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Blogging and Me: SEO Tips

When I started this little corner of the internet 7 long years ago, I was absolutely clueless when it came to blogging; all I knew was that I wanted to record some memories of my children whilst they were small.  And that I did, though along the way my priorities changed.  After years of writing and reading blog posts, I discovered that you could actually be paid for advertising content and a whole new World opened up to me.  Of course, I still wrote about my children, but my hobby was fast becoming so much more. I quickly realised that I would need to make some changes to my website in order to attract business and my first step was to buy a domain.  I used GoDaddy as it was recommended to me and seemed fairly user-friendly (bearing in mind I was a complete novice) and bought WordPress hosting alongside the domain.  Smiles and Trials in its current format was thus formed. Over the last couple of years, I have continued to learn more about blogging …

Things to do in Bristol When You’re Seven

Bristol had not been on my radar at all until very recently.  As a non-driver, it just seemed too far away to bother considering.  That was until we were sat at Worthing station waiting for a local train only to see a GWR train heading for Bristol Temple Meads roll into the station.  Immediately, my mind started whirring and wondering.  Could we? Shortly after, coincidentally, I was chatting to my oldest friend, who lives in Cheltenham, discussing our next visit when she happened to mention that Bristol wasn’t actually far from them.  And so the plan was born.  I would take the children to visit my friend and we would spend a day in Bristol whilst we were up there, catching the train back to Worthing afterwards. I spent quite a while looking at things we could do in Bristol, attractions we could visit, and Bristol Zoo Gardens looked the most promising as we knew we would only have time to do one thing really. We ended up arriving just after 9am when they opened …

Day Trip to Liverpool

I have a deep fascination with the North of our country, having forever lived within 10 miles of the South coast and mostly only explored other regions of the South.  In fact the furthest North I have been would probably be Birmingham or Norfolk (my geography isn’t great so I’m unsure which of these is actually further North…).  I have a long list of “Northern” (I appreciate my definition of Northern is not in fact definitive) places I would like to visit, including York, Whitby, Sheffield, Chester and Liverpool. I would love to spend the day in Liverpool on the way to Dublin, which is one of my favourite cities.  I feel that Liverpool is well worth a visit with children and would love to take them to St John’s Gardens and The Beatles Story, which I think Sonny would enjoy given his new-found love of the band! Alongside the historical aspect to Liverpool, there is also a thriving modern shopping centre, including the popular mall, Liverpool One.  I can see myself and Jasmine spending …

Planning a European Road Trip

European road trips have always appealed to me.  I’m not at all afraid of flying but the whole process bores and frustrates me – it just takes so long.  It is also ridiculously, eye-rollingly expensive.  Driving has its own associated costs and pitfalls, of course, but I feel that the positives outweigh the downsides.  The views can be spectacular and there are any number of opportunities to pause for a pitstop, which is very useful, especially when travelling with children.  Road trips also have the scope to take on a certain autonomy.  You will plan a route but you may end up stopping somewhere that was not in the itinerary, compelled to make an unscheduled detour either by innate desire, the allure of local scenery or, indeed, an overactive bladder. If I have convinced you that a road trip is a great way to spend a summer, take a look at the following tips on how best to plan one: Prepare the car If your car is almost due for an MOT, try and get it …

The Secrets of Skin Care You Need to Know

Wherever you look, it’s hard to escape advertisements of products offering flawless skin. As the beauty industry grows by the day, it becomes even more difficult to establish what works for your skin, and what doesn’t. When this happens, it can be easy to fall into the trap of following the same tips as everyone else. Although this works for some people, it’s true that when it comes to skin, there is no one glove fits all policy. In fact, there are a few skin secrets that everyone can adapt to in their quest to help their skin look the best it ever has. It’s all about your lifestyle What you do to your body also has huge repercussions on your skin. For example, heavy smoking and drinking can cause more wrinkles and spots to appear. In your every day, you should be making sure you’re eating a diet rich in vitamins, and that you have your recommended daily intake of water. Having a regular exercise routine alongside this can boost blood flow to your …