How to be a Mummy blogger……

Here at Memories of growing up, we have been fortunate to work with up and coming mummy bloggers. Mummy bloggers over the last few years have been hugely influential. Blogging has provided an excellent platform for women to share ideas as well as the highs and lows of raising a family. It has given Mum’s everywhere a voice. Some have go on to develop successful businesses and entrepreneurs and we love mumpreneurs! Here is some of our top ‘newly’ discovered, up and coming mummy bloggers and we managed to grab a few minutes with them to ask how to become a blogger and some of the highs and lows of blogging:

Gemma from www.twolittlemisters.com

Gemma is a first time mum of twins. Her background is in childcare, so her blog is a mixture of childcare tips, photography and writing!
1.What made you start your blog?
My boys! I’d written before, but never publicly. Becoming a mum made me really want to document the little moments in Douglas and Arthur’s childhood.
2. What are the highs and lows of starting a blog or working on your own?
One of the highs in blogging is getting great feedback. Whether by a comment or an email – knowing that something you wrote helped, inspired, moved or entertained someone is a lovely thing! I think the only low I’ve felt is when comparing my blog to other people’s, but over time I’ve relaxed and now just enjoy doing my own thing.
3. A blogger you admire?
Aby, who writes at You Baby Me Mummy. Aby has achieved so much with her blog and gives back to other bloggers to help them learn. Her passion and drive are things that really help to motivate me to keep going!
4. What’s your secret guilty pleasure?
Baby names! I’ve been planning names for my kids since I was around ten-years-old, and still have lists on my computer! I’m not sure if we’ll have any more children but I have plenty of names ready just in case!
5. What’s your earliest childhood memory?
I remember in my first term at school, my dad bringing me home a huge soft toy rabbit as a treat for getting a good report at my first parents’ evening! I still remember the rabbit’s huge feet, and calling it Thumper!
Visit Gemma’s blog here:
http://twolittlemisters.com/2017/05/review-giveaway-talltape/

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Laura from www.fivelittledoves.com
Laura is a mum of 5 – so her blog is about looking after a large family that range from 12 years to 2 years old. We grab a few moments with Laura about how she looks after her family as well as running a successful blog:
1. What’s your top tip for aspiring mummy blogger?
My top tip to become a blogger would be to simply write. Write about anything and everything, find an authentic writing style that works for you and fall in love with your blog first and foremost.

2. What’s’ your top tip for looking after a large family?
My top tip for raising a large family would be to stop sweating the small stuff. The house is never going to be pristine, we are never going to have money in the bank or have the picture perfect life, but none of that is important. Once you realise that, life gets a whole lot less stressful.

3. Which mummy blogger do you admire the most?
The blogger that I admire is Fi from www.beautybabyandme.com She is honest, kind, supportive and incredibly positive, and I admire her on a friendship level, as a Mother, and absolutely as a blogger.

4. What’s your secret guilty pleasure?
My secret guilty pleasure is reality TV, I literally can’t get enough of it. Big Brother, The Only Way is Essex, Geordie Shore, I watch them all! I think its because my brain is so active most of the time that sometimes I just need to sit down, switch off, and enjoy the dramas of other peoples lives for a change!

5. What is your earliest childhood memory?
My earliest childhood memory is aged three when I had my leg in a cast, I had fractured my ankle and was lay on my Nans couch. My Mum had gone into town shopping and came back with a little doll for me and I felt so special lay there, her and my Nan making a fuss of me.
Visit Laura’s blog here:
http://fivelittledoves.com/

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Kerry from www.blissfuldomestication.com

Kerry is a working mum of two, by day she is a fully qualified veterinary surgeon
and by night she runs her blog. Her blog are daily musings of her two young children and her other passion – gardening! We catch up with Kerry:

1. Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog 18months ago when I reduced my working hours and
went part time. I initially wanted it to be an outlet for my creative
side; somewhere I could document recipes, my gardening successes and my
latest hair brain craft idea. However it’s become much more than that,
and I love my little blog.

2. What are the highs and lows of blogging?
There have been several highs! The first time a PR agency contacted
me to work on a campaign when I had be blogging for about 2 months and
receiving our goody box of kids gardening toys as a “thank you’ that was
terribly exciting! Recently I was featured in Aby Moore’s (of You Baby
Me Mummy) a Britmums roundup of newbie bloggers which was a proud moment.

Lows really are down to not having enough time to do everything. I hate
neglecting my blog and it stresses me out, which is not why I started
blogging! Sometimes though other things, like work have to take
priority. Last year there was a 3-week period that I didn’t get a single
blog post published. I hated that.

3. How do you juggle your career as vet and your blog?
Sometimes it has been extremely difficult to juggle work and
blogging. Working as a vet meant I was working long days, and to be
honest it wasn’t compatible with blogging or family life. That’s why
this year I am now basically freelance and just doing second opinion
ophthalmology, which means no more on call or long days and I can
schedule work around childcare. It also gives me more time for blogging
and my other hobbies.

4. What is your earliest childhood memory?
My earliest childhood memory is my dad coming home with a cardboard
box, and when we opened the box there were two kittens inside. I
remember this little white kitten sticking her very pink nose out of the
box, and claiming her as mine. I called her pinky. I distinctly remember
this moment; I even remember the highly patterned floor tiles and the
orange kitchen units. Mum reckons I was about 2 at the time. (
incidentally this is what my memory post is going to be all about!)

5. What advise do give to an aspiring mummy blogger?
Just do it! Go for it, you’ve got nothing to loose. I love my blog
and blogging in general and have never once regretted starting on this
amazing blogging journey!

Visit Kerry’s blog here:
http://blissfuldomestication.com/

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Top 5 decorating tips for Kids room on a budget

If you are looking for quick and easy inexpensive tips to decorate your child’s room, then look no further. We have compiled our top 5 ways to decorate a child’s room. These tips are great for siblings who share. Designed to be fun and interactive, plus we made sure that its easy to do and to change – as kid’s change their taste constantly!

1)Blackboard paint

Why not feature one wall in your child’s room and paint it like a blackboard? Blackboard paint is very affordable, and is readily available from most DIY stores and one tin will be enough to paint one wall. Instead of using chalk for the kid’s to draw with, there are now water base chalk style pens (easy to wipe and no dust). Let your kid’s imagination go wild and let them decorate their wall. And added bonus, its great as a notice board – you can put ‘Please clean up your mess
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Image from Elledecoration.se
For a great range of chalkboard paint and accessories go here:
http://www.easichalk.com/

2) Make your own gallery style bunting

A fun an quick way to display your child’s artwork. All you need is a simple length of string attached to the wall, providing an area to peg up a small interchanging gallery of artwork.
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Image from: Ideal home
http://www.idealhome.co.uk/childrens-room/childrens-room-ideas/budget-childrens-room-design-ideas-17-of-the-best-44063

3) Reuse old frames.

Pair up old unused frames and place them in a fun quirky electric style. The more mix-matched the better! Display personal art or a keepsake. Try something fun like using old scrabble letters to join up family names.
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Image from: Ideal home
http://www.idealhome.co.uk/childrens-room/childrens-room-ideas/budget-childrens-room-design-ideas-17-of-the-best-44063

4) Customize table tops

We thought this was ingenious idea from ComfyDwelling.com. Take a inexpensive low height kids table (or small coffee table) and turn it into a Lego station. By colouring the base black and sticking Lego base boards and using white sticky labels as the road tracks, it immediately looks like a Lego city. Alternatively you can use train tracks.
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Image from: ComfyDwelling.com
https://uk.pinterest.com/comfydwellingco/

5) Liven up a plain wall with our Talltape

Our portable Talltape is a great fun interactive way of measuring your child’s height. Made from a non-toxic base, our Talltape come with a pre punched hole so you can hang the tape or if you wish, use blue tack to stick to the wall, leaving no marks or damage – perfect for rental homes.
Our tapes can be rolled up when they are not in use. Each tape comes in a keepsake cylindrical case. Our tapes come in variety of designs from; dinosaurs, fairies and wild animals, perfect for fuelling your child’s imagination! And our tapes start from £10.99 making this a great affordable way of livening up your child’s room or as a great keepsake gift.
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To shop our Talltape:
https://www.memoriesofgrowingup.com/product-category/talltape/

Follow us on Pinterest for great Kid’s décor ideas:
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Our Memory stick winner – voted by Mums!

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We have won the silver award for our memory stick voted by readers and industry experts at MadeForMums.com. The specialist parent and baby consumer website had 596 entries, 81 categories, 3000 hours of testing and judging with 120,000 votes cast – our Memory stick won silver in the ‘Baby gift/Keep sake’ category.
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To read more head over to:
http://www.madeformums.com/reviews-and-shopping/best-baby-gift-and-keepsake/42525.html
Shop our awarding winning memory sticks now available in both 16Gb and 32Gb from £23.99 here:
https://www.memoriesofgrowingup.com/product-category/memories-usb/
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Mums the word: Mothers day gift guide

With UK mother’s day around the corner (Sunday 26 March – don’t forget!). We thought we would give you some gift inspiration for the most important person in the world…

Memories jewellery
Our unique sterling hallmarked silver jewellery range; each piece is handcrafted in the United Kingdom. Made from solid silver with 18K gold vermeil. Our jewellery feature adjustable belcher chains and lobster clasp for ease and comfort. They are elegant unique pieces making them ideal mother’s day gift as well as Christening or baby shower gift.
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Silver Charm bracelet
Silver trinket box
Silver bee earrings
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Hidden message
Our memories silver charm bracelet and necklace come with a small capsule, ideal for holding a baby’s first lock of hair, first tooth or a loving written message. All the charms are detachable so you can interchange them or add them on other pieces of jewellery.
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Silver trinket box
Bee symbolism
Bess are considered extremely auspicious throughout the world. Bees represent wisdom and immortality. They also symbolize love and fidelity. They also represent industry and productivity as they work as a team and in a community.
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Making memories
Our ‘Memories of growing up’ USB stick enables you to preserve all of your child’s precious milestone – photos, videos, artwork, even school reports – from birth to adulthood on one safe, portable and universal devise. Beautifully packaged in a white presenetaion box with gift tag, this compact white leather and chrome hi-speed memory stick comes with masses of capacity.
To help you organise your images, we’ve preloaded each one with labelled folders, including some of the exciting milestones you’ll want to record in the future.

Our memory sticks come are offered in 16 GB and 32 GB size
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Talltape
Our best selling original Talltape continue to delight children and parents alike. Portable children’s height chart, they are ideal for keeping on-going record of your child’s height from birth all they way to adulthood. They are the alternative to recording measurements on a wall or door. Our Talltape won’t get left behind or painted over – it just stays with you making the perfect keepsake gift.

To celebrate mothering Sunday we are offering free UK shipping with coupon code:
BESTMUM
Offer expires Friday 24 Mar

Memories jewellery
https://www.memoriesofgrowingup.com/product-category/memories-jewellery/

silver charm bracelet
https://www.memoriesofgrowingup.com/product/memories-silver-charm-bracelet/

silver trinket box
https://www.memoriesofgrowingup.com/product/solid-silver-bee-trinket-box/

drop earrings
https://www.memoriesofgrowingup.com/product/solid-silver-drop-earring-18-k-gold-vermeil-detail/

16GB
https://www.memoriesofgrowingup.com/product/memories-stick-16gb/

32 GB
https://www.memoriesofgrowingup.com/product/memories-stick-32gb/

Talltape height chart
https://www.memoriesofgrowingup.com/product-category/talltape/

Talking to Talltape’s first artist Charlotte Bampfylde

Here are Memories of Growing Up, we support emerging British artists, who design the Talltapes especially for us. We speak to Charlotte Bampfylde, the first artist we collaborated with, who designed the Tree of life and Wild Animals Talltapes:
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Charlotte Bampfylde – artist

How did you get into illustration? Did you go to art school or was it hobby turned into a career?
It’s a hobby of mine, I have been doing illustrations all my life and larger pictures, although my large is still quite small! I meant to go to art school, but became a secretary instead part time and painted houses and estate agents brochures, advertisements and cartoons the other days, whatever came along, all word of mouth. I also illustrated a friends party games books Are You There Moriarty and Play it Again Moriarty {Debrett) in my twenties and a few charity cook books. In those days it was hard to find a publisher for books I was asked by authors to illustrate – they liked their own illustrators!

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What medium do you like to use? Paint, gauche, oils, pencils…
I love painting in oil the most, or pen and watercolour or sometimes pastel.

How did you get involved with Talltape at Memories of Growing Up?
I met Camilla Warren through fundraising for the lovely charity The Lullaby Trust – the Talltape was her idea and she asked me to draw for her. The inspiration behind the best selling tree of life was that a tree is very tall and goes upwards and is full of life, just like children.

Do you think social media apps like Instagram is important in promoting illustrators like yourself?
I am not on Instagram, but I can see it would be very good for illustrators these days, it’s a great way to reach a new audience.

Which artist or illustrators do you admire most?
My favourite illustrators are E.H.Shepard, Beatrice Potter and Quentin Blake, but I admire many more…

If you weren’t an illustrator what would you be?
I have been very lucky to be able to illustrate and paint, as I really enjoy it. Otherwise I expect I would have been a secretary, which I wasn’t really very good at, although I enjoyed the office chat!

Shop our Tree of life Talltape here.
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Top tips for measuring your child’s height

Look at any class picture, and you’ll see kids of the same age in all shapes and sizes. Some kids look tiny next to their peers, while others literally stand head and shoulders above their classmates.
As easy as it is to make these comparisons and to draw conclusions about what you see, the reality is that kids grow at their own pace. Big, small, tall, short — there is a wide range of healthy shapes and sizes among children.
Genetics, gender, nutrition, physical activity, health problems, environment, hormones, and lifestyle factors like nutrition and physical activity all influence a child’s height and weight. And many of these factors can vary widely from family to family.
1. Mid parental height or MPH
Did you know you can calculate the potential height of a child by adult age by using a simple formula known as ‘Mid parental height calculation’ or MPH.
Mid parental height (MPH) formula:

• Comparison with child’s own genetic potential
• MPH for boys = mother’s height + father’s height divide by 2 (+6.cm)
• MPH for girls = mother’s height + father’s height divide by 2 (- 6.cm)

So for example of a boy is:
• MPH for a boy = mother’s height 163 cm + father’s height 185 cm = 348 /2 = 174 + 6 = 180 cm (5ft9)
The 180 cm measurement will be plotted on Growth Chart at age 20 to form a family chart.

Or you can use the calculator here
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2. Measuring children under 2 years old

Best way of measuring children under two years old, is to measure them lying flat, and best nude as clothing including a nappy can distort the hips and shorten the measurement.
For crown heel length – ensure the baby’s feet are at 90 deg (not pointed) and head is supported.
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Making your rental house a home

With so many families now in long-term lets, how do you personalize your rental home? Especially for those with young families overly decorating or revamping a nursery is not an option for rentals.

One of the ways you can preserve your children’s memories in your home is with our range of Talltape. Our Talltape is quite simply a portable chart for recording the height of children – from the day they are born until they become a fully grown adult. It’s a great way to note growth milestones without having to scribble them on a door or a wall, they are perfect for rental properties. All those memories won’t be lost when you decide to move house.
Talltape is two meters long, but arrives rolled up in a compact form. It’s easy to pack it away and take it to your new home, and it’s nice for the kids to have some continuity in the form of such a personal item.

According to blogger @oz_reviews our Talltape is perfect for rentals:
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Record your child’s milestones digitally

Record your child’s milestones digitally

From our baby’s very first ultrasound, through to their coming of age, we experience so many precious milestones together.

Some we’ll manage to record, others we simply hold in our mutual memories.

Photo a day

Diligent dad, Ian McLeod, went to the extreme when he decided to take a photo of his son every single day from birth to the age of 21.

Baby (4 months)He turned his images into this touching time-lapse video where you can watch his son grow up in just minutes. No wonder it’s been viewed more than 6 million times.

A photo a day may be a bit much for a busy new parent, but you could aim for a photo a week and systematically record your baby’s journey all the way to adulthood.

Missing milestones

We all have thousands of photos of birthdays, Christmas Days, family holidays, first school day and so on.
But did you manage to record your children’s first words?
What about their first crawl and their first walk? Their first tooth fairy visit or their first Christmas stocking opening?
(One of us has an assortment of tiny teeth in a box, although we’ve long lost track of which teeth belong to which child!)

Space saving tips

Little girl drawing with paint and paintbrushThere’s a whole lot more than family photos and videos that we can store digitally – and declutter our homes at the same time.
Take pictures or scans of their first drawings and handwriting.
What about all those school awards, reports and sports certificates gathering dust under the bed?
And those big childhood paintings you can’t bear to throw away but which won’t fit into any regular box?
A whole lifetime of precious milestones can be preserved digitally. It’s worth planning ahead – before it’s too late.