Last year I started getting up before the house. I would make a cuppa and take some time just for me. No phones, no kids just me! It was fab. It really started my day of right. But old habits slipped back in when illness took hold. I went back to staying in bed and mindlessly scrolling through social media. So when I was asked to have a look at this new resource from Unconditionally Nourished I thought it would be a great chance to reevaluate my Morning Routine. Create a Magical Morning Routine.
Create a Magical Morning Routine
A simple positive Morning Routine can literally make your day. Taking a little bit of time thinking about what you would like your mornings to look like is such a great way to get started. This downloadable, printable resource will give you the tools to get you started.
Jemma from unconditionally Nourished has developed the Create a Magical morning Routine workbook with you in mind. She knows how important our time is as a mum. She is a mum of two herself therefore knows that mornings can look different each and every day. The workbook however encourages you not to create a morning structure set in stone and instead focus on what you want out of each morning.
There are some cute pictures with little inspiring quotes mixed within the pages of activities. Which together will help you create your ideal morning.
I’m so looking forward to putting this workbook to the test over the next few weeks. Getting back on track with making my mornings magical and setting myself up for a positive day. I have already filled out a few of the activities. I can see how powerful answering the questions Jemma has set can propel you into spending mornings how you want to spend them therefore not spending wasted time laid in bed scrolling social media.
This year I have properly stepped up my game in the blogging world. I now treat it like a proper job. It not just a sideline that I do from the comfort of my bed at naptime. How do you fancy earning from your blog? Make your passion for writing and sharing your story into a living. One that you could really do from anywhere in the world. Scroll to the bottom to check out some fab places to find paid blogging jobs.
Blogging gives me an outlet to tell my story. Furthermore it creates so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had without it.
Some members of my family still don’t understand how this little hobby of mine actually creates an income. There are a few ways to earn money from blogging.
Your going out again? Events
When you start blogging it really can open up a number of events for you to attend. Some events are free some you will have to pay for. Some you could even get paid to attend.
Blogging Events – There are a number of blogging events that you can attend. These are usually something you have to pay to attend however they can be so beneficial. I have met some amazing people through some that I have attended. It’s often a great pace to find new brands to work with. A place to network with other bloggers.
Press Event – A press event is free to attend. They are organised by a brand or venue to help promote a venue or a new product launch. Press events are for “press” or journalists and now bloggers and influencers to attend.
Paid to attend Events – You could get a brand to sponsor you to attend certain events.
Sponsorship Means a company will pay you for promoting their products. Sponsorship usually means creating a relationship with a brand. Working with them time and again. If you have a Youtube channel you could get a company to sponsor a video. Creating a video of your day and using one part of the video to talk about the product your sponsor company have asked you to talk about.
Paid – Ambassadorship
In a similar style to sponsorship This is a long term relationship with a company. An ambassadorship means you are getting paid to constantly promote a brand. It doesn’t mean that you have to post about it every day or in every post but often the brand will use you images on their social feeds. This is a great way to build each others following up.
Affiliate links and ads
These are links you can add within your posts that lead to a product that can be bought by your reader. You get paid a commision from purchases made from your link. Ads can sit in the sidebar of your blog you can charge companies a fee for having them. A little like what a newspaper or magazine would have.
Technically they are not free as you are usually sent things to write a review. However some companies will send you things for free so that you can do a write up on the product or add them to a gift guide.
As with the freebies, Venues will often have a budget to give “press Passes” out to bloggers in return they usually ask for a blog post promoting their business.
So youve started your blog and now you know that you can earn a bit of income from the abouve sources where do you go to find the work?
Email The Brand directly – You can usually find details for press office or pr company for a brand on their website. It’s usually hidden at the bottom in small print. Email them, ask if you can be put on their list of bloggers or if they have any campaigns you can be a part of.
Get Tagging – If you post something on social media and it shows off your favourite brand tag them! If you have written a blog post about your day out send the pr or press office a link to your work. you never know they might contact you next time.
Search Facebook Groups for Blogger Opportunities. – Facebook is full of blogging groups people post weekly even daily sometimes opportunities that may fit within your blog. Just go and search. Try searching where you live – Suffolk Blogger, Nottinghamshire bloggers etc or try blogger opportunities.
Google “Paid Blogging Jobs” – There are loads of sites out there you can google ‘blogging opportunities’ or paid blogging jobs’ on google just like facebook it will show you loads of sites to register with just like Get Blogged . Get Blogged is a site I use often to find paid blogging work.
I hope you find this useful information and can now start earning an income from your hobby.
This blog post is a paid collaboration with Get Blogged. I only work with brands that fit mine and my family’s lifestyle.
Eco, Sustainability, Reusable plastics, Re purpose, Recyclable, Green living. All of these phrases are flying around the internet at the moment. Most of them buzz words used to grab attention.However Like most of us I am feeling conscious of how my life affects our planet and I’ve mentioned before about starting my eco friendly journey. I headed over to the Spring Fair at the Nec this year to source out new brands and products who are doing their bit to leave a better planet for our children. Sourcing a more Eco Friendly Spring Fair NEC.
Eco Friendly Spring Fair NEC
The Spring Fair is a trade show for manufactures and suppliers to come together to showcase products to potential retail outlets, hospitality venues and more. It’s a great place to network however it is massive and quite a long day.
I went along specifically to find sustainable products that I think has a potential to fit into my lifestyle and hopefully into yours too.
This year was easier than ever to find brands and products with the Spring Fair sustainability trail new for 2020. All I had to do was search Sustainability on the exhibitor list. Or check out the list of Suppliers in the Sustainability trail PDF
The creator and Founder of Noaz Ark is Bea Scott. She has 4 children and has family at the base of her company. Bea aims to capture the magic and heritage of Ireland where she grew up in her range of Bath time products.
Bea told me all about her grandmother making potions to fix childhood scrapes. SHe says she has fond memories of her grandmother at the kitchen table back in Ireland from when she was a child. She is now making her own range of potions for children with her bath time products. But its more than just natural bubble bath.
Bea Also writes and illustrates children’s stories to go alongside her products. Which she feels can be read after bath time for that all important family bonding time like she had as a child.
I didn’t get chance to chat with Jake or Maddie directly however I did visit the stand. Jake & Maddie produce Natural Kitchenware made from 100% Natural materials. There range of coconut shell bowls are beautiful and functional. They would look lovely stacked on show as well as being safe for food items.
One or two of the items in their catalogue are definitely on my wish list.
This is the first stand I visited when I arrived and their Ocean Collection really stood out to me. Not only is it stylish but it really appeals to my not so secret desire to live by the sea. On top of that every purchase is helping give a little bit back to saving our planet.
T&G are making a donation to Plastic Ocean Uk with every purchase from the Ocean range.
T&G hopes this gorgeous ‘Ocean’ range will engage everyone in a conversation to rethink plastic and consider what we can do help prevent pollution in our seas. T&G is committed to reducing plastic usage in the business substantially by the end of 2019.
I didn’t get to speak to anyone off the non plastic beach stand as they were busy when I went past however the stand looked very appealing and they have a range of products. There are some great swaps here I feel.
Talking tables is a partyware company that now have a range of eco friendly products available. With 4 kids in the house and two adults who love to entertain party products that don’t literally cost the earth are a great find for me.
The “Party like there is a tomorrow’ and “boho” ranges really caught my eye. I really like bright colours for a summer party!
The last company I want to give a shout out to is The Salvage Society. They use organic grown cotton grown without pesticides or recycled material.
The items that were on the stand felt really high quality and soft. They look just like my kind of clothing range too. lots of blue and stripes!
We wanted a brand that would appeal to a broad spectrum of people of all ages. We wanted to be as affordable as possible and not make profit the most important factor at the expense of the people and the planet.
From the Salvage Society Website
Eco Friendly Spring Fair
I hope you find some of these brands and products of use. If or when I make any purchases from any of these brands I’ll be posting about it over on Instagram.
February Half term holiday is just around the corner so it’s time to get my planning head on. School Holidays always feel that bit more chilled when I have a few plans in place. It may only be a week off school but it can be a week of adventures and memory making or a week of tension and stress. Here’s my School Holiday Survival guide & Bucket list.
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School Holiday Survival Guide & Bucket list.
Schools Out – School Holiday survival guide.
Plan, plan, plan! Sometimes it’s nice to wing it but if you work from home like I do you need to put a plan in place to Fit in times for work, times for playing and when your going out with the kids.
On the subject of planning. I always try and create a bucket list of things we want to do over the holidays and weekends. Places to go activities to do together etc. If you head to the bottom of this post I have included our bucket list for the upcoming Half term.
Get Some me time. You can’t pour from an empty cup as they say so it’s important to get even 10 mins for yourself. A bath when they have finally dropped into bed or a cuppa in the garden.
A good way to get some me time is to have quiet afternoons Our little twins still have a nap still at the moment so I send the big two to have some quiet time which lets me get on with a little bit of work in the afternoons or take my 10 mins just for me.
Routines don’t have to go out of the window just because the school run is on hold. You can still follow a simple routine so that the kids know what’s happening through the day. Our little ones thrive on a bit of routine.
Spring Term Bucket List
So on to our bucket list for the Half Term
I find it so beneficial to create a bucket list. It really gives us an idea of activities and trips we want to take. I add any trips that are already booked, activities we would like to do.
Beach Day– This is forever on my bucket list I just love the seaside.
National Trust Visit – Pring is an ideal time for making use of our National Trust Membership. We have Clumber park almost on our doorstep was well as Belton House just down the A1.
Movie Night – we love a movie night. The kids think its so special when we put up the big screen and get snacks to watch a film. We are currently watching Harry Potter.
One to One Date day – If you follow me over on instagram you will know that just lately one to one time has been a little tricky so my plan is to give each of the big twins on day a month each to spend with whichever parent they want. I think this will hopefully get us all back on track.
Kite Flying – It’s been ages since we’ve been out flying kites and the kids just love it.
Picnics & Packed Lunches – To save a little bit of money, I often pack up a picnic or packed lunch when we head out and about. It is a real hit with both sets of twins to have the novelty of thier own packed lunch.
What tips do you have to survive the holidays? Do you create a bucket list?
Follow our daily adventures over on instagram and see what we get up to during the school break!
If you are stuck for Half term activities why not check out Klook. With loads of activities* to choose from and a £10 off with the code UKHALFTERM Can you afford not to take a look?
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I love planning new adventures especially those that mean exploring somewhere new. Our last big adventure was our Cornwall road trip last summer. This year we already have one epic adventure booked in for spring but still so much planning to do for it! We have a few places in mind for summer adventures too. I thought a trip to the Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show would be an ideal place to start planning our adventures.
Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show
The Show is returning to The NEC from the 18th – 23rd of February and looks as if it’s going to be a great place to start planning our summer adventures. A great day out for the February Half term.
We are relatively new to Motorhoming and camping but have fell in love with this simple way to explore and take in new adventures. Heading to the Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show I’m hoping to pick up some tips for our April Adventures and beyond.
Family Day Out
The show has so many activities for a family like ours from live shows at the “Freedom To Go Theatre” featuring none other than Shane Richie (From “Caravaning With Shane” and Eastenders) and Nadiya Hussain from Bake Off Fame. There is a lot more appearing too covering many aspects of holidaying and adventuring.On top of the theatre shows there are activities For the the whole family from climbing walls and crazy golf to amuse and entertain.
Away Resort rangers will be on hand teaching all about surviving in the bush, building dens and lighting fires. On top of this there is a “survival challenge” open to the bravest of young bush people. Rangers will take adventures through bushtucker challenges like plank walking, and problem solving. To find keys to open the Bush Tucker chest.
With all the activities during the day how will you even find time to navigate through the array of leisure vehicles, static homes, lodges and tents?
There looks to be a whole load of inspiration for your adventures and travels at the show.
I for one can’t wait to visit.
Ticket prices on the door are only £10 for adults and £9 for seniors with under 15’s being free to enter.
For more information, maps travel information etc head to their website.
I am heading to the Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show under a press pass. This blog post is part of the campaign. I have no prior knowledge of the show but I only work with brands and products that fit with our family life.
No payment has been received to write anything and as such am under no obligation to post.
On the day I will be over on Instagram from the show itself and will give my honest opinion of the show.
If your heading there on the Tuesday cme find me and say Hi!