About Karin Joyce

Karin Joyce is the creator of Embrace Happy, an inspirational and motivational website where the focus is on celebrating the good in our lives every day. The Embrace Happy tagline is: Not every day is good but there is good in every day. Before starting Embrace Happy, Karin was one of the “old school” bloggers from the early days of what was then British Mummy Bloggers with her parenting blog Cafe Bebe. In between school runs, blogging and being a wife to Mark and Mum to Ella (6 1/2) and Sam (3), Karin also works as a freelance social media manager and consultant.

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Embrace Happy Blogger Challenge: Week Four

Well, we have all had a nice two week’s holiday from the stress and strain of school runs, after school play dates and lessons and, for many of us, a two week holiday from blogging and social media. It is difficult to balance the daily challenges of our children being at home during a holiday […]

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Embrace Happy Blogger Challenge: Week Three

Welcome back to the third instalment of the Embrace Happy Blogger Challenge. It’s Week Three and hopefully you have learned to Block the Stats, have done a thorough Spring clean of your social media accounts and really looked at who you follow? You should be feeling a bit lighter and brighter so now is the […]

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Embrace Happy blogger challenge week two: Who do you follow?

Hopefully after last week’s challenge, Block the Stats, you are feeling slightly more free from constraints. Blogging these days is an uphill battle to be read, noticed, shared and respected. Back in 2009 there were a few hundred British Lifestyle/Parent Blogs, now there are thousands. And with that rise in the amount of blogs, the […]

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Embrace Happy Blogger Challenge Week One: Block the Stats

You’ve been blogging for a) a couple of months; b) too many years to count; c) 3 years, 8 months, 42 weeks and 17 days and you’re beginning to feel a bit lost. All bloggers experience this feeling at some point in their blogging career so feel secure in the fact that you are not […]

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BritMums Blogger of the Week- Vicki Psarias-Broadbent

Lights, Camera, ACTION!!!! That’s right…the BritMums Live! Highlight Video is on air and ready for your viewing pleasure all courtesy of the amazingly brilliant Vicki Psarias-Broadbent, also known as Honest Mum. In addition to walking miles around the Brewery along with her handy and handsome assistant/husband to record every smile, tweet, text and cuddle that […]

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Join our daily photo challenge in October: #SnapHappyBritMums

It’s time again for another month of inspiration in the form of #SnapHappyBritMums and once again we’re looking to one of our members to create this month’s themes. May I introduce to you, Claire Toplis who is the lovely and talented blogger behind Life, Ninja Killer Cat and Everything Else. Claire is a Special Needs […]

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BritMums Shout Out!

Instead of Blogger of the Week this week, I’ve decided to shine the spotlight on the great wide blogosphere to celebrate bloggers and blogging! Join me in a round of applause and a “WHOOP WHOOP” for some pretty amazing bloggers… First of all, BEST of luck to all of the Bloggers up for MAD Blog […]

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Crossing the Chasm panel at BritMums Live

BritMums Live! Reporters: Lean about “Crossing the Blogging Chasm”

One of the most popular sessions on the first day of BritMums Live! was the Crossing the Chasm session featuring Nickie O’Hara, Michelle Pannell, Melinda Fargo, Maggy Woodley and Jane Blackmore. Mummy Barrow, Tanya, gives her report on the session… When I saw the agenda for Britmums Live this was the discussion I really wanted […]

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BritMums Blogging Prompts: Pride and Prejudice

I apologise for the tardiness of the blogging prompts today. You see, my Little Miss went to her first day of Reception today so I’ve been busy being a Mummy. What a great morning it was, as well! Ella was so thrilled and excited that her father and I couldn’t help but be the same. […]

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BritMums Blogger of the Week: Bringing Up Charlie

I sit in my lounge typing and I only have one child in need of my mothering today. My daughter Ella is off to school. Well, not quite Reception as her Reception class doesn’t begin until Monday so today Ella is at her old preschool again. But Monday begins my redundancy as far as Ella […]

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Back to school in a new country

This week as many of us are preparing to send our children back to school (or maybe to school for the first time), a lovely family will be starting school in a new country! Cathy Powell, an Australian mum and blogger, will be sending her children to their first year in school in England after […]

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BritMums Blogging Prompts: School Days

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! Back to school week! Or, just another week for our Scottish bloggers…sorry. This week is the week where uniforms will be carefully put on and then destroyed in a matter of hours; Mums will use more tissues than any other week; Coffee mornings will take on a whole […]

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Join our daily photo challenge for September: #SnapHappyBritMums

Here we are, another month further into 2012 and another month closer to 2013! We’ve been running the #SnapHappyBritMums challenge since May and have had a small but very loyal following. Last month @Splodz provided us with a wonderful month of themes which challenged all of us (Triangle? Beetle? Weep?). This month we have another […]

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BritMums Blogger of the Week: Domestic Goddesque

So here we are…the last week of the Summer Holiday for many of us while the Scottish bloggers amongst us are sticking out their tongues at us as they’ve been back to school for 2-3 weeks! Between the last minute uniform buying, ironing (Seriously??? Do I HAVE to iron??), labelling and lunchbox planning, I’d like […]

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BritMums Blogging Prompts – Lessons learned and Summer highlights

Summer holiday is drawing to a close. School uniform shopping is in high swing and thoughts are turning to lunchboxes, play dates and after school sporting activities. So much to do and now, so little time left! This week’s blog prompts, therefore are about learning lessons and highlighting your best bits of the Summer Holiday. […]

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BritMums Blogger of the Week: Mummy’s Little Monkey

The blogging world can be a lovely place. You meet new people, form friendships, support each other and always have a shoulder to cry on. Social media allows you to reach out without having to actually be able to physically reach someone and that can be a very powerful thing when you’re feeling lost and […]

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BritMums Live! Reporters: Blogger’s Studio- The path to getting published

The Path to Getting Published Presenters: Toni Hargis, Emily Carlisle, Erin Niumata, Cari Rosen and Kate Morris Reporter: Cat Dean I was particularly looking forward to this session – clearly not the only one as by the time the speakers started, the room was full, notepads were out, pens were uncapped. First up was novelist and […]

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BritMums Live! Reporters: Advanced Photography with Julia Boggio

Even before Julia Boggio‘s session on Advanced Blogging Photography had started there was a great buzz in the room. It was definitely the session I had been looking forward to the most and the room was full of lots of other excited bloggers wanting to know more about improving their blog photography. Julia started by […]

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