Monday, 1 September 2014

Click & Chat Social Media Link Up #23

The Click and Chat Social Media Link  Up!  Ready to grow your social media like a champ? Come on by and take part in this awesomely effective link up party!  @ Adventures in Mindful Living

The Click & Chat Social Media Link up Party #23!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party!
We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers!
This month we are excited to announce that this linkup will appear on 14 amazing blogs!! That is 14 times the exposure for you and your links!
We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it!
We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias.
Ready to meet this weeks featured blogger?
Jennifer-Kitchen Serf
Go on by and say hi and check out all of her great social media links!
Now come and meet your hosts and co-hosts!
September link up
Rebecca Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom
Heather- Krafts and Kiddos / Miranda- A July Dreamer

To make it easier for you to follow your hosts and co-hosts we have put them in the first couple of spots in each link up section.

Ready to link up? Great!

Some quick and easy rules-

1. Please follow your hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias! It is just good blogging manners! . You can find all of our social media in the links below! Have you already followed us on one? Find another one to follow us on! We post great stuff on all of them, you won’t be disappointed!

2. This link up is all about networking and meeting new friends! Make sure to visit some other links on any list you leave your link on!This makes it fun and really helps get the exposure on all the blogs that they deserve! You are all awesome- now go meet some other awesome people! Now if you want to be super awesome you can always tweet, share,+, or pin this link up!






Thanks for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up party!!

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Following on from the success of previous competitions for tickets to The Baby Show, I am back with another competition for you all. The prize is a pair of tickets to the show of their choosing (Manchester or Bluewater) and it is UK only.

These are great events with some fantastic products from a number of great brands. With the Manchester show from the 26th-28th of September and Bluewater from the 10th-12th of October, there is plenty of time to win! Good luck all! 

UK only, ends at midnight on the 15th of September. One entry per household, all entries are moderated and multiple entries will be removed. Please complete any mandatory entries to ensure you are in the competition.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Sunday, 31 August 2014


I was recently sent a Friendship box for the #FriendshipGrows campaign with Chisholm Hunter and instructed to talk about a great bloggy friend of mine. Inside was some amazing items that you would happily gift a friend.

I've made a few bloggy friends over the past 3 and a half years but there is one special lady that I wanted to talk about this time around. There were a few I could have mentioned but this is probably the friend I see the most and somehow she just gets me. I'm talking about Lisa.

I don't know what to say about Lisa. She is more than happy to go shopping for hours on end, have a picnic in the park, go out for a cheap Wetherspoons meal out or even just chill in front of the TV with a takeaway whilst testing out beauty products. I am closer to her than some of my non blog friends and actually consider her one of my best friends. I am so glad that blogging brought her into my life.

Have you made any good blog friends? Why not pop on over to their page and enter the competition?

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Item sent for the purpose of this campaign
Photos by Em & Katie

Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday Favourites #6

I really want to visit the Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival thanks to Louisa!

Beth reviewed a book that I now really need in my collection!

SO happy that Shona has got a date for her operation!

Loving this post from Sarah

Tove wrote a great guest post over on Mothering {In Real Life}

I loved reading Budget Breakaway's July income report.

This is a fantastic post from Michelle. So is this.

This post by Anna was technically just over a week ago but I only read it the other day - it is an interesting read for any aspiring authors, especially those planning to self publish.

Whose posts have you been loving this week?

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Win £500 cash for your review!

I just wanted to give you the heads up on a competition that my friend Emma happened to mention to me and posted about on her blog! You can win £500 in cash for your review of The Money Press by Joey Moncrief. You do have to download the book from Amazon for £1.83 but if you are anything like me and are interested in the subject matter (how Joey and three friends from college made a ton of money - he talks about all of their side hustles!). The full details of the competition can be found here.

Terms & conditions:

This competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding the Promoter’s family, agents, anyone professionally connected to this competition, and anyone living outside the UK. 
Only one review per household is allowed. 
Reviews must be submitted by email, not by Royal Mail. 
Each entrant must have downloaded the e-book from the Amazon Kindle Store at a cost of £1.83.

Full details can be found at Cash Review.
I will definitely be entering as £500 would be really handy for Christmas and other things plus I am really interested in the subject matter (I've talked about side hustles and money making ideas extensively on Keene On Saving. I know plenty of my readers would love an extra £500 in the run up to Christmas. Will you enter?

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Motherhood and Sensitive Skin

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

With a history of sensitive skin in our family, it has taken us an age to find a product that really suits our family. Once Jack came along, that was of the utmost importance and we tried many out to see what suited our family best. Over the past couple of years, my washing pile has exploded as we've gone from two adults to two adults with a newborn baby who has slowly turned into a baby then a toddler, making a lot of mess along the way.

As soon as I found out we were expecting Jack, I started panicking. What clothes should I buy? What things did we need? If I bought something, would he actually use it? You hear so many stories about people buying absolutely everything for a new baby and using just a handful of things. What would I wash his clothes in? After all, babies skin is very sensitive and if Jack was to be anything like the rest of his family, his would be even more so. Being one of the first in my group of friends to have a baby did little to allay my fears as I didn't really have anyone to talk to.

We muddled through though and it was so worth it when I got to hold my baby after those 9 months. The worries seemed to drift away, at least for a while. As a mum, I try to make sure he is happy, healthy and protected but as you can imagine, he is a very boisterous little boy and often gets himself into little scrapes. Of course I worry but as long as I know he is happy, healthy and protected from all the bad things in the world, I can relax.

Persil and Comfort Care have been our products of choice for quite some time now. Unlike other ranges of detergents and fabric conditioners, these don't seem to cause any irritability and are a staple product in our household, often stocking up when there are deals on. We often pick up the Persil Non Bio 25w or the Comfort Pure 42w when we go shopping and picked some up recently for the #CollectiveBias campaign from our local Asda - my Dad may have dragged me in to help him get started on Jack's birthday and Christmas presents in their little sale!

My washing pile seems never ending as you can see above but using the best products when washing is incredibly important to me. Why risk hurting your child's skin when you have a tried and tested product that you know works and is fine with them? Persil and Comfort are currently donating 25p per bottle to Tommy's as part of the #Mums4Tommys campaign. 
Dedicated to saving babies lives, Tommy's funds research into the prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth - a very worthwhile cause, to say the least. The leading charity in maternal and fetal research, they now have three research centres across the country, dedicated to researching all the different issues relating to pregnancy. Whilst I have no personal ties to the charity, plenty of my family and friends have suffered either miscarriage, prematurity or stillbirth and I know how tough it has been on them so I wholeheartedly support any charity that supports them in their time of need. 
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Monday, 25 August 2014

The Perfect Lunchbox Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

capri sun lunchbox #shop #cbias
With Jack going to nursery very soon and also spending many more days out with family away from us, I've almost perfected 'the perfect lunchbox'. I have plenty of lunchbox ideas but Jack generally knows what he wants - a specific type of sandwich (dependent on what he 'currently likes'), a packet of crisps, a yogurt, some fruit and his favourite of all, Capri-Sun. He loves a tasty juice drink and will often guzzle them down in one go!
Having popped to Tesco to do my weekly food shop, I thought it would be a great time to tie in this #CollectiveBias campaign. Capri Sun is perfect for lunchboxes and days out and is a favourite amongst Jack and all of his friends - we like to keep our kitchen fully stocked at all times. They come in a variety of flavours: Orange, Blackcurrant, Summer Berries, Apple, Tropical, Apple & Cherry, Mango and Safari so children can take their pick!

I used to love my lunchboxes as a child. Now, of course, they tend to be a lot healthier but it was always a nice surprise to see what was inside. In my household, Jack tends to stick to a tried and tested routine, only switching out the sandwich filling or fruit once in a while. He may occasionally have pasta too. Given a choice of drink, Jack will always opt for juice - this #CapriSunSchool campaign is perfect for him. It's also perfect for me as it has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. 

For now, we are opting for healthy lunchboxes - healthy sandwiches, juice, yogurts, fruit and occasionally a small packet of crisps. It is tried and tested, it is simple and it is effective - its what works for us.

What type of lunch boxes do you prepare for your children?
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