I’ve taken a break from updating the blog recently. The reason why? Life! Life has gotten in the way of my hobby and the thing I was really passionate about. I’ve found it hard to find the energy, time and inclination to update it …. so here I am, attempting to get back onto the blogging wagon.
Lately I’ve been really pushing my engagement on social media and trying to improve my blog visibility, but, to be totally honest nothing appears to be working.
It can be really demotivating to know that no matter what you do, no one is reading your posts, looking at your photos or even seeing what you’re doing (thanks Instagram!)
On that regard I seem to have lost my blogging and social influencing mojo somewhat.
I need to re-energise things a little, I need new brands to work with and I need to find my mojo again!
I don’t do this for the free stuff, or even stuff full stop, I started doing this as a hobby and something to help me express my creative side. Some days I love it, other days I hate it.
So, any support and words of wisdom at this moment would be massively appreciated as I need to try and help find the reason I started all this in the first place!
Planning a beach themed party for your child? Stuck for ideas on party bags? Look no further…!!!
I planned the beach theme as Nandy turns 1 in July and hoped the weather would be hot enough to justify a beach theme!
I couldn’t just get away with handing out party bags after I’d been inspired by Pinterest to have buckets instead! It was just too relevant to the theme!
Now if you’re looking for cheap options then this isn’t going to be for you, being honest the cost of the party buckets must be in excess of £7 each child perhaps even £10. Multiply that by 15 children and it becomes an expensive option.
So what’s inside Nandys party buckets?
Inflatable beach balls
Beach colouring book
Shell or fish shaped crayon
Beach themed flash card
Beach themed foam bath shape
Deck chair striped candy bags with goodies inside
Plastic bath boat
Personalised thankyou tag
I sourced the sand bucket from Smyths toys for £1.69 each.
The flash cards were a steal at 20p a pack from the Range.
The foam bath shapes were £10 for a bag from Jojomaman Bebe.
The bubbles were from Tesco in their party aisle Approx £1 for 6.
The sunglasses were £1 each from Primark.
The deckchair style stripe candy bags were from Homesense. Approx £5 for 20 bags.
The shells and fish crayons were from Craystion station at approx 50p each.
The inflatable beach balls were from EBay at approx £1 each.
The colouring books were from Tiger at £1 each
The plastic boats were £1.50 for 4 boats from a local baby shop
The plastic sand moulds were £1 from Poundland for 3 moulds.
The thankyou tags were from Zazzle.
Now it’s only 3 weeks until his party – the countdown is officially on! I can feel myself getting emotional already!
Hubby says I’ve gone over the top on things but it’s not every day your first child turns one is it! I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as possible.
If you like this idea then please don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, twitter and pin to Pinterest @lifeofnandy. Rebecca
Further to my post on “the dreaded return to work” I thought it was time to write an update.
During June I have embedded myself back into work using KIT days (for those of you who are not familiar with the concept of KIT days then they are keeping in touch days, days where you can bed yourself back into work without formally ending your maternity leave)
I have used eight KIT days during June, in which time Nandy has also started nursery.
So, how does it feel I hear you cry!? I wrote in my previous blog post about the positives people shared with me on drinking a hot cup of tea and actually getting time to be a bit more “me”. The reality is quite different in my opinion. I have drunk less tea since being back and had less me time than ever before!
Stay at home mum, Full time working mum, part time working mum, or on maternity leave… all the options! We find ourselves in need of a routine no matter what life throws at us right? Or is that only me?
Rewind 12 months, I’m heavily pregnant and considering “what I’m going to do with all this free time” now I won’t be working. I could literally laugh out loud at my stupidity! How stupid I was to think I’d actually have spare time.
Many of you may be able to relate to the negativity from non-bloggers about the reasons why I have an online blog. They simply raise their eyebrows at me as if to say “what is the point” or say things like “how do you find the time?!”. The simple answer is that my journey as a parent is being documented for me, my family and friends to look over in years to come, many a feeling and thought has been documented where it may have been lost without be blog. I do find the time, because quite simply put – I enjoy it, I am an organised person by nature and sitting on my butt and doing nothing for 12 months of my maternity leave would never have worked for me. I always need something to keep my brain functioning, so why not start a blog!
Here are my 5 tips for anyone out there considering starting up a parenting blog:-
Shared Parental Leave is a new government lead scheme whereby employees can share their Leave with their child. When I fell pregnant with Nandy I promised hubby that he could take 3 months off and I would do 9 months. When the hormones set in and I realised how much I enjoyed being a mum I changed that, I stuck with the shared Leave but we decided to take a month off together instead.
That’s right – you can take the Leave together!
So I’ve had 44 weeks off work alone and hubby has had 4 weeks at the same time as my remaining 4 weeks – making the 52 week entitlement.
Nandy hasn’t used proper cutlery or dinnerware yet as he is quite a messy eater and still learning the ropes with finger foods, I am however, keen to get him started on learning to use dinnerware and cutlery as soon as possible.
Luckily we were fortunate enough to be sent the “Pacific Blue” Bobo and Boo dinnerware set for children from Eatwell U.K. to try out!
Going back, never something I thought I would dread. Dread is quite a harsh word isn’t it, but, it seems the only appropriate word to use to describe the feeling.
So let’s rewind to July 2016, I’m a heavily pregnant boss lady, career driven and uber tenacious. I cried and cried at the thought of leaving work behind, I sobbed my entire way through my last day. I just didn’t know what I would do without my job, no actually my CAREER.
Little did I know that Nandy would arrive and completely flip that on its head. I remember saying to friends that I might use maternity leave as a time to do a bit of work on the side or some new activities, they laughed at me. Now I know why!
Maternity leave – having a baby – it’s all consuming. It takes up every minute every sanctum of your being – but I love it.