Saturday, 7 January 2017

Mummy Dates Project 2017 - Join In Too!


Oh Hi, 

As part of my New Years Resolution to continue blocking off strict Mummy Time with Darcy, I thought I'd write about it here because, as ever, I plan to document it. You might be new round here so let me tell you, I LOVE TO DOCUMENT THINGS. 

Mummy Dates 2017 Louise Pentland

A lot of things that I document go on my instagram, glitter channel or chatter channel (click on the words for the link there) but often I will snap photos for my private collection (that sounds so seedy, it's not. I just take a LOT of photos every day!), write lists of special things that have happened or journal things on paper. 

To me, documenting is saving memories. I can relax knowing they are recorded somewhere tangible rather than worrying my brain might let them fade away. 

I want to document my Mummy Dates but I'm in a bit of a conundrum because I'm being very firm with my time allocations this year. For example, today is a Saturday and I've marked it as a 'No Filming Day'. I vlog all week to make THESE weekly vlogs, plus I make separate videos for my glitter channel. It's important to have a couple of days not being 'on'. 

Today for our Mummy Date we've kindly been gifted rugby tickets by our friends so I'm taking Darcy to watch her first live match! My friend Clare will be there with Baby Hope (you might have seen her in vlogs) and we're going to get some street food first. It's Darcy's first experience of live stadium sports so it should be a really nice afternoon. 

For me, I think the best way to document it whilst still being completely present in the moment is just to take a few pictures on my phone when the moment strikes and then write a blog post. I'm not going to put put great pressure on myself to take the most amazing best shots ever or to get lots and lots. If I do manage to then hurrah, but if I don't, I won't beat myself up over it. My main goal is special dedicated time with my babe, if I can take a few snaps then hooray! 

Mummy Dates are very fluid. Some weeks there might be lots and it might be big and exciting, but some weeks it might be low key, like watching a film at home on the sofa with laptops closed and social media shut down. Over the year, I'd like to try and blog about it and, if you're a Mama, why don't you as well? A little Mummy Date for you and your little one/s?

If you'd like to take part in this year long project and be supported by this lovely community, here's all you need to do-

1. Do something lovely with your little and document it for your blog in your usual style - no rules, just do your own thing. 

2. Copy and paste the below photo at the bottom of your post with, 'Mummy Dates 2017 Project' linked to this specific blog post. You can make the image tiny or massive.

Koin Mummy Dates Project 2017 Louise Pentland

3. In the comments of this post, link below your blog post and the month you did it in so that in my next Mummy Dates, I can add all the people who are also taking part in the project. If you want to leave a bit about you (eg, Hi, I'm Louise, I love blogging and I'm a Mother of one little girl) then that would be great but you don't have to. 


That's it really! Anyone can join at any time of the year, just include the link and month below so I can keep track. I'll be linking each blog in my posts but if your blog is vulgar or contains themes of an adult nature (you know what I'm talking about), then obviously I'll just be leaving that off and wishing you all the best. 

I love the idea of all of us doing something together, sharing ideas and working on such a heart warming project. 

See you soon with an update of how the rugby Mummy Date went!

Toodlepip!

xx



29 comments:

  1. 100% doing this louise! Great inspo and I'll link back here when I've got it up #MummyDatesProject2017 xxxx

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    1. Hi Tahnee! So glad you're on board! Looking forward to reading what you get up to! xxx

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  2. Hi Louise! I'm Elizabeth, mummy of a 8 month old little girl. She's probably a little young to do some dates, but I do plan to take her out more.
    My blog is:- www.iamelizabethx.co.uk - I write about life, experiences, motherhood & faith.
    Keep it up pretty lady! You're amazing! Xx

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! Welcome! I bet your little lady would love to have some quality mummy time wherever you go. Even just a dedicated story and snuggle counts. Look forward to reading your posts! <3

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  3. This is an awesome idea!! I'll take part! I'm Stephanie mommy of a 3yr old boy. I write mostly about fashion,beauty, and life with my silly little sir. We haven't gone on a mommy son date in a while. Need to.

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  4. This is so lovely! I like that you're not putting a massive focus on getting the best shots and instead just enjoying yourself and snapping when you can. I look forward to the posts! Was Darcy feeling shy in that first picture? Haha x

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  5. Hi Louise. Great post. I am an Auntie, but not a Mummy. I think this is a great idea anyway and I think I may try to so something similar. Block some Saturdays where I take off from social media and just live life for me.

    Have you heard of Project Life? They have an app where you can create full page scrapbook layouts and order printouts of them right from your phone. Soon they are launching books you can order too. I thought about this when you wrote about yout love of documenting and journaling. Project Life lets you do both and it takes up very little time and the result is something tangible you (and your little) can hold and look back on.

    I jusssst started using the app and I have no affiliation with them, I just wanted to share in case you hadn't explored it/heard of it.

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  6. I really like this idea! My little girl is Darcies age and she has an 11 month old brother who takes up a lot of my time and I can feel guilty sometimes that she isn't getting enough attention..so setting some time aside for mummy daughter dates would be perfect! My blog is www.lilypadandbow.com and I'll make sure to link back when we do go on our mummy daughter date xx

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  7. Well I can't really contribute as I don't have a little one but when my step daughter is with us we make special effort to spend days together as a family and my partner has Daddy days with her too so she's know when she gets time with him alone as well as us all together.

    This is such a sweet project and a great idea when you have such a hectic life online - bring it on!

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

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  8. I love this idea. I want to try to spend more one on one time with my little man and I am sure my wife does to, so we might take it in turns

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  9. So up for doing this. I was all out of regular blog post ideas so you've saved me! My name is Helen and I have a 20 month old daughter called Effie :)

    Www.mamasday.co.uk

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  10. Aww I love this idea. I have lots of Mummy Dates with my 3 year old son.
    My name is Ashleigh =)

    Www.ashleighjay88.co.uk

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  12. Great idea! I'm in. Love u

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  13. what a fantastic idea!

    www.thewonderlanders.com

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  14. Just the inspiration I needed to get started! Mum to a gorgeous 7 year old boy Xxxx

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  15. Hey Louise, I recently went through 6 months of chemo because of breast cancer. The thing I hated most on that time is the times I was too ill to spend 'proper' time with my babies. I have finished my treatment and it's a new year and I have lots of fun stuff planned to do with the kids and seeing this post made me think I should document it all on my blog. So thank you! This is my first post :) https://hayley-sarah.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/mummy-dates-project-2017.html

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  16. We went on our first mummy date of the year on Sunday (January) to spend our Christmas pennies =)

    http://www.ashleighjay88.co.uk/2017/01/mummy-dates-project-2017-1.html

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  17. Hello Louise!
    I love this idea and I just wanted to drop you a link to my post from today about my (hopefully first of many) Mommy daughter date with my daughter.

    http://meaghansramblings.blogspot.ca/2017/01/tobogganing-with-bam.html

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  18. It's projects like this that make me so excited to be a mother one day! I also love taking pictures to capture memories and recently started blogging as a nice way to share my thoughts, capture memories, and cultivate my own little corner of the internet! xox

    invisiblecrown.org

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  19. Here's my 1st #MDP2017 post 😙😙😙
    https://tahneesblog.co.uk/2017/01/16/mummy-dates-project-2017/
    Xxxc

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  20. Hi Louise! Here's my lil contribution - me and my little Lawson went on a little date day to Cheltenham, and what a lovely day we had!

    http://landoflawson.com/mummy-dates-project-2017/

    A bit about me :) I'm Hayley, a first time mama attempting to blog and vlog our family life whilst looking after a newborn! I survive off of a lot of coffee, a lot of YouTubers (yourself included), and a lot of smiles and giggles from my little man. Would love you to join us on the adventure!
    xx

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  21. Ah I love this idea, Louise. I've been blogging on and off for 10 or so years in various different places, but I decided to start afresh this year (after an extended hiatus!) so I'm really enjoying writing again and reading blogs again too. This is a great way to find some like-minded mummas!

    I'm Aimee, a pushing thirty mum-of-one from South London, writing about all of the things I like, see & do.

    Here's my latest Mummy Date: http://www.aimeemarie.com/blog/mummy-dates-and-the-work-life-balance-saga/

    xo

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  22. Hi Louise!
    It's January and I've just done our first Mummy Dates 2017 post. http://www.lifeasmrsn.com/index.php/2017/01/18/park-life-mummy-dates-project-2017/

    I'm a mum of one spirited toddler, E. I'm also a wife and a dog lover.
    I love this idea so much! I loved our date this morning and really enjoyed my daughter without other life distractions!

    Love
    A x

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  23. Hi Louise. We've been on our second mummy date yesterday (29th January)!
    http://www.ashleighjay88.co.uk/2017/01/mummy-dates-project-2017-2.html

    Looking forward to the next one =)

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  24. My first post has gone up! We had a lot of fun making this and plan on doing one every month. (Sorry about the shoddy editing - I'm not computer literate) Really hope anyone who reads it enjoys - and I look forward to reading everyone elses posts as well!

    https://mamasday.co.uk/blog/2017/01/january-dates-effie

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  25. Hi louise we went on our first mummy date and went with a mummy friend to a local zoo. I will publish on my blog on Wednesday 15th February xxx This Mummy Dates Project was a brilliant idea :-) hope to go on more.x.
    My blog is http://www.mercedespruntyauthor.wordpress.com

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