Blog Tour Book Review – From Mum With Love

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When I got the chance to join the tour for this one, it couldn’t have been more perfect – a book about a new mummy blogger. Yes please!

From Mum With Love by Louise Emma Clarke

The Blurb

Full-time mum Jess has had enough, and her husband, Chris, has just the solution to vent her frustrations – a blog.

Jess loves her daughter more than anything, but sometimes she just wants a little bit of freedom – some time for herself. Queue a laptop, a glass of wine and the beginning of a life-changing journey.

Overnight Jess’s inbox is full of notifications and before long she is officially a ‘mummy blogger’ but this new life comes with its own set of rules and regulations. With Queen of the Bloggers, Tiggy, blanking her in public, people recognizing her on the street and her life decisions suddenly judged by strangers Jess’s idea of ‘me time’ is slowly becoming a full-time job.

Will Jess be able to find the right life/work balance? Or will she wish she’d never turned to a world online?

What I Thought

Well this book didn’t let me down, I really enjoyed the read. The author herself writes her own blog and has three young children, which inspired the story. I am now following her on Instagram and look forward to reading her blog posts.

I really loved the honest way she wrote about the first year of motherhood and the troubles Mums so often face. I felt like I could identify with so much of what she wrote – the nerves of attending the mummy and baby groups for the first few times, the loneliness, the feelings towards your partner after they have gone back to work and you get that dreaded text – I am going to be late home!She balances this nicely with the pure elation that being a Mum brings, which I really loved. I felt a part of her and her group of mummy friends – some lovely people who I couldn’t help feeling that I would be friends with as well.

I did feel the blogging part was a little bit rushed. I suppose to be able to fit in with the timeline of the book, it had to work out pretty quickly. I am sure there are some bloggers that experience this immediate and amazing success as soon as they begin blogging. However, in my experience, it starts slowly and takes a lot of work and patience to build a successful blog. I enjoyed reading about the experiences she had with the blogging community though, and feel this could be a definite reflection of the way thugs can be. I am lucky enough to have met some amazing people through my blogging work, but have heard of some people experiencing issues.

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to book two. Definitely worth a read!

Where To Buy

Amazon

Google Play

Kobo

iBooks

The Author – Louise Emma Clarke

Louise’s blog, Mum of Boys and Mabel has over 100k followers. Having moved to Dubai with her family she’s now back in the UK and is enjoying writing. From Mum with Love is her debut novel.

Follow Louise

Facebook: @mumboysandmabel

Twitter: @mumofboysmabel

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Facebook: @ariafiction

Instagram: @ariafiction

Thankyou to Aria for including me on this blog tour. I was gifted the book in return for my honest review. Check out other reviews oat the blogs below

The Spoonie Mummy Reviews – The Mummy Club

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone’s weeks have started well after a lovely weekend.  I have been a bit up and down the past few weeks since getting out of hospital, so I am trying to get back on an even keel this week.  I may not be posting as regularly for a little while but am aiming for two posts a week, and am starting to post videos on my YouTube channel again but please bear with me.

I have been mentioning The Mummy Club subscription boxes for a while now (check out my January Favourites and Mother’s Day Gift Guide posts).  I first came across The Mummy Club on Instagram and thought the idea was a brilliant one.  There are many subscription boxes out there, mainly containing make up and skincare products but I feel like they can be very hit and miss with introducing you to products you may or may not like.  I loved this idea as the items contained are pretty dislike-proof and can be used by everyone.  I have been writing a lot recently about taking time for yourself as I feel this is important for everyone to do, and I feel like a lot of women and mums, don’t give themselves this time as they can be so busy.  This box gives you everything you need to take that time out for a bit each month, whether it be a little every day or some time once a week.

I received my first box in January as a gift and couldn’t wait to get into it.  I was delighted at the contents.  The box included

  • A spacemask
  • ‘Sketchy Mama’ by Anna Lewis
  • A pack of four Optiat coffee face exfoliating scrubs
  • Albus & Flora lip balm
  • Notecard
  • Postcard

I have been enjoying testing the items out and have found them all useful so far.  The spacemask was a huge hit.  I had a relaxing bath then got into bed and popped the mask on.  It was made of soft cloth and looked really pretty, I almost didn’t want to put it in the bin when I finished with it.  The mask heated up on my eyes and the smell was subtle but nice.  I enjoyed twenty minutes of relaxing and really zenned out, even with Ste getting out of the shower and starting harassing me. I took my bedtime meds, picked up my book but within ten minutes I was asleep! Ste had to put my book away and turn off my lamp. I’m not sure if it is supposed to help you sleep but it was certainly a welcome side effect for me, as I often struggle to drop off.

I’ve only had a quick flick tbrouth the book but have had a giggle so far at some of the pictures. I’ve also used two of the face scrubs, they are really lovely. The exfoliating beads are small but do the job and as long as you don’t mind quite a strong scent of coffee you will love them!

The lip balm has also had plenty of use as I’ve been really struggling with dry lips and this was just what I needed.  I love the packaging of it too, looks great int he handbag.

I was so impressed I just had to sign up. Each box is £18 and p&p is £2.75. you get an email at the end of the month reminding you that your payment will be taken and the date it will go out in case you want to unsubscribe – there is no contract so you can miss a month or unsubscribe at any time. There is also an option to get a mini box which I believe is £11. You can also purchase boxes to send as gifts which I think would be a lovely idea for a mum to be or new mummy, as well as a mum friend in need of a pick me up.

My second box in February was equally as fab and contained

  • A spacemask
  • Bath Tea
  • Bath Salt Soak
  • Salted Caramel Marshmallows
  • ‘Five Go Parenting’ book

I have also just received my March box but won’t go into what is in that one as I don’t want to spoil the contents for anyone who hasn’t had theirs yet!

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the contents and the absolutely lovely customer service you receive from them.  These products have definitely given me that nudge to make a little more time for myself which I probably wouldn’t normally get if I was expected to go to the shops and actually buy products for this purpose.

If you are interested in signing up, head over to their website and take a look, it is really simple to join and I am sure you will be impressed.  Hope you enjoy your boxes as much as I do!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Mummies out there!

My celebrations started Friday as the boys are at their Dad’s this weekend and won’t be back till this evening. They made me some beautiful cards in school and the three of us went for a lovely meal at Ask Italian in Derby. Was lovely to spend some time just the three of us, chatting and playing lots of Hangman while enjoying some very tasty food! We then went to pick up Ste and he had helped the boys and so I got home to a card, flowers and a pressie too!

This morning I have been to Frankie and Benny’s and had a yummy breakfast with my mum, dad, my middle brother and his family and my youngest brother. My steroid appetite finally appears to be subsiding a little as I couldn’t finish it all but it was delicious! We had a really lovely morning, the people serving us were fab and all the Mummies were given a free bottle of wine which was a nice surprise!

I really hope you are all enjoying your Sundays, spoiling your mum’s and being spoiled by your kids.

I couldn’t ask for a better Mum, she has supported me through everything, always knows when I need a cuddle and also knows when I need a good kick up the bum! She has taught me so much about being a Mum myself and I couldn’t have a better ‘job’. My boys mean the absolute world to me and I don’t need a day of them thanking me for doing it, it is my total pleasure and favourite thing to be. Today I feel very lucky and grateful, being able to spend time with my amazing Mummy and looking forward to the huge cuddles when my two favorite little men get back home later!

💜

An Introduction

I wrote my first blog post almost 10 months ago, just after turning 30 and going through what was probably the toughest 8 months of my life. I then kept it to myself as I thought no one would want to read it! Fast forward to the present day and I realised at the weekend, I’m actually now coming up pretty close to 31. My life has moved on considerably since it imploded last year and I want to start looking forward to the future and embracing some goals I set myself a while back. I feel I need to give a brief history so you can understand some of this better.

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Poly Arthritis (Rheumatoid Arthritis) at 15 months of age, so being poorly is all I have ever known. I hate the ‘idiopathic’ part of this – sounds far too close to the word ‘idiot’ for my liking and basically just means there is no known cause! Aged 7 I had my first iritis flare and around the age of 8 or 9 my bowel problems started. What was put down to the heaps of medication I was on, was eventually diagnosed as Crohns disease. I received my diagnosis in October 2012 when I was 26 years old.

Clearly one chronic illness wasn’t enough. I would end up requiring surgery to remove a section of my small intestine and the beginning of my large intestine. Chronic inflammation had caused it to almost completely close up, making me extremely ill. During the surgery I had a stoma (ileostomy) formed. An ileostomy is where the end of the small intestine (terminal ileum) is pulled through the abdomen to form a spout that expels waste into an ostomy bag.

This surgery took place 2 days after my 30th birthday. Now when I asked for a bag, I was thinking more along the lines of Dolce & Gabbana or Chloe, not a poop bag! My surgery came at a very difficult time. I’d separated 2.5 months prior from my husband, who I have 2 beautiful boys with. It was a pretty terrible and stressful time for me.

Now getting back to my goals. One of them is to be able to support children and young people (under 45s) who suffer with forms of arthritis or have an ostomy This would be a process through diagnosis, treatment and everything that comes with having a chronic illness or ostomy. This is the reason I’ve decided to start writing again. I hope that if I can help just one person, I will be on my way to succeeding.

I have met some wonderful, inspiring people along my journey, who I hope to share my words with too. I aim to keep you all up to date with my health journey and life in general. I believe that I’m not just my illnesses, they do not define me. I lead a great life (well as much as a mum of 2 young boys can!). So please support me by inviting your friends to read, like and share my page. The more the merrier I suppose!

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