Helpful Mum

Monday, 5 December 2016

My children are broody!

"Mummy, look at that little boy"
"Mummy, look, he's so cute"
"Mummy, look at that little girl trying to walk"
"Mummy, look at the baby"
"Mummy, take a picture of that cute baby"
"Darling, I can't take a picture of a random baby who we don't know"

My children are broody.
They are desperate for a baby brother or sister.


Friday, 2 December 2016

Your YouTube #95

What a week. We had a full B&B last weekend and I had my first experience of having to juggle my daughter's karate, son's football and serving guests their breakfast. It was interesting to say the least! The next two weekends have a Dickensian festival added into the mix, where I dress up in my fantastic outfit my mum made from a pair of curtains, and serve tea and cake to the hoards who visit the village. It's tough work, but it makes a lot of money for the school, so it's well worth it.

The video I have chosen this week comes from Kirsty at Kirsty Uninterrupted, whose video Willows Activity Farm Santa Spectacular 2016 got me feeling really festive! It looks like a wonderful place to visit at Christmas and the shop looks amazing too! I'm looking forward to seeing all of your Vlogmas videos, but please make sure that you only link up two videos each week to this linky.


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Giveaway

This festive season, I have been sent my very own advent calendar by Hotel Chocolat. It's the first advent calendar I have had in years, and I was very excited about it. I love the range at Hotel Chocolat and their chocolate is absolutely delicious. I'm really hoping that I can manage to keep my children away from it throughout December!

Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar


Month in a Minute - November 2016

We've had snow, frost, rain and a lot of mud. I've been running, then sprained my ankle and currently can't run (I really need to run again soon, I'm going stir crazy at home not exercising. Next week I'm hoping to be back in the gym to make sure I don't lose my fitness! November saw me go to Mumsnet Blogfest and meet some of my favourite YouTubers. It also saw me catching up with friends Lisa and Becky and attempting the gargle challenge. Spoiler alert, two of us were not very good at gargling! It's been a good month, and a quiet month in the B&B, which is always a welcome change. We were full last weekend and are now busy every weekend until Christmas. It'll be January before we've got a couple of weekends off again. Have a look at what we got up to in November!


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Keelham Farm Hamper Review and Giveaway

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Keelham Farm, they're a family-run company based in Yorkshire. They have two stores, one in Skipton and one in Thornton and they also have an online shop. Keelham's core values include; Supporting local producers and farmers, making a difference for the community, Making great tasting food affordable and offering exceptional taste with minimal waste. The Skipton shop is nearest to us and I absolutely love to pop in when I can. Their cornflake cake is so delicious and it's rare I leave without one! When I was asked if I would like to review one of their hampers, I jumped at the chance. Their produce is outstanding and I knew I would be in for a treat. I opted for the 'Spoil Yourself Rotten' hamper.

Keelham Farm Hamper

Monday, 28 November 2016

Simple Day to Evening Make-Up with Boots Natural Collection #ad

Before I had children, I very rarely wore make up. Only when I reached a point in life where I realised I needed to wear make-up to appear as if I had slept, did I start wearing it regularly. My daytime make-up consists of some cover up and mascara. I tend to keep it simple as I work from home and rarely need to put much make-up on during the day. I was sent a selection from the Natural Collection at Boots to see if I could create a simple day to evening look.

Boots Natural Collection

Friday, 25 November 2016

Your YouTube #94

Hello and welcome back to Your YouTube. Hope you've all had a good week. I'm preparing myself as the B&B is now full every weekened until Christmas. December is a really busy month for us, which is why I can't even begin to comprehend taking part in Vlogmas. Let me know if you are though, I love watching everyone's videos.

The video I have chosen this week comes from Becky at Diary of a Fat Bottomed Girl, whose video documenting her husband Chris' battle with cancer over the past year. For those of you who don't know, in December last year he was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer Ewing's Sarcoma. He has gone through intense chemotherapy and amputation of his leg. He and Becky are incredible and always seem to have smiles on their faces, even when faced with extreme adversity. Becky's video is incredible and shows the journey their entire family have been on for the past year.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Your YouTube #93

Hello and welcome back to Your YouTube. Hope you've all had a good week.I had such a fantastic time at Mumsnet Blogfest and I hope you enjoyed the weekend vlog I made. I also had such a giggle (literally) with Lisa and Becky filming the Gargle Challenge. I'll link it up below if you fancy a laugh. Turns out I can't gargle!

The video I have chosen this week comes from Hayley Chall, who is looking for advice on potty training. I remember how stressful it can be and when you're in the middle of it, there can seem like you will never come out of the other side. If you have any advice for Hayley then please let her know.


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Top 5 Tips for Shopping on eBay

I've been a member of eBay since 2001 and have bought a whole host of things in the past fifteen years. From a cot for my son when he was born, to the most random toys my children request (anyone heard of The Wiggles?).

One of the things I think eBay is incredibly useful for, is saving money! With Christmas fast approaching, money is tight, and you can grab some serious bargains on eBay. With that in mind, here are my top five tips for shopping on eBay.

By Steven Arnold (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Go Ape Dalby Forest - Swisse Families campaign #SwisseFamilies

We have been working with Swisse and Rick Hay, Nutritionist for the past few weeks, looking at vitamins and nutrition for our whole family. Swisse's mission is to help people live healthy and happy lives. After discussions with Rick Hay about our diet as a family and the exercise we get, he decided which vitamins and supplements would suit our family. We're generally a pretty happy family and I'm quite chilled out about life and since completing Couch to 5K I now run 5K three times a week, along with some swimming and pilates.  We’ve started taking daily multivitamins and some extra supplements for when we feel we need them most. 

Swisse vitamins and supplements

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