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  1. I recently reviewed some of the Love Layla Valentines cards and I’m back today to share some of their alternative Mother’s Day cards with you.  These are not the normal cards you’re going to see plastered all over the stores, oh no.  There are no fluffy teddy bears, roses or sentimental poems.  These cards are for those of us Mums who can take a joke about the not so pleasant side to parenthood, because you have to laugh about it all don’t you?

    These cards are for the mums who pee when they sneeze, nag their children daily, stress out at the madness of parenthood and reach for a glass of gin when they’ve ‘had it up to here’.  Not just mums though, there are alternative Mother’s Day cards for single parent Dads, Grandmas and step mums.  They’ve covered all bases and they’ve found something so true and amusing to say to the parent, whatever their situation.  In true Love Layla style there are crude, rude, sarcastic, humorous and borderline cards available.  As I said in my last review, you have been warned! 

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    Parenting is hard.  It can be a constant battle, a struggle, messy, gross and all consuming.  It’s not all lovely and rosy and I’ve found the past year the hardest so far.  With my 5 year old acting like a teenager with attitude already, ignoring my every command, and my two year old having a whole year of the terrible twos so far, I do wonder when it will all end.  It really does feel like a daily battle just to get the simplest of tasks done sometimes, like leaving the house with everyone dressed and fed after all the tantrums, resistance, refusal, nagging, losing items, getting undressed, making mess, poos in pants, hiding from me and all that chaos!  The best way to get through it is with humour.  We’d all go mad otherwise.  Luckily me and Ben can laugh at ourselves and the funny situations afterwards.  If we didn’t laugh, we’d just cry and have a meltdown.  These cards have really hit the nail on the head and make light of those tough parenting times.  You’ve just got to have a giggle about it all.

    Love Layla kindly sent me a selection of their new Mother's Day cards.  My only request was ‘please don’t send me anything with swear words or ‘vag’ or similar’!  The bundle of cards I received is absolutely awesome and I’d love most of them as a Mum myself.  The peeing when you sneeze is particularly apt!  I can’t even do a star jump at my aerobics class without a little dribble.  That will teach me for not doing my pelvic floor exercises.

    As much as I love these cards for myself, it would be a bit weird giving them to myself or forcing Ben to write me one.  Plus I already know what they all say.  So, I’m going to give them away!  Yep, you lucky readers (if you’re still with me and haven’t been scared off so far) have a chance to win some Love Layla Mother’s Day cards below.  Simply enter via the widgets below for the cards you’d like to win.

    Mother’s Day is on Sunday 11th March 2018 so I’ll run these giveaways until Monday 12th February to give you plenty of time to order a card from Love Layla if you’re not lucky enough to win one!

    You can view their awesome selection of cards here: https://lovelayladesigns.co.uk/

     

    Find THREE giveaways below!

    1. Love Layla Giveaway - Mother's Day Gin Pack

    Love Layla Designs Review Alternative Mother’s Day Cards and Giveaway Prize

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    2. Love Layla Giveaway - Mother's Day New Mum Pack

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    3. Love Layla Giveaway - Pick a card or fave child wrap

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    For this giveaway you can choose one of the above items to win.  Just let me know your choice when you enter.  You can return daily if you want to try and win more than one of the above items and enter again.  There will be one winner per item for this giveaway.

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  2. The benefits of Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu (plus a £5 Nutriseed discount code for you)

    It’s been such a long time since I posted about the healthy things I’ve been trying and eating.  I’m a health freak and love trying new superfoods as well as researching such topics every single day.  Back in 2015/2016 I was writing a lot on my blog about the things I was trying and their incredible benefits.  I haven’t stopped trying them at all.  In fact, I’ve got more obsessed! 

    This year, 2017, I’ve been refined sugar free all year.  I’ve had a couple of slip ups.  I do treat myself to chippy chips every 1-2 weeks and I did start getting mushy peas on them thinking surely they are just peas.  WRONG!  After trying to get some in the supermarket one week when they were a strange luminous green colour from the chip shop, I discovered they ALL have sugar added!  Crazy!  Another thing I’ll have to make myself without the added sugar.  It’s so annoying they put sugar in EVERYTHING!

    If you want to read more about my healthy living journey and why I recommend going sugar free, check out these blog posts:

    7 ways I’ve got healthier in 7 years
    Your ultimate inspirational guide to being truly healthy
    Why you need to reduce your refined sugar intake

    Nutriseed Goodies Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu Capsules Benefits and discount c

    My favourite online store for superfood goodness is, by far, Nutriseed.  Not only can you use code for a £5 discount off your order but they stock one of the most vast ranges of superfood items I’ve seen.  Plus they’re nearly all organic which is a bonus.

    I use their green superfood powder every morning in my smoothie and highly recommend it.  My latest purchase though is for camu camu capsules and hemp seeds.  I’m not a stranger to hemp seeds as they’re an ingredient in my green powder, plus I’ve had the hemp powder before for my smoothies. 

    Camu camu is new to me and I purchased it as I was reading an article all about their benefits and amazing vitamin C content.  I knew straight away to check Nutriseed for them and decided to go with the capsules as an extra vitamin C boost for the winter months.

    Read on to see the amazing benefits of these two products and why they’re now going to be a staple in my cupboard.

    Hemp Seeds

    I’ve been watching so much about cannabis recently and how the whole plant is an incredible medicine.  Cannabis has been used for thousands of years as a medicine and has the most incredible healing properties for many daily complaints as well as horrific illnesses and disease like cancer thanks to its cannabinoid content. 

    Unfortunately the government concentrated on its getting high qualities and made it illegal to grow and use for some time.  Only now is cannabis getting the recognition it deserves as such an incredible plant for so many uses and the stigma is beginning to change. 

    I really want to get my hands on some CBD oil to add a drop to my smoothie each day.  I’m hoping it may clear up my skin and be a preventive for many diseases.  I’ve watched several stories of people with 20 years+ of chronic pain being able to relieve the pain in 20 seconds with the oil.  There are also several stories of it helping people with much worse disease.  If you start researching it, you’ll be amazed at the life changing stories you find.  Sounds incredible doesn’t it?  Plus it’s 100% natural and doesn’t contain nasty ingredients like most prescription medicines do.

    Unfortunately Nutriseed don’t stock the CBD oil, but they do sell hemp powder and hemp seeds.  These aren’t going to have the medicinal properties of the oil, but they are both a nutrient powerhouse! 

    Hemp is from the same plant Cannabis Sativa, but don’t worry, eating the seeds won’t get you high!  The seeds contain only a trace amount of THC (the psychoactive compound that gets people high when smoked) and are actually highly nutritious and healthy to eat.  I have some in my smoothie everyday already in powder form and now I’ve been adding these hemp seed to my home made muesli each morning and also chucking a teaspoon to my smoothie for a more nutty flavour.  They can also be eaten as a snack on their own and would be a great replacement for those with nut allergies.

    Nutriseed Goodies Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu Capsules The benefits of Hemp Se

    Let’s look at the amazing properties of the product I bought, hemp seeds:

    • A full protein source containing all 21 amino acids, making it a healthy non meat source of protein
    • Rich in several minerals including zinc (great for immune system), phosphorus (good for bone health), magnesium (also good for bone health) and iron (delivering oxygen around your body in the blood).
    • High in essential fatty acids and containing the perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6.  Our bodies can’t make these itself so we must rely on a food source for these fatty acids.
    • Rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6, D and high in vitamin E.
    • They contain the rare gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is linked to several health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease.
    • Good source of fibre.
    • Vegan friendly.
    • The Nutriseed version is organic.  Read more on my thoughts about organic food here:

    3 Important Reasons to Choose Organic (other than your personal health)
    Organic vs 'Normal' Food

    For 6 evidence based health benefits, check out this article from one of my favourite websites: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-health-benefits-of-hemp-seeds#section2

    Camu Camu

    This can also be purchased as a powder, but I went for the capsules to make sure I take one every day.  I already have two smoothie superfood powders on the go, so didn’t want to add another just yet.  The capsules are filled with 100% camu camu powder so I’m still getting the exact same goodness.

    Camu camu is a shrub found in the flooded parts of the Amazon rainforest and it’s the berries that are full of nutritional goodness.  The fruit is said to be ‘excessively sour’ so is ground into powder to mix with other things.

    Here are some of the incredible benefits of camu camu:

    • One teaspoon or one capsule provides 1180% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, that’s more than any other natural source of vitamin C.  Vitamin C is produced by our body so must come from food.  It’s also not stored by the body, so a daily source is required.  These capsules will make it super easy for me to get enough on a daily basis and from a natural source.
    • The Nutriseed version are organic certified by the UK Soil Association
    • High in vitamins and minerals, particularly in essential trace mineral manganese which supports bone health and normal brain function amongst many other health benefits.
    • Rich in antioxidants

    For me I’m all about getting my vitamins and minerals from natural sources, so this is now my vitamin C tablet.

    Save £5 at Nutriseed:

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  3. Nutriseed Review & £5 Off Discount Code

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    I absolutely love receiving my orders from Nutriseed - boxes filled to the brim with wholesome nutritious ingredients.  The type of ingredients which are ideal for smoothies, sprinkling on soups and making delicious raw energy treats.  This package of wonderfulness was sent to me from a company called Nutriseed. 

    Nutriseed are a young start up business who are passionate about healthy living and eating the most nutritious nature provided foods (sound like anyone else you know?!).  Their website is awesome.  It’s basically like opening my kitchen cupboard door and seeing exactly what’s in all my piled up Kilner jars!

    nutriseed unboxing

    They have the most perfect selection of superfoods and ingredients, which in my household really are cupboard staples.  I chuck these things on my oat cereal in the morning (gojis, chia, flax), whizz in to smoothies (most of their ingredients), add to soup (sesame seeds), make hot drinks from (cacao), pop a few pills (spirulina ones of course)… you get the picture! 

    Just today I’ve made a homemade butternut squash soup and I’ve sprinkled some of the sesame seeds on top for extra flavour and a great nutty crunch.  I’ve also whizzed together a banana and oat milk with half a teaspoon of maca powder for a fantastic energy boost in a tasty 'milk'shake. 

    It’s so easy to start eating healthy with these ingredients just by adding some of them to the foods you already eat daily.  There are also so many easy recipes you can whip up in no time at all such as energy balls.  Just mix a handful each of oats, flaxseed, goji berries and chia seeds together with a few table spoons of nut only butter, mould into balls and voila – raw scrumptious superfood balls! 

    They’re also offering £5 off your order in their impressive online shop with my code:

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    I believe there’s nothing more important than what you put in (and on) your body!

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    Your ultimate inspirational guide to being truly healthy
    Getting the Kids to Eat Healthier | Parenting Tips
    Why you need to reduce your refined sugar intake

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  4. Welcome to my Money Making Mums guest series all about how to earn a decent living from home, even as a busy parent.  As well as guest posts from awesome bloggers sharing their tips and tricks, I am also interviewing relevant bloggers to discover how exactly they make money from home.  They aren't all mums, but the methods they use to make money from home are totally suitable for parents who want to earn their own income around childcare and general parent duties.

    As you’ve probably guessed, I love making money from home.  As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs.  It also means I get to do what I love.  I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps, and I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home. 

    I’ve decided to invite other bloggers and money making mums to share even more ways us busy mums can make money from home.  If you’d like to feature in this series with a guest post or you’d like to be interviewed, please do get in touch.

    This week I’m interviewing Jennie from Rice Cakes and Raisins:

    Money Making Mums Blogger Interview Jennie from Rice Cakes and Raisins

    Hello, welcome to my Money Making Mums Interview. Please tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and where you blog.

    Hi, I’m Jennie. I’m a mum of two boys aged 1 and 4 years. I have a blog called Rice Cakes and Raisins which is predominately a parenting blog! It can be found at www.ricecakesandraisins.co.uk

    This series is all about mums being able to make money from home. Can you tell me what you do from home to make money?

    I became self-employed in 2016 and set up a new type of baby class alongside my business partner. We started the business when my second baby was just a couple of months old so he used to come along to the sessions with me. Whilst I still run a couple of classes a week, we have now expanded to other areas and have taken on some other leaders so much of my work now is done from home; answering enquiries, planning the content for the sessions, creating lesson plans etc. This is perfect now I have an active and excitable toddler!  

    What makes it suitable for mums?

    The hours I work are now entirely flexible around my children. I am able to drop my little boy at school, pick him up and attend any additional events that are put on there. I was a nurse before this and really struggled with the inflexibility of my shifts.  

    What do you love about working from home?

    I am a real home-bird anyway so I love being in the comfort of my own lounge, wearing my slippers and drinking a hot chocolate while working!

    What are your top three negatives to working from home?

    It can be lonely at times, especially if you are used to or crave the company of others, particularly adult interaction.

    I can miss out on the social side of working with others, for example, I often see people excited for their work Christmas party at this time of year but obviously working from home, I don’t have one to go to!

    It can be hard to focus on the work in hand. Because I have a toddler and also because there is ALWAYS household tasks to do; washing up to be done, laundry to do etc, I really do have to make myself sit down some days and work.

    If you could only pick one, either working from home or working in an office for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

    Definitely working from home.

    Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home. What keeps you motivated?

    I like to make lists. It is so satisfying to tick one off once a job is completed. It helps me remember and focus on what is outstanding that day.

    Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?

    My business partner bought me a notebook with the quote, ‘Always believe in your dreams’. I see this everyday as it’s where I write my lists and notes. We have huge plans for our business. When I think of this quote it inspires me to throw everything I have at achieving our dreams.

    Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?

    I’d say have faith, believe in yourself and always, always chase happiness! 

     

    Thank you so much to Jennie for taking part in my guest series.

    Would you like to take part?  Find a contact form in my top menu or email victoria@lyliarose.com - not a mum?  No worries! 

    This guest series is all about inspiring parents to earn their own income and realising they have more than two choices of going out to an employed job or being a stay at home parent.  Of course if you choose to do either of those options that's absolutely fine, no judgement here, but lots of mums, like me, didn't realise there was another way to make money by the many self-employed options available nowadays.  If you earn from home, parent or not, and it's suitable for parents then you can take part.

    Check out the rest of the series here: Money Making Mums

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  5. With half of January behind us, most of us are already past the stage of thinking about our New Year's resolutions now that the hustle and bustle of daily work has resumed. However, if you actually want to achieve any of those wealth-related goals that you set for yourself on New Year's Day, it would be wise to go ahead and develop a strategy for making it happen while those aspirations are still fresh on your mind. With that said, here are 5 things you can do to ensure that you're looking back on 2018 satisfied with your financial progress next year:

    5 Tips for Completing Your Financial New Years Resolutions

    1. Open an Ideal Savings Account

    There are literally thousands of savings accounts to choose from, but not all of them have the same terms and conditions. While you may be tempted to just continue your scheduled checking-to-savings transfer with your current bank, it may be worthwhile to kick off the pursuit of your resolutions with the opening of a new savings account based on a thorough comparison. You can use an interest rate calculator to determine which savings product would be best for the amount you're trying to save.

    2. Create a Savings Plan

    One you've chosen a good savings account, the next step is to decide how much of your income you're going to send to the account in each payment period. A comprehensive savings plan will take your total income and expenditure into account to determine who much you can reasonably commit to saving each week. Breaking the savings plan down to a weekly strategy keeps you from deviating too far from the projected path.

    3. Aim for Sustainable and Steady

    It can be easy to shoot for the stars when setting financial goals, but falling short can leave you feeling discouraged and demotivated. Thus, it's best to instead choose a percentage that you know you'll be able to reliably deposit. If your current income doesn't allow for an ideal savings strategy, then your focus should shift to obtaining better employment or investing funds to start a business.

    4. Start Everything in January

    Of course, many times New Year's resolutions involve goals that require you to make drastic life changes, such as choosing a new career path. Although a year might seem like a lot of time, earning educational credentials, launching a career, or building a lucrative business is going to take some groundwork. Instead of putting the hard work off until later, taking the initial baby steps in January will ensure that you've already started along the path early in the year.

    5. Recap and Revise on a Monthly Basis

    Although your savings plan should be broken down on a weekly level, recapping at the end of each month can help you determine whether your current pace is sufficient to reach the end-of-year goals you're aiming for.

    Following Through Isn't as Difficult You're Making It

    There's a saying that goes “nothing worth achieving is easy.” However, regardless of the difficulty involved, it's also true that taking the first step is always doable. 

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    5 Tips for Completing Your Financial New Years Resolutions

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