My thoughts on: “What is Home?”

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I recently read an interesting article on Wayfair UK. They conducted a street survey asking people what “home” really meant to them. They were met with similar responses – home is all about family, comfort, and happiness. Out of 400 people Wayfair spoke to, 71% said that the sofa was the most important item of furniture in their home. We do love our sofas and TV moments. 🙂

To me, home and family are synonymous. One cannot be without the other – remember that there is a difference between a home and a house. As much as I love my peace and quiet, I love the feeling of lots of friends and family coming over for a social gathering. A home also can’t really be complete without a sofa, to be honest.

“We hit the streets of London over the Easter weekend equipped with an armchair and a microphone to find out what home really means to us! The findings were both insightful and heartwarming, exposing that our homes are much more than just buildings or places, they are family, comfort, inspiration, happiness and much more.”

– Wayfair.co.uk

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I remember when we first moved into our home in Greenwich. There was no Baby Girl and LO was still a baby. We had no sofa for a month and had to sit on the floor for dinner and TV time. We didn’t mind as it was only short term but it definitely didn’t feel warm and inviting without a sofa around so I completely understand why it’s the most important furniture in the home.

Do you remember the first time you moved into your home and the point when it started to feel like a home instead of just a house?

What does the word “home” mean to you?
Let me know in a few words below… 🙂


This post was inspired by Wayfair UK’s post on “What is Home?”. All words and content are my own, the stock photo has been credited.

June 16: It’s Oxfam’s Dressed By The Kids Day

If you’ve always wanted to get involved with a charity event but didn’t know where to start, add Friday 16th June to your diary right now. It’s Oxfam’s Dressed By The Kids Day!

Source: Oxfam

So, you may be wondering what Oxfam’s Dressed By The Kids Day is all about? It’s a one day event where Oxfam asks the nation to be dressed by the children in their lives and raise some money to help end poverty. The great thing about this even is that it’s open to everyone – there’ll be thousands of workplaces, schools and groups of friends taking part right across the UK.

Sounds like a laugh right?! If you are breaking out in sweats by the thought of your little bubbas dressing you, you can choose to give them ‘guidance’ and select outfits for them to choose from However if you’re ready to go all out in style, let the kids go to town and pick out whatever they want. Mis-matched shoes? Check. Green checkered shirt with acid yellow hot pants? Why not?! 🙂

If you’re ready to join in on the fun, here’s how you can take part…

  • Register with Oxfam online to join in on the fun and raise money
  • If you can’t afford to raise money but still want to get involved and raise awareness, just make sure you’re ready for June 16th and share your snaps on social media using the hashtag #DressedByTheKids – if you can tag/mention @OxfamGB or the dedicated event account @dressedbythekids that would be an added bonus!
  • You don’t fancy getting all dressed up but want to help out, you can raise money by holding a raffle or a bake sale or sweepstake
  • Spread the word to friends and families and donate via Oxfam JustGiving page

Don’t forget to check out the dedicated Dressed By The Kids page which has all the information you need and more. You can download badges and party prop cutout activity sheets for the kids as well as creating your own video which features you!

Here’s my little video:

(make your own video here)

… and that’s it!

Let the fun begin. I will be taking photos and plastering them all over my social media so I’m sure you’ll run into one of them… who knows – I might even make a collage video and upload it on Youtube or post a podcast about the day. For more info on the event click here: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/dressed-by-the-kids-day

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This post was written in collaboration with Oxfam’s PR team to raise awareness for the day event. All words, opinions and content are my own. The press video has been credited accordingly. 

My thoughts on the future of mummy bloggers…

In conjunction with Innovation Company’s study on the future of blogging.

I started my blog just under two years ago and have seen it grow which is a big success to me. I’ve had the chance to work with brilliant brands and am quite proud of myself for still being here and blogging nearly two years on. I really didn’t think I would last this long but so, so glad that I have because I actually like blogging! 🙂

Being a mummy blogger is a niche itself; sometimes it can be really difficult to get your voice out there as there are so many mummy/daddy/parent/family bloggers out there now. I started off blogging about local family activities and reviewing them however, as the months went by I found myself blogging more about other things like home, lifestyle, beauty, fitness, and food. My blog wasn’t just about being a mum and writing about my parenting experiences, it was more than that. It was about me as an individual.

I think in order to survive in the blogosphere, you need to have your personality injected into your blog. People are nosey (no offence to anyone) and we like to learn about how other people live their lives. My favourite mum blogs are the ones that write about their everyday life and what they do in their spare time for fun ie fitness or eating out, how they keep themselves sane during the school holidays and talk about their parenting mistakes and oopsie-moments with their children. People want to see the realness in blogs, especially parent blogs because everyone knows… parenting is not easy and far from ever being perfect.

The Greenwich Mummy | The Future of Mummy Blogging
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Another thing I’ve noticed is that blogging is not just about blogging as in the content – it’s also about the amount of followers you have. This is where I fail miserably. I have nearly 3,000 combined followers across all my social media which is nothing compared to some mummy bloggers out there who have over 10,000 followers per social media platform. Brands love it and so do the public; the more followers you have the more ‘respect’ you have online. Having a big social media following will give you that “influencer” status which will make you look very attractive to brands.

The good thing is that nowadays even the little guys like me can get recognised for blogging. If your social media or blog following isn’t as high but your readers or followers are very engaged with your posts, that has a better conversion and can give you a bog advtange over a blog that has more followers but less engagement. For example… (math lesson time!) you have 10,000 followers and only 100 liked your post, that’s a conversion of 1%. However, if you have 1,000 followers and 100 liked your post… that’s a conversion of 10%. See how good the stats look now?

Say hello to micro-influencer marketing!

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Source: GIPHY

Thank it. Praise it. Salute to it. The rise in demand for micro-influencers means we can all get a piece of the blogging-influencer pie, no matter how big or small your blog following is. Yay! 🙂

I think mummy bloggers will continue to stick around for a while. There’s always going to be a new mum searching for parenting advice and what better way to get it than from a mummy blogger? Mummy bloggers are also venturing out into vlogging, podcasting, hosting blog conferences, workshops and even offering their blogging success tips online to connect more with their readers and give them that little bit ‘extra’. I think this innovative way of thinking is what will help them stay ahead of competition and stay in the game for the long haul.

What are your views on the future of blogging? Do you have any innovative strategies in place to connect and engage with your readers?

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This post was written as a part of Innovation Company’s study on what bloggers see as the future of blogging. I received payment for this post however all words and opinions are my own.

It’s okay to not be OK…

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I came across a post on Sunday which resonated deeply within me.

A post that could’ve been written more or less by myself. So much so that my original post (which I’d deleted)  has now been re-written with a dedication to Aleena from Mummy Mama Mum for encouraging me to publish this. Thank you! 

For me, if it’s not admitting it then it’s accepting it that’s the problem…
Telling myself that sometimes I’m not OK is a struggle. Like a never-ending battle.

If you haven’t read her post yet…  I’m Not OK by Mummy Mama Mum

Continue reading “It’s okay to not be OK…”

What was the last thing your child needed?

I read a post on the World Vision blog and a couple of other mummy blogs answering the question, “what was the last thing your child needed?” and wanted to give my little response and thoughts on the question.

The last thing my children needed was pretty much the basics… food and changing. Changing nappies for Baby Girl, changing clothes for LO.

Baby Girl did her morning poop and needed me to keep her clean and fresh. She’s such a good baby and doesn’t complain much when it comes to a dirty nappy. She’ll happily stay in the nappy for hours but obviously I’d smell her way before that time. However something as easy and simple as this could’ve been difficult if I didn’t have the right things to hand ie a nappy or wipes. Fair enough, it’s possible to change a baby without wipes – I could just use cotton balls and water but what if I didn’t even have those? In countries where clean water is hard to come by, keeping a baby clean can be a difficult task in itself. Continue reading “What was the last thing your child needed?”

Gender Labelling: “Purple is for girls”… why hearing this really rattled my cage

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I don’t usually write posts like this and usually leave the serious stuff to the better writes but I just wanted to share some of my thoughts and opinions on gender labelling.

Last week LO and his cousin Lils were playing with the Paw Patrol puzzle my friend Coco got LO for Chirstmas.

The next thing I heard come out of Lils’ mouth was:

“purple is for girls” 

I stopped my instagram surfing to look up and say in defense, “Purple is not just for girls. Purple is for everyone“.
Yes. I made sure I placed heavy emphasis on everyone. This is because it’s not the first time it’s happened.

There’s been other times when they’re playing together – happy as Larry – before my little nephew decides to tell LO that something he likes is “for girls” which really pisses me off. It’s something that I’m a little hypocritical about because I don’t have a problem with buying Baby Girl pink clothes and LO blue clothes when he was a baby BUT (and that’s a big but) I would not avoid ‘boyish’ colours for her and I certainly didn’t avoid ‘girly’ colours for LO. In fact, LO had a few pink, pastel and purple baby grows and shirts. Maybe not a whole pink outfit but he had touches of pinks etc in his little wardrobe. Continue reading “Gender Labelling: “Purple is for girls”… why hearing this really rattled my cage”