It’s like Internet dating through Instagram 

Today I went out for breakfast. While there I spoke to a lady who was asking about the internet for the coffee shop 


She had come to this particular coffee shop to meet someone she has only spoken to on Instagram. 

I got to telling her that I met up with a lady in Lanzarote that I had only ever spoken to on twitter. Who I’m now friends with and meet up with when we are over there. 

How funny is this world that we are friends with so many people in the digital world. That we have never met in the real world. 

It must be daunting to meet a digital friend in real life as you never know if they have shown the honest side of life. 

On Instagram especially you can sometimes only see the green grass of people’s lives. 

I try to show the honest side of my life on every platform but I think most of us are guilty posting cropped parts of life as they get more likes & coments. 

The ladies seemed to get on really well. I bet they will stay in real life contact for sometime to come.  

Have you met up with  digital in real life?

Did you have a good experience? Or was it a disaster?

Leave a comment below and let me know your story. 
Nina x

Budgeting, & free Samples Scoring The Best Free Samples: How To Get Products While Avoiding Spam

So this year I’m all about how to save money & budget better. 

I was asked to collab on this informative post with Free Stuff Baby. Free samples can make great gift basket items. 

Have a look below to see how you can get the best free samples. 

 

If you know where to look, there are a lot of free samples out there. Companies want to draw in new customers, so they give away products to get them interested. However, while this can be great for you, you also need to know how to avoid junk mail, spam and scams in the process.

 

Scoring Free Samples

 

There are a lot of websites that devote themselves solely to finding the best freebie deals out there. They do the work and you can reap the benefits. Occasionally, you may have to interact with the site in some way to get the sample. For example, you may need to provide your email or complete a survey to be eligible.

 

Free Stuff Baby is a great place to start your search. Be aware, however, that the site simply lists the deals. It is up to you to determine if you feel the company giving out the freebie is legitimate.

 

Set Up A Special Email

 

When you go after freebies, you can expect to receive a lot of spam mail as a result of sharing your email address. Therefore, set up an email specifically devoted to your freebie pursuits. That way, the email you use to connect with family and friends will not get bogged down with junk. Make sure that you don’t put in a false email in order to get the freebie. You might need to check shipping information or take additional steps to get your product, so the address needs to be valid.

 

Figure Out The Good From The Bad

 

Some offers out there are simply not legitimate. If you carefully consider an offer, you can likely figure out which ones are real and which ones are fake. Most companies, for example, only give out a sample size of a product so you will be enticed to buy more later. If a company is offering up an expensive product for free, like a tablet, they are probably not legitimate and just want your contact information.

 

Don’t Give Out Certain Details

 

When signing up to receive a freebie, you will naturally be asked to provide a certain amount of information. For example, you have to give your email address if you want to receive the product. You also need to give out your name. There is not much else that you should have to provide though; a phone number may be necessary, but if you give it out, know that you could get phone calls from telemarketers. If you are asked to provide a lot more personal information, it should raise a red flag.

 

Be Quick

 

Some offers are only good for a certain number of people. For example, you might have to be one of the first one thousand people to enter your email address in order to get a product. Make sure you are ready and waiting for these deals. If you have to log into a site, do so before the offer starts.

 

Celebrate Your Birthday

 

There are a lot of businesses that give out freebies for birthdays. For example, you may be able to get a coupon for a free dessert with your meal. Simply look for birthday freebie sites and choose the offers that appeal to you.

 

Never give out your credit card information in order to get a freebie; you don’t necessarily know who you are giving your information to. Even if you determine that the website is on the up and up, it isn’t a good idea to set up a “free” trial. Unless you are vigilant, your card is likely to be charged as soon as the trial ends. Therefore, proceed with caution in these circumstances. It is usually better to move on to the next deal instead.

The BedTime Tag

So last week I was tagged by Baby Not Included in The Bedtime Tag

I’ve never really thought about my bedtime as being part of routine but I thought I would take a look and join in anyway!

Here goes…..

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  • Describe your usual bedtime routine.

Lately, I have been going to bed at the same time as the kids. Daddy is often late home as he works all the way in London. Usually what happens is I make a cuppa for me and fill the kids water bottles head upstairs read in my bed with them then they go to their bed and I have a bath while watching YouTube or I grab a magazine and flick through that in my bed while I drink my decaf tea!

When hubby gets home We stick on something light Like not going out or Miranda Stick on a sleep timer and fall asleep!

  • What are your favourite pyjamas?

I love my Jammers that I bought just before Christmas they have pockets and are really comfy. I tend to wear them with a coordinating vest top or my But first coffee t.

  • What is your current bedtime reading?

I used to read books all the time but since having the twins I just can’t seem to get into them! I tend to pick up a magazine now at bed time!

  • What would I find on your bedside table?

I like to take my Vitamins at night so they are in my drawer , In November I was diagnosed with silent reflux so I have a bottle of Gaviscon and I have to take one 5ml spoon before laying down, a bottle of water to drink before I go to sleep and first thing after waking I have to hydrate in a morning or I can’t function! , my empty tea-cup, When I get to bed I remove my I watch, Pandora Bracelet & Glasses so they are also on my bedside.

  • What scent makes you sleepy?

Chamomile tea, I have a tea that’s blended to help promote sleep so now when I smell it, it makes me sleepy.

  • What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?

I tend to go to bed around 7.30 / 8pm but sleep around 9.30 / 10pm. I hate these dark mornings but I try to wake up around 6.30 to give me a good half hour to have a cuppa before the kids wake up!

  • What are your top three bedtime products?

My Jammers, Sleepy time tea, and my jammers

  • What is your most common sleeping position?

I like to lay on my tummy with my left leg straight and my right leg bent up towards my tummy, my hands under my pillow!

  • Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

My cuppa!

  • What is your worst bedtime habit?

Like a lot of people, I think Its looking at my iPhone just before trying to sleep! Studies have shown that being on your phone increases dopamine, the same feel-good chemical that’s released from the brain when people take drugs or drink!

I really need to stop this addiction!

So that’s my bedtime, not really a routine but it is what it is! I think having looked at it wrote down like this I really need to shake my routine up a bit. there’s no wonder I don’t sleep very well!

I’m tagging fellow bloggers

10 Questions

  1. Describe your usual bedtime routine.
  2. What are your favourite pyjamas?
  3. What is your current bedtime reading?
  4. What would I find on your bedside table?
  5. What scent makes you sleepy?
  6. What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?
  7. What are your top three bedtime products?
  8. What is your most common sleeping position?
  9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?
  10. What is your worst bedtime habit?

Rules

Step 1: Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.
Step 2: Display the Bedtime badge; which you can find at the top of this post. (save the picture)
Step 3: Answer the ten questions included above.
Step 5: Nominate between three and five fellow bloggers to take part, and set them the questions.

Fancy Taking part in this tag?

Why not answer the questions in a comment below!

I’d love to find out a bit more about this little community we have!

Nina x

I’ve missed the slipstream!! 

We are half way through January and I’m still not feeling the new year. I’m happy enough but I’m also overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of things I want to get done this year. 

The theme for our family this year being something to do with growing love decluttering stuff. 

All I want to do is drink tea and binge watch box sets. 


I started the year in Lanzarote our families paradise. The isle that one day we hope to live. 

While we were there my head filled with plans of what i wanted to to when i got home. 

We got home and I volunteered to help out at the last few shows of panto. 

Now I feel I’ve missed the new year slipstream. 

I still want to declutter the house and today I made a start. 

Do I feel better? No! 

I’ve only done a little bit. 

Maybe I need to jump on the Chinese New Year for my new year?? 

Catch that slipstream?

I know people say there’s no time like the present but I need that slipstream. I need the good vibes all around. 

Next week maybe I may find it. 

Who knows 


Does anyone else feel like this? 

Is it just me? 

Have you managed to get on with your new year goals?? 

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Goals & plans. 

So it’s that time of the year. 

The first day of the year. 

Resolutions and goals  have been made and people all over are signing up to gym memberships they will only use once. 

There are people throwing Ciggys in the bin only to fish them back out later when the kids are doing their heads in. The alcohol has been poured down the sink. All apart from that trifle sherry at the back of the cupboard that you know you’ll regret drinking later. 

I this year am doing away with resolutions and sticking to my goals list. 

Work goals 

I would love to call my blogging & vlogging my work  so one of my goals is to be more disciplined with my blog. Connect and contact more brands & companies for opportunities. 

Volunteering 

I volunteer at the theatre and I love it. I love the buzz of working back stage on a show night but as a mum of two small children and a wife to a geek who often works away it’s not really an option to make this my career. So whenever I have the opportunity I am going to continue volunteering at my local theatre. 

Health 

The past few years I have let my health slip. It’s hard to consentrate on yourself and look after two tiny humans at the same time. So this year I’m making it a priority. This is not just my physical health but most importantly for me my mental health. 

Family 

I would like to develop my relationships with my family not just as mother & child/ren but as a wife & stepmum and as a daughter to my mum. 

Me

Ive mentioned my mental health above but I think al good portion of this can be lack of me time. I need to get better at giving my self breaks not just from being mum, wife but from social media & screens. I need to start giving myself time to craft or meditate. 

Money 
The past year we have lived pay packet to pay packet. Often worring if we had enough at the end of he month. This year I need to get better at budgeting and finding deals living a little more frugally. 

Clutter free 

I often blame the fact that we are a house where 5 year old twins live on all the clutter in the house. This year I need to get rid of some of the clutter. It’s not good for anyone’s mental health. It’s not good for the children who have some much stuff they don’t know what to play with. 
So that’s my goals for the year. What are yours? Do you make resolutions? 

Hit that follow button to see how I get on with all of these goals. 

I will also be making videos on out some of my goals during January over on my YouTube channel. So head over there too and hit subscribe. 

See you next time. 

Nina x 

“Any journey can be an adventure if your on it with the right people.”

Hello 2017 

Today is the last day of 2016. 


I have made many blogging friends this year. I have found confidence again in my words. And I have started developing my YouTube channel & social media presence. 

I am loving every moment of it. 

I hope that 2017 can see me calling it my job. I would love to earn a little from my hard work. 

I love writing about what is passionate to me. 

I would never blog or vlog about something that doesn’t fit with my family or that dosent quite sit right with me.

Everything I review is 100% my own views. 

Thank you all for supporting me this past year. 

I hope that next year I can connect with more of you. 

They say it takes a village to raise a child. We can develop our village online together. 

So look out for exciting vlogs, emotional blogs and more Instagram photos from me in 2017. 

See you all in 2017. 

Nina. X 

It’s our turn! 

Last week J came bouncing out of school with the dreaded class bear!
If you don’t know about the class bear let me explain.

The class bear “Rainbow Bear” as ours is called is what we used to call the class pet. You know a hamster or rabbit you had to look after & keep alive for the weekend. Nowadays though it’s a non living pet. You take home the bear on Friday, then on Monday morning (when you have to remember a dozen other things like PE kit, snack money, book bag)  you take back the bear.

So all the children in school get a turn with the bear – The ones you don’t want to follow that have been on a some fancy trip or done really exciting things. Those you don’t want to follow because well you know the bear isn’t able to have a bath between his sleepovers. :-/

Then there is the ones you don’t want to follow because the child has set a bar of writing in the book themselves.

This! This is the one I had to follow.

So J who hates writing decided on Sunday night he would write all of his entry!  (for this I’m very proud of him)

Yes I’m aware That we have now become the one you don’t want to follow.

On Sunday evening we spent an hour printing pics out for the bears diary and spelling out the words J wanted to write.

The words Friggin Bear came to mind a few times.

The bear has gone back to school for now but as J & M are twins in the same class I’m sure he will be back soon.

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Just a quick hello 

I’ve put down my pen or rather my keyboard during December to participate in Vlogmas. 

I just can’t seem to do both. Editing a daily blog is hard work. So I decided just to concentrate on one.


So I just thought I’d come over here and say a quick hello.

In a few days time we will beawaiting Father   Christmas and eating so much we just need to sleep. I will be awaiting Dr Who and drinking Bailieys. 

Then it will be time to think about New Year. 

I will head over between Christmas and new year to tell you a few of my 2017 plans & goals. 

I’m also planning a video for Goals of 2017 so head over to My YouTube for that. 

So I’ll see you again in a few days. 

December blog & YouTube Plans – Vlogmas 

Our elves have landed and there is flashing lights everywhere. Yes it’s December people. img_1776

So this month on the blog…

I want to tell you about a message from a special person.

I will be uploading an elf roundup towards the end of the month.

There is my regular post that first appeared on Meet Other Mums.

And I may stick in a couple more of I really need to tell you something.

However. It is December which means the festive busyness has begun.


Over on my YouTube channel I have started Vlogmas.

Uploads every night except Sunday up until Xmas Eve.

Mondays – Weekend Vlog

Tuesday – Friday DITL (day in the life)

Saturday – Sit-down Chatty vlogs.

So head on over to join us through December.

Check out day one here.

 

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She Went Into Labour

A friend went into labor today. Her waters broke at 4am and I was so exited for her and for myself. A new baby to play with!

I posted a while back how myself and my husband had decided that despite wanting a big family it would be best to concentrate on getting my wellbeing on track! Dealing with my mental health issues instead of thinking about having another baby.

But you see, I knew my friend bringing her baby into the world would have an impact on me and today when she went into labour, I had all those feels of not having a “real” birth. The feeling in the pit of my stomach that I had somehow missed out because I had a c section!

Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying having a c section is the easy way out.  I’m not judging anyone, this is just how I feel about my own birth story.

Today I cried. I cried that my friend had to go through another labour only to be wheeled to theatre for another c section. I cried with jealousy because she had gone into labour – something that I have never felt. I cried with relief that the baby was born. I cried because even though I said I want to concentrate on my wellbeing I still feel like I would like to try again!  I’m 36 my husband 47 in December we are not getting any younger. I feel like I’m just getting into the swing of things.

The sleepless nights, the crying, the green nappies and the projectile vomit are on my list of cons against another.

The instant love, the new baby smell, the watching a new little human develop, in a selfish way the attention you get when you’ve just had a baby! That. That’s why I’d want another.

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My instagram feed is full of babies at the moment and it’s only adding to my broodiness.

When I meet this baby I’m going to be a mess. I just know I’ll be back thinking what a good idea it would be to try again!!

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This post first Appeared on Meet Other Mums 

Meet Other Mums is a great platform for sharing stories & for meeting other like minded mums from your area!