Tips For Creating A Calm Home + Amy Victoria #Giveaway

Our house is a very busy house, and maintaining a sense of calm in it is one of my constant challenges.  I’m determined to get on top of this in time for Christmas.  One thing that seems to add to our house stress levels is the clutter and ambience.  Daddy is a bit of a stress head anyway, and trying…

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Travelling Europe By Motorcycle

Before I met my husband, he had a motorbike.  He was very proud of his motorbike, and I always got a sense that his Honda Blackbird was the other lady in his life.  The Blackbird did stay in our lives for awhile, but when we had children it seemed a little impractical for us to keep old of her.  My…

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Tips For Buying A New Car

When our car went into the garage for it’s MOT and service, it managed to get through pretty much OK.  When my husband picked the car up, his chat with the mechanic revealed that there are likely to be a few things come up next time round that are going to be quite costly.  We use a garage that we…

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Practical Tips To Create A Beautiful Nursery

You really can have a beautiful nursery for your baby, no matter how much space you have.  Baby might be lucky enough to have their own room, but these can vary in size so much.  The new arrival might be sharing their space with the office, but you can still create a lovely space to suit your baby and the computer.…

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How To Win At Instagram

Instagram is my favourite social media platform by far. Since starting Zena’s Suitcase 2 years ago I’ve discovered that I love taking photographs. I also love looking at other people’s photographs.  Instagram is the obvious social media platform for me to be on and I’ve become a little bit addicted to it. Share This:

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10 Things You Need to Know About Travelling with Teens

Whether you choose to visit a theme park, take a traditional seaside holiday or visit a child friendly resort, family holidays can be great fun. However, as your children grow and develop into teenagers with their own ideas of what a holiday should be, you’ll be faced with a new set of challenges which require a whole new holiday strategy…

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Fall Decorations On A Budget

Summer has come and gone and now it is time to decorate your home for the fall season! Filling it with appropriate decorations is a fun process, but it can be quite costly. However, you can save on your home decor by using Neiman Marcus coupons for this and other special occasions.  There are also a number of ways that you…

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5 Ways To Reconnect With Your Partner

Having children can really change things in a relationship.  You can both find yourself asking how do we get that spark back into our marriage, how do we make things exciting again?  You can think that things aren’t going to change once you have kids, but for a lot of people they do and it can effect all aspects of…

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5 Reasons You’re A Great Parent

Today, I read a post by a blogger friend of mine that made me really sad.  I’ve met this lady in real life a few times and I know she is an amazing mother to her son.  To think she is writing about failing as a parent made my heart sink.  I know many of us do it, whether we write…

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When Life Gets In The Way Of Weight Loss

Firstly readers, I must apologise that my Thinking Thin post is late this week. I like to share my weight loss update on a Thursday, but my schedule has been completely out of the window buy this and my house turning into a TV studio for the majority of my working days this week.  This has meant that eating well has…

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How To Work With Bloggers

When I visited the Mumpreneur and Female Association recently to talk to them about my life as a blogger I realised very quickly that there are a group of business women out there keen to work with us, but don’t have much of an idea of how to work with bloggers. Blogging was a new concept to me about 18 months ago,…

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5 Tips For Buying A House

I’ve always thought buying a house is a pretty daunting challenge.  There are so many things to consider and it’s such a large amount of money to spend, especially when you consider all the interest you’ll pay too. Despite the sums of money involved we spend very little time looking at what we’re going to purchase in comparison to other…

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5 Tips To Get You Started With Vlogging

Vlogging was something that I’d wanted to get into for a while, but while I had my hands full with Little Pudding at home full time, with her boisterous sister joining her 2 days in the week it seemed like the impossible task.  Then something happened that forced my hand.  I was absolutely blown away to be selected to work…

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Tips On How To Prepare For Labour

Since I’ve been back on the Mummy circuit, I’ve heard a lot on first time Mum’s talk about their fear of labour and giving birth.  It’s completely natural to feel this way as you’ve not been through it before.  I’d even say it’s pretty common to feel a little nervous even if you have had children, because until you get…

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Pro Blogging, Vlogging And Writing Tips From #BLOGCAMPUK

I have just got back from my second #blogcampuk hosted by the fabulous Tots 100 team and their partners, Frank PR and Cow & Gate.  120 bloggers swarmed to The Studio in Birmingham for an awesome hangout  and bucket loads of coffee.  Just as well as my blogging bestie, Kaz from Ickle Pickle was up at 3am to get to…

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The Easy Guide To Garden Maintenance

I’m not going to try and convince any of you that I’m some kind of green fingered goddess, I have far to much respect for you all!  I do however like my garden to look nice and tidy, I enjoy spending time in it, especially when it’s looking presentable.  With a young family, we get a lot out of spending…

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How To Develop A Killer Twitter Strategy In 7 Steps

Being active on Twitter is essential if you want to make it in the world of social influence.  You’ve signed up, you’ve sent your first tweet, but how do you make twitter a successful part of your blogging strategy? Twitter is probably the most effective way to drive traffic to your well crafted posts and let your potential readers know…

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10 Top Tips For Flying With Babies

I haven’t met a Mum yet who isn’t a little bit nervous about flying with their baby for the first time.  It’s completely understandable, negotiating check-in, the airport lounge, take off and all whilst hoping your little one behaves and doesn’t disrupt the other passengers. I’m going to be honest though and say that flying with a baby is a…

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8 Last Minute Gift Ideas!

We’ve all done it.  Left buying that important person a gift because we’ve a) forgot b) have no idea what to buy them or c) been so busy time has just run away with you and before you know it, it’s Christmas in less than 2 weeks!  Eek! So to help you out, here’s my quick last minute gift guide…

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How To Plan The Perfect Christmas

Christmas is such an amazing time of year.  I love all the present buying (even though I can’t say I’m too fussed about wrapping), spending time with the family and enjoying a lovely feast together. So many years I’ve been guilty of going overboard, with either presents or food, when I get hit with a last minute panic of not…

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Blogging Tips: Is Your Home Page Working For You?

If your new to blogging I’m sure your spending a lot of time getting your head round many things.  Getting familiar with your blog platform, experimenting with the look and feel of your site, and learning how you fit into all the different social media platforms to establish your following not to mention blogging etiquette. Share This:

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Thinking Thin #7: One Thing You Must Do To Lose Weight!

It’s definitely time for an update in my weight loss journey.  If you’ve not caught up with this series yet come and found out the handy tips I’ve been sharing to help you boost your healthy weight loss plan. The aim of Thinking Thin is to help me and you reprogram some of the thinking that hinders our weight loss so…

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Thinking Thin #4: 4 Tips To Keep You On Track With Weightloss

Welcome to my latest Thinking Thin post.  I have some excellent progress to report and I’ve decided it’s only fair to let you all know where I started out at.  When I started making healthy changes to my diet 4 weeks ago I weighed in at 17st 4lbs.  That was the figure that shocked me into action due to the…

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15 Tips for Coping with a New Baby

1. Sleep.  Get it when you can, it’s now a precious commodity.  If baby takes a nap, you can too.  Ignore those emails, leave the hoovering.  Make sleep your top priority.   2. Coffee.  When you can’t do point 1, drink coffee! Latte, cappuccino, americano, what ever takes your fancy, at your favourite coffee shop!  It’s your friend and goes very…

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