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#MumsNight – UK Breaks and Staycation Ideas

Vacations can be expensive but everybody needs a holiday right? Come join us for our next #MumsNight, Monday April 30 to share UK Breaks and Staycation Ideas and Tips!

We’ll be discussing how to

  • Great places to get away while keeping it local
  • Ideas on how to find the best prices on UK Breaks
  • Staycation ideas – incl itineraries and games to keep the kids entertained
  • Tips for travelling with kids within the UK

We’ll be sharing tips, personal stories and tools to help you have fun – get away – keep it local and save some money.

Please join us on Twitter from 8:30pm -9:30 pm BST

Follow @TransatlantiMom and the hashtag #MumsNight to view the discussion – and be sure to add the hashtag #MumsNight to each of your tweets to join the conversation.

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#MumsNight – April 23, Spring Cleaning Hacks

I loathe cleaning, I truly do – but there are certain times when I can really get into it. Spring is one of those times! It’s the packing away of winter things, the deep clean on the house that helps me say “hello summer.” There’s something really satisfying about it – like the feel of slipping between clean sheets.

So since I really don’t like cleaning, I’m all in favor of finding ways to do it better, faster!

I’ve set up a Pinterest board just for this #Mumsnight, feel free to follow along and join us on Monday night on Twitter. Be sure to follow hashtag, #MumsNight. If you’re unsure of how to join in – here are some tips about participating in Twitter Parties and Twitter chats.

Please join us for this week’s #MumsNight discussion where we’ll be sharing tips, secrets, ideas and cleaning confessions for “Spring Cleaning Hacks.” Hopefully we’ll all come away with a few great ideas to spend less time cleaning.

Also, to make the evening even more fun we’ll be running a giveaway! I will send the winner (within the UK) a pair of Cath Kidston washing up gloves and a 20 GBP  gift card to Tesco. Feel free to use it one whatever you want, although I’d recommend cleaning supplies and gin!

I am in no way being compensated or sponsored for this post, or giveaway ( I bought it for you myself! ;0)  )



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Recap of #MumsNight Monday April 16 – Slow Cook / No Cook – Lazy Cooking Ideas (*includes recipes)

We had almost 70 people online for #MumsNight this week making it a very fun and interactive session! While the original idea was to focus on many different lazy cooking ideas – there was definitely more interest in sharing tips and ideas on slow cookers. Thanks again to @mediocre_mum for cohosting, thanks to Crock-Pot UK for providing the amazing slow cooker, and congratulations to Andy from @dadcooking2nite who won the Crock-Pot! Below you’ll find a recap of the discussion including lots of tips, tricks, recipes and more.

There were about 600 tweets during this #MumsNight so the recap below includes the highlights, if you don’t see your tweet below or thing we missed something good, please do add it to the comments section below.


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#MumsNight Monday April 16 – Slow Cook / No Cook – Lazy Cooking Ideas

(if you’re looking for some of the amazing tips and recipes shared – please visit the recap! )


Being a busy working Mum it’s often a challenge to put tasty / healthy or at the least, palatable & nutritious food on the table.  It can often be a struggle to get good food on the table quickly when we juggle so many other duties. If you feel this way you’re not alone.

Stay at home mothers put in on average 14 hours a day cooking, cleaning, and carrying out childcare (via DailyMail  and Legal & General)

  • When the work is done for seven days a week the figure comes to a total of 98.5 hours


  • The time includes an average of 29 hours a week looking after the children, seven hours doing laundry and four hours as a taxi driver.



  • A further eight hours are spent cooking and cleaning, four hours shopping, five-and-a-half hours ironing and four hours doing household chores.



  • Seven hours are spent as a story teller,  two hours as a homework tutor and  three hours as a sports coach. Other weekly jobs include first aider, stylist, sewing,  tidying up, answering phones, gardening and serving tea and snacks.



  • And four hours a week are spent washing up and one hour is spent  as a counsellor listening to children’s problems.



Of course there are tricks and tips that can help cut down the time spent in the kitchen – without compromising on taste. Whether you enjoy cooking but want to learn how to do more in less time, or don’t particularly enjoy cooking and want to learn some new tricks to lighten your load and add new dishes to your repertoire - you should join us on Monday for #MumsNight We’ll be sharing tips, personal stories and tools to help you spend less time in the kitchen – and more time enjoying yourself at the dinner table with your family. Please join us on Twitter from 8:30pm -9:30 pm BST – Monday April 16 Follow @TransatlantiMom and the hashtag #MumsNight to view the discussion – and be sure to add the hashtag #MumsNight to each of your tweets to join the conversation. This event will be hosted by myself  @TransatlantiMom and @MediocreMum who is an absolute whiz in the kitchen and SuperWoman with a slow-cooker! We hope to see you there and can’t wait to learn your tips & tricks and share a few of our own. Also – you can register to win a free Crock-Pot slow cooker, courtesy of Crock-Pot UK 1 Winner will receive a: Next Generation Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker

  • 5.7 Litre capacity – ideal for up to 6 people


  • 2 heat settings



  • Convenient keep warm function



  • Dishwasher, oven and microwave safe removable pot



  • Dishwasher safe glass lid



  • Adjustable cooking times and 20H countdown timer



  • Detachable cord



  • Recipes included



Crock-Pot Next Generation slow cooker: This sleek and contemporary model can cook delicious dinners for up to six people so is perfect for dinner parties or family suppers. It also has a digital timer that counts down the minutes as your food cooks and when the time is up, automatically reduces the heat so you’re ready to serve. For more information about Crock-Pot or for slow cooker recipes visit their Facebook Page  *I have not been paid or compensated by any brand for this post or giveaway. Any questions please ask – or feel free to visit my disclosure statement. (more…)

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#MumsNight – Following Your Dreams – full recap

This past week, the #MumsNight Twitter Party was about Following Your Dreams. It was cohosted by @TransatlantiMom and @storyofmum  each of whom have created a @storify ‘d version of the discussion which you might enjoy taking a read-thru.

First up is the whole discussion by @TransatlantiMom followed by a succinct recap by @storyofmum – organized so you get the absolute best bits! Enjoy…

by @TransatlantiMom

by @storyofmum

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Following your Dreams – #MumsNight April 9, 8:30-9:30 pm BST

This week’s MumsNight will be about following your dreams. Join us for a lively conversation about following your dreams – whatever that means for you. We’ll be discussing how to

  • Defining your Dreams
  • Goal Setting
  • Helping others Follow their Dreams
  • And living life to it’s fullest

We’ll be sharing tips, personal stories and tools to help you visualize your dreams and bring them to fruition.

Please join us on Twitter from 8:30pm -9:30 pm BST

Follow @TransatlantiMom and the hashtag #MumsNight to view the discussion – and be sure to add the hashtag #MumsNight to each of your tweets to join the conversation.



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Chocolate Indulgence – #MumsNight Monday April 2nd 8:30-9:30 GMT

One of the best things about childhood are the holidays. The fun, the excitement and best of all – the treats! As a Mum, I do enjoy seeing my kids light up with joy over holiday fun, and treats. I love making the magic happen for them. But… since I’m the Mum, Santa isn’t filling my stocking with surprises and the Easter Bunny seems to have forsaken me.

Now Mums – here’s our chance! At #MumsNight, Monday April 2nd – we’ll be connecting on Twitter to dish about the upcoming Easter Holiday learn more about chocolate, share our favorite chocolate indulgences – and 3 lucky Twitter Party attendees will win their very own Artisan Du Chocolat Easter chocolates. Best of all they are all for you! No sharing with the kids – let them get their own chocolate – this one’s for Mums only!

Each of the three winners will receive an “Eggsplosion” Chocolate Egg. The description on the Artisan du Chocolat website says:

“Nothing beats a nostalgic chocolate blast from the past! Our adored milk chocolate UFO discs coated in popping candy (a popular childhood treat that pops in your mouth) have been transformed into Easter eggs to give an eggstraterrestrial surprise when savoured slowly!”

You can enter daily for more chances to win!

Required Steps: Click on the Rafflecopter prize registration below – it will ask you to follow the Twitter accounts of @TransatlantiMom and @ArtisanChocolat

If you’d like more chances to win – you can return daily to Tweet an update about the Twitter party – for which you’ll be given additional prize entries. This giveaway is open to UK Residents 18+.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



*I have not been paid or compensated in by any brand for this post or giveaway. Any questions please ask – or feel free to visit my disclosure statement.

Full Giveaway Rules

Prize Eligibility
Only persons residing in United Kingdom who are at least 18 years of age can enter.
Sweepstakes Starts
March 28, 2012 @ 06:30 am (BST)
Sweepstakes Ends
April 2, 2012 @ 09:00 pm (BST)

- Only those over 18, who reside in the UK may enter.
- Entrants must be over the age of 18
- Entrants must be based within the UK
- 3 winners will each win a prize
- Entrants must follow @TransatlantiMom on Twitter to qualify for entry.
- Entrants must follow @ArtisanChocolat on Twitter to qualify for entry.
- Entrants must either follow @TransatlantiMom to participate in the #MumsNight Twitter party.
- Entrants must also attend the #MumsNight Twitter Party on Twitter April 2, 8:30-9:30 BST to qualify
- TransatlantiMom will not share your data with 3rd Party companies with the exception of Artisan du Chocolat who will use the information you provide for the purposes of communicating with the winners and sharing info about chocolate. You can unsubscribe to emails at any time.
- This competition is run separately from Twitter and is by no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter.
Entrants can enter the Sweepstakes for free by emailing transatlanticmom @ gmail (dot) com and requesting details about alternate registration.



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#MumsNight Mon March 5th – Energize Youself! Enlightened Eating for Busy Mums

We are putting the “me” back in Mummy! Tonight join us as we share tips, tricks and recipes and Q&A with Suzanne Monroe, Holistic Nutritionist – as she shares tips for eating for energy and how to recharge after chasing the kids around all day.

Grab a seat, pour a glass of wine and get ready to connect with other UK Mums and learn from Suzanne (a mother herself) about how to put the “me” back into Mummy!

When? Monday March 5th 8:30-9:30 pm on Twitter – follow hashtag, #mumsnight

Our special guest next Monday will be Suzanne Monroe, Holistic Nutritionist. Follow her on Twitter at @suzannemonroe1

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder and CEO of the International Association of Wellness Professionals at www.iawpconnect.com. The IAWP is home to Wellness Coaches, Holistic Practitioners and Heart-Centered, Health-Minded Entrepreneurs who are on the path to making a big impact in the health and lives of others.

Suzanne along with other pioneering health experts make up the IAWP Faculty and lead the The IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification and Training Program, which serves as a springboard for those who want to jumpstart a career in wellness and gain the tools and support to learn how to build a healthy lifestyle career.

Suzanne is a Holistic Health and Nutrition Expert, the co-author of 101 Ways to Improve Your Health and the author of the Get Real Plan Cookbook and Lifestyle Plan: 12 Weeks to a Healthier, Happier You which can be found at www.getrealplan.com

If you want to learn about becoming a Certified Wellness Coach and making a healthy difference in the lives of others, download the IAWP’s complimentary gift, The Wellness Coach Career Kit at www.wellnesscoachsuccess.com

 Tonight’s #MumsNight discussion will be focused on Enlightened Eating for Busy Mums: The 7 Secrets to Having More Energy Getting More Done Everyday without Me-Time to Spare!
Suzanne Monroe of The International Association of Wellness Professionals will guide you through the 7 secrets that Mum’s everywhere want to know to feel and look their very best without dieting, deprivation or overwhelm. You’ll learn:
  • The #1 Thing you must do to Feel Good Everyday
  • How to Organize your Meals to make them Simple and Delicious (for the whole family!)
  • How to Boost your Energy with one Ingredient in your Kitchen
  • Simple Strategies to reduce Stress in a flash
  • The Insider Wellness Secrets to creating lasting Health and Happiness

Want to participate? Add your blog url and name to the Linky below (or in the comments). Also – be sure to follow my twitter account for updates and further details @TransatlantiMom

Host: @TransatlantiMom

Guest: @suzannemonroe1

Hashtag: #MumsNight

Time: 8:30-9:30 GMT


You can set up a TweetGrid to follow the conversation at http://www.tweetgrid.com/party


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Mums Night Mondays: hashtag #MumsNight

So I’ve been thinking a lot this week about Mums. They work so hard in the UK and are vastly under appreciated. This week there were several studies released, the first about how many parents in the UK are now paying more on daycare than they are on Mortgage/Rent and the the other about how there is a new trend in “Micro Maternity Leave.” Or, leave that’s less than the 6,9,12 months of times past. What shocked me most wasn’t the articles themselves – but the comments. Basically tearing apart the mothers for whatever parenting decision they’d made from choice and or necessity.

It’s never easy being a Mum, no matter your country or community sentiment – thats why I thought it might be a welcome treat to celebrate Mums as they are – on their own time, in their own space (after the kids are in bed) to recognize the wonderful things they do do, and to celebrate them!

Each week on Twitter, we’ll be featuring a different host to share content – tips- info to help make Mums more lovely/relaxed/comfortable/beautiful/organized than ever!

Just follow hashtag #MumsNight and the hostess @TransatlantiMom each Monday from 8:30-9:30 to participate in the fun!

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