My Amazing Weekend at BlogOnMSI

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As many of you know if you follow me on here, Twitter or Instagram I was one of the lucky ones to grab a last minute ticket to BlogOnMSI in Manchester; BlogOn is run my incredibly dedicated Laura Seaton from Tired Mummy of Two, and her clan of amazing helpers, and it is a conference that gives bloggers the opportunity to network and learn from not only fellow bloggers but brands too. I had SUCH a great time and am so impressed! Im hooked! 

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Im Going to BlogOn MSI: Icebreaker Questions

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Ever since starting Rock and Roses Mama I have been really keep to fully submerse myself into the blogging world and I am especially interested in attending events and convention to meet fellow bloggers in person, connect with brands and learn amazing skills. After popping myself on a waiting list for tickets for BlogOn MSI I was psyched when an email popped up one day saying that I had got a ticket! In one weeks time I will be attending BlogOn MSI in Manchester and I could not be more excited!

Bloggy Bride gets married!

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So this is it, the Bloggy Bride post you have all been waiting for with baited breath! Last week Clara from Utterly Feral talked all about ‘How to have a feral hen party’ and I cannot WAIT to see her post all about her own! This week, as we received our official photographs back yesterday (… thank god because otherwise I would have had to think of something else to post about!) so this is my official unveiling to you lovely people of the blogosphere! It was such and amazing day, went totally to plan and ran extremely smoothly; I could not have wished for a better day! So without further ado… Bloggy Bride get married! 

Envy: The deadly sin. Don’t compare yourself to others, you are YOU and you are fabulous!

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I think there is definitely an immense amount of satisfaction and serenity we can all feel when we let go of our envy of others and concentrate on ourselves and what makes us fabulous. After all, envy is one of the seven deadly sins… so why do we practice it so regularly? I have fallen victim to the envy of others, and definitely jealousy to a certain extent, and have found it awfully debilitating and completely counter productive to achieving our dreams. When you let go of comparison and turn it into admiration you can embrace yourself and who you are and therefore find your own path to your passions. 

Bloggy Bride goes on a ‘cluck’ing adventure: My Hen weekend

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After the amazing Utterly Feral’s instalment of #bloggybrides last week you should now have pretty much all you need to know to organise your big day… But as the fateful event of the ‘hen do’ looms and you think, what on earth shall I do? Well lets just say I had a pretty good idea of my perfect shindig on the smaller scale budget we had set for everyone (we had been invited to some pretty expensive hens and stags and decided that we didn’t want to put people in that awkward situation where they cannot afford it or get the time off work etc…) We agreed we would just do something relatively local… and for 24 hours. I had my heart set on a night out and then a spa afternoon the next day and started organising things when I was put to a sudden halt by one of my head bridesmaids; “WE will organise this for you…” Amazing. SO without further ado I invite you to be part of my gorgeous weekend… my ‘hen do’ adventures. 

I’ve been nominated! For the Blogger Recognition Award

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I am super excited to announce that the amazing Mom Of Two Little Girls has nominated me, after being duly nominated herself, alongside some gorgeous Mother bloggers. I thought I’d read it wrong when I saw it but no no… here I am writing about how humbled I am and that in my meagre 5th month of blogging it is super exciting to be gradually noticed by the awesomeness that is the blogosphere! SO… to pay it forward and keep the ball rolling… Im nominating another 15 rockin’ bloggers that deserve some recognition too.

Don’t let the label ‘Mum’ or ‘Dad’ take over ‘YOU’

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This is the firm reason I started blogging in the first place and the purpose of my blog if you will; affirming in all Mommas that you don’t have to let parenting take over your life. You are your own fabulous person and you and your child and everyone around you will be amazed to watch you flourish and rock this parenting shindig while letting yourself shine through. Don’t let the label ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad’ take over ‘YOU’. 

‘Women, Motherhood & Independence’: A Review & Interview with inspiring author Penelope Magoulianiti

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When I was asked to review the book ‘Women, Motherhood & Independence: A Guide to Financial Freedom, Confidence & Beauty after Birth’, I was immediately struck with wonder and awe at the concept behind it. It seemed perfectly in fitting with what I also hope to inspire in women through Rock and Roses Mama; that you CAN achieve success and still be an amazing Mama, it IS possible to balance YOU and your children. I was sent a little about author Penelope and felt a kinship on her mission in supporting women and mothers everywhere to succeed in their niche. When asked if I would like to Interview her also, I was even more pleased. So I am sharing Penelope’s, and my own, passions with you all in the hope it will inspire you to feel supported to go  forth and achieve your dreams! 

Nap time tips: How to cherish and spend your child’s nap time wisely

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There is a time in every Mothers life when the daily moment of solace then we call ‘nap time’ will come to an end. So I plead with you to cherish it with all of your being while it is still an entity in your household. I have unfortunately fallen victim to the death of ‘nap time’ and for this I am currently in mourning (I will talk about this in my weekly musing) but today I am reaching out to you to encourage, no implore, you to cherish your child’s nap time with these useful tips.

New Year Resolutions: And the Christmas Mum bod guilt that forces us to make them

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So a new year has begun, and what do we do now? You’ve de-Christmassed, made the living room look fresh, tidy and de-cluttered, finally got rid of all the lingering Christmas rubbish and are faced with the one thing that you cannot seem to get rid of: Christmas food! You feel like a stuffed turkey yourself but still the festive feast continues as you try and clear the leftover ham, trimmings, chocolate (OH the chocolate never ends…) from your cupboards and fridge so as not to be wasteful. The general feeling at this time of year for us most is one of bloated guilt and it leaves us craving vegetables and making all sorts of crazy and frankly unachievable New Years Resolutions relating to insane diets and exercise regimes that never make it past February.

Farewell 2016: Bring on 2017

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So lets just be honest here… unless you gave birth, became filled with baby, got engaged or married, been offered your dream job or anything of that joyful ilk… 2016 has been a pretty abysmal year for us all here in the UK hasn’t it? I mean Brexit… come on guys! What were you all thinking! Actually… for those who reside in the good ol’ US of A it has been even worse, at least we don’t have a clueless, fame seekingly obnoxious, orange clown leading our country down a dark, dark path of madness. The celebrity deaths and political insanity have meant that this year has been pretty rubbish to say the least. Only one good thing has come of this year, which has led to many good things… 

*Christmas* in the Rock and Roses Household

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Well its been a lovely little blogging break but every good thing must come to an end right?! Not that I particularly wanted to take a blogging break it just seemed necessary in tying with the whole season that has recently surpassed us called Christmas. That time of year that gets us all stressed and insanely busy bee-d… know it well!? Well I managed to, in fact, remain relatively calm this time of yule and made a stand to stay at home and let family come to us. It was our first year just me and my little men all day at our own home, so it was pretty special and I thought I would share it with you all. If anything, to potentially inspire the masses to do the same in years to come; to avoid the unnecessary frantic Christmas rush and calm the soul for letting in the true meaning of Christmas, appreciating those that mean the most to us. I’ve popped in some nifty Christmas tips for you all too…