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Month: April 2017

Why Podcasts are my New Found Love

Why Podcasts are my New Found Love

Whilst driving and in the gym I’m always plugged in, usually to the radio or the never ending playlists on my phone.  I’m not into any specific genre, so I often vary the station I listen to or the playlist I shuffle through.  However, of late I’ve noticed myself skipping tracks and stations.  I’m bored of the endless rattling on the radio and beat of the latest songs.

Ever since I had children I’ve felt like my brain has needed a little nurturing.  I’m not saying being a parent doesn’t require the use of our brains, it definitely does – just in a different way.  So with my recent falling out of love with music and radio, I’ve ventured into the world of Podcasts.  What a lightbulb moment!  Not only are my workouts and car journeys more interesting, my brain is also getting the exercise it’s been longing for.  I’m learning so much and I love it!

My favourite Podcast so far is Mad World with Bryony Gordon.  Mad World is piped over to us by The Telegraph and each week we get an insight into the mental health of a different guest.  The first episode lets us into the life of Prince Harry, I won’t give away too much but he portrays himself so very well and in my opinion, it’s a must listen!

In the second episode Bryony chats to Mandy Stevens, the former NHS Mental Health Director.  This instalment is so insightful, Mandy leaves no stone unturned when discussing her own battle with clinical depression.  Now well on her way to recovery she is living proof that depression can affect anyone, but also that it can be conquered!  This episode will stick with me for a long time and again in my opinion, is a must listen!

The world of Podcasts is such an exciting place, I find myself searching for new content to listen to at every opportunity.  I’ve also started to listen to them more when I’m working and even just pottering around the house.  I’m about the venture into blogging Podcasts, hopefully I’ll learn a thing or two about what I should actually be doing with my little corner of the internet!

Do you listen to Podcasts?  Please leave your recommendations in the comments below! 



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Messy Room To Tidy Haven

Messy Room To Tidy Haven

How do you feel when you approach your child’s bedroom? If you find yourself taking a deep breath before you so much as open the door, in preparation for what you’ll find, you know something is wrong! Sure, nearly every parent has to deal with a messy child from time to time – and as long as the mess is confined to their room and not the rest of the house, what’s the harm, right? But if you find that your child’s room looks like a bomb has hit it 99% of the time, you may need to take action. Developing a disregard for untidiness at a young age can cause multiple issues later in life, especially if your child goes on to attend college and has to share a bedroom with a stranger. After all, no one wants to be that annoying, messy roommate! But simply shouting at your child to clear up those things can only get you so far. If you really want to encourage cleanliness in your child, here are a few ways you can go about doing it in a more practical way.

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Show and tell

You can’t expect your child to be able to clean and tidy their room from top to bottom without being shown how. To them, putting their socks away might involve shoving handfuls of them in every drawer available – not neatly placing them in a drawer intended for socks alone. Break things down to your child and explain that everything has its home. If they are constantly wearing creased clothing due to ramming them in the bottom of their wardrobe, take the time to teach them how to fold clothes properly. When it comes to cleaning products, always supervise, as some chemicals can be harmful if not dealt with in the right way.

Create storage

Think about it – does your child really have a problem with tidiness, or does their room just look a mess because there is nowhere for them to store their possessions? There are plenty of storage options you can invest in for your child’s bedroom, whether it is an old-fashioned toy box or floating shelves. It is also worth looking at a website like Cuckooland to see if you could buy a bed with storage already built in. This saves you a lot of hassle and a lot of these beds look pretty cool, too.

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Reward them

A naturally messy child is not going to clean their bedroom unless there is something in it for them. This doesn’t mean to say that you should bribe them to do so but try and teach them that it’s just one of those things you need to do in life. Consider holding back certain privileges until their room has been tidied. This will spark them into action, and once they realise how much easier life is with a tidy room, it will soon become second nature to them.

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Reflections as my Littlest Turns One

Reflections as my Littlest Turns One

I’m struggling to believe that a whole year has passed since the littlest of my girls was born.  This time last year I was waddling around waiting, not so patiently to be induced.  Excited to meet our second born and even more excited not to be pregnant, after carrying my first and second for what was very nearly eighteen months straight.

My labour progressed very quickly after being induced and in the early hours of the morning, in a birthing pool the littlest arrived after just one push – this is to date one of my proudest parenting moments!  I remember my midwives being really relaxed with me as an ‘experienced’ second mum.  I’d only had ten and a half months practice though, so this definitely didn’t feel like the case.



Fast forward a year and here I am, a mother of two and armed with enough experience to write a book.  Hubs and I feel like it’s been one of the hardest and one of the most amazing years of our lives.  We’ve battled with endless sleepless nights, first steps and first words. Twice over!  Hubs had a career change and I went back to work, both were difficult decisions but ones that were right for our family.

Going on our first holiday as a family of four was real highlight.  It was the first child friendly holiday we’ve ever been on and we loved it.  Maybe it was the hot tub on the veranda that swung it for us?!  Truthfully, we found that holidaying with littles was absolutely knackering but enjoying our time together was bliss!



Christmas was such a happy time too, we had a fun-filled day together and couldn’t see the carpet for presents.  Our living room still looks like a toy shop, there are so many I just can’t contain them anymore!

Now we are heading into the Summer with two toddlers.  I don’t get to sit down for more than five seconds at a time and I can’t remember the last time I drank my tea hot.  It’s set to be an amazing year full of milestones and the making of memories!



So, Happy Birthday Littlest!  Thankyou for being the amazing, funny and lovable little girl that you are.  You’ve made our family complete!



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#Blogstravaganza #13

#Blogstravaganza #13

Happy April Fool’s Day and welcome back to #Blogstravaganza!

I hope you’ve all had as much sunshine as we have this week, it’s been beautiful!  Thank you so much to everyone who linked up last week, we had a great first week with the linky running over two days!

A big thankyou to everyone who got in touch to take part in my new guest series #MumisBest, I’m busy working away on the series and instalments will be going live soon!

The series #MumisBest is based around the ever-growing SAHM/working mum debate.  I really want it to highlight that’s there’s no right or wrong way, but whatever way works for you and your family.  I would love to get you all involved, if you fancy guest posting get in touch!

My favourite post from last week was My Day Done The Right Way from Mummy Mama Mum.  It’s a fab post that really made me giggle, go take a look!  Aleena, grab your badge here:

It would be great to continue to spread some love over on Instagram, please do remember to use the #Blogstravaganza tag on your images! Here are a couple of my favourites from this this week!


We found the Gruffalo at #ThetfordForest @forestrycommeng #GruffaloSpotters

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I’ve also been a busy bee over on Facebook and created the #Blogstravaganza – Blog Share & Support group.  If you want to share your posts, get some advice from fellow bloggers or simply have a chat, do head over and join!

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