Brilliant Mum Feature Week 62

Brilliant Mum Feature

Hello and welcome to the Brilliant Mum Feature. Once a week I will be featuring one mum in a bid to find out more about them and their lives. If you’d like to take part in this series, simply fill in this form. This week our brilliant mum feature is Suzy who blogs at Our Bucket List Lives. Suzy lives in Lincolnshire, she’s 42, and is a blogger which is how she earns money (not a lot though she says!). Suzy has one son (4), and she’s married. Suzy loves travelling and seeing the UK, and the world in any spare time… [Read More]

Know your calories; The key to your health goals!

Many people might describe their diet as “pretty healthy”. Some might even consider their diet to be very healthy but they are still not seeing the results that they want or deserve.  Others might just have a bad diet and don’t know where to start to turn things around.  Whatever stage you may be at, unless you understand your calories you are basically guessing at the healthiness of your diet. If you are in too great a calorific deficit/surplus the implications can be significant. Without going into the science of it, here a few things that can happen if your… [Read More]

6 ways to have a brilliant summer – despite the weather

Summer is here, meaning sunny days, picnics and having fun enjoying the fresh air, right? Wrong, if the British weather has anything to do with it! But don’t let storms keep you inside. The long days are an ideal time to get out with your children, giving them new skills and experiences and making for some lifelong memories. Life under canvas Camping can teach children about the world outside without leaving your back garden. You don’t need a big tent, just a quick pop-up one – the kind you would take to a festival (remember them?). Failing that, sling a… [Read More]

Experimental Treatments for Addiction: How Effective Are They?

Alternative medicine has well made its way into the realm of what is considered more traditional medicine these days. In addition to proven therapies such as behavioral therapies and pharmaceuticals, treatment centers and practitioners are including experimental methods as supplements to hopefully improve progress even more. What is considered in this category of experimental treatments? Things such as acupuncture, neurofeedback, horse therapy, hypnotherapy, biochemical restoration, water therapy, yoga, meditation, sound therapy, and ropes courses are all alternative options. One additional method that is still controversial and illegal in the United States, psychedelic drug therapy, has shown proven results in other… [Read More]

What age should children get pocket money?

Our twins are six year olds and earlier this year, my husband and I made the decision to give them pocket money. It’s not a fortune, at just £1 a week, but we thought it would be a good way to introduce our children to the idea of money. While some parents will offer their children pocket money in return for chores, our girls don’t need to do chores to receive their £1 a week pocket money. However, I’m very open to the idea of allowing them to earn extra money on top of their £1 a week if they… [Read More]

That Friday Linky

It’s Friday again, which means it’s That Friday Linky time again! Please have a quick read of the info below and join in! As always we ask that you link up your favourite post of the week. Please don’t link up your entire blog, just one specific post that you’d like to share with us all. Linky’s are a great way to find new blogs to read, discover new content and they’re also a great way to raise your blogs profile. Myself and my husband, Nigel, who blogs at DIY Daddy are your hosts. If you’d like us to retweet your… [Read More]

Brilliant Mum Feature Week 61

Brilliant Mum Feature

Hello and welcome to the Brilliant Mum Feature. Once a week I will be featuring one mum in a bid to find out more about them and their lives. If you’d like to take part in this series, simply fill in this form. This week our brilliant mum feature is Claire who blogs at This Mummy Rocks. Claire is 33 years old, married to her husband, Matthew, for 7 years and she has 5 sons, Cameron 15, Harvey 12, McKenzie 7, Caelan 5 and Cohen 3. Claire is a self employed Ofsted registered childminder. Mathew and Claire live and work together. In… [Read More]

9 Critical Tips for Traveling by Car with a Baby

Traveling with your baby in a car can go two ways. Your baby might sleep the entire way, waking only to eat, and dozing quickly off again with a clean nappy and a full belly. The other scenario is that your baby screams the entire way, resulting in frayed nerves and you considering if the return trip home is truly necessary. A new location is good, right? It is impossible to predict how your child will behave on a car ride. Parents should be prepared for all scenarios, so let’s take a look at the best tips for traveling by… [Read More]

10 Things That Make Me Happy

I was recently tagged in the 10 Things That Make Me Happy tag by Bound For Somewhere. You can read her post here. So without further ado, and in no particular order here are 10 things that make me happy. 1. My husband and children. Yes, it’s a cliche and it’s the ‘obvious answer’ that most likely everyone will say, but it’s true. Without these crazies, I’d actually be pretty unhappy. Hubby drives me crazy with his constant moving of things around and don’t even get me started on his snoring, but I do love him and he does make… [Read More]

My First Fundraising Event: An Update

As many people know I’ll be running the London Marathon next year for WellChild, the national charity for sick children. As part of accepting a charity place with WellChild I have a fundraising target of £1,600. I made the first donation of £100 to confirm my place, and I have since raised a good amount already through online donations, selling second hand goods, and from making crafts and selling them. However, I always knew that the biggest earner would be from hosting events. That’s why, with a pretty small turnaround time, I arranged my first event. A charity family magic… [Read More]