Five Things: June Edition

10 July 2018

I’m really excited to be finally joining this linky run by From Rachael Claire and Georgia. It’s a special linky to help you focus on yourselves for once - what can get better and interesting than that?

June has been a hit and miss month for my family, we’ve had reasons to smile for and also heartbreak to conquer. So I’m glad to be participating in this linky so I can focus on the positives. But I had to re write this entire post as I forgot one rule and that was to focus on yourself and not you as a Mama.
So what positive five things engrossed the month of June for me?

Shopping at 7:30am


Yes, you read that right! Shopping at 7:30am, on a weekday, just before work - and not for groceries either! For clothes, for home decor items... just for leisure! I can’t tell you enough how very quiet and peaceful it was!

Eid



There was no way that I was going to leave Eid out - it was exceptionally amazing, it always is, whatever the occasion to be able to spend quality time with the family and extended family. I really looked forward to it this year as since starting full time work, I just needed an excuse to put my feet up and enjoy.


Work conference



I attended my first conference at work and I’m not going to lie - I was nervous at first as I did not know anyone there but it turned out to be such a lovely day. I’m not sure whether it was the friendly atmosphere or the actual location of the event that made me feel good but all in all, I had a lovely time.

Taking the lead


I started work nearly 2 months ago and have felt myself develop so much. Although I’m new, I didn’t let that stop me from putting myself forward to join a new committee that is focusing on how to improve the work as well as focusing on how to make breastfeeding successful in the U.K. - I am really looking forward to this as I believe that having first hand experience will definitely be beneficial on how the NHS can and needs to improve in this area.

Reading



The last time I had read an actual novel was back in 2016 when I was pregnant and even then I didn’t actually finish it! I use to be that girl who you would always see with a book, that girl who you would see crossing the road whilst reading a book (yes, I know dangerous but I did look around!).
Now, I have been trying my best to get back into reading and finally chose Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland which I’m thoroughly enjoying, I won’t say much on here about it as I do intend to do a full book review when I’m finished!

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So there you have my very first post for My Five Things! What have been your top 5 favourites/moments for June?

6 Months of Blogging - 6 Tips and Tricks!

6 July 2018




It’s been a little more than 6 months now since I joined the surprisingly wonderful world of blogging.

6 months?!

It literally only feels like yesterday that I was sat in bed writing my first post on New Year’s Eve whilst listening to the fireworks erupt in the sky.

What a 6 months has it been!

I never knew that the blogging community was so welcoming and friendly. To be honest, I really did think that the only person who would actually read my blog was going to be Steph, my buddy IRL. But I have readers from all corners of the world! So thank you!

I’m not some experienced blogging guru but I do have some tips for new bloggers out there if you’re interested and I guess it just doesn’t apply to newbies but those bloggers who have already made a firm position in this world.

So in no particular order..

1. Plan Ahead

I know this isn’t for everyone but I really do think it would make your life so much easier and blogging less stressful because as much as blogging can be fun it can get your stress levels rocketing especially if you want to keep posting regularly.

If you know you’re going to start blogging in a month’s time - how about starting writing your posts now? I seriously wish I had done this!

2. Social Media!

Social media has its pros and cons but I’m going to focus on the pros. If it weren’t for Twitter - no one, I repeat no one would have known that there is a blog called The Mum Affairs.

Twitter is also the best place to find out about Linky Parties - everyday there is one or more going on hosted by fellow bloggers - these are a great source of traffic.

Not only these but also Blog Comment Threads - all you have to do is leave the link to your post which needs love and read and comment on everyone else’s blogs and you’ll have readers dashing to your blog.

Importantly, don’t make the same mistake as I did and ignore Instagram. Instagram seemed like a scary world to me compared to Twitter purely because I can’t for the life of me take good photos but I bit the bullet and have become active there as well - I wish I had done this so much sooner as the second largest source of traffic for my blog is the gram!

3. Photography

When I began blogging, I was of the mindset that I didn’t need to bother with photos - a huge mistake no doubt! I naively believed that people would come to my blog for my writing... um, it’s not always that! Photography is what attracts us to a page. You don’t have to be a pro or have one of those fancy cameras, just use your phone! I am in no way an amazing photographer but since I’ve started making the effort and including actual photos and not just picking one from a free website, I have had an increase in followers!

4. Research

Before launching your blog, do a bit of research into blogging itself. Check out other bloggers, their work and engagement. Dig into your potential audience and just see what’s out there.

5. Theme

One of the features of a blog that attracts me is the actual theme and you don’t have to burst your budget to get that dream look for your blog. Without a second thought, I bought a theme in the very beginning and thought that was the best thing I ever did but it really wasn’t - nothing wrong with the actual theme but being a new blogger I shouldn’t have jumped up so high. If I had done my research beforehand then I wouldn’t have spent so much on a theme.

I gave my blog a makeover and the current theme is more than half the price of my previous one - ETSY is the best place for purchasing that perfect theme for your blog and believe it or not you can get amazing themes for less than a fiver.

6. Be Yourself

I cannot stress enough how important is this! You might look at other bloggers and lush over their work and think maybe if you adopted that style it will do you good. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting but if it isn’t you then I’d just say don’t bother. You are unique and it is you who will make your blog stand out from the crowd.

I know I said I’ll be giving six tips but I just wanted to add a little something else as well - ENJOY YOURSELF! Don’t make blogging something you find that you have to do and make it a chore. Blogging should be fun, that corner of the internet where you can do what you want, however you want, with a smile on your face.


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Is there anything that you’d like to add to help out other bloggers?

To celebrate my 6 month blogerversary I am doing my very first giveaway for you all! Would you like to eat some scrumptious personalised cake?! Head over onto my Twitter to see how you can get your hands one!


20 minute Banana Oaty Biscuits with Raisins

2 July 2018

I made these yummy oaty bars for Little A the other week and they were a hit. What I love about them is that you can experiment however you want. This time round I added raisins, Little A hates eating raisins but she happily ate them with these but the next time I might add another fruit or even juicy dates!





Prep time: 5 mins Cooking time: 15 mins

Makes 16 biscuits

Ingredients:

3 medium size bananas
170g oats
14g raisins (you can add more, I didn't as Little A isn't really a fan)
Tiny drop of vanilla essence
Sprinkle of cinnamon



Method:

Pre heat the oven at 180C.
Mash the bananas and gradually add the rest of the ingredients.
Prepare your baking tray by lining it with greaseproof paper.
Spread your batter evenly, not too thin and not too thick, just enough so it doesn't break in your hands but forms a perfect bite for your little one.
Place them in the oven until golden and firm.




These not only make fantastic snacks but also the perfect go to breakfast with a warm cup of milk! Next time I'll also be adding some delicious peanut butter - what about you?

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