Friday, 19 January 2018

Is it Payday yet?

January always seems like the longest month of them all! With most people getting paid in the middle of December and most of their pay-packet going on Christmas presents, Christmas food, Christmas drinks or all three, it’s a long way to go with no money coming in and bills that still need to be paid in January and I’m no different. I’m patiently waiting on Payday which is next week but for me, that’s my last as I’m still on maternity and I’ve come to the end of my maternity pay period.

 Yikes. 


But, with that said, I’ve been pretty savvy with my money this year to get me through the next 3 months and so I can still pay bills, buy the bits the kids need and have a little to spare too! It’s all about budgeting and planning each payday week by week. I started doing this before I was even on maternity as I wanted to be sure that I would have enough to see me through the whole year. With my pay decreasing each month, it was something that I really had to look at and think about doing - not everyone has the privilege to be able to take the full 12 months off work but since I had the year off with Millie, I wanted to do the same with Mylo. 

There are so many ways you can save and be savvy with your money, whether you budget each months pay or you do things to bring in a little extra cash, there’s always something to get you through and help you survive until the next payday. Obviously, for me, Blogging is a part time job now and so I can rely on the income from this some months, there are also websites you can sign up to which let you complete surveys in return for payment (it’ll also give you something to do if you’re a little stir crazy or have a couple of hours spare each week) or, if you want to make it a little more fun and enjoy it a bit more, why not try your luck at Bingo! There are so many great bingo sites and even ones that are for women, with super Girly Bingo games you can play and that you can take your chances with and earn a little extra money if you have some spare to play with! 

But if you’re looking for something more original, you can sit down and plan out all of your expenses for the month and then draw out the remaining money you have left over so you’re not tempted to over-spend and buy things you don’t really need. I’m terrible for online shopping because it doesn’t feel like I’m spending money until it comes to using my card and there’s nothing left...
(Post in collaboration with Boomtown Bingo)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2018 Travel Goals and Making it the best year yet!


It’s the start of a new year, so take the time to look ahead and consider your plans for 2018. No doubt you have ideas for work, family, exercise, etc. but have you considered your travel plans? With some travel-centric goals, this could be a year to remember. Rather than making one resolution overall, why not make several and take the opportunity to explore more too!


1. Spend more time in your own country
Why go abroad when there is so much to see in your own country? Here in the UK, there are so many beautiful places to visit, from the natural wonders of Cumbria’s Lake District to the golden beaches in Cornwall. You might even consider going on a road trip, discovering all that Britain has to offer - wed love to do this up in the Scottish Highlands but not whilst Mylo is so small. By hiring one of the small UK RVs on motorhomerfreedom.com, you can have all the comforts of home, while touring the country with your nearest and dearest, it’s the perfect way to see everything and be comfortable! Plus, it cuts out those expensive hotel prices too!

2. Tick off items on your bucket list
If you haven’t written your bucket list yet, now is the time to do so. It’s a list of all the things you want to do before you die. A bit morbid? Possibly, but it’s a great incentive to encourage you to follow your hopes and dreams in your lifetime. Travel is often a biggie on these lists, so if and when you have made your bucket list, start working through your itinerary. Climbing the Eiffel Tower? Shopping in the United Arab Emirates?! Exploring the Amazon? Ive always wanted to go to Bali and its on my list as a Honeymoon Destination after seeing Carly Rowena and Leon (Lean Machines) go for their Honeymoon, Ive always loved the thought of being in the jungle and of course, the coast looks like paradise. Your travel dreams are personal to you, so whether they are big or small, plan to do some of them this year and you can use Destination2.co.uk to find your perfect holiday location!

3. Go off the beaten track
Whether you holiday in your own country or travel somewhere abroad, don’t be afraid to get off the beaten track. Here in the UK there are all the usual attractions, such as Big Ben in London and boat cruises on Lake Windermere. But you don’t do have to do what the tourists do. Ditch your travel guide, and explore unmarked areas in the place you visit, as you never know what may be lying around the corner. Whether it’s finding somewhere new to eat, or stumbling across an undiscovered natural wonder, you will broaden your experience if you dare to venture where few others have gone before you. We always love to explore and sometimes its got us lost but other times weve come across some hidden gems including a gorgeous cove in Cornwall!

4. Conquer your fears
Travelling gives you many opportunities to conquer your fears, even if that’s just getting into an aeroplane! There are many things you could do, from swimming with the sharks in the Bahamas to overcoming your fear of heights by skydiving across the Grand Canyon. Crazy? Quite possibly. Exciting? Definitely! These are once on a lifetime experiences, and while they aren’t for everybody, you can at least tell people “I did that” on your return. Not only will you enjoy the look of shock and awe on their faces, but you will have the personal satisfaction of overcoming your fears, as well.

5. Get fitter
Looking to keep fit this year? Then forget your idea of a holiday lounging on the beach, and push yourself physically. From going on a biking holiday to walking up some of the UK’s greatest mountains, you will lose those pounds while having an exhilarating (and exhausting) holiday adventure. Of course, you could always book yourself a weekend in a spa afterwards, giving you downtime to relax your poor aching bones and tired feet. Yes please.

Are you tempted to put down your tv remote and see more of the world than the view outside your window? I hope so. Whatever you do this year, I hope you have a wonderful time, discovering more about yourself and the world around you. And of course, be sure to share your pictures that may inspire others to travel too!

Friday, 12 January 2018

Mum-preneur?

entrepreneur
noun

A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.
Well, shove the word Mum in front of that and what do you have? 

 mum-preneur
noun, informal
A woman who sets up and runs her own business in addition to caring for her young child or children, in hope to make profit.




I guess the idea is to show you that just because someone has children, it doesn’t single them out from the real-world and make them any less able to achieve something they are working hard for. Since being on Maternity, my eyes have been opened to many money making things, whether it be your network marketing, catalogue distribution, beauty treatments, car booting or even “depopping", each of these could quite easily be seen as a business as as defined, a way of making profit from something you are potentially taking a risk with financially. If any of you have previously been on maternity or are still, you will know the struggles and worries that come along with it as money gets tighter and tighter the more your maternity period goes on and you know that day when you need to return to work is looming but, what if you decide to make a go of it yourself and earn your own money?! Would that be such a bad thing?!

Some of you may know that I am also a Younique rep alongside having my full-time job in a college and I love being able to make a little extra money each month doing something that I thoroughly enough. I use and wear makeup every, single day and so when I joined Younique nearly 2 years ago now, I knew it would be something that I would just dip in and out of occasionally and keep a steady customer base too, which is exactly what I’ve done. But, I’ve also dabbled in a few other things too - Spray Tanning, I still do this just for friends mainly, and also my earring making business, Pixel Stones. It’s hard to juggle it all but I love to be busy and let my creative side out a little so this is what drew me to both of these. If you’ve ever thought about doing something for yourself to earn a little extra money, why not take a look at Printsome and get yourself a casual uniform, simply a t-shirt with your logo on or a hoodie to shove on as a little extra way of advertising yourself or your products. It’s a great way of marketing without really needing to do anything! Printsome are also a small, buy growing company and I think it’s always great to support everyone else! I have a Spray Tanning T-shirt I wear when doing tans and Adam also has his own PT Shirts and Hoodies too! 

 I’ve also, quite recently, started to freelance as a Social Media Marketer, and since doing this, I have realised that I’d love to go full-time with it and carry on working from home. I know that it’s not something I’m going to be able make happen overnight and I will keep working on it part-time alongside my other commitments but until then, don’t stop because someone told you to.

 Don’t doubt yourself because you’ve already got 1,000,001 other things going on... If you want something enough then your family will stand by you and support you whenever you need it. You’ve managed to bring life into the world so make sure you enjoy that life that you spend with them - you’ll appreciate it all in years to come! 


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Planning for 2018

It’s the start of a brand new year. New Year, New Me and all that jazz. There’s always some resolution that people make that I can kind of understand and relate to but, yeah, I don’t really take to resolutions but there are a few things I have on my Annual to-do list and I thought they may be interesting enough to write about.

So, here goes... 


Life
2017 was exciting for us as we welcomed our newest member of the Bailey clan, Mylo. He was born in May and the rest of our year revolved around him. We went to Cornwall just a few weeks after he was born and enjoyed a few days at our favourite little retreat and he met Adams side of the family that live down there. We had some fun times back at home too, enjoying the summer and then having gatherings in the winter so I want to make sure that this summer, we cram as much as we can in as I’ll be back at work again as of September. I may look at getting a National Forest membership for us all because we have so much around us, it would give us the perfect excuse to get out of the house as much as we can. 

Love
Me and Adam have been together 8 years this year, crazy how fast time has gone. It’s pretty obvious now what the next step is for us; we’ve got kids, a house and a dog... I’m ready and raring to go. The kids also have a lot going on this year too, Millie is now at school so she’ll only have the 6 weeks holidays to do things and so we’ve booked to head down to Cornwall again in August for Adams birthday. I also want to take them to Peppa Pig World for their birthdays as they’re 5 days apart, we can use the weekend closest to them both to celebrate! 

Work
As I said, Im back at work this year, I go back in April but then I have the summer off so officially, I’m looking at September being the proper month I go back. I have to sort childcare for both of the kids before I do (that’s another issue and I’m planning on writing a post about it too). I also want to push my blog and content a lot more than I have done in the past and work with more brands, creators and companies to get myself out there in the field. I’d love to go freelance with social media marketing as well but it takes so much time and dedication, I’m not sure I could do it alongside my full time job. 

Weight
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I have recently joined Slimming World again to help me loose the weight I gained after having Mylo and also, just to help me get back on track and make better choices when it comes to food. I’ve also continued to go to the gym and hope to keep that up during the year but, I’ve also started Crossfit too. I went to my first session last week and loved it! Adam goes 3/4 times a week and we watch a lot of Crossfitters on Youtube - its something I’ve really become interested in and my personal goal for the year is to be able to squat my own body weight.

Other 
I plan on staying with Younique this year as a casual thing, it helped me a lot last year and actually paid for most of Christmas too! I just save what I earn in commission and then use it on something special every so often. I also want to be in more photos. I love using my camera and phone but this year, I want to actually be in more of them. I take so many of the kids and Adam but there’s never many of me and I don’t want to look back in years to come and realise I was never in any pictures! 

There’s not a lot else going on other than spontaneous trips in between this and that but I’d love to know your plans for 2018.