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Road Trip (At Home)

At the beginning of the year we were given an amazing opportunity with the lovely people at Just Go Following on from our Cornwall Road Trip Last year. They liked what we did for them so invited us to head to Florence to pick up one of their brand new 2020 edition motorhomes and drive it back to the uk.

Now that amazing adventure was due to start on April 4th this year. The beginning of the Easter school holidays! Unfortunately Covid19 had other plans. First of all Italy got struck by the virus then as days went on the UK went into lockdown too and school closed (For Most kids) well before the Easter Holidays started.

I decided that as we were not going to get on our Road trip this year I would recreate it at home.

So our adventure started on Monday 6th April when we should have been picking up our Motorhome.

Day One – Airport Day

Using resources from the Twinkl website I created a check in desk and donned my Flight attendant uniform That I created from my wardrobe and some paper to make a hat.

I printed off some activities like weighing suitcases. (Hopefully the kids will have learnt a couple of things by the time the road trip was over.

At lunch time i made up some snack boxes just like the kids would order on the plane and moved the garden seats around to make some aircraft seating.

Day Two – Italy

The first destination on our trip took us to Italy. I printed off some flags so that at each country we “visit” their make shift passports can be stamped. Then it was time to learn a few things about Italy. Followed by gelato in a gondola, and lunch in a cafe with pizza rolls (I couldn’t get pizza bases or any ingredients to make actual pizza.

Austria –

Today we headed off to Austria complete with Apple strudel. The kids filled out a bit of a factfile with facts about the country.

Campsite Fun

We had a travel break over the bank holiday weekend and just stayed around the campsite.

Activities on site included a pub meal (take out delivered to our door, a movie night projected on to the side of our make shift motorhome. We also enjoyed roasting some marshmallows over the BBQ.

We all made full use of the onsite hot tub and play Area too.

Germany

Castle building was on today’s agenda. The kids thought it was amazing and even made a dragon to guard the castle.

Belgium

No trip to Belgium is complete without waffles and chocolate right?

Home ready for (Home) School next week.

It seems all that travelling has worn the kids out as they have requested some time just to do their own thing the rest of the week.

I mean I don’t mind as it has given me a chance to catch up with the holiday washing pile 😉

Right now to plan our next adventure I do hope we can have a proper road trip soon. 3 weeks into the lockdown im getting itchy feet!

Nina

Getting that Friday (weekend) Feeling During a Lockdown

We are now 2 weeks into the country being in a partial lockdown and there is no Let up on the horizon soon. But we have to carry on. We have to fill our days with things that bring us joy. Plan, create, laugh & cry.

Today is Friday which for me is usually my Work from Home Day. I mean I’m a blogger and content creator so basically every day is a work from home day But Friday Is my proper work day away from the kids. The day I get excited for all week and the day that I know I get to see friends for Pizza Friday and have the whole weekend to spend with Spencersarc.Daddy and the kids creating memories and exploring.

friday feeling

Today though Friday feels very different. There is no urgency to post for the coffee shop I work for Because its closed for the foreseeable future. I have no blogging posts that need to be written, no reviews, no ads.

Friday this week is the same as it has been all week and for the past 2 weeks stay alive, keep kids safe, happy and as educated as I possibly can.

That said I miss the Friday feeling when I woke up. So I’m creating a new Friday Feeling.

We still have the weekend to look forward to. We still have family time together (Chris (hubby) works during the week in our home office so at least he will have 2 days for us to be together)

Here is what I’ll be doing to get that Friday feeling during Lockdown.

  • Coffee Shop vibes Make Myself a latte or tea in a teapot. And sit at the table to drink it. Set the table out like a cafe table. Plants in the middle of the table some nice music on. I could even get the kids to be my waitress?
  • Friday night Pizza night – Ok shop bought pizza or even making your own pizzas isn’t quite the same as a dirty pizza with friends but Sticking to the pizza night menu is a great idea.
  • Facetime – Getting friends to face time into Friday Night Pizza night Is a great way to keep connected.
  • Saving it for the weekend – Friday feelings often come because we have a weekend full of exciting adventures planned. AS we cant go to the beach or head to the forest for adventure maybe we might recreate some at home? – We have a hot tub, cinema room and a bouncy castle all of which could be kept as a weekend treat I’m aware we are very lucky to have these things but what could you find at home that is a weekend treat? Movie night with all the snacks, pamper afternoon where you can paint nails, put on facemasks, or just simply have a foot soak in the washing up bowl with some nice smelling bubble bath.

I have seen many online events too that are happening right in your living room (kitchen, or wherever you have access to the internet.)

  • Quiz night – I have seen some people on facebook setting up quiz nights on there from influencers to pubs where their doors are shut but their living rooms are open.
  • Camp Out (Or In) – Over on Instagram Tent_share are hosting an online camp. You can join in the fun with a conference call using zoom.
  • Games – There is now free access to some online card games that you can connect up with friends and play. I’ve seen a Cards against Humanity style game. I’ve seen some families even playing monopoly through their webcam.

Whatever you find to get that Friday feeling I hope you are able to stay safe, and maintain a sense of wellbeing through this difficult time.

If you have any more ideas to get that Friday feeling let me know in the comments!

Nina x

No one would have believed!

No One would have believed ….. hang on wrong novel.

But this isn’t a novel, this isn’t some thriller you can turn off when things get a bit too much this is life. This is March 2020 The year that started so well, So positive, so full of opportunity.

Friday 13th March started like most Fridays do. Wake up get dressed, get the big twins ready for breakfast club, get the little twins ready for nursery then Head out the door. On the way to nursery the world from our little bubble seemed normal. Except Today had an edge about it. Today was going to be my little twins last day at nursery for the foreseeable future. Today a shadow in my heart loomed as we awaited to see if our country was going into lockdown like the rest of europe and beyond.

For a while we had been seeing a future history lesson unfold before our eyes. To start with it seemed like the news of Corona (Covid-19) was far enough away from our little town to not make much difference to our daily life. But today just over two weeks later, life in our little town is very much far from normal.

To start the Kids are out of school for who knows how long. Originally they said maybe until after the easter holidays but i’m thinking it will be more like September before they are heading back to see their school friends, their teachers and before I get to see my school run mum / Dad friends.

People, Neighbours, friends, etc are working from home if they can or worst case they are out of work for the foreseeable future.

Though some friends, neighbours, heros are working more hours than ever before, more hours than they would have thought possible. NHS Staff, Fire Fighters, Delivery workers, Utility workers, Shop keepers and shop staff. They are all working what is now effectively known as Front line!

Our little world that sometimes seems massive is so very small when people have a virus that likes to spread.

The start of the year I had vowed to be better at life, better at simple living. Now there is no other choice. There is no where to be no where to rush off to. Simple meals are a must. A simple routine is what is keeping us from going crazy and embracing the simple pleasures in life are what is filling our souls.

As I write we are now in a lockdown situation. Allowed out only to buy necessities and for emergency medical reasons or to exercise. Most of the country are complying with this though there are a few that are just not listening to the rules. Having parties, heading to parks etc. Which makes me think that tighter measures are only days away.

As more and more people hit the headlines by getting sick my anxiety creeps in a little more making it hard to distinguish if a symptom is that of anxiety or “the virus”. Yet if it is the virus there is nothing we can do other than stay home, ride it out and if symptoms are unbearable only then will the hospital be able help. Help though is only in the form of forcing oxygen into our lungs. While our own bodies fight the virus! There is no cure, there is no vaccine.

We are in this together lockdown 2020

I have to hold on to the fact that we are all in this together, we as a family are lucky to have a garden and each other.Some friends have husbands that are working miles and miles away from home. Some family’s are having to go out to work to be on the “front line” others have already lost a family member to this cruel virus. Some are going to lose their businesses.

I know that after this things most took for granted will be held that bit closer, that bit tighter. After this the world will still turn, people will party, they will hug, they will see the beauty in the everyday things that were lost during the lockdown.

Stay Safe everyone!

Nina x

Create A Magical Morning Routine – Gifted

Last year I started getting up before the house. I would make a cuppa and take some time just for me. No phones, no kids just me! It was fab. It really started my day of right. But old habits slipped back in when illness took hold. I went back to staying in bed and mindlessly scrolling through social media. So when I was asked to have a look at this new resource from Unconditionally Nourished I thought it would be a great chance to reevaluate my Morning Routine. Create a Magical Morning Routine.

Magical morning

Create a Magical Morning Routine

A simple positive Morning Routine can literally make your day. Taking a little bit of time thinking about what you would like your mornings to look like is such a great way to get started. This downloadable, printable resource will give you the tools to get you started.

Jemma from unconditionally Nourished has developed the Create a Magical morning Routine workbook with you in mind. She knows how important our time is as a mum. She is a mum of two herself therefore knows that mornings can look different each and every day. The workbook however encourages you not to create a morning structure set in stone and instead focus on what you want out of each morning.

There are some cute pictures with little inspiring quotes mixed within the pages of activities. Which together will help you create your ideal morning.

I’m so looking forward to putting this workbook to the test over the next few weeks. Getting back on track with making my mornings magical and setting myself up for a positive day. I have already filled out a few of the activities. I can see how powerful answering the questions Jemma has set can propel you into spending mornings how you want to spend them therefore not spending wasted time laid in bed scrolling social media.

Head on over to Unconditionally Nourished to purchase this resource.

Nina x

The Workbook was gifted as a preview. I was not paid to review or asked to review. From time to time I share things that I love with the thought that they will benefit others.

I only promote brands and products that fit within mine and my family’s lifestyle. As always opinions are my own.

But it is a proper job! – Paid Blogging Jobs, Tips and Resources |AD

This year I have properly stepped up my game in the blogging world. I now treat it like a proper job. It not just a sideline that I do from the comfort of my bed at naptime. How do you fancy earning from your blog? Make your passion for writing and sharing your story into a living. One that you could really do from anywhere in the world. Scroll to the bottom to check out some fab places to find paid blogging jobs.

Blogging gives me an outlet to tell my story. Furthermore it creates so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had without it.

Some members of my family still don’t understand how this little hobby of mine actually creates an income. There are a few ways to earn money from blogging.

Your going out again? Events

When you start blogging it really can open up a number of events for you to attend. Some events are free some you will have to pay for. Some you could even get paid to attend.

  • Blogging Events – There are a number of blogging events that you can attend. These are usually something you have to pay to attend however they can be so beneficial. I have met some amazing people through some that I have attended. It’s often a great pace to find new brands to work with. A place to network with other bloggers.
  • Press Event – A press event is free to attend. They are organised by a brand or venue to help promote a venue or a new product launch. Press events are for “press” or journalists and now bloggers and influencers to attend.
  • Paid to attend Events – You could get a brand to sponsor you to attend certain events.

Sponsorship – Paid Blogging Jobs

Sponsorship Means a company will pay you for promoting their products. Sponsorship usually means creating a relationship with a brand. Working with them time and again. If you have a Youtube channel you could get a company to sponsor a video. Creating a video of your day and using one part of the video to talk about the product your sponsor company have asked you to talk about.

Paid – Ambassadorship

In a similar style to sponsorship This is a long term relationship with a company. An ambassadorship means you are getting paid to constantly promote a brand. It doesn’t mean that you have to post about it every day or in every post but often the brand will use you images on their social feeds. This is a great way to build each others following up.

Affiliate links and ads

These are links you can add within your posts that lead to a product that can be bought by your reader. You get paid a commision from purchases made from your link. Ads can sit in the sidebar of your blog you can charge companies a fee for having them. A little like what a newspaper or magazine would have.

Freebies

Technically they are not free as you are usually sent things to write a review. However some companies will send you things for free so that you can do a write up on the product or add them to a gift guide.

Days Out

As with the freebies, Venues will often have a budget to give “press Passes” out to bloggers in return they usually ask for a blog post promoting their business.

Finding Opportunities

So youve started your blog and now you know that you can earn a bit of income from the abouve sources where do you go to find the work?

  • Email The Brand directly – You can usually find details for press office or pr company for a brand on their website. It’s usually hidden at the bottom in small print. Email them, ask if you can be put on their list of bloggers or if they have any campaigns you can be a part of.
  • Get Tagging – If you post something on social media and it shows off your favourite brand tag them! If you have written a blog post about your day out send the pr or press office a link to your work. you never know they might contact you next time.
  • Search Facebook Groups for Blogger Opportunities. – Facebook is full of blogging groups people post weekly even daily sometimes opportunities that may fit within your blog. Just go and search. Try searching where you live – Suffolk Blogger, Nottinghamshire bloggers etc or try blogger opportunities.
  • Google “Paid Blogging Jobs” – There are loads of sites out there you can google ‘blogging opportunities’ or paid blogging jobs’ on google just like facebook it will show you loads of sites to register with just like Get Blogged . Get Blogged is a site I use often to find paid blogging work.

I hope you find this useful information and can now start earning an income from your hobby.

Good Luck

Nina x

This blog post is a paid collaboration with Get Blogged. I only work with brands that fit mine and my family’s lifestyle.