Loom Band Set | Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be able to run another giveaway for you all!

HobbyCraft have everything you need for any looming kids of yours and I have got a Cra-Z Art Bracelet Maker, pictured, for one lucky winner. So why not check out the HobbyCraft Loom Band store and then enter the competition – it would make a perfect birthday or Christmas gift.

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All you need to do to enter, is check the terms and conditions and if you’re happy with them, click on the Rafflecopter link below and complete as many entries as you would like.

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Good Luck!

Rebecca x

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The giveaway will run from 6am on 19th September 2014 and run for 3 weeks, ending at 11.59pm on 10th October 2014, GMT.
  • The prize is one Cra-Z Bracelet Making Kit.
  • Sorry, entry is for UK residents aged 18 or over only.
  • Entries can only be completed through the rafflecopter widget.
  • All entires will be checked and verified.
  • The winner is chosen at random, through the rafflecopter widget, using random.org, from all valid entries.
  • The winner will be announced on 11th October 2014 and they will be emailed, as well as announced through AAUBlog’s social media pages.
  • The winner will have 72 hours to respond with their details, otherwise a new winner will be picked, following the same procedure.
  • The item will be sent out once winner’s address details have been sent and the prize will be sent out by the PR company on behalf of HobbyCraft.

Starting PreSchool (and Why I Won’t be Crying at the School Gates)

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I must be getting old – I have officially got a pre-schooler!

Max has started this week and it’s all different kinds of emotions for me.All except for sadness though. I don’t feel sad about it at all.

 

I’ve had a few people say to me:

 

“Oh, when he starts preschool will you cry?”

“It’s so emotional, I bet you’ll be crying as you walk home”

 

I really, really won’t be.

 

I did get the nickname ‘Ice Queen’ off my sisters as a teenager but before you think I’m completely heartless, hear me out.

It is such an exciting and happy time. He’s growing up, learning, and getting on with things. Max is so ready to be there too and I know it will really benefit him, as in my opinion, there are only certain things you can teach them at home.

When we went for the introduction days before the summer, Max didn’t even care that I was there. He just ran off to join in with the others, and that is totally fine by me. He is developing and growing and this is so important. Plus, it means some quieter time with just the girl and I, a few mornings a week, and I think it’s important that she has some one-on-one time too.

 

How did you get on when your little one started school?

Any other non-criers out there?
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Rebecca x

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*Disclaimer – if you do / did cry, that’s totally awesome too (you’re probably a much nicer person than me haha)

Our Summer Holiday in Spain

We came back from our holiday to Spain a few days ago and man, does it feel cold here! We had just under two weeks of non-stop heat and sunshine. Family time, good food, swimming and lots of ice cream – just what the doctor ordered.

We are lucky to be able to go to El Campello every year as the in-laws have a villa there. It is equidistant from Alicante and Benidorm (whey) so there is always lots to do. We spent most of our time at the beach or at the villa pool as it’s easier with the littles.

We did however, go to Mundomar, an animal and dolphin show place where Max got to have his picture with a sea lion and fed some parrots. We also took a trip to the mountains to go to the Fonts d’Alguar – gorgeous waterfalls that you can swim or paddle in. Combined with a few meals out and a trip to visit some caves, it was a great trip, just the four of us, and I’m looking forward to planning our next adventure.

We took a loooot of pictures but here is just a selection…

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Rebecca x

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Life as a Blogger

When I first started a blog it was quite a few years ago, when we were first married, and I did it as a way to keep family and friends updated with what we got up to. As life does, it evolved and here it is today.

There’s a whole other side of blogging I didn’t use to know existed. Advertising, linkys, product reviews, working with PRs, being active on social media, blogging conferences, just to name a few. Some of things that are hard to explain to non-bloggers without getting funny looks. For example:

‘You mean you’re going to an event where you don’t know anyone? No-one at all?’

‘Yep. Well I know their names and what they look like. I know all about what their kids get up to on their blog and Instagram. So I kind of know them’.

It can feel a bit stalkerish. But I guess it’s just part of the blogging game. I love that there is a big blogging community, particularly with other parent bloggers. I might sound like a loser but I love having online blogger pals. I remember the first blog event that I went to, it did feel quite odd that there were lots of people that I recognised but didn’t actually know, if you know what I mean?

Anyway, whilst I love writing a blog and all that it entails, there are a few funny little quirks about life as a blogger that I have found along my blogging journey that I thought I’d share.

Can you relate?

  • Constantly having your phone or camera on hand – making a meal? Day out with the kids? Wait while I document every moment, I might need it for a blog post. Families and friends of bloggers must think it’s hilarious.
  • Social Media – updating Twitter, Facebook and Instagram every few hours? Check.
  • Emails  – so many emails from companies and PRs about products, giveaways, advertising etc. It takes up a lot more time that you think.
  • Linkys – I do love joining in with linkys / blog-hops but I am be so disorganised sometimes so forget when each one is running. And whilst you can add them after the day it’s launched, it’s better to have been involved on the actual day. This is probably just a point relevant to me – I must get a blog planner!
  • “Oh, but you just go that for free” – gahhh, one of the most annoying things you can say to a blogger. Yes, I get given products by companies and I love this side of blogging but it is usually in exchange for something. Just because my ‘wage’ isn’t always cash, it doesn’t mean I don’t do anything to get the ‘freebies’. Review posts require time using and testing the item, taking photos, editing them, writing up the post to a good standard and then sharing on social media, linkys, emails etc. It definitely doesn’t come for free.
  • Deliveries – along the lines of the previous point, but if you’re out and one of your items delivery is attempted, it’s a little annoying seeing another ‘Sorry we’ve missed you’ card on the doormat. Off to the post office again…
  • Who is reading – just sitting and writing and then occasionally wondering if there is anyone else other than your mum reading your blog haha.
  • Comments – I love getting comments but in my experience, it seems there’s a little bit of politics around commenting on blogs. I’ve been on some blogs that have ‘guidelines’ before you comment saying what will or won’t be deleted (chill out). Then do you leave your link? Do you reply to ones you’ve received? Do you visit each blog of everyone that comments on yours? I try to do all of the above as it’s fun discovering new blogs – I suppose there is not right of wrong.

I’m sure there will be much more that I learn as I go on and like I have said, there isn’t a right or wrong answer to things necessarily. Just learning along the way.

Super Busy Mum

Rebecca x

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