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#MumsNight – How to be a Crafty Mum


how to be a crafty mum

One of the things I always thought I’d be when I’d be a Mom/Mum would be to be a Crafty Mum. I’d have crafty fun projects for my kids to do, all organized and ready for them to express their creativity – and we’d display it with pride around the house.

The reality has turned out quite a bit differently. I don’t have some some wonderful storehouse of crafty doodahs, no tempera paints or supplies, I don’t have ideas on what to have the kids make, the time to organize or do it – or the energy to clean it all up.

That desire though – to be that Mum and do those Crafty things is still there though – so for this week’s #MumsNight I’ve enlisted the help and wisdom of Maggy – the crafty goddess behind RedTedArt the blog where she shares her crafty ideas and projects.  Maggy via @RedTedArt twitter account will be co-hosting this week’s #MumsNight

Please join us at our Twitter Party on Twitter Monday Nov 12, from 8:30 -9:30 pm using hashtag #MumsNight to share tips, ideas and stories on “How to be a Crafty Mum”

To help you be a Crafty Mum – we’re doing a giveaway of these craft supplies to help you get ready to be crafty!

A “Mister Maker Art and Craft Chest”

Mister Maker Art and Craft Chest

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Keeping Green Kids – Tips for raising eco-aware kids

My children have been bringing home all kinds of recycling tips from school – but I’m not always convinced they’ve got the info 100% correctly. Last week I found a pile of trash on the side table, a used juice pouch, some cardboard and other items. When I went to throw them in the bin my son “Captain Hook” said “No, I’m recycling those.” I told him he wasn’t that they were trash and couldn’t be collected with the recycling. He said that he personally was going to recycle them into something useful, like a boat…. Hmm… OK not exactly sure that’s possible but the spirit is there.

Join me this week on #MumsNight to learn and share green and eco tips for raising babies and toddlers. From keeping your carbon footprint small, to effectively re-using and recycling. We’ll also be discussing some of the best eco products.

To help us learn even more about green baby products and eco raising eco children, gNappies has generously donated 2 tickets to The Baby Show this weekend at Earl’s Court in London. The 2 tickets will go to 1 winner. You can attend any one day of the three days of the show. (Giveaway now closed – thanks again if you entered)

The Baby Show, website :  http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/earls-court/

gNappies website: http://www.gnappies.co.uk/

The gNappy (gnappies.co.uk) is the brainchild of Kim Graham-Nye – listed as one of Forbes magazine’s 10 most powerful women entrepreneurs – and is now available in Britain. Most of the environmental attributes of the gNappy are “upstream” – it is made from microfibres and hemp fleece, which removes the three-quarters of a cup of oil it takes to make a conventional disposable. But wet inserts can also be home composted. Graham-Nye says the average time they take to break down is 55 days (less than a banana skin). Many products claim to be biodegradable; with gNappy this has been independently certified. via the Guardian

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Disclosure: I have not been compensated by gNappies and the tickets will be provided from gNappies to the winner

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#MumsNight – Tips for Traveling with Kids (+ 2 giveaways)

Shortly after I became pregnant with my first son – the OB told me, “When you have kids – travel is what you do with the kids, and vacation is what you do without.” Hideous cold unfeeling cow I thought then – now? Not so much. Now I think you marvelous insightful woman – should you not have sought a different career path, like life counselor, spiritual advisor or 0800 psychic?

I love my children I truly do and they are wonderful, thoughtful, energetic boys. Which means when it comes to travel – which we do frequently, we have to contain their energy and enthusiasm in a small crowded space. Which often can be a challenge.

With each of my sons, long distance travel started at 6 weeks of age…. and hasn’t let up from there. Throughout out journeys I’ve learned a thing or two from experience and even more from other travelling Mums and Dads. Come share your experiences with others and learn new tips about Travelling with Kids at our next #MumsNight.

As an extra special treat we’ve been given some giveaways to share with our #MumsNight guests. Because what’s good for babies – isn’t necessarily the best for older children we have two age specific giveaways featured below.

We’ll be sharing tips, personal stories and tools to help you have fun, stay safe/sane while travelling with kids.

Please join us on Twitter from 8:30pm -9:30 pm BST Monday May 7th.

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.

Giveaway for Toddler and Child Mums

Carddies are little Card People to colour in and play with for hours. Carddies are packaged in a perfect, robust card box. You can carry them everywhere! Each Carddies set has double sided little Card People and a scene to colour in, high quality Carddies colouring pencils, and plastic stands which all bring the Carddies to life – and better yet were created by Mums!

3 sets of Carddies will be given away to winners – 1 London, 1 Knights and 1 Cavemen (these will be selected randomly for the giveaway winners)

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Giveaway for Mums with Babies

When travelling with babies – especially when we stayed in hotels, one of our biggest challenges was how to bathe baby while on the go – so imagine my delight when we found this FlexiBath collapsible, foldable – toss in your suitcase baby bath! Amazing.

Flexi Bath is the brainchild of Danish designers who created the first and only hard plastic children’s bath tub which you can fold up flat and put away within seconds.

Enter below for your chance to win one!

The lovely people at WhiteStep UK, creators of the Flexibath have also given us a coupon code just for our #MumsNight guests. Party goers will receive 15% off the Flexibath range, including the bath, bath toys, and brand new bath support. The code is PARTY15

Enter the giveaway below to win a FlexiBath

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(disclosure: I have in no way been compensated for these giveaways – all brands etc featured in the twitter party and giveaways are chosen by me, and the brands represented in the giveaways are providing the prizes to the winners directly with no compensation to me)

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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. To go along with the conversation I’ve also created a Pinterest board you can visit here: http://pinterest.com/transatlantimom/mumsnight-staycation/

I’ve created a Twitter List called Visit UK which includes UK city tourist boards, festivals and more – be sure to follow it for ideas, tips and inspiration.

From that Twitter List – I’ve also created a “paper” which you can see below or visit/subscribe to at:


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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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Spring cleaning checklist – thank goodness it’s only once a year!

So I’m really looking forward to tonight’s #MumsNight – Spring Cleaning Hacks and I had perused quite a few spring cleaning checklists – but none of them incorporated everything I wanted so I’ve made my own to share with you.

Feel free to download, print, use and share it.

While I didn’t go into the detailed steps of how to do everything it lists out the activities by room. It also assumes that this is a 1 time deep clean and that you’re regularly cleaning and dusting etc. If you need to get organized for your weekly clean here are some great checklists – check out these pretty printables by Evelyn Kate Designs and also Modern Parents Messy Kids

You can dowload a .pdf version by clicking the link below – or print the image as displayed below. The .pdf version will print better.

click here to download -> spring cleaning checklist  (.pdf download of my spring cleaning checklist)




This spring cleaning checklist was inspired by #MumsNight

Inspired by #MumsNight

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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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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+.

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*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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