Tuesday, 30 August 2016

What to Do When You Hit Rock Bottom Financially.

Life is never quite the smooth ride we would like it to be, especially when it comes to money. It often seems that the moment we are on top of our finances and finally accruing some half-decent savings, the next bill or unexpected expense comes along to take us right back where we started.

Having recently been hit with some unforeseen costs myself, I understand the importance of knowing the next step to take in order to climb out of a financial struggle. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you may find these tips helpful for getting back on your feet.

Seek Support When You’re Struggling
As with any bump in the road, it is important to remember that you don’t have to face your money woes on your own. You should never be too proud to call on your friends and family for support when you are struggling to scrape by.

Whether you need to borrow some cash to tide you over to next week, or a larger sum for an unexpected bill, you may be surprised by the generosity of those who love you most. Be sure to show your sincere appreciation when you’re back on your feet, whether you’re treating them to a special home-cooked meal or offering another token of gratitude.

It’s Easier Than You Think to Get a New Car
If your car has ever failed you, you’ll know that it always seems to happen at the most inconvenient of times. Having a reliable vehicle to depend on is important, and quite often your livelihood depends on it. If you find yourself without a car and without the coin required to buy a replacement set of wheels, there is no need to panic.

When your money situation has seen better days, you can often rely on bad credit car loans from specialist brokers such as Zoom Car Loans to help get you back on the road. This is the perfect solution for those who have experienced bankruptcy or who are receiving any government help and have been rejected for a loan by the banks.

Protect Yourself with Travel Insurance
Have you ever booked a trip abroad, only to have your holidays knocked back by the boss, or cancelled due to an emergency? This can be a frustrating and costly situation to find yourself in. Avoid unnecessary cancellation fees and added expenses by investing in travel insurance upon booking your journey.

Ensure you choose a travel insurance policy that covers any last-minute cancellations so you aren’t left significantly out of pocket should anything happen to thwart your plans prior to take-off. This way, your hard-earned holiday fund will be refunded, allowing you to rebook your holiday without the added stress of having to save all over again.

Even when you are at your lowest point financially, there is always a way to get out of the red. These solutions will help get you back on track to achieving your financial goals.

Until next time,
Jada x

Blogger Tips: Three Ways To Get Your Blog Out There More!

I've been blogging for just over four years now, and to say I know everything about blogging would be the understatement of the blogging world! I'm sure many bloggers will agree with me when I say there is always something new to learn, even the most established bloggers will face new platforms and ways of blogging throughout their blogging years!

I've seen many bloggers come and go, some because they started a blog thinking it would be as easy as peeling a potato, and some because they've given up blogging after many years to make way for new life adventures, the first usually being the reason why I see so many leave the scene as quickly as they've entered it. 

I've lost count of the amount of times I've been messaged by 'real' life friends, or received emails from upcoming and new bloggers wanting to know how to get themselves and their blog out there more, and whilst I always point them in the direction of a very old blog post I done (which I really should update), for this post, I thought about the bloggers who aren't new, and who struggle to find new readership!

So here are my three top tips to find new readers and visitors, whilst my hits haven't shot up by the millions just yet, I have noticed a fairly decent raise in hits by sticking to these tactics!

Step One: Promote Your Blog Via The Modern World
Business cards? What are they? Read paragraph two for old style promotions, but for now, lets concentrate on the fast moving world we live in, or more so live on - the internet. Promote your blog through as many platforms as you can, my favourites are LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there's also Snapchat and Pinterest which I just can't get on with, but of which I know other bloggers love! 
One of my favourite ways to get myself out there more via social media is to join in with Twitter parties and chats with like minded individuals! 

Another way to promote yourself via the web is by guest posting for other bloggers! Introducing yourself to readers and visitors of other bloggers isn't a sure way to bring in new followers, but it's more than likely to bring in new hits, and maybe just maybe that follow button will get pressed! Read and engage with other bloggers by leaving comments, but try not to spam and use the URL boxes to leave your link address. One of my favourite places to leave my link for people to potentially visit is parenting forums, if someone ask for advice on a subject that I've covered on the blog, I'll leave a link to it and sure enough the hits soon roll in, and for me personally this has been a good way to help my readership build!

Step Two: Promote Your Blog Via The Old Fashioned Way.
I started the paragraph above talking/joking about business cards, but I swear by business cards and always make sure I carry at least 20 with me, or more if I know I'm going to a blogging conference/big event. I often get talking to lots of people, from parents to grandparents, from builders to beauticians, I talk lots and I must admit the blog is always a good topic burner! It gets people curious and instead of explaining everything, I give them a business card (or a button - more below!) and tell them to take a look themselves!

A button I hear you ask? Not just any button of course, but personalised buttons designed with the Unique Young Mum logo and URL. Whilst the idea never stood out to me before, I once got handed a button at a festival and unlike business cards that tend to get thrown in my bag, I put the button in my purse and actually visited the website of the company in question! I know of a few american bloggers who leave buttons of theirs everywhere, from the underground to nightclub tables, and whilst I'm not that brave, I can see the idea behind it!

Step Three: Promote Your Blog Via Bigger Publishers!
I feel like a bit of a cheat mentioning this as my third and final step, as it's not a step I've been brave enough to step in myself due to a lack of confidence, but if you've got the confidence, then I say go for it! Look into writing for magazines, newspapers and other online establishments! I know a few bloggers who write for the Huffington Post and who's following has dramatically improved! 

Alternatively you can sell your stories to magazines, and also get in with the press! Constance Hall is constantly being mentioned in a newspaper that I read regularly, not because I like/prefer the newspaper, but because it's full of articles and free to read! I know a few stories I could sell to magazines, but its just my confidence that stops me from doing so, it's something I'd love to work on building, but in the meantime it's not a priority!

There we have it, my three tips on ways to get your blog out there more! I'm sure there are thousands more, but I find that two of these three work for me, and three of these three work for lots of other bloggers! If you have any more tips please do leave them in a comment below!

Until next time,
Jada x

Small Kid's Bedroom? Make The Most Of The Space With This Advice

Our kids often end up with the smallest room in the home. It can make it hard to fit in all their belongings as there is limited room. However, there are some ways you can still make a small bedroom look nice for your child. Here’s some great advice on making the most of the space in the small kid’s bedroom.

Add a Trunk Which Can Double Up As a Chair
The best way to make the small space work is to find multi-uses for items. So with that in mind, you could get a trunk which will double up as a chair for your child. Not only will it be perfect for putting a lot of toys inside, but it will make an attractive feature in a bedroom. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. You can buy a plain brown trunk and then paint it, so that it’s a lot more fun for your kid. Having a seat will also be great for when they are reading or playing in their bedroom. You can also use a trunk as a table for your kid. They can play with toys on top of it or even complete their school work.

Consider Getting Bunk Beds or a Mid Sleeper
A lot of families get bunk beds for their kid’s room as they are great for smaller rooms. They are very popular and fun for kids. They are also useful for when you have more than one child in the bedroom. You can look online and find sites with bunk beds option much like Cuckooland's bunk beds. Another option for the room is a mid sleeper. They are similar to a bunk bed, but instead of an additional bed, you may have drawers, a desk, or a seat. They are smaller than a bunk bed, so they are great for saving space and for younger children. You can see more mid sleepers on our previous blog

Add Plenty of Shelving
Shelving is a great way to make the most of the limited space in your kid's bedroom. You can add them above the bed on the wall, and fill them with books and toys belonging to your kid. By having shelving, it will ensure there is plenty of space on the floor to play. It can also help to make the room look bigger than it actually is. Decluttering the room by putting the items on the shelves will ensure you can make the most of the limited space.

Get a Bed With Drawers Underneath
You can get many great beds for kids with drawers underneath for their belongings. You may want to put tops and bottoms in there if they have limited wardrobe space. Or you may even be able to put their toys in there. You should ensure you get bedding which will cover the drawers to keep the room looking attractive.

Decorate the room in light colors to make the room look bigger. And here’s some fun ideas for making a creative bedroom for your child.

Until next time,
Jada x

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Pregnancy and Incontinence, You're Not Alone.

A few months ago, I wrote a post titled Urinary Incontinence After Pregnancy and was surprised at the amount of emails I'd received from various readers and visitors who thanked me for being open to incontinence. That's one of the reasons why I opened up about it, because I'm tired of it being a taboo, along with lots of other health 'issues' of course.

When I come across this infographic from Hartmann Direct who sale incontinence pads, I had to share it, because of course there's a link between pregnancy and incontinence, after all those babies do lean on your bladder! Whilst this wasn't news to my ears, I was surprised to find that a staggering 62% of those surveyed had incontinence during their pregnancy, and 50% carried on having problems after childbirth. 

Thanks to this infographic from Hartmann Direct, I've also discovered what food and drinks to avoid, and now plan to stop the can or two of fizzy I consume every day!

Take a look at the results yourself by reading the infographic below.

Jada x