Sunday, 2 August 2015

Getting back into work after having children

Looking after children can be a job in itself. You put in all the hours under the sun, you're always on call and you don't get paid for it. Yet it's one of the most rewarding jobs around.

As children get older and begin nursery school many mums who have previously stayed at home looking after their children often start to contemplate how they're going to get back into work. Employers will often chose someone who has recently been employed or is currently employed over someone who has been a stay at home mum for the past few years. 

For that reason it's important to prepare yourself for the world of work again. Many things may have changed since you last worked, but you can easily use the skills you currently have to help give you a step ahead of the competition. 

Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net/franky242

Taking an online course is a great first step to get you back on the career ladder. Online courses mean that you can work at a pace that suits you. The flexibility offered also means that you can study when your children are in bed and there's often additional support available through other learners and course teachers so you're never alone.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Stressful toddler meal times

R and M are very good eaters. They’re constantly saying that they’re hungry!

So why is it that when meal time arrives they somehow regress and turn into babies?!

We literally have to spoon feed them!

I remember a time when they’d quite happily sit down at the table with us, pick up their own fork, spoon or knife and just get on with it.


What’s happened?

I don’t understand!

Not only that I’ll feed them half a chicken nugget and then they’ll tell me they’re not hungry anymore and don’t want anything else to eat!

I’d never force them to eat food if they’re not hungry, but surely after only bite they can’t be full!

In fact I know they’re not full as five minutes later I’ll hear the inevitable cries of, ‘Mum, I’m hungry!’

Argh!

Friday, 31 July 2015

Binky Linky

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Please link up a blog post, not your home page
Please only link up one post - additional links will be deleted

This linky is your chance to link up your favourite post of the week. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and to raise your blogs profile.

I'm your host!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Warren Mill Farm, Cowbridge

This half term I have been keen to take R and M to lots of new places in our local area.

Warren Mill Farm is a place that I vaguely remember going to during my childhood. Before our visit I took a look at their website to see what the farm was like and what it had to offer.

Set in 10 acres of picturesque countryside, Warren Mill Farm offers a fun day out for children and adults of all ages. With a selection of animals including prairie dogs, goats, chickens, ponies and more, children are sure to have a good time!


As well as the farm there's also a bed and breakfast, self-catering cottages and a fishery.

It took us around 20 minutes to drive to Warren Mill Farm from our home in Cardiff. We left around 10am and arrived around 10.20am.

The website states that they open at 10.30am so we arrived just on time!

The car park was spacious and all of the children loved the chickens, baby chicks and rabbit that were roaming free!

Thornhill Farm Shop

Can you believe that I’ve lived five minutes away from Thornhill Farm Shop all of my life, yet I’d never been there until recently!

I only heard about it a few weeks ago and when one of my friends told me on the weekend that she was there, I quickly put the kids in the car and joined her!

It was a lovely, sunny day so it seemed perfect to go out and explore the wonders that Thornhill Farm Shop has to offer as oppose to staying cooped up indoors watching Disney DVDs! Although I do love a good Disney DVD!

Thornhill Farm Shop was easy to find down the narrow country lanes as it was well sign posted.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Interview with a Pro-Blogger

Today's post is an interview with professional blogger, Vicki who blogs at Honest Mum and Mummys Got Style.



1. Tell me a bit about yourself


I'm married to Peter and am a mum of two boys, Oliver 5 and Alexander who is 2 and a half.  We live in Yorkshire, but I usually spend one day a week in London for client meetings, press shows and to plan shoots.

I'm a full time, professional blogger and prior to that I was an award winning TV and film director making short films that screened on TV all over the world as well as the UK, in France, America, Greece and India. I also directted TV drama and documentary for British TV as well as music videos, fashion films and commercials. I've been a full time blogger for the last 3 years.

2. When did you start blogging?

I  set up honestmum.com when my first child was 10 months old in November 2010 as a way to rediscover my voice and find like-minded mothers online. I was suffering from a traumatic birth and felt pretty lost to be honest, the blog helped me carve out a place just for me and it slowly enabled me to become more confident, the biggest milestone being when I was a finalist at the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards 4 weeks after starting the blog. That nomination gave me the confidence that others cared about my voice and I got back on set directing fashion commercials soon after.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Denim - How do you wear yours?

I love my jeans, but the way in which I wear them has changed massively over the years.

In the 90's it was all about the flare and the bell bottoms! Teamed with a super tight vest!

In the naughties it was all about the bootcut for me! Usually teamed up with a sleeveless shirt with a cute tied up front to show my belly off!

Now it's all about the skinny jeans teamed with a cute cami top!

Here's a great infographic from House of Fraser about dressing up or dressing down your jeans!

How do you wear yours?

This is my blanket

For R and her blanket!
By Mummy


This is my blanket

This is my blanket
It comes everywhere with me
To the shops, playgroup and bed

Wherever I am 
My blanket is there too

It's my comforter 
My safety net
My special thing

It's my head scarf
My cape
My mouth wiper
My nose wiper

Monday, 27 July 2015

These are my shorts. This is my blanket.

For M and her shorts and blanket!
By Mummy.


These are my shorts. This is my blanket

One night I lay in my daddy's arms
He was wearing shorts

I played with the cords 
That hung from the shorts

That was the start of my longing for you

When I am tired I held those cords
Wrapped them around my fingers and held them tight

Now they are mine and I cuddle them all day

Daddy's shorts and my blanket
They come everywhere with me
To the park, in the car and to bed


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Beauty and the Beast at the Everyman Theatre, Cardiff

Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney film.

I used to watch it over and over and over again when I was younger. Belle was so headstrong, independent and that gold dress was beautiful! I wanted to be Belle!

Now that I'm an adult, Beauty and the Beast still brings me back to those fond memories of watching the film when I was a little girl. I'll never tire of watching it with my girls.

There's something very magical about Disney films, but Beauty and the Beast is my number one Disney film!

When I heard that the Everyman Theatre was coming to Cardiff with a production of Beauty and the Beast I knew I had to get tickets for us all to go!

It's an open-air theatre and despite it being heavy rain, the cast still went ahead with the show and put on a fun, energetic and magical performance.

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