Wednesday, 23 February 2011

My 2 Year Blogversary - Thank you and Goodbye

As of today I have been blogging for two years!! I'm still quite impressed that I lasted more than a month.

Blogging has allowed me to do things that I never ever thought that I would be able to do. I started New Mummy while I was on maternity leave and I know write several blogs my own and actually get paid to work for others.

I have meet some amazing people and even had a few holidays!  I have been published in a book and have spoken at cybermummy and its all thanks to my daughter and this blog New Mummy.

However after two years, 194 posts and 1798 comments its time for me to move on. I'm not a new mummy any more and feel really restricted with my blog tittle.

I did think about re-branding New Mummy but it just doesn't work for me, I need a new start and a new blog. 

So today I say goodbye to New Mummy and hello to my new blog Dance Without Sleeping

Please pop over and say hello and maybe subscribe ;)

I will leave you with one last song....


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Tuneful Tuesday - Almost Time to Say Goodbye

For those of you that have read my blog in the past you will understand this song choice. 

Those of you that have no idea, just enjoy!


Sunday, 20 February 2011

Rules for Blogging

Rule Number 1 

There are NO rules!!

Post what you like, when you want to and how you want to. 

The Sunday Chill Out - This is the Life

Today's Sunday Chill Out is brought to you by Amy MacDonald.

Grab a coffee, sit back and relax 


Saturday, 19 February 2011

Sing Along Saturday - Walking On Sunshine

It doesn't matter what mood I am in, when I hear this song I *have* to sing along.

This weeks Sing Along Saturday is Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves.

You are more than welcome to take part in any of my Musical Week posts, there are no linky's or badges and you don't have to link back, its all about sharing the music!


Friday, 18 February 2011

4 Unloved Posts

Have you ever written a heart wrenching, soul searching post that no one reads?

Here are 4 posts I have written in the past two years that I wished had a bit more love.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

My 5 Most Popular Posts

On Wednesday it will be my 2 year blogversary and I will be saying goodbye to New Mummy and starting a new journey.

I thought over the next few days I would share with you some posts from the archives.

This first 5 are the posts with the most comments, hence the most popular.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Things You Learn in London with a Toddler

Recently BG and I took a trip to London to cook with James Tanner courtesy of Dairylea. I meet the lovely bloggers of Who’s the Mummy, Mumra, All About The Boys, Mummy from The Heart and Jo Beaufoix .

We all meet at the London Cookery school and James Tanner showed us five healthy recipes to try and we heard from nutritionist Azmina Govindji. To get to the London Cookery School we had to take two trains and a tube. After our cooking session we went to the Rain Forest Cafe for lunch. This made for a very long day with a toddler.

This is what I learnt:-

BG really knows how to play to a crowd and kept a train carriage full of people entertained on the train to London.

I have no sense of direction

Dairylea actually contains cheese (who knew)

Dairylea is made from cheese, milk, butter and emulsifying salt.

The new Dairylea cheese spread contains 25% less salt, yes it still contains salt all cheese does.

Nutritionists give their children coco pops for breakfast!

BG makes a cracking fishcake

James Tanner is a very patient man

James Tanner’s daughter has the same name as BG

I would be a much better cook if I had someone to pre chop my veg! 

BG is not afraid of thunder and lightning

Given a choice of cuddly animals, BG will always choose a monkey

BG suits First Class

After a long, solo trip to London with a toddler, a glass of wine and brownies and ice cream is a must

Thank you Dairylea for the lovely day out.

Disclosure: Dairylea paid our travel expenses to attend this event, and provided lunch and a gift bag containing vouchers and product samples.

Rocking Wednesday - Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire had two wins last night at the Brit Awards 2011, Best International Album and Best International Group.

On Sunday they won Album of the Year at the Grammy's for their album Suburbs.

Here is my favourite track of theirs No Cars Go...


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

My Brits 2011 Highlights

(I blogged this as I was watching the Brits 2011)

Adele kicked of my night with her outstanding performance of Somebody, I had goosebumps before she even sang. 

James Corden interviewing Justin Beiber. Some face touching going on there. 

James Corden introducing Rihanna "..don't worry you won't go blind"

Mumford and Sons performance, so simple and perfect.

Tinie Tempah's performance rocked!

I want say the collaboration between Paloma Faith and Cee Lo Green, but it just didn't work!

The Winners 

Plan B British Male Solo Artist 
Tinie Tempah British Breakthrough Act
Arcade Fire  Best International Album
Jessie J Critics Choice
Cee Lo Green Best International Male
Tinie Tempah Best British Single
Arcade Fire Best International Group
Justin Beiber International Breakthrough Act
Laura Marling Best British Female Solo Artist 
Rihanna Best International Solo Artist
Take That Best British Group
Mumford and Sons Best British Album

Saturday, 12 February 2011

My 5 Current Pet Peeves on Twitter

I love Twitter I really do, but sometimes certain things really get my goat. My time line gets filled up with useless tweets and I get sent pointless DM's which make me want to unfollow people.

Here are my 5 current pet peeves.

1. Auto DM's

I really, really hate auto DM's saying thanks for the follow. Either take the time to @ me or just don't bother to say hello, I won't be offended.

2. Retweet's of your own competition entries.

What I mean by that is, when someone enters your comp because you made it part of the entry requirement and then you RT the entry. Don't it fills my time line with crap. I'm not sure why you feel the need to do it but please stop or I will unfollow.

3. Comments from Disqus

Every time someone leaves a comment on a post it tweets it, why??? Please turn it off!!

4. True Twit Validation

If you want to vet your followers protect your account, I'm not going to prove myself worthy.

5.  Daily Astrology Tweets

This is one of those daily twitter services that people sign up for.
If you want to know your stars for the day look it up in the paper or online don't subject me to it. 

They are my pet peeves, what are yours?


Friday, 11 February 2011

Friday Song - Step Back From The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail and royally p*ssed me off this week.

I was going to write a ranty post but I can't be bothered so instead I will leave you with this....

and this.... (warning contains swearing)


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

10 Reasons Why I’m a Crap Mum

I have come to the realisation recently that I’m not the perfect mother, far from it, actually I’m rather crap at it sometimes. A while ago I write a post called 5 Reasons I’m Going to Hell, so I thought I list the 10 reasons I’m a crap mum.

1.       Even after 2 years I still can’t put a nappy on properly, it always looks wonky.
2.       I don’t brush BG’s hair (or comb it), it’s quite curly so when its wet I run my finger through to separate the curls, she doesn’t get knots
3.       This one is really bad *whispers* I still haven’t taken BG to the dentist
4.       Sometimes I give BG chocolate, cakes, biscuits, jam or even some of a well known hazelnut spread that contains coco as a treat. Actually I give it to her so she doesn’t steal mine
5.       I sometimes snap at BG, I don’t mean to and I don’t want to be a shouty parent but sometimes it just slips out
6.       As soon as she dropped her night feeds I stopped hearing her cry in the night, I think it’s  mainly because I know OH will get up to her so I let him. They only time I hear her now is when OH is on an early shift and I know I have to get up with her.
7.       I haven’t taken her swimming yet
8.       I don’t iron her clothes (I don’t Iron any clothes in all fairness)
9.       Some days I threaten to sell her to the gypsy’s. I had a conversation with my younger sister recently and she said she says the same to her daughter so we think our Mother used to threaten us with the same thing.
10.   I don’t do organised activities with BG, we’re a bit adhoc in the house except for our toddler groups. It all depends on what mood we are in and how much I can be bothered

To be honest it was only supposed to be 5 reasons but once I started listing them I couldn’t stop, there was actually a lot me but I thought I’d stop at 10!

Please tell me I’m not the only one!!


This was originally written as a guest post for Me, The Man and The Baby. 

Friday, 4 February 2011

The Colourful Me

I have been tagged by the lovely Carolin at Mummy Alarm in the Colourful Me meme. 

I have to describe what each colour below means to me and then tag three other bloggers. I thought I would put my twist on it and share with you what songs these colours make me think of!






I now have to pass it on to 3 bloggers. You don't have to do it with the music just write about what the colours mean to you. 

I tag Carly at Mummyshoes, Snafflesmummy and Kelly at A Place of My Own 


Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Rocking Wednesday - Let There Be Rock

When I really need to make myself feel better or shake the cobwebs from my head I play AC/DC. 

Rock out to them for 10 minutes and you'll be surprised how energised you will feel.

I have seen AC/DC live on quite a few occasions, though my most memorable gig was when I saw them in 2003. 

On my 23rd Birthday me, my dad and some of his rugby mates flew to Germany to see the Rolling Stones supported by the Cranberries and AC/DC. I was the only woman to go but I managed to hold my own quite well.

I could tell you what happened but what goes on in Germany stays in Germany ;)

On that note I will leave you with Let There Be Rock.

To get the full effect turn it up very loud, head bang and play air guitar!!



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