How I’ve gained 1000 engaged real followers on Instagram month on month

Instagram organic 1000 followers a month

Instagram is my favourite social media platform. If Facebook is a curated view of people’s lives Instagram is definitely so.  To me Instagram is inspirational, artistic, real yet surreal.  It energises me, when I spend time flicking through my timeline or catching up on favourite accounts. Just recently, I was updating my press pack and […]

Celebrating spring with the Cow release- Uppsala, Sweden

Cow release Koslapp Sweden celebrating spring Uppsala SLU Lovsta Mumonthebrink 5

The long, cold winter in Sweden has shaped the way things are done in all different walks of life. In Sweden the cows don’t get to enjoy as much outdoor life as they do in the UK; they need protecting from the harsh conditions and spend 8-9 months of the year indoors.  They don’t have […]

Exiled with a goal


The past 7 weeks have seen our family split up across two countries and 3 homes. I’ve been in a self- imposed exile at my Uncle’s farm with a singular focus: Creating a family campervan from a retired ambulance. (Some blogposts here.) Littlest was with my mum and dad some 50km away and Dadonthebrink, Angelina […]

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The secrets behind an ITB trade stand for Qatar airlines

qatar airlines trade stand doha Mumonthebrink 1

Sorry, this is one of those posts that I'm writing because what I learned is totally fascinating to … [Read More...]

Moving to Sweden from the UK: Our moving logistics were a bit nuts :-D

Moving to Sweden from the England

For months I tried to pack and sort our lives while Dadonthebrink worked away during the week and … [Read More...]

Memories of a Moroccan souk

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2006 was a fabulous year! It was the year to indulge midlife crisis and sail from Malta, to … [Read More...]

Family bonding over Afternoon Tea at St Ermin’s hotel, London

Luxury afternoon tea London St Ermins hotel 1

  Mummy, I really love peppermint tea! -Hugo exclaimed in the car homeward bound. This made … [Read More...]

It’s more fun in the Philippines

The Gherkin Philippines black eyed peas

Is it really more fun in the Philippines?   Well, that's certainly what I got to experience last … [Read More...]


10 steps to get the kids enthusiastic about housework: vacuuming with the Dyson v6 total clean

Dyson total clean no cords needed vacuum cleaner1

Every once in a while my geeky side is reconfirmed… and then I get to see these have been genes passed onto the kids too. I hate housework, but reluctantly try to stay on top.  Tell me I’m not alone! My secret tools to keeping on top are an extra large capacity washing machine, a well-honed […]

How an ink subscription is changing what my fridge looks like

HP Envy 5530 all in one printer freeyourpics

What is stopping me from printing my pictures? Not much anymore! I’ve had so much fun in the past few days browsing through the photos from the past couple of months for my Free your Pictures challenge. And at the same time I’m thinking to myself- Why haven’t I done this more before? The answer is […]

TV viewing habits

Netflix on your TV

When the TV breaks it can change habits very quickly…Not that we watch TV much, but it is on quite often, in the background. Recently our TV broke.  After research and search we decided to buy another one.  No, it wasn’t an obvious choice to buy another one as we did consider going without one… […]

Things that piss me off today- Tech fail Saturday

Some days you just wish you didn’t need to get out of bed and I know it’s a mindset to just brush these aside, but they are stressing me and making my eyelid twitch today. So I’m venting and ranting. What frustrates me though is how little longevity is apparently built into these expensive items.  […]

My blog camera- SLR to point and shoot to DSLR

My journey through cameras

As the “what camera should I get?” question is a recurring question asked in blogger forums, I thought I’d ask a couple of bloggers in the my blog and vlog camera series.   Let me introduce Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One  She’s been running a parenting, lifestyle and travel blog for the last […]

My blog and vlog camera

Nokia 1020 in case

The effects of information overload are evident in how blogs are evolving. Posts with great images are winning over the wordy ones, blogs with pleasing visuals are conquering even some well-written ones.   In blogger forums one of the most common questions that crops up again and again:  I’m looking to upgrade my camera, what […]

Canon Legria Mini X Review

Canon Legria miniX 01 ©Mumonthebrink

Canon’s Legria Mini is designed as a vlog camera with the focus on usability for video blogs.  I’ve had Canon’s Legria Mini X on loan for just over 2 months and have put it through it’s paces in a variety of situations, beyond just video blogs. First impressions When I first took the camera out it seemed […]

A budget handset- Prestigio Multiphone 8500 Duo review

Prestigio Multiphone 8500 duo Windowsphone 04 ©Mumonthebrink

You may be forgiven for not having heard of Prestigio before.  I hadn’t, even though this Cyprus based company has been around for over 10 years.  The Prestigio Multiphone 8500 Duo is a new step for them in a collaboration with Microsoft.  When offered a handset for review I accepted the challenge because of some interesting features […]

Another laptop bites the dust

Lenovo laptop back up OneDrive

Can you believe it?   My 16 month old Lenovo IdeaPad laptop died!  My previous one (an Asus) lasted just a tad longer, just over 18 months, the one before that (a Toshiba) I had for 5 years.  I’m not doing really well since the trusty Toshiba, am I?   These last two have just […]

Top 14 must have Windows Phone Apps for bloggers

Top 14 must have Windowsphone apps for bloggers

We had this debate a couple of weeks ago: would you rather leave the house without money or without your phone? My answer is phone, it keeps me on track for the day. It’s an essential time management tool (I delved into my time management here) , but I’ve also realised how much I use […]

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Family Life

Good-bye Dear Loyal Friend

Joshy our springer spaniel cross

We were at a playground by the Danube in middle Austria.  The sun was setting and the kids were … [Read More...]

TV viewing habits

Netflix on your TV

When the TV breaks it can change habits very quickly…Not that we watch TV much, but it is on quite … [Read More...]

How NOT to carry a child on your bike

Cycling with kids bicycle seat safety

We're talking regular bikes, not the snazzy, super cool ones specially developed for carrying … [Read More...]

Moments- Little Green Wellies

Little Green Wellies

As the rain pitter patters outside, I ponder what should become of the Little Green Wellies. You … [Read More...]

Motherhood Moments- Special time with my child

magic motherhood moments

Motherhood is chaotic! Especially with more than one child. ...or is it just me? Motherhood can be … [Read More...]

Moments: Embrace Happy

Parenting can have such amazing rewards... if only we notice them! You work your guts out, with … [Read More...]

A most magical Christmas…best sort the next one.

Christmas 1  ©Mumonthebrink

Hearing the word Christmas as the Summer turns to Autumn fills me with a mixture of excitement and … [Read More...]

Truancy and dinosaurs

What to do When You Find a Dinosaur- how fossils are made

A week ago I spotted an advert at the children's centre for a production at Oxford Playhouse's … [Read More...]

Meal planning for dummies

meal planning for dummies using a skeleton meal plan

Cooking is one of those love hate things. I love to do it, but it becomes a chore to do … [Read More...]

We did it!!! Cycling to school in Oxford

cycle to school

We live in the beautiful Oxford. Oxford is supposedly a cycling city, yet there have been a … [Read More...]