I am looking for an organisation/brand to sponsor the costs associated with me attending Britmums Live, a major blogging and social media conference run by the UK’s largest parent blogger network with over 30 000 Twitter followers and thousands of registered members. It takes place in June and is attended by hundreds of bloggers and social media influencers. You can find out more about the event here

What are the benefits of sponsoring me?

Imagine having me as your representative at the conference chatting to people about your product or service. I could wear branded clothing or let people have your business card.

Should you become my sponsor, I would promote you with an introductory blog post once the sponsorship is agreed and in place. If you would like me to host a competition or post a review of a product or service, we could look into that too. I would be happy to post an advertorial post too once content is agreed.

Obviously, I would tweet about my sponsor before, during and after the event.

How much would sponsorship cost

I am looking for help with the costs such as travel and accommodation as this is a two day conference in London. I live in Yorkshire. I will provide a detailed breakdown to potential sponsors.

Who am I and what is my blog about?

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I am a 45 year old mother with children aged 8-13 years.

I am an award winning blogger recognised for my Outstanding Contribution in the MAD Blog Awards and for Brilliance in Blogging.

My blog has diverse content including food, travel and parenting. It also has a strong emphasis on supporting other women via initiatives such as Groovy Mums. I have considerable experience of raising awareness of charities too.

My blog is well read and has good levels of engagement. I have thousands of Twitter followers.

I would hope to develop a long-term and positive relationship with my sponsor.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email kateonthinice@gmail.com and we can discuss things further.

We have challenges ahead but I am committed to making 2014 as positive as possible.  I now how helpful joining in the linky Reasons to be Cheerful is both to celebrate when times are going great and to dig deep when the blues strike.  Make it your New Year’s Resolution to get involved – believe me, it is a very powerful one.

What is making me upbeat this week?

1.  I have really started to tackle cupboards and drawers to declutter.  This can only simplify matters when the time comes to move.  I am not sure holding on to so much stuff from the past in particularly healthy.  It has felt good to let some stuff go almost as if by so doing, I can move on more positively.

2. I have purchased a new mattress for my son’s double bed.  This was long overdue and I am delighted that it is one little task sorted and now sees his room totally sorted.  Big thanks to Ebay.

3. I spent a lot of time looking through old photographs and wrote this post about my lovely Mum who set me off on the blogging journey in the first place.  I cried a bit but smiled and laughed a lot more.  What a great advertisement for adoption.

4. I made some very positive and life-changing New Year’s revolutions.

5. I decided to re-introduce Groovy Mums to help myself and other mums take action to rediscover or reinvent themselves.  There will be a linky, Twitter parties and probably the odd residential retreat or two too.  Look out for a post on Monday next and get involved.

6. I have decided to go dry booze-wise in January and possibly beyond.  I have lost several relatives to cancer including my lovely Mum so I have set  up a fundraising page! It’s live and ready to receive donations at http://www.justgiving.com/Catherine-Holmes-dryathlete2014.  However small the donation and I know times are tough out there, I welcome your support if you feel able to give it.  It will do good things for cancer research and help keep me motivated and on the straight and narrow.  With the removal of alcohol which too often acts as a depressant, I am sure I will be celebrating new reasons to be cheerful with you soon.

 

Now head over to http://beckywilloughby.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/reasons-to-be-cheerful-teamhonk-edition.html to see more people who finds smiles in everyday life.

 

 

 

 

What are my New Year’s revolutions?

My daughter has stated that we do not have resolutions in this house, we have revolutions and I quite like that rebranding of an old idea.

Despite our current situation being so insecure, I do think I need to focus on me a little too.

1. I am going to start to believe it when people say I am a beautiful soul, inspirational or amazing.  It is disrespectful to those people to not allow them to praise when they wish to do so.  What I will say is that there are many women with such qualities out there.  Sometimes, I think it is only the fact that I took my clothes off (sort of) that led to me having increased visibility.  However, I do some good things and I do genuinely care about other people.  If people want to use those adjectives about me, perhaps I can harness that in some way and do something truly inspirational this year.

2. I am giving up drinking alcohol at least for a while.  It is important to remember that it is fundamentally a depressant so in challenging times, it is easy to lean on but then it affects the mood and makes me a little crazy.  I don’t need that.  Nor do my family.

3. I am going to get back to healthy eating and join in with @AutismMumma’s weekly weight loss linky “Wobbles Wednesday”.  I know I can lose weight.  I know how to do it.  Let’s get on with it!

4. I am going to write a novel and will start today.  I have the idea and I think it could really take off and be popular.  I would like anyone to suggest ways to help me stick with this and to let me know of any information and advice networks on writing.  I quite fancy entering writing competitions too.

5. I am going to find  a way of making friends that I can see in the real world.  Most of my friends are online or far-flung.  That is great but I need to see people sometimes or it all gets a bit lonely and intense.  I am very shy by  nature and that holds me back way too much.

6. I am going to celebrate family members who are no longer with us.  I am sharing aspects of my Mum this week.  I also have a big project around getting my Dad’s naval memoirs from the forties published if only on this blog.  If anyone has any other ideas on helping them reach an audience, let me know.

7. I am going to write a small manual for the house with systems in it so that things don’t slide.  I have started insisting that I get more help with chores and so far this is already showing very positive effects in the house.

8. I think this might not happen but it will be interesting to see whether it can.  I would like to travel overseas again this year.

9. I am going to proactively reach out to people for writing and social media assignments.

10. I am going to re-establish Groovy Mums for mums who want to take a little control back about how their lives develop and to encourage new interests and ways of being.  I learned a lot from doing this before and the new Groovy Mums will retain the great things it had before and develop in new ways too.  There will be a post shortly for those who fancy taking part.

Is that revolutionary enough?

 

 

 

 

Looking for a last minute present for a little girl?                                                  

Like many mums, little girls love new shoes.  It is lovely to have a new pair for Christmas Day and all the festive parties.

It always winds me up about things that are small so hence use less materials can prove as or more expensive than larger items. However, I don’t want to deny my daughter her love of sparkles.

Back by popular demand, Aldi is stocking its coveted Girls Fashion Shoes just in time for celebrations.

Available in sizes 6 – 12 and two colours; pink and black, each pair is beautifully encrusted with gems and beads and features easy-to-fasten Velcro straps, giving the £49.99 high street equivalents a run for their money at just £8.99 per pair.

We were sent a pair to enable this post.  They look really good and were comfy to wear too.

Aldi shoes

 

In store on 19th December, these fashionable pumps are perfect as a last minute Christmas stocking filler, but be quick as they’re part of Aldi’s Specialbuys range – once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Do check out Aldi this Christmas – they have a far wider range of things available than I previously thought and it could well prove to be the best last minute shopping store of all with very affordable prices.

 

 

Yesterday, I wrote one of my whine whine woe is me type posts.

All that happened was that my family decided it was OK to mark my birthday later in the day.  Today of all days I should remember that I am blessed to have a family and to be in their lives.

So here is a reflection on my amazing birthday yesterday.

I woke up and Google wished me a happy birthday with a picture of cakes and cupcakes.

I had a birthday message from the founder of BritMums in my inbox.

I was surrounded by my healthy and loving family.  They did not do what I wanted in the way that I wanted.  Sometimes I need to grow up a bit and recognise that I am not a princess.  My mum and dad treated me as if I was.  I cannot expect that from everyone and should value the fact that I had it once.

When I had my meltdown on my blog and on Twitter, plenty of people wished me happy birthday and used amazing words like gorgeous, beautiful and inspirational about me.

They could have said “Get over yourself you moody fat frump” but they didn’t.

I think my mood started to shift with a blog comment from Sally from Tots100.  It was the right mix of firm and realistic words with kindness behind them too.  She even gave me a bit of an action plan as to how to take control and make the day better.

So I took my birthday money found in the birthday card from my brother and headed for the charity shop leaving my husband to look after the children.

I should say my husband had now delivered a very soppy card and a onesie which is what I had mentioned wanting  a few weeks ago.  I have never had one and it seemed like something fun to have.  To be honest, I have most of the things I want in my life materially so this went down well although I continued my grump for a while just for pride’s sake.

For about £15 I purchased a cuddly toy, a Christmas jumper, a beautiful top, some books and a few stocking fillers for the children.

I then headed to the baker’s shop for treats.

By the time I got home, there was a birthday card again of the soppy variety from the children and a cake in progress.  My husband made the cake and was pacing the kitchen as if expecting a baby!

I smiled as the card-writing went on in secret and yet with a mother’s eyes so very obvious to me.

Then the gathering of everyone so they could turn of lights and bring in the cake for me to blow the candle out and make a wish.  The usual wish of course.

As this is the first cake my husband has made in the 16 years we have been together, it was very good.  Light and tasty with a little hint of orange.

My husband then made me a special dinner with my favourite lamb and good vegetables.

Puddings and a cheeseboard were also provided but I chose to have these today instead.

Today I have felt far more positive.

I also think it might be worth adding a P.S. to some of my blog posts “This post was written under the influence of PMT”

As Sally reminded me yesterday, all birthdays are special.  It reminded me of Oprah saying recently on telly how you dishonour those who did not get to your age by not enjoying your birthday.

I guess this post is by way of an apology and a thank you.