Why go self hosted?

I have finally taken the plunge to go self hosted. Little me with my tiny blog in a world with gazillions of other blogs. Fighting the way through for decent page views, visitor numbers and of course doing everything known to man to try to increase my DA.

why go self hosted

So this is my account of what it’s like to go self hosted and why I did.

It’s been over 14 months since I started blogging. I chose to go on blogger as it was very simple to set up for a newbie like me. I don’t have a lot of web experience so the simpler they better.
Now 14 months later I felt as if I had out grown my blog. I wanted to add bits that you are unable to do on blogger. During my 14 months there I have changed my them and header design a few times but you are just limited with what you can do.

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How to Search for the Best Mobile Phone Contract

In the next few days I can upgrade my phone and contract. Woohoo! It felts like years I have been stuck with my phone, mind you it has been a couple. So how do you search for the best mobile phone contract?

Do you have a look on the website of the provider you are currently with?

Do you pop into your local phone shop?

Do you get on the phone and ring up your network see if you can haggle a deal?

Or do you use one of those comparison sites? There are comparison sites for everything nowadays.

How To Search for the best mobile phone contract - iPhone, smartphone

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June Roundup and July Bucket List

It’s that time of the month again for the June Roundup and July Bucket list combined. As you know from last months post that I’m combining the two together. I love to look back over my month of blogging and also my day to day life and incorporate what I need to do into my bucket list.
I suppose the way of looking at it is what do I want to achieve in July aand how can I improve on June?

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Will My Baby’s Eyes Change Colour?

There has been a huge ongoing discussion in my house about our baby’s eye colour, since she was born 4 months ago.
Will her eyes stay blue? 
 
Or will they turn brown?

My eyes are a deep chocolate brown shade, but my husband’s are light blue like the sea. I have always thought brown eyes are a more dominant gene.This got me thinking, so I have decided to do some research into baby eye colours.

Will My Baby's Eyes Change Colour?

I asked my friend about her little boy’s eye colour when he was born as he has deep brown eyes now, and she said his was blue when he was born.OK still hope for my little girl to have my eye colouring. At six months old she said his eyes went brown after being grey for 3 months.

Really, I said to her, so they do change colour it’s not a myth then?

She must have thought I was a bit stupid.

As a first time mum unless you read up on stuff like this in books or on Google you really don’t have a clue.Where do you find the time to do that as a new mummy?

I’m sure most new mum’s like me are up to their ears in nappy changes, feeding, sterilising, clothes washing and the constant tidying up.

Whilst I came up with this idea for a post I thought I had better look up baby’s eye colours and see what exactly happens.Will my husband win the blue eye battle or me with brown eyes?

What are the odds?

I started reading lots of different articles about babies eye colours and they can also have neither of the parents eye colours but can inherit a grandparent’s colouring.Well this has put a cat amongst the pigeons so to speak as my dad’s eyes are a greeny colour!

So that has just thrown another angle into the “discussion”.

So I have discovered that something called melanin is responsible for the colour of the iris and the amount that is present, has something to do with the genes that the baby has.When the baby arrives into the outside world the melanin production in the eyes is kickstarted by the bright light. A small increase in melanin means the eye colour will stay blue. A larger increase produces darker colours like brown.

My findings are that the biggest changes in a babies eye colour happens between 6 and 9 months, so a little bit more waiting for us i’m afraid and our baby will have a 50:50 chance of having blue or brown eyes.
 
So will mum or dad win the battle of the eye colour?
 
 You will have to pop back in a few months time to find out!

 

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Coconut Lane – Coconut Queen Ambassador

When the lovely people at Coconut Lane asked me to join their ambassador programme I nearly jumped out the bed! When I got the email through I was having cuddles with a sleepy baby girl so was lucky not to wake her up! Being an ambassador for Coconut Lane means I have become a Coconut Queen – how great is that? On a slightly different subject is that I love anything coconut smelling or tasting and that made me sit up and take notice to the name of the brand – Coconut Lane. I just love the name!
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Image courtesy of Coconut Lane

Who are Coconut Lane?

Coconut Lane launched in 2015 and brings you the ultimate in chic homeware, stationery and fashion accessories – bringing you class, sass and a bit of Mean Girls bad-ass along the way. With pop culture and social media at the heart of their brand. 
They have merged modern day fun into classy products that you’ll love. Their products are created for the dreamers of the world -like me! and for those who dare to believe and then make it happen.  The products that they sell, aim to inspire and motivate, turning dreams into a reality.
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Image courtesy of Coconut Lane


How will me being a Coconut Queen help you?

  • I will host regular giveaways in collaboration with Coconut Lane – Who doesn’t love to win stuff!
  • I will write up reviews on some of their lovely products showing you what you can buy for yourself and how they will bring inspiration and happiness to yourself and home.
  • Best part of all! – I can offer you a fantastic 20% discount off all Coconut Lane products when you reach the checkout with my special unique code rachelbustin20
Unique Discount code for Coconut Lane

Why not pop over to Coconut Lane and have a browse of all their wonderful things, from notebooks and phonecases to wall art and cushions. Something for everyone!
Don’t forget to your your discount code!



* I am a part of the Coocnut Lane Affiliate scheme so if you use my unique code I receive a little bit back which helps to run my blog – Thanks if you do xx

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May Roundup and June Bucket List

Time is short at the moment with a fussy 4 month old so I have decided to combine my monthly Roundup and Bucket List posts into one. It’s actually a bit of a brain wave for me to come up with time-saving ideas that might help!

May Roundup

May has been a really good blogging month for me. I started the blog everyday in May challenge. To be honest I think I was a bit optimistic in thinking I could write a blog post everyday for the month with a baby. But I have published 24 posts out of 31 so not too bad.

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