We are nearing the end of the In Conversation With series, for 2016, on Over Heaven’s Hill. This weeks chat, is the penultimate in the 2016 series, with the beautiful Jaki sharing her insight into parenting. Jaki is one of those bloggers who makes you think long and hard about the topics she writes. Often her blog posts sit with me for a few days after I’ve soaked them up. Posts like Why We Shouldn’t Feel the Baby Pressure and Who Should Discipline our Children? Read on to see how Jaki finds parenting her three year old son.
The first thought I had when I decided to attend the Irish Blogger Agency launch on the 25th of September was Frick, I better pluck my eyebrows! This was to be one of my first blogger networking events, and there would be fashion bloggers at it. Fashion Bloggers!! I have chatted with plenty of fashion bloggers since I started Over Heaven’s Hill and they are absolutely lovely people but boy do they send me into a cold sweat. Especially, if I am going to be in a room full of them. You see, I’m not the most fashion conscious person. I am by no means fashionable, up to date or on trend. The best I can come up with, as far as the fashion stakes go, are skinny jeans – which I pray will forever be in fashion because I’m not sure I could go back to the baggy jeans days of the noughties. Let’s face it, I’m a Mommy Blogger and we’re not exactly the coolest bloggers in town. But I know, through my pregnancy, that I’d have been lost without the numerous parenting blogs I read. Those nine months and that first year of fighting through teething was hard. I struggled and barely knew what the hell I was doing as I learnt about my new life as a mum. Parent bloggers – their advice, their happy moments and their torturous hard days – said one very important thing to me, “you’re not alone.”
This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with TJ from The DADgum Blog. TJ’s honest, open and beautiful discussion about parenting had me reminiscing about those early months and the first year of A’s life. He reminded me why I blog, what I get out of blogging and how writing about parenting has focused me as a mum. I agree with TJ that while blogging is all consuming, it gives us ideas, wants and needs to be with our family, interact and create memories. On the flip side it does of course have its negatives. Continue Reading to see what TJ has to say on the subject of being an awesome Lego playing Dad.
This week on In Conversation With, I had the pleasure of speaking with the beautiful Julie from Fab Working Mom Life. Julie is a working Mom, a blogger and a mother of one. I know exactly the daily grind Julie goes through as I’m a full time working Momma Bear also. It can be very difficult to keep the house and home going and ensure you’re not neglecting yourself, your partner and most importantly your children. But some how we manage it, and sometimes we need help. Julie’s blog is fantastic and I feel like I can relate to a lot that she says. Keeping our identity in parenthood is so important. Read on to see what Julie has to say on being a working mom.
Yikes! I am the worst at DIY. I have been known to take quite a lot of short cuts when it comes to those small and annoying jobs that need doing. I own three hammers, a wicker basket with miscellaneous nails, screws and what nots. Let’s be honest, I really shouldn’t go anywhere near my DIY stash and just wait for the handyman. I can hang pictures, decorate superbly well. I’m all about the feng shui (… I’m not. I place furniture at angles and misuse space but it’s my space and I love it). I’m pretty nifty with a paint brush and a wad of sand paper. The fun stuff, if you ask me. So needless to say, when something goes awry, it’s usually left on the long finger until we have enough jobs worthy of our handymans time! Since we moved into our country bungalow last year there are plenty of little itty bitty jobs that annoy me. They need to be fixed but are too small to get someone in and too annoying for us. The list keeps getting longer. This weekend I managed to tick a few things off the list with Sugru. What’s Sugru you ask. Well, oh me, oh my, it’s a mouldable glue that even I can’t mess up! Read on for our review and a giveaway…
I quite like the idea of encouraging A to start helping around the house and completing, or rather, attempting, a few chores. She’s hitting three in October and we can clearly see how much more mature and responsible she has gotten in the last year. She is well capable of understanding and completing a task asked of her but let’s face it, a toddler has to want to cooperate if any of that task is to be completed in some shape or form. Here are nine chores we’ve asked A to do with obvious mixed results. Remember, that toddler chores will always be hit and miss. But hey, who ever said the path to teaching a toddler ran smooth? This is my tongue-in-cheek guide to toddler chores and, more importantly, parental coping mechanisms.
I am so excited to talk to Lucy this week who is a Stay-at-Home Mum and a fantastic blogger. In fact, Lucy has given me some tips on how to organise my own blogging life. It’s not easy being a Stay-at-Home Mum as she points out, but her list of positives out weigh any negatives there might be, and I just love the list! Lucy shares her thoughts with us on family life, being a mum and managing to find that all elusive balance between finding time to work on her blog and care for her kids. Remember to check out Lucy’s blog and say hi to her on twitter!
I am so excited about this weeks In Conversation With. This is Week 2 of the new series on Over Heavens Hill. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to talk to so many awesome parents. This week I spoke with Mum Danielle aka Dannie Kitten who is a mother of two. Danielle shares with us her honest insight into pregnancy and parenting and the challenges she faced as a young mum and her journey through preterm babies, eclampsia and studying with two smallies at home. As a Stay-at-Home Mom, Danielle is also an awesome Game Reviewer. If you’re a gamer you can check out her reviews here at DKPlaysGames. B is also an avid gamer, so I was interested to see what Danielle had to say about technology and kids.
B and I are both working parents. I love my job. B is “so, so” on his but he’s damn good at what he does. But it sucks. Whether, you work part time, full time, work from home with 1 kid, 2 kids or 6, it’s hard. The balance is torturous to try and get right. Parenting is difficult no matter what way you do it, whether you work or stay at home. There doesn’t seem to be a perfect balance, so we try to make the best of it. Returning to work after maternity leave was difficult. Here are my tips on returning to work to help make the transition smoother.