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How I Made Blogging my Full Time Job

How I Made Blogging my Full Time Job

When I started this blog back in 2016 I had no idea where it would take me.  Now over a year on, it’s evolved into my dream job.  Having thought that I wanted to be a SAHM and having had a rude awakening when this materialised, I knew I needed to work in one way or another.

Returning to my old job proved fruitless. I had lost all love for it, which made me realise that my passion is for blogging and it hit me just how much I wanted to make it work.  Now I don’t profess to be the font of all knowledge when it comes to blogging, that’s impossible.  The world of blogging is so vast, that even the seasoned bloggers among us are still learning as they go along.  That’s OK though, I believe that evolution is key to making your mark on this ever changing online world.

I wish I could give you an instant formula for success, I mean if I had one I’d use it!  There are a few things I’ve learnt along the way though, that have helped me progress enough to call blogging by job.  These days I’m able to work from home, whilst taking care of our littles and for our family it’s a perfect set up.

So how did I do it?

Firstly I spent some time getting to know the community, I took part (and still do) in as many link parties as possible.  The blogging community is so kind and welcoming, it works on a ‘you scratch my back’ basis and you definitely get what you give.  Developing good relationships with other bloggers is also a great way to learn.  Everyone has to find their own way, but there’s nothing wrong with using help and advice posts from fellow bloggers to guide you!

Secondly, after I caught the blogging bug, I prepared myself to work for free for the foreseeable.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, you can’t expect brands to start emailing just because you’ve purchased a domain name.  Putting in the hours, days, weeks and even years will pay off.  I firmly believe that if you have a passion for writing and do so because you want to, good things will come your way.  Trying to make money from the outset seems unrealistic, if you love what you do it’s half the battle.

Thirdly, after some time I began to develop good relationships with brands.  I’m always polite and go out of my way to offer them the best service I can.  I keep all of the brands I work with in the loop, making sure they don’t have to chase me for updates, live URLs and anything else they may need from me.  You never know where opportunities may lead, therefore being professional and efficient is a must.

Lastly, I made Social Oomph my best friend. Blogging often means having numerous social media platforms running simultaneously with each other.  As much a social media is essential, scheduling posts can be incredibly time consuming.  Social Oomph does a lot of the work for me, meaning that the time once spent scheduling content is now spent writing more of the stuff!

 

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#MumisBest Guest Post – Lisa from Pass the Prosecco…Please

#MumisBest Guest Post – Lisa from Pass the Prosecco…Please

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 Lisa from Pass the Prosecco…Please!

 

I jumped at the chance to write this guest post for The Tale of Mummyhood as #MumIsBest is something I feel very passionate about.

When you give birth to a child, however they are born or indeed in some situations come into your life through surrogacy or adoption, you become a mum.

You have a small person who occupies your every waking thought and you love them more than anything else in the world.

When my son was six months old I knew I had to make a decision about when I returned to work; statutory maternity pay was rubbish and we could barely afford to pay our bills.  I knew I did not want to return to my former career in IT; the stresses and strains of a corporate lifestyle was not of interest to me; as nice as the pay was my outlook changed as soon as my son was born.

I found work in a local supermarket and thought I would be happy – I was earning good money and working hours that fitted around my husband so we had no issues with childcare.

Unfortunately I was employed on a ‘flexi’ contract and the terms of it didn’t fit well as time progressed.  Finding a job that fits around childcare is more of a challenge than childbirth I swear.

But I wasn’t happy; I always thought once I became a mum I would throw my everything into motherhood and being a housewife and my career and job would no longer be important.  This wasn’t true for me – I needed stimulation and work gave me that; I didn’t want to stay home all the time, I wanted to go to work and earn some money for my family.  I could have gone back to my previous job but extreme stress had destroyed me before and I didn’t want to go there again, I wanted and needed a clean break.

I found a job at a local dental practice working on the reception desk, and loved it straight away.  I qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2005 and I loved being back in the health sector.  I expected to go back to nursing but I sustained damage in my hands from carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy and have been unable to return to dental nursing.  I figured it’s probably best not to be trusted with sharp implements when my grip has a mind of its own…

I work roughly 18 hours a week over two days, Monday’s and Tuesday’s.  I’m lucky to have my parents living close by and my mum is off the same days I work to look after the wee man.  My dad is retired and wants a quiet life bless him – but William and him are like chalk and cheese and have such a wonderful bond.

I enjoy reception and administration work within my job and although I am unsure where my career path ahead lies, I enjoy adult conversation and being called ‘Lisa’ and not just ‘William’s mum’.

I have to work and I’m really lucky to be in the situation I am in, we qualify for no benefits despite our income being fairly rubbish and there is no way we can afford childcare, we wouldn’t even make any money after paying for it.  William is 3 in November and the next step for us is preschool, which I’m keen to start but not able to afford currently.

Unfortunately when your child reaches 9 months to a year and maternity leave officially finishes you no longer become ‘mum’ and you have to be tarred with some other god awful title.

Stay at home mum, full time mum, working mum, career mum – you HAVE to be one of them.

I’m a part-time-working full-time mum.  I don’t conform and I refuse to – it doesn’t matter if you work 2 hours or 60, when work ends you still have to go home and be mum, and lets face it, even at work you never stop thinking and worrying – it’s a huge juggle.

Hats off to stay at home mums(there was no avoiding the term – sorry) – I could not do it.  Being at home is stressful, I will happily admit I can’t hack it.  As tough as it is working two days and fitting chores in, being at home all day every day is hard and you mums don’t get enough credit.

So what do I think is best?  Personally when I meet another mum I couldn’t give a damn whether she works or not; I couldn’t care less if she wants to work or not, has to work or not.

She’s a mum and mum’s do whatever is best, who are we to judge.  We are one big sisterhood after all.

A mum is a mum and whatever she thinks, decides and ultimately does; it is always in her child/children’s best interest.

 

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Hello! I’m Lisa, a 30-something mum of one, wife, undomestic goddess and blog-brains behind Pass the Prosecco… Please.

I love to write and I generally blog about parenting, my mental health issues and food.  Expect the good, the bad and the downright ugly!

 

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#MumisBest Guest Post – Nahdia from Nahdz_Adventures

#MumisBest Guest Post – Nahdia from Nahdz_Adventures

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 Nahdia from Nahdz_Adventures!

 

My name is Nahdia and I am a mum of two boys aged 6 and 3. Currently I work 3 days a week as my partner is a bus driver and with his shift patterns I need to be able to do the school run and house domestics.I feel like someone needs to hold down the fort. One thing I wanted my boys to have is consistency. So when my eldest started school I started working part time because I didn’t want everyday someone different to pick him up. I have the support from his dad, my mum, my sister, my brother etc. But I felt like it was putting a strain on others plus every week it was someone different which I felt wasn’t fair on a year one child. I decided to put him in after school clubs on the days I worked because I worked around the corner from him and only needed childcare for a 30 minute period. I know do a pick up share with one of the parents, I pick up her son one day of the week and she picks up mine 1-2 times of the week.

 

Currently I work in a school which means I work term time and get all the holiday’s off with my children. For me this works brilliantly because I wouldn’t want to dream of sending them to holiday clubs. This is just my opinion of my children going out on trips with these clubs I wouldn’t feel comfortable. Working 3 days a week and having the term times off is perfect for me at the moment. However when my youngest starts school I will have another hurdle to cross as I would want to work more hour which would fit around term time. I love working part time because it gives me the days off with my youngest to pre him for school and do early years related activities.

 

I’ve thought about working full time and I always think, when will I do my food shopping? When will I get to mop and polish? Would I spend my Saturday’s just cleaning? So now this is a turn off but eventually I will have to make it work.


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#MumisBest Guest Post – Denver from Denver’s Diary

#MumisBest Guest Post – Denver from Denver’s Diary

 

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  Denver from Denver’s Diary!

 

Back in my Great Grandma’s life, (when she was a young woman), without question when she had her children, she would be a stay at home mum. That’s how things worked backed then, the women stayed at home raising the babies and the men slaved away at work all day. Progressively, over the years things have changed and luckily, some of us get the option to go back to work OR stay at home (under our own will). For those mums who don’t have a choice and must go to work AND raise children, I think you are magic, it takes real guts to do both! I have been so lucky that I can stay at home with my baby without financial worry, I cannot imagine having to work on top of raising a child. Caring for a baby is a full-time job, never mind having the stress of going to work on top of that as well (seriously, working mums must be superheroes).

That being said, as lucky as I am to spend day after day with my bubba, it can get very, very lonely and repetitive. I moved to Scotland to be with my partner, that means we live 250 miles away from my family, my partner’s family and all our friends. We chose to take the plunge and do this due to my partner’s work, at the time we were child free and it was the leap we had to take to further our relationship. So, as you can imagine, being at home with a baby all day with no help from family or friends can make you feel insane. Especially when you have had no adult interaction or conversation all day. I went through a phase of being jealous of my partner, because he could escape the duties of being a parent and go off to work, talk to likeminded people (even if it is just about work stuff) and not be worrying when the next feed is.

After a while of feeling sorry for myself, I sat and had a think about how hard my partner works to provide for us and how heart wrenching it must feel to not be able to spend time with his baby apart from weekends and booked days off. I honestly wouldn’t change being a stay at home mum for the world. Even though sometimes I feel like screaming (and sometimes I stand outside and do) I get to be here for every milestone, development and lesson my baby learns. If I was to go to work, that is what I would be sacrificing.

I think working mums and stay at home mums get a lot of s**t. If you’re working, you’re being selfish, if you stay at home, you’re being lazy. You can’t win either way. That’s why, all mums whether you’re a stay at home mum or not need to support each other. If we don’t have each other’s backs, then who will? Stay at home mums, you’re amazing. Working mums, you’re amazing. And every mum in between, you’re amazing too.

 

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I’m a Yorkshire girl living in Scotland with my fiancé, baby boy & dog. I love all things old and weird. The purpose of this blog is to document my struggles as a mother and the joy of raising my son, I’m definitely no expert at it and I’m just trying to be the best parent i can be. Hopefully, along the way, i can encourage other mums to support and help each other, to try and figure out this impossible job called ‘parenting’.

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#Blogstravaganza #19

#Blogstravaganza #19

Happy Saturday you lovely linkers!

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week and have enjoyed the sunshine.  We had a great turn out last week with 48 links, thank you all so much!

We have a fab little community over on Instagram too, again thank you all so much for tagging your photos with #Blogstravaganza.  I love Instagram so it’s great to see you all over there!

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My favourite post from last week was Postpartum Body – A Husband’s Perspective from Autumn’s Mummy.  A lot of us feel differently about our bodies after having children, this fabulous post is proof that what we see isn’t always what others see!  Laura, 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 week!

 

Don’t forget the join the #Blogstravaganza – Blog Share & Support group on Facebook.  If you want to share your posts, get some advice from fellow bloggers or simply have a chat, do head over and check it out!

 

I’m still on the look out for guest posts for my new series #MumisBest, if you’d like to take part please get in touch!

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Building Reading Habits For Baby Bookworms

Building Reading Habits For Baby Bookworms

We all like different things.  It’s what makes the world turn.  Things would be boring otherwise. Even when we like the same things, we like doing them in different ways.  Take reading, for example.  For some reason that we can’t quite fathom, it’s not for everyone.   Even the tastes of established bookworms vary.  We’re not only talking genre, though that’s one huge difference. Often, tastes change in the way people read. Some people can read whilst walking.  Others wouldn’t dream of picking up a book unless they knew they could finish a chapter. Some people can read while they cook or clean. Others like to snuggle down and get stuck in, but what if you’ve just started on your reading journey?  You won’t know what suits you yet, and the advice varies so much that it could be hard to decide.  That’s why we’ve taken a look at some of the favourite reading spots out there.  Whether you choose to take inspiration from each of these or follow them the way they are, they’re sure to give you some ideas.

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The first thing to consider is comfort.  Of course, it’s not necessary for everyone.  Those who read while they’re walking have given up the quest for comfort to pursue their passion.  For most of us though the more comfortable we are while reading, the better.  We love books so much because they allow us to escape, right?  So, it makes sense that we find a comfortable spot in which to escape! It can also help with all these spots, to stock up on a hot drink and a packet of cookies.  Who doesn’t love a snack whilst they read?  Trust me, once you’re settled in the perfect spot, you aren’t going to want to move!

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A LIBRARY

While it’s not necessary to surround yourself with books, it can help get you into the reading mood.  Every book lover knows that having books all around makes for the best reading environment.   A library also gives you a space where you can keep all those books you’ll be buying.  So, if you have a spare room you should give some serious thought to making a library.

So, how do you go about making the perfect library?  Of course, this all comes down to personal taste.  There’s no getting around the fact that you’ll need bookcases.  It’s worth buying more than you need.  Book collections have a baffling habit of growing at a fast rate.  Don’t worry if you have empty shelves for a while.  Get creative and use them to display ornaments or things that add something to the room. You’ll be glad of those extra shelves.  There’s nothing worse than having to curb your book obsession because you don’t have room for any more.  Chances are you would buy them anyway and end up stacking them all over the place.  Not that we’re against the odd book stack!

That’s the shelving taken care of, but how is this going to become your favourite reading spot? That’s where your library chair comes into play.  Every good library has a comfortable chair.  Pick a chair that you can imagine yourself relaxing in. Think about your reading tastes as they stand. Do you like to stretch out, or are you happy to curl up in an armchair?  If you want space, you could opt for a library sofa instead.  Who said you have to stick with tradition?  Then, stock up on blankets and cushions to suit your tastes.   Don’t forget to buy a small table to go next to your chair, you’ll need it for your snacks and drinks!

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THE PERFECT BEDROOM

Talking of readers who like to relax, many readers enjoy reading in bed.  It makes sense. What better place to escape and unwind in the evening?  Of course there are more reasons to get the perfect bed than just making it right for reading, but to make this the perfect reading spot stock up on new pillows from somewhere like Plumeria Bay.  These will ensure you’re comfortable when you read and sleep.  You could stock up on a nice blanket here, too!  To make things more relaxing, you could also stock up on some candles. Nothing beats a little candlelight and a beautiful scent whilst you’re reading.  To add to the atmosphere, you could stock up on literary inspired candles for the occasion.

Think about the lighting in your room.  Stark lighting isn’t going to help you relax.  If anything, it’ll glare off the page and give you a headache.  To ensure you can read for as long as you want, think about dimming that lighting a little.  It’s worth stocking up on bedside lamps that you can turn on and off at your discretion.  They’ll offer a much more relaxing ambiance to the room.  They’ll also ensure the glare on your page won’t be too much.

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ON THE SOFA

Reading on the couch is always a treat.  Much like with reading in bed, it allows you to stretch out and relax.  The good thing about couch reading is that your brain is less likely to think it’s bed time.  That’s not to say that it’s not easy to fall asleep on the sofa.  It most definitely is!  If you live on your own, you’ll be able to enjoy all the uninterrupted couch time you like.  The best part about this is that you can use it as an excuse to stop watching television!  Instead of watching programs you have no interest in, get lost in a book that you love.

If you live with your family, it may be a little harder to find decent chunks of sofa time.  Does your family turn the television on the moment they get home?  No surprises there. Get into the habit of grabbing the chances when you can.  If you have a free house for an hour, hop on the sofa and get reading.  If your partner reads too, you could encourage him to stop watching television in the evenings.  It could do you both the world of good!

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THE KITCHEN?

Ok this one isn’t so much about comfort, but it’s worth mentioning anyway.  Many people seem to enjoy reading in the kitchen.  It is after all, the hub of most homes.  The good thing about reading in the kitchen is that you’re close to everything you need.  You can have all the hot drinks you like when the kettle’s right beside you.  Snacks won’t be a problem, either!  Bear in mind that there may be some traffic through the kitchen if you have a family at home.  For perfect kitchen reading, you’ll need to learn how to block out distractions.  If you get used to people coming and going as you read, you might find you’re able to read when you’re out and about too!

To add some comfort to the experience, stock up on some good kitchen chairs.  It’s worth either buying padded seats or investing in some seat covers for them.  Hours of reading on a hard chair are sure to leave you with a numb bum! Find a position that you’re happy with.  It might be worth sticking your feet up on another chair, just don’t let the kids see you!   Think about buying yourself a special mug for the occasion.  As you’re going to be drinking more hot beverages, you could always get a unique literary mug for your reading sessions!

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#MumisBest Guest Post – Helen from Talking Mums

#MumisBest Guest Post – Helen from Talking Mums

Welcome to the first 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 Helen from Talking Mums!

 

What kind of mum is best for a child?

 

When I saw the opportunity to take part in Zoe’s new series I really wanted to have my say. I feel like I can express both points of view. You see after my first child I went back to work when she was 10 months old. Doing what many families do and placed her in nursery 3 days a week from 8am until 5.15pm. Nursery cost us half my monthly income. This was a bill for approx. £600 per month. I did this because I had too. My OH had a full time job, we were looking at buying a family home, we wanted to go holidays and have a comfortable lifestyle. To do this, going to work was necessary. There was also the aspect that my career is something I have worked really hard for and I actually think I do a pretty good job too.

 

I don’t regret this decision either. Pops flourished at nursery. I hated leaving her for such a long day but she seemed to love it. I enjoyed going to work (mostly) and keeping that part of my identity. I gave up the monotony of cbeebies from maternity leave to actually having adult conversations and felt like I was actually helping people doing my job. I did feel like I had a nice balance of working part time and being at home.

 

Roll on to baby number two. About half way through maternity leave our eldest started school. This was the game changer. My job is a 1 hour and 15 min drive away. To start work at 08:30 I need to leave home at 7am. No school breakfast club at that time! At the other end of the day I don’t get home until 6 – 6:30pm, guess what no after school club open till that time. Could I find a registered childminder in my area – no! I asked around, I had lists from the council and checked websites too. The nearest childminders didn’t do drop offs and pick ups at the school Pops would attend. We also have no help from family.

 

So what to do? Fortunately, over the years my OH has worked hard and does well with his work. So the discussion of a career break came up. I would be taking a 5 year break in my career and not have my own income but yet I would be able to stay at home with Pud, not pay someone else to look after him and get to do all the school stuff with Pops. My career will always be there so long as I keep up my registration through a few shifts a year. I figured I may regret not doing it, but I would be unlikely to regret doing it.

 

I applied for it and got it. I’ve been a SAHM now for about 3 short months following maternity leave. Positives are as I said above. Downsides are the strange adjustment to not going to work, a loss of identity and my own income. I also feel this sense of needing to be superwoman. I’m at home therefore I should have time and should be able to achieve so much including a tidy house and attend multiple playgroups. But I don’t, having a clingy toddler inhibits this to some extent.

 

I guess what I’m trying to get across is that most of make our decisions based on circumstances and necessity. Not often on choice alone. There is always a sense of ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’ but I think it’s only natural to miss what you don’t have. When you are a working mum you miss not spending time with your children. When you’re a SAHM you miss the social side to work and the professional identity you once had. It hard to have it all and find the perfect balance. Part time work is advantageous with flexible working to accommodate childcare but this is pretty hard to come by.

 

We all as mums want to do the very best for our children. An inevitable part of this desire is feeling guilty about what we feel we can’t or don’t do. This pushes us to justify the decisions we make, which can sometimes be construed as belittling the people who have made the opposite decision. There is no perfect solution in my mind, we just have to make the most of our situations. Whichever way our paths take us, being a working mum or a SAHM offer benefits to our children as do they have drawbacks. Neither one superseding the other.

 

Children will be thrive in whichever setting they grow up. So what kind of mum is best for a child? Well in my book it’s a mum who makes it clear to their child they are loved. Whether you are a working mum or a SAHM you do this all the time without thinking. So keep calm and carry on being a mum!

 

 

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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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Making the Most of Life Around Shift Work

Making the Most of Life Around Shift Work

Since Hub’s changed his job two years ago, as a family we’ve had to get used to living life around his shift patterns.  Previously he worked Monday to Friday.  They were long hours and he brought a lot of work home, but it was Monday to Friday nonetheless.  He was always here during the night and our weekends were guaranteed downtime from the daily grind.

Hub’s left behind the Monday to Friday routine in favour of the most irregular shift patterns known to man!  As a saver of lives he works nights, afternoons, twilights and every shift in-between.  It’s been incredibly difficult for me to accept the way of life that shift work brings, at first it seemed so alien for Hub’s to be out all night and asleep all day.

Shift work can mean that Hub’s misses seeing the children for days on end, so over the last two years we have developed a few little life hacks that make family life and shift work a little more compatible!

 

  1. After a night shift, we have breakfast as a family before Hub’s goes to bed.  I hate night shifts and I wish he didn’t have to work them.  But seeing as that’s something I can’t change we make the best of them by eating breakfast as a family.  Twenty minutes of catching up, laughter and cuddles with the kids sets us both in good stead for the day.  I always look forward to breakfast on these days, often they don’t last long enough!
  2. We have dinner as a family before Hub’s goes to work.  Similar to having breakfast together, this makes it feel like we have all enjoyed some quality time together before Hub’s heads out.  The nights can be long once the kids have gone to bed so grabbing some time at dinner is important to keep me sane!
  3. Whenever our ‘weekend’ falls, we make the most of it.  More often than not our ‘weekend’ falls on any day but Saturday or Sunday, this can often mean that we miss out on a lot of occasions.  On a positive note though, places are often much quieter and easier to get around on weekdays.  Staying in too much is no good for anyone, so even if it’s Monday and everyone else is back at work, we get up and get out to make the most of our time as a family.
  4. Acceptance.  The key to making the most of shift work is accepting the situation that you’re in.  Even if it doesn’t seem ideal, often there’s nothing that can be done to change it.  Accepting that this is where you’re at marks the beginning of a blissful work/family relationship!  Truthfully, I’m still working on this one but with these little life hacks thrown in, it’s definitely becoming a little easier.

 

Do you have to plan family life around shift work?  What life hacks have you developed to make the most of it?

 

JakiJellz
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Spring Garden Inspiration

Spring Garden Inspiration

Spring is soon to be upon us and I for one cannot wait.  It’s my favourite time of year, the nights begin to get lighter and the weather (hopefully) starts to improve.  At this time of year our thoughts turn to ‘Spring cleaning’ our garden, saving it from its dishevelled Winter state!

I love getting the girls outside into the garden, we don’t have a huge space but it’s enough for them to have fun and explore in.  This year Hubs and I have decided to revamp our outdoor space, our aim is inject a bit of adult into our extremely child friendly garden.  I would really love to have a corner to myself where I can read, work and relax with a glass of fizz on those long Summer nights!

Perusing over many Pinterest Pins and Instagram profiles has given me an idea of what I would like.  Here are some of the best bits I found along the way!

A Rattan Daybed

I adore this Rattan Daybed from Fishpools, it looks so relaxing and would be a perfect addition to our garden.  I’m looking out of the window as I write, planning where to put it! I think the children would love to spend some time on this too.

 

Santiago Rattan Daybed

 

Garden Relaxer Chairs

Now that my two girls are old enough to play together, it’s so nice to be able to sit back for a little while and watch them, without having to hang over them constantly.  I love these relaxer chairs from John Lewis, also perfect for Hub’s and I to chill out on after a long day of work and/or parenting!

Royalcraft Windsor Relaxer

 

Outdoor Family Dining Set

There’s nothing better than eating meals outside when the weather is nice, especially if it’s been cooked on the BBQ!  We have a very old and tired dining set, it just has to be replaced.  This drop leaf number is great for setting extra places when a BBQ turns into a party, the more the merrier I say!

APPLARO Dining Set

 

Patio Heater

Once the sun goes in, it would be nice to stay outside without shivering!  Adding a patio heater would mean that Hubs and I could sit out and watch the stars, instead of retreating to watch Coronation Street.  Who said romance was dead!?  I love the shape of this pyramid patio heater from Bridgeman.

 

Pyramid Patio Heater

 

Do you love Spring?  Are you planning on making any changes to your garden this year?  Do you already have the garden of your dreams?


*This is a collaborative post.

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