My team.

7 years ago my Dad and I painted Ads bedroom ‘blue’, I can remember that day like it was only yesterday, him giving me relationship advice,drinking lots of tea and generally helping me muddle through life (as usual) oh how I wish he was here now.


Today Ads and I repainted his room, we chatted about life, had a giggle and I cleaned up plenty of spilt paint whilst he made me coffee.

Team work then and team work today.
❤️x

Mothers Day Giveaway 2022

We are flying through the wonderful month of March and are already enjoying brighter days,lighter evenings and colourful flowers springing up in the garden.
Little things to celebrate and enjoy. Speaking of celebrations,the month of March also brings with it ‘Mothers Day’and what better way to share some love and best wishes  than by entering the  2022 ‘Mothers Day Giveaway’ with a wonderful selection of prizes to share with those lovely ladies in your life.
Be sure to check out the aray of prizes and enter today for your chance of winning.
Good luck.❤x

The Mother’s Day Prizes

Silk Collection Box by Calidad Home

Made from 22 momme 100% Mulberry silk (which is basically the best silk you can buy) the silk collection box from Calidad Home is an out of this world present for any mum. There are so many benefits to sleeping on silk pillowcases, including smoother glossier hair, glowing younger-looking skin and a better night’s sleep with cooling properties. The Silk Collection box comes with:

  • 1 silk pillowcase
  • 1 silk eye mask filled with silk floss
  • 3 silk scrunchies

Our winner gets to choose the colour of their choice.

What’s more, there is a 30% discount code available if you want to treat your mum or yourself. Use the code  BIG30 at the checkout.

Montage Gallery Frame from by Inkifi

See your beautiful memories framed perfectly on the wall with the Montage Gallery Frame by Inkifi. The Montage Gallery Frame makes a house into a home and is sure to impress your house guests. A beautiful frame, milled from FSC approved solid wood, containing 35 or 140 of your favourite photos. Perfect for Instagram, Desktop and Mobile Photos.

We have a 20×16 Instagram Gallery frame to give away to our lucky winner.

Make Your Own Botanical Skincare Kit by Rose & Skin

This Botanical Beauty Kit is the ideal gift for the creative, green beauty-lover or eco-savvy mum in your life. And if you’re looking to spend quality mother and daughter time the kit is perfect for you! The Botanical Skincare Kit contains four organic, full-size products, a pestle and mortar and a recipe book featuring over 30 easy-to-mix beauty recipes. You can make your own masks, facial steams, scrubs, infused facial oils and more. Then treat your skin with beautifully simple organic ingredients from your creations. We have the Make Your Own Botanical Skincare Kit as part of our prize bundle!

Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundtlette Pan

The perfect gift for mums who like to bake, the Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundtlette Pan is expertly crafted from heavy cast aluminium, with a premium non-stick interior to ensure a perfect result every time. The beautiful cake tin has the wow factor for anyone who loves to bake. It comes with 6 mini bundts all in one, ideal for baking for parties or other special events.  With a lifetime warranty, the anniversary Bundtlette pan makes an excellent gift for any home baker and we have one to giveaway to our prize winner.

Twenty Minute Candles by Cotton & Grey

This lovely little gift set, Twenty Minute Candles, comes with ten small pure beeswax candles, ceramic holder and affirmation cards designed for relaxation and well-being. It is a finalist in this year’s Gift of the Year, and makes the perfect gift for any busy mum who deserves some restorative time to herself.   

Made with 100% non-drip pure beeswax, the candles burn cleanly with a gentle honey aroma for at least twenty minutes aiding relaxation and mindfulness.

We have one of these lovely sets to give away to our winner and we also have a 5% discount available for anyone looking for a Mother’s Day Gift. Use Code: mybalancingact

Lemon Classic 27oz by Klean Kanteen

The perfect gift for the mum on the go, the bright lemon design will put a smile on any mums face. The Classic 27oz (800ml) is Kleen Kanteen’s original stainless steel water bottle with easy hydration in mind. The single wall design is lightweight and easy to bring anywhere. The Klean Coat powder coat finish is durable, chip-resistant and safe for both people and our planet. This comes with the sport cap for running, biking, hiking, fitness and your active lifestyle. We have the Lemon Classic Kleen Kanteen to giveaway to our lucky winner.

A Swimsuit and Goggles from Halocline

You could win a stylish swimsuit of your choice, plus goggles from Halocline. Pick your favourite design from the fantastic range of ladies swimwear at Halocline and team with a pair of goggles. Halocline design their swimwear with all shapes and sizes in mind. Styles include longer length for the taller swimmer, swimwear with bust support, plus size swimwear and even legsuit and kneesuit options for those wanting a bit more coverage. The majority of their swimwear is made from Econyl® recycled nylon yarn, which is created using waste plastics.

In The Forest selection of goodies by Mason Cash

In The Forest Set Of 4 Ochre Mugs

Featuring an embossed forest design inspired by 19th century folk tales, the Mason Cash In the Forest Set of 4 Ochre Mugs are made of high quality chip resistant stoneware that will help to keep your mum’s coffee or tea hotter for longer.

With a capacity of 300ml, the mug is dishwasher and microwave safe, the mug can also be stacked with the footed base. These absolutely gorgeous mugs will make the perfect gift for your mum or the special lady in your life this mother’s day and we have one set for our winner!

In The Forest Chop Board

The chop board is another wonderful product from the Mason Cash In the Forest range, which is inspired by folk tales of the mid-19th Century. The board is intricately etched with forest scenes, perfect for chopping or use to serve food at dinner or parties. Made from Bamboo, this is the ideal gift for any mum who loves cooking. We have one to giveaway in our amazing prize bundle.

In The Forest Round Serving Board

This beautiful serving board by Mason Cash In the Forest range is inspired by folk tales of the mid-19th Century. The serving board is perfect for serving food at dinner or parties. It’s made from Bamboo and will make an absolutely perfect present for your mum.

Greens & Greetings: Mum in a Million by Shroot

The Mum in a Million Greens & Greeting is not only a card, it’s a stand-up plant pot too! Decorated with a lovely pastel pink design, it contains everything your recipient needs to grow their own delicious and nutritious microgreen frilly pea shoots, right inside the ‘card’. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, with room on the reverse for your personal message. It can be posted with a large letter stamp or Shroot can post it to your recipient directly. We have Greens & Greetings Mum in a Million to give to our winner!

Storytime with your little ones

What is more precious to a mum than those magical moments curled up with your little ones enjoying a beautifully illustrated picture book together. That’s why we are delighted to be offering our winner a selection of picture books., These include:

THE MAGIC SANDCASTLE by Clare Milford Haven, illustrated by David William Press

Publishes on 28th April (Serenity Press, HB £12.99)

This is a special new picture book by former journalist and men’s mental health advocate Clare Milford Haven. THE MAGIC SANDCASTLE is a tribute to the memory of Clare’s eldest son James.

The book is inspired by holidays spent on Nantucket Island where Clare’s grandmother lives. It radiates carefree summers, outdoor play and the unique joy of the beach, accompanied by thoughtful illustrations from David William Press. The book very gently reflects values that are vital for the future wellbeing of young readers, such as the importance of resilience, team work and tenacity in the face of adversity.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOG! by Annabel PItcher, illustrated by Fabi Santiago

Publishes 14th April (Hachette Children’s, HB £12.99)
Multi-award-winning author and mum of four young sons, Annabel Pitcher has written her first picture book, inspired by watching her son referee a heated debate between two toys over a piece of plastic birthday cake. Dog and Cat are best friends – most of the time – but when Dog’s birthday arrives, Cat struggles to compute why it can’t be his birthday too. 

Annabel wanted to write an entertaining picture book that parents can also relate to about the dynamics of birthdays when young children can so often lurch from exasperating to endearing. Fabi Santiago’s bold illustrations capture the wit and warmth of Annabel’s story.

PADDINGTON’S EASTER EGG HUNT – newly discovered Paddington story, co-written by Michael Bond and Karen Jankel

Publishes on 17th March (HarperCollins, HB £12.99)
This timely PADDINGTON BEAR story was unexpectedly unearthed in a lockdown clear-out by Michael Bond’s agent, Hilary Delamere. The story was co-written by Michael and his daughter Karen Jankel in the ’90s for a charity newsletter and filed away until Hilary’s rediscovery.
It has now been transformed into a picture book featuring the beautiful illustrations by long-standing Paddington illustrator RW Alley.

These books are all available from bookshop.org

The Bloggers

In order to be able to bring you this giveaway some of the UK’s top bloggers got together and contributed. A massive thank you to our bloggers for making someone’s mothers day extra special.

The bloggers taking part are:

My Balancing Act | Welsh Mum | Too Tired To | Otis and Us | Socially Rach | Land of Size | Wotawoman Diary | Just Average Jen | Midnight Review | Travel Lover Blog | Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Fruit Picking Farms | Things that Start With | Luxury Hotels and Spa Life | At Home With Alice | Life in a Breakdown | The Thrifty Princess | Life Loving | We Made This Life | My Life Your Way | Cats Kids Chaos | Boxnip | Five from the Switch | Grit and Glamour Club | Hannah and the Twiglets | Side Street Style | Kelly Allen Writer | Two Plus Dogs | Best Things To Do In Cambridge | Mind Over Matters | Stapos Thrifty Life Hacks | Spilling Life Tea | The Grumpy Olive | You Have To Have A Laugh | Cintasplanet | Mummy Saver Money Maker | Life With Jupiter and Dann | The Money Making Mum | The Property Investor Blog | Cyprus Property Blog |

How to Enter

You can enter the Mother’s Day Giveaway by completing as many Rafflecopter widget entry options below as you like. All entries will be collected and one winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

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Terms and Conditions

UK entries only
The giveaway will run from 12.15pm 15 March 2022 to 12.15pm 27th March 2022.
The winners will be notified by email from rowena@mybalancingact.co.uk
The winner will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, BlogLovin or Pinterest.
Prize open to over 18s only.
If any prizes are out of stock then we will do our best to find a suitable replacement. but can not guarantee it.
Anyone who unfollows before the giveaway ends or doesn’t complete the required entry action will be disqualified.
The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value.
We may be using a parcel service or RoyalMail for some of the prizes and their standard compensation will apply in the event of loss or damage.
Some items may be sent directly by the supplier and we do not have responsibility if these go missing and we cannot replace these.
In the unlikely event one of the companies withdraws a prize we cannot offer an alternative.
The winner’s name will be stated on some or all of our blogger’s websites and announced on twitter and other social media channels. By entering this prize draw you give your permission for this.

Pause for a moment.

When the kids were small,the days at the park, the beach or the farm, etc seemed endless but I loved every minute of it.
The early mornings seemed a bit torturous at the time but looking back we had the best times and have made some wonderful memories.


Breakfast at the park, cooking dinner at the beach, crabbing with friends~you name it we did it.
Somehow those days have disappeared so fast and now they are teenagers, things have naturally changed.


Todays venture was a walk along the seafront and a coffee with my boy which was just as lovely.
If I could change anything, I would love for time to slow down a little, to just pause and really appreciate the little things well everything in fact.
Happy Sunday.❤x