Friday, 27 January 2012

Finally a blog post! My Poorly Little Boy and Claire's Article.

Finally, I have some time to sit down with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio and relax and write for the blog! I’ve been meaning to write at least once a week bust so far it just hasn’t happened.

It’s been a very hectic week, as well as adding many new articles and businesses to the website and some interesting meetings, my little boy hasn’t been well, both with new teeth coming through and on top of that now a nasty cold and just today infection in his eyes.

Before I became a mother I never realised how much time you could spend worrying about someone else. I was in a real panic today after he woke up after an afternoon nap with weeping eyes, it was awful his little eyes were all puffy and his eyelashes were stuck together with a mucusy discharge. I phoned the doctors straight away but at half two there was no way I was going to get an appointment today so I took him straight to Trafford hospital walk in centre where we got seen nearly straight away which was absolutely brilliant for a first time mum who is never sure what to do in these situations! Sometimes I worry I overreact, but then when you’ve got a 16 month old who can’t tell you how he feels and you can’t get anything for him over the counter at Boots what are you supposed to do?

And why is it that he always seems to be unwell on a Friday, when I can’t get a doctor’s appointment until the following week and you worry they’re going to get worse over the weekend and you’re a terrible mother for not psychically knowing they were going to be ill.

I’m still feeling a little stressed about it and now worrying how I’m going to be able to successfully give him eye drops every 2 hours tomorrow when our attempts today have been less than successful! If anyone has any tips how I can put drops in his eyes as easily for me and as stress free for him as possible please let me know.

This wasn’t what I was planning on writing about but as it’s been my main focus today it’s at the forefront of my mind.

I was going to write about the article Claire Gibbs wrote for our website as I found it really moving and really resonated with my own story. If you haven’t read it yet please take a look it’s really inspiring Claire’s Crafts – One Mum’s Story of Setting Up Her Own Craft Business and I think a lot of mums will be able to relate to her story.

It really reminded me of when I decided I wanted to set up the website; I’d started the Yummy Mummies – Business Mums Facebook page and hadn’t said anything to my partner as I thought he’d laugh at me! Then after it seemed to be popular I thought I’d like to start a website and as he’s an I. T. consultant I thought I would ask him what he thought. I was so nervous and kept putting it off and then finally one day while we were having a nice family lunch at Pizza Hut I thought I would broach the subject. He was really surprised as it had come out of nowhere, but was very supportive and encouraged me to have a go and set up my own business and website. I was hoping he’d be able to help me with the website but it wasn’t an area he knew anything about so I then had to tell someone else about my idea!

This was just as scary, letting other people into this little world of plans that I had kept to myself; but there was no way of progressing without help from others so I sent an email to a friend of mine, Gareth, who was a graphic designer. He listened to what I wanted and envisioned and once again didn’t laugh at me and was very supportive. And in my opinion has done a fantastic job in designing the logo and the website. Especially as I was a little wishy washy at the start and the ideas seemed to come together as the website was under construction.

I still needed some advice on the business side of things and therefore had to tell yet another person about my plans. Arggghhh! This was probably the most nerve wracking as it was my Uncle Stuart who’s opinion I value highly. As an accountant he advised me what I needed to take into consideration and how I should next proceed and once again gave me the encouragement to just have a go, and if it all went wrong at least I would have tried and would most likely have gained valuable skills that would assist me in a future career.

I didn’t tell anyone else until it was all up and running as, like Claire, I thought the fewer people that new the less people I had to explain to when it all went wrong. But I still wanted to have a go! J

I’ve always thought if I don’t give it a try, I’ve already failed!

If there’s something you believe in and want to try then go for it, it may not work out, but so what! You may have learned so much that it helps in all sorts of ways in the future. I’ll write something soon on all the things I have learned, and as a very none techie person I’m quite proud of myself!

Jill. X

From how they have helped me I am pleased to give a mention and recommendation to:

And Stuart  CRBH Accountants, Wigan, Lancs

Friday, 13 January 2012

Valentines Day - Share your tips for a special Valentines

As part of More Than Mummies we aim to come up with novel ways to help you promote your business, that’s why we run the free monthly themed showcases and encourage articles for our website, although we know not everyone has time to sit down and write an article and this month’s showcase theme may not be suitable for your product or skills.
Before Christmas we tried a little collaborative post Helpful Christmas Tips where you could submit a tip to make Christmas a little easier, more fun or less stressful and also include a link to your website or business Facebook page. These tips proved really popular both with those submitting tips and also the audience of readers so this is something we’re thinking of doing this a little more often. Fun themes where you only need to send us a paragraph or even a sentence and you get to include your link. Of course if you want to send us something and you don’t have a business to promote that’s absolutely fine, we can even add them anonymously if you prefer.
These collaborative posts are aimed at being informative, helpful or even light hearted and entertaining!
The one we’d like to try next is aimed at Valentine’s Day as it’s the next little celebration, and it’s for tips or suggestions on romantic gestures that cost little or no money but can make a big impact. These can be things someone has done for you or you for them, or something you wish your other half would do for you, like bring you a glass of wine while your sat in the bath after a very long day (*hint, hint* J) or make you dinner or even a lovely compliment.
Also if anyone has any really romantic Valentine’s Day tales or completely rubbish unromantic experiences that they would like to share as a tale of caution to others (listen up fellas!) then please let us know and we may be able to do another article on just that subject.
We’ll start to add these to the site as soon as we get them with a cut off being Valentine’s Day itself and if you’d like to take part please email with.

· your tip/suggestion could be a sentence or a paragraph

· your name how you would like it to be published, ie full name or first name, county

· you can also include a link to your business website or Facebook/Twitter page to help promote your business (you don’t have to and if you like it can even be anonymous)

To view our Christmas collaborative post see  

And if you make cards check out our Valentines Cards Voting Competition

Monday, 9 January 2012

New Years Resolutions!

Well, the New Year has started and my resolutions aren’t really going too well, and not through lack of trying!
My main one was to make more effort to be healthier and get fitter and to hopefully lose a bit of weight. I’m getting married next year, and although it’s ages off, I would like to shed a few pounds before I even start looking at dresses.
 The healthy eating has gone ok, I’ve never eaten too unhealthily I think my diet got worse when I met my partner, or at least my portion sizes got bigger thanks to his generous servings! He’s one of ‘those’ people who can eat as much and whatever they want without putting an ounce on (grrrrrrr! Sulk sulk!) and I unfortunately am not!
Any way I joined the gym, and have been going at least twice a week and have somehow managed to gain 3 pounds L really not too happy about this and a little disheartened! Will persevere though as I know it can take time and I haven’t done any real exercise since before I became pregnant with my son, so it must be over 2 years ago, Oh the shame!
The gym I go to is fine, I don’t feel self conscious in my appearance as there aren’t a load of Lycra clad, skinny minnies looking fabulous... however there are a vast number of ladies old enough to be my grandmother that put me to shame in terms of their fitness. I can’t keep up with them in the aerobics class and I’m nowhere near as bendy as them in the yoga class!
I have found that reading the articles by Tanya Grant, on our website, really help keep me motivated and have even started doing a little dancing around the house! I put the radio on and have a little boogie in the kitchen while I’m waiting for the kettle to boil or the microwave to ping in the hope that it may just burn a few calories, my son thinks it’s hilarious and as long as no one else can see me its fine!
As I’m trying to eat healthily, I’ve been aiming to have my 5 a day and fruit juice being one of them, not sure if this cranberry juice I bought from M&S counts though if there’s only 16 cranberries in the whole 1 litre carton?

I thought cranberries were tiny?!!
Anyway I'm going to keep on trying to get fit and healthy and I'll keep you updated with any progress or major disasters!

Hope your resolutions are going well, if you have any good diet or exercise tips please let me know!
Jill. x

Friday, 6 January 2012

January Newsletter

January Newsletter
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New Articles December 2011

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