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Be Kind To Your Feet with Superdrug Comfort

Be Kind To Your Feet with Superdrug Comfort

There was a time, around six years ago when I wore heels every day.  I could even run in them.

However, something happened since I had the boys.  Years of wearing trainers or – let’s face it – just being in slippers all day, has meant my high heel tolerance (or shoes in general) has somewhat diminished.  These days when I put my shoes on to go anywhere smart or exciting, it hurts beyond belief!

So I was really excited to be asked to test our the Superdrug Comfort range

Superdrug Comfort range

I have been testing out the Insoles and the Heel Cushions and been so impressed with the quality and the difference it makes to my feet!

Both products are so easy to use and apply. They have an adhesive to keep them in place.

Superdrug Comfort Insole

These did a great job at stopping my foot slipping forward. I found at the end of the day my feet didn’t ache and I had no blisters or anything.  Which is the first time in a long time!  The insole was still sitting perfectly in place at the end of a long day.  I work as a reporter and I am often out on jobs that include a lot of standing around, then a lot of hurrying about when things get started.  This did the job perfectly.

Superdrug Heel Cushions

I dont know about anyone else but I actually have scars on the back of my heel from shoes that have ripped them to shreds.  So I very much welcomed these for the back of my shoe.  They fitted perfectly at the back, stuck on easily and stayed in place all day.

I would definitely buy these products going forward.  I think they are a must have for someone who is on their feet a lot or if you are breaking in some new shoes!

Superdrug Comfort Range

You can buy the insoles here and the cushions here.

*I was provided these products for free in return for an honest and fair review.  All opinions are my own*

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#PARENTINGSCOOP Boo Roo and Tigger too

#PARENTINGSCOOP Boo Roo and Tigger too
This week on #parentingscoop we have Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too joining us to share her parenting and pregnancy journey so far.

This week on #parentingscoop, we have the lovely Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger too sharing her pregnancy and parenting journey with us.

I have followed Sarah’s blog for a while now. I love it, she not only shares her family life with her readers but she also has some great tips for the home.  Oh and she has some pretty awesome giveaways as well!

So let me pass you over to Sarah as she shares her story with us.

Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too

Bio – Sarah at Boo Roo and Tigger Too

Hi, I’m Sarah a mum to three children – two girls and a boy.  I live in Norfolk with my husband and I’m currently a SAHM and work on my blog www.boorooandtiggertoo.com when my youngest naps during the day or in the evenings.

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

It’s not very often that I’m not in ‘mummy mode’.  After being made redundant whilst on maternity leave last year I now work from home on my blog whilst looking after the children. 

The closest I get to being out of mummy mode is when I get the opportunity to attend blog events without the children or a rare night out with friends.

Tell us about your pregnancy / pregnancies

My first pregnancy was a textbook pregnancy right up until I went on maternity leave at 37+3 weeks.  I then developed pre-eclampsia and she was born at 38+5 weeks.

My second pregnancy was the opposite with low blood pressure which left me feeling very dizzy and tired throughout.  Although he was late and born at 40+2

My third (and last) pregnancy was difficult in that I felt as though I had a constant hangover.  Tiredness, headaches, heart palpitations and breathlessness.  Towards the end of my pregnancy they realised that a number of the symptoms were side effects of taking Aspirin to prevent pre-eclampsia so once that was stopped I felt much better.

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

All three of my children were born in hospital.  I’m someone who believes that they built hospitals for a reason so never even considered a home birth.  Thankfully as it turns out I did have hospital births as my first two children required emergency caesareans and my youngest was booked as an elective after all the problems that I’d previously had in labour.

What were the first few weeks like with a newborn?

As I’ve had more children and I’ve gotten older myself I coped with having a newborn easier each time. 

With my first it was a massive shock to the system, all the night feeds, the changing of nappies, the catnaps that they have and just when you think it is safe to sleep they wake.  Now I’m of the philosophy of ‘it doesn’t last forever’.

Do you have any advice for new parents?

Take each day, hour, minute as it comes.  Whilst you may never think that you are ever going to sleep again or enjoy a hot meal, it will happen. 

Try not to stress about it too much and whatever you do don’t start comparing who has had less sleep with your partner – it will drive you both mad.

What is your favourite thing about being a parent?

Unconditional love.  Not matter how bad your day has been you can look at your little ones and your heart melts.  To them you are amazing and whilst you might not agree there is always tomorrow to try again for a better day.

What is your funniest parenting story

Like any parent, I think all my funny parenting moments have to do with either poop or vomit. We were heading out to a local attraction in the car with my oldest two children and my niece, when suddenly my daughter yells I’m going to be sick.  With that she starts to vomit in her hands so not to get it all over the car.  So my husband pulls over just off the slip road on the main road we were travelling on. 

As I’m trying to sort my daughter out who was covered in vomit, a police car pulls up.  The police officer comes over and starts to question my husband as to why he has pulled the car over on the grass verge all whilst my daughter is still being sick.  I had to wait for the police to pull away before I could take off my top to dress my daughter in so that she had something to wear in the car that wasn’t covered in sick.  Needless to say, we turned round and went home.

Thanks you so much for joining us Sarah! Yep, I have to agree most of our funniest moments also involve poop or vomit! However I have never had the police stepping in to ask what was going on, that is certainly a story to save for her 21st!  
Hopefully I will get to meet Sarah, when I am also out of mummy mode, at some blogging events this year.
You can find Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger too 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 doublethemonkeybusiness@gmail.com.  We would love to have you on the blog.

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#SMB – Instagram Week – Let’s Focus!

#SMB – Instagram Week – Let’s Focus!

There are so many pieces and parts to running a great blog, it’s hard to keep up with it all. Social Media helps you to connect with others, get your posts seen and shared. 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 and Blogging

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

Social Media and Monetizing your Blog

Brands want bloggers that are connected. Not only are they looking for a large following, they search for bloggers who have an engaged following. You may have a million followers on Twitter, but are you interacting with them? If not, you won’t be as valuable to a Brand as someone with 5,000 followers that are interactive.

Building a large, committed platform can take years. It’s a lot of work and it takes a concentrated effort. Let’s work together to speed it up a bit.

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
Rena from Fine, Whatever Blog Gidget from Mommy Perfect
Leah from Elm Photo Studio Leanne from Smiles and Sundays
Tinese from Inspired by A3  

Social Media Blast

We have partnered together to bring you the Social Media Blast. Each week we will feature a different social media platform, link up your account and follow the others in the linkup. Your social media numbers will grow, but follower growth is just one part of the equation. We can help you with the numbers, it’s up to you to make the connection.

When you are clicking through to each social media account in the linkup, take some action. Like a few status updates, comment or share. Make a connection.

If you are working to make yourself attractive to Brands, size does matter. Honest. Brands want to work with Bloggers, make them take notice of you, take action and grow!

Grow Big and Grow Quickly

In order to grow quickly and begin making money from your blog you need to build your platforms. The quickest way to grow is to join with other bloggers, working together to build each other. Add your link below, follow and be followed! Let’s work together and make 2017 a phenomenal year.

Social Media Blast will be live on all of our Blogs each Thursday, giving you the opportunity to hang out with us and meet our Social Media Following.

There will be a different Social Media Platform for you to build each week, we will focus on the platforms Brands and Sponsors like to see. This is where the Blog Karma sets in, the more people you follow, the more that will follow you.

Social Media Blast Requirements

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

TWO 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 others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

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

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST

This week we’re focusing on Instagram

This week, link up the URL to your Instagram account (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list. Your Instagram account MUST be PUBLIC for you to join the linkup. It is not required for others to follow you if your account is set to private.

FYI Instagram will only allow you to follow 20ish new accounts in an hour. If you reach 20 and have not followed everyone in the linkup you must come back later to complete.

To find the URL to your Instagram profile, open up Instagram, click your profile picture on the right side, click view profile, grab the URL in the browser bar.

My URL is:

https://www.instagram.com/doublethemonkeybusiness

Yours should be similar!

PS did you know that Brands will pay you good money to Instagram their products? Large interactive IG accounts get paid more. Let’s get some dollars in your pocket!


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Sleeping Soundly with Hartmann Direct

Sleeping Soundly with Hartmann Direct

Potty training is a fun time and this week I have been thinking back to when the boys were going through that fun milestone.

I always felt like it was one thing to be at home when you had all your things around you to help – mainly the washing machine! – and another thing to be on holiday or staying at someones house.

Being away from home was especially hard when the boys decided that nappies were for babies and they wanted to go ‘free and easy’ at night time as well.

Who could blame them really?!

It can’t be nice to sleep with a nappy on.  The thing is, we found that it was not as easy  as them just deciding.  It takes a little practice to get them to have bladder control when sleeping!  We had a few accidents, and I am not sure about anyone else but at 3am the last thing I want to do is have to think about what to do.  I want it to be simple and easy so we can all get back to sleep.

This is a collaborative post with Hartmann Direct Bed Mats by Hartmann Direct

So I was really looking for an answer to my prayers when I discovered disposable bed mats.  They protect the mattress and are easy to sort at silly o’clock in the morning.  I felt this was a much better alternative to pull-ups.  With pull-ups the boys felt they were in a nappy so I just didn’t feel like we were getting anywhere.  Whereas with this, they felt like they had made the step to being nappy free, but the bed was still protected.

We just went for the small pads as that was all that was needed. My two pretty much don’t move when they are sleeping.

The ones that we used were from Hartmann Direct. I loved that you could choose a size depending on your needs.

After all some kiddies might still be in cot beds and some moved into single beds already. Or you might have a bedtime wriggler and need the whole bed covered just in case!!

The company supply a lot of different types of products for mattress protection for hospitals and the like. So, they know what they are doing with regards to these products.

The pad is perfect and worked amazingly for our little bedtime issues.  Thankfully we are through that stage now and I can’t remember the last time we had to change the pads. But we have them for when we go on holiday now, you know… just in case!

You can visit Hartmann Direct’s website here: https://www.hartmanndirect.co.uk/category/bed-protection/3

 

 

 

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