Why I Think Mummy Blogs Are Fabulous

There’s tonnes of reasons why I think Mummy Blogs are fab.  I think of a ‘mummy blog’ as one written by a Mum, rather than any other type of person.  They may not even be about mummy stuff, but they will still have a particular slant, which other blogs won’t have.  You can get blogs about babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, children, teenagers, single mums, divorced mums, married mums, stay at home mums (SAHM), work from home mums (WFH), and going out to work mums.

But the main reason I recommend Mums check them out is because they can give a REALITY CHECK, something we all could do with sometimes.  The more honest the blog, the better the reality check.  (How can you tell if it is honest?  If it has both happy and sad, coping and struggling, good and bad days discussed in it).  Reality checks help us to see that the grass is different, but not always greener on the other side, and to appreciate our particular lawn.

So if you are a Mum, and haven’t gotten into Mummy blogs yet, I really recommend you have a go.  They are easy to fit into a Mum’s life, for a quick 2-5min read, and will often give you a much needed giggle.

You can just keep all the URL’s but it’s tricky to keep up to date, so the best option is to either subscribe by email or an RSS reader.  You can do both of those by clicking on the little orange square thingy on the RHS of my blog.

(By the way, if you are subscribed to my blog, you might want to re-do it, as I have just updated my blog to use a different feedburner).  I use google reader, which means I can read the blogs on my macbook air, iphone or ipad (geeky apple household here we come): http://www.google.com/reader/

If you would like a list of places to start, then there have been a couple of lists of the top British Mummy Bloggers and awards recently (all measured in totally different ways!):

Tots 100: http://www.whosthemummy.co.uk/parent-blog-index/

Make sure you add Sally who hosts the Tots 100, as she is hysterical, but not listed in the list anymore: http://www.whosthemummy.co.uk/

Wikio’s Top 20: http://www.wikio.co.uk/blogs/top

The Gurgle Blog Awards: http://www.gurgle.com/articles/Lifestyle/36776/Top_20_mummy_blogs_on_the_web.aspx

Alpha Mummy Top 10: http://timesonline.typepad.com/alphamummy/2006/12/10_great_blogs_.html

Cision top 10 Mummy Blogs (also check out Daddy & Parenting): http://uk.cision.com/Resources/Social-Media-Index/Top-UK-Social-Media/Top-10-UK-Mummy-Blogs/

For people already really into blogs, what are your favourites, or do you have lists you can recommend to my readers?  Are there any other tips you would give people?

Oooh by the way, I’ve never been up for an award for any blog list, sob sob.  I once got listed as in the top 50 mummy bloggers on twitter, but that was ages ago.  So if you ever see any competitions going, feel free to recommend me, plug, plug!

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Andrex Puppy – Prizes To Be Had And A Conversation About Disability

Just incase you didn’t guess this is a sponsored post ;o)

The guys at Andrex contacted me to ask if I would let you know about a competition running at the moment, and you know what that means – PRIZES!

Before I let you know more about it, I thought I’d chat a bit about the power of brand.

Funnily enough my little boy was given an andrex puppy last week by a lovely little old irish lady who is helping me out in the mornings, so I had a long conversation with him over a couple of days about blind people, guide dogs, and charities.  The puppy was a great way if gently introducing to him the concept of people having disabilities, without it being too scary, plus with the additional concept of their being something positive that people can do about tackling their challenges.  Many people find marketing to be an uncomfortable subject, almost ‘bad’ because it encourages us to spend our money and has a subliminal kind of power over us when there is a strong brand image, especially when it comes to Ben10 (ugggh!) and Power Rangers (double uggh!).  I certainly immediately think puppies and guide dogs when I think Andrex.  However, there is always a ‘good’ side to everything, and this opportunity to explain something important to my little boy was very helpful.

Marketing is actually just a company letting us know what they have got, and trying to persuade us that their version is better than someone else’s.  I was disappointed to find out the other day that there is a Mum working as a chiropractor literally a 5 min walk from my house.  She hasn’t done a flier drop, because she has been so affected by the concept that marketing is ‘bad’.  What a shame; as I have gone to a different chiro with myself, my baby, my son and my husband in a local town, whereas it would have been much easier for me if I had known about her.  It is wise and actually caring to understand your value and how you can ‘sell yourself’ to your loved ones, boss, children and customers.

With corporate brands us ‘grown ups’ have a degree of discernment about us (apart from my husband when anything new called ‘Apple’ arrives as he LOVES all things macintosh), but I do think that it is wise to ‘protect’ our little ones until they have a degree of emotional maturity.  So my 4yr old boy is only allowed to watch cbeebies or disney because they don’t have adverts; seriously 10mins on any other channel is followed by a list of ‘I want xxx, and xxx and xxx and MUST HAVE xxx’.

Ironically, when I looked it up on the internet, Andrex has actually supported many charities, it’s just that the combination of puppy and guide dog is such a strong image, that I naturally assumed it is always that way.  The Guide Dog promotion was in 2006, and they made nearly £250,000 which is over 40 dogs.  But they have also supported Teenage Cancer Trust, Dogs for the Disabled and Look Good Feel Good.

Right, onto the bit where you can get prizes!

If you love dogs (don’t worry PS, you don’t have to look!), then you might love this advert on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-reVUJzMnx0

Then here is the andrex puppy facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/TheAndrexPuppy

The game is quite simple; all you need to do is have a pull on the Pup-o-matic (which works in a similar way to a slot machine, but instead of boring fruit symbols you get to play with the Andrex Puppy and his friends) for a chance to win one of thirty top prizes every day for 21 days with a total value of over £20,000.

There’s a whole host of fun things to be won from a Sony Cybershot Digital camera to gift vouchers for all your favourite stores (all chosen by the Facebook fans), as well as many smaller prizes such as money off coupons and Andrex Puppy goodies.

I’ve just won a 50p off voucher, and every little bit helps; that’s atleast half a cake from another very strong coffee shop brand with a green logo, which I happen to be a major sucker for ;o)

Let me know if you win anything and pop a comment back here!  Good luck

Catching Up With My Blog

So I’m sitting on my sofa, with no heating (brrrrr!) and very painful pregnant hips (ouch!).  So rather than do my ‘To Dos’, I’ve decided to catch up on my blog, because I’ve got very behind, having been focussing on the wind down of my work with the approach of BabyNo2 and it’s all I fancy doing today!  Most of my blogs tend to be hints & tips orientated, but every now and again I will do a more ‘traditional’ type of Mummy blog like this.

Catch Up No 1- Awards

Waaaay, Waaaay back in October, the lovely ‘Irish Mammy’ gave me my first blog award (see here)!  But it’s taken me a while to post it, or pass it on, as I didn’t know how!!

One of the best things about getting an award is that we then pass them on, so I would like to pass them onto the following 10 blogs:

Irish Mammy (right back at ya!)

Being a Mummy

Metropolitan Mum

Muddling Along

CafeBebe

Mummy Reviews

Rachel Pattison

Mummy Time

Bump Wear Project

and my twitter friend who explained how to add an award to my blog!  Inkwell Writers

If you are interested in the background of my training, I would also really like to recommend the blogs in my blog roll under the ‘Demartini’ title.  Some of these guys are just starting out, but they make a very ‘diffferent’ sort of read ;o)

Catch Up No2: Reviews – Pizza Express

Also, I was very lucky to get invited to Pizza Express for lunch wayyyyy wayyyy back in Sept by Being a Mummy – see her post here.  There were lots of Mummy bloggers, with children ranging from babies, to toddlers, to 3.5yrs olds to teens!  There is no doubt that a Pizza Express pizza is very yummy, and also very ‘different’ from the normal frozen pizza’s I feed the little angel/monster on a friday night.  He particularly loved the dough balls, which you could dip in garlic butter.

However, I do have a ‘but’ in my review.  Around the same time, I had to pop to London for work one evening, so I met up with husband type person in order to pass over the care of our little boy, and we looked for somewhere to have a quick meal, before they took the train home and I started work.  We picked a very traditional looking italian, where we chose a mixture of pizza’s and pasta.  The main difference between a more ‘traditional’ pizza place and Pizza express, is that they have taken the ‘italian’ out of the experience, which also means that for a family it feels a little less welcoming, and the typical speed/competence out of the service.

So, I would definitely go back to Pizza Express for a girls night out, or a meal with hubby.  But to be honest, if I was looking for a family meal, and had the choice, I would choose an italian first.  Which I really feel a bit mean saying, considering it was one of my first ever ‘freebies’ given to me because of my blog :o(

Coming soon:

Catch Up No 3: Pamper Day/Andrex Toilet paper

Catch Up No4: Meme’s – my first venture!

Catch Up No 5: Unsolicited Review (i.e big complaint) of Swarovsky jewelry