Monthly Roundup - March

March Monthly Round Up post

MARCH 2017

This is my first ever monthly round up and as a one off, it is for a month and a bit as my new website was born on 20th February 2017.

We have been struggling a bit financially so far this year (hey who hasn’t) and I have been racking my brains trying to think of a way to maybe earn a little bit of extra pocket money for the family. In the past I have tried my hand a selling Avon and also market stall work, selling my handmade crafts and gifts.

Both of which, although fun and enjoyable, mean leaving the house and can be at very unsociable hours, neither of which I can accommodate at this moment in my life due to my poorly teen requiring 24 hour a day care as he battles a very rare lymphoma.

So I looked into working from home ideas. Oh my days what a minefield of scams and nonsense. I don’t know who many hours I spend weeding out the genuine from the rubbish and there are genuine opportunities out there if you have the time to find them.

I tried my hand at online surveys see my post on that here. There are some promising looking virtual assistant and proofreader roles floating around too, but they are full on full time working from home jobs, that I am not in a position to be able to take on either. I am just looking at pocket money ideas, so my search continues. As DadiSkilts likes to tell me: I want the moon on a stick for the price of a stick.

Part of the research that I did into home working led me to discover several amazing blogs and bloggers and I had another sparkling idea. I am good at these ‘mumpreneur’ moments, which most of the time amount to nothing, anyway, I digress. Reading these blogs and getting to know the bloggers on social media, got me thinking. I have been blogging our autism and teenage cancer journey over at BellybuttonPanda for almost 3 years now and have found it very therapeutic and a way of helping me to deal with the stress that comes along with the job of raising an autistic child and teenager fighting cancer.

I thought there is so much else I could talk and ramble on about, but I didn’t want to clutter up the Panda blog, so Parenting, Pastimes and Prosecco was born, pretty much over night and for the last three weeks I have been obsessive about building my site and writing my first set of posts. If I am being completely honest, I have thrown myself so totally into it, as a way of escaping the overwhelming stress we are all under with battling Ry’s diagnosis. MamiSkilts is an outlet for me to talk about something else. Me stuff and basically it is an outlet for ME TIME. We have a family counsellor/therapist that has helped us each to find something to ease the pressure and I have found my niche right here, rambling on to you all.

Thank you for listening.

I have had so much support and advice from the twittershphere and have really enjoyed connecting with like minded bloggers on Instagram, Bloglovin and Pinterest. One post I read through was particularly interesting from the highly successful blogger Melyssa Griffin on 3 simple strategies to increase your traffic quickly and effortlessly. I strongly recommend you checking out her website for newbie bloggers.

PP&P has been the distraction I have needed at this difficult time in my life and although it won’t be earning me much in the way of pocket money anytime soon, the boost it has given to my mental health is priceless.

My most successful posts for March were:

Mother and Daughter holding hands

Belletti Prosecco

Ten keys to happier living

Thank you all so much for being on this journey with me and can I take this opportunity to ask you all a couple of questions:
  • Did you watch the Rugby Six Nations?
  • What do you think so far to PP&P. I welcome feedback.

Join in the discussion either by commenting below or find me on social media and also let me know what the best thing to happen to you during March has been. You can join and share the chat by using the Roundup hashtag #MamiSkiltsRU


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