Did You See Me in Pregnancy and Birth?

...The magazine I mean, not literally when I was in pregnancy or birth!

Here is the most recent Pregnancy & Birth Magazine - March 2011 issue:


... and 'Time Management Expert and Mum of Two, Nadine Hill' is featured on pages 56 and 57!

The article is called 'Found! The answers to your new life questions - Get one step ahead and avoid that post-pregnancy identity crisis. Here's how things are about to change...'

My first tip comes in the question "Will I still feel like myself once I'm a mum?" My answer tells the reader to remember that having a baby is about gaining a new life, not losing your old one, and that just because your new baby's needs have to go to the top of your list, that doesn't mean that YOU (the mum) has to slip to the bottom!

There is also a pink box in the double page spread that says "You know you're having a mum life crisis when..." and I provide two out of the five tips!
My first was 'Go easy on yourself', learn to slow down a bit- all that matters is you and your pregnancy, not the dusting or having the perfect nursery'.

My second tip was 'Get peer support to help you through the tough times'. If you don't have relatives or friends with babies, find a nearby antenatal class or support group.



The magazine cover price is £2.80 from all good newsagents, and is out now!

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How to Turn your Husband into Leonardo diCaprio!




My husband thinks he's Leonardo DiCaprio! Why does he think this? Because he's just downloaded the 'Inception' app for his iPhone and he's busy playing with his new gadget.

As I write he is sat in the armchair growling, breathing funny and making weird noises, and when I asked him what on earth he was doing, he said "Shush Nadine, I'm in a dream and I'm three layers deep!"

If you have seen this film, you will know how mind bendingly weird and brilliant it is. It is a movie that you have to think about and watch a few times to see everything. We still picked up new things after the second time of watching. I bought my hubby the DVD of it for Christmas and now the makers of the film have made this iPhone app!

So what is the app all about? It's funny hypnotic acoustic dreamlike music that makes the words you say echo back at you like you are in your own dream. The makers say that the app uses just about every sensor and gizmo inside your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to merge life around you into the game's distorted reality, much in the same way that your dreams feature twisted versions of real life memories.

Hubby seems to love it- whether that is novelty value or not remains to be seen! But if he's happy playing 'Leo', I can live with that!!

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A Fishy Business at the Spa!

Have you seen those foot spas where the fish nibble your feet? Well I went to one this week!


A new place has opened up near where I live so my daughter and I went off to check it out on our girly day out!
When you first put your feet in, the fish swarm on them straightaway- it's a bit weird. They really tickle and it's an unusual sensation but after a few minutes you get used to it and it feels like bubbles are popping on your feet!
This is the fish close up..


The fish are called 'Garra Rufa' fish and they are native to Turkey. They are also known as 'Doctor Fish' because of the health benefits that they bring, and apparently they've been helping people with skin conditions since the 1800s.

The fish don't have teeth- they kind of nibble you with their gums and suck away the dead skin. The sales assistant at the spa told me that they never seem to get 'full up' - the fish only need a 5 minute break and they can carry on eating all day!

Afterwards my feet did feel smoother in places, but there was still dead skin hanging off my feet! I must have had more than the fish could cope with in 15 minutes!

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My Little Gymnast!

My daughter performed in a gymnastics festival this month. It was her first one and I was so proud! Here are the girls mid performance...


...and here they are in a row!

Being a 'gym mum' involves getting up at silly o clock on a Sunday morning to take said daughter to gym for costumes and make up, followed by three hours sat on a hard wooden bench with no leg room to watch the morning festival and medal presentation. Now we have done one, I know the score. I observed the more experienced gym mums with their thermos flasks of hot tea to keep them going, and one had brought a box of shortbread. I will have tea and shortbread at the next one! I may also wear a padded coat to use as a cushion for my bum! However the hard seats and the 6am wake up call was all worth it when she performed. The medal she got was worn every day to school the whole of the following week - and it's so rewarding to be a mum when your beautiful offspring go out into the world and shine like this. Days like this are what being a mum is all about.


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At Home Column #8: Achieve Your Dreams in 2011



I don’t know anyone who doesn’t set some sort of goal or ambition at the start of a New Year. How are you getting on with yours so far? The great thing about a New Year is that it gives you an opportunity to reflect and make some decisions about what you want from life. Busy mums often don’t get any other chance!

You may remember my recent column containing my Bucket List - an ongoing ‘to do’ list which will be added to as I think of more great things to try, but the funny thing about stating it publicly is that I’ve started to attract some of these things toward me. You may remember the phenomenon that was ‘The Secret’, all about the law of attraction, and how what you focus on OR what you put ‘out there’ will come to you - and it does work!

As a result of posting my Bucket List with at home, I’ve been invited to do a charity parachute jump in 2011 so I will be pushed right out of my comfort zone by taking part! To be honest, I’m scared to death but it will challenge me and give me a target to aim for with my weight loss goals as well, and now I’ve declared it publicly, there is no backing out!

Funny thing is, even when you set yourself goals and forget them, the law of attraction still works for you. Back in 2009, I attended an extreme life coaching seminar run by Christopher Howard who has Richard Branson on his speed dial, amongst other high profile people. At that weekend seminar, I set some goals for myself, one of which was to have a regular column in a national magazine, and in 2010, I started working with at home magazine - things may take time to materialise, but they do in the end! I’ve decided to go on Christopher Howard’s next seminar taking place in April in London, so if you want a free place on it and the chance to change your life, then just click here for more information and let me know if you will be there!

It can be tricky when you are doing the daily juggle to find the time to set goals or even work out what your dreams are - but you must. A life lived with nothing to aim for is a life not truly lived, and the key to being a Jugglista, on top of everything, keeping all the plates spinning, is not to do more but to alter your mindset. I find that people with a more negative outlook won’t achieve half as much – they are stopping themselves from even starting, by telling themselves it can’t be done! I believe that if a man can walk on the moon then us mortals down here must be able to get closer to what we want, if we just believe we can do it. So notice the language you use with yourself and if it is negative, then start being your own best friend and being more encouraging! It works a treat!

What are your goals for 2011? Here is your opportunity to publicly declare it and start attracting it toward you!

About the author
Nadine Hill is a busy working mum (is there any other kind?!) who has a fascination with time management which borders on the obsessive! She loves to find more effective ways of doing the daily juggle whilst enjoying the journey, and has lots of practise through raising her two children, growing her small business, being a best-selling author, running her home, public speaking and inspiring others as an Enterprise UK Ambassador. Nadine’s ambition is to help busy mums claw back a bit of ‘me time’, by sharing tips with at home in her fortnightly columns, her own life stories on her blog Juggle Mum, and micro-blogging on Twitter. You can learn more about Nadine at www.NadineHill.com.

I write a fortnightly column for At Home - the Premier UK celebrity and lifestyle magazine, and this one appeared on their site www.AtHomeMagazine.co.uk a month ago. Do visit their website and leave me a comment on the post there so they get to see your opinions too!
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Happy Valentines!!



I want to wish all my lovely readers a fab Valentine’s Day and if you will not get a ‘real’ kiss today, then here is a virtual one from me!
Mwah!
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Mums The Boss - Yes, She Really is!

Yesterday I got my high heels out of the cupboard where they have not seen daylight since 2010 and went to my wardrobe to select a suitably appropriate dress to wear to glam me up a bit for my speaking gig to the yummy mummies at Mums The Boss South Yorkshire!

This business networking group contained about 20 mums in business, ranging from a life coach to a jewellery guru to a Virtual Assistant and many other professions in between! Sarah who organises the group was really friendly and welcoming and kept me in cups of tea throughout the morning, and after my stressful car journey through rush hour traffic with 3 accidents on the motorway, I really needed them!

My speech was entitled “Be Yourself – Everyone else is Taken!” and focused on how we should not hide our true selves in business, and that working out what makes us different can actually provide some useful angles with which to market our businesses. I talked a little about my last book which came out in 2009 and became an Amazon best-seller on launch day, and briefly mentioned my new book, due out this year, which is about time management!

My story about recording a Christmas Day broadcast for BBC Radio Leeds went down well when I told them how I turned up wearing my wedding tiara because I felt like the Queen that day and wanted to show it! At least, I hope I didn’t come across as a mad-woman! The only thing I’m sad about is that I had to cut a chunk out of my speech because I was keeping an eye on the clock, only having 30 minutes to speak, and I was running out of time!

The ladies present really enjoyed the speech and were kind enough to write me some lovely testimonials. I’ve posted them onto my speaking website here so you can see their thoughts.

Here is a picture of me (centre) with Helen from Mums The Boss Head Office (L) and Sarah Chapman of seven twelve PR. (R)



I’m working on increasing my speaking business now so this event was great practise for all the other seminars I hope to be at later in the year!

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Do I REALLY want to be a Reality TV Star?

I've been preoccupied for the last fortnight, mulling over and over in my mind about an opportunity that has been presented to me. On the surface it seems exciting and harmless, but I'm having reservations about participating and hopefully blogging about it will bring me some clarity.

A TV production company for Channel 4 has been in touch to ask if I'd be interested in appearing in their show. Without going into too much detail (as it's unfair to the company to tell all about what they've proposed, not least because other TV production companies would then know what their competition was up to), but the show centres on motherhood. It would involve opening up my life to the cameras for them to observe how I do my daily juggle.

On one hand I'm happy to share my routine- I'm very structured about my day and the end result is that my kids and I usually get to where we are going with everything we need, in a calm fashion, and progress through the day in a positive frame of mind. If observing me could help other people pick up a few tips, then I'm happy to help. Also if it is a bad day and the kids are dragging their heels or I'm against a work deadline and get frustrated, then seeing that can also be useful too as no-one ever gets it spot on 100% of the time. It's reassuring when we see others in the same boat!

I am super organised and have a fascination with good time management, and I'm one of the experts on the Find A TV Expert website, so it's not like I'm not already 'out there' on the internet. I'm happy to promote my time management skills for potential work opportunities - and who knows what could come from being on the programme?

My reservations come from the fact that I'd be opening up my family life, and this is usually kept private. I do write about things we've been up to on my blog but I choose what gets published and what doesn't, and I keep anything sensitive, potentially upsetting or intimate out of the picture, to protect my family. Plus, I like my privacy.

Pros and Cons:
Being on a TV show would mean I could increase my Twitter following and increase my blog readership. It would be a way to promote my business and attract more clients. Publicity is great for business, and I have another book coming out soon about time management, so it would be an ideal platform for letting the world know about this. But would it be at a personal cost?

On the 'cons' side I'm aware that TV exposure is a bell you cannot 'un-ring'. I can't appear on the telly then want people in the street to not stare and say "Isn't she the one who was on that programme?"

I've appeared on TV many times before - on game shows mostly. I enjoy meeting new people and having a fun day out where you can compete to win whatever it is, but a game show takes you out of your everyday life and into a studio where the only thing on display is your own personality. It's not real life. However I find real life fascinating - this show is exactly the sort of thing I'd tune in for on the telly!

So what do you think? To be or not to be? I'd be interested in how you'd react if it was you - do give me your thoughts below...

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IKEA review- Play and Art Materials

This is a Product Review Post

How to turn THIS.....IKEA art stuff 'before'...


Into THIS.... IKEA art stuff 'after'...


Simple! Just use THIS....


No, it's not as crazy as it sounds! Spinning round in a chair like this can unlock your creativity. Ikea's website says it can also help children to read and write. You can find out how by looking at this section of their website.

Here are my kids playing in the chair!


IKEA recently did a research report which is the world’s largest study of play and children’s development. They spoke to 8,000 parents and 3,000 children aged 7-12 from over 25 countries, and took findings to develop their children's ranges. As they believe that play is the basis for how children learn, develop and become who they are, they have developed a Facebook page called ‘Make the World Play More’ to help parents exchange thoughts around play and development - and a Toy Stories app that allows children to create their own book with illustrations alongside their parents, making a cheap and easy way for parents and children to engage and encourage creativity. The Toy Stories app lives on Facebook here.

So in the spirit of being creative, IKEA sent us some of their MÅLA art equipment which is designed with kids development in mind. Painting and drawing is one of the most basic ways a child can express themselves, so IKEA’s MÅLA range with paper, paints, pens, easels and stamps provides everything a child could need to create their own mini masterpiece!

My two sat up at the table and shared the stuff. The youngest got the chalks and the oldest got the paints but between them they produced enough pieces of art to fill my fridge door completely! If you fancy winning some of this stuff for your kids, IKEA have a competition each week to win MÅLA art equipment on their 'Fridge Door Flickr' page. Just upload an example of your child's artwork to be in with a shot! The Flickr page is here. Good luck!

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At Home Column #7: Super Mums Secret Weapon



Superman had his cape, Catwoman had her rubber body suit and Wonder Woman had her boots, but the accessory for the modern day superhero is the handbag! From Margaret Thatcher to Victoria Beckham, women everywhere know what power a good bag yields, and the added bonus is that no-one else knows what you carry in it.

Emptying out my handbag, I have the usual purse, make up bag, diary, mobile phone and keys. Then I have more, ahem, ‘essential' items. My husband would call it “crap” but I know that if I have a couple of bottles of Fruit Shoot and two Wagon Wheels, the kids will be happy - plus, I have their DS consoles which are perfect in case we get delayed anywhere!). I also have a ‘bag for life’ in case I do any shopping (got to do your bit haven’t you?!), a pack of wet wipes, my hand cream, a couple of pens, a ‘Go Outdoors’ catalogue (don’t ask!) and a tape measure, just in case! In case of what I haven’t figured out yet, but I’m hoping that one day I will happen upon a piece of furniture on 90% off in an antique store and whip out my measuring tape to find that it fits exactly into my home. Then I will be able to justify carrying it round, but until then it snuggles in the bottom of my bag just waiting for its day in the spotlight like Handy Manny and his toolbox.

When you run a business as well as the daily juggle with kids and home life, you need a bag that fits all purposes – to look as great in your meeting as it does by the school gate, and I haven’t found one that does it better than Knomo. I discovered the company a couple of years ago when I was looking for a trendy but businesslike laptop case, and at the start of every season I go through their ‘look book’ like a child at Christmas with the Argos catalogue! My most recent bag is a snakeskin tote called Valetta which is roomy inside with plenty of sections to stay organised and even comes with a fur lined laptop case! Pure luxury!

The best thing about a good bag is that it pulls your look together when you are going straight to a meeting from the school run. This is a God send when you have survived on just a few hours’ kip the night before and haven’t got the energy to think about how you look, but you still need to appear professional and ‘together’. Plus, have you ever pulled on some trousers and found they are a bit tight round the waistband and had it ruin your day? A bag always fits and you can never have a ‘bad bag day’ – a bag will never let you down. Every Jugglista should have one!

Like many women I do love my bags and shoes, but if I had to choose between them then I’d go barefoot so I could keep my bag collection. If I got cold feet then I could reach into my bag for the socks I put there ‘just in case’ or I could use my tape measure to measure my chilblains!

What can I say, I’m a bag lady! Is there any fashion item in particular that you couldn’t be without? Tell me below!

I write a fortnightly column for At Home - the Premier UK celebrity and lifestyle magazine, and this one appeared on their site www.AtHomeMagazine.co.uk a month ago. Do visit their website and leave me a comment on the post at this address so they get to see your opinions too!
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