March 7, 2013 | Mum In The Madhouse

March 7, 2013

Sharing the Love

I am a firm believer of what comes around goes around and have to say that I am exceptionally thankful for the opportunities this blog has brought me over the years. I started writing way back when my boys were two and three after a double mastectomy. I wanted to have a record of the things we did together as a family, in case anything happened to me. Back then I didn’t know of the community of parent blogs in the UK and had no idea about sites such as the Tots100.

As time went on I started to comment on UK blogs that I came across and people started to comment on my blog. I joined the Tots100 and then after a year I was asked to review my first product and invited to my first event. Over the following years I have been to numerous blogging conferences and made some firm friends through blogging. I discovered that Cass from Frugal Family lived down the road from me and our children were similar ages. I would have scoffed at the thought you could make such close friends through such things as blogging. Now I know different!

Me and Cass at an event together
I still enjoy blogging, maybe even more than I did then and I love the interaction and opportunities it brings me. I love reviewing products and I love sharing that love too. Recently I was asked to review a steam mop and for all sorts of reasons I ended up with more than one and the company said I could keep them as it was their error, so when I read that Vicki had slipped with babe in arms on a just mopped floor I knew exactly what I needed to do. So I arranged for Parcelforce to deliver the spare mop.

Even writing this post has made me smile so much. Just looking back at my achieves for that first post and the picture of me and Cass. It has made me realised that I am doing what I set out to do. I am creating an online diary of life in The Mad House. The good, the bad and the ugly and this makes me very happy indeed.

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Disney World Orlando

Our Top hints and Tips for Visiting Disneyland Orlando

Make sure you book a table for Dinner as the restaurants get busy
Always buy your tickets online. They’re usually cheaper and save you the headache you’ll get waiting to purchase at the gate
Download the free Disney Magic app – you can plan rides and check show times and once you’re inside the park it will let you check how long the lines are on different rides
Bring your own water bottles. It will save you time and money! If you don’t want to carry a water bottle, just ask for a cup of water at any food or drink vendor
Have your children look for Hidden Mickeys is a great way to keep them occupied especially when queuing
When the park opens at 9am, go first to Toy Story Midway Mania, which has the longest lines in the park, and FastPasses are usually gone for the day by noon.
Plan a show for the hottest part of the day, but be aware that the air conditioning can be fierce!
If it’s your first visit, get one of the “first time” badges from Guest Services

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