The Mental Health Parent Halloween Giveaway

Enter this fun competition to win a luxury Marks and Spencer Halloween Hamper

The Bloggers Taking Part

Here is a list of all of the bloggers taking part in this giveaway – please show your support by visiting them.

Mum’s Guide to Life | Weddings and Wishes | The Heaton Family | Good Life & Mind | All Sort of Jazz | Foody Thoughts | Dharma Advise | Lula Grace | Kids on Roll | Cash Lee | Joyfull Bite | Earning by the Sea | Cosmic Box | Life Love & Everything in Between | Dad Fat Diary | Campingish | Ellis Denning | Fully Money | Our Life Interrupted | Crafting her Plans | Crafting her Scents | Travel Bugs | Discover Kent | My Tunbridge Wells | Lifestyle Saving Techniques | Doing the ImPCOSible | The Finance Fettler | Active Gardening | 911 Blog | Frugal and Fun | Family Frugal Ways | Have a Fab DayMrs Money Pot | Wake up it’s Monday | Birds and Lilies | Three Words News | Journalist Book | Giving is Glorious | Your Thrifty Lifestyle | All 4 Garden | The Motherly Insider | The Blog Crowd | Chasing my Sunshine | You Will Make Money | She’s Changing Lanes | Image Premiums | Fashion Shirt | FRMT | Bossy Girl | You Can Make Money on the Internet | On the Soap Box | Frugal Home Project | Lisa Cooking | Savvy Squirrel | A Friend Abroad | Cotswold Lifestyle | Blogging 101 | The Happy Piggy Bank | Curtain Pic | Fire Runner | Adjusting the Net | Trust NatureEasy Meals for Busy Mums | Balance the Budget | Life with more Sparkle | Your Perfect Christmas | Mum Making Money | Slimmed Cartree | Manifest with Loa | Making Money Mummy | The Green Purpose | Easy Keto | Lifestyle Saving Techniques | Blondarina | Master Money Multiplier | Save and Earn | Best 4 Mum | A Life of Lovely | Lydony | A Little Life of Lovely | Blogging Waves | Several Ways To | Pounds and Pennies | Life Changing Side Hustle | Buddina Community Garden | The Blog Lancer | Mumernity | Off White | Brig Knows Best | Ecoralive | InsequiralGuide to Health and Fitness | Money Money Money Online | Mud Pies and Rainbows | Blogger Creations | The Parenting Insider | Pale Girl Rambling | Crumpets and Cocktails | Skinny Spending | Discount Days Out | Gin and Gemini | Vegan Book | Moms the Wurd | Digital Frogs | Our Hand Made Home | Bay-Bee | Not a Clue | The Free From Mummy | Extreme Frugal Living | Binancially Inclined | Mortgages After 60 | Lock Down House | Travel Around Planet | All or Nothing Blog | Online Life Calendar | Two Hearts One Roof | Fox and Flora |Single Dad’s Guide to Life | Florence in Print | Being a Food Lover | Youtuber Life | Food Lover Recipes | Bubbly Nattie | Lofpo | Tranquil Dreamer | Boring Mother | Cool Kid Crafts | The Thrifty Princess | Bark and Bites | Bloor | SEO Gold | Freelancer Kit | Mental Health Parent | The Blogging Portal | Rhian Westbury | Petals and Planes | Budgeting and Saving | Weddings by Westy | Crafted With Perfection | Grandma Dave | Lifestyle of a Londoner

 

The prize

We are really pleased to be giving away a Halloween Spooky Night In A Box hamper from Marks and Spencer, worth £50.

This hamper includes:

  • Goulish Gingerbread biscuit kit (154g)
  • Sour Spiders (110g)
  • The ghoulish gang (55g)
  • Vampire’s fangs (110g)
  • Chocolate cake mix (500g)
  • Indulgent chocolate icing (400g)
  • 12 Cupcake cases and toppers
  • Skull mask
  • Cat Mask
  • Decorate your own skeleton felt bucket
  • Decorate your own pumpkin felt bucket
  • 7 piece pumpkin carving kit
  • Gift box

Please note that deliveries take place from 15th October 2021.

Terms and conditions

1. There is one top prize of the Halloween Spooky Night Hamper.
2. There are no runner up prizes.
3. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding all bloggers involved with running the giveaway
4. Closing date for entries is midnight on 22.09.21
5. The same Rafflecopter widget appears on all the blogs involved, but you only need to enter on one blog
6. Entrants must log in to the Rafflecopter widget, and complete one or more of the tasks – each completed task earns one entry in the prize draw
7. Tweeting about the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget will earn five bonus entries into the prize draw.
8. 1 winner will be chosen at random.
9. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days with their delivery address, or a replacement winner will be chosen.
10. The winners’ names will be published in the Rafflecopter widget (unless the winner objects to this).
11. The prizes will be despatched within 14 days of the winner confirming their details.
12. The promoter is Drew Media LTD t/a www.MakeMoneyWithoutAJob.com
13. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

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10 Ways to Be A More Sustainable Parent

10 Ways to Change to a Sustainable Life

As a single parent of 2 teenagers I have become more aware of the waste we make and throw away. I have seen our food, energy, water and fuel bills rise dramatically over the past few years.

The world has a lot of big problems and often we feel like we can’t do much about them.  But there are lots of little changes we can make to our lives to help do our little bit towards making things better.  Living a more sustainable life with a constant view of our impact on the world is a great approach for this and here are 10 ideas how you can start doing this today.

  1. Cut back on animal products

This doesn’t mean you need to become a vegan (unless you want to) but by cutting back on animal products can help make you live a more sustainable life.  That’s because it takes a lot of resources to produce those animal products – one gallon of milk uses 2000 gallons of water due to the amount of feed that the cow needs.  Plus by eating a more balanced diet you may find yourself generally healthier and less needing of healthcare resources.

2.Filter your tap water and drink it

This doesn’t apply to all parts of the world but if you live somewhere that you can filter the tap water and drink it, then do this.  This saves money on buying bottled water and also cuts back on the waste – landfill sites are a huge problem so every item you don’t send to them is good.

3.Unplug unused appliances

Many appliances use a dribble of electricity when they are plugged in, even if they aren’t doing anything.  By unplugging them when not in use, you not only save a little money on your electricity bill but help cut back on the demand for fossil fuel created power resources.

4.Start car sharing

A car-sharing pool in your area can be a great way to cut down on costs around travel and can be fun as well.  Talk to people in your area to see where they work and if you can share cars with them or them with you.

5.Use public transport

In lots of places, public transport has seen cut back but there are still many areas with a good network, especially in the cities.  So if you can use public transport to get to work, the shops or anywhere else, try to do it.  This cuts back on car use and all the pollution and fossil fuel use associated with it.

6.Use those stairs

Using the stairs has a couple of benefits.  Not only does it get that extra little bit of exercise into your routine, but it also saves on the energy needed to run the escalator or elevator.  These take a lot of power to run and if people used them only when they needed to, this could save on electricity and therefore fossil fuel use.  Plus if you use the stairs a lot, you could save on a gym membership!

7.Turn off the water while brushing teeth

Water waste is a big problem and one of the top causes of wasted water is when we brush our teeth.  So when you have used the water and are doing the brushing, turn off the tap.  You can even catch some water in the sink if you need to refresh the brush.  Then turn it back on to rinse the brush and the sink.

8.Switch to LED light bulbs

Conventional light bulbs waste around 95% of the power that they use.  New LED light bulbs are more expensive to buy and also far more energy efficient.  They also last much longer – some as much as 25 years depending on how much you use them.

9.Try to buy second hand

There are some things we need to buy new but there are others where a good second-hand option can be more cost-effective.  Plus this helps with living a sustainable life because you are saving something from going to the landfill site.  Do the same when you are clearing out things – offer them to people on swap sites or Facebook groups rather than send them to the landfill.

10.Try a reel lawnmower

A reel lawnmower is one that doesn’t use any electricity or battery and is very simple to use.  They may need a little more effort than electric mowers so might not work for everyone but if you can, it can be worth considering it.  And they do a great job of cutting the lawn!

Conclusion

These are just 10 examples of ways you can live a sustainable life and cut back on the resources that you use.  If everyone put two into action, the difference on the planet would be huge.  So which two could you start with?

Easy and Fun Halloween Ideas for Kids

Easy and Fun Halloween Ideas for Kids

One of the most popular home decorating ideas for a Halloween party is to transform your door into a pumpkin by using an orange paper or fabric.

Another idea is to use spider web, bats, and black cats. Black cat silhouette decals are very popular nowadays.

Witches are usually associated with scary things so find ways to include them in your home decorating ideas for Halloween party.

Some people also hang small figurines on their porch or outside their house. And don’t forget about the lighting!

Have you ever hosted a Halloween party but couldn’t find the right decorations?

If so, this is the perfect post for you! We’ve compiled the most affordable and best decorations to buy for your next Halloween party.

1) Plastic spider webs: These are affordable and durable, making them perfect for outdoor parties.

2) Black tablecloth: This is a classic choice that has never gone out of style. You can use it to cover your table with ease. Use some fake cobwebs on top to make it look like they’re coming out of the cloth for an extra spooky effect!

3) Spooky Styrofoam head: This will make your living room look like Professor Quirrell’s laboratory in Harry Potter! They are super cheap, too.

A DIY project is a great way to create a halloween decoration on a budget. You can use things from around the house or browse through your local pound store for inexpensive decorations. With so many decorations available, it can be hard to find the best deal. Here are some tips for choosing the cheapest halloween decoration for your budget: Check more Halloween ideas and free printables.

 Consider what you need – if you’re looking for lights and just want something small, then there are many options that don’t have many other accessories included. If you want something that has more accessories, then you should double-check and make sure it comes with all of them in order to get the best effect.

We’ll start with homemade food gifts. These are perfect for people who love to cook or bake themselves, but you don’t have to be an expert chef to make these recipes. You can find them online or in your favorite cookbook.

Next we’ll cover items you can purchase at your local pound shop or charity shop which will also stretch your budget and give you plenty of options for different budgets and tastes.

Halloween is a time for kids to get excited and have some fun. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.

Halloween is a great holiday for kids and parents alike because it’s filled with creativity. You can make all sorts of spooky treats, decorate your house, and dress up in costume without having to spend too much money.

Some ideas:

– Pretzels dipped in chocolate and then decorated with sprinkles, M&Ms, or peanut butter cups – Cookies that look like jack o’lanterns – Melting chocolate chips either in the microwave or on the stovetop, then dipping marshmallows in them for spiderwebs

Back to School Tips and Tricks

 

In these challenging economic times, back-to-school time can be an expensive experience. We all want to do everything we can to ensure our kids have all they need to have a successful school year. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to see to it that your child is ready.  

 There are several simple strategies that will help you stretch your back-to-school funds. You really can spend less this year while preparing your children for their best school year ever! 

What You Already Have on Hand

Your Child’s Clothing Drawers

Your Child’s Closet

Making the “Master List”

School Supplies

Clothing

What To Do With Outgrown Clothes

Garage Sale Facebook Marketplace  sell on Ebay 

Swap with Family 

Donate Charity Shops

More Simple Strategies to Increase Your Back to School Savings

Set and stick to Your Budget

Shop During Late Spring/Summer Sales plan ahead

Use Social Networking to Pump up Back to School Savings

Where to Shop

Time Your Shopping

The Best Time to Shop for School Supplies

The Best Time to Shop for Clothes

The Best Time to Shop for Computer and Technology

What You Already Have on Hand

Most of us at some point have bought an item we thought we needed, only to come home and discover that we already had one! This is particularly true with back-to-school shopping.

Before the pressures from peers and advertisements encourages your kids to ask you relentlessly for new gear, it’s important to know what school supplies and clothing your children already have. 

Sometime early in your child’s summer vacation, plan a few days to “explore” together their desk, clothing drawers, and closet. The age of your child will determine how much help they can be in this process.

This “cleaning out” task helps in many ways: you’ll get rid of garbage that’s collected in your children’s rooms, find nearly new items to save for the coming school year, and create space for new school supplies and clothes. 

  • Your Child’s Desk: Home of Hidden School Supplies

Although your ultimate purpose is to take inventory, you’re also looking to find space for the new school supplies you’ll soon be buying.

Follow this handy list of basic steps for this process:

  • Go through your child’s desk drawer by drawer. Be sure to check every drawer. You may even want to dump them out on the floor and go through the piles of stuff there, rather than rummage through the drawers themselves.
  • As you’ve probably learned long ago, kids can be remarkably good at “hiding” items from parents, and even from themselves
  • Have your child help you sort out nearly new items, partially used items, and old desk supplies that can be thrown away. If your child seems resistant, try making a treasure hunt out of it. Create a list of school supplies you’re “hunting” for and check them off as they find each one.
  • Place all the nearly new supplies in a box. A large, clear Tupperware or Rubbermaid tub is a great way to see what you’ve got inside of it. Of course, any box will work – even a used cereal box if you’re really tight on money.
  • Label the box clearly, and put it somewhere out of reach until the next school year. Once you’ve gone to the work of gathering all of these supplies, there’s no sense letting them go back “into circulation.” You’d just have to find them all over again!
  • Your Child’s Clothing Drawers

Next, it’s time to clean out the closet, dresser, and other clothing storage. Start with the drawers to make room for more folded clothes.

  • Divide and conquer. One by one, remove the drawers and sort the clothes. For this, it helps to have three boxes or bags. Label them “To Keep,” “To Give Away,” and “Garbage.”
  1. The rag bag. Items that are torn, stained, faded, or worn go into the rag bag or the garbage.
  2. Does it fit? Have your child try on clothing items that are still in good shape. Do they fit? Are they good enough to use to start out the upcoming school year?
  • If the garments fit and you believe they’re appropriate for your child to wear to school, place those items neatly into an emptied drawer.
  1. Separate play clothes. Clothing that can still be worn but that you don’t see as school-worthy can be stored in a separate drawer. These garments can be for wearing around the house or when your child goes out to play.
  2. What to give away. If you come across clothes in pretty good shape but that don’t fit, fold them neatly and place them into the “To Give Away” box
  • Donate those items to a favorite charity, hand them down to other parents, or better yet, keep them for a Swap Meet. Whether you make money from reselling them or just see them off to other homes, you’ll be glad to have helped someone with your cast-offs.

Once you’ve cleaned out the drawers, move to the closet. You’ll have made lots of space for folded clothes, including play clothes, some of which will probably be “retired” from the closet.

  • Your Child’s Closet

The closet will probably be the most challenging space to get through with your child. Explain that it’s smart to see what clothing your child has so you’ll know what to buy for the new school year. You might want to begin going through the closet in the morning after breakfast, so the both of you are well-rested.

Because kids’ closets often have cluttered floors, try starting there. Have a garbage bag, a box, and some extra hangers ready. As you pick up items on the floor, determine if they need to be thrown out or laundered.

If your child hasn’t worn an item for some time, let them try it on so you’ll know whether it will work for the coming school year. For clothes that are outgrown or suitable only for play, put them in the appropriate bag or box.

Next, go through clothing items on hangers in the closet. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. For many of the items, you’ll be able to tell at a glance whether to toss them, save them for school, or keep them for playtime.

This is Part one Take a look at Part 2 the ultimate checklist 

Back to School The Ultimate Checklist

Making the “Master List”

Whenever you shop for anything, go with a list in hand. The process of making the list encourages you to think through what’s truly needed. In general, writing it won’t take long. 

Simply record the essentials your child will need, including school supplies and clothing. Consider what specific types of clothing your child needs. 

Keep in mind that there’s no need to shop for a whole year’s worth of clothes at once! Your child may outgrow them anyway. Focus on fall, and go from there. 

  • School Supplies

You’ll likely need some specific school supplies for the upcoming academic year. Here are some items you might include on this list: 

  • Pens
  • Lined paper
  • Crayons
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Spiral notebooks
  • 3-ring binders
  • Backpack
  • Art supplies
  • Calculator

Once you’ve got your list, you’re ready to dig into the details. Many schools also publish lists of particular supplies your child needs for that year’s assignments, so include those necessities on your list as well.

These additional suggestions may save you money also:

    1. Think about what type of backpack your child needs. Depending on your child’s age and stature, you might want to consider a rolling backpack to help them avoid shoulder and back injuries.
  • Know the exact type of supplies needed, as many teachers are quite specific about their requirements. For example, if your child is in middle school or high school, you may need to purchase a scientific or graphing calculator.
  1. Be familiar with the stores in your area. If your child has enough leftover school supplies to last for the first 2 weeks or so of school, consider waiting until after that time to buy anything new if the retailers in your area tend to offer deep discounts on leftover inventory after school starts.
  • However, some retailers offer the deepest discounts before school starts to entice you to their store during a time when you might be doing a lot of shopping, so pay close attention to the specials of competing stores.
  • Clothing

Reflect on what types of clothing and how many of each kind of garment your child needs for school. Review the following sections to determine which of these clothing suggestions will work for your child

  1. If you have a daughter. For girls, consider this list of clothes to start the school year off right:
  • 2 new pairs of comfortable pants
  • 3 pairs of jeans
  • 1 skirt or dress 
  • 3 blouses or shirts 
  • 5 pairs of socks 
  • A light jacket or long sweater
  • A winter coat with hat and gloves
  1. If you have a son. For boys, the list includes:
  • 3 new pairs of pants
  • 3 good shirts
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • A light windbreaker
  • A winter coat with hat and gloves

As with school supplies, if your child has enough clothes to begin the new school year, wait a few weeks to buy new clothes. Kids’ clothing goes on sale at that time and you can get a lot more for your money.

Writing down what your child needs to start the school year is important. To be comprehensive, include both supplies and specific clothing items on your list. With list in hand, you can do your shopping with a clearer idea of what your child needs to be prepared.

Enter Today to Win £50 Amazon Gift Card free Entry

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August is here, and soon we will be thinking about heading back to school. In the mean time the following bloggers have collaborated together to bring you a fantastic competition to win a £50 Amazon gift card.

The bloggers taking part are:

FeliFamily | All Things Holidays | Stem Play | Life Changing Side Hustle | Our Life Interrupted | The Cocktail Bird | Bossy Girl | Bake More CakeVegan Book | Nishi V | The Coffee Chef | Giving Is Glorious | Your Thrifty Lifestyle | All 4 Garden | Mums The Wurd | Lukeosaurus and Me | You Can Make Money On The Internet | The Life We Built | Coffee and Life | The Pattern Of Life | Money Saving Bible | Kids Corner | Your Blogger | The Travelling Type | Adventures In Reselling | Master Money Multiplier | Blondarina | Lesvivo | SEO Gold | RCS Wins | Healthy Tasty and Wise | | Cashlee | My Tech Savvy Friend | Mums Guide To Life | Keene On Saving | Joyful Bite | Lula Grace | Foody Thoughts | Curtain Pic | Mental Health Parent | Cotswold Lifestyle | Birds and Lilies | Tea Driven | Journalist Book | Keene on Food | Have A Fab Day | Mrs Money Pot | Wake Up Its Monday | Johnsons Savings | The Heaton Fam | Disabled Day Trips | My Money Spot | Alieshia | Family Fun Getaways | 4 Kids Blog | Blog Masters | Doing The Impcosible | The Finance Fettler | Skinny Spending| Gin and Gemini | Pots of Pennies | A Little Life Of Lovely | Save and Earn | Lifestyle Saving Techniques | Dauphine Fleurs | The Good Life In Somerset | Lydony | Good Life and Mind | Fire Runner | Adjusting The Net | Fully Money | Guide To Health and Fitness | Blogging Waves | Valid Articles | Colourful CornerMudpies and Rainbows | The Parenting Insider | Frugal Home Project | Blogger CreationsBubbina Community Garden | Bubbly Nattie | You and Your Day | Several Ways To | Ellis Denning | Wild About Your Wellbeing | Active Gardening | Blogging 101 | The Family Cookbook | Our House Our Home | Modern Rustic Weddings | Catching Sunsets | Hawkes At Home | Blogging Beautiful | Life With More Sparkle | Balance The Budget | Easy Meals For Busy Mums | Mummy Saver Money Maker | Slimming Cheaply | Sporf | Insect Eating Plants | Crystal Brook | Zero Waste Kids and Me | Love Marriage Kids | Manifest with LOA | Vitaflex Lifestyle | The Thrifty Princess | Bark and Bites | Secret Disco | Not Got A Clue 

Terms and conditions

1. There is one top prize of the £50 Amazon gift voucher.
2. There are no runner up prizes.
3. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding all bloggers involved with running the giveaway
4. Closing date for entries is midnight on 22.08.21
5. The same Rafflecopter widget appears on all the blogs involved, but you only need to enter on one blog
6. Entrants must log in to the Rafflecopter widget, and complete one or more of the tasks – each completed task earns one entry in the prize draw
7. Tweeting about the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget will earn five bonus entries into the prize draw.
8. 1 winner will be chosen at random.
9. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days with their delivery address, or a replacement winner will be chosen.
10. The winners’ names will be published in the Rafflecopter widget (unless the winner objects to this).
11. The prizes will be despatched within 14 days of the winner confirming their details.
12. The promoter is Drew Media LTD t/a www.MakeMoneyWithoutAJob.com
13. By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions

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How to Write a List Blog Post: Planning, Formatting and Tips

There are many different types of blog posts, but a list blog post is one that has an ordered list with items. They are typically used to share tips and information in a concise way. If you’re looking for some inspiration, this post will cover how to plan and format your own list blog posts as well as provide tips on what to include!

What is a list post (a.k.a listicle)?

A list post is a type of blog post that has an ordered list with items. They are typically used to share tips and information in a concise way, which makes them easy to digest for readers browsing on the internet.

What can be included?

List posts can include anything from lists filled out by one person (i.e., who is writing the list) to collaborative lists with other people. The list can include anything under the sun, but typically it’s used for sharing tips and information in a concise way.

Planning your post

When planning your list post, think about what you want to cover as well as how many items there will be on the list. When thinking of content around each item, you want to be able to write enough to make the post engaging but not too much that it becomes long-winded. You don’t want your readers to lose interest after reading the first sentence of a list item, so think about what’s important for them and what they would find interesting

Understand what problem you’re solving

Another important part of planning a list post is to think about what problem you’re solving.  Are you helping someone find five options for the best email marketing company?  Or ten of the best releases on Netflix this year? 

Knowing what you’re solving for will help guide the content of your list, and make it more valuable to readers.

What’s the strategic goal with the post?

The final part of the post is to think about the strategic goal of the post.  Most commonly, you want to get this type of post shared on social media.  They may not be the best for organic traffic but people love to share and comment on them.  You can also use them as a lead generation tool, by including an email capture form at the end of each list post.

What are the benefits to your audience? 

The other reason for planning posts is understanding what you’re going to offer readers in return for their time when they read it. Are you sharing insider tips on how people do a certain thing or what they love most about something?  These types of posts are about building trust and credibility with readers.

Writing your list post

Once you have a basic idea of what you are writing about and why, there are a few core elements you need to include to make it a great list blog post.

An attention-grabbing heading

Headlines are super important for any type of blog post and lists are no different.  You always want the number of items on your list in the post along with your main keyword for good SEO.

A solid introduction that keeps them reading

An introductory sentence or paragraph that explains the list and why you’re writing it 

This is probably your most important part of the post as this will be what gets readers to keep reading. You want them hooked from the first sentence or they’ll just scroll right on by. This is where we get into a general idea about how long each item on the list is going to be.

Keep the list organised logically

Some lists can be a bit random in their order but others want to be organised logically.  If you are writing about 25 new books released this year, you might want to group them by category such as romance or horror.

Alphabetical lists can work if there’s no clear logical or you don’t want to seem like you are favouring one entry over another.

Useful and in-depth content

How in-depth you go with each item of your list depends on the purpose and style of list.  But you always want to be sure the list is useful and that the reader gets some benefit from it.  You could use this as a spot to add affiliate links such as to an Amazon product for a book you discuss or for a free trial for software you are mentioning.

Make sure there’s a call to action

Lastly, add a call to action or CTA that tells the reader what to do next.  Is it to buy a product or subscribe? Or do you want them to leave their email address so they can be notified when the next list is released?  Even to comment below or share with a friend can be a useful CTA to add.

Editing the post

The final step is to edit the post and make sure the format is good.  Aside from the usual checks you would make for any blog post, there’s a couple of best practices for list posts to consider.

How to make it scannable

With list posts, it is always a good idea to make sure it is scannable.  That means using good heading structure and bullet points where possible such as explaining the pros and cons of something or the basics facts about it.

Use good heading structure for longer lists

If the list is longer than one paragraph, it can be helpful to use good heading structure.  This way readers know what they’re reading about and don’t need to read every sentence of a list item in order to understand what’s being said.

Harness the power of the listicle

The post includes a list of items that should be included in the list blog post. It also provides formatting and stylistic tips to make your posts more shareable on social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter as well as how to plan for it. Now get started writing your own high quality, informative and shareable lists by following these steps!

How to Write a Case Study Blog Post

How to Write a Case Study Blog Post

The case study blog post is a great way to show off your results, and the tutorial will teach you how to write one. Case studies are a great marketing tool that can be used in conjunction with other strategies like SEO (search engine optimization). They’re also very popular on social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn because they allow users to share their own success story.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-read yet detailed guide, then this article has all of the information you need!

What is a case study?

Let’s start with the basics – what is a case study? A case study can be defined as a report or research paper that studies an individual, group or event. It’s written to present the subject in detail and is often used for academic purposes. But here we are talking about the types used for marketing content.

Case studies are able to provide more detailed information about your product than you might otherwise be able to convey through other means such as a sales page or email marketing.

This is where using case studies can come in handy – and how you should write one to get the most out of it. It’s important that you know what your goal with a case study will be before deciding on how long or detailed it needs to be, as well as who you want to target.

What type of case study should you write?

The type of case study that you should plan on writing is one where there is an opportunity or problem, and after following additional steps or experimenting with other solutions, it’s solved using what you’re about to teach you in the course or solve for you with the product.

Getting the right type of case study is important because they have to be honest and show the person how they improved their life or business.

An example of a case study that would not work is one where someone writes about how happy they are with an event like getting married, because there’s no opportunity for improvement in that story. Another type might be using sports statistics but it may not apply as well to people who aren’t interested in that sport.

Case studies in marketing

In marketing, case studies are used to show how successful a business is with its product or service. It can be used to showcase the effectiveness of your own services, course or products.

The case study blog post tutorial will teach someone who creates their own content how to make an interesting and good read but also get across the most important points and stats for people to purchase leads or buy more of the product.

What information do you need to write a case study?

When writing a case study blog post, you will need certain information including:

  • The service or product that you are writing about
  • Who the target audience is (if there’s a specific one)
  • What your goal with this blog post will be–to convince people to buy, sign up for an email list, etc.
  • Stats and how they compare to averages in your industry. You may need some outside research on the topic before you write too much of this section if it isn’t a common statistic already known by most readers.

Tips for writing a case study

The goal of writing case study blog posts? The goal of this tutorial is not just for someone to publish something on their website with good content but also get across some important points and stats so people are more likely to buy or sign up.

The main aim of a case study should be to present data-backed arguments about how your product has helped others. You want readers who stumble upon your site through search engines (those keywords!) and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, see what you’re offering in one glance.

Your persuasive argument might convince them that they need what you have–or at least give it credibility so they will consider it and research it further.

Only use technical jargon where needed in case people not familiar with industry terms come across the case study.

Include a brief introduction to the case study, with background information.

Answer key questions about how this product can help readers in question form at the beginning of your case study for quick reference.

List five or six benefits and include them in body copy as you talk about specific issues people are having that this service could solve (include real-world examples minus names and identifiable information where possible.)

Include a conclusion at the end of your case study with a call to action.

Have a dedicated case studies page

If you want prospective clients to feel comfortable with your company’s work, it is important that they are able to find examples of completed projects. It doesn’t matter if the page has a clever title like “Case Studies” or “Success Stories,” as long as visitors can easily search and spot what their needs may be in relation to your business.

Get inspired by Google’s Think With Google case study page: while the copy isn’t engaging on its own, one look at how well structured this webpage appears will have readers coming back for more!

Put case studies on your home page

On your homepage, you can provide visitors with evidence to show that other customers are happy. Here’s how: 

  • Include a call-to-action for specific case studies on the page or have them pop up in slide over form
  • Mention customer testimonials at all times and include quotes from satisfied clients throughout different pages of your website with a CTA to the case studies page

Make the best use of case studies

We’ve covered how to make a case study blog post, but what are some specific ways you can use these posts in your marketing strategy?

You could create one for any of the following topics:  

  • A course or service that teaches people something they need (e.g., blogging tips)  
  • A product with an ongoing subscription service (e.g., monthly meal plans)  
  • An event hosted by your company like an art show or music concert 
  • An affiliate product with a study of how you use it and the benefits or results you got from it

So what are the different ways you could use case studies in your business to help increase leads and drive sales?

10 Easy Steps to Take Care of Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

As a Single divorced parent of 2 teenagers who struggle with Autism and mental health, it is becoming even harder to look after myself. I have had days when I have been so very low. Lack of sleep all the worrying we do about them its a never ending circle of emotions that is constant. Its a battle believe me. I wonder If it will ever end. So while I do this I also remind myself to take some form of self care. Are you looking for more ways to cope with life’s challenges ?

  1. Self Care is Paramount 

Selfcare do something for you every day, It doesn’t matter how small take 5minutes if that’s all you have. I find getting out in nature helps me and meditation, journaling it out of my head. Take care, remember you’re important too and to look after someone else you have to look after you. Self care is so important! We can easily get so caught up in caring for our children that we forget about ourselves. What do you like to do that makes you feel like you? What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that capture your attention and allow you to be swept away in the moment? These things nourish us and provide a break from thinking about  Mental Health all the time. Eating a healthy diet is so important too. Why not practise Gratitude you could do this with your children too.

2. Get out and Exercise

For me, getting some physical activity is vital for my mental health, as well as being out in nature. So taking walks is a big part of my self care. Or do a Couch to 5K download the App and join up with a friend. A few years ago I took up the Couch to 5K challenge and now I take part in Saturday Morning park runs. The joy you feel after completing a 5K is actually lifechanging.  If running isnt your thing try Yoga or Pilates. Follow a Joe Wicks workout with your Kids or a Davina DVD. Anything that gets you moving builds up those endorphins.

3. Meet up with Friends 

Having an outlet and finding someone to talk is really helpful. and we’re glad to listen and offer support! It’s also nice to get out sometimes and meet a friend for coffee, Talk to friends about the problems, as sometimes I’m not being rational and can’t see the whole picture.  

 

4. Binge watch a favourite TV show

Sometimes binge watching a show on Netflix can be self care, and that’s one I often share with my teen. It’s a low pressure way to relax and spend quality time together.

I was trying meditation to try and help, and took up drawing, and trying to get out for walks to help my self care when my son was struggling with his MH, and it was helping, and even those my son since moved out I still try and do selfcare which I was advised to do when I enquired about having counselling again.xxSome time away from the child either doing something you enjoy or that consumes all of your attention but doesn’t cause you too much stress. So this could be your job but it may not be for everyone. I got some respite through volunteering for an hour a week and I was sometimes away overnight with work which I found very helpful.

5. Meditation

I meditate using crystals and aromatherapy oils , take time out for yourself to recharge and heal x

6. Listen to a Podcast or Read a good Book

I listen to podcasts on anxiety which help me, you would think i was an expert by now! Breathe it all out. Clean the house. Put my 80s music on and dance!

7. Do some Arts and Crafts Cook or Bake.

I find craft (any kind) helps me. I crochet, sew, make cards, quilt, diamond art and colouring. I’m also doing a college course online, which I do for 30mins every day. Bake a cake try a new recipe. I make Jewellery and I recently took up pottery.

8. Get a Manicure or Pedicure

It is true that when we look good we feel good. You do not have to spend a fortune you can do your own home spa or treat yourself and go to a beauty salon. Its up to you but it will make you feel good about yourself. Self Care is extremely important for your well-being.

9. Go Shopping 

Take a day off give yourself a budget and go shopping for you (not your kids) you don’t have to spend much take a trip to your high street Charity shops have an idea of what you need. Ask for help in the shop for items you are looking for. There is nothing better than feeling good with a new outfit.

10. Get enough Sleep 

Sleep is essential to help you help your child teenager with their struggles. Aim for at least 7 hours a night if you can.  If you wake up tired try and go to bed earlier that evening. I use a lavender sleep pillow mist from Cotswold Lavender in Snowshill near Broadway.

You matter. You matter. You matter. Take care of yourself. This will not only benefit you but also help you show up how you want and need to for your child. From personal experience don’t sacrifice your sleep long term. Nourish you. I like mindfulness and getting out in nature. You matter Look for more mental health tips online

Just remember that every little me time helps you and your child x You need to avoid burn-out.

I would say, don’t struggle alone, get some support, you don’t have to carry the load on your own, you are not a failure if you ask the GP for help.

Me time  I don’t know what I’d do without it.

It doesn’t matter if its watching rubbish on TV, reading a chapter of a book or just sitting quietly usually in a different room to your child.

YOU MATTER TAKE CARE OF YOU!

 

How to Help an Autistic Child

Autism Facts

The Perception of Danger, Sensory issues, Finding Comfort in Repetition , Obsessions ,Anxiety, Feeling Excluded from Society, Caring for a Child with Autism

It’s important to remember that autistic people are not all the same. They have different needs and how we interact with them should change depending on what those needs are. One person might enjoy intense touch, while another might be bothered by it. My son loved tight hugs as a child.

Sensory processing disorder is a neurological condition that affects how the brain receives messages from the senses. Those who suffer from this disorder may experience certain sounds or smells as being too intense. This can lead to meltdowns and self-soothing.

An individual with sensory processing disorder can present at different ages and in different ways. There are no diagnostic tests for sensory processing disorder, yet there are some assessments that medical professionals can use to rule out other possible causes of behaviour or developmental delays. These assessments include: motor skills, cognitive development, social skills, hearing/vision, language skills, and reactions to temperature and pain.

Sensory sensitivities are the perception of sensory stimuli that are either too intense, not intense enough, or simply the wrong type of stimulation.

The key to helping someone with sensory issues is to understand what they need and offer it to them. If you’re talking to someone who has noise sensitivities, for example, reduce their noise levels by turning off the TV or radio or moving further away from traffic. If you’re talking to someone who has touch sensitivities and is getting overwhelmed by your hug, introduce yourself with a handshake instead of a hug.

There are many ways we can help people with sensory issues without being aware that they have them in the first place.

Early detection and treatment is imperative for children with speech difficulties. My son had speech and language difficulties which were picked up at his 2nd year health visit assessment.

Parents should be aware of how to identify early signs of speech problems. They can talk to their child’s doctor if they notice something unusual or they observe that the child is not speaking at the same age as other children from the same family. Speak with your health visitor as soon as possible. My own sons difficulties were picked up in this way.

Parents should also know how to identify early warning signs in a child with speech difficulties. These include:

– Refusal to speak or use words,

– Signs of hearing loss,

– Frequently turning head away when talking,

– Asking for repetition often,

– Hesitation and pauses in conversation,

– Difficulty following directions and understanding what others are saying

—How to deal with an Autistic meltdown.

This section focuses on the intervention steps for those who are experiencing a meltdown. A meltdown is a situation where an individual with autism loses control of their emotions and behaviour.

People with autism can exhibit many different types of behaviours that appear to be symptoms of a meltdown. Some common reactions include intense anger or panic, aggression, screaming, and any other impulsive behaviour. Sometimes these meltdowns happen because an individual is feeling overwhelmed by the sensory environment around them. Other times they may be triggered by an event like getting lost or waiting in line too long.

The first step is to identify triggers for the individual’s meltdowns in order to avoid them as much as possible in the future. Once they have been identified, there are techniques available to reduce their intensity and duration if they do happen

The best way to communicate with autistic children is through repetition and consistency of language.

In order to understand the autistic child it is important to be empathetic and understanding. The child will likely not have the ability to articulate their needs or frustrations, so it is important for the caregiver to read into what the child wants or needs.

I hope this blog gives you a better understanding about how an autistic child views the world and that you can better understand how to help a child or your own child. Having a child with Autism can be a challenge to your mental health and wellbeing. It is really important to get enough sleep. I find a weighted blanket can really help not only with your sleep but it can benefit an autistic child too. My son has one and has used it for years.