Vlog Of The Week: Name My Baby

This week’s Vlog Of The Week is a really fun one – we’ve chosen Sarah-Jayne Lljungstrom’s ‘Name My Baby‘ vlog where reveals how she is struggling to come up with the perfect name for her third baby. There’s nothing we love more at Channel Mum Shedquarters than talking about baby names so this video has definitely been a highlight.

Sarah-Jayne has made some great videos in the past about picking baby names for her two sons but is stuck when it comes to baby number three. What’s more she doesn’t know the gender of her baby which makes it even harder!

Fancy coming up with the name of her baby? Sarah-Jayne has opened up the floor to suggestions!

Head over and have a watch and hear about the names she loves, the kind of names she is looking for and why not even make a suggestion or two? She’ll definitely thank you for it! Baby is due in only a few weeks time now!

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For more videos from Sarah-Jayne please check out her vlogger page here.

You can watch more videos about picking baby names here.

Pregnant? Make sure you check out our pregnancy week by week vlogs.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week too, simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Find out more about our Vlog Of The Week series here. 

And don’t forget to check out our previous Vlogs Of The Week here:

Coming up 5th December …

Coming up 5th December

It’s super busy in the Shedquarters this week! Pop to our homepage or social channels each day and join the chat …

MONDAY 🎬  – Fancy making your own Christmas Jumper this year? Little Button Diaries, Lorraine MulrooneyKerry Conway, Isabel Brandon, Moderate Mum and Lulastic Hippyshake show us how. Plus it’s day five of our 12 Days of Christmas competition and Emily Norris will be LIVE on Facebook at 11.30am giving away another great toy from Mattel.

TUESDAY 🎬 – Get powered up and ready for Christmas with this Duracell video, featuring The Ingham Family of Five, Emily Norris and Alex Gladwin and we’re half way through the 12 Days of Christmas countdown, today it’s Mrs Meldrum‘s turn to be LIVE on Facebook at 11.30am with our Mattel toy giveaway.

WEDNESDAY – Day seven and SJ will be LIVE on Facebook at 11.30am – go say ‘hi’ and you could win a fab toy, plus there’s an Instagram takeover from The Wilky Ways.

THURSDAY 🎬 – We’re celebrating Christmas Eve traditions in our video with Iceland; Kate+ and Lara Jarvis show you what their day looks like and don’t forget to join Sarah Ingham on Facebook LIVE at 11.30am for day eight of our fabulous toy giveaway.

FRIDAY 🎬– Have you seen the Vileda Windomatic cleaner? It’s sooo clever, watch as Emily NorrisCharlotte Taylor and Lumdeedums put it to the test. Charlie is LIVE on Facebook at 11.30am for day 9 of our Christmas countdown and don’t forget to join Katie Ellison on Saturday and Stacey Leigh on Sunday, too – there are some truly wonderful Mattel toys to be won! Are you one of the lucky ones? See all the 12 days of Christmas competition winners here.

*We’ll also be highlighting our Vlog Of The Week – what vlog has caught your eye this week? Let us know*

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Vlog Of The Week | Why I Only Breastfeed One Twin

Each week we highlight a vlog that we feel is really worth a watch. This week’s Vlog Of The Week is by Amber from Meet The Wildes. As mum to two sets of twins, aged two and under she has her work cut out for her alongside her partner Kirsty and she opens up about how she came to the decision to only breastfeed one of her baby twin girls.

How you feed your child is a topic we could all spend a lot of time talking about and it’s amazing to hear Amber’s breast and bottle feeding story and the reasons why she only breastfeeds one of her twin girls.

Honest, confident and understanding, we love Amber’s approach to parenting, and making decisions that work for the good of the family. We’re huge advocates of fed is best, and Amber most definitely is as well.

Check out her story here – and side note – how cute (and well behaved) are her little girls during the video, sitting there patiently while Amber talks to us?

For more videos from Amber please check out her vlogger page here.

Watch more breast and bottle feeding stories

We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week, simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Find out more about our Vlog Of The Week series here. 

And don’t forget to check out our previous Vlogs Of The Week here:

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Iceland Twitter party invite

 

Join our Twitter Party!

What’s the best way to start Christmas? With a glass (or case) of Prosecco, some award winning Iceland mince pies and £150 of Iceland shopping vouchers of course!  Join our #PowerofFrozen Christmas Twitter party this Friday 2nd December at 12.15pm for your chance to win.

It’s taking place from 12.15pm – 1pm and you’re officially invited to join us! Simply RSVP using the information below to let us know you’ll be there.

If you’ve never taken part in a Twitter party before, we can guarantee it’s a lot of fun and with three fun prizes to give away in just 45 minutes, you won’t want to miss out!

Want to know what’s up for grabs?

  • We have 3 cases of Iceland Prosecco
  • £150 of Iceland Shopping Vouchers
  • Enough award winning Iceland Luxury Mince Pies to keep you going ALL Christmas. They’ve been voted favourite by Good Housekeeping AGAIN!

Come join our Twitter party!

Our #PowerofFrozen Christmas Twitter party is a chance to join in the fun, chat about Christmas and win some fab prizes.

When is it taking place?

  • Friday 2nd December 12.15pm – 1pm
  • Use the hashtag #PowerofFrozen and @ChannelMum in all your tweets
  • Watch out for the prize tweets during the party – winners will  be chosen at random from entries received to each prize question. You can answer the prize questions up until midnight on 2nd December.
  • Read our Terms and Conditions here

How do I take part in the Twitter party?

GOOD LUCK and see you Friday!

Our standard Terms and Conditions apply. Promotions via these networks must follow the guidelines laid out in the initial post with regards to the mechanic to enter. Promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/YouTube. You are providing your information to Channel Mum and not to the network. The information you provide will only be used for the purposes of the promotion. By entering, you agree to your information being used for such purpose. Anyone found to be using multiple accounts to enter will be disqualified. Participants must have an authentic account registered in the UK to participate. Prizes will be delivered as Iceland vouchers to the value of the above prizes. There are three prizes each comprising of vouchers for 6 bottles of Iceland Prosecco worth £6.79 each, 20 boxes of Iceland Luxury Mince Pies worth £1.50 each and £50 of Iceland vouchers.  No cash alternative will be offered for the prize and the prize is non-exchangeable and non-transferable. Iceland reserves the right to substitute the prize for an item of similar value. Iceland vouchers can be used in UK Iceland stores only. Vouchers cannot be used online and cannot be used to purchase bonus card savings. Separate voucher terms and conditions may apply, please refer to the vouchers on receipt for details.

Coming up 28th November …

LeapFrog competition, Sarah Cantwell, Jules Furness, Nilly Dahlia, Elf on the Shelf

What’s going on in our Shedquarters this week? Pop to our homepage or social channels each day and join the chat!

MONDAY 🎬  – We’ve got a new video going live with our friends over at LeapFrog all about those first few months of starting big school. Plus look out for a special competition to win a HUGE LeapFrog bundle worth over £300 on our Instagram! Have you heard about a reverse advent calendar, it’s a great tradition to start with the kids?

TUESDAY – Getting ready for Christmas? Lots of inspiration over here.

WEDNESDAY 🎬  – Find out how to earn money on your Christmas shopping with TBSeen with our exclusive video featuring Kate Thornton today. Plus she’ll be popping up LIVE on our Facebook page at 11.30am with a special competition. Check out our Instagram takeover from Nilly Dahlia – a mum of two under two.

THURSDAY 🎬  – It’s the start of our Christmas countdown on Channel Mum and we’re kicking off with a video about Elf on the Shelf.  *Join us at 11.30am on Facebook LIVE for a special Christmas countdown announcement from Hey Mummy –  you will not want to miss this!* Plus we have an Instagram takeover from Sarah Cantwell and Jules Furness.

FRIDAY – You are invited to join the Channel Mum and Iceland Christmas Twitter Party at 10.15am and then join us LIVE on Facebook at 11.30am for a giveaway!

*We’ll also be highlighting our Vlog Of The Week – what has caught your eye this week? Tweet us using #CMVlogOfTheWeek*

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Win a holiday to Butlin’s!

What you can win
We have one Just For Tots family break at any Butlin’s resort in 2017 to be won! Our Just For Tots family break is for four people (two adults, two children aged 5 years or under) for four nights, including dining and is worth £600.

Just For Tots breaks are designed for families with children under five. Every day has been carefully created to fit in with your little one’s routine, including early dining times, ‘drop in’ style activity sessions and repeated entertainment schedules. They’ll be starstruck meeting their TV heroes, beaming with pride at learning new things, hungry enough to eat up at meal times, and exhausted by all the activity and fresh air.

Get more information on Just For Tots break at Butlin’s here.

How to Enter
Go to the Channel Mum Facebook page after 11.30am on 25th November until the closing date of 1st December 2016 and watch the Facebook Live video with Alex Gladwin. Just WATCH the video, LIKE the post and leave a COMMENT. The more times you comment and like, the more entries you get. Remember that sharing is caring 💞, and that liking our page means you’ll hear first about our regular competitions. One winner will be drawn after the closing date.

Our Prize
Our lucky winners can stay at any Butlin’s resort in a Gold apartment including Premium dining, or Hotel Room including Hotel dining if at Bognor Regis. Breaks are for four nights, Monday – Friday.  Just For Tots break, to be taken between Jan – April 2017 or Just For Tots Christmas Fantasy breaks in December 2017. At least one child aged 5 or under must be on every booking.

Rules and Prize Details
Usual Channel Mum rules apply. The prize is a Just For Tots family break for four people (2 adults, 2 children aged 5yrs or under) to stay in a Gold apartment including Premium dining, or Hotel Room including Hotel dining if at Bognor Regis for a 4 night (Monday – Friday) 2017 Just For Tots break, must be taken between Jan – April 2017 or Just For Tots Christmas Fantasy breaks in December 2017. These breaks are exclusively designed for Butlins youngest guests so there must be at least one child aged 5 or under on every booking. The prize excludes travel and other related expenses but does include selected entertainment and activities. The prize must be booked by 31.01.17, and taken by 31.12.17. Dates and accommodation are subject to availability. Winner must be lead guest and be present on arrival. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by someone over the age of 25 in the same unit of accommodation. Booking and staying at a Butlin’s resort will be subject to Butlin’s terms and conditions, see butlins.com/terms. Butlin’s Skyline limited, 1 Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. Registered in England No. 04011665

Vlog Of The Week: Bedtime Routine With 2 Under 5

vlog-of-the-week-1-v-smallEach week we highlight a vlog that we think deserves to be in the spotlight. This week’s Vlog Of The Week is one that is useful, interesting and relatable for all mums. We’ve picked Rebecca Meldrum’s Bedtime Routine With 2 Under 5. Not only do lots of us fall into this category of having multiple children under 5 years old, no matter how old your children, this type of vlog is infinitely interesting to see just how other mums do it. There’s always something we can learn from another mum and Rebecca’s organised night time routine for her two girls definitely gave us some food for thought.

Rebecca Meldrum is a master at capturing her mum life, editing it beautifully and explaining everything in a way that makes you instantly feel like good friends. No wonder then that she just won the mumsnet Blogfest Best Vlogger award. Well done Rebecca!

Check out her Bedtime Routine With 2 Under 5 here:

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For more videos from Rebecca please check out her vlogger page here.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week, simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Find out more about our Vlog Of The Week series here. 

And don’t forget to check out our previous Vlogs Of The Week here:

Coming up 21st November …

This Week on Channel Mum

What’s going on in our Shedquarters this week? Pop to our homepage or social channels each day and join the chat!

MONDAY – P&G Super Savvy Me – we have a new video going live plus check out the coupon section on Super Savvy Me for your chance to win 🎬

TUESDAY – Join us on Facebook LIVE at 2pm with Charlotte Louise Taylor for a special Go Jetters giveaway.

WEDNESDAY – Suffering from morning sickness? You’re not alone! Watch our new Mum SOS 🎬 where other expectant mums share their experiences and tips for if you’re feeling blurgh!

THURSDAY – 11.30am join us on Facebook LIVE for a round-up of the week’s best parenting news with Mrs Meldrum – come join us for a natter, we want to hear your views.

FRIDAY – at 11am our Butlins video goes live 🎬 and join us at 11.30am as Alex Gladwin goes LIVE on Facebook launching our competition to win a holiday to Butlins!

*We’ll also be highlighting our Vlog Of The Week – what has caught your eye this week? Tweet us using #CMVlogOfTheWeek*

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Vlog Of The Week: My Ectopic Pregnancy Story

vlog-of-the-week-1-v-smallThis week’s Vlog Of The Week is by Lucie Herridge aka Lucie And The Bump, who has recently joined the Channel Mum team. Her vlogs are always frank and engaging but her recent vlog where she opened up about her ectopic pregnancy was incredibly honest and we feel, incredibly important too.

In it Lucie describes the events leading up to her ectopic pregnancy, the symptoms she experienced and how she nearly lost her life. It’s a sobering account of just how serious ectopic pregnancies are. Lucie went from not knowing she was pregnant at all, and having some stomach pains to needing to be rushed to hospital for life saving surgery in a matter of hours.

We really believe that her vlog ‘My Ectopic Pregnancy’ has the potential to save lives by talking about her experience and educating others on the signs to look out for. Brave, heartfelt and helpful, we’ve not been able to stop thinking about this vlog since we watched it.

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For more videos from Lucie please check out her vlogger page here.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week, simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Find out more about our Vlog Of The Week series here. 

And don’t forget to check out our previous Vlogs Of The Week here:

Find out the TOP Christmas adverts for 2016

Christmas 2016 advertsMOVE over Father Christmas – this year Mother Christmas has stolen the show!

The epic new Christmas advert from high street fave M&S has sleighed (sorry!) rival stores to be crowned the festive season’s best.

The commercial – which features a sassy Mumma Claus delivering a last minute gift to heal the rift between warring siblings – has warmed the nations’ hearts. And it’s even beaten Chrimbo stalwart John Lewis to clinch top place in our annual Channel Mum festive ads poll.

Now you may see M&S more as the store where your mum shops, but the ad’s cosy setting, sleek gifts and cheeky touches like Mrs C curled up with her fave novel ’50 Shades of Red’ mean everyone is taking a peek at what good old M&S has on the shelves this season.

We’ll be elbowing Alexa Chung out of the way for the faux leather jeggings for starters. And it seems you all agree as over a third more mums rated the M&S ad as their favourite above John Lewis, which has won our poll every year previously.

M&S was also your most effective Christmas ad, with two in five mums saying they’re more likely to shop with the store as a result of seeing the Christmas commercial. But close on Mrs Claus’s heels was Aldi’s hilarious Kevin the Carrot. A whopping 38 per cent of mums we surveyed said they’d be more likely to shop with the discounter after viewing it’s fun-filled festive jaunt.

By contrast, just 22 per cent of you will switch to John Lewis despite the £7m cost of the Buster the Boxer extravaganza. Indeed, nine in ten mums polled said they thought the £7m spend was ‘excessive’ with 46 per cent claiming it has turned them off shopping there.

But John Lewis remained the kids clear favourite, with 54 per cent of children voting for it, followed by 19 per cent for Aldi’s Kevin the Carrot and nine per cent who adored Argos’ Yetis. Trampolines on the Christmas list yet, anyone?

Watch all the Christmas adverts here

GO ON, admit it – did you shed a tear? If so, you’re in good company as a whopping 60 per cent of mums admit to crying at this year’s Christmas ads.

The biggest tearjerker was M&S again, with 54 per cent of our mums weeping after watching it – perhaps at the thought their kids could eventually get on!

A quarter sobbed over the acrobatic animals in the John Lewis ‘bounce bounce’ ad, 12 per cent at Sainsbury’s harried but hardworking dad and nine per cent at the heroic Waitrose robin battling home for his festive mince pie.

M&S was also voted the most Christmassy commercial overall by 56 per cent of mums quizzed. And our mums even revealed their ultimate wishlist for the perfect festive ad.

Four in five want scenes of happy families together enjoying themselves, 52 per cent enjoy traditional snow and Christmas trees, and 45 per cent love nothing more than a cosy house with a roaring fire.

But there’s also a new and growing movement for keeping it real, as three in five of you want to see ‘less perfect, more real’ ads.

Half complained the Christmas ads don’t recognise than many families are still struggling for money while a third want to see more kids with disabilities featured, and a quarter asked for more Christmas ads about single parents.

But when you find an ad you love, you let everyone know! Seven in ten of us talk about the ads with family and friends, two in five re-watch the Christmas ads on YouTube and a third talk about them on social media. One in seven even post the ads to their own social profiles and six per cent use retailer’s official hashtags.

And to top it all off it’s now more popular to watch the ads as video social or YouTube before the telly, with 52 per cent of mums going online first. So like everything else family-focused you need to know, you can see it on Channel Mum first. So a very merry Vidmas to you all!

More…
Get sorted with Christmas videos
Take a look at the top toys for Christmas 2016

Coming up 14th November …

This Week on Channel Mum

Want to know what’s going on in our Shedquarters this week? Pop to our homepage or social channels each day and join the chat!

MONDAY – Watch out for a secret Facebook LIVE happening at 9.30pm – grab a cuppa and come and join SJ.

TUESDAYMum’s The Word  – Charlie, Stacey, Lucy and special guest Kate Murnane (Dolly Bow Bow) will be debating the pros and cons of dummies – love them or hate them, we want to hear your views 🎬

WEDNESDAY – Watch our latest video on advent calendars featuring Charlie 🎬 , plus we’ve got an Instagram takeover from Charlotte Louise Taylor.

THURSDAY – Last chance to enter the competition on our Instagram and Facebook pages to to win the top toys for Christmas (we have Hatchimals) and we also have another competition on Facebook to win a LIFE SAVING BABY GROW – all three comps close at 11am!

*11.30am join us on Facebook LIVE for a round-up of the week’s best parenting news with Charlie – come have a natter with us*

FRIDAY – At 1.45pm we’ll be LIVE on Facebook from the Iceland kitchen with Hey Mummy, join us to win a case of Prosecco and a £100 Iceland voucher.

*We’ll also be highlighting another Vlog Of The Week – any suggestions? Tweet us using #CMVlogOfTheWeek*

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Vlog Of The Week: Pregnancy Confessions + 5 Must Haves

Every week we highlight a vlog that we think is top notch. There’s such an amazing quantity of vlogs about parenting, motherhood and pregnancy that each week we’re hard pressed to pick which one we want to highlight. It might be a vlog that has made us giggle, has taught us something or simply made us feel understood for the first time in ages.

This week’s Vlog Of The Week goes to Samantha Maria for her incredibly frank approach to her pregnancy where she confesses to some of the things which she has been feeling or going through, including prenatal depression which is not something we often hear about. In fact she reveals that 1 in 10 pregnant women go through feelings of depression during their pregnancy.

As well as prenatal depression Samantha Maria opens up about other things about pregnancy which we’re sure all expectant mums can relate to; from losing your identity, to feeling like you can’t say if you’re not enjoying pregnancy, to the aches and pains that pregnancy brings with it, there’s a lot that we sympathised with!

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We know this video will speak to so many women and the fact she is opening up the conversation about how pregnancy has made her feel, can only help others in a similar situation.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week, simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Find out more about our Vlog Of The Week series here. 

And don’t forget to check out our previous Vlogs Of The Week here:

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Coming up 7th November …

This week on Channel Mum

Want to know what’s going on in our Shedquarters this week? Pop to our homepage or social channels each day and join the chat! We’d love a good chinwag…

MONDAY – Last chance to enter the Little Dish competitions running on our Instagram page two comps close at 12pm!

TUESDAY – Check out our MUM SOS video all about Birth Plans. 🎬

WEDNESDAY – At 7am we’ve got a video going live on our website where we’ll be exclusively announcing the DreamToys list of 2016. These are the hot toys the experts say will be in our children’s stockings. Plus join us on Facebook LIVE at 7am where you can win a whole set of the toys! We’ll be sharing some behind the scenes photos over on Instagram too and another chance to win some toys. 🎬

THURSDAY – Have you experienced gender disappointment? Charlie, Stacey and Emily debate this hot topic with none other than TV’s Sam Faiers. 🎬

*11.30am every Thursday join us on Facebook LIVE – this week Emily will be rounding up the best parenting news and stories – grab a cuppa and come join the fun*

FRIDAY – We’re going live on Facebook at 10am with a special giveaway – join us to see what it is! We will also be highlighting another Vlog Of The Week – who should it be? Tweet us your suggestions using #CMVlogOfTheWeek

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Vlog Of The Week: Why Didn’t We See It?

Every week we highlight a vlog that we think deserves to be seen by more people, whether it’s something that has made us feel warm and fuzzy, laugh out loud or blub into our coffees.

This week’s Vlog Of The Week is from Jess from 2.2 Children & A Dog. In her ‘Why Didn’t We See It?’ vlog Jess tackles a very important issue; anxiety. She talks about her son’s experiences with anxiety and how she gradually spotted the signs that he was suffering from this condition.

Her video is so honest and so heartbreaking at times that once we finished watching, her words remained with us for a long time after. It’s such a delicate issue having a child with anxiety, and it has the potential to cause real problems in daily life. What’s more, her candid account of how it has made her feel as a mum, and the measures the family is taking to improve things, are really enlightening.

Jess’s openness and honesty will be extremely helpful for other parents who suspect their child of suffering from anxiety, which is why it’s our well deserved Vlog Of The Week. All too often we don’t discuss the things that worry us or upset us, and hearing Jess describe the symptoms and issues around anxiety can only help to demystify this condition and help others in a similar situation.

Watch Jess’s vlog below:

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Check out Jess’s vlogger page here to watch more of her content.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week, just remember, they have to be plugged into the Channel Mum website and have been published in the last four weeks. Simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Find out more about our Vlog Of The Week series here. 

And don’t forget to check out our previous Vlogs Of The Week here:

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The Channel Mum family continues to grow…

channelmum_channelbadge_circleEveryone who adds their YouTube channel to the Channel Mum website becomes part of the Channel Mum vlogging family instantly. When you add your channel, you’re adding your voice to a growing tribe of mamas showcasing the honest face of parenting every day.

We’re constantly looking through all the amazing videos that have been uploaded every single day to highlight the great content over on our social channels. We send regular emails letting you know what monthly themes are coming up and we shine a light on the best of the bunch with our new Vlog of the Week feature.

Today we’re excited to announce some new sponsored vloggers. A very warm welcome to:

Nilly Dahlia – With two children under two life is never dull for Nilly and husband Ali. They’re mainly wondering why gentle parenting isn’t as easy as the text books make out. She’s getting through life with wipes, breastmilk and coconut oil.

Rhiannon Ashlee – Rhiannon is 23, lives with boyfriend Doug and they’re new parents to the sweetest little baby Delilah. Rhiannon has two vlogs, her vlogging channel (that just hit 100k subscribers last week congrats!) and her main fashion and lifestyle channel.

The Ingham Family of Five – skater dad Chris and wife Sarah are daily vloggers showing what life is really like with their three sweet daughters Isabelle, Esme and Isla. And of course the dog Prinny.

Pop Rocks Mama – Rhian is 27 and lives in Newcastle, is mum to 8 month old daughter Siena and has just started trying for baby number two.  She vlogs about pregnancy, parenting, babies and fashion.

Lara Jarvis – Lara vlogs about all things beauty, lifestyle and parenting. Lara and husband Stuart have two young sons, Henry and George who both share the same birthday two years apart. We have pastel coloured hair envy if we’re honest.

Lucie Herridge – Lucie vlogs about lifestyle, family and memories. She’s a first time mummy to gorgeous Harry who was born profoundly deaf. He’s a bionic bubba who has Cochlear implants. Lucie just got engaged in Paris too – congrats!

Coming up …

This week on Channel Mum

Here’s what’s going on in the Channel Mum Shedquarters week commencing 31st October. Simply pop to our home page or social channels each day to join the conversation – we’d LOVE to hear from you!

MONDAY – Happy Halloween! We’ve spooktacular recipes, easy carving ideas, fun crafts and last minute costume ideas in our Halloween section.

Don’t miss our fab competition on our Facebook page where you can win a £100 Next voucher when you show us your pumpkins, decorations and costumes!

Plus we’ve got a special Mum SOS about leaving your children home alone. Would you? Have you? What age is acceptable?  Our chat is sparked by the fact that Michael Gove was splashed across the papers for leaving his 11 year old son alone in a hotel on Saturday night.

Pop over today to our Instagram to see a takeover from Meet the Wildes, the fabulous same sex parents who have two sets of twins who are two and under!

TUESDAY – Once Halloween is out of the way it’s time to get ready for Bonfire Night and no fireworks party is complete without a selection of scrummy food. Tune in to see what’s on offer at Iceland; get a big bag of marshmallows to toast on the fire, see the delicious Chef Lasagne, plus loads more delicious ideas.

WEDNESDAY – It’s National Fertility Awareness Week, which highlights the issues of people struggling to conceive. Vlogger, Jules Furness will be sharing her story in  a video called Fertility Myths Busted. If you’re struggling to conceive we have videos just for you from other mums going through the same.

THURSDAY – Set your alarm for 11.30am, grab a cuppa and head to our Facebook page for our LIVE round-up of all the best parenting news and stories that have got us all talking – we want to know what YOU think. Click the like button on Facebook now so you’ll be notified when Katy and Anna from Hey Mummy go live.

FRIDAY – We have a fun Instagram takeover from the founder of Little Dish – there will be prizes and giveaways galore so be sure to tune in.

And finally, don’t forget that every Friday we’ll be highlighting a Vlog Of The Week. We’d love to hear who you’d nominate, tweet us @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek to let us know which vlogs have caught your eye.

Have a great week everyone!

Love

Team Channel Mum x

PS Join the conversation right here on Channel Mum, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’re here to help. We are your village!

Vlog Of The Week: Pay Day Haul From Brummy Mummy

It’s our second ever Vlog Of The Week, which is our new way of highlighting some of the amazing vlogging talent that’s out there.

As you know there are hundreds of mum (and dad) vloggers plugged into Channel Mum and each week we’re inundated with all the amazing uploads. We love seeing what everyone is up to and this week we’ve chosen a really feel good vlog that definitely gave us that Friday feeling.

Vlog Of The Week – Pay Day Haul – Crap I’ve Bought When Poorly

Emma Conway aka Brummy Mummy Of Two has been a bit poorly lately and confined to her dressing gown and house, but she’s never one to let life get her down.

Emma’s latest Pay Day Haul video is full of amazing seasonal bargains for Halloween as well as some practical mum fashion and Lush goodies (who doesn’t love a Lush haul?).

It’s our Vlog Of The Week because of a Friday we love a bit of haul and we’re genuinely obsessed with her sense of humour. If you can get through this without laughing then quite frankly we don’t know how to cheer you up!

Most of all after watching this video all we can think about is her living in a lighthouse wearing her Primark jumper and Joules raincoat and baking apple pies! (Watch it to see what we mean):

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We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week, just remember, they have to be plugged into the Channel Mum website and have been published in the last four weeks. Simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

Check out last week’s Vlog Of The Week here:

 

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Rise of The Daddy Date Night: Is Your Man Cooking Tonight?

WE ALL know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – but it seems the blokes are trying the same trick on us!

Couples are ditching expensive nights out for romantic nights in – as half of all evenings at home end in sex. While three quarters of UK couples now hold regular ‘date nights’ to keep their romances alive, double the number are now staying home rather than going out.

So who’s behind this trend for home romance? The dads! Twice as many couples think men should organise romantic date nights rather than women. As a result, sales of posh easy to cook date night grub like frozen lobster and chateaubriand have tripled in the last month alone.

But as well as getting it on, you can also get money off.  While the average cost of a date night out is £44.66, lovers spend just £25.71 when they stay in.

What’s not to love about that! Find out how our dads get on their date nights here:

and watch more Dad’s date night videos here.

Coming up …

This week on Channel Mum

Here’s what’s going on in the Channel Mum Shedquarters week commencing 24th October. Simply pop to our home page or social channels each day to join the conversation – we’d LOVE to hear from you!

MONDAY – Vlogger, Lucy Roberts reviews the Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes cookbook, which is packed full of healthy snacks, sweet treats and simple meals. We LOVE the bestselling picture book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Who fancies owl ice-cream?

TUESDAY – With less than a week to go until Halloween, now is the perfect time to start planning; we’ve got costume advice, party planning tips and tons of spooky recipes in our Halloween section.

WEDNESDAY – If you followed Sarah from This Mama Life sharing her incredible live birth story on our Instagram earlier this month, you won’t want to miss this latest video, featuring new footage from her birth. Plus, we also have an Instagram takeover today from Emily Norris – she’s filling us in on what life has been like since welcoming her third little boy, newborn baby, Jackson.

THURSDAY – Set your alarm for 11.30am, grab a cuppa and head to our Facebook page for our LIVE round-up of all the best parenting news and stories that have got us all talking – we want to know what YOU think. This week, full time working Mama SJ will be hosting.

FRIDAY – Last week we launched our brand new Vlog Of The Week feature with a powerful vlog by Jules Furness. Tune in on Friday to see who we have chosen to highlight this week. We’d also love to hear who you’d nominate, tweet us @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek to let us know which vlogs have caught your eye.

Already run out of ideas to keep the kids entertained this half-term? Take a look at our days out and activities section or why not try your hand at some crafts?

Have a great week everyone!

Love

Team Channel Mum x

PS Join the conversation right here on Channel Mum, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’re here to help. We are your village!

Vlog of The Week: IVF Diary by Jules Furness

This week we’re kicking off a brand new feature, our Vlog Of The Week, which is our way of highlighting some of the amazing vlogging talent that’s out there.

We have hundreds of  mum (and dad) vloggers plugged into Channel Mum and each week we’re inundated with all the amazing uploads. From honest and often heartbreaking stories to fun and imaginative ideas for playtime with little ones, the breadth and depth of content made by our vlogging community is something to be celebrated. And all of it touches on what it means to be a parent today.

In this new feature we’ll be choosing a vlog to highlight on our site and our social media, every single week. Whether it’s a vlog that we can’t stop talking about or a vlog that covers something we think more people need to know about, our Vlog of The Week is our little way of saying – WOW.

This is our first Vlog Of The Week and it’s a particularly special one from vlogger Jules.

Vlog Of The Week – Thrown A Curve Ball By Jules Furness

Jules Furness is mama to son Josh and is now on her IVF journey to conceive a sibling for Josh. Josh is her and Steve’s son through adoption.

After going through the menopause as a teenager, Jules has had a lot of struggles to get to this point and watching her open up so honestly about what her IVF journey is like, is nothing short of humbling. Always genuine, never afraid to hold back on the hard parts, Jules has documented her IVF story in a way that will be so helpful and inspiring to so many others in a similar situation.

We’ve chosen this powerful vlog to launch our Vlog of the Week, it shows her in Prague after her scan at the Fertility Clinic which returned an unexpected result. Hearing about the impact it had on her and seeing her talk about her worries, fears and hopes is heartbreaking viewing at times, but her resilience and her dedication to shining a light on every part of her IVF journey can only be helpful for others facing fertility issues. That’s why we’ve decided to highlight it as our Vlog Of The Week, watch it below and we think you’ll agree it’s very well deserved.

 

 

We’d love to hear your suggestions for our next Vlog of The Week, just remember, they have to be plugged into the Channel Mum website and have been published in the last four weeks. Simply send us a tweet @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek with your suggestions!

KILLER CLOWNS?

Killer Clowns

There’s absolutely nothing funny about them.

The cruel craze sweeping the nation has seen police arrests; schools issue warnings and over 100 terrified kids call Childline for help.

If your child is one of the thousands too scared to sleep, here’s how you can help.

We’ve put together this special Mum SOS video featuring our top tips on how to speak to your children about Killer Clowns and what to do if you’re confronted by them.

We’ve even got a special section to show to your little ones, unmasking the clowns and showing why there is no need to be scared.

Watch it here now.

See more Mum SOS videos here.

Have kids Halloween costumes gone too far?

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HALLOWEEN – it’s the one day of the year when it’s acceptable to scare and sicken – but is this taking things too far?

Parents are claiming this is the worst year ever to be a kid at Halloween. Instead of cute costumes featuring pumpkins, witches, wizards and ghosts made from old sheets, retailers seem locked in a battle to the bottom to produce the most vile outfits and cash in.

Among the Halloween offerings Team Channel Mum have spotted this year are sexualised costumes featuring mini skirts and stockings for FOUR year old girls, dress up based on real-life serial murderer Jack the Ripper, and a gruesome ‘Roadkill Pet’ featuring a child’s mutilated rabbit complete with tyre tracks and splattered blood.

Yes, it’s horrifying – but in completely the wrong way.

Have kids Halloween costumes gone too far?

It’s got so bad over two thirds of mums are backing strict age-appropriate ratings on costumes and three quarters want retailers to take more responsibility for the outfits they sell.

So – would you or wouldn’t you let your kids wear these? Here’s our Hateful 8 worst Halloween outfits for kids and tell us yes or NO!

Now see what the press has to say about whether kids Halloween costumes have gone too far here.
 

You’re invited to our Twitter Party – Wednesday 12th October at 9pm

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We’re delighted that so many of you joined us on Twitter on 12th October and made our party trend! We’re pleased to announce the winners of our competition prizes:

@missjesawyer and @TazAllwood each won £100 to spend at Mothercare, while [email protected] won £100 to spend at Minnie’s Boutique and @emilyvaughanx won a bespoke gift from Don’t Buy Her Flowers.

Congratulations to all our winners! And don’t worry, if it wasn’t you, we’ll be having some more lovely prizes up for grabs soon on Channel Mum.

Fancy winning £100 to spend at Mothercare? Or a Don’t Buy Her Flowers gift box? Or £100 to spend on goodies at Minnie’s Boutique? Thought so. We have some really incredible prizes up for grabs during our #TheMummyDiaries Twitter party on Wednesday 12th October.

It’s taking place from 9pm – 10pm and you’re officially invited to join along! Our Twitter party is all in celebration of Samantha Faiers new series on ITVBe – The Mummy Diaries which follows her first year as a mum.

We know firsthand how much of a rollercoaster that first year can be so make sure you tune in – it’s addictive viewing (we might have had a sneak peek!).

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If you’ve never taken part in a twitter party before, we can guarantee it’s a lot of fun and with four incredible prizes to give away in just one hour, you won’t want to miss out!

Take a look at our exclusive chat with Sam Faiers!

Want to know what’s up for grabs?

  • We have 2 x £100 vouchers for Mothercare
  • A £100 bespoke Mummy Diaries gift box from Don’t Buy Her Flowers
  • A £100 voucher from Minnie’s Boutique (that’s Sam and Billie Faiers own fashion store)

Come join our Twitter party!

Our #TheMummyDiaries Twitter party is a chance to join in the fun, have some mum and baby banter and to win some incredible prizes.

When is it taking place?

  • Wednesday 12th October at 9pm
  • Use the hashtag #TheMummyDiaries and @ChannelMum in all your tweets
  • Our incredible prizes will be given away at the party, watch out for the prize tweets during the hour. Winners will  be chosen at midnight at random from entries received to each prize question.
  • Read our Terms and Conditions here.

How do I take part in the Twitter party?

GOOD LUCK and see you there!

Our standard Terms and Conditions apply. Promotions via these networks must follow the guidelines laid out in the initial post with regards to the mechanic to enter. Promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/YouTube. You are providing your information to Channel Mum and not to the network. The information you provide will only be used for the purposes of the promotion. By entering, you agree to your information being used for such purpose. Anyone found to be using multiple accounts to enter will be disqualified. Participants must have an authentic account registered in the UK to participate. No cash alternative will be offered for the prize and the prize is non-exchangeable and non-transferable. Separate voucher terms and conditions may apply, please refer to the vouchers on receipt for details.

 

Capturing Shared Moments With Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons

We have a special place in our hearts for chocolate and we’ve really enjoyed working closely with one of our favourite brands, Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons to create not only some incredible content about all those special moments that happen every day as a parent, but also to create something that’s a bit of a digital first in the world of parenting videos.

It’s all to celebrate the launch of the Cadbury Dairy Milk Button’s Memory Lane tool and we’ve been working  with 100 mum vloggers, asking them to share with us some of their very special shared moments as a mum.

From that morning cuddle to the little things that always bring a smile (when they say, “Mummy I love you”), mums have been opening up their hearts to us and telling us about those ‘awww’ moments that they share with their children every day. After all, life isn’t just about the big things, it’s about finding everyday happiness.

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If you haven’t seen them yet, watch these amazing videos about Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Button’s Memory Lane and find out how you can make your own too.

The Cadbury Dairy Milk Button’s Memory Lane tool is special – it uses clever 360 degree technology which you personalise by uploading photos of you and your little ones. It’s a lovely way to look back on all those special pics from your camera roll and see them in the context of your very own “memory lane”. It’s a fun summer holiday activity to show your children!

Seeing all of the videos go live and hearing about everyone’s special moments, makes us realise how lucky we are to have the privilege of being mums – but it also makes us realise just how amazing it is to harness mum power to all come together with a message – about enjoying those everyday shared moments of motherhood.

After all, it goes by much too fast.

As part of our partnership with Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons we have a wonderful competition to tell you about too! You could win one of five state of the art video cameras and of course, a delicious box of Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons. Fancy winning that? We do!

How To Enter

All you have to do is create your own personal Memory Lane by visiting http://www.buttonsmemorylane.co.uk and share your video using the hashtag #ButtonsMemoryLane and tag @channelmum on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for your chance to WIN one of five state of the art video cameras and a box of Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons. The competition ends on 30th September and all our usual terms and conditions apply.

Good luck!

PS, We’ve got an exciting, prize filled Twitter party coming up soon on Wednesday 24th August from 11am – 12pm so don’t forget to join us there for even more amazing competition giveaways. More info coming soon!

GOOD LUCK and see you Friday!