5 simple ways to grow your blog

I have been blogging now for almost three years, and despite the ebb and flow of the energy and time I’ve been able to apply to it, mostly due to the depletion of energy caused by two little humans, it’s taken form and from a tiny seed, I guess a moderate sized sapling has grown.  more “5 simple ways to grow your blog”

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The adventures of Dangermouse Part Deux

Back in 2015 I wrote a post about the antics of my adrenaline junkie baby. Her love of the wild side of life and ability to make us laugh, scared and shocked at every turn.

Almost three years have passed, so like every high adventure action epic, it’s time for the sequel. more “The adventures of Dangermouse Part Deux”

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Balancing Career and Healthy eating

*Collaborative guest post

Are you always busy at work and never have time to eat properly? Do you know that exercise is important, but you just don’t have the time or energy to add one more thing to your schedule? more “Balancing Career and Healthy eating”

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When bloggers make books: We need to talk about the terms of my imprisonment

Currently beside my bed, there is a leaning tower of reading material which has, in the last few years become overrun with books by bloggers. I’ve got some of the obvious ones there – The Unmumsy Mum (1&2), Mother Pukka, Hurrah for Gin, You Baby Me Mummy. Plus of course there’s my kindle which has on its e Catalogue an ebook by none other than my partner in crime Motherhood the Real Deal.  more “When bloggers make books: We need to talk about the terms of my imprisonment”

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6 steps to building a healthy family

*This is a collaborative guest post

Have A Strategy

You’re going to be more successful with any venture if you plan ahead. Certainly this is easier said than done, but if you’ve got some level of direction, it can help you design a strategy for success that is actionable, and likely to work for you as you had hoped. With that in mind, following are six steps you can use to build a more healthy family.

  1. Find Cost-Effective Fitness And Sustenance Solutions

First and foremost, if you’re going to keep your family healthy, you’re going to need food and fitness solutions you can afford. If you can afford a costly gym membership for the family, by all means go ahead. But you may not need to spend that much to get the same kind of result.

Man and Girl Running on Asphalt Road

When it comes to eating right and exercising regularly, you may be surprised to find that there are a lot of things you can do which cost nothing but time.

  1. Do Things The Whole Family Can Enjoy

Hiking, biking, going to the beach, going to the lake, playing team sports with other families, building things in the backyard, camping, fishing, exploring urban environments like haute shopping districts on foot—all these things can be done not only cost-effectively, but at your discretion. You don’t need to schedule them with a third party, as traditional solutions like gym membership would intone.

Additionally, you’re more likely to see cumulative success through such techniques. It can be hard to run on a treadmill for a half hour to an hour. It can be boring. But riding a bike is a lot of fun, the wind flows through your hair, you see new sights, explore new places, and have a real adventure.

Free stock photo of city, cars, road, vehicles

Children tend to prefer that kind of thing, so discover what their preferences are. As an adult, you could insist on your own proclivities; but maturity should predicate discretion. You should be discrete enough to realize their enjoyment, and subsequent health benefits, trump your own. Do that, and they’re more likely to become fit, as they’re more likely to be active through desire rather than compulsion.

  1. Don’t Just Exercise, Eat Right For Fullest Flourishment

This was touched on earlier: you’ve got to both exercise and eat right to see the best health for your family. Avoid processed foods. Avoid synthetic foodstuffs. Avoid deep fat fried foods. Cut down your intake of confections, sugars, candies, and the like.

Variety Of Fruits

You don’t have to get rid of these things entirely—it’s not necessary to deign toward the vegan extreme! You just want them to account for a definite minority of your diet. As a general rule of thumb, if it is naturally derived, it’s more likely to be good for you—depending on your own personal constitution, of course.

  1. Keep Records Of Progress

You need to show where improvement has occurred. If you’ve got a child who was overweight before you started pushing a fitness campaign, you should get a scale and keep a weight table to show how what you’re doing is helping them to remain healthy. Children do absorb facts, but there are many things you must show them for them to understand. Also, this is good for you and your spouse in terms of motivation.

  1. Use treats as Incentives and rewards

Obviously most of us like to offer treats to our kids in moderation. And that’s fine, in balance. Consider using those treats as rewards or for special moments as opposed to everyday snacks. 

Yellow Red Green Gummy Bear Candy

You don’t have to break the bank in terms of such incentives; at SweetServices.com you can buy candy in bulk, according to the site: “Sweetservices.com is the bulk candy store you’ve been looking for. Buy from our online candy store and get cheap bulk candy with flat rate shipping.” Candy isn’t generally healthy for you, but in small doses it is fine.

  1. Learn From other families Example

Different families conduct themselves different ways, but almost everyone knows that one family with a cadre of children who are healthy, happy, and worth emulating. Find such a family, make friends with them, and allow them to help you guide your own family into a similar level of health.

Health And Happiness

If you are more healthy, you’re more likely to be happy. When you’re healthy and happy, you’re more productive. Increased productivity expands success. Expanded success opens up opportunities. It’s a positive upward spiral. Getting your family healthy will also help you to fully flourish on a personal basis.

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#CoolMumClub Linky week 98

Welcome back to #CoolMumClub…it’s sooo good to be back to normal after a long and drawn out wet three week easter over here.  more “#CoolMumClub Linky week 98”

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Does Baby Brain really exist? The science is in…

*Collaborative guest post

Yes, the ‘baby brain’ phenomenon truly does exist! A team of scientists from Australia has finally managed to collect empirical data to prove that cognitive function in pregnant women and new mothers does decline. In their study, published at the beginning of the year in the Medical Journal of Australia, the researchers provided proof of cognitive, memory, and executive functioning changes that occur in pregnant women’s brains. more “Does Baby Brain really exist? The science is in…”

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Mass Exodus : When it’s time to clear the baby gear

Over the last few weeks we have had to face something we’ve been putting off for a while now. You could say we have put it at the back of our minds, or more accurately, shoved it in the top of our house. more “Mass Exodus : When it’s time to clear the baby gear”

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Broken hearts and goodbyes #HLHS #CHDAwareness

I have to start this post by confessing I’m not entirely sure if it’s the right thing to do. But, it equally felt so wrong to publish the first post after this weekend with a review of the latest in kids umbrellas, or the top annoying habits of our household. I need to stop and pay tribute to a very special little girl, and her Mummy Louise who I have come to think of as a friend and a pivotal member of our #coolmumclub community.  more “Broken hearts and goodbyes #HLHS #CHDAwareness”

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Changing nappies, Changing times: A Bepanthen giveaway – Win £50 John Lewis voucher & 6 months supply of Bepanthen

Before we had the kids, I’d say my nappy changing skills were, along with my parenting skills, pretty basic. I guess I kind of had a head start, as I have four younger siblings who were all born after my teenage years, so although I probably didn’t jump at every opportunity, there must have been the odd nappy change in there in all my babysitting stints. But, nothing prepared me for the onslaught that the nappy changing days would bring to our finances, our technique and our squeamishness. I mean, you really know you’re a mum when you’re openly describing the colour and texture of your newborn’s bowel movement openly and with gusto. more “Changing nappies, Changing times: A Bepanthen giveaway – Win £50 John Lewis voucher & 6 months supply of Bepanthen”

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