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Month: January 2018

Creating Magic in Childhood – An Enchanted Upbringing

Creating Magic in Childhood – An Enchanted Upbringing

I remember being a child and having the wildest imagination. I loved make believe and fairy tales, engrossing myself in tales of magical lives was my favourite thing to do. That’s why when I had our girls, I made it my mission to make sure they had an enchanted upbringing just like I did. I firmly believe that our children can learn so much through the encouragement of an active imagination. Not only that, a childhood just wouldn’t be made without a touch of magic to make it sparkle!

Now that our girls are a little older, they are showing more and more interest in fairy tales and everything that they stand for. They each have fairy doors in their rooms and have named their own fairies themselves. I adore that they believe in their fairies, but I want to make their rooms even more of a haven away from every day life. Somewhere that they can disappear to and enjoy losing themselves in their own little worlds.

 

A room to remember –

Since the girls love their fairy doors so much. I decided that it would be a great idea to give each of their rooms an enchanted forest theme. I’ve seen so many wall murals available on the internet that look great. The trouble is, they often arrive as individual stickers. I’m just not creative enough to be able to make them look as good as they do on the packet! So i was a little stumped, I really wanted to make their rooms into a space they will always remember.

Then I came across wallsauce.com! They have an amazing range of wall murals that are actually wallpaper, this means I don’t have to worry about getting the stickers from standard murals in the right place! I’m so impressed with the range of murals they have too. They have a theme to suit everyone and amazingly, they also allow you to use your own images.

It goes without saying that I was immediately drawn in by the enchanted forest murals. They are so magical and exactly what I had it mind for making our girls’ rooms as special as possible. Now Hubs and i can’t wait to get started, we know they’ll absolutely love their new rooms!

 

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*This post was written in collaboration with wallsauce.com.

 

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KAYA Jewellery Review & Giveaway!

KAYA Jewellery Review & Giveaway!

Recently, I was contacted by KAYA Jewellery to see if I wanted to review their silver jewellery range. KAYA Jewellery is a UK based company that not only makes beautiful jewellery for mothers and daughters, they also give a percentage of their profits to underprivileged children. I’m a sucker for a nice piece of jewellery and I love a company with good morals, so working with KAYA Jewellery was sure to be an absolute pleasure!

 

Personalised jewellery –

KAYA Jewellery is handmade in the UK. Each piece can be hand engraved and personalised for any occasion. I love the idea of special pieces that are personalised , to represent the people I love. After spending some time looking through the KAYA website I finally decided on the perfect piece for me. The idea of the mum necklaces really stood out, so I went for a delicate silver necklace with three stars engraved with the initials of Hubs and out two girls.

 

 

The necklace is really nice quality, with a sturdy chain. It also comes with an extender chain to ensure a good fit for everyone. It looks great on too, it’s something you could wear as an every day piece or as a dressy necklace when you head out. I’m really impressed with the quality of the hand engraved initials, they are neat and sit in the centre of the stars. KAYA Jewellery also sent a silver polishing cloth with my necklace, which I think is a great touch. It’s not something I’ve ever received with jewellery before, it’s definitely something I will use to keep my necklace looking good!

 

The guys over at KAYA Jewellery would like to offer my readers the chance to win a £40 voucher to spend on their site. All you have to do is enter using the form below. Please do check out the terms and conditions…good luck!

 

KAYA Jewellery £40 Voucher Giveaway

 

*I was gifted my necklace from KAYA jewellery in exchange for this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Working from Home: How to Meet Deadlines When your Children Refuse to Nap

Working from Home: How to Meet Deadlines When your Children Refuse to Nap

Thus far in my blogging career, I’ve been able to complete a sizeable chunk of the hefty workload whilst my children slumbered. I would put them down for their afternoon nap and sit down to a couple of hours work in the afternoon. Then when they went to bed in the evening, I’d grab a few more hours for good measure. It was a good balance and one that will be sorely missed.

The last few months have seen my eldest daughter drop her naps altogether. My youngest does still nap, but not for long during daytime hours. This has thrown a huge spanner in the works where my business is concerned, as I’ve lost a whopping 14 hours of dedicated blogging time each week. At first I found myself in a spin of overwhelm and disorganisation. With even less time in the day to get on top of things, I felt like I was drowning in my work load.

Something had to change. Firstly I had to accept that nap time is no more. I’ve had a good run of 2.5 years of mid-afternoon bliss, but it was time to re-asses our daily routine to keep each of us as happy as can be. After much trial and error, we now have a good little routine going!

 

So, here’s how to meet deadlines when your children refuse to nap:

 

Split your days into activity blocks –

The key to keeping everyone in your house happy, is to allocate of time to meet everyone’s needs. In our house, the littlest still needs a short nap around lunchtime, so our day is divided into three blocks; ‘morning’, ‘downtime’ and ‘the rest of the day’. Our morning and the rest of the day is dedicated to our girls, we take them out, educate them and do everything else that comes with being a parent. Downtime however, is time for me to settle the girls down for an hour in order to get through some of my workload. I often enlist the help of Peppa Pig here, but it’s a good rest for the girls and time for them to recharge for the rest of the day.

Create a dedicated work space –

Having an area that’s just for you is a great way to make sure you meet your deadlines. My husband recently built me a desk area and it means that I can leave unfinished work to come back to later. I’m able to jump back into my chair and continue my project without having to wast time reorganising myself. It also means there are no little people using my documents as scrap paper!

Work into the night, but know when to stop –

I’ve accepted that If I’m to continue working at the level I’ve gotten used to, then burning the midnight oil is a given. As it’s the only real quiet time I have, I leave all of the more complicated projects until after the children have settled for the night. Working too late, too often can quickly lead to burn out though. So it’s important to recognise your limits and to hit the hay early once in a while. Burning the candle at both ends won’t be a benefit to anyone.

Use downtime to catch up on easy tasks –

If the kids are up and you’re finding it difficult to concentrate, tackling tasks that are simple will make you feel like you’ve been productive. It’s still work that has to be done and once you have time to yourself you can concentrate on the more complex projects.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help –

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and getting things done becomes impossible. That’s when you need to admit defeat and ask for a little help. Whether that’s getting someone to watch the kids whilst you spend some time catching up, or outsourcing work that you just isn’t at the top of your priority list. Don’t try to be superhuman!

 

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#Blogstravaganza #54

#Blogstravaganza #54

Hello and welcome to #Blogstravaganza!

Happy Friday one and all, I hope you’ve all had a great week! Thankyou to all you lovely linkers, it’s absolutely fabulous to have you join in each week!

#Blogstravaganza news! I’m on the look out for weekly guest co-hosts for #Blogstravaganza, if you fancy joining in drop me a line! 

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Pago Orange Juice Review

Pago Orange Juice Review

Now that our girls are getting older, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to shelter them from the array of sugary drinks available to them. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind them having a treat. No parent wants to be the reason their children have an unhealthy diet though! That’s why, if our girls want a yummy drink instead of water, I like to give them fruit juices as a healthy substitute. Recently the guys from Pago Fruit Juice got in touch, to see if we would like to try out their orange juice. I thought these drinks would be great for our girls and for Hubs and I too!

 

 

The Verdict –

Personally, I’ve really enjoyed these juices from Pago. They hold just the right amount of juice for a refreshing drink and the glass bottles add a little luxury to the occasion. Our girls have loved them too, once I transferred the juice to one of their plastic beakers. Seeing as these drinks aren’t aimed at children, this is not a negative point. It is something to be aware of though if you plan to share your juice with your brood!

The thing we all love most about this juice is that it doesn’t have the bitter taste, that a lot of other orange juices do. I like a sweet refreshing drink and the juice from Pago is just that. Our youngest daughter doesn’t like juice with a more bitter taste either. In fact she only drinks orange juice if the taste is just right. So top marks to Pago as she loves their juice, our toughest critic definitely approves!

I’ve enjoyed drinking this juice throughout my work days too. I’m a real tea belly and will drink cup after cup whilst I’m sat at my laptop. It been a welcome change to swap my tea for fresh juice over this last couple of weeks. Too much caffeine is never good, I’m sure cutting back has been a real benefit to me since I found Pago.

Overall, we are super impressed with the orange juice from Pago. They have many flavours including; cranberry, peach and pineapple among so many more. We are spoilt for choice as to which ones to try out next!

 

 

 

*We were gifted a case of Pago orange juice for the purpose of this reveiew. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

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The Ways of a Woman with Ambition

The Ways of a Woman with Ambition

I’ve never described myself as a woman with ambition before. My usual take on life is more sit on the fence, rather than fight for what I believe in. I’ve always worked hard, but I’ve never had a passion for what I’ve done. I’ve always been happy enough to do an honest days work, without needing to push the boundaries or seek ways to continue to learn and grow.

I’m not exactly sure when things changed. I suppose it was sometime after having children, probably during the time I was pregnant with our second. I began writing and steadily things began to change. I found time to write and I found time to learn, I still do. After a while I began to realise that I didn’t have to let the world pass me by, I could join in the fun and make something of myself along the way.

My world is now full of opportunity, I learn something new each and every day. Educating myself doesn’t seem like the chore it used to. I have fire in my belly and I have a constant need to feed it, to keep it burning. Cheesy I know, but it’s hard to describe just how much passion I have for what I do and for all of the amazing things I’m yet to learn.

 

New plans for 2018 –

Over the past year especially, The Tale of Mummyhood has gone from strength to strength. I have so many ideas and plans in the pipeline for my little corner of the internet. 2018 will be a time of new beginnings for me too, with the launch of my second blog Salubrious Place! Earlier in 2017 I had the idea to start another blog with more of a focus on health, beauty and wellbeing. Areas that I have so much interest in, but don’t always fit well with my first blog.

I dabbled with Salubrious Place when I initially had the idea, but the time just didn’t seem right. I didn’t have it planned out well enough and found myself becoming overwhelmed, a little like spinning plates. I’ve had many months to plan now though, so I’m determined for 2018 to be the year I really get Salubrious Place off of the ground.

So now I have two blogs, that are in a lot of ways connected, but also very separate. I’m ready for the work load and even more than that, I’m ready for the learning curve! 

 

Finding time for the day job –

As well as all of this, late in 2017 I was offered an opportunity to go back to hairdressing one day a week. This isn’t something I’d been planning on doing, but it’s another string to my bow and something I just couldn’t say no to. It’s still a self-employed role and I choose the hours that I work, which means I can fit it around Hubs’ shifts to avoid any childcare issues.

I must admit, the first few weeks were hard. I’ve never left the girls to go out to work before and as much as I know people do it all of the time, it wasn’t the norm for our family. I very nearly quit before I’d even begun as I was so bothered by having to leave them. Within a year or so though, both girls will be at nursery and that’ll mean I have to leave them whether I like it or not.

This year I’m going to need to be on top of my game to achieve my goals and to grow every aspect of my business further. Determination, organisation and passion are the ways of a woman with ambition! 

 

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Curious Kids Children’s Sweatshirt – Review

Curious Kids Children’s Sweatshirt – Review

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Curious Kids, asking if we’d like to review their funky sweatshirt. I would usually be the one to decide what we review on The Tale of Mummyhood. However, seeing as our eldest takes more and more interest in what I do, I thought I’d ask her if she’d like to take the review. As you can imagine, she jumped at the chance!

When the package arrived for my little apprentice, she was super excited to get to work. We took a photographs of the beautifully wrapped sweatshirt together, truthfully all she wanted to do was model it! From a parents point of view though, I was  really impressed with how much love was given to making our delivery look good. These sweatshirts are perfect to buy as gifts as they arrive wrapped and ready to go.

 

 

 

Our Little Fashionista

At just over two years old our daughter is still quite slight in frame, so when I buy girls coats and jackets I usually go size 18-24 months,  just to be on the safe side. I’m glad we did as it fits perfectly! The material feels soft and warm too, so it’s perfect for keeping the biggest warm and toasty on those blustery days. If you follow the washing advice that comes with the shirt, it keeps it shape and print really well. I make sure that I wash the sweatshirt on a low heat and I avoid throwing it in the tumble dryer with the rest of the washing!

Curious Kids clothing is a total hit with me. It looks cool, keeps well and is different from the standard jumpers on the market. The real question though is what did my little apprentice think? Well, it’s safe to say she loves her new sweatshirt. It’s a firm favourite of hers that goes with us every where we go!

 

 

 

*This is a collaborative post. 

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#Blogstravaganza #52

#Blogstravaganza #52

Hello and welcome to #Blogstravaganza!

Happy Friday one and all, I hope you’ve all had a great week! Thankyou to all you lovely linkers, it’s absolutely fabulous to have you join in each week!

#Blogstravaganza news! I’m on the look out for weekly guest co-hosts for #Blogstravaganza, if you fancy joining in drop me a line! 

This week we’re joined by Busy Lazy Mum! Don’t forget to tag @BusyLazyMum in your tweets when you link and comment on her wonderful post! Thankyou for taking the reins this week!

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Holiday Bucket List – History, Relaxation & Wildlife!

Holiday Bucket List – History, Relaxation & Wildlife!

With a whole new year ahead of us, Hubs and I cant help but think about holidays. There are so many destinations that we would love to visit, from places to spend time relaxing on a beautiful beach. To heading out into the towns and cities of new places around the world, taking in their customs and culture. With two young children in tow, travelling doesn’t always come easy, but we have a holiday bucket list packed full of our dream holiday choices. Whether we get to visit them sooner, or later they’re places that we can’t wait to explore!

Having limited travel experience myself, means that I have an array of places on my list. All offering different things. Hubs has travelled much more than me, he knows that beach holidays aren’t really his cup of tea. For that reason his dream destinations are full of culture and history, with so much to see and learn. Between us though and with a little help from Destination 2, we have managed to choose three places from our holiday bucket list that for us are a must visit!

 

History: Greece –

First on our list is Greece. A destination that is steeped in history and culture. I would love to hire bicycles to explore this amazing place, taking in the architecture of famous landmarks. Hubs and I would also love to explore life in Greece off of the beaten track. I’m always amazed by how other people live and I’m sure we could learn a thing or two about living out in the sticks. Imagine what life would be like without our smartphones and the world at our finger tips. This trip would surely induce a lot of soul-searching. Greece is a destination that I’m positive we would never forget.

 

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Relaxation: Seychelles –

Even though relaxation isn’t at the top of my husbands to-do list, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to indulge every now and again! I love nothing more than taking some time out in idyllic surroundings, with a good book to escape every day life. I would love to experience the breathtaking views of golden sands and clear blue oceans. Having researched this area, I’m awestruck by the perfect coves surrounded by extraordinary sea life and exotic plants. I really believe that this would be the holiday of a lifetime, with there being such a contrast to how we live our lives over here. I think this is the ideal destination for us to visit as our girls get a little older. There’s so much for them to see and experience, it’s a holiday that we’d want them to remember!

 

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Wildlife: Sri Lanka –

I’ve always been a lover of wildlife, as I would much rather see the worlds amazing animals in their natural habitats. There are so many beautiful animals that I would love to see and I’m sure that Sri Lanka is the place to go to witness them. I know that this would be spectacular for our girls to experience too, you just can’t put a price of the beauty of the natural world. Holidays in Sri Lanka are often accompanied by wildlife tours. It’s possible to see elephants, whales, leopards and exotic birds among so much more. There’s even the opportunity to head on safari and to camp out in the wild. This really is my dream holiday destination, I get all excited just thinking about it!

 

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Over the next few years as our girls are more able to travel longer distances, we are sure to visit these amazing places. Hubs and I will make it our mission to allow our girls to experience the world as much as we possibly can. All we have to do now is decide where we’re heading first!

 

What destinations are on your holiday bucket list?

 

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*This post was written in collaboration with Destination 2. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Four Easy ways to Make Money from Home

Four Easy ways to Make Money from Home

Ever since I gave up my first business back in 2015, I’ve made it my mission to find legitimate ways of making money from home. For a little while I was a stay at home mum, but like many others before me I needed something else in my life. I needed to feel the purpose that comes from having a business. I missed the excitement of building up my own empire and the rush from striking good deals and making money in my own right.

The good thing about working from home, is that you have the space to create multiple income streams. There’s the opportunity to seek out numerous ways to make cash, all from the comfort and warmth of your own four walls. I for one, have never looked back since I began freelancing. The fact that I make money from home means that I’m always here for my children, as well as constantly feeding my desire to be successful at work!

There are so many ways that you too can make money from home, all it take is effort and a lot of determination. Here are four easy ways you can make money from home;

 

Freelance writing –

Freelance writing is a great way to make money from home. If you love to write and have the skills to produce good quality copy, then this option could be for you. There are numerous online platforms that provide freelancers with work at their skill level, as well as giving them the opportunity to rise through the ranks as they gain experience. The beauty of this role is that you can take on as much or as little work as you wish and payment is usually made swiftly. If this is of interest to you, I’ve written about more about making money from freelance writing HERE! 

 

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Sell unwanted jewellery –

Most of us have jewellery in the house that we no longer wear. Whether they’re pieces that are no longer in fashion or they’re just not your cup of tea anymore, often they sit collecting dust. The fact is though, that you could be sitting on a pile of cash without even realising it! You can sell jewellery for cash with little to no effort, all you have to concentrate on is the reward. With gold prices currently at a record high, now is the time to get searching through your jewellery box. The best bit about it is that you can be paid for your wares in as little as 24 hours.

 

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Complete online surveys –

As much as completing online surveys is never going to make you a millionaire, there’s still the possibility to make a little extra money for a rainy day. A quick Google search will present you with a whole host of survey sites, some pay in cash, others in points that can be exchanged for vouchers and some in gifts. The secret to making money from home with these surveys is volume. They take very little brain power to complete, you can do them whilst sitting in front of the TV of an evening. Do as many as you can in the time that you have and reap the rewards!

 

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Sell unwanted household items –

As with unwanted jewellery, many of us have a house full of things we no longer need nor use. An easy way to make money from home, is to list these items on online marketplaces and auction sites. Someone else is bound to want what you have and you can use the cash to get something that you really need instead. Not only are you set to make a tidy sum from selling your stuff, you’ll also de-clutter your home along the way!

 

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*This post was written in collaboration with Post My Gold. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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