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Coping With Your Child’s Illness

There is nothing worse than being told that your child is sick. At that moment it feels like it’s the…

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#SMB -Twitter Week-How Tweet It Is!

#SMB -Twitter Week-How Tweet It Is!

#SMB-Twitter Week-How Tweet It Is!

Doesn’t it crack you up when people think that Blogging is an “easy” job. There are so many pieces and parts to running a great blog, it’s hard to keep up with it all. When you started your Blog did you realize everything that needed to go into a post? Me neither!

Finding other Bloggers on Social Media, to follow and be followed by, opens doors. It connects us with others, leads more people to our sites who then share our work on Social Media. Are you blogging to yourself? Do you want to be noticed, but don’t know how to get there?

Running your blog in a vacuum is a futile process. “Build it and they will come” is just a line from a movie. Instantaneous Stardom rarely happens in real life. You have to be seen to be noticed.

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Reasons to Grow Your Social Media Platforms with Other Bloggers

Social Media connects us with others who find value in our posts. It helps us to grow our audience and hone our skills. It puts you in the position to be noticed by fans and Brands.

It’s hard work to grow your Social Media Platforms. Taking photos, editing them, creating different sizes for Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter and Instagram. Phew! I’m tired already. Aren’t you???

And we haven’t even created the posts and written the Social Media Updates yet.

Or scheduled them. Found the appropriate hashtags. Or, at the very least, hashtags that aren’t flagged as spam. ARG!

Check out the Top Five Reasons why you should be working together with other Bloggers, then add yourself to the linkup and let’s all grow together. We got this!

Meet your hosts:

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Nikki from View From In Here Jessica from Adventures of a Cavemom
Lindsey from Lindsey Tradup Yvonne from Double the Monkey Business
Gidget from Mommy Perfect Rena from Fine, Whatever Blog
Leah from Elm Photo Studio Leanne from Smiles and Sunday

Top Five Reasons To Grow Your Social Media Platforms

ONE: Bloggers are a cool, creative bunch. I love reading updates from other Bloggers on my Social Media Feeds. We are so doggone fun! When I’m having a creative dry spot I get my best ideas from the Bloggers that I follow. (Bonus points for a great food video, or crazy cat vid? Amiright?!)

TWO: Bloggers know all the good stuff. Need a recommendation for a hotel while on vacation? Ask a Blogger. Looking for potty training tips? Ask a Blogger. DIY? Decorating? Paint Colors? Get it? Follow Bloggers from every niche and all the answers you need are at your fingertips! Boo-Yah!

THREE: Algorithm Changes drive you crazy? Yeah, me too. But guess what? Another Blogger has already figured it all out. And you follow her/him! Score. Think about all those hours of research saved.

FOUR: Is there anyone more fun to hang out with than a Blogger? I think not.

FIVE: Okay, here’s the REALS. You want people to read your blog, right? You’re working to raise your Pageviews. You may even be thinking about making money from your Blog. Perhaps you’ve started to Monetize, but you’d like to make more income. Maybe you want all these things, but it’s a slow process?

Guess what? Growing your Social Media Platforms, hanging with other Bloggers, can help you achieve all these things. But working together with other Bloggers can speed up the process.

Check out the Top Five Reasons why you should be working together with other Bloggers, let's all grow together. We got this! Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Social Media Blast Requirements

 -Add the link to your Social Media Account. It must be a Public account or Facebook PAGE not personal.

 -Follow everyone in the linkup, come back later in the week to follow those that have joined after you. This linkup will be open for a week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back!  This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following the others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

Share. Click to Tweet. The more people that link up, the bigger we all grow.

This week we’re focusing on Twitter

This week, link up the URL to your Twitter account (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list.

To find the URL to your Twitter profile, open up Twitter, click your profile picture on the right side, click view profile, grab the URL in the browser bar. My URL is:   Yours should be similar!

By the way, share this, let’s reach out to as many bloggers as we can, we’ve made it easy to Tweet above. Let’s make 2017 a year for blogging community!


#parentingscoop Nomipalony

#parentingscoop Nomipalony
This week we have Nyomi from Nomipalony on #parentingscoop! So grab a cuppa and read all about her parenting journey so far!

This week on #parentingscoop, we have the fabulous Nyomi from Nomipalony telling us her parenting story so far. Nyomi is a family and lifestyle blogger / vlogger and I think has one of the best blog logos!  You can see it here:

So without further ado, I will pass you over to Nyomi….

Bio – Nyomi at Nomipalony

We are a family of 4 who live in North East England. Myself and Papa Ginge are 33 and then there is Arlo who is 5 and Lena who is about to turn 2.

Tell us about you when you are not in ‘mummy mode’

I’m really extroverted and love to hang out with my friends in a pub or at a gig/festival. I love good food, drink and music.

Tell us about your pregnancy / pregnancies

I’ve had two pregnancies and both times have suffered terribly with nausea and vomiting until about 21 weeks (my second pregnancy I had hyperemesis gravidarum for the first 5 months). Otherwise my pregnancies were ok.

With my first pregnancy with my son I had pelvic and back discomfort but didn’t have that with my daughter. I had heartburn with both pregnancies – despite having very bald babies at the end of it! I didn’t really enjoy being pregnant but now that I’m not I’ve glossed over the bad bits and look back on it fondly.

Where did you give birth? Did you have any complications?

With my first birth it was a classic failed induction, with a cascade of interventions, resulting in a category one emergency c section. My second birth was a wonderful healing home birth though.

I have blogged about both of my births if anyone wants to read more:

What were the first few weeks like with a newborn?

I had quite a difficult healing process both times which made my first few weeks with a newborn more of a challenge physically. With my first birth, it was healing from a category one C-section and with my second I had a four-hour pushing stage and episiotomy, which resulted in me ending up with a nasty hematoma where I couldn’t sit for a long time.

The physical side was rough but I’ve been fortunate to immediately bond with my babies both times and remember the first few weeks as being totally high on love for them. It’s the best feeling ever and one that would have me doing it all over again, despite how rough it can be.

Do you have any advice for new parents?

Be kind to yourself. If the baby isn’t crying then it’s all good, don’t fret.

If the baby is crying, stick a boob in its gob. That’s pretty much worked for me so far!

What is your favourite thing about being a parent?

So much love and happiness. Being a parent to small kids forces you to live in the present and in the moment and shed any ego you have. It’s a good way to live.

What is your funniest parenting story

Hmmmm, once Papa Ginge was having a bath with Arlo when he was a baby and Arlo did one of those awful loose baby poops in the bath. I heard Papa Ginge shouting ‘help me, help me, its clinging to my legs’ and suffice to say it took me ages to help him as I was so busy laughing at him.

nyomi from Nomipalony

Thanks you so much for joining us Nyomi!  That is some bath story, I wonder if Papa Ginge was ever brave enough to share a bath again, I think it would put me off.
You can find Nyomi from Nomipalony being social here, pop over and say hi:

If you would like to take part in #parentingscoop then leave me a comment below, or email  We would love to have you on the blog.

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Sun Craft for Preschoolers

Sun Craft for Preschoolers
The sun has made a welcome appearance and this week we have been doing a easy sun craft for preschoolers, why not give it a try?

Looking for a fun sun craft to do with the kids?

The sunshine has finally hit Germany!  At last we can enjoy some lovely weather – if it keeps up we will need to start thinking about outdoor crafts!

Last weekend, we did a fun craft with the kids.  We made some sunshine, well a sun to be exact!  What I liked about this craft is that we could use up all the bits at the bottom of the craft box.  Providing it was yellow in colour of course! I am a bit of a hoarder and don’t through anything away, so we have lots of scarp material in a box.   You know, just in case!

What you need for this sun craft:

  • Blue card
  • Yellow scrap – any kind!
  • Yellow pipecleaners
  • glue stick
  • yellow glitter glue
  • wiggly scissors

What to do:

First up we cut out a circle with some wiggly scissors.  This gives it a really fab shape.  We used a plate to draw around and get the perfect circle.

We stuck the sun onto the blue card.  Then we glued the pipecleaners in place, to make the sun rays.

Then the boys stuck whatever yellow object they could get their hands on onto the sun.  They also used yellow glitter glue to give it a bit of a shimmer.

And that was it, a lovely bright sun for the kids to make.  I loved that they could do this craft with just supervision, no help was needed apart from a little guidance on cutting out the circle.

The boys loved doing this craft and are now convinced that this is the reason that the sun is now shining!

sun craft for preschoolers

If you decide to give this craft a go, I would love to see the outcome!  Tag me on social media so I can see your creations.

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Protecting children online with Kidguard

Protecting children online with Kidguard

The world has changed so much since I was little.  I am not that old – promise! – but when I was a young girl there was no internet, no twitter, no social media.  It was all a lot more… quiet.

Now as a blogger, I obviously embrace all these things now.  I run a website on the internet.  I have all the social media accounts that you would expect.  I spend most evenings on my laptop.  I am not, by any means, against the internet, in fact I would not be able to enjoy many of the things I do today without it.kidguard

However, I also know the downsides of the internet.   It is so easy to find out about peoples lives and the comments that people receive from absolute strangers boggles my mind. As you can imagine, as a mum with small children, this is more than a little concerning to me.

What kind of a world are we bringing our children into?

I have to say that the rise of the internet and the ease with which people can retrieve information is both amazing and frightening to me.

I am in a lucky position really.  My boys are not yet 5 and really have no idea what social media is or the internet.  They do seem to have grasped what google is.  If I ever don’t know the answer to the question then they will say: “Just google it mummy!”

Sign of the times indeed.

As they grow and assert their independence – which is only natural – I will have a totally different issue.  They will want ipads, laptops, phones – or whatever new invention has come out that will probably boggle my mind.

So, how on earth do I keep them safe?

Well Kidguard is something that I have come across recently.  And it may well be the answer to many concerned parents problems.

Kidguard was created to help parents keep their child safe on the internet by giving them the tools to monitor their activities on their various IOS devices.  It is secure, easy to use and helps keep your children safe. Parents can check:

Phone Calls

This allows parents to check call history, who they are speaking to and when


If you are worried about your child being bullied then this element of the service is for you.  It gives you the ability to check kids message history

Browsing History

This one goes without saying, it enables parents to check what content they are looking at. Therefore, enabling you to check these sites are safe for your kids.

Installed Apps

A good way to keep a check on what apps your kids have on their phones, to check they are safe and secure

GPS Location

If you are worried about where your child is when they leave the house and if they are safe.  Then this can give you peace of mind, as the GPS tracks your child’s location in real time.

Kidguard is designed to protect your children from unsafe sites, cyber threats, bullying, scams and online predators.

To find out more about this service, you can visit their website here: Kidguard’s latest intiative is Parents’ Survival Guide to Online Safety.