote your brand?

Well here's a few tips for bloggers and brands for successful blogger outreach!

Stylish working desk, with lamp, laptop and accessories

Sunday, 29 April 2018

When Your Baby Isn't So Little Anymore!

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As a parent it can be emotional when you begin to realise your baby isn't so little anymore. Our little boy starts school later in the year and the thought of his first day makes me feel incredibly emotional! How is he starting school already?

One moment they're small enough to hold and rock in your arms, relying on you for everything and in a blink of an eye they 're racing around the house, into everything and becoming more and more independent! 

Little boy holding his Mummy's hand as he walks across a field

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Kedleston Hall

We love visiting National Trust places. It's something both my husband and I were brought up on and wanted to carry on with our little boy.

When we became members nearly two years ago I wondered if there would be much for us to enjoy as a family but we've been to so many places! Our latest visit was to Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, a country house built in 1759. 

A large country house

Thursday, 26 April 2018

3 Things Parenthood Makes You Realise About Your Own Parents

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Once upon a time your parents were the gatekeepers. The people that stopped you having fun, or at least tried to control it! Admittedly, every child goes through a phase (or five) where they think their parents are deliberately trying to sabotage their pleasure. The world is full of rules and to a child's mind they're just not fair.

A little boy laying on the grass with his arms folded

Monday, 23 April 2018

Our Home Improvement Adventures

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For those that follow me on Instagram, you'll know that we've been having some work done to our house.

Recently, our full large drafty windows are gone and our home is more cosy as a result, but that cosy feeling has been a long time coming! We'd originally planned to have the work done when we moved into the house seven years ago! The arrival of a certain little boy, a lack of funds and a need for a new car put that on the back burner. Then after a few too many evenings of sitting under more than one blanket and nights of our three year old waking up and saying he was cold it was time to get our finger out and have the work done.

It was messy. It was cold. It was slightly ridiculous to have new windows fitted in February. Oh, and I know I've said it already but THE MESS! There was so much mess!!!

DIY tools laid out

Yet, I can't help but let my mind wander to our next project! Yes, I think I must be mad! Now, as much as my attentions should turn to our bedroom or the smaller bedroom, which I'll be using for office space, my mind wanders to our kitchen and conservatory. 

They've both had a lick of paint over the last few years but I feel they're starting to look like they need a little more than that. I expect its the updated living room, which we partially decorated and moved around after the new windows, making it look like much worse than it does. 

Still, I can't help but feel it's a bit tired and a bit tatty. We painted the walls white recently, with them all being different shades of yellow before. I do like the units and their layout but I'd very much like to change their colour but it seems like such a huge job! A new worktop is a must, as is a new sink after the Granny melting incident.

My biggest bugbear though is the double doors between the kitchen and conservatory. Not only are they like a magnet for dirt, the just don't seem to to fit in with the rest of the house anymore. With our smarter windows it's no surprise, and as we were unsure what our plans would be for the rear of the house, we didn't include them on our batch of work, which I now regret!  

So, instead of procrastinating looking at bedroom decor as planned, I find myself getting carried away with the thoughts of new conservatories, extensions and bi-fold doors. 

(Conservatory goals!)

I found though that Bifold door prices can be a little bit confusing and I've seen their prices vary massively. When I came across one feature in a well known home magazine it actually made my eyes water! 

One site I've come across though is this one, Direct Bifold Doors. The prices are easy to see and, unlike many window and door companies, there's no need to give all your personal details for an idea of price. The information is readily available and you'll only need to give your details if you want a more definite price.  

Now, I should really stop looking at them and go back to looking at bedrooms! Or should I? I'm struggling when they look as nice as this!

Mummy Snowy Owl

Could Being A Mum Be The Skill That Builds Your Career?

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The idea of getting back to work as a mummy is always framed as a challenge. I can tell you from experience that it's difficult to get back into the swing of things you haven't done for some time. Not to mention the new family and work balance that you'll need to find. 

Instead of looking at motherhood as an obstacle though, can you look at it as a resource? 

There's a selection of careers where being a mum can lift you into a new role. Here's a few ideas that could shape your career.

A desk with balance sheet, calculator, business paper, stationary, coffee on it, along with a manicured pair of hands using a phone

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Ooooo Craft Chocolate

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As a craft blogger I know that the word ‘craft’ can mean a lot of things. It can mean getting sticky with glue and glitter but it can also be related to food and drink. Craft all comes down to creativity and what the creator want to have at the end of it.

You might want to brew your own beer at home, with the possibility of opening a micropub if you have the knack for it. You might want to make birthday cards or wedding invites, with a view to starting your own online shop. Maybe you want to simply bake a few show stopping cakes to share with your friends.

A rise in craft beers and craft coffee came from people being passionate about what they were creating. This passion is spreading and recently I’ve discovered that craft in the food world is spreading over to chocolate! Yes! Chocolate!! Craft Chocolate! Obviously this has made me very excited! Chocolate is one of my fave things. EVER.

Pieces of broken up chocolate

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

3 Ideas For A Very British Holiday By The Water

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More often than not, when you think of British summer holidays, it’s likely that you picture a sandy beach in Wales but drenched by the rain! Where holidaymakers dressed in waterproofs and wellington boots watch the horizon while eating fish and chips, huddled together under an umbrella.

There’s a form of grey, cold, damp misery that we repeatedly associate with the British weather, and of course British summer holidays, but it doesn't have to be like that at all!

If being by the sea is a key element of your holiday and you want to avoid the disappointing rain and dampness, here are three places for you to try! So if you're still planning your summer break add these to your list! Both abroad and in the UK they are all quintessentially British but bring you fun by the water!

Camera on top of a British flag

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Easter Leftover Rocky Road

Easter's been and gone, but if your home is anything like ours there's still signs of it everywhere. Mostly in the form of huge amounts of chocolate and bunny themed treats!

If you want to combine them and streamline your chocolate stockpile this little bake is ideal!

Rocky Road along with glasses of milk

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Living With Fibromyalgia

Today has been a crappy day. I've had to go back to my GP and am on another course of antibiotics. 

Pile of different coloured tablets