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Bloggers Behind The Screens: Featuring A Rose Tinted World

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Journals and Stationery representative of the blog A Rose Tinted World

Bloggers Behind the Screens is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have encountered before, and learn a little more about them!

This month, we’re talking to bloggers about the very thing that makes them bloggers. Their blogs. I’m super excited to be hosting an interview with the lovely Jo at A Rose Tinted World and finding out all about her blog, including her favourite posts, her likes and dislikes about being part of the blogger community and her hopes for the future. If you want to find out more about Jo, you can check out links to all of her social media and her blog at the bottom of the post. You can also find out about all of the participants in Bloggers Behind The Screens, with links to all their posts! 


When did you start blogging and why?

I started blogging in July 2018. I have taken  a hiatus from work for lots of reasons. And just decided that I wanted to fill my time with something new. I’d followed a blogger called Emma Drew on Facebook for a while, she did a course on blogging, and I decided to give it a try.

How did you come up with the name for your blog?

I try to see the good in all situations, which could be described as seeing the world through rose tinted glasses. Also Rose is a family name, so it seemed appropriate.

What do you blog about? Has that changed from when you first started?

I blog about being an older mum (I had my first child at 44) , lifestyle and sewing. I took up sewing as a hobby when I had a child and I love it. I really wanted to share that joy.

Is your blog your job, your hobby or your side hustle?

Definitely just a hobby at the moment. It wouldn’t pay the bills !

What is the best thing or experience that blogging has given you?

I am actually enjoying reading other people’s experiences and finding that I’m not so alone in how I think and feel. I’ve always felt a little like my face doesn’t fit. But it seems that there are a lot of people out there who have a similar outlook, and if I hadn’t started blogging I wouldn’t have seen that.

What is your favourite thing in the whole world to write about?

I love writing about my days out with my family. We love visiting new places and I love to review how we have found the experiences.

What skills (the more unusual the better!) has blogging taught you?

Too many to name! The whole setting up of a blog was a huge learning curve. Although I am not a technophobe I am not completely up to speed with computer language. So it was a real achievement even to get started. Now I think my skills are in social media management. I love Pinterest and scheduling posts on all social media accounts. And making graphics for my blog posts.

What is your favourite post from your blog? Give us the link and tell us why it’s your favourite.

I always think that my favourite post is the one I am currently working on, or just published. I like to post about things I feel passionately about. Having said that, my recent post about coming to terms with the fact that I don’t think we are going to have another child is one of my favourites, as it is from my heart.

Have you ever been on TV or radio in your capacity as a blogger? If so, what for? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to have a go at?

No I haven’t, but I would love to give it a whirl! A few years ago I was a backing singer for Jane McDonald, and was on the telly and radio a few times with her. I’ve also been on the radio in other capacities as a dentist and singer. It was always a fun experience.

What is your least favourite thing about blogging? There must be something you don’t like about it…

The time spent doing all the scheduling of posts. And the worrying if anyone is ever going to read your thoughts!

Do you have any advice to give to anybody out there thinking of starting a blog right now?

Just go for it. Try and think about what you are most passionate about, and build a blog about that. If you are passionate about it, there will be others out there that are too!

Where do you do most of your blogging? Do you have a home office, are you on the sofa or do you prefer to be out and about when writing posts?

I do the majority of my writing on my dining room table. Which is also where I do my sewing.

Be honest. How many unwritten posts are in your drafts right now? How many are likely to see daylight?

Only 2. Though I keep my ideas for posts in the notes section on my iPhone. There are LOADS of ideas there that just need padding out.

What are you most excited about for your blog in the last six months or so of 2019? Anything awesome in the pipeline for the summer or are we forever winging it?

I am always winging it. I tend to write most of my posts the day or two before they are published. I only schedule posts if I am going away for a few days. I am excited for all the day trips and visits that we have planned over summer though!

Finally, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a blogger?

Trying new things. I would be lying if I didn’t say that it is lovely to get products or services to review. Whether they are gifted or I have to pay for them. I also love the chance at being creative.


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Theme Park Planning Guide

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To get the absolute most out of your theme park trip, you need to plan as much as you can. We’re pretty avid theme park fans and we know that unpredictable wait times and ridiculous weather can throw anyone off, especially if you’ve not planned ahead. So we’ve come up with some general, universal tips to take into account when theme park planning, wherever you’re going.

Measure your party’s height.

I cannot stress the importance of this one enough, if you’re planning to travel with kids or very short people. Grab a tape measure and make a note of the height of everyone in your party. Then check what rides that they can go on comfortably and make your plans around those.  Tread carefully with rides that are just over or under the height of your party; you do not want to queue for an hour to only get there and have a very safety conscious staff member turf you off. Tears all around. No good.

Is a wristband really worth it?

For most people in a theme park, yes a wristband will definitely be worth it (and likely the only option) however some parks still operate a ticket system. If you have a member of your party who has elected themselves as the person who is looking after the bags, is it worth getting them a wristband to ride everything? No, probably not. If you have a party member that may only go on one or two small rides (if pushed), it’s likely more cost-effective to have them use tickets or skip it altogether if they’re okay with that.

Pre-book your tickets. Earlier the better.

Pretty much everywhere will offer you some sort of discount for booking your tickets early online. These discounts seem to get bigger and bigger the earlier you book, so if you know well in advance the date you’re going to go, then get them booked. Just beware of flaky friends who may bail out at the last minute – you don’t want to pay for a ticket that will not be used, as these tickets are almost always date exclusive and you can’t get a refund.

Get there at opening time and RUN to the most popular ride.

I’m not kidding. Check when your park opens and pick your absolute must-ride attraction. Get there maybe half an hour earlier than opening (or even earlier than that if you’re really keen). Bring snacks. Get through the gates and run like hell to your attraction to make sure you’re not queueing for hours just to get on it.

Start at the back of the theme park and work your way forwards.

On a similar note, when planning which rides you want to go on, start at the ride that is furthest away from the main entrance of the park. Most people when they get to the park, look for one of the nearest attractions and join the queue. Very British. It means that everything at the back is damn near deserted, so get to the back as quickly as you can and enjoy getting on everything with minimal wait times.

Check what you are allowed to bring in with you.

Final point, is check what you can bring with you before you get there. You do not want to get there early, have your plan in place for getting in there and beating the queues to be stopped before you get in there. The staff at parks will check your bags and will make you get rid of anything you’re not allowed. Stuff like glass, certain cutlery and such like is going to be an issue, so leave your fancy water and your cheese knife at home! Just check and make sure you’re not stopped before you’ve even started!

There will be specific things to bear in mind for each theme park too of course and we will have a series of posts for as many as we can. However, this should help your general theme park planning go as well as it possibly can. Theme parks can be a really expensive day out, but with a bit of forethought you can definitely get more than your money’s worth.

Do you have any other tips for theme park days out? Let us know in the comments – there is always room for a part two! 

A shot of a rollercoaster. Inspiration to help your theme park planning.

Egg Decorating with Nail Polish

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Pair of red and pink easter egg decorating with nail polish

So Mason is off to his first ever Easter egg hunt this coming weekend, and for probably the first time we are getting into the spirit of the celebration. This involves a lot of eggs, both of the chocolate variety and… er… normal, variety. As my boy has a somewhat short attention span, we’ve needed to be varied in how we approach the tradition of decorating eggs. We’ve tried so many different ways of doing it. We posted earlier in the week about Decorating Eggs with Shaving Foam, which was super fun and very messy. Today, it’s egg decorating with nail polish.

No we’re not just painting them like you’d paint your nails (though that is an option) but instead, we’re using a technique to produce an excellent marbled finish with minimal effort.

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Easter Egg Hunt Invitations (Free Printable)

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Easter Bunny with chocolate representing Easter Egg Hunt Invitations

Easter Egg hunts are awesome; our previous post Easter Egg Hunt Tips and Tricks goes into meticulous detail in helping you plan an awesome little hunt around your home, and even gives you ready-made clues and ideas of what to include. But what is a hunt without hunters? That’s why we’re giving our e-mail subscribers free, printable Easter Egg Hunt Invitations to make sure that everyone can see the fruits of your planning and join you. 

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Egg Decorating With Shaving Foam

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Coloured shaving foam and bowl of eggs for easter egg decorating

Is it even Easter if you’ve not decorated an egg of some sort? Alright I personally don’t do it so much now, but I know as a kid it is all part of the build up to the day the rabbit pays a visit. As an adult, there are a variety of ways you can decorate your eggs successfully without too much drama. Toddlers however? Hmm. Not so much. The best way to let them decorate eggs in my opinion is to let them get as messy as possible. Hence, we have our comprehensive guide to shaving foam Easter egg decorating.

I know what you’re thinking. Shaving foam and toddlers is a recipe for disaster and yes, you’re probably right. However, when supervised, this is an excellent way to get your little ones introduced to egg decorating. It’s also just a really fun, sensory play activity for them too. There is not a child on the planet who doesn’t like messing around with shaving foam. That, my friends, is a fact.

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