Bloggers You Should Be Following | Just Add Ginger

Blog recommendations - Just Add Ginger blog

Community is such a big part of the blogosphere! Without it things can get incredibly lonely and unnecessarily competitive. I think it's so important to give back and pay it forward, especially because the blogging world has shown me such incredibly support and love over the years. 

So without further ado, here are five bloggers I think you really should be following in 2017

Dorkface | Jemma 

Hardworking. multi-talented, crazily creative (have you seen her Etsy shop)?, and with an Instagram feed that is just absolute goals, I think Jemma - aka Dorkface - is just amazing. Creator of @TheGirlGangHQ on Twitter, this lady does so much it is a wonder how she ever manages to sleep! And to top it all of, she is just the loveliest person. Often, when I feel myself at a loss with blogging or un-motivated, just looking at her Twitter feed or catching up on a blog post is enough to push the accelerator on my motivation again and hurtle full throttle down the creative road of productivity. 

With blog posts that are vibrant and engaging, and with a honest and down-to-earth approach, Jemma's already achieved so much, and I know there will be so much more to come in 2017! 

There's no way I couldn't write this post without mentioning Sarah. Outside of the blogging world, we have been friends for a long time. From occasional "pudding clubs" to Happy Hour cocktails and support when it's needed most, she is party one of the reasons I have kept blogging for so long. There have been so many times when I've just lost all motivation, but just seeing how much drive Sarah has is enough to get me back on the horse. Her posts are always so relatable, personable and  that you can always look to her blog for an honest opinion on everything - from beauty trends right through to tea subscriptions.

Jo's is a name that I've seen pop up so much on my radar over the past year, but my true appreciation and enjoyment of her blog is something that has grown over recent months. It is just such a pretty place to peruse, with posts that cover all things beauty, lifestyle and pregnancy. Often engaging in a Twitter conversation or two (we are only a few weeks apart in our pregnancies), it is when her mummy-to-be posts pop up that I get the most excited. I love her writing style for how personal it is. You almost could be having a real life conversation with her, and bloggers who write with so much animation always have me coming back for more.

Michelle Louise | Michelle

Another blogger who clearly writes every post from the heart, I've watched Michelle's blog grow over the years. A super-talented MUA (she has posted some really cool tutorials on her YouTube channel), frequently posting the most delicious-looking Vegan recipes, and with a definite passion for all things beauty hers is a blog I go to if I'm in search for an honest review, or if I've been on the lookout for a new palette/foundation/mascara to try. Aside from her make up skills and ability to make you feel hungry with a single food-related photo, she's also a really lovely person too, and I'm really looking forward to see what this year has in store for her.

Got a blogger you love? Why not give them a shout-out to let them know!?


Making The Most Of Maternity Leave | Just Add Ginger

Baby bump and baby scan pictures - Just Add Ginger blog

Maternity leave for me started early (I explained why in this post). It is a decision I do not regret in the slightest. The bigger I get, the more uncomfortable I become, and I think the ten weeks rest I'll have had before I take my new title of 'Mummy' will have done me the world of good. 

However I do know it can be really easy to find that familiar feeling of boredom creep up on you. I suffer from it more frequently than not. And with us still waiting for the house move to happen, and my increasing inability to cope with lots of driving (the call of the sofa is too tempting at times) I knew that in order to be super-productive and keep boredom at bay, I'd have to come up with a plan. 

We're six weeks in to my time off, and here's how I've been making the most of it....


My poor little blog became a little neglected towards the end of last year. With quite an extensive break away, I really wanted to take the time to concentrate on all things Just Add Ginger before the baby arrives. This means - if I can - scheduling blog posts up until April (at least). Seemingly a tall order, especially with a move imminent, and therefore a lack of internet for a while, this has been my main focus. I have been aiming for writing at least two blog posts a day, alongside scheduling tweets and doing daily Instagram posts. So far I have done pretty well, aside from the one day I had to dedicate to sitting on my arse doing nothing because I had the worst night's sleep!


Linked to my invested interest in writing, and not just focusing on mummy-to-be books, I've also been making a conscious effort to switch off from social media from time to time and get my nose stuck into a crime thriller. At the moment my book of choice is The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent. Choosing moments where I feel totally relaxed (usually bath-time) I am reading at a slow pace to ensure I take it easy and let the story sink in. Once I've finished this title, I have two more books to get through in the next nine weeks (so I guess maybe I should start reading just a touch faster).


Sometimes I have just had to admit defeat. Combine a rubbish night's rest, sore back, and the fact that caffeine and I haven't clapped eyes on each other since the summer, and what you've got is the recipe for one grumpy Jackie. There have been days where I haven't managed to make it out my pyjamas, or met my self-given deadlines, and whereas normally I would be really disheartened, I've learnt to accept that this is just all part of the deal. Maternity leave is meant for rest after all, and it's pretty much a given that once the baby is here I'm not going to be getting much of that.


I've never been one for being able to cope with a load of mess, but since being on Maternity Leave it has been my mission to ensure that the house stays as clean as possible. Taking control of the washing up, loading in the laundry, and running a brush over the floors downstairs there is not a day that goes by where I don't find myself pottering around tidying up or re-plumping the cushions. And it's really made a bucket-load of difference. With Ryan lending a helping hand with the chores I can't manage anymore, the house has stayed looking spick and span. Something that fills me with the greatest amount of pleasure. 

Although all these activities seem isolating, I'm not being silly. Ryan and I are actively taking time out at the weekends to get out the house so that I step out into the sunshine at least once a week. I have met up with family and my friends know that they are always welcome round for a cup of tea or to stay for the weekend if they have one spare. Mummyhood can be really lonely, and I'm not going to put myself in the bracket of becoming a recluse. It's just not in my nature.