My personal growth as an blogger over the last two years

Hi everyone, hope you are keeping well, a bit of a different one from me today. I thought id share with you why and how I became a blogger. My success , my fails and my thought on building and maintaining growth in the parenting/family blogger niche.

How mummy and me started.

It all started as a hobby really and a bit of fun i needed a creative outlet to focus all my crazy . I was struggling with anxiety staying in a-lot on my own , I suppose in a way it was a way to connect with people. Share my experiences and document our journey as family. I’ve been able to record not only our personal growth but the litral growth of my children. Which I will be able to look back on in years to come, all the adventures we shared weather physically or in the many many story books we’ve reviewed along the way it’s wonderful. I think I’ve done alright this far tho it hasn’t always been plain sailing. I’m not the best blogger in the world but I’m defiantly very passionate.

I don’t think I do too bad. I do believe at the beggining I made one huge mistake I should of gone self hosted from the start. I think my blog would defiantly have grown and improved alot quicker. I don’t regret the mistake as such it’s all a learning curve. I did find before being self hosted there was less pressure. On the other hand I never knew you could potentially grow your blog into a job. I never knew I had such a love of writing and I’d love to become a freelance writer which I suppose is kind of what I do now. Upon reading my blog it become pretty clear what I’m passionate about and why i do what I do. My advice to anyone starting out is:

  • Go self hosted. ( very important if youd like to grpw your blog to its full potentail)
  • Find your niche or be like me and have many lifesyle/family/ money.
  • Post consistatantly and your readers will always come back.
  • Be you possibly the most important tip i could give you,
  • Last of all dont be embarressed to share your blog its yout very own work of art.

Im by means no expert but ive done alot of reasearch over the past almost two years it was only this pass week ive noticed more growth. I think due to the diffferent kind of posts ive been doing ive had more time on my hands. Ive also found over the past few months my intrests and priorties have changed quite alot which is most definatly going to change my blog a little but it will bring in new audience and with any luck some exciting oppertunties. I will however always maintain my niche as a parenting and lifestyle blogger because it what brings me the most joy. I know there are alot of parenting/family bloggers in the industy but in respects to my blogs personal growth. I dont feel its an issue every blogger or reader is looking for someone they personally resignate with theres room on the internet for all of us. we all have a unique story , different challanges we face and most importantly we all have differnt skills and intrest. I think the number one thing i can do right now is work hard and find oppertunties that will continue to help mummy and me grow and set myself a better routine with my writting. The more time and effort you can put in the morw you will achive but i feel thats the same with anything in life.

If you liked reading blog post like this one that are probably better written and more to the point. Please have a read of some of the other blogger stories (Here) and (Here)

In the next two years i hope to still be blogging hopefully in a more professional manner but if that doesnt work out ill still have fun with it. Thanks for reading my waffles.

Jade xx

Anxiety and me

I think trying to pinpoint where it began would be pretty easy but to admit to myself what it is and what has caused me to be this way is the hardest part. Even knowing what my triggers are doesn’t stop the anxiety chipping away at who I am. I want nothing more than to be happy with my one of a kind husband to be and our wonderful children there so perfect but I often feel like I’m ruining everything and they would be better off without me. The chaos in my brain not only stops me from being what I would deem normal if there is such a thing but it stops us from going out. Thanks to the anxiety related tummy problems and anxiety attacks I dread having to leave even the trip to the shop about 5 mins from my front door is a struggle. You feel the anxiety building up at the mere thought of leaving almost like a volcano waiting to erupt. Staying in just becomes the best option before you no if you haven’t been out for a week, a month, 6 months maybe longer. On a good day you can walk it off on the worst days you sit and cry because u feel like a complete and utter waste of space the negative thought grind you don’t until your a blubbering mess. We are a very happy family but I know that I let them down hubby doesn’t let on and says the kids are fine but when you see your children desperate to go out and have fun you know otherwise. We do a lot of indoor play baking making crafting reading and we love building Lego’s so I might start to wonder how bad I really am. Other humans probably see it as I’m lazy and can’t be bothered but what they don’t understand is I have an illness yes it might not be visible but illness all the same who in their right mind wants to stay in 24/7. I’d love nothing more than to travel all over the place exploring and showing the children the world and all the amazing adventures they could dream of but for now a trip to the park and the local farm is the best I can do and if I can do that I know that one day I’ll be able to do more as long as we don’t give up and keep trying the anxiety can’t win. Don’t give up on being your best you x

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Easy bakes with the kid

Morning all hope your all well as some of you will be and the kids love cooking together sometime on the anxiety days we don’t get out as much as we could. So I like to find ways of having fun at home. Baking some yummy treats is a fun way to get messy and have fun. This morning we’ve been on a baking adventure on the menu is homemade fairy cakes and dinosaur scones that turned into crackers biscuits think we’ve created hybrid or forgot the baking powder, either way, they were very yummy and went well with cheese. Both Harrison and Emily had lots of fun not only making but eating I like to let them add the ingredients and join in when they want to and both love it even if we did spend most of the day in PJ we were still productive and I had less washing WINNING hehe. Below are our photos and recipes that are not mine but I can’t remember where I found them been using them for years.

 

Fairy cake so easy recipe

You will need

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 100g soft butter
  • 100g of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • some icing sugar and sprinkles to decorate.
  1. Mix together the butter and sugar
  2. Add the flour (sift it if you want will make fluffier)
  3. add the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth then put into cake cases
  4.  pop in the oven on gas mark 4 for 20 mins
  5. wait till cool the ice and add sprinkle (to make the icing I do 2 spoons of icing to 1 of water so it’s not too runny).
  6. pop in the fridge for 5 mins then ready to eat yummy.

Easy scones traditionally round but ours are dinosaurs

You will need

  • 225g of self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 55g of butter
  • 25g sugar
  • 150ml of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of baking powder optional but our bakes need it Ahah
  1. Heat oven to gas mark 7.
  2. Mix the flour-butter and salt
  3. Stir in sugar and slowly add milk to make a soft dough
  4.  Flour the side and knead then roll out the dough using a round or whatever shape cookie cutter you have to make your scones, about 2cm in thickness keep going till all the dough is used.
  5.  Place on lined baking tray and brush with egg
  6. bake on gas mark 7 for 12-15mins
  7.  Let cool and enjoy with some jam

 

These are ours we made ourselves a budget-friendly afternoon tea and had a fun morning of baking even though they didn’t turn out as planned we liked them 😀 Thank you for reading xx

October wins 2020

Hi everyone , hope your well. Its been a funny old month.Ive been struggling with motivation and fitting everything in. I was lucky enough to have 6 wins this month which will definantly come in handy for christmas. Who else is ready for advents? I try to unfollow and unsubscribe to atleast 10 spam emails a day sort of like comping admin and stops me hitting my limit so often. Im also taking part in the lockdown challenge this november which i saw on lucky learners if your a member of the fb group take a look. Im finding it great for motivating me and its only day 2 i think i may do similar every month from now on.

The wins

  • a bundle from Kids crazy bath foam from instagram.
  • Haircare bundle from layerd online web comp.
  • £50 paypal from britmums twitter party.
  • This works sleep spray instagram picture with hastag and a online form.
  • £50 buy a gift voucher from coop on facebook.
  • some coffee machine coffee from coffee unity on instagram.

All in all was a good month for us some really fun wins. we hope youve been very lucky too and you have a great november. what was your favourite prize this month. Thanks for reading jade x

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How to make money online

Hi all hope you are well. over the past few months ive been trying to find ways to make money online below ive listed risk free ways of making a little extra cash online for free. 2020 has been a very testing year to say the least a few of these have help keep me sane. Dont get me wrong the extra money wont buy you a house but can put extra food on the table during these hard times. All you will need is a smartphone which most of us already have and an internet connections.

Top picks

Prolific- a survey site with varying leght , you can cash out when you get to a fiver. each survey pays a different amount on avarage i take out £10 a week which can be a couple of meals if your really stretched keep an eye out for future posts on budget meals. Sign up here .

Bonus picks

While these ones do require you to spend money you do get a return on what youd of already spent so there kind of like cashback but not.

Airtime rewards app – spend normally and save your cashback for your phonebill ive been using this for a while and havent had to spend any money on my phone which has been great. one less expenditure and all you have to do is shop as you normally would. use my code to get extra cashback JGKD7RLT.

Honey- find the best discounts and save coins which can be exchanged for gift cards when you get to 1000 youll get extra coins to get you started if you sign up using my link Here. ( this is a referal link i will get 50 coins but so will you).

Hobbies

Maybe not money saving but will certainly help your wallet.

Comping- A lovely hobby not only a great way to relieve finatial strain but is really rewarding i must admit chistmas has been alot easier since i started 4ish years ago ive also made some lively friends to find out more see this post.

product testing another great way not only to try new thing but to save money and stop you wasting on things you dont like. See this post to find out how.

The are all i have for now but check back ill keep updating as and when i find new ways to earn online. Ill be sharing more money related posts in the future and some money saving meal ideas.I know this has been a hard year and alot of us are struggling i cant do much to help but i am used to being frugal and would say is one of my life skills haha.

Thanks for reading jade x

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How to deal with a dental emergency during covid.

Hi everyone hope , you are well writting to you this afternoon slightly embarressed as to what a mess ive got myself into but ive defintlay found the perfect tempory solutions. As many of you will know i have a really bad dentist phobia which in all honesty is definaly more embarresment now which is my own fault. For several years i drank more lucozade and energy drinks than i care to admit and although i have and still do brush them obsessivly which ive recently found out can be just as harmful.

This year i made lots of resolutions to myself to practice better self-care and get my dental woahs sorted. Granted my filling falling out which has beena nightmare to try and sort out and still isnt but ive found a temporary but worthwhile solution with Dentemp and im now pain free until im able to get an appointment.

About Dentemp

Dentemp is the number 1 dental over the counter treatment provider which was develpoed by a dentist. It comes with easy to following instruction making it a really handy dental solution the reliable formula is clinacally known to offer a temporary solution to lose caps and lost filling problems. I have personally been really impressed i think would be a great addition to any beauty bag or first aid kit. Each pack allows for 12 repairs so you definatly get value for money too be sure check out the other products avalible here.

Where you can buy

The range is avalible at lloyds pharmacys Here

I was also able to find on amazon HERE . Next day delievery if you have prime too.

I must admit i wasnt aware of the temporary solution avalibe Demptemp has ceratinly help me i can actually sleep now instead of having the constant pains. I know i will need to be persistant in trying to get a proper appointment which is proving very difficult at the moment with everything going on i have been told i can call 111 which ive done frequently you may have more sucsees than me fingers crossed.

Thanks for reading

Jade x

Disclaimer this blog post uses some affiliate links. I was also gifted the dentemp but all words are my own.

The Secret Lifespan of Amtico

Throughout history there has always been one brand name in every industry or sector that has gone above and beyond in its field to deliver an enviable flawless product.

Being a leading brand brings a lot of pressure, and with luxury wood effect vinyl flooring, the brand name Amtico is the one known to withstand the most pressure to become the nation’s number one vinyl flooring giant.

Historic Steps

Made in Britain has never been such a proud boast as when adopted by Amtico, who for over 50 years have been at the pinnacle of luxury vinyl tile and plank manufacturing.

Bringing together the industries top designers, manufacturers and consultants to pioneer the highest level of design and innovation, Amtico have spent their considerable time at the top of the industry testing and crafting the ultimate in flooring durability, style and assurance.

Amtico is a visionary brand that are miles ahead of competitive flooring brands that focuses on flexible, durable and sustainable options throughout any room in the house.

Signature of Excellence

Amtico Spacia collection meets any requirement within the home with features set to protect the flooring and the potential hazards that can be faced.

With enhanced slip resistance, you can be sure that even the busiest kitchen, whether domestic or commercial, will not see any casualties. Utilising breakthrough manufacturing techniques, Amtico distributes slip resistant particles through the wear layers which do not compromise the aesthetic but ensures that performance over a lifetime stays consistent. 

With a standard 1.0mm wear layer and a 20 year commercial warranty, you can be sure that heavy traffic won’t mean heavy repairs.

What of Designs?

Well, what is your preference?

Everything from replicated Spacia Woods to blended earthly Spacia stone, Amtico goes above and beyond to give your home the design satisfaction first time around. Highest sellers and most popular requests come in the form of White Washed Wood and Nomad Oak for those wanting a more natural vibrancy to their domicile.

For those liking a more wild design you can choose Parquet for Black Walnut or Coastal Pine, giving whatever room you choose a feel of warmth and comfort.

Also of note is its relative ease on the bank balance, with this particular brand being the lowest price Amtico flooring. Easy to install, easy to maintain, easy to afford.

For the cheapest Amtico flooring UK, you cannot choose a much better brand than the leading.

WHAT IS THE BEST ONLINE FABRIC STORE?

You’ve searched through websites, asked your friends, and even went home depot hunting in order to find the best fabric you want for your curtain and upholstery essentials. After almost days of browsing through a lot of pages, ads, and websites, you’ve almost given up your search and you’re just an inch away in settling to buy at a local and unreliable fabric shop. The worst part is, you can only find a fabric store for clothes and not for your curtain and upholstery purposes. Searching for a curtain and upholstery fabric store that sells online can sometimes be impossible and exhausting. 

Well, today is your lucky day. If you’re looking for the best fabric store online, the you’re reading the right blog. We highly recommend you try https://www.yorkshirefabricshop.com. As read, they offer the best fabrics for your home essentials. 

Worried about the durability of your fabrics? Don’t frown. Yorkshire Fabric Shop’s got you. You can now shop online while also knowing what your fabrics are made of. Their website is full of information where you can also view what the fabrics are composed with. They have full disclosure over their fabrics to also let the clients know what they’re actually buying. Yorkshire Fabric Shop is now a rising physical and online fabric shop for special fabrics best used for your drapes and your couches. Everything in their online shop is just totally surreal.

There are also times when we get to imagine of the design, color, and unique patterns for our curtains and sofas. Sometimes, we get discouraged because we feel that what we’re thinking is just a little bit over the top. Unbelievably speaking, what you’re looking for might also be at Yorkshire Fabric Shop. Looking at their seemingly endless collection, they’ve got thousands of fabrics to choose from. You got a unique color with a quirky pattern paired with your desired fabric; perhaps Yorkshire Fabric Shop has it. Their collection just sums up to a multitude that it can overwhelm you. The store is so promising that they can provide what you want and need.

If you don’t want to scroll throughout long pages and you already know what fabric you want but you just can’t decide on what design to have it with, Yorkshire Fabric Shop lets you search your fancied fabrics to make it more convenient for you. Their website is easy to navigate and easy to search, plus you can even search for specifics if you like. 

Yorkshire Fabric Shop also are able to send you sample fabrics if you can’t decide what you want buy from them. They actually do this in order for the clients to really buy what they know is best for them. Yorkshire Fabric Shop offers the security and confidence in their fabrics so customers will also be satisfied with their purchase. This actually is the most client-centered shop you could ever hope for. 

We strongly suggest you visit Yorkshire Fabric Store because they offer curtain and upholstery fabrics online. So much for going through stores and emptying your energy just to look for the best fabric shop. Shopping for fabrics online has now been made easy. The convenience the store provides is just god-tier. Yorkshire Fabric Shop is the best online fabric store for your home needs. 

Halloween fun with #MAOAMmicschief

Hi all , how are you? My kids finally break up for half term today and I’ve decided to trick them in the name of Halloween. It was really funny I made a trick or treat box using items I had around the house.

Odds and ends from around the house.

I then decorated the box and placed some cardboard inside the box to create two separate sections.Daddy put in the trick whilst I was picking up the kids from school which was some fun squirty play foam and I’m pretty sure there were some fake spiders involved . In the treat side we added maoam strips perfect portion and wrapped which I feel is more hygienic. And for the sake of my mischief stopped the foam contaminating the sweets.

The set up!

When the children arrived home they were so excited and probably thought what the heck is going on.

Emily waiting time dig in 🤣

Emily of course picked treat but all fool her I got the trick or treat mixed up so she got the trick anyway I’d like to say was ment to be that way but was complete accident haha.

Foamy goodness

Harrison had a little go too but his face wasn’t to pleased 😂. I can confirm no children were hurt and both got some yummy maoam after our #maoammischeif I’m thinking up of some more in time for Christmas. Been a testing few months defiantly need some more fun. For more mischeif visit  https://maoam.fun/ and check out the frighteningly fun free events they’re holding at shopping centres around the UK for Halloween!’ 

We all had lots of fun what’s your favourite Halloween trick I’d love to know need some new material for next year haha.

Jade x

‘This post is an entry for the BritMums #MAOAMmischief Challenge, sponsored by MAOAM. Get ideas for creating mischief with your kids at https://maoam.fun/ and check out the frighteningly fun free events they’re holding at shopping centres around the UK for Halloween!’ 

Back to school hacks with ace for whites #ACEIT challenge #AD

Hi all hope you are well , With half term looming i thought id share with you one of my favoutite washing products and some perparing for back to school tips . My children break up on friday for halloween , however thing will look this year we will make it fun. I like to get a head start ready for when half terms over , i usually have a list of thing i like to on the last day of term before we start to enjoy the holiday fun.

My pre-half term list

  • Empty out the school bag’s and lunch box. Any rubbish in the bin/ recycling and any old food emptied out and lunchbox cleaned ready for day one too.
  • I like to get the children to do any homework and spellings , then all can be returned there backpack ready as well. No last minute spuddling for lost homework.
  • Wash and iron the uniforms and hang them ready to go ,day one back no rushing around well…unless the alarm forgets to go off because you haven’t set it not that I’ve ever done that .
  • The dreaded pe bag everything gets washed , dried and put back in.

Some people have called me over organised but I’d rather give myself a head start after half term and enjoy the time with the children. Just spending half an hour or what ever it takes really does take the stress away. The back to school transtiton is almost stress less depending on toddler tantrums haha.

keeping your whites bright with ACE!

  • Seperate your washing properly. For me that means 3 seprate loads 1 x whites 1 x darks 1 x red and that’s just the school clothes. I never mix because i hate when the white school tops are go grey.
  • Use Ace for whites. Simply add the instructed amount to the draw along with your other washing products. Not only does it leave the school tops looking new everytime (see below for comparisson old top washed with ace and a brand new one ). It also removed odours and germs from clothing so not only do they smell cleaner , they are cleaner.
  • Ace for whites also contains bleach so its reccommened its only used on plain white items.
  • Ace is also very concentrated so helps stretch the pennies and still removes stains like the lovely pens the school allow the kids to use that don’t wash off.

(This post is an entry for the #ACEit challenge , sponsered by ACE. Get ideas on how to wash whites , treat stainsand laundry like a boss with tips from the ACE site!)

I am so impressed with how well the ace worked i could wait to rave about it. I dont know about you but any product that is affordable and does such a job is a winner in my book. If your intrested in trying for yourself it currently on sale in morrisons. What are your favourite washing products and what is your best back to school organisation tips id love to know please comment below. Thanks for reading and have a lovely half term

Jade x

(This post is an entry for the #ACEit challenge , sponsered by ACE. Get ideas on how to wash whites , treat stainsand laundry like a boss with tips from the ACE site!)