The Bedtime Tag

What are your worst sleep habits? Do you have a bedtime routine? I have been tagged by the fabulous Lynette at Reclusive Fox to share my bedtime secrets with you all! Here goes…

Describe your usual bedtime routine.

I don’t really have one personally. My daughter has created her herself one that includes me, but I don’t have my own.

What are your favourite pyjamas?

I don’t wear pyjamas per se, I usually sleep in vest tops (or a long sleeve tshirt if it is cold) and leggings.

What is your current bedtime reading?

Erm, twitter and facebook? LOL 😉

What would I find on your bedside table?

Nothing, I don’t have one.

What scent makes you sleepy?

Fresh bed linen!

What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?

It varies because of my daughter’s additional needs. But generally speaking, I tend to be a night owl. I am NOT a morning person.

What are your top three bedtime products?

Erm… my bed, my pillow and a duvet sound like good answers to me lol!

What is your most common sleeping position?

On my side.

Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

My phone. I know, I know….

What is your worst bedtime habit?

See above. I have a bad habit of looking at my phone in bed! 


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I now tag the following lovely bloggers to take part:

Coco Butter Blog

Hello Wanderer 

Johanna Montana

Becster

The Amphletts

Beauty And The Bird

The Bedtime Tag Questions

Describe your usual bedtime routine.

What are your favourite pyjamas?

What is your current bedtime reading?

What would I find on your bedside table?

What scent makes you sleepy?

What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?

What are your top three bedtime products?

What is your most common sleeping position?

Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

What is your worst bedtime habit?


The Bedroom Tag Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.
  • Display the Bedtime badge; which you can find at the top of this post. (save the picture)
  • Answer the ten questions included above.
  • Nominate between three and five fellow bloggers to take part, and set them the questions.

A Quick Cuppa With… Pure Nourish

I hope everyone is ok? Yesterday might have been considered blue Monday, but I hope it passed by in a rainbow of colours for you all! And if it didn’t, I hope today feels a little brighter… and please remember my inbox is always open!

Today my guest post series features Latoya of Pure Nourish talking about her biggest inspirations and her love of reading…

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Hi Latoya, thanks for being part of my guest series! Can you start by telling us abit about yourself?

I was born in South Africa and moved to Scotland when I was 8. I now live in Manchester with my partner, Drew and my daughter, Amber.

Name one random fact about yourself.

I have a Dettol obsession.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Blogger wise I love Zanna van Dijk and The Food Medic, they both give professional health and fitness tips and balance careers whilst being successful bloggers. Away from blogging Oprah and Michelle Obama. Both fiercely independent women who have came from very little to become the women they are today.

Tell me about your blog. What is the main theme? What inspired you to start it?

My blog started off just covering Nutrition, I had just given birth and I wanted to document my change in lifestyle and better food choices. It now covers health, food and lifestyle.

Do you blog full time or do you work as well? How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

At the moment I blog full-time and work 3/4 days a week during school hours. It is hard to juggle both and be a mum but I get up an hour earlier to do any admin like emails, schedule tweets and promote new posts. I also blog a lot at night once Amber is asleep.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

Don’t compare yourself to others. When I started out I would get frustrated at not being able to get to the gym as much as some health bloggers or have as much time to post recipes. But I was balancing work and being a mum and they were students with more time. It can be upsetting if other bloggers are getting opportunities that you aren’t, but if you work hard and network those opportunities will come your way.

Such wise sensible advice! I completely agree, thanks for that reminder. How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’?

I love reading, especially self-help books and self-development. My aim for 2017 is to read a book a month. Away from reading I enjoy walks with my family and I always make time to watch Coronation Street.

What are your favourite family activities, apart from walks?

Going for meals, we usually go for a nice lunch twice a month. We also enjoy country walks and art-based crafts.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

Our local park. Nice and close and it’s always quiet and well maintained.

Best family day out?

A family swim followed by ice-cream and home for Disney movies.

Sounds fabulous 🙂 

Thank you again for taking part!

You can find Latoya at her blog…

www.purenourish.co.uk


Or on instagram…

www.instagram.com/purenourish

Sylvanian Families Photo Captions

Squiggle has been taking it easy today because her energy levels are very low at the moment. But that didn’t stop her from getting the inspiration to create some simple Sylvanian Families scenes, then take photos of them and write captions. I love how Sylvanian Families continue to inspire her in such a variety of ways! Oh and she has just discovered emojis and hashtags, as you can see from the captions lol… 😬;)😂💗

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Sylvanians love playing rounders with chacklat labrordoors #sylvaniansport #rounders!.🐶

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Snowy day 
In sylvania i can see santa in his slay ! #christmas eve! #sylvanians 🎅😻💟🐰🍭⛄❄🎄

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Christmas eve night in sylvania #santashere #christmas night #sylvanians. 🎅🎄🎁🎅🐰💗💚💟💘💟⛄❄👍💗⛄❄👍🍪👍💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💟💟💚💚💚💗💗👍👍🎅👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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Christmas day in sylvania hire is one of meney of my presents #ChristmasDay #merrychristmas #sylvanianfamiles .         🌹🎁🎄🐰🐱🍭💟🎅🎄🎁❄⛄💟💟💘💗💚💚👍

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Look at the snow bunny i made, ive put my hat on it #sylvanians #snow.🐰🐇⛄❄💗💚👍🎅👍

Isn’t she just adorable?! I wonder what she will come up with next! 

A Quick Cuppa With… Mummy Lauretta

How are we up to the middle of January already? That seems impossible! Anyway, joining me for a quick cuppa today is mum of identical twin boys, Laura. 

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Hi Laura! Firstly please take a moment to introduce yourself…
My name is Laura, I’m 34 and a mum to 5 year old identical twin boys. I live in Nottingham with my partner who is Italian. I work 3 days a week in an office and qualified as an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor and Antenatal Practitioner last year.

My blog Mummy Lauretta is really in its infancy.  I started it in September last year. I’ve wanted to do it for a long time but what with studying and volunteering I’ve never found the time until now.  It’s a parenting and lifestyle blog.  I’m focusing on my life as a twin mum, family recipes and other things that interest me such as our days out, holidays and natural products I use.

My initial training is in languages. I graduated with a degree in Italian & Spanish in 2004. Everyone asks if that’s how I met my partner but we actually met randomly in a nightclub in Nottingham in the summer of 2003!

You sound busy! How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

I work 3 days a week now my boys are at school and with my NCT work and keeping the house clean etc I’m super busy.  I’m mostly working on my blog in the evenings when the boys have gone to bed so it’s slow progress but knowing that people are starting to read my work is amazing.  I have a calendar in the kitchen that is also a family organiser. Everyone has a column plus there is another for birthdays and other events.  As long as everything is written down on there I know what is going on and can keep on top of everything!

How do you relax? I’m not sure ‘spare’ time is the right word?! 😉

I’m part of a dance group and go to a class once a week. It’s only an hour but it’s my time where I can relax and de-stress.  When I’m in the mood and find time I love to read too. I recently read ‘Me before you’ during the Christmas break.

Who is your biggest inspiration? 
I suppose I would have to say my boys. They are constantly asking questions and look at the world so innocently.  Although sometimes it drives me crazy, it also makes me want to find out new things and expand my horizons.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

I’m so new to this that I’m not sure I can give any advice yet but if I had to say something thing it would be to just write about what you love and what inspires you.  Also read lots and aim to keep learning are two of my goals for 2017 🙂

Life with twins must be fun! What are your favourite family activities? 

We don’t get that much time to spend together as a foursome so our most common thing to do is to go to the park.  The boys take their bikes and we walk. We also love to watch family films together. For example, we recently watched Zootropolis and Kung Fu Panda 3.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

Rushcliffe Country Park. It takes about half an hour in the car to get there from our house but is brilliant for a family day out.  The children’s play area in my opinion is the best in the area with something for children big and small.  There is lots of green space, picnic areas, a lake, cycle paths, outdoor gym, bmx track and skateboard/scooter ramps.  All for a £1 voluntary car parking fee. The boys learnt to ride their bikes without stabilisers there this summer.

Best family day out? 

White Post Farm  – it’s a 15 minute drive from our house and we have spent so much time there. When the boys were 2 we got annual passes and were there on Wednesday afternoons nearly every week. The boys loved it and had their 3rd and 4th Birthday parties there.  There are animals outside and indoors, trampolines, a go kart track, outdoor play area, indoor soft play, indoor sledge track, lovely cafe and farm shop and pet shop too, something for everyone. 

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Photo taken by Peter Jones (Laura’s brother) www.peterjones.photography

Photo Credit: Peter Jones Photography 

Thank you for taking part and all the best with your goals for 2017! 

You can find Laura here…

Website: www.mummylauretta.com

Twitter: @mummylauretta

Instagram: @mummylauretta

Facebook: facebook.com/Mummy-Lauretta

Pinterest: mummylauretta

Shut The Box (Game Review)

Squiggle was given Shut The Box game for Christmas as a stocking filler. We hadn’t heard of this particular game before, until very recently when I spotted it on a gift guide and thought it looked fun. I was right!

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Shut The Box is a lovely wooden dice game that also has good educational value. The aim of the game is to successfully get all the numbers down from 1-9 so you can ‘shut the box’. The simple version is to roll both of the dice and then flip down one or two numbers to match the total on the dice. If you are unable to put down one or two numbers then it moves to the next player’s turn. There are different versions too, I found other instructions by searching online. 

The game can be single player or played with any number of people and is suitable for all ages from approx 6+ years. This means it is great for some family fun together, but it is also handy that it can be played alone, as it is great for those moments when someone needs to occupy themselves for a few moments! The version we have is pocket size, which also makes it useful to take when travelling too. 

I like that it is a simple game, nothing fancy about it, but yet is still both fun and educational. It is fab for practising maths skills, such as calculating and number bonds. I also love wooden toys and games, so that’s a bonus too! 

Our verdict: big thumbs up!

You can be in with a chance of winning your own Shut The Box game by entering my prize giveaway via rafflecopter below. 

Competition ends at midnight on 31st January 2017. T&Cs apply.

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Game Play Has No Negative Affect On Children?

A UK longitudinal study carried out on over 11, 000 children by the Medical Research Council at the University of Glasgow concluded that:

  • Watching TV for 3 hours or more daily at 5 years predicted increasing conduct problems between the ages of 5 years and 7 years.
  • No effects of TV at 5 years were found on hyperactivity/inattention, emotional symptoms, peer relationship problems or prosocial behaviour.
  • Playing electronic games at 5 years was not associated with increased risk of problems.

The results are interesting but I do feel rather than take them at face value, it is important to think about the study itself. The original research paper can be found on the British Medical Journal website.

Firstly, the most obvious point is perhaps that it is carried out by survey and therefore relies on the parent’s perspective of their child, and also assumes they have tracked screen time correctly and recorded it accurately. Although the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) given to the parents to complete is described as “a widely-used survey instrument with high validity and reliability,” I have carried out the questionnaire personally and feel the questions themselves are rather subjective and the tick box answers very restrictive. In addition, each parent’s perspective on what the terms themselves mean, how the questions and answers are interpreted and parent’s perception of the children themselves will inevitably vary greatly. For example, one question states is the child “obedient”. Define obedience. Is the child obedient in which situations? What factors does it depend on and is this relevant? And how to then answer accurately with the limited options of not true, somewhat true or certainly true? Even the mood of the parent at the time of completing the SDQ or events taken place just prior could change the answers. Without a more holistic picture of the child, the questionnaires can not be assumed to be at all accurate, in my opinion.

Secondly, the study sets out to look at direct links between amount of screen time and mental health, ignoring the potential indirect affects. “Links between screen time and mental health may be indirect, rather than direct, for example, via increased sedentary behaviour, sleeping difficulties and language development.” If mental health is indirectly affected this should be equally noted in the conclusion in order to give a clear and unbiased presentation of the results. The other thing noted in the research itself and I feel relevant personally, is that the study was only carried out to show the effects on children up to aged 7. These are not long term results, there is no point of reference later in childhood or even into adult life. I think it is important to consider possible delayed effects that might not show up until later in life.

Also, the types of games played and nature of programmes watched were not taken into account and this is perhaps far more relevant than the amount of screen time. “There was also no information on weekend use, or the content or context of early screen time. Other research has indicated the importance of content for aggression and attentional problems in young children. Screen time in the context of parental restrictions or discussion of content may moderate negative effects.” The study itself suggests further study in this area is needed. “The study highlights the need for more detailed data to explore risks of various forms of screen time, including exposure to screen violence.”

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In addition, studies should further examine the associated child and family characteristics which appear to account for most of the simple associations between screen exposure and psychosocial adjustment. What is appropriate for some is not appropriate for others, particularly in content.

However, the biggest point that the study itself mentions but that is not highlighted in reports of the findings, is the many factors that can affect how a child is effected by screen exposure. “For problem scores (conduct, hyperactivity/ inattention, emotional and peer relationship), detailed modelling (not shown) indicated that the set of maternal and family characteristics produced the greatest reduction in the effect of screen exposure; followed by adjustment for child characteristics. For prosocial scores, family functioning measures produced the greatest reduction in the effect of screen exposure.” This might seem obvious to many but I feel there can be a danger of oversimplifying the summary of results and not taking into account the other factors and, most importantly, the child themselves as an individual.

So do I think that there is a case for limiting screens? Yes and no. It depends entirely on the context. Limitations might be in time, or could be in content only. It might not be an imposed limitation necessarily, it could be mutually and respectfully agreed upon by the entire family. Sometimes the child might set their own limitations because they have decided for themselves that they are not comfortable with the content, or would simply rather do other things with their time. It might not be an arbitrary rule but rather stem from a very genuine and obvious need for it. The adults in the house may also limit their own screen time to meet the needs of the family. What works for one family may well be very different to another.

The fact is that everyone has different needs and I feel we need to be accepting and understanding of this in all aspects of life, screens are no different. Individuals are exactly that, individual, so the assumption that there is a right or wrong answer as to whether or not screens have any negative effects is, I feel, misguided. Families need to support their children in meeting their own needs rather than be guided by research one way or another. A million people can say they personally did or did not experience negative effects but if you feel differently and think it is causing any type of harm to yourself or someone you are responsible for, you are probably right.

In summary, according to the research paper “findings do not demonstrate that interventions to reduce screen exposure will improve psychosocial adjustment. Indeed, they suggest that interventions in respect of family and child characteristics, rather than a narrow focus on screen exposure, are more likely to improve outcomes.” It is not about reducing screen exposure or otherwise, it is about respecting individuals and how their needs vary.

A Quick Cuppa With… The Speed Bump

Due to the popularity of this guest post series, I am excited to announce that I am hosting it twice per week! Every Tuesday and Saturday, I will be doing a quick interview with a blogger or small business owner to find out more about them. I do love a natter, even when it’s a virtual one! 

Today my Q&A is with Maddy, who is a fab mum blogger at The Speed Bump.

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Welcome and thank you for getting involved! Tell me about yourself…

My name is Maddy, I’m 22 and I live in North Wales with my new husband Daf and our two-year-old daughter Celyn.

Name one random fact about yourself. 

I have an octopus phobia. I’m terrified of them!

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Probably my mum. She’s had to deal with so many hardships and difficulties in her life and she just takes them in her stride and handles them like a boss.

Tell me about your blog. What is the main theme?

What inspired you to start it? My blog is The Speed Bump. It started in 2013 when I found out I was pregnant at 19. I felt like all the pregnancy information I’d been handed didn’t feel relevant to me in the slightest, so I started my own blog in the hopes that other people in my situation would find it useful too. Over time it’s followed me through pregnancy, and then balancing having a newborn and studying, and now adjusting to the big wide world!

Do you blog full time or do you work as well? How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

I’m a stay-at-home mum, but I prefer to think of myself as blogging full time! 😉 I juggle my time by sticking Fireman Sam on Netflix and writing while my daughter is distracted!

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

If you’re not loving what you’re doing, stop doing it. Your passion shows in your writing, and your blog is so personal – write what you want, not what you think others want to read.

How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’?

I love video games! If I’ve got free time I’ll probably be on the PS4.


What are your favourite family activities?

We love going to the park. My daughter is at the age where she’s obsessed with parks right now, so we always end up spending hours there, but it’s nice to spend time together as a family. We also love sitting together and reading – The Gruffalo is her favourite.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

It would have to be the beach. We love going for walks on the beach – we went to Butlins for our honeymoon over Christmas, and even went for a walk on Minehead beach on Christmas Day!

Best family day out? 

Chester Zoo. It’s not too far from us, there are so many animals to see and you can spend a lovely day wandering around.

It has been great reading about you and your beautiful family Maddy, thank you so much for sharing!

Read more from Maddy here…

www.thespeedbump.co.uk

Facebook: thespeedbumpblog

Twitter: @maddyleigh1994

Instagram: @thespeedbumpblog

Bidvine: Connecting Customers With Service Providers Needed

Bidvine is a tech start-up based in London that connects customers to the local service providers they require. Like most people, I don’t have spare time to spend looking up services and getting quotes when I need something done. This website takes the hassle out of it and is a real time saver!

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It is really quick and easy to use; you simply type in your postcode and the specifications of the service you require, submit your request, then wait for the bids to come in. It is simple to do this via the website on desktop, tablet or mobile, or you can download the app if you have an IOS.

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I have been thinking about getting some professional headshots done, since I am determined to continue developing my blog further this year. However, it always ends up being put lower down my priority list, and therefore not getting arranged, because it takes time to organise and there is always so much else to do. But with Bidvine, I just pulled out my mobile, tapped in my postcode and selected that I need a photographer. It then asked me a series of questions in order to ensure that the service would meet my requirement; such as budget, travelling distance or whether I wanted them to come to me and a few other details. They were tick boxes and only took a few seconds to answer, it really was so straightforward.

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An example of the specification questions.

Once I had submitted my request, it was simply a case of waiting for photographers to email me with their details, while I continue with my busy daily life. Simple!

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Generally, responses take anywhere from 4 hours to four days. However, I was surprised to find bids came in almost immediately, and I was contacted by five different photographers within a few hours. They all met my exact criteria and provided all the relevant information without the need for further correspondence. So it was then just a case of comparing them and choosing one. It made the entire process incredibly quick and stress-free. Great life hack! 

Bidvine covers a range of services too. You can search for anything from cleaners to painters, and piano lessons to plumbers. I can see myself using this alot in future because it is so user-friendly and makes life so much easier!

Find Bidvine here:

Website: www.bidvine.com

IOS app: itunes.apple.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bidvine

Twitter handle: @bidvine

Instagram: www.instagram.com/bidvine


This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Bidvine. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


Reasons Why I Am #RockingMotherhood

Parenting is hard. And it is easy to focus on the mistakes we make, the things we haven’t done and the things we could do better. All too often we criticise ourselves, and give ourselves a hard time, rather than celebrating our own achievements as a parent, the things we did right and how much we actually rock! So I really appreciate both Mama Wilkos and The Baby Boat Diaries tagging me to write this post about the reasons why I am, in fact, rocking motherhood

  • I know my child. Ok, this sounds like I am stating the obvious, I’ll admit. But she is a very complex child with some major additional needs, and I really get her. It doesn’t always make it any easier to deal with of course, but at least I understand exactly where she is coming from!
  • I am her mum, teacher, friend and therapist. I am her rock. I am even her business partner! I do my best to be absolutely everything she needs me to be.
  • I have taught myself the extra skills that I need to support her as fully as I possibly can with her needs, including CBT. 
  • I have adapted our lifestyle and carved out our own path to better suit her unique needs, even though it isn’t always easy to go against the grain. 
  • I support her in finding and developing her true passions in life, and to follow her interests.
  • I give her the freedom to learn at her own pace, and allow her the time and space to enjoy a raw simple childhood.
  • I teach her to be comfortable and confident with herself and who she is. 
  • I make sure she is never afraid to fail or try out new ideas.
  • I help her to be a solution-focused, free thinker who throws away the box completely! 
  • I nurture her sense of wonder and exploration of our natural environment and the world around us, and teach her how to protect it. 

RockingMotherhood

I tag the following awesome mamas to take part in this challenge too!

Friendly First Foods

Me Becoming Mum

Better Together Home

Cups Of Charlotte 

Mrs Mummy Harris 

Rules

  • Thank the blogger(s) who tagged you and link to their blog.
  • List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (This is just a guideline, it can be more or less, I really don’t mind)
  • Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.
  • Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.

If you would like to, you can also tweet your post to me at @followourpath and/or @whitecamellias (the lovely mum who started this challenge). We would love to read them and RT for you! 

A Quick Cuppa With… Devon Mama

Today, I have the pleasure of ‘meeting’ Hayley, who blogs at Devon Mama​. Here she is talking about her whirlwind 18 months, her love of the beach and her hatred of lasagne… 

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Hi Hayley, thank you for taking part! Tell me about yourself…

Hi, I’m Hayley and I live in rural Devon with my husband, son and our very bouncy dog. In the last 18 months, we’ve gotten married, had our little boy and I’ve turned 30 – it’s been a bit of a whirlwind! 

Exciting times – congratulations!

Tell me a random fact about yourself, anything at all…

I have a genuine fear of lasagne. It makes me feel physically sick just thinking about it!

Who is your biggest inspiration? 

Anyone who manages to juggle parenting with his or her career and get that balance right. I love the uprising of mum-preneurs. Although I REALLY hate that term! 

Tell me about your blog. What is the main theme? What inspired you to start it? 

Devon Mama is primarily about parenting and the ups and downs that go with it. I try to cover family friendly recipes, reviews of products that we’ve used and insights into how I’ve found parenting… things like ‘The 6 Stages of Making New Mum Friends’ or a piece on bullying by medical professionals when I felt like my health visitor was railroading me. 

I started the blog when I was midway through my pregnancy as a way to keep a bit of ‘me-time’ and document how I was feeling. I didn’t really commit to it properly until my son was four months old. I got lost in a baby mist and just didn’t have the time. Since that point I’ve tried to give myself the time to do it and use it as an outlet for frustrations as well as a memory book of our adventures.

Do you blog full time or do you work as well? How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

I blog in my free time (well, the late evening and early morning!) alongside working part-time and raising our son. I’ve recently returned to work two and a half days a week with some of that being at home. The hardest bit has been getting that balance between the two and not feeling like I’m compromising on both. My tip? Make sure you find childcare that you LOVE. We found a great nursery that goes on walks around the village, has a huge outdoor area and plenty of staff-children. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews and can only praise it so far. If you’re happy that your child’s being looked after then it makes it far easier on you all.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

Get involved with other bloggers. I always thought it was a bit airy-fairy when people talked of ‘the community’ but I’ve found a number of friends through blogging. I’ve found Twitter to be the best way to connect to people at the beginning and from that I’ve joined Facebook support groups, general chat groups on Twitter and blogging support on Instagram. It’s like having a cheerleading squad of likeminded people that previously I never would have met. Plus, they’ve inspired me to do more with my blog! 

How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’? 

I enjoy walking the dog – thankfully we live in a beautiful part of the world for it. I’ve made some great friends through my son and often catch up with them. If it’s just me at home, I love blogging, reading and watching trashy US TV shows… There’s just not enough free time these days!

Since Living Life Our Way is a family lifestyle blog, I’d love to hear more about yours…

What are your favourite family activities? 

We love to cook and I can’t wait until our son is old enough to join in more. We live by the beach so can often be found down there, especially in the winter. It’s a beautiful place to go for a stroll and blow away the cobwebs. Finally, we spend a lot of time with our extended family. 

Both my husband and I have huge families that live within a 15 minute radius of us. Our weekends are normally jam packed with visiting them and catching up with grandparents, parents, cousins… the list goes on! I loved growing up with family members so close and I want that same upbringing for my children.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

The beach, for all the reasons mentioned above. In the summer, it’s always heaving with people so we prefer to stay home but I’ve spent many a summer’s evening on the beach with friends; eating, drinking and being silly! In the winter, it’s even more special. There really is nothing better for the soul, especially if you’re in a little bit of a baby funk. We strap on the baby carrier or get out the pram and go for a good walk by the sea. It’s definitely refreshing!

Best family day out? 

Stourhead Estate in Wiltshire. The gardens are beautiful, there’s loads of space for children to run around and there’s a pub on the estate. Plus it’s National Trust so it just FEELS educational! I’ve written before about my extreme love for the place, it’s one of my absolute favourites.

Thank you so much for taking part!

A Quick Cuppa With, Devon Mama, blogger, interview, Q and ADevon Mama is run by Hayley; a 30 year old mama, wife and recovering sleep addict. Living with her husband, baby and the world’s bounciest dog in rural Devon, Hayley can be found attempting to cook, Googling everything and embracing the strange new world that is parenting. Add in a house with ‘a lot of potential’ and a return to her ‘real’ job as a Company Director and it’s organized chaos at the best of times.


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