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Taking a break

Apr
30th
2016

Blog break!

30 Apr, 2016

Hello there! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

At the moment I am taking a break from writing Mums’ Days but please do explore the 750 articles I have written here over the last 4 (+) years!

I started Mums’ Days when I was pregnant, so you’ll find articles relating to pregnancy, health and fitness, the new born months and much more as I’ve explored my new role as a mother. Hopefully you’ll find something that tickles your fancy!

Taking a break

Anyone who blogs (professionally or otherwise) will tell you that blogging is brilliant and exhausting!

I’ve decided to take a break as we’ve recently been through some big changes as a family and I’ve been doing some soul searching to get my head around it all (I did an online course called Life with Intention by my favourite podcaster, Jess Lively! I’d highly recommend it if you can get on it).

I realised that I’ve lost sight of what it is I want to do with my life. What truly gives me meaning, a purpose and makes me happy. I’ve been allowing blogging (namely stats, my tots100 score and likes on Facebook, etc…) to define me and my sense of self worth, and it is a recipe for never feeling good enough.

About a month ago I was completely done with it all. But I’ve had some time off and I’ve started to miss it, so I don’t think this is going to be a forever break anymore.

For the next couple of months I’m going to basically hibernate away from the internet so that I can focus on Reuben (can you believe this is his last term before he starts school? He’s not 4 until August. Sob!!), do some gardening and reading.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can do so on hannah@mumsdays.com.

Thanks for all your support!

it's a bloggy one...

17 Feb, 2016

I’ve had so many people ask me about my iPhone setup for the Pancake video!

I thought I’d give you a quick introduction to the stuff I use to make videos with my iPhone, which will set you back around £70, and a couple of examples of where I’ve used them.

My iPhone Setup for Video - including tripod, speaker and lens (more…)

17 Jun, 2015

On Friday I will be setting off nice and early for a train to London Town along with about 300 other parenting bloggers. It’s the pilgrimage of the Parenting Bloggers’ year, also known as Britmums Live 2015. I had the time of my life last year, and I can’t wait to go again!

I’m going to BritMums Live

I mentioned back in April that this year Nuby are my conference sponsors and part of my role at the conferences is to meet lots of lovely bloggers and talk about how they can also become a brand rep. So if this is of interest to you, please don’t be shy, come and talk to me and I’ll tell you all about it!
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30 Apr, 2015

Have I got a treat for you today! I’m really excited to tell you I’ve been talking to Ashleigh Swan, better known as super blogger, Ashleigh Money Saver. Ashleigh started her site back in June 2013 as a Facebook Page for sharing her love of a bargain with her buddies. It soon spiralled into more and in September 2014 she chose to give up the day job to pursue Ashleigh Money Saver as a business. The Ashleigh Money Saver Facebook page now has over 247,000 likes!! And the site is going from strength to strength as she prepares to take on the big boys in price comparison.

Inspiring Mama - an interview with Ashleigh Swan, Ashleigh Money Saver: http://www.mumsdays.com/ashleigh-money-saver/

I absolutely love hearing stories and experiences from top bloggers about their story, how they started out and, well, literally the nitty gritty of their days… and even more so if they have a family and are balancing a hectic work life with raising children. Because not only is Ashleigh a top blogger but she’s also a mum of 3 kids (she has a 12 year old step-son, an 8 year old son and a 4 year old daughter). Her story is fascinating and I personally can take a lot from going with your passion and really using it to make a business for yourself!

Ashleigh’s rise to fame meant she was also named in the Telegraph’s top 100 Britons for 2014. Go Ashleigh!

Inspiring Mama - an interview with Ashleigh Swan, Ashleigh Money Saver: http://www.mumsdays.com/ashleigh-money-saver/

Whether you’re interested in blogging and business or money saving or working motherhood, I think you’ll enjoy this!

Inspiring Mama: Interview with Ashleigh Money Saver

1. Please introduce yourself!

Hi! I’m Ashleigh from Ashleigh Money Saver! 🙂

2. What is Ashleigh Money Saver?

Ashleigh Money Saver is THE place to go for all the latest deals, bargains, sales, offers, voucher codes and glitches. I promise I can help you save money, whether it’s on toys or days out, there are great savings to be had. You can see loads of offers, tips and tricks on ashleighmoneysaver.co.uk or by liking me on Facebook.

3. What inspired you to start Ashleigh Money Saver? Would you say you were always interested in saving money? Was it your passion or did you spot a gap in the market?

I hate paying full price for anything and always have done so while bargain hunting for myself I’d be sharing whatever I found on my personal facebook profile with my friends. I had friends telling me I had a nack for finding great deals and offers and I should make a page to share them with more people. So in June 2013 I made the Ashleigh Money Saver Facebook page and it grew from there.

4. What did the early days of Ashleigh Money Saver look like for you? 

I was working part time in a pharmacy, so I would spend the morning working on Ashleigh Money Saver and then go to work in the afternoons. I was surprised how quickly it grew, my friends were tagging their friends, sharing, etc. and the likes just rocketed. I had a good few hundred within the first few weeks. Unfortunately I was made redundant from the pharmacy around a month after I started Ashleigh Money Saver as the pharmacy wasn’t busy enough. I would then spend the morning job hunting and applying for everything I could find and spend the afternoon on Ashleigh Money Saver to keep my mind busy – day time TV wasn’t up to much anyway!

5. When did you know you were on to something?! What was your breakthrough moment with the site and when did you move to working on the site full-time?

A little while after being made redundant I managed to find a full time job in another pharmacy so I was so glad to be back to work but it meant I had less time for Ashleigh Money Saver. I would just be using my breaks and evenings to keep on top of the page but I missed getting to work on it every day. The page was continuing to grow massively and I felt like I didn’t have a life at times because I didn’t have enough time to have a day job as well as Ashleigh Money Saver (I also have a husband and three children!) and that’s when I realised I couldn’t keep the two up and I would have to choose between them.

After giving it a lot of thought and talking with my family, I decided to take the risk of making Ashleigh Money Saver a business. I realised I could make a small income from advertising if I got a website and I decided to give up my job in the pharmacy and go ahead with a website as well as the Facebook page. So the business was born in September 2014!

6. What has been the hardest thing about running your own business?

The work load! There have been times where it has just been so busy and not enough hours in the day for everything that needs to be done. The run up to black Friday and Christmas was a massive time for me and the posts were going out thick and fast and it felt like I was working 24/7!

7. Have your goals changed as your business has grown? Presumably they are more ambitious? Or did you always want to take on the big boys?!

Because this started out as a hobby I never expected it to end up where it is now so now everything I post has more thought put into it. I want real bargains that make people think ‘Wow!’ I want exclusive deals that you can’t find anywhere else and I want to be known for the place to go for all things money saving. I think I’m bringing a fresh approach to money saving.

8. What did you do to grow your Facebook page to over 240,000 fans? And how long has it taken?

The majority of likes have come from fans sharing my offers. I also ‘boost’ some of the most popular offers so more people can see them and hope that they like my page. We have also run a lot of competitions which proved really popular, especially around Christmas when we gave away big toy bundles for a boy and a girl – that competition post ended up being seen by nearly 2 million people and added loads of new likes. All of the PR I have got has also added loads of new likes, so it’s been a combination of things really.

9. How many hours do you work now? Have you managed to find a good balance between your busy working schedule and family life?

I am trying to balance work and personal life, failing most of the time because I can’t help jumping on the website or facebook page when I see a really good offer that I think people will like! I don’t think this job can have set hours, there are always bargains popping up everywhere at totally random times and you just have to be ready to get them out there no matter what time it is. I try and spend weekends with my family though as that is when my husband is off work and I love it when we can all do something together as a family. There are now a team of bargain hunters working with me so I can manage to turn off the laptop now and again knowing that the guys are on the case 🙂

10. Finally, what advice do you have for other mums interested in following their passions as a career?

Just go for it! I never thought I would be where I am and I believe I haven’t even reached the top yet, I’m still on a journey. Even if it doesn’t turn out like you planned at least you can say you have tried instead of wondering ‘what if?’

Thank you so much, Ashleigh!

I love your final tip, you are so right. Good luck with your ambitions, I have every faith you’ll get there and I’m excited for you. Thank you for being so open and sharing the ups and downs of juggling a business and motherhood – I’m glad to hear it’s not just me.

Did you enjoy this interview with Ashleigh Money Saver?!

If so, please let me know and I’ll look to find more inspiring mamas to interview!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Ashleigh Money SaverAll content, ideas, words and questions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and original content like this for Mums’ Days.

And Bath Toys competition!

21 Apr, 2015

I have been a Nuby Brand Rep since just before Reuben was born. They were my first supporters as a blogger, helping me grow my following and sharing my stories with their hundreds of thousands of fans. They also gave us lots of essential products to trial from the day Reuben was born right up to today. It has been a wonderful relationship and I am delighted to announce they are now my 2015 conference sponsor!

Nuby are Mums' Days Conference Sponsors - bath toys competition to celebrate!

This year I will be attending BlogCamp, which is run by Tots100 and is happening this weekend, and BritMums Live in London in June. They are both pricy outings so it makes a huge difference to have Nuby’s support with this!

Nuby are doing some really exciting things this year, so I’m thrilled to be able to continue to be one of the Brand Reps! They are also looking for more Reps to trial products and let them know what you think, and you don’t necessarily need to be a blogger to be one.

If you will be attending either of the above conferences and would like to know more, just come and find me! If you aren’t, feel free to get in touch with any of your questions and I’ll be happy to give you my firsthand experience of working with Nuby over the last 3 years. Email me hannah@mumsdays.com.

Nuby Bath Toys Competition!

To celebrate my wonderful sponsors, Nuby have given me loads of lovely Bath Toys to give away to you even lovelier Mums’ Days readers! We’ve loved the toys and they are still a staple at bath time, even years later!

Win Nuby Bath Toys - enter here: http://www.mumsdays.com/nuby-conference-sponsor/

You can win one of:

3 x Nuby Bath Toy bundles, each worth £30!

Plus, 10 runners up will win a Nuby bath toy worth £5!

All you need to do is:

  • enter your information here for your chance to win!
  • The competition deadline is 11.59am 31st May 2015.
  • All of the winners will be selected at random and we will contact you by email.

Gook luck and thank you again to Nuby!

More competitions at ThePrizeFinder and Competition Hunter.

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