NHM’s Summer Holiday 2015…

I’m planning to step back from NHM a little bit over the summer holidays.

The last 12 months have been awesome but hard work because I now get a lot more requests for posts that I used too! (I’m not moaning, just saying :-D).

So I need a bit of a break.

I will still publish the regular Monday “Things to do” post and the Wednesday “Guest Post” but I’m going to see how it pans out for the rest of the week.

In the meantime, I have lots of posts in my “floating posts” list in Todoist (and half drafted in Evernote) and I would like to get lots of them finished and ready for you!

I also need some time to get the new NorthHantsMum website ready, clean up the site and get things in order, ready for September.

If you have any events, new classes, etc. that you would like to be publicised over the Summer Holidays or for September please can you email me atNorthHantsMum@gmail.com with at least THREE weeks notice so I have time to get everything scheduled.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding!

Yay for Summer holidays 😀

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Happy 4th birthday NorthHantsMum!

NorthHantsMum is four years old today!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this amazing journey over the past four years. It’s been AWESOME!!!

The biggest thank you goes to Mr NHM and Miss NHM. Without them, NHM wouldn’t happen.

I have HUGE plans for NorthHantsMum over the next 12 months, so keep a look out for them :-D.

Yay to the next year on NHM !!! 😉


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NHM Summer Expo 2015: Stall holders

This is the list of Stall holders who will be at the NHM Summer Expo next Tuesday, in no particular order ;-).

NHM Summer Expo 2015: Stall holders

Neon Fairy Face Paints

Ideal Imaging, Wedding & Portrait Photography by Alistair Jones

Auntie Em’s Boutique – Handmade and bespoke children’s  clothing

Heidi Wadsworth Independent Phoenix Trader

Hope & Rainbows

Water Babies Berkshire

Pumpkin Yoga

Routine Riots Party Stall


Lisa’s Lovely Books

Mahuru Baby Clinic

Rainbow Vibrations and Sacred Pregnancy Hampshire

Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers


Sew Many Hearts

First Aid Angels


Change your Way of Life Forever:

Shampagne Occassions – Balloons

Sebastian’s Action Trust

Stella and Dot

Relax Kids Basingstoke

Beautique Basingstoke

The Anvil

Lucy Crick Photography

Impish Delights – Pop up Tea Room

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It’s Miss NHM’s 4th Birthday today!!

I am now the Mum of a four year old. Eeeeekkkk!!!!

A very opinionated, strong willed and determined four year old with a wicked sense of humour. (She gets the sense of humour from her Dad. No idea where she gets the rest of it from :-D.)

This also means that the NorthHantsMum blog is nearly four years old. Wow! That’s a LOT of posts. lol.

We are having a party tomorrow morning for Miss NHM and all of her friends. I won’t lie to you. It’s been a bloody nightmare to organise.

If I even so much as hint at having a big party for Miss NHM’s 5th birthday, will someone just slap me until I come to my senses :-D.

I’m sure it will all go swimmingly and Miss NHM will enjoy her “frozen” themed party and bounced castle that she demanded requested.

We also have another birthday party in the afternoon and two on Sunday.

I am going to need a lie down in a very dark room on Sunday evening! lol.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy my amazing little girls birthday with her and watch the joy on her face when she see’s the surprises we’ve got organised for her today.

Happy 4th Birthday to my amazing, smart, beautiful, fantastic little girl who is the inspiration and drive for everything I do!

About Me

Me at Machu Pichu in 2007

Today’s post is really going to annoy the person who provided feedback on the NHM Feedback Survey – Feb 2015 (it’s still available if you would like to complete it!) saying:

“Find the writer is on a bit of an ego boost at times.”


About Me

There are a lot of new people who have started reading NorthHantsMum recently.

It’s totally awesome but it means that lots of people don’t know the back story to NHM.

I was talking to Liz at the NHM Spring Meet Up last week and she was asking me how NHM started and why it started. I realised I haven’t explained this for a while.

So, I wrote this post about a year ago and it explains why I write NHM and what I get out of it (which isn’t any money!!! lol):

About Me

You can also find it in the menu bar on the wordpress site.

You may also be interested in “About NHM” HERE and “Reader Endorsements” HERE.

As always, thank you very much for your ongoing support, especially to the person who is still reading NHM but doesn’t like me being on an ego boost! :-D.

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How I write NorthHantsMum in 2015

Several people have said to me recently that they don’t know how I have the time to write NHM, with everything else going on in my life, so I spent some time thinking a little more about this over Christmas.

I wrote a post in 2013 about how I wrote NorthHantsMum then. I spent three months on my maternity leave setting up NHM (Miss NHM was a sleeper!), and although I’ve learnt a lot since then, I only really dedicate about 2-3 hours a week to blogging.

These are a few of the reasons why I think I have the time to write NHM!

I am “uber” organised

I’ve mentioned on NHM before that there are two apps that are fundamental to my organisational skills. These are Evernote and Remember the Milk. I still use Trello but I use this more as a reference tool for the boards that I set up a few years ago.

I use Evernote to draft out each post. I have two specific folders in Evernote for NHM. One which has post ideas organised by theme and one which has posts organised by month. I mainly use the month post, so I always have the current month and next month in my Evernote shortcuts. Evernote syncs to my iPad, my pc and my phone. So I can literally update a post when I get an idea and it syncs to all of my technology.

I used to have a schedule in Evernote but found I had to keep referring back to it. I’ve found it much better just to add the schedule directly into Google Calendar. I’ve set up a specific calender for NHM which has all the posts I have scheduled for the following month and any activities or meetings that are diarised.

I use Remember the Milk to organise my life. I use this for all of my “to do’s” as well as NHM. It’s a great reminder tool.

I also use Google Calendar. I have several different calendars set up, including one for NHM, one for my husband and another one for Miss NHM. Each month I spend about 10 to 15 mins thinking about which NHM posts I want to add in for that month and add in a calendar notice for each day, showing this. Then, if I don’t get around to updating evernote, it doesn’t matter as it’s in my calendar. This also syncs to my iPad, PC and phone.

I am crap at Birthday cards though. I really don’t seem to be able to get birthday cards out on time, even with multiple Google calendar alerts. I have stack loads of birthday cards that have been bought for people that I never quite got around to sending out. I am going to do my very best to work on this during 2015!!! lol.

We don’t have a TV

Yup, that’s right, no TV. So, when you would sit down to watch TV in an evening, I’m normally on my computer, catching up with people on Skype, working, organising things or doing NHM “work”.

Although, since Mr NHM stopped working shift in July 2014 I don’t get as much access to my computer as I used too. We now have alternate evenings between who has the study, as I can’t write NHM whilst he’s playing his computer games :-D.

However, we do still watch “TV”. We used to watch a lot of DVD’s as we had Lovefilm membership but we now have Netflix and Amazon Prime. I wasn’t planning to get both and I think next time we will stick with just Netflix. I love the luxury of being able to choose what I want to watch, when I want to watch it.

I am that person in the cinema who laughs at all of the adverts because I’ve never seen them before!

I try to only watch an hour of “TV” a day. It doesn’t always work out like that if it’s a good TV series that I’m watching!

I am very strict

I try not to let NHM impact my family life.

I’ve mentioned before that I work four days a week, so whilst my daughter is awake and not at nursery, I’m spending as much time with her as I possibly can.

I do most of my NHM work on Sunday nights.

I delegate and outsource everything that I can

I’ve mentioned before that we have a “lady who does“. Tracy, our cleaner, is my godsend. She comes every couple of weeks for an hour and a half and does all the cleaning that I can’t keep on top of. I learnt several years ago that as much as I love a clean and tidy house, I’d rather use my time to better effect than actually cleaning and tidying it myself :-D.

I have blogged about using online food shopping. We rarely go shopping in a store and I can’t imagine living without online shopping. It has been my saviour on many, many occassions. Oh and I also meal plan, which means I don’t have to think about what we are going to eat every evening.

I also delegate a lot of cooking to my slow cooker. I’m getting a bit of a reputation of being the “slow cooking queen” but it really is a fantastic way of being able to prepare two meals at once in half the time.


I don’t like Facebook. I find it very insidious. However, most of my readers access NHM via Facebook so I have to use the tool.

I’ve “liked” a lot of Facebook pages. I’ve set things up so that I get notifications (not emails!) every time specific pages post something to Facebook. This helps me stay on top of what is happening in the area, and ensures that I can keep you informed.

I rarely drink alcohol and I have a good breakfast every morning

I hardly drink any alcohol anymore. Since Miss NHM was born I just haven’t had the energy. Especially when Mr NHM was on shift and I was looking after Miss NHM on my own, I didn’t want to spend the time with her hungover.

It’s not such a bad thing. I more than made up for drinking alcohol in my youth :-D. And possibly at a recent Halloween party, but the less said about that the better!!! lol.

I try to have a good breakfast every morning, to keep me going. I always have a fresh juice (or previously prepared juice that’s been stored in a SIGG’s water bottle in the fridge). I started juicing just over a year ago and I’ve hardly been sick since, compared to before I was juicing.

I also always have a bowl of porridge with either frozen fruit or maple syrup.

This is how I write NHM in 2015

I’m sure this is all deathly boring for you to read but at least now, when people ask me how I have the time to continue to write NHM, I can point them in the direction of this post 😉

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Thank you from BVA!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an AWESOME email I received today (see below).

Thank you again to everyone who donated to this fabulous appeal. I’m certain that your support was one the reasons it was such a success this year!

Yay for us!

BVA Christmas Food Box Appeal 2014

Dear Louise and the NorthHantsMum community,

On behalf of everyone at Basingstoke Voluntary Action, we would like to thank you for supporting this years’ ‘Food Boxes for Basingstoke’ appeal so wholeheartedly.

Your hard work, team spirit and kindness generated a huge amount – not only food boxes, but clothes, new toys and books, and even gifts for pets, in addition to financial contributions which have enabled us to provide tents, sleeping bags, waterproofs and vital items to our homeless community.

This year the response was enormous, and thanks to people and organisations like yourselves we were able to distribute in excess of 300 boxes, including around 70 larger boxes for families, via the following agencies and charities:

  • May Place
  • Jacobs House
  • The Camrose Centre
  • YMCA
  • Neighbourcare
  • MaD (teenage parents)
  • Young Carers
  • Citizens Advice
  • YouTrust
  • Homestart
  • Mary Rose Court
  • HCC Learning Disabilities team
  • HCC Children’s Services Team


The impact of this cannot be under-estimated, not only from a practical point of view, but for someone who is socially isolated or vulnerably housed, simply knowing that people care can make a massive difference at a time of year which can be a huge struggle especially if you are alone or without money.

The feedback from all involved has been incredibly positive and this campaign really has helped to make Christmas for hundreds of individuals and families around Basingstoke and Deane. We hope you feel your donation was worthwhile, the BVA staff and volunteers who supported this campaign certainly do.

Here at Basingstoke Voluntary Action we strive year round to support and enrich our local community. If there is anything we can help your business or organisation with, from providing volunteer opportunities or advice on fundraising, to developing business/charity partnerships please do not hesitate to let us know.

Once again, from the team at BVA and everyone whose Christmas has been touched by your kindness, thank you all and a Happy New Year,

Best wishes

Rebecca Kennelly


On behalf of the BVA team



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