Post Comment Love 14th - 16th June

Welcome back to Post Comment Love - Our little linky hosted by myself and Stephanie where we welcome all bloggers, all topics. I'm looking forward to getting back on track with reading all your posts - I'm slightly behind but I'll get there!

Well it's all go for us at the moment. We've got BP starting his Mock GCSEs next week - he's been revising for weeks and I think he's taking it very seriously. He does need nudging occasionally but all in all I'd say he's doing well. LP has all the school trips coming up. He's had Maths challenges at  a different school, a sports day at a different school, and he's going to watch a cricket match next week. He's also going on a 5-day residential trip at the end of the month - which completely terrifies me but I know he's really looking forward to it.

And that's just the boys!

Remember I was being a bit cryptic a few weeks ago? Something was going on but it was all up in the air? Well I can now reveal why I've been so absent recently. Hubby has got a new job!

After 10 years of working at home he'll be off to work in an office from the start of July, which means huge changes to our routine from then on. Of course it won't make a lot of difference to my working day but it's exciting all the same. We've talked to the boys about it, we've planned for our new routine, and hopefully it'll all work out.

One thing I will say is that the house will be very quiet during the day. I'm so used to Hubby being at home and hearing him on the phone or playing music that it'll be eerily quiet when he's in the office. But I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Other than that it's the same as usual for us. I'm the same old mama plodding along making sure everyone is healthy and happy.

How do you deal with changes to your routine?

Blogger Showcase Michael from Your Money Geek


I'm Michael and I blog at Your Money Geek. I'm married to a wonderful and supportive woman who goes by the name Mrs. Money Geek on the blog. We have two children who are growing up waaaay too fast. 

We enjoy watching science fiction movies, playing tabletop games, and going to comic book conventions. 


It's was a complete accident. I hired a company to promote my business and they talked be into setting up a blog.

I had no idea what a blog was, however, they convinced me. Our agreement was I would approve the post they wrote. When they started sending me over drafts, I was disappointed in the content.

I fired them and took the blog over, after writing my first post I was hooked.


When I took over, I started studying information online about blogging. I quickly realized I had to decide to use the blog promote my financial planning practice or to turn it into a side hustle.

I choose to make the blog a side hustle because it felt more objective. Since the blog isn’t beholden to my practice I free to network with more people, and I don’t have to worry about offending a potential client.

Not to say it couldn’t happen anyway, I just don’t worry about it. 😉


Writing for Google is my biggest challenge. I like to write posts that I'm passionate about, that are unique, and fun. It's extremely hard to get those kinds of posts do well in Google. 

I'm trying to grow my social media and email list so hopefully someday I won't need to worry about Google.

So, if you are looking to read some cool money posts, success story interviews, or geek culture mash ups follow me on Twitter @YourMoneyGeek and join our email list for updates. ;)


I love writing about unique way to save or make money. The personal finance community tends to focus on delays satisfaction or no satisfaction, that feel the public thinks the only way to save money is to do without.

However, life is about balance, its ok to save some money and spend some money. We just want to make sure when people spend money you do it as efficiently and responsibly as possible.

So, if your goal is to save money to go on vacation, then we are going to help you do it.

The are a ton of blogs and it is hard to stand out; so, I always opportunities to try things another bloggers wont. Once we interviewed women who sell worn panties online (Don’t worry Mrs. Money Geek was onboard with it) and we teamed up with cool food blogger to make zombie animal crackers for the release of Zoombies 2.


I blog for fun, but I do have goals. I would like to turn the blog into a full-time business. 

My mission with the blog is to make personal finance fun and help inspire people. I would love to turn the blog into a full-time business so I could focus on helping more people.


The readers are the best, I love when I get an email of comment from a reader telling me I helped then. 


I attended FinCon last year and It was a great experience. Having an opportunity to meet some of the leading personal finance bloggers really fired me up and motivated me to turn the blog into a business. 


The first two posts were written to address some of the condescending information that tends to circulate in the personal finance space. The last post I wrote with some fellow bloggers because I felt a placed name Your Money Geek, should have the best Star Wars financial lessons post ever!!!


Snarky Money Geek


I wouldn’t survive without coffee. I have a year’s supply of green coffee beans stored to ensure survival of the Zombie apocalypse or the unlikely chance of a disaster. 

I would favor the biscuits over cake, but if I have plenty of coffee, I would get along with either choice. 


Dinner and a Movie! It’s a classic for a reason. 


It is hard to beat pizza night and some silly sci-fi movies. 


I think the kids appreciate that I enjoy Lego and video games as much as they do. 😉

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Michael, I love that you enjoy Lego and video games - me too! Hubby and I have a huge collection of Lego sets that we regularly build and take apart. Please feel free to grab our 'featured' badge and display it ever-so-proudly on your blog.

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Cervical Screening could save your life!

In 2017 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer after attending a routine cervical screening appointment. It was not something that was on my radar, I hadn't even considered it a possibility, but it is thanks to cervical screening that I am still here today. That routine test saved my life, and I cannot think about what might've been if I hadn't had that screening. That's why I'm here today, to tell you why cervical screening could save your life.

About Cervical Screening

The examination itself takes about 5 minutes. Yes, that's right - just five minutes and it could save your life. 

It can be uncomfortable for some women, me included, and so I tend do try breathing exercises to calm myself down. In the past the doctor has advised me to take painkillers before the cervical screening to help with any pain, and it does help. 

Cervical Screening Could Save Your Life! | I am thankful every day.

You should also consider the clothes you're wearing. If you're going to be uncomfortable stripping down then wear a long skirt that you can hitch up, that way you may feel more covered.

I can understand why some women are uncomfortable or even afraid of going to their cervical screening appointment. It's a scary thing to think this is to test for cervical cancer. But actually cervical screening is done to prevent cervical cancer from developing. The screening tests your cells and should identify if any of your cells have changed. If there are any abnormal changes to your cells you'll be contacted so further checks can be done. By having your cervical screening any abnormal changes can be detected and the earlier these changes are found the easier the treatment.

If you'd like to read more the NHS website is a great place to start.

A few facts

  • 1 in 10 people will have an abnormal result after cervical screening - about 220,000 women every year.

  • Cervical cancer is rare thanks to screening and early treatment - our screening programme saves 5,000 lives every year.

  • 80% of people who have treatment won't have cell changes again.

Sometimes you get to choose your battles and sometimes the battle chooses you.

My experience

Back in 2017 I attended my cervical screening appointment after being nagged by the Hubby. My reminder letter had been sitting on the kitchen counter for weeks. Finally I went and I never imagined anything would come of it.

Three weeks to the day later I received a letter that told me I needed further checks. Thanks to the cervical screening they had found I had high-grade dyskariosis - this means my cells had changed a lot and I needed further tests, and possibly treatment. This was a scary letter to receive, I had no idea what high-grade dyskariosis was or that it was any indication of what was to come. 

I had to go to the hospital for them to do a colposcopy - that's like a cervical screening but this time instead of using a tiny little brush to check your cells they use a microscope to look at your cervix and determine if you need further treatment. During my colposcopy the doctor decided to do the treatment then and there. It was basically surgery - where they took cut out some of my cervix in order to test it later. Using a device which had wire to cut out the cells they did the surgery and told me everything should be fine and it was all just as a precaution. 

First of all the surgery was uncomfortable. Very. I was in a lot of pain, despite anaesthetic, and I was very scared. The nurse was lovely though, and tried chatting to me the entire time. The surgery had recovery time too - I couldn't go for a swim for 6 weeks, I couldn't have a bath, and I wasn't allowed to have sex. Certainly not what I had expected when I went for that first check. 

But what came next was the biggest shock I have ever had. A letter first, that said the doctor wanted to discuss results. Again I went to the hospital to chat to the doctor, and this time Hubby went with me. That's when the doctor told me I had cervical cancer. They'd tested the cells they removed and found cancer. I was stunned - I think I sat there with a stupid smile on my face unable to take it in. 

The doctor said the cancer was very small, but as a precaution they wanted to do the colposcopy and surgery again, to make sure they'd cut out all the cancer. So after my 6 weeks recovery, and an extra week for good measure, I was back in the hospital having more surgery. More recovery time. More restrictions. And the second time the surgery was more painful. But to be honest I was happy for them to do it if it meant making sure I didn't still have cancer.

A couple of weeks later my doctor called me - the first time a doctor has phoned me, EVER. It was good news, and I cried over the phone! I was so pleased that they hadn't found more cancer. Because of the diagnosis I'd had to discuss things like hysterectomy and other options if they'd found more cancer. Thankfully I didn't have to worry about those things now. 

So how are things now?

I had no idea that that first cervical screening appointment could save my life. I mean, you hear it all the time but you don't actually think it'll happen to you. You think it's just one of those things that doesn't happen to real people - but it does.

Cervical Screening Could Save Your Life! | I am so thankful I'm still here for my boys.
If it weren't for cervical screening I may not be here today.

After my surgeries I had to have more regular screening - basically more colposcopies without the surgery. Every 6 months following my diagnosis I had to go back to the hospital for the doctor to check my cervix and make sure the cancer hadn't returned. This September, if everything is okay, I go to annual checks - still at the hospital. But if things stay the same eventually I'll be able to go back to regular cervical screening. That day can't come quick enough!

Still scared of cervical screening?

I hated going for my cervical screening, I was always uncomfortable and it hurt. But now I'm looking forward to having regular cervical screening because I've had to go through the colposcopy and surgery. Every 3 years? Yes please. At the moment my checks are every 6 months, and hopefully going to annually soon. Attending a routine cervical screening appointment at my local doctor's surgery, every 3 years, sounds brilliant to me.

Thanks to the cervical screening I am still here for my boys. I haven't had to go through chemotherapy because the cancer was small enough to be cut away. I am healthy (for the most part) and happy, and the cervical screening programme really did save my life.

A smear test lasts 5 minutes. The impact of cervical cancer lasts a lifetime.

The chances of you being diagnosed with cervical cancer are very low, but wouldn't you want to catch it early if you were diagnosed? 

That's why cervical screening is so important. Those 5 minutes you're uncomfortable could save your life.

Cervical Screening Could Save Your Life! | I am here today thanks to cervical screening.

If you've been diagnosed with cervical cancer, or experienced cell changes, or just want to chat, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is a great website that offers support to women who have experience these issues.

When did you last attend a cervical screening?

Being diagnosed with cervical cancer helped me realise I can spend time on me! If you're struggling to spend time alone here's a few ideas you could try out...

Post Comment Love 7th - 9th June

Welcome to another week of Post Comment Love. A little linky run by Stephanie and me, where we welcome bloggers not only from around the world but also bloggers who write about varying topics. It's so great to stop by each week and read about your lives and I hope you continue to link up with us even if it's just to say hi!

With half term over, and the final term of school started, we're getting back to a routine. Or rather, the boys are in a good routine. Me and the Hubby on the other hand are a little less organised. Things are up in the air at the moment and the Hubby is working less and less. Which means my routine is messed up too. But we'll get there eventually, it's just a waiting game I suppose.

The boys are happy to be back at school. Actually maybe not - BP has mock GCSE exams in a few weeks, and he's spending a lot of time revising and hopefully he'll do well. LP loves school and is happy to be back, especially given that it's only a few weeks and he'll be off on a residential trip for a whole week! I'm not sure how I'll cope with that one!

I remember when BP went on his first residential trip and I was worried the whole time. LP is more adventurous than BP, so the idea of him being out trying new things like abseiling terrifies me. I'm sure he'll be fine, but it's a mum's job to worry - right?

We're fast heading towards summer, when the boys will have no school for six weeks. I'm not sure how we'll cope with it this year, I mean, it's not like we're going to Florida or anything. Maybe we'll have a mini holiday at some point. I hope so.

Are your kids happy to be back to school?

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Is playing video games good for your kids?

Fortnite, Overwatch, Minecraft, and Mario. If you're the mum of school-aged kids I'm pretty sure you'll have an idea about most of these video games. You'll argue with your kids about playing games, about how much time they spend on their consoles. But have you ever wondered if playing games is good for your kids? As the mum of a 10 year old and a 14 year old I know I have, and while I know there can be downsides I've done a little research into the good bits of playing games. 

Is Playing Video Games Good For Your Kids? | Xbox, Playstation, Switch - which do your kids play?
Which are your kids fans of? Xbox? Playstation? Switch?

How playing video games can be good for kids

Inspiring interest in varying topics. Now this might sound strange, especially when you think about games like Minecraft which is essentially just building blocks. But some of the ideas seen on games like Minecraft can inspire children to look into historical buildings for example. They may want to build a realistic (ish) looking castle and need to research what a real one looks like. There's also the surrounding area, and how trees and foliage might grow around a castle. My boys like playing video games like Fortnite and Overwatch, and while this hasn't prompted them to go look at castles online it has sparked a few conversations about the games industry and how they make things like shooting actually work within the game. With a Hubby who has worked in the industry for more than 20 years he can talk to them about the actual making of games, and I believe that teaches them about the possibilities when they're old enough for a job. I love that gaming can make kids think about things in a new way.

Is Playing Video Games Good For Your Kids? | Do your kids create real things on their video games?
Could your kids create Bolsover Castle in Minecraft? Why not challenge them?

Help make friends. My eldest has always had a little trouble making friends, his group of friends has been small since he started school and it's never really changed. He's not the most sociable boy I know, and sometimes I've wondered if this would hinder his achievements in the future. However, when he started playing games like Fortnite and Overwatch he suddenly started chatting to friends while playing. The video games opened up the world to him and he was able to chat to people without them being in the room, which meant he had to talk (something he's often struggled with being an introvert). By chatting to people over the headset while playing video games he made friends, but not just that - he made real friends too. All the chatting he did online helped with him making friends in real life too.

Improve problem-solving skills. Whether your kids are playing Fortnite and having to avoid getting shot, or they're playing Zelda and having to solve puzzles in order to find a new piece of equipment to help them on their quest, they're learning. By playing these video games they're improving their problem-solving skills. The games are filled with puzzles and this helps them think about problems in a new way. Kids have a great way of thinking about things sometimes, but by playing games they can also expand how they think - helping them long into the future. 

Is Playing Video Games Good For Your Kids? | Can your kids solve the puzzles quickly? If not why not get them to play more games.

Helps creativity. When you have a child who isn't that creative, who prefers facts and figures and doesn't spend a lot of time using their imagination, it can be difficult to get them to be creative. But when they play video games they get to see other people's creativity and it inspires them. They begin coming up with ideas about how the game might be better, they use what they can see to get new ideas. I had this recently with LP, who has a facts and figures kind of mind. He'd been given a task at school that required him to be creative - definitely not his comfort zone. Because he'd been playing games along the same lines as the topic at school and he'd also read a book about it too, he was able to complete the task - using his own imagination. A win I'd say.

Create with the heart; build with the mind.

Criss Jami

Understanding rules. No matter what you do in life there are rules to live or work by right? And your kids learn this at home - like when you say they have to sit at the table to eat dinner. When they play these video games they're also learning about different rules - like how you have to shoot other players to win the game in Fortnite, or how you have to solve puzzles in Zelda. But there are other things too - like how certain guns work, what you need to do in order to build forts, and how to play the game to avoid being banned by the creators. All games have rules, and a bonus here is that they're not your rules. Yes, you're the parent, but in this case the rules your kids are following are not set by you - teaching them there will be rules to follow throughout their lives.

Competition. Competing can sometimes lead to problems. It can bring out the worst in people, and can make the whole experience horrid. But, by playing these video games your kids are getting to be  competitive without having to compete - if you get my drift. If your kids aren't very sporty, like BP, and they don't compete in football games or attend any after-school classes then letting them compete with friends by playing these video games can be a good thing. It shows them that you don't need to be sporty to compete, and actually they can excel at something despite not being sporty.

Is Playing Video Games Good For Your Kids? | Competing, even when they're not sporty!

Gives them a chance to lead. If you're the mum of a follower, someone who is easily led or who is just too quiet to lead, then you'll know what I mean here. When you're child is quiet they often don't speak up, other kids don't listen to them because they never speak - which can make them feel like they're not respected. By playing video games, and getting friends involved, your quiet child may get the chance to be a leader after all. They may be quiet at school - for whatever reason - but when it comes to those games they could be the expert all their friends go to for advice. When kids play video games together they often take it in turns to lead, depending on each child's strengths. Which means your once quiet, easily led, child will become the respected expert all the kids in school go to for game advice.

Encourages exercise. Okay, so this doesn't really apply to games like Fortnite - although LP is often giving the dances a go! But when it comes to the sports games, basketball or football, these games can teach kids about skills and get them outdoors practising. They take the balls outside and try to replicate what they've seen in the games, and when they can't do it they repeat the task until they can!

Is Playing Video Games Good For Your Kids? | Your kids may want to copy what they've seen footballers do on their games.

A chance to bond. If you have ever played games with your kids you'll know how much fun it can be. But bonding with them goes beyond playing the video games - it's about the connection you make. By playing their favourite game (the Hubby plays Fortnite with LP) it shows your kids that you're not only interested in the things they do for fun, but it gives them someone - other than their friends - to talk to about it. You get to laugh with them about new updates. You get to pretend to play for real (running around the house pretending to shoot). But best of all it makes them more likely to talk to you about other things they care about - because you've already shown an interest. 

Of course there are always going to be the people who say playing video games is bad for your kids. And yes, there are the bad things too - like this...

Playing video games can be a bad thing...

Ignoring chores. You have no idea how many times I've had to yell about chores getting done. It's almost like they think the games should come first and everything else can wait. There are times when I let this slide, but it doesn't take me long to realise I've done the wrong thing because the chores get ignored day after day and then it's a huge job to get things sorted.

Is Playing Video Games Good For Your Kids? | Leaving mess in their rooms while they play games is not on!
This is what I found in my youngest's bedroom  - NOT ON!

Bragging. "I'm so good at this!" I hear it so many times when my boys are playing games and it drives me mad. They're not experts at the game - not by far - but they just can't help bragging about something when they believe they've done something good. But not just that, they then go to school and brag about it too. We had an incident a while back where LP got into a fight at school because someone was trying to say they were better than him at Fortnite. Needless to say we had words.

Gaming comes first. Like I said above, everything else can wait when they're into a game. Dinner ready? It can wait until they're done with their game. Visitors? They have to wait. It's like they enter a world all of their own and everything else fades into a distant memory.

Bad behaviour. You might tell them to put the game off and they throw the game controller on the floor. Or they go storming through the house because they lost a game. Or even worse - and this has never happened to me - they might break something (like the TV!) because they're angry at the game. There are so many examples but really it's about how the game is making them feel - and if it gets to this point something is wrong. 

There are always going to be good and bad things about playing video games, and while there are bad I believe that playing video games really can be good for your kids - as long as you settle on some rules before you start.

Rules for play

  • Time limits. This is the single most important rule you could possibly have. If left alone, with no limits, I have no doubt my boys would play video games all day every day and all other things would suffer. We have daily time limits, including the times they can play (only after school) and for how long they can play. We increase their time at the weekend, but if we have things planned they have to give up their games.

Is Playing Video Games Good For Your Kids? | Give them time limits - and stick to it.

  • Don't give in. When you set your rules you have to stick by them. If you allow your kids 1 hour game time per day, don't let them have extra time when they start a new game 5 minutes before their time is up and then ask to finish their game. I've heard this so many times "oh, but I just started a game!". And my response? I tell them they know the rules, and they knew their time was about to finish so they shouldn't have started a new game. 

  • Rules for friends. My boys both have online friends on the Xbox, these are people they have never met. However, we have rules when it comes to these online friends. They are NEVER allowed to tell people their real name, where they live, or even how old they are. They're not allowed to share any personal information other than the country they're from. Right from the start I was insistent and LP has been very good about not sharing information - to the point that if someone asks him what his name is when he's online he will immediately leave that game. 

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.

Amy Poehler

  • Chores, homework, revision, etc gets done first. Whether it's jobs around the house, or homework that needs to be done, it should all be done BEFORE they play games. I have had instances where the boys have pretended to do chores and then gone on to play their video games, but then they have to put the games off. As long as their chores, homework, and revision is done they can play games but if these things don't get done then they don't get to play. I've heard lots of complaints about it - but for me this is important and I won't back down.

  • Talk to them about the game. This is more a rule for you, and not your kids but make sure you talk to them about the game. If anything else, staying informed gives you at least some power. When you know what they're talking about you can deal with any situation that crops up. By learning terminology, how the game works, and even what v-bucks are, will make parenting kids who play video games a lot easier! 

Is Playing Video Games Good For Your Kids? | Mum of school-aged kids who love playing games?

Playing video games can be seen as such a bad thing, especially these days with social media saying it's so bad for kids to be playing video games. They talk about how they're violent and inappropriate - and yes, there are games that are inappropriate for young kids - but it's your job to make sure they're not playing those games. I refuse to let my boys play GTA V, not because of what social media says, but because I know the game isn't appropriate for kids - even 16 year old kids. If you'd like to read more about how video games can be good for your kids head over to where they have a post called 8 reasons video games improve your child.

As long as you have rules, and stick to them, playing video games really can be good for your kids.

Which video games, if any, do you let your kids play?

Why not give your kids a break from playing video games and grab the Fun with AniPals! activity book?
Is Playing Video Games Good For Your Kids? | Why not give them a break from the games by grabbing the Fun with AniPals activity book!