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Introducing Our Favourite Family Bloggers
There is little in this world more important than family. At Presents for Men, we like to feel like we play a little part in spreading happiness to families, with Christmas and Valentine’s Day gifts and other special occasions covered, our gifts for him & her have brought joy to many.
This month, the Presents for Men team have selected our favourite family blogs. Thanks for keeping us happy!
Playing by the Book
We all love to read a good book. But what happens when we take the story or theme of a book and apply them to play time?
Zoe shows us how books can be used beyond storytelling, using them as inspiration to learn and play through activities related to the story’s plot, themes and content. This might be painting, cooking or conducting science experiments.
“One of my favourites is Zoe’s review of Handmade Christmas. The decorations she created with Red Ted Art’s help were beautiful and inspired my family to make our own Christmas decorations last year” –(Sarah)
Read more on Playing by the Book
Red Ted Art
This blog publishes instructions for arts and crafts to keep children busy, and to encourage their creativity. With lots of activities for all seasons, there is something suited for all ages and skill levels, there are even projects for mums and dads to work on with the kids.
We love the way Maggy seems to be able to make something beautiful from anything around the house. She has certainly inspired us to think twice about what we can do with what we throw away.
“I tried my hand at Maggy’s knitted hearts, but wasn’t very good. This blog inspired me to take up knitting as a hobby.” – (Robin)
Get crafty now with Red Ted Art
Don’t let the name fool you. Mediocre Mum is a wild one! She has jumped out of planes, ran marathons, travelled the world and… sleeps with her eyes open!
Oh, and she’s not long turned 40. But that doesn’t mean she wants to sit down just yet. Mediocre Mum (AKA Chrissie) has great recipes for those who love to use the slow cooker, tips for staying fabulous (for those turning 40) and some great posts exploring arts and crafts. Chrissie has so many strings to her bow, and this is why we love her. Honest, opinionated and not shy to try new things, Chrissie is a great role model.
“I love Chrissie’s dry humour and her funny anecdotes. She’s a gifted writer who’s always sharing her clever ideas in a comical way.” (Barrie)
You can catch up with Mediocre Mum here.
Patch of Puddles
An exploration into the heart warming, yet sometimes challenging world of ‘The Puddlechicks’.
Merry’s beautifully written posts cover home education, health issues and outdoor fun with the family. She’s not afraid to tackle difficult, personal issues and many rely on her blog as a form of support – thank you Merry!
This blog is colourful and insightful, and we love the way Merry shares her wealth of knowledge with her readers. Keep up the good work!
“I came to Patch of Puddles because I wanted to home school my girls – the resources on Merry’s blog were paramount in me reaching my decision.” – (Zoe-Lee)
Catch up with the Puddlechicks over on Patch of Puddles.
The blog name itself may have the word ‘mum’ in it, but it is far from what one may expect. Topics ranging from fashion to travelling – with a touch of humour - the blog certainly keep the readers on their toes!
What amazes us is how Deborah doesn’t shy away from trying her hands at new things. For example, her illustrations are definitely something to look forward to. From models to sketches, they definitely get our creative juices flowing.
“I enjoy visiting Metropolitan Mums blog for a number of reason, namely to see what she gets up to with the adorable family of hers as well as to get inspired by her life journeys”. – (Syeda)
If you’re also looking for inspiration, this blog is the one!
Carrots and Kids
An intriguing name for an intriguing blog. Having blogged for 5 years, Deb’s really knows her stuff, especially when to comes to gardening.
With the use of great images coupled with well written words, any reader will be compelled to visit this blog time and time again. ‘Sew, make, grow, bake’. That’s the tagline used in the blog and appropriately summarises the site.
“I thoroughly enjoy visiting Carrots and Kids and reading the latest posts. I think it’s because, Deb keeps her posts varied and it’s always a pleasure getting the latest gardening tips and tricks” – (James)
Looking for gardening tips? Click here.
The name would suggest that the blog might be highly secretive, but it is anything but secretive. In Kat’s own words, the blog is an ‘open-hearted diary.’ Not only this, but Kat is a creative and a professional individual, and that shows throughout her blog.
We absolutely love this blog for various reasons. As well as being vibrant and colourful, it can also be rather adorable. For example, take a look at this post. Cute, eh?
“It’s always interesting to see what Kat writes about. The fact that the blog is light hearted and not too serious always makes it joyful to read.” – (Justin)
Feel free to click here for more posts.
English Mum AKA Becky is a food, travelling and parenting writer with an hilarious writing style. Not only will you see recipes on her blog, but she is also a member of the Disney 7. How cool is that?!
We chose this blog as one of our favourites simply because it never fails to make us smile. Read this post and tell us you didn’t have a little chuckle. We’re waiting. See, you did laugh, didn’t you?!
“English Mum has an English sense of humour, which is why I have made it a point to visit the blog every now and again.” - (Rachel)
If you’re looking to de-stress, we highly recommend visiting English Mum.
Along with holding competitions and writing reviews, Jo also writes about general matters, which are interesting to read - especially with a pinch of dry wit.
It was hard to choose a favourite post as there were so many great examples, but we finally chose this fun post. Well done, little Johnny Depp!
“With her witty writing style, I know I’ll never get bored of visiting her blog. Keep up the good work, Jo!” – (Sarah)
We recommend everyone visits Jo’s blog. Too good to be missed!
An extremely informative blog written from the point of view of someone who deals with Asperger’s syndrome on a daily basis.
We at Presents for Men chose this blog simply because we admire how open Calire is about her syndrome online. No doubt, it must be difficult to write about mental health issues on a public platform, but Claire does this superbly. At the same time however, Aspergers Info has the right balance in writing about other stuff that life has a tendency to throw at her too.
“Claire’s posts are interesting and enjoyable to read. With a clean looking blog, the content is never too overwhelming”. - (Robin)
Take a look at Asperger’s Info today.
The title says it all really! Nadine is a successful professional, with a number of businesses, projects and blogs under her portfolio. She manages all this while looking after her family- she really does juggle her life well!
We liked the Juggle Mum blog as it is so refreshing and exciting. A particular post we enjoyed reading would be the one in which she announced her new business. It is always encouraging to see mothers doing well in their professional life even after having kids!
“Juggle Mum is a brilliant blog. Along with doing what majority of what other bloggers do, Nadine also uses it creatively for new ventures. Good luck with your new business, Nadine!” - (Zoe-Lee)
Head over to Juggle Mum’s blog.
At Home with Mrs M
Mrs M lives in the countryside with her family, eight cats, two dogs, two in-laws and a number of squirrels! No doubt, she has a lot of interesting stories to tell through her blog, ranging from travelling tales to banoffee pie shots…yes, you’ve read that right!
We really enjoy this blog; one of the reasons being that she knows the way to our stomachs with her delicious recipes. For example, if you’ve got a real hankering to bake, this post is very helpful.
“I always visit At Home with Mrs M, especially when I need inspiration in the kitchen. Thank you for the help you have provided so far, Mrs M!” - (James)
Check what’s going on at Mrs M’s Home…
The Newhouse Family
Hazel over at The Newhouse Family has a whale of a time with her two girls. The family get up to all sorts of fun from gardening to cooking, from painting to photography.
Hazel’s observations section often takes a look at controversial issues, or humorous things that we can all relate to.
“I love the way Hazel takes serious issue such as breastfeeding, and creates a fun and energetic post, while not shying away from making her opinions clear” – (Syeda)
Take a look at what’s going on in the Newhouse Family right now.
Bringing Up Charlie
Funnily enough, the blog isn’t just about bringing up Charlie, although that plays a major part. Tim writes about other stuff too, like the education system in Great Britain and how to start writing that novel you always wanted to.
We really like this blog. Firstly, because some of the posts are provocative, especially the one in which Tim discusses whether children’s TV is really good for them. You can read more here. Additionally, with the blogging scene being mistaken for ‘mummy’s space’, it is nice to see someone challenging the status quo.
“Tim really knows how to write well and pique your interest from the first sentence of the post. Also, as some of the posts are provocative, it is always a pleasure to see what Tim writes next”. - (Barrie)
If you’re looking for some writing inspiration, click here!
Being A Mummy
This blog carries out numerous product reviews to a high standard. Also, living a suburban, family life, the blogger provides an interesting insight.
We think this blog is very trustworthy, especially with the reviews being so honest. For example, after having read the review on Turbo, I will definitely treat the kids to this one. It sure seems like it will go down a treat with them…and perhaps save me from a headache!
“One of the reasons Being A Mummy blog is great, is because it is helpful and straight to the point. I know I can rely on the blogger to provide me with helpful suggestions.” - (Sarah)
Find out what life’s like Being a Mummy.
Single Parent Dad
It is wonderful to read this blog, especially knowing that Ian has brought his son up all by himself after his wife sadly passed away. The blog strikes the right balance between general posts and personal experience. All this makes it pleasant to read when there are interesting images and videos to see!
After seeing this informative and educational post, we decided that Single Parent Dad deserved to be one of our favourites! Did you know that Robins (the birds) don’t usually travel more than three miles? I sure didn’t!
“Single Parent Dad is one of my personal favourite blog, because it consists of very good and worthwhile content. Always a pleasure to read!” - (Rachel)
Find out some more facts here.
This blog consists of a variety of posts, mainly on design and home style. The perspective the blogger gives on interior design is inspirational!
We liked this blog, because of the design ideas it gives from different types of furnishings to full-blown makeovers. This particular post has inspired me to do my own room up, which I have been avoiding for a while now due to lack of ideas. About time I made a move!
“As the blog is specific to design, I think it works well. It has carved a niche for itself.” - (James)
Read more here.
All Baby Advice
Mirka shares parenting tips (as you probably have guessed by now) and she does it well! In one of her posts, she noted some interesting facts and figures on accidents caused by hair straighteners. A must read for those who regularly use hair styling equipment in the family home.
We chose this blog as we believe some of the information, if not all, can come in handy for parents. We understand how difficult and equally overwhelming it can be for new parents.
“All Baby Advice is wonderful to read and the images are just as wonderful to see. Being a new parent myself, I always make sure to see what Mirka has to say in her posts”- (Sarah)
Find out more Baby Advice here.
The blog is beautifully constructed and gives an insight into the life of a first time mummy who is several miles away from her family. She writes about a wide range of topics from what she wears to suitable toys.
A unique feature of the blog is how some of the posts are part of a sequel, which makes it all the more exciting to look forward to the follow up post. For example, the blogger shows what she wears for each day of the week and you just want to know what she will wear the next day!
“I look forward to reading the posts. As I have been a regular reader, I feel as though I personally know the blogger and that’s an indication of how well she writes!”- (Rachel)
See what Transatlantic Blonde is writing about now.
Sleep Is For The Weak
“Stories and pictures from a creative life”, that’s the blogs tagline and it lives up to its name. Going through the blog, the images used catch your attention and compels the reader to click on them to find out more.
We chose this blog, because not only does it showcase the family life of Josie, it also gives an in depth insight into the lives of children in need. The blog also promotes the Save the Children charity and always keeps us updated on recent issues.
“I enjoy visiting Josie’s blog from time to time to get my creative juices flowing. We all know how hard that can be!” - (Zoe-Lee)
Click here to see those stories and pictures from a creative life.