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Month: September 2017

#cleanuptheFword Campaign with Digital Mums

#cleanuptheFword Campaign with Digital Mums

Over the past two years I’ve thrown myself into building up my blogging and freelance writing business. I spend hours each day working hard, striving to achieve. I also spend hours each day bringing up my children, who at two and one are with me full-time. How do I do it? Flexible working!

I knew as soon as our first daughter was born that I would have to give up work, but with a husband who works long shifts for the NHS I had very few options as far as my work life went. I could either give up work altogether, or figure out a way to work flexibly from home around the children. I tried the stay at home mum role for a little while, but I struggled not working at all. So armed with a notebook and a laptop I decided to give the flexible working thing a whirl!

 

Did you know? Out of 68% of people who would like flexible working options, only 12% have actually dared ask for them?

 

I found almost immediately that flexible working opened so many doors for my family. Working from home, during hours that suit me,  means that I’m always there for our girls. When they go to school I’ll be the one that does the school run and who helps them with their homework. I’m here for to see all of their firsts and I’m here to comfort them when they need me. The extra income I earn means that we aren’t restricted financially and working gives me the release I need from motherhood. It gives me chance to be me and to achieve my goals outside of being a parent.

 

Did you know? 51% of employees in the UK think that asking for flexible work would be viewed in a negative light by their employer?

 

I know that after giving flexible working a try, I would find it difficult to go back to fixed hours. That’s why I feel so passionately about the Digital Mums #cleanuptheFword campaign. Raising awareness around flexible working is key to making it more acceptable in the eyes of employers and giving employees the confidence to ask for flexible hours. To find out more information on the Digital Mums #cleanuptheFword campaign visit their site HERE! It’s time everyone did #WorkThatWorks for them!

 

 

 

*This post was written in collaboration with and contains figures from research conducted by Digital Mums.

 

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#WorkshopWednesday – Must have Apps for Bloggers

#WorkshopWednesday – Must have Apps for Bloggers

Welcome to #WorkshopWednesday, my weekly feature with a focus on all things blogging! Each week there’ll be tips, tricks and advice on how to get your blog running like a well oiled machine!

Personally, I find it difficult not to do most of my blogging on a laptop. When I’m writing I just can’t seem to make peace with smart phone or tablet keypads. I suppose I’m a little old school, but I need a trusty keypad to be able to churn out my best work!

There are however a handful of apps I have on my phone, that I just wouldn’t be without. They make the day-to-day side of blogging super simple and the notifications I get from some of them are great reminders, when time starts to leave me behind. From quick image editors, to scheduling and not forgetting the all important social media apps – the life of a blogger wouldn’t be complete without some of the best technology at their fingertips!

Here are a few of my favourites:

WordPress –

Now this one only applies if you’re a WordPress blogger. I find this app really useful for making quick amendments to posts and for adding images to posts directly from my phone. There’s also quick access to your stats among a few more of your standard WordPress features. For me, the best bit about this app is that it pushes comment notifications straight to mobile, making it really easy to engage with your audience!

PicMonkey –

Now if I’ve taken photo’s with my ‘big camera’, then I’ll edit them on my laptop ready for use. Like so many other bloggers though, more often than not I snap away on my phone as soon as a photo opportunity arises. I have been known to upload these images for editing too, but I’m also a big lover of PicMonkey – a really user friendly photo editing app. It’ll have your images looking Instagram ready in no time!

Tailwind –

I’ve written about Tailwind before so I won’t over egg this one. The app is a great extension of the desktop site, making searching for relevant content to schedule a breeze. If you like to schedule to Instagram too, you can prepare content using the Tailwind app. It will then notify you when it’s time for the content to be published – easy peasy!

Trello –

Again, I spoke about how amazing Trello is recently, so I won’t over do it. This app means that your organiser is will you at all times, notifying you when important deadlines are looming and allowing you to tick tasks off on the go! Trello can also be shared with others, so if you have some collaborative work going on you’ll be constantly updated on the progress of your partners!

Canva –

I use Canva a lot, it’s one of my favourite blogging tools. The app doesn’t have as many features as the desktop site, but it does give you access to your most recent work and allows you to modify it. I use this one regularly for creating my Pinterest vertical images – the template is there and I just edit and go!

Social media –

This one goes without saying. Quick access to social media is absolutely essential for every blogger out there!

Do you use any blogging apps?

 

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Days Out: Monkeying Around at Trentham Monkey Forest!

Days Out: Monkeying Around at Trentham Monkey Forest!

Days out with our girls are so much fun now that they’re getting a little older. We don’t have to worry so much about nap times and long gone are the regular pit stops to give the littlest her milk. Both girls are now fully aware of their surroundings and so we love nothing more than heading out for the day, letting them experience the amazing world around us!

Our most recent excursion was to Trentham Monkey Forest in Stoke-on-Trent. Monkey Forest is somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time, I’m absolutely animal mad so I had high hopes for the day. On our recent visit to Chester Zoo, both girls were so excited to see all of the animals in their enclosures. I couldn’t wait for them to realise that this time we would be in the enclosure with the monkeys, having a wander through their home!

 

 

When we arrived at Monkey Forest, we were greeted by a lovely lady called Lydia who gave us a little information and direction to make the most of our day. Our first stop was the Banana Cafe to grab a spot of lunch, before we headed into the monkey enclosure which is home to around 140 Barabary Macaques! The cafe has a great selection of food for adults and children, it was super clean and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. There’s also a picnic area if you prefer to take a packed lunch when you go out!

 

 

Once lunch was over we made our way into the enclosure. The monkeys have 60 acres of woodland to call home, there’s a trail around a large proportion of it for visitors to observe the monkeys in their natural habitat. As we walked along the trail both of our girls were peering into the trees trying to spot their first monkey, the biggest couldn’t wait to see one of the baby monkeys they have right now too! When we found the first group of monkeys hanging out on a large grassed area I couldn’t believe how chilled out they are. They just stroll through the woods and cross paths with visitors, it really is amazing to see. There are keepers inside the enclosure who we stopped and chatted to on a number of occasions, they offer so much insight into the how the Macaques live and behave!

 

 

We had the best morning walking through the woodland, down into a pretty valley with a stream, all the while watching the monkeys up to their shenanigans! As we got back towards the exit, we timed it just right to hear one of the keepers give a little talk on the Macaques whilst feeding them. It was clear to see how much this lady cared about the animals she looked after, I would highly recommend listening to one of these talks if you visit!

 

 

Overall, we had a fabulous morning at Trentham Monkey Forest. It’s the perfect day out for children and adults alike, both Hubs and I vowed that we would be back next year to see how the monkeys are getting on. I can’t recommend a trip to Monkey Forest enough, you definitely won’t be disappointed!

 

 

*We were given entry to Trentham Monkey Forest in exchange for this post, as always all thoughts and opinions are our own – we LOVED it!

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#WorkshopWednesday – Three Tools to Help You Become a Better Blogger

#WorkshopWednesday – Three Tools to Help You Become a Better Blogger

Welcome to #WorkshopWednesday, my weekly feature with a focus on all things blogging! Each week there’ll be tips, tricks and advice on how to get your blog running like a well oiled machine!

I know I’ve said this before, but all of the bloggers out there know how crazy the workload is. I swear you could sit at your laptop for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and you still wouldn’t get to the end of your to-do list. However much there is to do, we crack on because we love what we do. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get ourselves a little help along the way though!

Here are my three not-so-secret weapons that helped me become a better blogger:

Trello

I must admit I was a little late to the game with Trello, but now I can’t get enough. Having been a pen and paper sort of girl for far too long, I decided that having an online organiser would be more useful – seeing as I spend most of my time staring at a screen anyway!

Trello will help you to become more organised than you ever thought possible. You can plan as far ahead as you like, adding labels to tasks so you know what’s urgent and what’s not. You can also share your boards with others – if you’re working on a project with another blogger, it keeps you both in the loop. The advantages to Trello are endless, but the best thing about it is that you can get all of those ideas whirring around your head down and in order. Organisation is key in this blogging game and Trello makes it super easy to keep track!

Yoast SEO

I’m a little bit in love with Yoast. Before I installed this plugin I was totally at sea with SEO, I hadn’t taken anytime to really look into it and I certainly wasn’t getting it right. Yoast is the foundation to good SEO, it gives you clear direction as to what you need to do to get your posts picked up by search engines.

Once I began to understand SEO a little more through Yoast, it gave me the drive to do my own research to make sure I fully understood what the hell it’s all about. Now don’t get me wrong SEO can be a total nightmare at first, but lay the foundations with Yoast and take it from there – you won’t regret it!

Grammarly

Grammarly is a handy little tool that takes a thorough look at your work, to check your grammar. I wasn’t aware of this one until I started freelance writing, but clients often like a quick Grammarly check to be completed before any content is submitted.

I find this tool particularly useful when I’ve had a long day at the computer and the words begin to get a little fuzzy! We’re only human and sometimes we make mistakes, Grammarly is there to pick up on the things we miss before it’s too late!

 

What tools do you use to make you a better blogger?

 

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#MumisBest Guest Post – Jo from Cup of Toast

#MumisBest Guest Post – Jo from Cup of Toast

Welcome to another instalment of my new guest series #MumisBest!  #MumisBest is all about the ever-growing SAHM/working mum debate.  I really want this series to highlight that there’s no right or wrong way, but whatever works for you and you family.  If you’d like to take part do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!  For now I will leave you in the hands of Jo from Cup of Toast!

Being a ‘SAHM’

I am a stay at home mum, whatever that really means. I’m saying it here purely for context.

The reality is that I don’t stay at home very much. I whizz about on school runs, grocery trips and visits to parks, farms and pet stores. I organise our household, including any work that needs to be done to the fabric of the house, the decorating, the DIY, the ironing, meal planning and more. I arrange extra-curricular activities for our boys. I attend health related meetings for Munch, undertake voluntary work and read relevant government policies and initiatives whilst simultaneously keeping little people amused (although nowhere near as professionally as the likes of Licia Ronzulli!). I budget all of our variable expenditure to within a penny. Birthday presents and parties are all left to me to arrange. I’m as busy as I was at the height of my career, but is that what being a stay at home mum is all about? I wager that it’s not. Surely every parent whatever their working status undertakes these matters?

So this is what it means to me. It’s a label. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s about as important as saying that I’m brunette. Or that I have freckles on my skin. That I’m female. It’s just a label. A form of identification for those form hungry companies that need you to say what you ‘do’. To them, I’m a stay at home mum. Sometimes I’m a housewife. Often I’m unemployed. I’ve gone past the point of being particular about which box I tick or what I tell people. I’ve largely given up mentioning what I did before I had children, or pointing out that I worked part time for a couple of years when Chief was young. I even brush a lot of my pro bono work under the carpet. If other people want to focus on my stay at home mum status that’s fine, but please excuse me if to me it’s just a phrase.

For a while it did infuriate me. That people assume that my husband earns mega bucks made me cross. Comments along the lines of what I could afford were all based on assumptions, not reality. One person suggested that I could donate a large sum of money to a charity in need of help because I must be able to afford it as I didn’t work? Another questioned my priorities when it came to budgeting our income. Not going out for meals but being able to splurge on my family.

I have mum guilt just as much as the next person. I always put pressure on myself to work harder with our budget and resources, to manage my time smarter. At the moment it’s trying to find quality one to one time with each of my three children, to make sure that they know that I’m interested in them, and that I’m listening to them. That I am there to support them with their school work, their hobbies, their development. Others might be struggling to fit in trips to see extended family around their regular weekend commitments, or staying up until the early hours slaving over a hot oven in order to support their local school at a cake sale. Some might worry every day whether or not they’ll be able to escape the office in time to get home and put their children to bed. We all have various pressures, and seek to find a balance in managing them. So really, regardless of what we do with our waking hours, we’re all the same. We’re all parents.

You see, here’s the thing. I don’t wear a badge telling others that I’m vegetarian. I don’t say that I’m actively trying to reduce my dairy intake. I don’t have a stamp on my head to say that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So why make a big deal out of being a stay at home mum? Why make it into a ‘thing’? We’re all doing our best, whatever that might look like. Whether we work full time, part time or not at all. Day shifts or night shifts, we are all making compromises. But there’s one thing that we all definitely have in common. We are all lucky. Lucky that we are getting to make these choices, or consider them. Lucky that we are in this position as parents in the first place. And that, surely, is all that should matter.
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Jo blogs at Cup of Toast about her family life, food, adventures and everything in between. She is a mama to 3 boys (aged 6, 4 and 2) and several fur babies. Jo enjoys reading, writing and eating biscuits!

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Big Ideas for Small Businesses by John Lamerton – Book Review

Big Ideas for Small Businesses by John Lamerton – Book Review

As a blogger, I’m often contacted by brands and PR companies with opportunities to review the latest products on the market. Every time this happens the guys on the other end of the email profess to have the best product, they tell me how much it will change my life for the better and how my audience will just love to read all about it. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for every opportunity that lands in my mailbox and most of the products are great. Some make my life a little easier, some are brilliant fun for the kids and some are the perfect treat for myself. It’s not often though, that I’m asked to review a product that will change my life. That was until this week, when I was contacted to review the book; Big Ideas for Small businesses by John Lamerton. The moment I opened this book was the moment my life changed forever. Literally. 

 


Who is John Lamerton?

John Lamerton, a former Civil Servant from Plymouth, has been the driving force behind sixty small businesses since the year 2000. This guy has made mega bucks. The beauty of John and his experience is that he realised that having a good work/life balance is the key to a happy life. So, his book teaches us how to run an ‘ambitious lifestyle business’. Leaving behind slogging all hours for someone else and for very little pay, or running yourself into the ground missing out on all that’s important to maintain your millionaire lifestyle. John makes us realise that you don’t actually have to be a millionaire to live like one.

Big Ideas for Small Businesses

The first time I picked up my copy of the Big Ideas book, I flicked through the pages and read a snippet then I put it down, making a mental note of when this post needed to published. It wasn’t until a few days later that it really grabbed my attention. I can honestly say that I was gripped from the outset and that this was the first time I’ve read the ‘Acknowledgements’ and ‘Introduction’ pages of any book and I’ve read a lot!

John has the knack of writing quite colloquially, whilst offering clear and concise nuggets of information along the way. He has a way of talking business without baffling you in the process. There’s nothing worse than being made to feel inadequate by a book. John avoids this by making sure you feel motivated, focused on building your business and achieving your goals.

Throughout the book you’ll find ‘BIG IDEA’ boxes that contain vital information and food for thought. These boxes break up the text into manageable chunks and give you time to reflect on what you’ve learned so far. There are also quotes throughout the book, helping to fuel your dreams make the impossible seem less so!

I really have found this book so hard to put down, easy reading with oodles of amazingly informative content has had me turning page after page!

 

The Big Idea Podcast

I’m a huge fan of podcasts, so much so that these days I’d rather listen to them than the tripe that gets spouted on local radio. Since becoming a full time mother to two young children and deciding to build up another business at the same time, I often feel like I don’t have enough hours in the day. My time is valuable and so I don’t spend time doing anything I’m not going to benefit from.

The thing about podcasts is that often you have to wade through a few, to find the ones that offer valuable information that’s relevant to you. The Big Idea podcast has everything from value and quality advice, to comedy and reflections on life experience. I listen in the car, whilst I’m writing and working out – whenever I get the chance I plug in! The combination of the Big Ideas book and the podcast has given me so much motivation and direction to take my business to the next level.

One lesson I’ve learned was from episode one of the podcast ‘Be Careful Who You Listen To’. Seem obvious? Not as much as you might think! Since listening to this episode it’s become clear that just because someone has an opinion, doesn’t mean their opinion holds any weight. I’m far less impressionable than I was before. I know now that cutting the crap from your life and surrounding yourself with knowledge, expertise and ambition is a step up on the ladder to success.

The Ambitious. Lifestyle. Business. Facebook Group

Now if you want to go the whole hog and I suggest that you do, then joining the Ambitious. Lifestyle. Business. Facebook Group is essential. It’s a group full of like minded individuals, all with different levels of experience in numerous different fields. John himself is also regularly present in the group, it’s not one of those set up and run groups. He’s there to offer guidance and support when you need it the most!

I really don’t feel like I can stress enough just how valuable the Big Ideas movement is. Whatever field you’re in, you’re sure to gain drive, ambition and clarity through a combination of reading the Big Ideas book, listening to the podcast and surrounding yourself with fellow entrepreneurs in the Facebook group. 

 

*This post was written in collaboration with the Big Ideas team. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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#WorkshopWednesday – Three Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout

#WorkshopWednesday – Three Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout

Welcome to #WorkshopWednesday, my weekly feature with a focus on all things blogging! Each week there’ll be tips, tricks and advice on how to get your blog running like a well oiled machine!

If you’ve been blogging for five years or five minutes, you’re bound to have experienced blogger burnout at some stage. Blogging can be all consuming. We spend hours on end immersed in our digital worlds and as much as we love it sometimes it becomes monotonous, exhausting and frankly a little depressing.

When we start to feel like this, it makes it difficult for us to churn out our best work. The endless enthusiasm that we’re supposed to have suddenly comes to an abrupt halt. You know it’s bad when you’re not picking up you’re phone at regular intervals, to check your social media channels and emails.

I’ve found that blogger burnout can also leave you feeling a little guilty. Guilty for not nurturing your blog as much as you used to and guilty that  there’s more tumble weed on your Facebook page than there is interaction. In reality this is OK sometimes, we can’t be at our best ALL of the time. Nevertheless, it’s easier for us as bloggers if we can avoid feeling like this in the first place!

Schedule, Schedule and Schedule Some More!

Most of us can tell when we’re beginning to feel a little tired with the daily grind. When I know things are heading this way I spend an hour or so scheduling content to my blog and all of my social media channels. This can include revived blog posts, memes and my own images with captions – all of the content we’d usually share! Sometimes I set myself up for the whole week, so I know that I can take some time away from the screen to give myself a rest. Scheduling doesn’t mean you don’t have to do a few things manually during the week, but it does take the pressure off.

Accept Guest Posts

Accepting guests posts on your blog is the perfect way to avoid burnout. It gives you a break from creating your own content and it also helps out other bloggers along the way! Accepting guest posts is especially useful if you’re going on holiday, it means that you won’t have to spend the weeks beforehand writing your own posts in preparation for your absence. I love writing, but I also think a break from the keyboard is so refreshing!

Use Quiet Periods as Holiday Leave

For a lot of us blogging gets serious quite quickly. It’s almost addictive and because of this we rarely take a break. It’s crazy really, we put so many hours in and hardly ever take leave. If you were on the payroll somewhere, you wouldn’t dream of skipping your well deserved holidays.

The trouble with blogging is that it’s really difficult to take leave. We have our own content to write and sponsored posts to complete, not to mention everything else in between. Then when things do go a little quiet we work even harder to compensate, in a state of panic that we’re failing at what we’re doing. The key here is not to panic and not to push yourself too far, use the quiet periods as holiday leave. Enjoy the respite, because I guarantee you the work will flow in before you know it and all of a sudden there won’t be enough hours in the day. Remember that everyone needs a break sometimes, none of us are super human!

 

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Drinking Tea in Style with teapigs Feel Good Teas – Giveaway!

Drinking Tea in Style with teapigs Feel Good Teas – Giveaway!

Over the past two years, as I’ve evolved into mother, blogger and freelance writer my tea and coffee consumption has gone up tenfold. I’m constantly putting the kettle on, believing that a quick caffeine hit will get me through the day. The trouble with a quick caffeine fix though, is that it lasts just about as long as it takes to drink. Leaving me craving more and more, to meet the demands of my girls and my work load.

I decided recently that it was about time I began to think more about my health long-term. I want to be fit and healthy enough to keep up with my girls, as well as have the energy to continue to build my business and reach my goals. So to help me achieve this, I’ve partnered with teapigs on their #feelgoodtea campaign. teapigs have created three feel good teas, each containing different active ingredients that will serve the consumer at different points throughout the day. I was challenged to incorporate each tea into my daily routine and all I had to do was reap the benefits!

 

Feel Good Teas

 

clean ‘n green

To be consumed first thing in the morning, clean ‘n green is a tea to help you detox! This tea contains some really flavourful ingredients, including; lemongrass, ginger, coconut and green tea. The active ingredient in this is dandelion, containing antioxidants perfect for detoxing and starting your day with a kick. The best thing about clean ‘n green is that it’s just as yummy hot or as iced tea – whichever tickles your fancy on the day!

up beet

Best brewed in the afternoon, up beet is a tea to give you energy! My favourite of the three, this tea contains beetroot, green tea, ginger, and hibiscus. Prior to this challenge I was always the first to have a sugary tea or coffee to get me through the last few hours of work, not to mention the biscuits that went with it. This tea is a total game changer, I’m more focused and cutting out calories at the same time!

snooze

The perfect relaxing cuppa before bed, snooze is a tea to help you sleep! Having two small children in the house means that I don’t get as much sleep as I used to. For that reason I love nothing more than snuggling down with a cuppa and getting an early night. This tea contains lavender, chamomile and apple – a relaxing mix and the ideal accompaniment to a blanket and a good book!

 

Feeling good with teapigs –

The first thing I noticed when my selection of teas arrived was how amazing they smell! You can pick out each of the ingredients just by their distinctive scents. The packaging looks great, but the real beauty of the product is the teabag. They’re pyramid shaped, packed full with the prettiest, most colourful ingredients I’ve ever seen in a teabag!

 

 

I started off my first full teapigs day with a cup of clean ‘n green before breakfast. Usually this drink would be a sweet tea or coffee, so I was a little dubious as to whether my choice would really hit the spot. I needn’t have worried, I found it refreshing and I immediately felt healthier after drinking it. Day one, drink one was a complete success!

Out of all of the flavours the one that sounded most appealing to me was up beet, not only for its flavour but for its purpose. Working from home with two very young children to look after means that by 3pm I start flagging. I know that energy drinks and sugary snacks aren’t good for me, but that hasn’t stopped me reaching for them in the past to get through the afternoon. I absolutely love up beet! From the taste to the energy it provides, 3pm is fast becoming my favourite time of day. Dreaming of taking an afternoon nap has become a thing of the past.

The tea that sounded the least appealing to me was snooze, as much as I love the smell of lavender I wasn’t sure I would like the taste. I did however want to enjoy the benefits of it, so with my book in one hand and a mug of snooze in the other, I gave it a whirl with an open mind. Truthfully, I was pleasantly surprised! The lavender, combined with chamomile and apple tastes lush. The thing I love most about this tea, is that you’re surround by the relaxing lavender scent as you drink.

 

 

Over the past few days I’ve stuck to my new teapigs daily routine. The benefits of drinking these feel good teas, instead of consuming copious amounts of caffeine and sugar have become obvious. I no longer crave a coffee fix in the morning to help me wake up and getting through the afternoon is a breeze. I’ve also love my evening ‘me time’, with a mug of snooze in hand. I’m a total teapigs convert!

 

The guys over at teapigs would like to offer my readers a 15% discount on their products using the discount code TALEOFMUMMYHOOD.

Not only that, they’re also offering my readers the chance to win a selection of teapigs feel good teas, all you have to do is enter using the form below. Please do take a peek at the terms and conditions…good luck!

 

 

Win a Selection of Three Feel Good Teas from teapigs!

 

*This post was written in collaboration with teapigs.

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High Functioning Anxiety – When the World Thinks You’re OK

High Functioning Anxiety – When the World Thinks You’re OK

When people feel anxious they’ll often get butterflies in their stomach, maybe their heart will race a little and they’ll start to sweat. All of this is really normal when you’re in an anxiety inducing situation. It’s the body’s response to the given circumstance and once that changes, normal service resumes.

What if it’s not that simple though? What if anxiety doesn’t just peak when a person gets scared or angry? For some people heightened anxiety is  a way of life, some people have forgotten what it feels like to live anxiety free for the most part.

For me, anxiety makes up a hefty percentage of who I am . I’m continually in a state of fight or flight, always looking over my shoulder and waiting for disaster to strike. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a ‘woe me’ post, it’s fact. I have an anxiety disorder that if I let it, would control my life. Luckily for me, if this makes me lucky, I’m high functioning. This means that to the outside world I’m ‘normal’. I’m able to look after two young children, run a business and converse naturally. When actually, all I want to do is hide away.

Whilst being high functioning may seem like a good thing, it’s completely and utterly exhausting. Sometime I think it would be easier to hideaway, rather than putting on a front to the outside world. At least that way I’d be able to rest. We can’t change who we are though and the grass is very rarely greener on the other side. I am who I am, anxiety and all.

Writing about anxiety and how it affects my day-to-day life isn’t an easy thing to do. Most of the time I find writing cathartic, but when the subject is so emotive it can also be a huge trigger. One of the things that bothers me most when I write about mental health, is that it never sounds serious enough. I never feel like I’ve done it justice. Anxiety can be crippling, devastating and downright ugly. Everyone needs to know how bad it can get, the more people who talk about it the better. Maybe that way the seriousness of it won’t be diluted by the stigma that surrounds it.

I’m only too aware of how difficult it can be for people to talk about their mental health, or the state of mind of those they love. More often than not it’s easier not to talk about it, because a lack of understanding can make the situation ten times worse. I’ve learnt over the years to accept it when others don’t understand my situation. In fact I’m glad they don’t understand, because that could mean they don’t suffer – that they’re OK. This approach just isn’t sustainable though. The one thing that will help anyone who suffers with their mental health is talking. Talking is educating and only when the world is educated on all things mental health, can we really start to make a difference to the lives of those that need help to combat their demons.

Anxiety means so many different things, to so many different people. The one thing we all have to remember is to recognise the seriousness of anxiety and to let your voice be heard!

 

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Xupo Key Finder – Review & Giveaway

Xupo Key Finder – Review & Giveaway

How often do you walk into the house with your shopping in one hand, kids in the other and just throw your keys down? I do this a lot, which also means that I lose my keys a lot. Which then means I spend far too much time trying to find said keys, after they’ve been misplaced! There’s nothing worse than finally getting the kids ready to leave the house and then having to spend another twenty minutes trying the find my keys.

This week my prayers were answered when I was offered the chance to try out the Xupo Key Finder, as featured on Dragon’s Den. An amazing little device that can easily be attached to your keys, or anything else for that matter, making it impossible to lose your stuff ever again!

 

What does it do?

Once you have attached the Xupo to your keys, the next thing to do is download the free Xupo app.Then to find your keys, using Bluetooth technology, all you have to do is ‘Tap to find your Xupo’ and voila! It really is that simple! You can also call your phone from your Xupo by clicking the button on its surface, this is a great feature that I’m sure I’ll have to use far too often!

The Xupo has extra features that you can unlock, such as Xupo map. This enables you to track your items by locating their last recorded destination on a map.

How did I get on with the Xupo Key Finder?

I think that the Xupo is a fabulous piece of kit. In fact, now that I’ve gotten used to finding my keys in seconds I wonder how I ever managed without it. It’s so small and light that you don’t even realise it’s attached to your keys and the ‘Call it’ function has been a total lifesaver more than once already!

If like me, you love your technology and you hate losing your things, then the Xupo is an absolute must have. Say goodbye to wasting time trying to find your gear and enjoy your new found freedom! The Xupo Key Finder – genius!

 

For your chance to win all you have to do is enter using the form below, please do take a peek at the terms and conditions…good luck! 

 

Win a Xupo #4

 

*We were given the Xupo Key Finder for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

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