A positive blogger is not hard to find. Time and time again we hear how supportive and lovely the blogging community is and that is true on the whole. However, there are some stand-out people who are just special and particularly helpful to others. One of these is Becky from Cuddle Fairy so I was delighted when she agreed to take part in my series of blogger stories.

Positive Blogger

Why did you start to blog?

I started Cuddle Fairy to spread positivity. I felt really motivated towards that but wasn’t sure how I was going to achieve that goal. Initially I wrote about parenting in a positive way but it evolved into quotes and mindset and positive lifestyle posts.

How did you feel when you started blogging?

I was kind of terrified when I started blogging to be honest. I had no idea what I was doing and I remember on my lauch day loads went wrong. It’s been a real learning process but one of the best things I learned is not to panic if something goes wrong on the blog front!

How do you feel about blogging today?

I love blogging, and feel calm and happy about it most of the time. I have some stressful days or days when I worry about something but I aim to keep my mindset positive which helps a lot. I find a lot of joy out of writing, taking photos and making videos!

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

I wrote a blog post about my daughter’s hip dysplasia. She wore a brace as a baby and it was a difficult thing to accept and to deal with at the time. I googled and googled and found it so hard to get information or articles written about practical life with a baby in a brace. So, when I started my blog, I wrote the post about my baby’s hip dysplasia so other moms out there would know that how they feel is normal and a few tips I learned on how to manage the brace. I get messages from moms every few months who have read my post and who’s baby was just put into a brace. I feel for each of them so much. I’m so happy that they have someone to reach out to and an article to read that they can relate to. I have a few positivity posts that I get feed back on as well. So to make this long story short, the positive feedback from blog posts is my proudest achievement.

What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?

The Netflix Event in London! We had such a great time. Netflix had activities organized, delicious food and great company in a stylish London penthouse. We were treated so well!

Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?

Brands and PR’s started to email me about collaborating. I am quite choosy when it comes to who I work with. But I did start accepting offers and as time has gone on I have gotten more and more happily!

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Not taking things personally and holding my self worth was challenging at the beginning. It’s hard to understand as a new blogger why everyone who emails is looking for things for less or nothing or pushing for something. Or times when work didn’t come in, not to think there was something wrong with me or blame myself.

What surprised you most about blogging?

How many friends I’ve made through it. I didn’t expect that – at all! I have made blogger friends who are some of my best friends now.

How do you balance blogging and family life?

That was a tricky one for a long time actually. I have blog stop times and start times and I take Sunday off. Sometimes the stop time can go late if I’m very busy but I really try not to do that. So by keeping hours I have family time preserved.

What would lead to you giving up blogging?

I hope nothing. It’s my creative outlet and I really love it! Unless I started something else that I felt more passionate about, but even then I’d hate to say good bye to my Cuddle Fairy!

What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?

Not to stress! Do not stress. Everything will be ok with your site and your social media. It all takes time to learn so give yourself a break. Join blogger groups, ask questions and take help when you get it. Only focus on one social network at a time, don’t over load yourself. I know that’s more than one lol

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Blogging has brought me so much from friends to a place to be creative to a voice outside my home. And a connection with people out there I never would have met otherwise. To any bloggers reading this who loves their blogs, never let yourself or your blog feel inadequate from what someone says or does. Hold your worth and value always and enjoy what you do!

So if you want to find a positive blogger and have not visited Becky’s blog yet, I urge you to do so because I know you will not be disappointed.

If you would like to share your story of blogging with me, just get in touch.

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Win tickets to The Baby Show at London ExCel which take place from 2nd-4th March 2017.

Baby Show

This March get ready to enjoy a fantastic shopping experience at the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event of the year. The Baby Show, with MadeForMums, will be taking place from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th March at the ExCeL London. Find everything you need for bump, baby and you – with amazing offers all in one place, for three days only!

The Show features over 200 exhibitors offering an unrivalled choice of top baby brands and products – including the UK’s widest range of buggies, pushchairs and car seats – all under one roof. There will also be innovative product launches and boutique, not-on-the-high-street brands.

Again, there will be a wonderful line up of speakers on The Baby Show Stage including experts from the world of birthing, breastfeeding, sleep, baby development and nutrition.

Take advantage of one-to-one specialist advice, hundreds of discounts, plus the opportunity to try before you buy. It really is a must-attend event for those shopping for their new arrival – especially for first time parents!

We’ve team up with The Baby Show to give away three pairs of tickets worth £20 each!

The Baby Show at London ExCeL is open from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th March from 9:30am until 5.30pm each day. Standard on the door tickets are £20 and children under 14 go free! For more information please visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk

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No purchase necessary. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Competition is open to UK residents only.

Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and your agreement to be bound by the decisions of The Baby Show.

Entry is strictly limited to one person per ticket code. The winner will be notified by email or phone call once the competition closes. The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time. All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise. Entrants will receive a ticket code which can be activated at http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/. Tickets cannot be sold on to third parties.

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In my series of interviews with bloggers, I spoke to journalist turned blogger Nicole. I hope you enjoy her story and visit her blog.

Journalist

Why did you start to blog?

Before I became a SAHM, I was a journalist with a lifestyle newspaper. So writing has always been a huge part of my life. When my son turned two and started part-time nursery, I found some free time and decided to get back to doing what I loved – writing.

I had written for all mediums before from newspapers to magazines to websites, but I had never blogged. And blogging seemed the best avenue to pursue writing around being a full-time mum. And so my second baby – Tales from Mamaville – was born in Jan 2016!

How did you feel when you started blogging?

Extremely excited and completely clueless! I was glad to get back to writing, excited to be starting my very own blog but quite clueless about it all. Thank God for google in the beginning, and then as I found my feet in the blogging world, the blogging community helped me hugely.

How do you feel about blogging today?

I wouldn’t know what to do with my time if I didn’t have my blog! It has consumed me, but in a lovely way. I am forever chasing deadlines and making mental notes about posts, always on my phone catching up on social media, and staying up late to get blogmin done – and it’s exhausting doing it around being a full-time mum – but I love it. It’s given me a new sense of purpose, and I like referring to myself as a blogger and not just a SAHM.

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

It would have to be the fact that I self-learnt everything I know about blogging and literally started from scratch! I did a lot of research before hitting publish on my first post, tried out themes, thought long and hard about my blog name etc etc. And even though I still have loads more to learn, I’m proud of the fact that words like SEO and DA don’t frighten me as much. And I’m so much more confident with tech!!!

What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?

I’m attending my first-ever blogging conference this year (booked my ticket already) and I can’t wait to meet so many bloggers who I interact with online and of course learn so much about different aspects of blogging.

Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?

I recently started to do so – another mini blogging achievement for me! It’s nice to be able to earn a little income while doing something I love and can do while being a SAHM. I do reviews, sponsored posts, link insertions and social media advertising.

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Finding enough time to do it all. There is SO MUCH to do from planning posts to writing them, finding or clicking suitable images, SEO-ing the text and images, pinning the posts, promoting them, scheduling future promotions. Then there are deadlines to meet for paid opportunities and emails to send to PRs and brands. And the blogmin is another day’s work – fixing broken links, updating plugins… blogging is a 24/7 job. There is no off switch.

What surprised you most about blogging?

The fact that it is so time-consuming and that promoting your content is so crucial to your blog, especially if you want to monetize it. If you just write and sit tight, nobody will know you or your blog exist!

How do you balance blogging and family life?

I’m still figuring that one out haha. I try and sneak in blog work whenever I can during the day (like catch up on social media or reply to emails on my phone while cooking or waiting for the kettle to boil), but most of my blog work is when my son is at nursery or late at night.

What would lead to you giving up blogging?

I don’t know if I could not blog now. I’m addicted haha. I might slow down when we plan and have baby number 2 or when other responsibilities come calling, but I think I am too much in love with it to give it up completely.

What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?

Be yourself and write for yourself first – let your personality and own writing style shine through your blog. Promotion is key but content is king.

For more tips, here’s a post I recently penned…

https://talesfrommamaville.com/post-on-blogging/

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I’d like to add that the blogging community is absolutely FANTASTIC. Bloggers are so helpful and sweet, even to the newbies, and if you ever have a question about anything blog-related, just ask on a blogging group or social media and boom, you’ve got your answer! I have made so many blog buddies online who I hope to meet in real life soon.

Blog: https://talesfrommamaville.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MamavilleTales

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MamavilleTales/

If you would like to share your blogger story, please do get in touch.

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Where do you fit in? That’s the hugely personal question I am asking you to reflect on this week as part of the  Best Boot Forward campaign to improve your life positively.

Fit In

Have you ever done a jigsaw and believed that one piece did not fit anywhere at all? It is frustrating and we can sometimes feel like that ourselves in life perhaps particularly if we are introverts or experience social anxiety.

Have you ever tried to make a jigsaw piece fit even though you know deep down it is not a smooth fit so belongs somewhere else? Perhaps you have felt a bit like that jigsaw piece as you stay in a relationship, job or course that is not quite right.

It is thrilling when we get a piece of a jigsaw in its right place and all the more so if we have struggled to find that place. Are you struggling to find your place perhaps in a new location or in life generally?

So my questions this week should you wish to answer them quietly in your own head/heart, in a blog post or over on our Facebook community are …

  1. Do you feel you fit in and if so, where and who with?
  2. What prevents you fitting in? Should you accept this or change it?
  3. Are you forcing yourself to stick with something that is just not healthy or right for you? Who can support you to extricate yourself from that situation?
  4. If you could find your ideal place anywhere whether location or circumstances, where would that be and why?

I will be answering these questions myself and posting about them this week. I think there might be some deep insights to be had as I address them to myself and I hope they help you plan some positive baby steps to a better future too.

If you blog about how you are improving your life one baby step at a time, please link up with us.

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It takes time and effort to look good when you step outside, right? Wrong. This season is all about minimal outfit planning and maximum style.

The ‘effortless style’ trend is catching on fast — and why wouldn’t it, when you can look incredible without hours of prepping and customising? Effortless style is the art of using key wardrobe staples to create a perfectly polished and stylish outfit with none of the effort.

Want to learn more about slashing your getting-ready time while achieving the same fabulous look? Check out this quick style guide.

Long-sleeved dresses

Almost zero effort is required to rock a long-sleeve jumper dress, and the style is perfect for these dark mornings and chilly evenings. There is no time wasted choosing matching garments and with long, knitted sleeves, there’s no need to scour your closet for a complementing coat, either.

Got a special date coming up? Show off your curves with fitted jumper dresses and wrap a chunky belt around your waist for a sultry hourglass figure. When it’s time for a catch-up with the girls, wear your jumper dress with over-the-knee boots — the ideal dressy-casual outfit.

Footwear

With rain and snow still making appearances, now’s the time to make the most of everyone’s go-to footwear: ankle boots. As they look good with anything and offer maximum comfort, this shoe style is famous for offering an easy solution to your wardrobe dilemmas.

Go for a chunky-heel ankle boot in tan, grey or black that you can wear both day and night, or slip on a pair of sock boots featuring a pointed toe, high heel and textured fabric that fits to the ankle. These go great with skinny jeans and cropped, woolly jumpers.

Knitwear

Who has time to waste picking out layers of clothing on a morning? When you can’t be bothered to match t-shirts, jumpers, cardis, and coats; opt for knitwear. The woollen trends predicted for this year include; stripes, cable-knit and oversized jumpers. So, treat yourself to a selection and mix them up with jeans, tapered trousers and skirts.

High-neck tops

This season will revolve around this top style. Pull on a polo neck underneath a square-necked top for an eye-catching blend of styles, then slip on your trusty pair of ankle boots with a pair of dark denim jeans for the perfect outfit for the start of 2018.

When it’s time to head to work, nobody wants to run late because of a wardrobe malfunction. Wear a turtle-neck top with a tailored blazer combo for a cosy office-ready look. On warmer days, you can also pair a roll-neck top with a pinafore or sleeveless sundress.

Jewellery and bags

Focus on a small selection of your favourite pieces to save time customising your outfit in the morning. Leather is eternally stylish, and a small black bag in this material can put the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. Black is an ideal option to go for if you’re hoping to use it every day, but why not buy one with a cute pattern to keep things interesting? Or go for a brightly coloured one and wear it with matching shoes, a pair of black jeans and a complementary dressy top.

 

Statement earrings featuring tassels and huge hoops are capable of bringing any outfit to life. Choose a black or gold pair and keep them in your bag to wear for after-work drinks — saves you time sprucing up your entire outfit.

 

Clearly, dressing on-trend does not need hours of prepping and planning. Simply purchase a few pf these staple pieces for your wardrobe and dress them up or down for each event.

How To Dress With Effortless Style

 

http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/autumn-winter-2017-knitwear-trends

http://www.theblondesalad.com/fashion/trends/nyfw-the-new-fall-winter-2017-2018-trends.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/style/celebrity-fashion/london-fashion-week-2017-7-9882484

https://ego.co.uk/blog/aw17-ankle-boots/

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