What I’ve learned this week #6

What I’ve learned this week #6

This week has been a bit ‘meh’ if truth be told. My mood has taken a definite turn for the worst and I’m sure some of the grey days haven’t helped. The start of the week was filled with frustrations and disappointment with friends and tradesmen cancelling on me last minute, meaning I was stuck indoors home alone more than I should have been. And last night Miss Belle came down with a temperature so we were all up in the night and are feeling a bit ropey today. Fingers crossed she’s on the mend quickly as we have plans for Bonfire Night tomorrow. So, onto what I’ve learned this week – don’t worry there are some positives!

What I’ve learned this week:

1. I am struggling a bit when we have days where we are home alone. I don’t know why I’m finding it so hard at the moment but I have had a couple of days where I have felt pretty lonely. It’s silly because I’m not alone, I chat along to Miss Belle all day long and we do quite a lot, but on the days where we have nothing on, it dawns on me mid afternoon that I haven’t spoken to an adult all day. It didn’t seem to bother me in the summer when the sun was shinning and I could sit outside and sunbathe or play with Miss Belle in the nice weather. But on a grey dreary day, it’s getting a bit hard.

2. Taking myself out for a walk or trip to the shops, seems to help. On Monday a friend cancelled on me because she was ill, so I thought about a) sitting indoors and eating chocolate all day, or b) going out for a walk. I took Miss Belle off on her trike, but she wasn’t in the mood and kept asking to get down or come up. On Tuesday another friend was busy and the plumber cancelled on me (for the second time!) so I took us off to The Range as I needed some photo frames…

3. I am a sucker in The Range, just like I was in Ikea last week. Despite not being crafty at all, somehow the craft department got me. I left £30 down with a range of paint and card (and photo frames) vowing we’d make home made Christmas cards this year. Good luck Mummy. Watch this space to find out how that turns out…

4. It is really hard to bake Parkin on a Wednesday and vow not to eat it until the weekend. I made it for our Bonfire Night gathering tomorrow. The cake gets better and sticker with time, so I made it a few days early. Obviously I had to taste test it when it came out of the oven. Not going to lie, there is considerably less than 15 pieces left now. Ooops.

5. When you’ve had a bit of a pants week, buying your toddlers first shoes lifts your mood. I love Miss Belle’s new boots from Clarks. I silently wept inside at the price considering they have told us they will last 6-8 weeks. But, still, look….

toddlers first shoes

Blogging wise:

1. I’ve finally set up a scheduler for my social media. I’m just testing one provider at the moment, but I can see the benefits.

2. My KidloLand app 3 month subscription giveaway ended on Wednesday and the three winners have been emailed by KidloLand – congratulations guys!

3. I learned I had been chosen as featured blogger for my post about my thoughts when Spinning in last week’s #ablogginggoodtime linky run by Diary of an Imperfect Mum and Mummy in a Tutu. Thanks guys 🙂

4. I have finally learned how to use Mail Chimp and set up my email newsletter so that if you subscribe to my mailing list you will never miss a post. You can add your email here:

5. I’ve just completed a fantastic five day course run by Aby at You Baby Me Mummy. She is the Mummy Blogger BOSS and someone I really look up to. I have learned so many tips and techniques about how to build my blog (including helping me set up my email newsletter!). There’s too many to list here, but it’s safe to say I’m excited about what the future could hold for me with this blog, it’s just bloody hard work. But, as the saying goes, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it…


So there you go, told you they were some positives in there!

Have a great weekend and enjoy Bonfire Night!



  1. 5th November 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Sorry you had a down start to the week, but sound like lots of positives too. It’s hard when you are at home with little ones all day isn’t it? I really do find that getting out as much as you can helps and having some adult company too. Hope Miss belle is feeling better now? Congrats on your featured post and on sorting your newsletter! That’s on my to do list too, you’ve inspired me to get my butt into gear now! x

    • thisismenow
      5th November 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks Rosie, you are so right. I just need to keep visiting our favourite places even in the winter! Thanks for reading xx

  2. 6th November 2016 / 1:54 am

    I can totally relate to number 1, I have had a strict routine to improve our sleep the past few weeks and have found it so isolating! It’s fixed his catnapping but he still wakes at night for feeds so I’m still tired which makes it worse. It’s so strange how motherhood is so lonely yet you are never really alone. X

    • thisismenow
      8th November 2016 / 2:59 pm

      That is so true! Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad the day time naps are getting a bit easier, ours have gone backwards at the moment for some reason! Hope your nights settle down soon – tiredness definitely adds an extra punch to those low days too doesn’t it?! x

  3. 6th November 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Sorry the week has been tough. I think going shopping and getting out helps. It is so great buying new shoes for kiddies. Well done for getting featured in a blog linky! That is fab news!

    • thisismenow
      7th November 2016 / 9:07 am

      Thanks Hun xx

  4. 25th November 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Oooh I’m a sucker in the range. My daughter loves going upstairs to see all the pretty lights. Last year we made special Christmas cards for everyone, we did a reindeer footprint! I have a blog post too! I may need your help with mail chimp then 😉 I still haven’t got around to organising myself for that! Oh dear!

    • thisismenow
      25th November 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Ooh I’ll come check out your blog post on it! I haven’t made them with Miss Belle yet but need to get onto it when we have a free day soon. Any questions about Mailchimp just email me. Thanks for reading xx

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