Amelia Salmon

UK Parenting, Lifestyle & Beauty Blog. Mum to Darcy

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Juggling Being A Mum, Working & Having A Blog




Since the beginning of September Darcy has started nursery and one of those days is one where I don't have to go to work. I am very lucky in that respect as I realise not everyone is in that position. A decision was made at that stage that I wanted to take my blog up a level, whatever that level is I haven't really worked that one out yet.

I love that saying 'Life is like having a load of balls in your hands and learning to juggle them' and it really is so true. Some days I feel like boss lady and have all the balls juggled and other days I've dropped them all on the floor, there isn't really an in-between!

As I said, I am so lucky to be able to have one day to concentrate solely on what it is that I want to do. In this case, that is blogging. I do also look after the admin side of my partners photography business  and use this day also to work on that with that being marketing, scheduling posts for him or just replying to clients emails and messages. I tend to dedicate the morning to him with the afternoon to concentrate on my social media, creating content for my blog, emails & engagement. This is the one day where everything seems to roll pretty smoothly. However it takes more than one afternoon to look after blog, there are things I need to be doing everyday. 

I tend to set Darcy up with an activity which I keep my fingers and toes crossed that it will keep her occupied for more than 10 minutes and I prioritise whatever it is that I need to do. Sometimes that'll work and sometimes it won't. 

On my work days I decide to completely give up on my blog because I am at work for 10 hours and want to come home and just be mummy. I do however still make sure I am scheduling my social media so that i am not completely abandoning ship, it is so hard though because I do really want to put all of my effort in to my blog and I find it so difficult to work around distraction, right now the room is silent, not even a TV on which is unusual in this house! The only way that I can tell I get through it all is just lists. Lists and lots of them, my to do list is always as long as my arm but let me tell you there is absolutely nothing better than crossing something off of it. Ha!

Well that's my kind of back story if you like, I know there are people out there who are a lot more organised that I am so I asked a few fellow bloggers what they to do juggle everything well.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself when it comes to blogging. When you feel pressured, you won’t enjoy it half as much. My kids and then my job will always come first and when I have a bit of spare time, it’s my blog a distant 3rd. - Pete

t's not an option available to everyone but I'm going back to work next week 4 days a week. On my day 'off' I've arranged childcare so I will get a shop delivered, cook and prep what i can for the week, do all the washing and cleaning and change beds etc so that I have minimal chores to do in the evenings and weekends. I'm lucky in that I get an hour lunch break so I'll eat lunch at my desk and reply to emails for blogging and do blog admin and social media then, that's 4hrs of solid blog time I don't have now with kids at home! I've always done my writing in the evening once babies are in bed. - Kate

Apps are a life saver. There are quite a few tasks you can achieve on your phone like editing images and promoting on social media. I do those when I have a spare 5 minutes. I draft as I go too but my main writing time is in the evening. I make sure I dedicate blocks of time to be solely attentive to the kids as my toddler started telling me to put my phone in my pocket.  - Victoria

I work full time, parent and blog as well as packing to move house at the moment 😳 I used to try and post a blog every week but it was getting too much. Iv dropped the schedule and just write when I have quality content to write about. This way I’m not pressuring myself to have a brilliant new post up every week, and the content is a lot more thought out as Iv had more time to do it. Don’t get me wrong I still struggle but it’s working better for me - Amy

I'm on maternity leave atm but it finishes in about 6 weeks. Blogging is already hard enough with 2 young children at home full time so the only time I get to blog is at night once they are asleep. It can be very tiring and because of this I haven't yet set myself a posting schedule because there's no guarantee that I can keep to it.
Because my youngest is still very young, I also draft up posts while I'm doing night feeds rather than 'waste' that time.
I'll probably be using my lunch breaks when I'm at work to get blogging stuff done too. - Stacy

I try to do tasks in batches. Although I often feel like I'm getting behind with things, I think it saves more time in the long run as my brain isn't having to take time to get into each task after switching. I try to take pictures of several products while my daughter has her nap and write while she's eating her lunch or in bed of an evening. - Laura

I recently decided to start single-tasking. When I tried to muliti-task, for example checking my work emails while I'm with my children on my day off or doing blog related stuff while the kids are around, I just felt stressed! It was always so rushed and I would just end up doing a rubbish job of all of them. Now if I'm with the kids I focus on them. If I'm at work or I'm blogging then I'm focused just on that when the kids are asleep or I set them up with some playdoh so I can get some admin tasks done during the day. It's such a juggle! - Gemma

There were some great tips here and definitely some I am going to take in to consideration.
Thanks for reading
Amelia
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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Those Funny Things Kids Say To You


There is just no doubt about it, kids are just the funniest people and they really do tell you how it is. The idea of this post came to me after Darcy, my 3 year old told me that 'my bra is like a carrier, like a bag' it really cracked me up. I mean I could totally take that the wrong way but you've gotta laugh haven't you, they just say it like it is.

Honestly I don't think there is day that goes by without Darcy making me laugh and I really think that is so special. I love reading these types of posts, they're so lighthearted and give you a good giggle, that being said I decided to ask some fellow bloggers what the funniest thing their children had said and I had so many awesome responses.

I occasionally shower whilst my son (2 years) is in the bath - Multi tasking at it's finest. Anyhow last week I was doing just that and he got really upset... I asked what was wrong and he said he was sad... sad because someone stole his mummy's willy ... I tried to explain I had a fairy ... but he wouldnt accept it. - Carla

My daughter asked if her umbros (her word for breasts at the time) were going to be 'big and floppy' like mine when she grew up. - Erin

We were getting changed for swimming last week and my eldest shouted at the top of her voice “daddy, you have a small hairy tail” I have never laughed so much in my life. - Jenna

My daughter asked her granddad: "Why do you have a fat belly? Are you going you have a baby?" - Rim

My daughter (6) asked me: “daddy, were you born in the olden times when everything was grey?” - Ben

My eldest used to call muffins ‘muff pies’ and had a habit of loudly asking for one in public - Emma-Louise

My eldest habitually missed the 'l' out of clock when she was little. Often loudly and in public. - Kate


asked my son around the end of week one in school, reception class: “What’s your teacher’s name again?” 
He replied: “ Yesmisswright” He’s 4.5 - Eva


At the park singing I’m the king of the castle and then my daughter screams “You’re the dirty arsehole”. I was mortified. - Kelly-Anne

My 4 year old daughter came in while I was getting dressed the other day and told me my boobies needed ironing. Apparently they're very 'nobbly'. Honestly, kids always know how to make you feel better about yourself - Hayley 

 Today we were watching a film when my 5 year old son told me we should have got popcorn and cheese with cheerios. I eventually worked out he meant cheesy nachos - Katie

Loved these answers, wasn't expecting so many and them to be so hilarious. You often wonder what goes on in those little heads of theirs, super cute!

Thanks for reading
Amelia
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Saving Money As A Parent

When you've got the financial responsibility of child, it can be quite stressful worrying about how much you've got to pay for. I know for me personally I worry particularly about Birthdays and Christmas and how I'm going to be able to afford to buy decent presents. I know that people don't really mind though do they but I just think it's more me and these stupid standards I decide to set myself.

When it comes down to thinking about Christmas, I've been thinking about my partner and what in the world I am going to get him, why are men so hard to buy for?! One idea did occur because an awful event in our lives, unfortunately last year our car was broken in to and our Sat-Nav was inevitably taken, stupid some might say for leaving it in there in the first place, but I'm sure we aren't the first people that this has happened to, anyway lesson learnt. Another Sat-Nav would be really useful, we made good use of our last one so I know it won't be a wasted purchase. 

Luckily now days we have this wonderful thing called the internet and when we want to make a saving we can research 'money saving deals on sat-Navs' or 'Sat-Nav discounts'. One website that did come up though was Latest Deals. Sat-Navs are very expensive pieces of technology, well can be anyway and I've always really like Garmin as a brand, they're very well established and you know there products are going to last. The discounts on Garmin, particularly on this website are really decent, so when the time comes for making those Christmas purchases, I'll definitely be using this website to look to save money wherever I can. Another purchase that I'll be making soon would be on their Dashcams, especially in this day and age they can be a complete saver on your insurance and again you're getting a really decent discount on this website. 

To be honest, I didn't even realise Garmin did anything other than Sat-Navs until now which is so useful to know as I really like Garmin as a brand, you know where you have those brands in your head where they're the ones you can trust. As well as Dash-Cams they also do Fitness Activity Trackers, a bit like a Fit Bit but over half the price well over half the price with this website as so much discount has been knocked off, and can do the same job. I love that they set you a personal daily goal, not even sure a Fit Bit does that? It certainly is going on my Christmas list, hintity hint hint. ;)
I love how this site takes you straight to the page using the link alongside it, it takes all the work away from directly looking for the cheapest price. 
Hopefully this site would save me a bit of money and gain me a Christmas Present in the process when I get my partner to take a look!

Thanks for reading
Amelia
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Monday, 1 October 2018

20 Things To Do This Autumn



Now that September has oh so quickly arrived I now consider it as Autumn, I think after it rained all day today, it gives me more reason to! I absolutely love the Autumn, the colours and just all the cosiness it brings, it's made me think about everything I'd like to do this Autumn and Winter!

1. Make a pumpkin or butternut squash soup

2. Make hot chocolates and cosy up under the blankets and watch a film.

3. Go on a walk and find lots of Autumn leaves, bring them home and make a picture

4. Go on a walk and take lots of Autumny photos of Darcy

5. Go on a scavenger hunt (I promise not all of these involve walking)

6. Make apple & blackberry crunble

7. Bake a chicken pie.

8. Go and pick a pumpkin

9. Put on my favourite snuggly jumper.

10. Put on our wellies and go and splash in puddles.

11. Do more reading (I know this isn't really Autumny but I always associate reading as being really cosy)

12. Write a early letter to Santa.

13. Cook a warming casserole.

14. Treat myself to a Pumpkin Spiced Latte

15. Play Monopoly

16. Make a Blackberry Gin.

17. Buy some new cosy socks for me and Darcy.

18. Learn to Crochet.

19. Do the Gruffalo Trail in Haldon Forrest

20. Collect Conkers and do crafts at home with them 

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

How To Stay Positive When You're Having A Bad Day



I am the absolute worst at staying positive and for me this can happen just when I go to wake up in the morning. I wake up and somedays I already have negative thoughts, generally when it is that time of the month so I do need to be a bit kinder to myself. I know first hand how hard it is to pull myself out of it but there are a few things that I do to help myself.

Podcasts. Recently I have really gotten in to listening to podcasts, mainly parenting ones but I do like motivational podcasts and these work really well when I am not having the best start to my day. Also It can make cleaning that little bit easier!

Understanding that it truly is okay not to be okay. I think this is such a big thing most of us are so guilty of. We are so hard on ourselves and don't even realise that it is simply okay not to be okay and just to have a big cry. You can feel 100 times better are letting it all out and it is so healthy too.

Me Time. I find this very difficult especially with a 3 year old but I consider writing this blog post right now as 'me time'. I am sat in silence whilst she is at nursery and it is pure bliss. Although I am missing her just a little bit! Isn't it funny when you can't wait for them to go and next minute you want them back!

I did also ask a few fellow bloggers to get there answers on what they do to keep positive on a bad day:

I usually go for a walk. If it's really bad, I have a good cry - Victoria

I love going to the gym, even for half hour. Headphones in with loud music, work off any stress, time to myself and I always feel much better! - Victoria

Have a long hot bath, lots of bubbles, good book, cup of tea! Always makes me feel better!  - Lauren 

As well as getting outside and going for a walk, I would ring my sister for a chat (she always can cheer me up or chat through my problems/thoughts), and also having a snuggle with my dog and/or cat! Animals are so therapeutic. - Kate

Watch Holby City on my own!!! It's the only TV programme i actually watch and its an hour just for me!!!  - Clare

Put Jeremy Kyle or Judge rinder on so I can see other people's misfortune instead of thinking of my own rubbish. Then I phone a friend and cry. - Jen

I love to do a bit of sewing. Being creative usually cheers me up. I’ll put on some music and have a wax burner going too. - Jo

I will sit and play the piano. It’s a way of escaping for me. - Emma

Some really good ideas here - I hope you do take some comfort in knowing it is okay not to be okay.
Amelia
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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Cleaning Hacks You May Not Of Heard Of



Recently I've been really upping my cleaning game #mrshinchmademedoit. Yes I started following Mrs Hinch on Instagram, who hasn't? I've started these new ways of cleaning, things I've perhaps not done before, one very simple thing in particular would be 'being organised' who'd of thought that's the secret to doing cleaning.

It got me thinking though, is there any other cleaning hacks out there that I don't know about? I asked some fellow bloggers what they did - I also added 'the weirder, the better.'

Bicarb of soda on bathroom tiles literally lifts the dirt off - Lianne 

Coke down the toilet leaves it sparkling and it is a great way to use up flat coke! - Emma

Nair down the shower plughole dissolves the hair that gets trapped down there - bit unconventional but it works!  - Alex

Put a plastic bag filled with white vinegar and water over the showerhead for descaling. Works a treat! - Victoria

Every week I fill the bath with cold water and Milton sterilising fluid and throw in all the bath toys to soak overnight - it helps minimise the mould and grot! - Suzi

Use a little baby oil to buff up your stainless steel appliances and surfaces. - Jayne

Oh I am a terrible ditherer. I now make my list then set a 30 minute timer on my phone and whizz round as quick as I can. It works great for me - I get soooo much done - Carla-Marie

Using some toothpaste is great for removing crayon marks from the walls! It's been a life saviour here. - Beth

When you've used a lemon don't throw it away - put it in the top drawer of your dishwasher - your pots will come out sparkly clean and smelling great - Lauretta


Loved these! I love hacks where you're using something that's actually used for something else eg. toothpaste, bicarb soda, flat coke. I hope someone else takes use from these too, cleaning definitely helps with the mental health!

Amelia
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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Getting Yourself & Your Toddler Ready For Nursery




Darcy has gone to a childminder since she was 9 months old and will continue to do so, next week she also starts at a Nursery/Pre-School 2 days a week as well. I know a lot of parents send there children to a nursery a lot earlier than I have and I suppose there are a couple of reasons of which I went for a childminder over a nursery... 1. Childminders tend to be slightly cheaper and 2. They get a bit more 1 on 1 care which I like. However I knew this would be a great transition in starting big school next September. I decided to put together a couple of tips that I think will work well in preparation for this new change, I've also added what I will be doing to get myself ready as well.

Routine. I think routines are great to have anyway and you can adapt them to whatever the circumstances may be. It's especially good to get in to the routine right for you, so that little ones know exactly what is going on. It's a bit more security for them. A good bedtime routine would be especially important at this stage as the long days are going to be tiring for them.
Use Role Play To Get Them Ready. If this is there first time away from you, it's going to be a big change for them, it might be a good idea to play little imaginative games with them and act out what will happen when you leave them, making sure they know you're coming back but you're just going to go away for a while.
Listen To Their Worries. They worry but they may not show it in the way we do, it's good to ask them how they're feeling and make them know that it is so normal to have all these emotions especially if they're worried.
Make Sure You're Ready With Prep. If you're stressing, it might rub off on your child and then they'll wonder why she's stressing and it's just a great big circle. Make sure you've read the kit list of what the nursery expects the child to bring with them. Going back to the getting the child ready point, it might be a lovely idea to take them to buy there new bag or lunchbox and let them choose it so the excitement can begin. Something I've never done before is using name tags so that items don't get lost, I was super lucky when My Name Tags got in touch and asked me if I wanted to give them a go because this is likely something I would forget but they're so important.They have so many lovely designs to choose from and personalise as your own. I was slightly apprehensive choosing the sticker option but knew this was the easiest option for me, however they're so durable. I can also say that I've put one on Darcy's drinks bottle and washed it a few times now, the sticker is still in tact and clear as anything.

Amelia
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