Welcome to this brand new tag, I love tags, I find them fantastic for getting to know other bloggers and learning new things about each other and this one is for the parent bloggers of the world, because lets face it, there aren’t many of these floating about that are for us lonely parent bloggers trying to make some waves in the world..

The tag has been created by The Mulberry Bush which is a fantastic little shop full of wonderful wooden toys and who support and love parent bloggers too.. but enough of my ramblings..

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1. What were you not expecting/not prepared for before becoming a parent?– I honestly wasn’t expecting just how exhausted I was going to be, you are always told that its hard work and that you will be tired but I have been in tears over how tired I have felt and also just how lonely and isolated it can be.

2. What is your main piece of advice for new parents? – Just to not listen to anyone elses advice, parenting is a journey that you must make your own mistakes and paths and should never listen to what anyone says regardless of how good their intentions are.

3. How do you encourage family time at home? – I don’t think I do encourage it, it just sort of happens.. I feel like making them do something only causes arguments.

4. How do you balance being a blogger with parental duties? – I manage to fit it around nap times and quiet times which is few and far between haha.

5. What was your favourite toy growing up? – I had this stuffed cat called Twinkle that I won at a country fayre thing when I was 7, she came with me everywhere

6. Have you kept any of your toys from childhood? – I have kept two actually, one is a blanket that I have had since birth and the other is this bunny that has been stitched up more times than I can count.

7. What are your children’s favourite toys? – Amelia loves anything to do with my little pony, Kai is addicted to cars and planes and Robin just likes anything, although she does have a cute cuddly toy robin called Bob that goes everywhere with her.

8. Do you actively limit the amount of screen time your kids have? – At the end of a school day I do let them veg in front of the tv for a bit but at weekends I do try and limit their time watching anything.

9. How do you reduce plastic waste in your home? – Reusable bottles, buying wooden toys, avoiding excessive food packaging, etc.? – this is one of the hardest things to do, because there simply is so much of it, we try and reuse any bottles we buy.

10. What advice would you give to parents who want to start blogging? – Dont do it if you are only out to get money and be popular, make sure you are blogging for YOU and no one else!

~ I TAG ~

Becca

Vicki

Maria

Clare

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I am going to hold my hands up and say it, I am a terrible blogger, When i first started back in 2016 I wanted to blog every day, documenting my daily life and shopping hauls that I did… then along came writers block and I stopped finding motivation to blog and I felt that I didn’t have enough to talk about..

Then roughly around July time I got the bug, I wanted to write more and more, I made myself have weeks scheduled in advance and I felt proud of myself but then sometime around November shortly after I completed Blogtober I crashed, I stopped finding inspiration and I felt like the bottom fell out of my life.. and while I tried as much as I could to keep going I found myself more and more interested in taking those important days off more and not really caring as much and today I am behind on a lot of things, Photograph Sunday took a two week break and I am extremely behind on review posts and even my Glossybox Roundup, its stressing me out and I hate myself for it but after taking some time out and to sit on it I thought about that the best thing to do would be to talk about it.

I honestly don’t know where I want my blog to go, I don’t know what my ‘niche’ is because I guess I do not have one, I write about things that I like and it sometimes bothers me that we need to have a single thing to write about over and over again.. at what point did blogging become a job that required one subject.

So I guess this is my ‘I am not going to be that kind of blogger’ blog post, as much as I would love this to be a paying thing I have to think about what might happen to the tax credits me and my husband rely on to get the children clothes or stuff for school if I decide to earn a sum of money.. I guess the hope is that.. while some months are going to be good others wont and I dont want to rely on something that could one day not be there for a month..

I dont have a niche as a blogger and I am proud of that.

You don’t need to have one set rule as a blogger, its your little space in the internet and while I feel like I cant even get over a writers block on some days, I hope to own those days when I can.

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Its a dangerous thing, waking up around midnight to go make a bottle for a baby who cannot feed themselves they all care about the bottle.. or the boob and all you want to do is go back to sleep but the one thing I end up doing is getting my phone out and opening up ebay…

Mine was always Next, Shortly after Robin was born, expecting a bigger baby I had no newborn clothes.. or that was my excuse anyway, she was born tiny and needed a LOT of newborn clothes rather than what I got which was 0-3 month sizes, so the week after we got home from the hospital, around 1 am during a nighttime bottle I sat on Next and used up all my old gift cards from Christmas getting her a lovely little selection of clothes..

But the midnight shopping didn’t stop at clothes, I got some fake flowers, countless blankets, Pink Lining bags, mug… you name it, I was on ebay at silly o’clock while feeding a newborn and ended up buying things in the haze of those first few mad weeks of new baby

And it got me wondering, is this a thing? or am I the only one who would sit up with a phone next to a feeding baby (Dont judge!) and it turns out im not..

Siobhan from The Baby Boat Diaries saysMy most recent buys have been a memory stick (because my phone is full of photos and the memory keeps getting full meaning my apps can’t update) and The Boss Baby on DVD for my 2 year old as it is her new favourite film and makes a welcome change to Despicable Me 1,2 &3 

Zoe from Lycra Widow saysI have a collection of about 20 dresses. All Reiss, Hobbs, LK Bennet, etc. Pretty much all of them were purchased on eBay when half asleep with a maximum bid limit. I would only remember them when my phone would ping to say I’d won an item! I do love and wear them all though! 

Danielle from Tiny Tripping says –  Omg. So much nonsense. I’ve basically spent a lot of money on questionable ASOS clothing in the wee hours. My face is my “Saved by the Bell” swimming costume which looks like the 80s was sick on it. I’m feeding now and tabbing between Facebook and ASOS as I type.

Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures says – I love mugs and during the night feeds I would go on ebay and search for vintage ones I now have 3 crates of mugs in the loft ! Yes I didn’t sleep for 2 years.

Emma from Emma Reed says –  I did this week but it was actually quite sensible. I bought the pram clips because I keep seeing everyone with them and thought they would be handy but I did have to add a cup holder because these sleepless nights are killing me and I need tea with me all the time!! 

Veronica from My Parenting Journey says – I did! I used to day dream about achieving my before-having-a-baby-figure and got obsessed with workout stuff. So far, I haven’t used any of them.

Kelly-Anne from Mimi Rose and Me says – Thinking way back to the baby feeding days and I made some crazy purchases in the late night feeds. One of the most bizarre ones was a “must have” net to cover our daughter Moses basket with, something that I never actually used. A dream book (like I was going to get sleep), Charlotte Crosby DVD – did it once and it nearly killed me!

So as you can see, its not just me who sits and buys when they probably shouldn’t, but lets face it, having a package turn up at the door a few days later is always a joy when you are sleep deprived and in need of some self care.

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Support is a rare thing, sometime you find it everywhere and others I have noticed become nonexistent, I am now coming up to my second year of publicly sharing my posts online and actively posting and talking to a group of people on twitter and around the community known as blogging and there is one thing I have noticed above all else is how mean some people can be.

So I have decided to share some of my favorite bloggers that I have developed friendships and really enjoyed reading of the past two years.

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My Girls and Me – Becca is one of the loveliest people I have met so far in blogging, shes honest and compassionate and I am so grateful to have gotten to know, her beautiful family are wonderful and I love hearing all the silly things both Miyah and Rosie get up to daily, There is a little plan in place for a meet up in the summer holidays and I just cannot wait.

The Honest Father – Mark might be considered controversial by many but hes such a nice chap and if I am fair, he lives up to his blogging name, he truly is honest and isn’t scared of anyone bringing him down and speaks truthfully about the types of bullshit that can occur in the blogging world.

Lady Writes – I met Chloe in a comment pod, Yes I do use them but I have learnt one thing about being in comment pods is that you find some amazing bloggers that are actually enjoyable to sit and read daily, she has just started up a Youtube channel which you can find here, and she is honestly the most down to earth ‘bigger’ lifestyle blogger I have met and is just utterly beautiful!

Fizzy Peaches – Lyndsay is just wonderful, I have been really enjoying reading her blog, her little family are adorable and they have about to become an even bigger family soon! I couldn’t be more excited for her.

TippyTupps – Vicki reminds me very much of myself, shes funny and has such an adorable family, I love how her blog isn’t just one thing but its her life from food and crafting to books, I have really enjoyed getting to know Vicki over the year.

Bringing Up the Berneys – Becky’s blog is I think the first lot of mum bloggers I started following when I decided to blog more back in early 2017, she has an absolutely adorable family and has just welcomed the cutest little boy into her family and I love seeing him on instagram when she shares videos and is one of the few I personally take time out to sit down and read her blogs when they go live.

Boston Book Reader – Kris is from Boston (if it isn’t obvious) and blogs about books but she also shares vlogs and other little lifestyle videos on her youtube here, I just love having one of her vlogs open while I cook lunch for the children and her book reviews are great! plus if you need some advice about crystals then shes the girl for you.

Busy Bee Mummy Bex – I know Rebecca through Instagram and through the BCApril16 lot, she has a fantastic blog that she set up after having her second child Hugo who has Bilateral Talipes to bring awareness to it, and you can read all through her life dealing with it from doctors appointments and other things life throws at you, Bex is my blogging inspiration and her instagram is goals!

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That’s enough of me rabbiting on about my favorites, who are yours?

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Valentines day isn’t something that me and Mr S bother doing, I remember talking to him when we first started dating about how we would just keep special days like our anniversary to share gifts and celebrate and that we both felt that it was a bit of a money making scheme but I do make an exception with handmade gifts.. which I feel shows more love than a cheap card from a store or some flowers that will die in a few days (I wont say no to chocolates of course 😉) but it doesn’t take away from the fact that I don’t enjoy seeing others share their beautiful gifts they get, I just feel personally that handmade is always the way to go when gift giving, that little extra something or that smudge of a finger print.

You may have seen my little review of the wonderfully fun Gel-A-Peel that I did last week which you can view here where I was asked to let Amelia’s creative juices flow and design her own diary, which she is now drawing in daily, I asked to again design away and make something for valentines day so we both got our design hats on and made some cute envelopes for Daddy!

I seriously love this stuff, its basically a silicone type substance that you can easily write with and make pictures and once its dry it goes into a rubbery texture and what I found wonderful about it all is the fact that the kits come with molds to create your own jewelry too that is handy if your child, like my Amelia cannot wear certain metals because they cause a allergic reaction.

To write I traced out the letters so that she could draw around them but everything else is completely by her hand and as I said in the previous post that once things are dry and you aren’t happy with how they look it is so easy to just peel (its there in the name) away and try it again, but make sure you leave a good 24 hours for everything to be completely dry or it will just smudge.

The only thing I will say about this product is that it can cause irritation to the skin, there are warning labels on it so make sure that you follow the instructions and directions correctly and always supervise your child when creating.


One very happy creative Valentine!

 

 

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This product was sent to me for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.