DAY 3 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

12-days-of-christmas-3Today in the next of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaways I’m giving you the chance to get your hands on some retro sweets in the form of a Letterbox friendly Retro Sweets Selection. I’ve bought one of these for BattleDad but shh, don’t tell him!

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Day 3 of 12 Days of Christmas – Tuckshop Retro Sweets

Terms and Conditions:

  • Competition closes at 23.59GMT on 7th December 2016.
  • Open to my UK and Republic of Ireland readers and followers.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and notified within 2 days of the close of the competition.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Winner will receive their prize direct from BattleMum.
  • Prize will be sent within 28 days of the close of the competition.
  • Although this competition is featured on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • I will do my best to send all prizes as soon as possible, however I cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas.

DAY 2 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

12-days-of-christmas-2Today in the next of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaways I’m giving you the chance to win a Champneys Heavenly Days Sleep Kit. I use the pillow spray and I must say it has a lovely fragrance and certainly helps me drift off into a nice deep sleep.

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Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas – Champneys Heavenly Days Sleep Kit

Terms and Conditions:

  • Competition closes at 23.59GMT on 6th December 2016.
  • Open to my UK and Republic of Ireland readers and followers.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and notified within 2 days of the close of the competition.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Winner will receive their prize direct from BattleMum.
  • Prize will be sent within 28 days of the close of the competition.
  • Although this competition is featured on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • I will do my best to send all prizes as soon as possible, however I cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas.

DAY 1 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Today marks the start of the season of goodwill and cheer and to get everyone in the Christmas spirit I’ve decided to do 12 Days of Christmas giveaways. I’ve got something for everyone over the next 12 days with babies, toddlers, children, ladies and men included. You can enter for yourself or someone else.12-days-of-christmas-1

Today I am giving away a Melissa and Doug Nesting and Sorting Animals and Barns toy set. BattleKid has one of these and loves it. Suitable for ages 2+.melissa and doug melissa and doug

DAY 1 – Melissa and Doug Nesting & Sorting: Animals and Barns

Terms and Conditions:

  • Competition closes at 23.59GMT on 5th December 2016.
  • Open to my UK and Republic of Ireland readers and followers.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and notified within 2 days of the close of the competition.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Winner will receive their prize direct from BattleMum.
  • Prize will be sent within 28 days of the close of the competition.
  • Although this competition is featured on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • I will do my best to send all prizes as soon as possible, however I cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas.

A Quiet Spell

a-quiet-spellIt’s been quiet on this here old blog and I’m going through a dry spell when it comes to writing. I’ve lots of ideas but I just don’t seem to have any motivation whatsoever to write them up. We’ve been on plenty of days out, I’ve got reviews to write (of products I’ve bought myself and used and want to share with my readers) and lots of other general catch up topics but my get-go is on a no-go at the moment.

I’ve been through slow periods before and have written about them too but this one seems different somehow. During previous ones I’ve managed to get through the week or two during which they’ve been really bad, and had a few backup posts which I got out to get over the writing slump, but this time I’ve no backup plan, no just-in-case posts and I simply cannot get my mojo to resurface.

I’ve been doing all the My Sunday Photo posts and I have managed to force my way through the brand work I’ve needed to get done but when it comes to writing posts for me and about our life I’ve stalled.

I know every blogger goes through these tough times and I am sure I’ll come through it but there is only a very faint light at the end of this tunnel. I think I need to get through this holiday period, enjoy myself at Bluestone on our forthcoming weekend and look forward to our holiday at Christmas.

There has also been a lot going on at home that I won’t go into here but suffice to say it has distracted me and diverted my attention away from writing for the blog. It can’t be helped but doesn’t make it easy either. It certainly hasn’t helped my motivation at all.

BattleDad has been away with work quite a lot too with trips to India and currently Singapore, alongside his regular trips to Paris. Without him here it means I am looking after BattleKid myself, the house and keeping on top of other household things. It does mean that once BattleKid is in bed and asleep, I’m ready to simply fall onto the sofa for an hour or two before I’m ready for sleep.

Another thing that is vying for my attention in what little spare time I have is my YouTube channel. I enjoy doing vlogs and videos of our days out but it takes a lot of time to edit them all, upload them and then interact with others on there too. Trying to fit that in along with the blog has been difficult and I can easily see why so many other bloggers work full-time on their blog and YouTube channels as it is easily a full-time job. How they blog and YouTube at the same time and remain sane is beyond me!

I almost feel as if it has to be one or the other and I don’t want to let one lapse or do a half-hearted job on either as I enjoy both. I wish I could give both the time and effort they deserve but I simply don’t have the time. There are some people who say you can make the time if you really want to but that would be at the expense of either sleep or time with BattleKid in the evenings or time with BattleDad after the boy is asleep and I’m sorry but my family time is not going to be sacrificed for writing or editing.

Don’t get me wrong, there are evenings when I do say to BattleDad “I’m blogging tonight” and he is happy to have a few hours to either edit his videos for his own YouTube channel or play his PS4 as he never gets near it when the boy is around. But there are nights when we want to catch up with The Walking Dead or The Missing. We actually watched a film together recently for the first time in months!

So for now you’ve had a ranting blog post. I did find that the last time I wrote about losing my mojo it was the one thing that actually went some way to get it back and soon after the flow of writing started again. Maybe this post will serve the same purpose but for now I’m going to stop giving myself a hard time. I am going to use this post as a reminder that we all go through times like these as bloggers and that I came through it the last time and will do so again this time!

Cath x