Maternity Leave Second Time Around and How It’s Different

I’m back to work in just 3 weeks. Maternity leave second time around has gone extremely fast. But then I’ve had a toddler and a baby to care for. Plus I lost my dad right at the start. Do I feel ready to go back to work? I do and I don’t. I do to have some adult company and…

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10 Essential Elements For Your First Welcome Email

Becoming a blogger has been the most wonderful experience and the best thing I could have ever done. It did start off as a hobby and my little space on the web. For Sharing my thoughts on things that I love amd my thoughts and feelings. Now it’s much more than that. It’s my job. Blogging allows me stay home with…

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#BlogOnToys – My First Blog Conference Experience

BlogOnToys earlier this month was my first blog conference although I’ve been blogging for 3 1/2 years. I wanted to go back in May but would have had a 3 week old so wasn’t able to attend. This time around baby dottie was 5 months old, so was able to come with me as a babe in arms. I actually…

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#BlogOnToys Introduce Yourself – This Is Me

I’m really excited to be able to attend #BlogOnToys on the 16th in Manchester. It’s my first blog conference and the chance to meet other like-minded people who are into their blogging as much as I am. It will be fantastic to meet everyone face to face. Here is my entry to introduce myself. I’m quite shy so please come…

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Taxes, Blogging and being Self-Employed

In 2016 my blog was still a hobby, I hadn’t earnt a penny, but I started to get offers for sponsored posts… What was I going to do? I was on maternity leave and that pay is practically zilch. A few extra pounds from my blog would help to make up some shortfall. So I decided after the new tax…

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Happy 3rd Blogiversary – Giveaway Day 4

Hello, welcome back to the last day of my 3rd blogiversary giveaways. You can catch up with days 1, 2 and 3 here on the competitions page. Why I’m still in love with blogging 3 years down the line: In the blog world each day is different. You honestly never know what is going to turn up in your email…

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Happy 3rd Blogiversary – Giveaway Day 3

Hello, welcome back to Day 3 of my 3rd blogiversary giveaways. You can catch up with days 1 and 2 here on the competitions page. Blogging can be hard to fit in around a job and looking after your family. I spend every evening after my toddler has gone to sleep blogging away. When I’m at work I spend my…

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Happy 3rd Blogiversary – Giveaway Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of my 3rd blogiversary giveaways. You can catch up with the Day 1 giveaway here. The first year of blogging, I did it as a hobby. Writing about my favourite hobbies – books, gardening and entering competitions. When my daughter joined us, I turned my blog into another direction – family/parenting orientated. At the start…

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Happy 3rd Blogiversary – Giveaway Day 1

This week sees my 3rd blogiversary. I cannot believe I have been blogging for three years now. It’s like they say, time flies when you are having fun! I’ve grown my following to over 14k in that time. It may not seem a lot to many over three years but you have to bear in mind that I’ve been working…

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The Morning Sidekick Journal Review

You know how much I love to read and write, so when I was asked if I wanted to have a look at a new type of journal I squealed in delight! The Morning Sidekick Journal Review was going to be my friend for a while. If you are more of a modern kind of person you can get the…

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Do You Want Your Blog To Be More Than A Hobby?

Running a blog is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable things that you can do. After all, what could be better than spending your time writing about the things that you love and that you’re really passionate about? Of course, most of us live pretty hectic and full lives so the idea of setting aside a lot of time…

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5 Effective Ways to Improve Your Blog in 2018

A brand new year is a brilliant time to upgrade and improve the various aspects of your blog, such as website hosting and your efforts with SEO. So, with January almost over already, discover these five ways to optimise your blog’s performance and get cracking!   No matter how well-written your content is, how efficiently designed your website is, or…

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Blogging Goals 2018

Here we are again at the start of a new year. This year sees my blog turn 3, baby girl turn 2 years old and of course the arrival of baby girl number 2 in April. It’s such an exciting year ahead! Last year I made a quarterly plan for 2017 on how I was going to achieve my blogging…

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