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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:

 

THROWN A CURVE BALL | IVF diary 5

 

Watch all the Vlog of the week videos here

Watch more of Emma’s videos here

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 – 24th October 2016

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!

Watch all the Vlog of the Week videos here

Watch more videos from Jules Furness here

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.

Watch Halloween videos here

Have kids Halloween costumes gone too far?

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

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.

Watch more Halloween videos here

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

Updated on 14/10/2016

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 ‏@callmeCaraBlog 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.
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How do I take part in the Twitter party?

  • If you aren’t already on Twitter then register for free at http://www.twitter.com
  • You must follow @channelmum to take part
  • We’d love to know if you’re coming (so we can get the virtual drinks and snacks ready!) so please RSVP by sending us a message to @channelmum and @ITVBe using #TheMummyDiaries
  • Join in the chat on Twitter between 9pm-10pm on Wednesday 12th October 2016
  • Don’t forget to join the party & make comments and/or replies you must include #The MummyDiaries and @ChannelMum somewhere in your tweets. This is the only way your comment can be seen by everyone at the party!

GOOD LUCK and see you there!

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