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Blogging. The Effing honest truth.

Last weekend I attended the Blog on Cymru conference in Wales. It was just over the bridge for me and so awesome to have a conference closer to home than London Town. When I saw the lovely Boy and Me shouting all about it on Facebook I knew if she was involved that it would be pretty awesome so I took the plunge and bought a ticket.

My blogging has sort of expanded to vlogging and as a Social Media Manager I work within Social Media everyday so since I’ve been doing this such a long time, I was unsure as to what more there was to learn.

For me, it was great to meet up with fellow bloggers – Viv from 76 Sunflowers, Ali from Over A Cuppa ( who literally gave me her cuppa on the train as I was dying of thirstation!) Karin from Embrace Happy , Ojo from Ojosworld and Jenny from Mummy Mishaps. It’s always great to just natter away to people about blogging, social stuff, SEO, stats and not to have people look at you as if you’ve completely flipped your lid.

As far as the first session goes – Working with Brands – it was interesting to hear people’s viewpoints on this from both sides of the fence. Listening to the kind of things brands look for in a blog was good, go CHECK YOUR ABOUT ME page! Mine is about 2 years out-dated. Ugh.

*Bitching alert* Ok…  I heard the term ‘Mummy Blogger’ being thrown around a bit and I for one cringe every time – I know there are lots of awesome Mummy Bloggers in Blog land and I sort of am one of those I suppose but I see my blog as a brand in itself. My YouTube channel as a brand… My humour and writing as a brand. I do worry that the term Mummy Blogger gives a generalisation to bloggers of my age or in the same circumstances as me when really we are Writers, Content Creators, Photographers, Marketing Guru’s, BLOGGERS of all sorts of things!  This is perhaps why I have shyed away from attending blogging conferences like Britmums for the last couple of years. The sponsors / chats / networks are very focused on Mum & Baby brands and I’m way past that stage. I’m not a fashion blogger or even a foodie expert so just where the hell do I fit in?

Lifestyle? This too is a broad term as I think that serving up nuggets, chips and beans to 3 arguing teens/tweens who are mainly worried about how ‘high’ their hair can be and how short their ties can be, on top of working a job and running a house on a budget is hardly a ‘Lifestyle’ kind of blog.

Parent Blogger? Yes I blog about my kids and food and organisational stuff, but I also blog about stuff that’s just ME, like photography and work stuff and brain cancer.

Maybe there isn’t a genre I really fit into. To be honest, I’m struggling to edit my About page.

“Hi, I’m Kerry. This is a blog about whatever the F*ck pops into my head, I’ll blog whenever I feel like it.  Sometimes I’ll vlog about it too. I’m obsessed with Social Media Marketing. I don’t really give a sh*t about blog stats as I’ve got a busy life to live. However, I have an awesome community of readers who love to comment and read the stuff I write. I LOVE to write. I love to make people laugh. I love to read awesome stuff.  I have 3 girls who I love to death. They love to moan and whine and shout and love and laugh and dance and ride ponies. They’re pretty freaking awesome. I have a gorgeous fiancee who puts up with more crap than he should in a house full of girls. If you like a bit of this and a bit of that with some pretty good photo’s dotted around the place then please, for the love of God, stick around. “

It’s not going to draw readers or brands in is it? But that’s how I feel. This is my space – I don’t want to have to conform to bashing out 300 words with 5 links to promote something, or watch my language because I have a large following of non-blasphemers. (Love you guys) I don’t like reading bad language on a blog, I love the English language too much for that, so if I feel I have to use it, I always *star* it out. Like this. Oh sh*t. You get the gist.

Anyhoo back to the conference –  I got the chance to play with my camera during Capture by Lucy’s awesome photography workshop. I could’ve listened to that woman talk all day. In actual fact, I can because I just found out she does Podcasts so I’m downloading them to listen to this week. That woman knows her STUFF man. Cake boards as reflectors for light? AWESOME.

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Yip. Love that stuff.

Overall I had a really fun day, it was nice to do something for me and to just relax and soak it all in. But I think I’m going to stick to bashing the posts out when they come to me. When I feel like it. And hope that I’ve put enough thought and energy into them that when you see them pop up into your blog roll that you’re excited to open it and read it as a little treat.

If you love YouTube, I filmed the day too – check this out 🙂

Happy Monday dudes!

Kerry x

Falafel, THAT song & Colourfulness – #littleloves

This week has absolutely flown by, I cant believe it’s only 1 more sleep until the Blog On Cymru conference!! I’m super duper excited to see my bloggy friends and to just have a day absorbing others knowledge, expertise and copious amounts of cake.  Here’s what I’ve been up to this week:

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Meg Duerksen is one of my long-time favourite bloggers. She runs Craft weekends in her amazing home in the states and every time she does a recap post I long to go there to spend the weekend with her, stuffing down cinnamon rolls, visiting the antique stores and making a big old crafty mess. Her blog is one big dose of HAPPY.

Watched

Homeland. How have I not watched this sooner? Claire Danes is a fab actress, I loved her in Little Women and I love her in this!

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Wore

I picked up a skirt like this in Primark last week for £6!! I love it, it’s got slits up to the knees down the sides and I’m literally busting this baby out the first day of real summer. Yes please.
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 Heard

THIS song from THAT film….. say no more.

 

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Falafel. Out of all of the things in the world to crave, I’ve been craving falafel BIG time. So when I saw these falafel kit things in Morrison’s I knew I had to try them. They didn’t disappoint and were absolutely yummo in a pita with mint yoghurt, salad, tomatoes, cucumber, hummous and avocado. NOM.

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And lastly

I’m playing catchup on my YouTube video’s this week – with the move it’s taken a back seat but I have lots of lovely things in the pipeline including a cheeky giveaway at the end of the month 🙂

So that was my week – hook up with all of the other fabulous peeps by clicking on ButWhyMummyWhy’s badge below, I’m heading there now to check out her YouTube video, she’s such a little presh!

 

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Kerry x

5 Day B&W Photo Challenge: Day 1 – Sisters

When I fell in love with photography all those years ago, I used to edit most of my pictures into Sepia or B&W – probably to hide my oily skin, blemishes and to make everyone look like shmodels.. but that’s beside the point. I love photography, especially in Black & White.

So when the gorgeous Viv tagged me in the B&W Photography project I was super excited and planned all the wonderful things I would shoot on my first day. My first day brought me rain, dirty washing, box unpacking and general housework. Hardly picture-worthy.

I decided to dig through my albums and found this B&W photo from last summer. This is my little sister and I at her daughter’s 4th birthday party. It was a boiling hot stonker of a day and we took a few minutes to go and mess around with the camera before all of the chaos started. We may or may not have consumed an entire jug of Pimm’s by this point too. I love this happy photo, it never fails to put a huge smile on my face.

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So, the challenge.
1. Post a black and white photo each day for five days.
2. Invite another blogger photo taker to take part each day.

I’m inviting Emma from Life at the Little Wood to take part, she has an amazing sense of style ( I literally want to steal everything in her wardrobe) and the most beautiful home. Emma – you may have taken part already but I’m giving it a shot anyway!

Canal Stomping – #CountryKids

A few weeks ago we set off to a local canal to have a welly stomp. The weather’s been so flipping cold so we haven’t got out as much as we’d hoped. I need to learn the art of layering  – my African blood can’t warm up in the cold! Anyhoo, we took the 2 younger ones and had a couple of hours discovering the barges, the eccentric but lovely people who live here and even found a heron or 2.

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Although I couldn’t live on the river in such a confined space, I admire the people who do. It seems a pretty simple life. Almost everyone has a bicycle stowed on top of their barge and this one even had a Christmas Tree 🙂 IMG_1245

The girls found this old rope swing to have a go on, it snapped. I wished I’d filmed it. << Horrible mother alert.IMG_1244

This bbq was connected up by various wires to the gas thing. Improvisation people. Improvisation.IMG_1242

 

My story-telling heart wants to believe this is a veggie patch on top of their house in the summertime. So we’re going with veggie patch and not random chunks of weeds and grass.

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Shan’s at this stage now – the Chinese pose stage. E.V.E.R.Y photo I take of her has the ‘peace and pout.’IMG_1238

The Grey Hare was the Creme da le Creme of the boats we found, a lovely albeit eccentric man came over to tell us about her. I filmed him secretly but can’t find the footage, I’ll blog it as soon as I do because his story was so interesting and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. 
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I absolutely love this – ‘Life’s too short, Eat Pudding 1st’ – this was made for me! IMG_1226 IMG_1224I have no idea where she gets this photography obsession from 😉 How cute is that little tripod??
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I loved how this little girl was sat for ages just talking away to the swans. Oh the sweet innocence 🙂 IMG_1219

 

And that was our walk! We sort of stumbled across this by accident by searching local short walks in our area online, it was such a lovely couple of hours out in the fresh air and didn’t cost a penny, even the car park was free. Hurrah!

Where have you been galavanting recently?

Check out lots more adventures at the fabulous #CountryKids linky – click the badge below!

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Happy Weekend dudes,

Kerry x

Ruth Jones, Sugar Sweet Music & Dating – #littleloves

It’s time for my #littleloves from around blogland and life this week – enjoy!

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Soooo… for the first time in ages I bought a magazine and actually sat down to read it! I absolutely love Ruth Jones so this cover sucked me in – how AMAZING does she look? She’s freaking hilarious too.

Watched

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I can’t seem to find ANYTHING to watch?! I got bored of Celeb Big Brother after the first episode, I’m still watching my gorgeous Will.I.Am in The Voice on Saturdays, I missed the first season of Broadchurch and can’t find it on my catchup thing…. arrggghhh! First World Problems. SO I found 4 series of ‘The Undateables’ on catchup and have become a little bit addicted. There’s so much love in this program. I felt particularly sad for this dude and kind of wished I could just jump in the tv to give him a snog.

Wore

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Dave and I escaped for a DATE! We went off to Bath to watch Taken 3 and have dinner at the Cosy Club. Deliciousness! I wore my new poncho from M & Co but forgot to take a pic and can’t find it online! It’s this style and colour but with more of an aztec print. I’ll snap it next time I wear it 🙂

Heard

The internet’s gone Cray-Cray with sharing this amazing Video of Maroon 5 gatecrashing a number of weddings in LA for their latest music video – ‘Sugar’ I could honestly watch this 100 times a day and tear up every time!

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I’ve been cooking from a Parragon Superfood book this week and whipped up this amazing salad from the book, with a few added extra’s ! This is melon, red onion, avocado, seed mix, dried apricots and apple. OMG it was super delish.  Check the book out here: The Superfood Kitchen. I’ll have a video up early next week on it too!

And lastly..

I signed up to another Blog Conference! This time to Blog on Cymru in Cardiff in March. I haven’t been to one since Britmums Live 18 months ago and I stumbled across THIS old post from BlogCamp Bristol a couple of years ago. The baby in the stroller is one of the sweet stars of Along Came Cherry’s  blog – How tiny was she Jess? 🙂

What have you dudes been up to this week?

Check out more #littleloves over on the gorgeous ButWhyMummyWhy’s blog by clicking the link below

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The Wrong Knickers?

That got your attention! Ha! A few #littleloves of mine from this week 🙂

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I read an article on Bryony Gordon and her Mum in an issue of Woman & Home (I think) and loved it. So when I saw her book, ‘The Wrong Knickers – A decade of chaos’ on the shelves I just knew I had to read it. I haven’t read an actual book for about 6 months. Oh the shame! By page 2 I was literally laughing out loud so I know it’s going to be a good’n.  Also, Amazon has this book for just £3.99 at the moment – click the image above to take a looksie!

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Necker Island. Last night Dave and I watched this documentary on Richard Branson’s private island – Necker Island. It was pretty interesting and an absolutely beautiful place to visit. Although I couldn’t shake off the feeling that all of the staff were raging, swinging alcoholics. Also, it costs £30k per week to stay there. Yip. You just read that right.

Wore

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Shan got this headband from my Mum for Christmas and I fell in love with it. Haha. She very kindly let me wear it on a stomp around the canal. Thanks Shan.

Heard

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Ok what the hell is going on? I’ve heard way too many options this week about the attack on Charlie Hebdo. I mean what the heck?! Some of the cartoonists were knocking on 80 years old for god’s sake. WHAT.THE.ACTUAL.HELL.

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Bit of a cheat on this one as I actually didn’t make this myself. Shan made these delicious rolls at school this week and despite their odd hot dog kind of shape they were flipping yummy and she was super duper proud of them.

And lastly..

We FINALLY whacked our way through the Christmas choccies and this is all that’s left I’m pleased to say. Bring on the Juice Plus diet please, I must’ve put on a stone this Christmas!

Linking up with the shmexy ButWhyMummyWhy’s #LittleLoves linky – click the badge to read more little loves from this week!

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#LittleLoves – Happy New Year!

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My kids told me they’d never speak to me again if I put this picture anywhere on the interwebz.  But I LOVE it. It captures those little crazies perfectly. So… sorry guys. HA! I love you and everything but this was too good to shelve. Happy New Year from my lot to yours!

And so begins my first post of 2015 – I’m joining in with the shmexy #LittleLoves bloggers and telling you all about what I’ve been loving this last week.

Got a cuppa? Bikkie? You’re good to go.

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To be honest I haven’t read too much over the festive period. I tend to scroll through my phone when I’ve got a few minutes and click a few links on Twitter, Facebook etc. However, this article on ‘Using Instagram for your Small Business’ excited my inner Social Media geek more than it probably should have. Are you on Instagram? Be sure to leave your user name in the comments so I can stalk you check it out!

Using Instagram to grow your small business || Brim Papery

Watched

We’ve watched a few bits over the Xmas break, including this sweet little rom-com ‘Leap Year’ – everyone loves an Irish accent right? It was a cute, feel-good film 🙂

Wore

Pyjamas.

I think a lot of folks will answer pyjama’s this week. Ha! It’s been so nice to not have to rush anywhere, put makeup on or try and match clothes together in my ever-shrinking wardrobe. (I blame the Celebrations) So floppy, comfy pyjama’s and slippers it is.

Heard

This song by Labrinth. It’s pretty depressing but my ‘In-Love’ teen has been blaring this out repeatedly so we’re all kinda humming along. Plus… Labrinth. What’s not to love?

Made

Apple Crumble. I forgot to take a pic. Lol.

It’s the easiest recipe ever –

Chop up 4 Bramley apples and simmer in a pot with a cup of water, 2tbsp sugar and a knob of butter for about 10 minutes or until the apples start to soften.

Mix together 1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour in a seperate bowl. Just rub it altogether with your fingertips until it resembles chunky breadcrumbs.

Place the apples in a greased dish, sprinkle the cakey mixture on top with a dash of sugar and cinnamon on top (optional) and bake at 180 deg / Gas 5 for about 30 mins.

Totes delish.

and lastly…

A few Christmas pics I took on my snazzy new camera – yay for awesome men who buy awesome presents!

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Megs and Tay

 

 

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Sisters 🙂

 

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Cousins 🙂

 

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My little party-rocker. She’s my sister in baby size. I love this little presh.

So those are my #littleloves this week – what are yours? Join in with us by clicking the badge below.

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Have a great weekend dudes!

3 sweet words – The All Clear!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll have read about the sheer hell we went through as a family last year when my Dad collapsed in a supermarket one day and was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour. He underwent surgery at Christmas which took 3 times longer than expected and he woke up unable to move his right side. At all. Nothing.

They also found the tumour to have ‘activity’ on it – meaning it was not benign and he was diagnosed with Stage 2 Brain Cancer. Those 3 sweet words ‘The All Clear’ were words we could have only dreamt of hearing in the future. It was grim. It was shit. It was Christmas for god’s sake. No-one should be facing death at Christmas.

Through absolute determination and downright stubbornness he refused to be beaten post-surgery and forced himself to get moving again.  Within 4 weeks he could walk with some help and an enormous stick which he absolutely detests.  He suffered clots to the legs and lungs & constant swelling to his legs and right arm.

In April he had another MRI which showed parts of the tumour had remained and he required an intensive shot of radiation known as ‘Gamma Knife Surgery’ Its a pretty gruelling treatment as you need to have glass plates screwed to your skull (under local anaesthetic) then your head is screwed to the bed and you are pushed into an MRI type screening machine. The point of this is so that the radiation is super precise, targeting the tumour only, not moving a millimetre out of place so as not to destroy healthy brain tissue. He had this contraption put on in the morning and watched patients be wheeled in and out for 20 minute treatments all day. Finally in the late afternoon he was taken in for the treatment and ended up staying in the machine for up to 2 hours. The nursing staff were so lovely to him and asked him for music requests while in the machine – he picked The Killers & Shania Twain.  Haha! Oh dad…

A couple of months later he was still struggling to walk without swelling and lots of discomfort so had some tests which then revealed he has an enlarged heart. This could be caused by a number of things including surgery trauma, high blood pressure, bad luck.

Last week he received the final results of his MRI. The tumour is GONE! He got the All Clear! Not to say it won’t come back but for now he doesn’t need another checkup for a whole YEAR. A year! It’s a lifetime for him as he spends his life going from one doctor’s appointment to the next.  As for his heart, we are hoping it can be treated with medication and that this can be implemented soon now that he can come off some of the tumour drugs so that he’s not so puffed out and uncomfortable all the time.

This is my Dad. (and my brother)

I love him so much. He beat brain cancer at age 65. Eff you Brain Tumours.dad_brain_cancer

#effyoubraintumours

Kerry

 

Mooching around Blogland

It’s been a tough few months. But after posting my heart out yesterday and receiving all the kindness, loveliness and positivity from YOU my lovely readers on here, Facebook & Twitter, I am more determined than ever to keep this blog chugging along. It’s a piece ‘a me – and I do love it so.

Although my blogging has been pretty scarce, I am still reading here and there – so here I am, sharing some of my favourite posts with you from blogland this week.
My pin-mazing team over at PinAddicts have kept the site fresh, lovely and up to date and I love them SO much for it. There’s new content most days – all of which is totally pin-worthy. Love Pinterest? You will LOVE this. 
In ten days time I’m moving house. I NEED to get more organized. Need to. Have to. P.R.I.O.R.I.T.Y. 
I loved this post my Organizing Homelife on How to Create a Kitchen command center – my house is a dumping ground for school papers, bills to pay, post, just general STUFF. This baby in my life is going to make all that super duper neat and funky.

Photo Cred: Organizing Homelife
My lovely friend Viv has been welly walking and chocolate caking. As well as taking the plunge to go with her fab new blog branding 76 sunflowers. If you love cake and family stuff and cider and festivals… you’re going to love this chicksta.

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Photo Cred: 76 Sunflowers

The Great Bloggers Bakeoff has caught my eye over the last few weeks – it’s CAKE. Duh! I was hugely impressed with this Chocolat et Framboise Dacquoise by the lovely Cafe Bebe – I could tote’s eat this All.To.Myself.

Photo Cred: Cafe Bebe
And I HAD to squeeze in another ‘Whatever’ mention. I HEART this girl. And her blog. And her Craft Weekends. And And And. Eeeekkk! Take me there!
Photo Cred: Whatever
So that’s where I’ve been mooching around this week – what posts have you been loving? 

Baked Austrian Cheesecake

Every year Dave asks for Baked Austrian Cheesecake for his birthday.

Every year I make it. I’ve pretty much got this recipe waxed now. My cakes ALWAYS come out wonky. No matter how hard I try. I clearly need new baking tin thingy’s. It tastes SHA-MAZING though.

Ingredients:

(Use a Springform Cake Tin)
2 packets of Fox’s Golden Crunch Creams *secret ingredient!*
2 TBSP melted butter
2 tubs Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Half Cup of White Sugar
5 x Large, Seperated Eggs
Half Cup of Milk
1 tsp Lemon Rind – grated
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
3/4 cup of sifted Plain Flour
1/4 cup of Icing Sugar
3 TBSP Golden Raisins ( or dried apricots! )

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300F / 150C

  1. Place your biscuits in a large sandwich bag and smash the heck out of them with a rolling pin.  They will go sticky because of the creamy icing in them, but that’s fine – Smash Away.
  2. Mix with the melted butter and press into the bottom of your tin. 
  3. Beat the cheese & white sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
  4. Add milk, lemon rind & vanilla essence.
  5. Stir in the flour and blend until smooth.
  6. In another large bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually add the Icing Sugar until they form stiff peaks. 
  7. Fold the whites into the cheese mixture.  Gently stir in the raisin bits, then pour the mixture into the prepared crust. 
  8. Bake for 55 minutes or until the centre appears firm.  Let the cake cool in the oven for 15 minutes, then allow to cool to room temp.
  9. Top with some flaky almonds if you want to.

Get.In.Mah.Belllyyyyy.


Let me know if you give it a go! Happy Baking Shmaking!