Jen Walshaw


Body Positivity – Has it become an issue of privilege? 25

Are you bikini ready and body confident? I’m really struggling at the moment with body positivity. Having gone through a double mastectomy and failed reconstruction, I was always going to have issues with my changed body. However, it has really come to the fore this spring with the influx of social media campaigns declaring that all bodies are beautiful. A large number of these campaigns are run by people who I would consider to be attractive women of an average size. Of course, all women are prone to body insecurity. But I can’t help but feel that when an average-sized woman is presented as the champion of fat acceptance, it totally more »

Body Confidence - Has it become an issue of privilege?

National Citizen Service (NCS) – Why it is a must for your Teen 1

National Citizen Service (NCS) – Why it is a must for your Teen is a paid collaboration in conjunction with @Tots100 and National Citizen Service (NCS). Have you heard of the National Citizen Service yet? Well if like me you have a teenager then the NCS will definitely be of interest to you and your child.  Everyone that I know that has done it wished that they could do it more than once and that it is a right of passage for all young people today. Hey, the whole experience including food, accommodation and travel costs just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Plus a massive bonus that that more »


The best free tablet games for the kids

The best free tablet games for the kids

There are so many free tablet games available that it might seem impossible to find the best ones. Perhaps you let your kids browse freely and download whatever pops up in the Google Play store. This can work but there are ways to find the best tablet games for kids without spending hours on research. Start by thinking about what types of games you think will fit your children’s ages and personalities. There are games that can be good for the child’s development so make sure to pick the right ones!


10 Body Changes That Happen During Pregnancy 1

When you’re trying to get pregnant just about everything can seem like a symptom. Sometimes it’s wishful thinking and other times it’s actually your body changing to make way for a new life. I know I had to wait a long time to finally get my bundle of joy. After using every resource YourFertilityFriend has to offer, taking your basal body temperature religiously every morning and adjusting your lifestyle to prime yourself for pregnancy, it’s like a miracle when it finally arrives.


Home Maintenance and Improvement Tasks to Budget For

Taking care of a home is a lot of work. Home maintenance and improvement responsibilities go beyond the basics of cleaning and organising. It requires you to do a periodic check and update of various appliances, systems, and structural areas of the home. Though you may be able to get away with neglecting these things once or twice, forgetting to take care of them (or failing to budget accordingly), could cost you to spend more money. Below is a list of home maintenance and improvement tasks you need to properly plan for.


Easter Egg Hunts for Teenagers 6

Easter Egg Hunts for Teenagers is a paid collaboration in conjunction with Cadbury. My boys are in the tween and teen years now and I really want to keep things fun and try and keep the magic of childhood alive for as long as possible so when Cadbury sent us a massive selection of Easter Eggs I decided to look into Easter Egg hunts for teenagers.


Top tips for Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment – The Perfect Multi Generational Event 4

We were invited to opening night of Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment in Leeds last week and unfortunately, I am a little under the weather but thought it would be the perfect event for my Brother and his family.  So he set off with my Sister in Law, his daughter (aged twelve) and three granddaughters ages between 2 and 8.  I have been to Disney on Ice with the boys and my niece before so knew that they would have the best time.


Encouraging Children to Brush their Teeth Correctly

Encouraging children to brush their teeth correctly is a paid collaboration with Playbrush.  I have one child that is happy to brush their teeth and another that hates it and will avoid it at all costs and we have been using a Playbrush since December 2016, so was delighted when they wanted to work with us again to share with you why it works for us and how simple it is to use. Plus I think they would be a great gift to pop in any Easter baskets with all the other treats.


Adding a projector has made our family screen time more social 4

Screen time for me is the ultimate parenting conundrum. I am really aware that my boys’ are growing up with amazing access to technology and as a parent, it is my job to manage their access and help provide balance to their life but I have no framework or experience to build this on as it wasn’t around when I was a child.  We had one TV with 3 channels and a phone that had a dial and cable! I remember illicitly taping the top 40 on a Sunday hoping the DJ wouldn’t talk over the song and that I could press pause and play fast enough to minimise the gap. My more »


Failsafe Chocolate Fairy Cakes – Handmade Mother’s Day 4

Failsafe Chocolate Fairy Cakes is a paid collaboration with Amazon to celebrate Handmade at Amazon and Mother’s Day. I am a huge fan of homemade and handmade gifts and as a maker myself always try to buy handmade when I can. This Mother’s Day Handmade at Amazon are celebrating the importance and power of handmade gifts and sent us a beautiful Jonny’s Sister ‘Mum’s Cakes’ Tin and Victoria Eggs Apron’s, which inspired Mini to get creative and bake a batch of our failsafe Chocolate fairy cakes and show me a mum who wouldn’t love a cake tin full of homemade cakes for Mother’s Day!


Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming a Mother 5

I am in such a reflective mood.  Maxi, my precious first born turns 13 in March. How on earth has that happened? I blinked and have a teenager. In all seriousness though it really seems like only yesterday when I was thrown in at the deep end of the parenting pool without a life raft or even armbands. I came to parenting pretty late and really had no idea what to expect and I had absolutely no idea how hard it would be.  


DIY Unicorn Gift Bags with Free Prinables

Why not look at transforming a plain white bag into a beautiful unicorn gift bag with our fab free printable and DIY unicorn gift bag tutorial. Don’t have a white bag, do not worry we have you covered and show you how to make a bag from a sheet of white paper. Are you ready for an overload of cuteness? Well, don’t say I didn’t prepare you.


Simple Ways to Turn a Rented House in to a Family Home

Simple Ways to Turn a Rented House in to a Family Home 3

Decorating a rented property can be tricky as there are all sorts of things to consider, not least of all your deposit. Many landlords don’t allow any permanent changes to be made but others are happy to allow rooms to be repainted providing the tenants return the house to its original state.  So I have collaborated with Homelet to bring you some simple ideas are a great way to turn a rented house into a family home. #RentingRules


An alternative way to save for your children’s future 2

An alternative way to save for your children’s future is a paid collaboration in conjunction with The Royal Mint.  With all this talk recently of the cost of attending university and how many young people can not afford the deposit on their first home got me and the husbeast thinking about saving for our children’s future.  We are not a cash-rich family, in fact, we haven’t got any substantial savings yet for the boys. However, that doesn’t mean it is too late. It seems that according to research by The Royal Mint we are not alone and that on the average UK Household save on average £166 a year compared to £1,500 in 1974.  more »


DIY Unicorn Easter Eggs 4

How gorgeous are these DIY Unicorn Easter Eggs? Such a super cute and simple Easter egg craft project, perfect for any unicorn lovers out there.  Plus, unlike the typical Easter egg activity of dying them colours, this DIY is totally mess-free. With a little paper, some sharpies and a little time you can have a blessing of Unicorns (yep, a blessing is their collective noun).


Ways to Boost your family's Immune System

Ways to Boost your family’s Immune System 2

Germs, they seem to be everywhere this winter. I know so many people (including myself) who have been wiped out by a nasty virus or the flu and I have been determined to make sure that I do all that I can to boost my families immune system.  I am not a medical professional, however, I thought it would be good to let you know what has helped as both of my boys have escaped the dreaded germs this season.