Monday, 28 July 2014

Sunny Days

Since Steve has been constantly working nights recently and has had to sleep during the day in this heat, a noisy toddler does not help when you are trying to sleep! Thus, myself and Jack have been trying to make it a little more bearable for him by leaving him indoors and escaping for our own adventures.

The past few days have been spent enjoying lunch with friends, visiting the river near our house and even having a picnic with Nanny. It has been nice to spend time with friends and family in the sunshine and get to do things we may not otherwise do. Jack has been very active, running around everywhere and tiring himself out which means I haven't got many pictures *sob* but it does mean he is having a good nights sleep and giving me a rest, haha! We are off out for a carvery in a little while but I thought I'd pop up a collage from the past couple of days because it has been so nice to spend time doing things with my beautiful boy.


He's even had a haircut which we love..but he now looks like a little boy and not my baby anymore. He is growing up so quickly and I need to treasure every day.

Have you been enjoying the sunshine?

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Where Rainbows End Blog Hop

I am co-hosting the fab Where Rainbows End blog hop this week with the beautiful Fiona. Be sure to link up and take a look around some other blogs! Now over to Fiona...




Hello
and thanks for stopping by my little blog! I've decided to re-introduce
the Where Rainbows End Blog Hop back into my blog, I originally started
this link up in January and it was quite popular then so hopefully
it'll be the same now. I hope that
you'll all link up, have fun finding new blogs which you'll hopefully
fall in love with and have some great posts to follow from your newly
found fellow bloggers. You can link directly to your main blog or your
favourite post from the past week or a giveaway you're running it
doesn't matter, just enjoy it! You can submit Bloglovin or main blog
page links for GFC users too.  All blog genres are welcome too!




This
blog hop starts on Sunday and ends on Wednesday so you can link up
posts from previous and present weeks if you wish. This is a weekly blog
hop.




This weeks lovely co-host is Bex from Futures. 

Please do stop by her gorgeous blog and share the bloggy love.








Please let us know if you've followed our blogs by leaving a comment on this post and we'll be happy to return the favour!

The rules are simple:

Please
follow your hosts if you like their blog, don't just leave your link
and leave, please do visit other people's blogs too, that makes the blog
hop work properly and be beneficial for all involved.

Leave a comment on someone's blog if you have the time to let them know you've stopped by.

Thanks for taking part!






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Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday Favourites #3

You may have noticed I missed out a week of Friday Favourites last week - that was for two reasons: 1) my internet connection had been awful all week and wasn't getting any better and 2) Steve was off work and I didn't fancy battling an awful internet connection when I could spend time with my family. So here we are with my favourite posts from this week.



So lets talk about the Queen photobombing a selfie of some hockey players (see it here). Did it make you smile as much as it did me? Love it!

Ella hits the nail on the head with her post The Realities Of Freelancing. She says it better than I ever could.

Michelle is and always will be a regular in my favourites because she writes such brilliant posts. Here she talks about how self employment is working for her.

Plunged In Debt talked about justifying purchases and whether you truly needed that thing you just bought.

Corinne's confessions made me chuckle. I do love that girl. 

This post is very interesting if you are considering becoming a virtual assistant!

What posts have you been loving this week?

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Getting The Job Isn't Easy

This is a sponsored post.

I may work from home but that doesn't mean I sit here and wait for the jobs to come rolling in, oh no! I am quite lucky sometimes and do get emails from new clients asking about work or even have previous clients come back for more work and for that I am very grateful - but more often than not, I am out there looking for the work rather than waiting for it to come to me.

As a freelance writer, I have the freedom to work either remotely or on site. I mostly do my work remotely  but if required, I will take a job on site if it is easy to get to - and worth it. A lot of people think working from home means slobbing out in your pyjamas, sat in front of a tea stained desk with messy hair and shovelling a measly breakfast down your throat - but it really isn't! There is also the illusion that being self employed, you never have to interview for a job - well, if you want that contract you definitely need to come across really well! That means dressing the part and knowing what you are talking about - here are some of my interview essentials below. Smart, appropriate clothing and I always like to read books based on the job I am going for - taking inspiration from them and realising my qualities and flaws.


Since I often have to look for my jobs, I regularly take a look at the job boards on City Calling - there is often a number of writing jobs available, both on site and remote. I am also quite lucky living where I do, in a county on the outskirts of London - there are always writing jobs available close by. Freelancing is a tough old nut to crack though and I often find myself up against people much more qualified than myself for certain jobs - so I have to sell myself really well. Looking the part and acting the part definitely helps! Since freelancing often means no steady pay cheque, job boards are often my first point of call - and they haven't let me down yet.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Guylian Sea Horses - Perfect Gift

Your children may have broken up from school already but youngsters up and down the land are either coming up to their last days before the summer holidays or planning for an end of term treat. What better way to reward your child's teacher than a box of Guylian's sea horses! I was sent some to try and also have a giveaway so keep your peepers peeled...


I am a huge fan of Belgian chocolate so it doesn't last long in my account and these were no exception. They tasted just as you would expect - full of flavour and creamy! Jack liked the shapes and I often caught him trying to pinch a couple for himself! What I like best about Guylian is that they are so affordable too - they feel so luxuriously expensive that you often forget that they have such an affordable price tag! These are the perfect gift for anyone, not just teachers!

So would you like to win a box? Here is how you can:

Just complete the Rafflecopter form. Commenting is mandatory, all other options are mandatory. Giveaway is UK only. All entries will be moderated and verified. One entry per household. Any multiple entries from the same person will be removed. Ends 30th July 2014 at midnight. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Like Love Loathe {Link Up} #23

I can't believe it is Tuesday already - although having been without my computer for a week and a half and having to use Steve's slow laptop, you can guess that the days were going ever so slow for me! What is on my list this week?


Like | Keeping (my) Cool

I have been trying to not let things stress me as much these past few days as everything had got on top of me these past few weeks. After spending some quality time with Steve and Jack as a family on Steve's days off, I now feel refreshed enough and ready to take on the world. I have also obviously liked keeping cool in this heatwave - fans, ice cold drinks, wide open windows and ice creams have certainly been my favourite things over the past few days!

Love | Mumma, Big Sis and Little Sis

These lovely ladies earned these nicknames because we all let each other rant and give each other advice - so thanks to Mumma JoBig Sis Sarah and Little Sis Helen

Loathe | Not being able to blog/do work properly
 
Spending time on trying to fix a computer and putting off work for other things could partly be seen as my fault but it doesn't mean I loathe it any less though! Now that I have got the PC back, I aim to get really organised and on track!

What are your likes, loves and loathes of the past week?


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Monday, 21 July 2014

Click and Chat Social Media Link Up



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 #15!

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 13 amazing blogs!! That is 13 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.
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Making My Apt a Home
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Go on by and say hi and check out all of her great social media links!
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Crystal- Hugs and Tugs Mom Reviews /Brenda- Daily Mayo /RebeccaFuture
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