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#MamiaDaysOut Challenge

The last few weeks have been crazy from the Labour conference to the Child Growth foundation conference to attending the Well-child awards I truly don’t feel like my feet have touched the floor. I ache everywhere and I am feeling so guilty for the things I think I am missing.

One thing I don’t have to feel guilty for though is the weaning of my new little one. Thanks to a fantastic hamper from Aldi’s for taking part in their #MamiaDaysOut I know my little one has been eating healthy organic food.

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Now don’t get me wrong weaning has been far from easy we have issues with swallowing and feeding in general but this range from Aldi’s has been a massive hit. He especially loves the juice and for a child who struggles to drink at times those juices have been guzzled down in minutes.

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He loved most of the tastes he tried

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But his overall favourite was these

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I am so thankful for such easy, healthy, tasty food that is available for my little one. The convenience of Aldi Mamia’s 100% organic baby food range means I have been able to feed him well whilst travelling etc.

 

 

I have been using Aldi’s Mamia’s nappies and wipes for while now, so finding out about this baby food range is an extra bonus. In fact I have already been back in store for more supplies. 

 This post is an entry for BritMums #MamiaDaysOut Linky Challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia. < aldi.co.uk

Speak Up on FGM.

Writing this blog and others for the last 8 years has granted me many opportunities.

I have been lucky to experience some wonderful moments and make some fantastic friends.

Still one thing I am really grateful for in this online space is the freedom to use my voice, to share my passions, my beliefs and my heart.

Yet having such freedom should never be underestimated or undervalued when still in many places in this world many do not have this opportunity or freedom.

So with this in mind I am creating a new weekly linky called “Speak up” I want us all to come together and use our voices to speak out about things we are passionate about, those we wish to change and those we wish to support.

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Together we can raise our voices louder.

So join me each week writing about what has touched you enough to speak out about.

Share news, campaigns, petitions and so much more.

As a community we can support and encourage one another.

After you have linked up visit at least one other blog of those who have linked up.

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. “

Haile Selassie

Lets do this ……..

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This week I am Speaking Up about FGM or in its full Female Genital Mutilation.

What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

FGM is when parts or all of the external female genitalia are removed or injured for no medical reason.

It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision. There are no health benefits to FGM and it is recognised internationally as a human rights violation.

Female genital mutilation is classified into four major types:

Type 1 – Clitoridectomy: partial or total removal of the clitoris (a small, sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals) and, in very rare cases, only the prepuce (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris).

Type 2 – Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (the labia are “the lips” that surround the vagina).

Type 3 – Infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris.

Type 4 – Other: all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterising the genital area.

 

Its hard to get your head around isn’t it.

 

Honestly I read this and still cannot accept or understand why this is still happening.

I was actually talking to a friend a week or so ago and somehow we got onto the subject of what injustices we struggle with in this world today. When I mentioned FGM she asked in which countries that this still happened now. She was shocked when I replied here in the UK.

My friend like many others were under the belief that this abuse had been outlawed here in the UK. The fact that FGM has been illegal here since 1984 would allow you to believe this.

But you would be wrong.

A  local Birmingham hospital has dealt with 1,500 cases of FGM in last five years.

This means that six victims have been treated each week.

The fact that this is illegal seems to have no effect on the amount of mutilations occurring.  In 2014 regardless of the rise in hospital cases and reports given to the police there was not one single conviction in the UK.

This is appalling, even the fact that since 2003 anyone taking a child out of the Uk for the barbaric practice could face up to 14 years in prison has not slowed down the rate.

In fact The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 makes it

•illegal to practice FGM in the UK

•illegal to assist a girl to mutilate her own genitalia

•illegal to take girls who are British Nationals or permanent residents of the UK abroad for  FGM whether or not it is lawful in that country;

•Illegal to aid, abet, counsel or procure the carrying out of FGM abroad;

An offence under this act has a maximum penalty of up to 14 years in prison and/or a fine.

Yet still no convictions.

Girls as young as five are being subjected to this heinous act.

Let me share with you some more figures.

60,000 girls under 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK

137,000 girls and women are living with the consequences of FGM in the UK

Over 130 million girls and women worldwide have undergone FGM

FGM is practiced in more than 29 countries across Africa, parts of the Middle East, South East Asia and countries where migrants from FGM affected communities live.

This needs to stop.

So that is why I am Speaking Up this week against FGM in hope to raise public attention to the fact that this is still happening right now in 2015.

Speaking up to support organisations like Forward UK who are working hard in the UK, Europe and Africa to safeguard girls at risk of FGM and support women affected.

Speak up against FGM with me.

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Join in with my new weekly link up and Speak Up for something that moves you and don’t forget to go visit the other linked up. blogs

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.

Audre Lorde

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Britmums Live – My conclusion

I have spent the last week digesting all that I learned over the weekend at Britmums Live. Some of it inspired me, some of it left me cold but my conclusion is this….

 

Blogging is a world that’s growing at a incredible rate and it’s becoming a vast sphere of opinions and ideas. Its a place was our voices are now being heard and where our opinions now matter.

 

What I was reminded of last weekend at Britmums Live was that our voices need to be true, be authentic, be real. That we hold a responsibility to be accountable for what we write.

 

Never try to be someone you are not. Being yourself is what gives the passion to your words.

 

Reviews, sponsorship, advertising they are all fine but please believe in the product you are promoting. 

 

Stay true to you!

 

Your blog is YOUR voice so let YOU  be heard.

 

My Britmums Live Experience – Take 2

So now for the real reason behind my weekend success – the people , the amazing, kind, funny and down right just wonderful people who crossed my path over the last few days.

Firstly I have to mention Her Melness, now Mel is what I was call blogging royalty even if she denies it, her blog is honest, open and at times downright sarcastic and I love it.

Now Mel in her alter ego The Gift of Words  actually sponsored me to attend Britmums live and I was so looking forward to personally thanking her. What I didn’t expect was to find this amazing, warm, loving lady who made me feel so special as she opened her arms with friendship. Mel has this way of  making you feel like you could tell her anything. Mel and I had some lovely chats over the weekend (I’m missing them already) and those fireworks they were meant just for us.

Of course I can’t mention Mel without sending out a big hug to her best friend Angie.  One fantastic lady and I especially loved watching the banter between her and Mel it was obvious to see they were lifelong friends. 

I did get to meet and chat with so many over the weekend but two other people who have crossed the blogger threshold into the friendship one are Kate from Two cats, youngling and Me and Tinuke from Circus Moms. I’m so excited to get to know them more and looking forward to our next get together. 

As you can see we had some fun….

 

To be honest It would be easy to fill this page and many more with the many people I enjoyed chatting to over the weekend. I totally stepped out of my comfort zone and said Hi to many of the writers I admire. Nickie from Typecast, Katie Davis Holmes from  Kate On Thin ice, Michelle from Mummy from the heart and many many more.

 I got to meet some of the fantastic ladies who I was short listed with in the inspire Category  , Alex from “Doing it all for Aleyna. Clare from A Boy with Aspergers, Steph from “Was this in the Plan” Hayley from “Downs side up” Kylie from “Not even a bag of sugar and of course Lisa from “Mummy Whisper” who went on to win our category final,all incredible woman who inspire and change people’s perceptions. I love them!  I was gutted that Kathryn from ”Crystal Jigsaw” didn’t attend as I have been following her blog for a long time and would have loved the chance to say hi.

 I was lucky enough to get say hello to many people whose blogs I have admired and read for a long time but also got to meet many new people whose blogs I am now reading and enjoying.

 It fact Britmums Live for me was totally about the people. Yes I found the workshops informative and helpful but it was the conversations I had with others that made my weekend.

 As I was on the train home on Sunday, I was excited by the new people following me on twitter and the new people I have started following on twitter.

 I was also so touched by peoples reactions to my comments in the Sod the Stats, Blogging for Happiness workshop.

 In simple I was blessed.

 Thank you to all  those who made this nervous blogger feel welcome this weekend.

Oh and  Susanna it was wonderful to finally get to say Hi, it was an awesome weekend, well done to you and Jennifer and all at Brit mums.

 

 

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Britmums 2012, Sponsorship needed.

Right then, it’s the time of year when I put my hand up and ask, “Would anyone like to sponsor me to attend the Parent Blogging event of the year Brit Mums Live, on Friday June 22nd and Saturday June 23th 2012.”

BritMums Live! is a two-day blogger event that has grown out of BritMums, the UK’s largest parent blogger community, made up of more than 3,000 influential bloggers.

With over 500 delegates attending and with fantastic speakers like Sarah Brown, Ruby Wax It would be great opportunity for you to promote your brand.


For sponsorship to the above event I would be happy to offer

An Introductory blog post about your brand/product in my blog post about Brit Mums Live 2012.

The promotion of your website on my twitter and facebook page at regular intervals in the lead up to Brit Mums and afterwards when discussing Brit Mums and of course in my twitter updates at the conference. This means your post will be seen by my twitter follows, my facebook friends and of course the monthly 4000 visitors to my blog site.

An ad for your product/brand on my blog from now until six months after Brit Mums free of charge

Also in any other blog post I write mentioning Brit Mums will include that “I was sponsored by X” and link to your website.

I can wear any badges on the day of the conference promoting your brand.

Any reviews you would like to offer on my blog.

Of course I am also open to any discussion and any more suggestions.

Walking with Angels is a blog that wears its heart on its sleeve. What you read on the pages is heartfelt and completely honest. My readers have grown to realise that I am passionate and loyal and whatever I promote on my blog I have to believe it 100%.

Personally outside of my blog I have written for online magazines, charity websites and guest posted on other blogs.

It is all this I will bring to promoting your product and your company.

If you would be interested in sponsoring me I would be happy to send the breakdown of the costs and discuss any further ideas to promote the brand.

Please contact me at Walkingwithangels@live.co.uk