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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Let The Fun Begin - Vlogmas 2016

Vlogmas starts tomorrow and to say I'm excited is a little bit of an understatement! 


Last year I had only been making videos for a few months and had never vlogged in public or shared my day to day life before. Vlogging for me was a new adventure. So instead of going in and falling  flat on my face I decided not to put a lot of pressure on myself and do a weekly vlogmas instead of daily. 

Weekly was great, it didn't matter if I forgot to vlog for a few hours. It gave me time to settle into this new weird routine of talking to a camera during the day. However by the end of December i couldn't believe how much i loved it, I felt a little lost during the christmas period not talking away to the camera. 

I couldn't believe how many people were pressing that subscribe button on a daily basis and were leaving so many nice comments. People actually cared and loved the boys and enjoyed watching me even if I was mopping the kitchen floor :)


So to start 2016 off with a bang, I decided to weekly vlog. I wanted to set myself a challenge and weekly vlogging was the way forward. It made me confident, more relaxed in my sit down videos and  more relatable to my subscribers.



My YouTube journey still amazes me to this day. I never thought over a year ago I would be sitting down talking to a camera confidently and sharing my life with over a 1000 people. 

This year Vlogmas is going to be daily and I'm so so so excited.... Daily vlogging is challenging, especially if your having a bad day. However VLOGust prepared me and going back to weekly vlogs felt a bit wired again. However I know daily vlogging isn't possible for me, i don't have that much of an interesting life and being a mother and wife still has to come first. 

I just wanted to write this post to reminisce on how and when my vlogging adventure started and also  to thank all of you. I know I say it on a regular occurrence but I honestly do feel so honoured to have all of you. I call you my online family because thats how I feel. You support and care for us and that means so much. You are all so important to me and without you I wouldn't be the same Blogger and Vlogger I am today. So Thank you.

Thanks For Reading 

P.S Remember from tomorrow there will be a video live EVERY DAY on my YouTube channel.
So don't forget to hit that SUBSCRIBE button if you haven't already and be apart of my online family.  

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Children's Book Christmas Present Challenge

With unforgettable characters and unexpected adventures, these stories can last a lifetime 
No batteries required!


Brit Mums and Penguin Random House have been working together to share their love of books and why they think books make the best christmas presents. They came up with this brilliant idea to send bloggers three books for an age category they selected and asked them to think who they would wrap them up for as a christmas present.  

I was selected to be apart of this challenge and yesterday i received my three random books from Penguin. 

My three books are - 
Girl Online - Going Solo
by Zoe Sugg


Diary Of A Wimpy Kid - Double Down
by Jeff Kinney


The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop
by Clare Balding


I was a little worried doing this challenge due to not having many children in either side of our families. However within minutes I knew who I would be wrapping them up for.

Firstly Girl Online going solo would go to Charlie's niece. She loves Zoe Sugg AKA Zoella. What teenage girl doesn't? I know she has the other two Girl Online books and this one would complete her collection. 

Secondly Diary of the wimpy kid I would wrap up for my oldest son Taylor. He loves the wimpy kid. He has bought a few home from school and you just hear him giggling away to himself sitting on the sofa reading them. 

Finally The racehorse who wouldn't gallop I will be wrapping up for my god daughter. She has been bought up around horses and has a mum that is horse crazy. So this book is perfect for both of them to read together. 

Have you bought anyone a book for christmas? If so who and what book?

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Making New Friends In Adulthood

One person can change the way you feel!



Just over a year ago I saw a picture on Instagram of a landmark of where I live so I liked the picture and took a look at the persons profile. She was also a mum of all boys and a blogger. I then went back to the picture and left a comment asking if she lived where i did. 

From that point we spoke on and off by DM on Instagram and then on the 30th of October 2015 we meet up and took all the boys to a near by park. At this point we realised how close we lived to one another and that our boys went to the same nursery, what a small world....


From that day we have been a little bit inseparable. Our friendship was so unexpected for me and her too but i think we have saved each other from going insane. haha. 

I never thought i was going to find a friend that i could open up to like i do with Hannah, We sit and laugh and moan about our men, we obviously talk about the blogging world, (which hannah has helped me so much with) She has been there for me through thick and thin when i have needed her, weather that is accompanying me to appointments or to check that i locked the front door :)  I just feel so at ease with her, i never thought that would happen again especially with a girl.


I have always been the person that used to be known as the girl that got on better with boys more then girls. Which was difficult for my senior school years when i went to an all girls school. I had the odd girl friend but only a handful, what i think goes back to losing me childhood friend Vicky to cancer at just 9 years old. I just didn't want anyone to take my best friends place even though she was no longer with us. Every time i got close to someone i cut them off..... Looking back now i don't really know why.

My Friendship with Hannah has felt different from day one, I don't know why or what it is but it just is.  

I saw a friendship necklace in Next on one of our many shopping trips, I automatically picked up two and knew i wanted to get us one each to match. This was a big deal for me, i have never had a friendship necklace with anyone else apart from Vicky. I still have my half of the forever friend heart pendant she bought me. I just wanted to show Hannah how much I appreciate her and our friendship.


Hannah has been the one person that has come into my life that has changed how i feel. My friendship with her has bought me out of my shell making it easier for me to approach other people and to gain more friendships. 

Unfortunately Hannah is moving in just a few days and not just around the corner. She's moving to Norfolk which is over 140 miles away and will be over a 2 hour drive to see her. Of corse i am so happy for her and the boys having a nice fresh start, a new amazing house and being in a little village by family. However it has hit me hard, i feel i am losing a friend again. I know this isn't going to happen and myself and hannah will keep in contact and try and meet up as much as possible.

I just wanted to write a post about my friendship with Hannah for many reasons, but mostly to share the message that you are never to old to make new friends, there is always a space in your life for a new person and most importantly to tell Hannah how much she and her boys mean to me.

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Mens Christmas Gift Guide 2016

I thought it was just my man that was hard to buy for, but so many of you have been asking for a mans christmas gift guide so it can't be. It must just be a man thing! 



I have come up with several categories with gift ideas at a variety of prices. Hopeful you will you will find this guild useful and give you some ideas for that man you are buying for this year. 


Gadgets


What man doesn't like a gadget! There are so many great things on the market now at a range of prices.

1. Kindle/ Tablet -  If he is a reader or always online and social media. Then this gadgets are perfect for him.

2.  Drone -  Drones are really popular at the moment, this is one gadget I think all men would love. If you are working with a budget don't panic it is still definitely do able. There are plenty of drones out there for people on lots of different budgets it just depends what your looking for. 

3. Go Pro - If your man is sporty a Go pro will be perfect. With so many accessories available you can buy the right part for him to attach the Go Pro to. 

4. Aneroid watch - This is a great, more affordable alternative of the apple watch. 

6. Multi Head Screwdriver - Men like to think there hands on, weather they are or not. This handy little screwdriver is a cool little tool to keep indoors for them some little jobs.  

Sport



The only sport Mr B likes is Golf. Which after a few christmases buying golf balls and tees it can become boring and repetitive. However there are many other sports and even though it can sometimes feel it takes over the TV, weekends and well their lives think as it as a plus for christmas present ideas :) 

1.  Shirt - What ever team they support in Football, Rugby or F1, shirts are a nice gift.

2.  Shoes/Trainers - New Shoes for the sport they play.

3.  Golf Set - Accessories for that sport they play. 

4.  Bobble Hat - For outside sports the hats with the headphones inside are brilliant. Especially for winter time. 

Day Experience



There are so many companies out the now doing day/ weekend experiences. I think they are a brilliant idea if your not sure what to get him.

1. Bungee jump - For them brave thrill seekers.

2. Stadium Tour - Take a visit to the stadium of their favourite football team. 

3. High Speed drive - Another thrill seeker experience to drive a sports car of their choice. 

4. Flying Lesson - Have they ever said they wanted to learn how to fly a plane? I found that as a day experience. 


Work


I know, I know your probably thinking a work category, really? But think about it, Its something their going to use on a day to day basis. Ive tried to think of a few things for a few different job types. 

1. A holdall - A few friends of mine husbands/partners work away from home. Weather its just over the weekend, during the week or for longer. A new holdall will make a lovely gift for him to take with him on his travels. 

2.  Belt -  Maybe your man works in an office and wears a suit. A new leather designer belt will make that nice finishing touch. 

3. Briefcase - Does your man have a lot of paperwork to take to and from work? This way he will have somewhere to put it and not leaving it all over the house miss placing it. 

4. Travel Mug - Travelling to and from work in the morning is the worst. However a cup of tea can fix everything. Its gonna keep him warm and awake and hopefully give him a better start to the day. 

5. Pen, Cufflinks and Tie pin - When i saw this set I thought teacher, doctor, estate agent, solicitor etc.   This again is a nice finishing touch to a mans suit. 

Essentials



Essentials are called essentials for a reason, We use them everyday. So is it really bad giving someone Socks, Smellies and Slippers? 

1. Dressing Gown - A new soft furry dressing gown is perfect for cold winter nights. 

2. Pjs - Another way to keep nice and warm during the colder months.

3. Shaving Set - Shaving kits are a brilliant essential, he uses this pretty much everyday. That is unless your man grows a beard. :) To make it more special you could get a nice brand of products.   

4. Smellies - Aftershave, shower gel and sprays are another get essential. They will be used during the year.

5. Slippers - Who doesn't like a new pair of slippers for during the cold winter months.

6. socks - Everyone wear socks... apart from in the summer But thats a whole six months away yet :) 


I hope this has help you and gave you  few ideas for the man/men you are buying for.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Illness has hit our home

Its the season to be jolly...... Sorry i mean ill

Last Monday I came down with something I'm not initially sure what it was, but i was shivering and got to sit in bed all day with Charlie bringing me cups of tea. Luckily whatever it was it didn't hang about for long and by the next morning I was fine.  

I thought we had been lucky and dodged the colds so far but over the past few days Freddie has suffered with a runny nose and a horrible dry cough. 

Today i kept him home with me and we had a cozy day in on the sofa watching Blaze, Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig.


This to me is the worst thing about Autumn/ Winter time. Children catching things for school and nursery. It takes days to get rid of the dam thing for it to return in a few day where they have caught it again. 

What do you do to keep the colds at bay? Are your children that always catch whats going around? 

Hopefully Taylor and Mr B can keep away from the illnesses especially with just 5 more Monday's till christmas. Ahhhhhhh! 

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Electric is the way forward!

Trying to brush a toddlers teeth can be tricky!

I don't know about you but trying to get them little teeth brushed with a tooth brush is a mission. Your child thinks your a crazy mother, holding their chin for their head to tip to see what your doing. Yet telling them to keep their mouth open so they don't bite on the brush. Making all the silly nosies Ahhhhhh and Eeeeeeeee! What must our children think!? 

Brush time was stressful for us with Freddie, Thats until I invested in the Oral B electric tooth brush.

Over a year ago now Mr B, Taylor and I made the transition from a regular brush to electric ones. At this point Freddie had just turned two and the brush i wanted for him was from 3+. So i carried on with the struggles for the next year. 

A few months back we were doing our weekly shop in Asda and the Oral B Micky Mouse electric brush was on special offer. I whipped it up. 

Brush time is so much more easier and less stressful now. He now doesn't need to be bribed to brush his teeth, he can't wait! He runs upstairs and grabs it after breakfast and before heading to bed.

Look how happy he is..... do you and your children use electric tooth brushes?



























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