Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Like Love Loathe {Link Up} #28

I'm back with another Like Love Loathe round up. I would love to see your posts in this format so do feel free to write one and add it to the linky :)

Like | Family Time
I've been spending a lot of time with my family this week and it has been so nice to do things like sit and watch Disney films all often or pop out for a spontaneous lunch. 

Love | Getting Debts Down
This week I have been focused on getting our remaining debts down and I am happy to say that it is all going really well - despite the fact my dining room and half of my bedroom are taken over by things I'm trying to sell. That's what happens when you declutter!

Loathe | Rumours
I know that recently something was said about me which is 100% not true and I would be happy to prove it. Nonetheless, I now know who my true friends are and who aren't and I suppose that is a positive I can take away from the whole horrid experience. 

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

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Blog Hopping - Why Do I Write?

I'm always tagging Beth in posts like this so it seemed inevitable she would eventually tag me. This is all about writing, one of my favourite things to do, so here we go:

Why do I write? I write because I sometimes just need to get what I want to say out, whether that be on paper, on a blog post or an article I am writing for someone else. I've blogged for years, written two books although seem to have misplaced them along the way and started many others. I occasionally write poetry (although not very often) but it is all just so I can get the words in my head out.

Fountain Pen photo from Shutterstock

I started this blog a month before I became pregnant with Jack, just to see if I could keep it going. I have and I also have two others which I post on sporadically. Writing has always been a major love and I'm happy I can do so much of it now.

What am I working on? Currently? Not much! Just trying to write and schedule posts for all my blogs and doing some freelance work on the side - mainly writing articles or proofreading at the moment.

How does it differ from others of its genre? I'm a little perplexed with this question, I really don't know how to answer. Although I am currently (slowly) working on a novel, I wouldn't say its much different from others in the genre - yet.

This blog hop was started by the amazing Folly and Bloom (just look at their beautiful blog!) and I am passing the baton to Jane from Is That You Darling. Check her blog for her answers next week!

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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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