Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The One Where We Were in An Advert...

A few weeks ago I was invited to Media City to do some singing with the kids on film for an Internet advert for Cussons Mum & Me products. I said yes, it was my day off and we didn't have anything planned. This wasn't a blogging thing - they just wanted 'real mums' to get involved.

The kids were well-behaved on the way to Manchester, and I was a bit excited taking them both out a bit into the unknown - like a little adventure.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Cutting Costs After You Have Had A Baby

This post was written by A. Walsh a freelance writer.
Maternity pay helps you to take some time off to be with your baby once he or she is born, but the reality is that, like most people, you’ll be living on a reduced budget. Click here to make sure you’re getting the maternity leave and pay you should be and prepare to cut back on some everyday costs.

Money Worries and Fart Jokes

You might know that I have a house for sale in Manchester. I write a lot about this.

But I live in Liverpool, and pay a mortgage on my old house as well as council tax. It is all very boring and I am so very tired of it. My wages equal the cost of the house that I don't live in. A few weeks ago we had an offer - a low, rubbish offer, but an offer none-the-less. I consigned myself to the loss, consoling myself with 'it will all be done by Christmas.'

And this week I found out that the sale is not going ahead.

What do you do when you are in a hole you can't get out of?

Monday, 15 September 2014

People Who Want to Ruin Your LIfe

Life can be challenging and rewarding in equal measure. Sometimes you do good, sometimes not. But it would be a lot simpler if you just had control of your own circumstances wouldn't it. Sometimes there are people who, not matter what, just end up f*cking your life up in one way or another.

But fear not reader, for I have identified that b*stard lot. Listed below are the five types of people who are most likely to attempt to f*ck up your life.

Take this sage advice: avoid. Avoid them like the tranquility and smoothness of the path that is your life depends on it.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Baby Cuddles #PowerOfSoft

This is a sponsored post

I love having babies around the house. Alice and Rosie are so funny and gorgeous and well...cuddly. I know only too well that babies grow quickly into big kids - I can't quite believe that Emily has started High School already, It seems like only yesterday she was a babe in arms and we were cuddling on the couch.

Is it Right for the Kids? What You Should Take Into Consideration when Buying a Car as a Parent

This post was written by a freelance writer.

When looking for a family car, there are numerous factors you need to keep in mind. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in what you want, rather than what’s practical for you and your kids. As a parent there are times you have to sacrifice what you want for what your kids need. However, a family car doesn’t have to be boring. There are plenty of great, high performing and reliable family cars out there. Take any used Ford from Jennings Motor Group for example. Ford has ranked first in the best selling cars of 2014 for good reason. Below you’ll find out more about the things you should consider when choosing the best car for you and your family.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Winter Clothing

This is a PR collaboration

I hate to say it but winter is just around the corner. It is this time of the year where we are going to need to wrap up warm, stick the heating on and drag the winter wardrobe out. With that in mind, here are some really great ideas to get you toasty warm.

Learning to Drive

This post was written by a freelance writer.

Kids grow up so quickly and before you know it they've had enough of Mum and Dad's Taxi service and want to learn to drive.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Notes on Trying to Conceive (TTC)

Hold the phone. I am not actually trying to conceive, and even if I was then it would be pretty pointless seeing as though we had my husband fixed last year.

But, not too long ago - yes, I did plan my babies. I was a TTC-er. I did all the things that you're meant to do (including have sex!) to get pregnant. I thought it might be nice to write some old notes to the people that in some way witnessed me during my TTC days, and specifically during the time that you wait to see if you have conceived. (The Two- Week-Wait - or the 2WW.)  See, I know the lingo...

Dear everyone

I'm sorry...

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Our Three Girls

Here is a bit about our girls:

There is Emily, aged 11 who lists causing arguments in the house, Minecraft, causing arguments outside the house and erm... Minecraft as her interests.

Then Alice, aged 3. She loves Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly and being very helpful in probably an unhelpful way.

Rosie is 1 and likes laughing and farting. She also likes Peppa Pig and  the Ninky Nonk.

We have three girls. We never did have a boy and are more than happy with our lot. There are sometimes I think "Ooh maybe we should have had a boy too." But these moments don't last. I realise how fortunate we are to have these three in our lives.

New Homes

This is a PR Collaboration

We currently live in a three-bedroom house as a family. We are happy where we are for the time being but there will come a time when we want to move to a bigger home. Rosie and Alice share a bedroom and of course this is fine, but eventually it might be nice for them to have their own space. With that in mind I sometimes flick through the estate agent's pages and see where I would like to live and what type of house.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Review: Faith In Nature Aloe Vera Gift Bag

I was given this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are my own. 

When I was offered the chance to review this Faith In Nature Aloe Vera Gift Bag I was really chuffed. If you read this blog you'll know that I am very busy and there are only so many hours in a day - my pampering is fairly limited! So, obviously in the interests of reviewing this product fully, I have taken the time to use the product and actually enjoy pampering myself!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Bad Role Model Mum

"In a bit... I'm too busy at the moment," I say to Emily as I'm dragging the wet clothes from the washer ready to peg out. It's 4.30pm, my day off work - Alice is sat scribbling in her colouring book and Rosie is holding onto my leg "side...side." She knows we are pegging out and likes to come outside with me while I do it.

Emily had asked me if I could watch her play Minecraft.

"I haven't got time"
"I'm too busy"
"Em...can you not see I've got my hands full?"

Phrases I repeat all to often.

Review: Cyber Clean

I was given this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are my own. 

I was given the opportunity to review Cyber Clean - a cleaning compound for home and office. It is a rubbery, slippery ball - for want of a better description and can be used to clean keyboards, gratings, phones and other hard-to-clean appliances.

It is based on natural ingredients and kills 99% of harmful germs.

I thought it would be a great idea to take this into work to give our computers a good clean - here is our review!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Sure-Fire Ways to Increase Your Traffic: Sex Sells

I have managed this WHOLE website single-handedly now for oooh... a couple of years. It takes some serious frigging dedication, serious topics, discussion and professional level-headedness to make a blog a success.

This is why I feel that I am now more than suitably-qualified to let you in on some secrets to increase your traffic, if you have your own website or blog, or thinking of embarking on such a project.

So here are the top 5 ways to increase your blog traffic. And remember the GOLDEN RULE: Sex Sells.

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