Starting vlogging is one of those things that I keep intending to do but it is so easy to put off. What if you think I am the ugliest thing you ever saw? What if you hate my Yorkshire accent? That is before we even get into things like how am I going to find a clean, tidy and suitably yummy mummy type environment in which to do my Zeigfield Follies bit. Oh Lord, I have just realised there is clothing to think about too as a slummy mummy who is guaranteed to spill something down her front just at the wrong moment. Maybe starting vlogging is a daft idea.

starting-vlogging

Anyway, I have just dispatched Him Indoors off to Argos to pick up a video camera type thing and a memory card just in case I forget to vlog I suppose.

So if I had my shiny blue video machine type thing to hand now, I would be vlogging all my reasons to be cheerful.

  1. Starting vlogging – by blogging about it, I have to take the plunge, right?
  2. My teen had another operation after the first one did not work. Today we got the all clear after biopsies so that is a relief. He is back to school on Monday and has so much to catch up with.
  3. My daughter has an eye appointment rearranged for next week so we have a totally free of responsibilities weekend coming up.
  4. My youngest son is spending more and more quality time with me and I have more time available because I am doing a super course that is helping me work out my priorities and work more effectively.
  5. Various bits of important paperwork are going to all the right places and these days I feel so much less overwhelmed by stuff.
  6. I am considering doing some counselling to assist my thoughts and feelings as I revel in a mid-life crisis.
  7. I have had a little wander to the charity shops and picked up a really funny mug for 50 pence and a relaxation CD for the same price.
  8. I have won an home education blog via DownsSideUp. It’s by Ross Mountney who keeps many a home educator sane when we have our inevitable wobbles.

There’s a  lot of very lovely things to report and as for starting vlogging, time will tell.

What Katy Said

Life as mum or Beth as I like to call her is the first blogger to feature in my inspirational blogger interview series.

life as mum

Why did you start to blog?

I started my blog to document our day-to-day life, family adventures and memories. It was an online journal where I also wrote letters to my two girls. I thought (and still do) it would be something lovely and memorable to look back at in years to come.

How did you feel when you started blogging?

I remember feeling very confused but excited. I was excited to see where about blogging would take me but I was also confused because I didn’t quite understand the whole ‘blogging world’. I mainly started it to document our family memories and so I was excited writing about them and being able to read them again in a few years when the kids are older.

What is your blog about?

My blog is mainly about parenting and our family life. I share my life experiences of being a Mum of 3. I also talk about my pregnancies, weight loss, our family adventures and quite a few other topics too.

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

My proudest achievement has to be when I earned more money blogging than I did with my two previous jobs. Although I was super busy constantly working, the money was worth it in the end.

Other than money, I think my next nearest proudest achievement is being recognised. I’ve had local people coming up to me saying they read my blog often. It can be nervewracking but it did make me feel happy and proud of myself that people actually do read my blog.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I would say I absolutely love writing and that has to be the main reason I enjoy blogging. Very close to that is being able to practise some photography. I’m not the best person on taking photos, but I love to learn and capture the kids growing up.

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Sometimes I find it hard to keep on top of everything such as the social media and e-mail side. I am trying to get myself a bit more organised by scheduling social media posts after writing a post.

What surprised you most about blogging?

What surprised me the most was how much work you need to put into blogging. It’s not the matter of just writing a post and posting photos. It takes up so much of my time but it is something I enjoy doing.

How do you collaborate or work in partnership with other bloggers?

I link up to a few linky’s during the week and weekend. I comment on other blogs and I also try my best to socialize on Facebook and Instagram too. I have offered a few spaces for guest posts and interview-type posts too.

What would lead to you giving up blogging?

I think the only thing that would stop me blogging if it made me extremley unhappy or it was some how damaging my kids as they grow older.

Why should I read your blog?

My blog, Life as Mum is a very truthful parenting blog. I hide nothing about our lives as I think it’s important to say the truths about parenthood. I also share some lovely family adventures and all my posts are full bright photos.

What are the aims of your blog?

My blog is my little space on the internet. It’s a place where I feel I can share what I want. It’s a hobby as well as my job. After a long day with the kids, I blog during the night when the kids are in bed and it’s just my time to myself which I really enjoy.

Huge thanks to Beth and now go forth and read Life as Mum

Please do get in touch if you would like to be interviewed as an inspirational blogger.

It takes a lot for the women I feature to share their stories so openly so please do hit one or more of the sharing is caring buttons below.

The Pramshed

Fancy a perfect Valentines Day? Do you love the sales?

It won’t surprise my regular readers that I enjoy getting a bargain. That is why you will often find me in charity shops and occasionally on Ebay.

So I was delighted to know there is a website where you can find out all about the sales in different shops covering a range of items from fashion, electronics, home, garden, sports, gifts or anything else that takes your fancy.

I like to celebrate Valentines Day but please don’t buy me anything obvious off a supermarket shelf. Something like this under-stated jumper would be a much better idea.

perfect Valentines Day

Of course if I am dressing to impress my daughter will want to be in on the action and as she is food-obsessed this T-shirt would suit her.

pizza T-shirt

Thinking about my first born and how many times we did the “To the Moon and back” love chat, I might indulge in this treat to remember those early days.

heart jewellery

If I was looking for a fella, I might choose this fun and frolicsome treat.

heart bra

What is your idea of a perfect Valentines Day?

For me, it is all about someone putting a little thought into the day. I don’t need to have a fortune spent on me. I just need to know you care and have listened so that you know me well and know what I would like. You won’t go far wrong with an Eggs Benedict breakfast followed by a new coffee flavour and letting me read before going out for a country walk. If you throw theatre tickets in for the end of the day, we will be a love match forever.

Children can make me happy simply by making me something whether a card, a work of art or something yummy.

You see the perfect Valentines Day is not that complicated after all.

If you want some inspiration for treats for yourself or your loved ones at any time of year check out Love the Sales.

clairejustine

Heart-shaped shortbread recipe perfect for your Valentine as they do say the way to a person’s heart is through their tummy.

heart shaped shortbread

Ingredients

 

225g Salted butter, softened
100g caster sugar
225g plain flour, sifted

Icing:

200g icing sugar, sifted
4tbsp Rachel’s Low Fat Raspberry yogurt
A few drops of pink colouring, if required

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Serves: 12 biscuits

Method

1.Pre-heat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2. Lightly grease a baking tray.
2.Place the butter and the sugar in a mixing bowl and beat together until pale. Add the flour and bring the mixture together until a soft dough is formed.
3.Tip the dough onto a floured surface and using a floured hand gently roll out to ½ cm thickness. Using a heart shaped cutter, cut out the dough and place on the prepared baking sheet.
4.Bake until golden brown for approximately ten minutes. Leave for five minutes on the tray to cool and then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
5.To make the icing, mix the icing sugar with the Rachel’s Low Fat Raspberry yogurt and beat until smooth, add the colouring and beat again.
6.Using a small piping bag, pipe the raspberry icing within the contours of the biscuit. Allow to set.

Heart-Shaped Shortbread Recipe

clairejustine

sunlinku

My Random Musings

Dream a little dream with me.

I am on medication with gives me some strangely dramatic dreams almost as if I am processing past hurts and difficulties. They can be quite gruesome so I won’t trouble you with the details.

dream a little dream

There are the more pleasant dreams which also make me at peace with how things panned out in one area of life.

Of course, as past hurts are healed in the sleeping life, new dreams come to the waking life. It ain’t over yet. I am still breathing so there is still more to experience.

I feel ambitious and intend to take various aspects of my life in new directions. I want to make this blog more about my real passions rather than a mish-mash of what other bloggers write about. I have my own true voice and I must use it whilst I can. I am giving it a year to become what I want it to be or blogging and myself may part company.

I have had an aspiration for decades which I thought was a dream but actually have worked out there is no reason for it not to come true. It’s not a joke. It doesn’t have to be a daydream or a fantasy. I can rebrand it as a goal or a plan.

Of course as soon as you dream powerfully, opportunities emerge to take you in the right direction. I was going to choose cosmic as my word of the week as the order is in and the very thing turned up remarkably quickly it seems.

I am on the move and the dream will come true.

When did you last aspire to something new?

On reflection, even the apparently huge dreams are only little ones if you break them down into baby steps and put I in a cosmic order.

The Reading Residence