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The Best British Road Trips

August 26, 2016
warwick castle

We’re big fans of the great British road trip in our house. OK, the Ford Focus in the drive might not have the magnificent allure of an airplane (for Hux, at least) but there’s really nothing like hopping on the road for a good old home-based adventure. Most recently we drove to Warwickshire, taking in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the magnificent castle over 24 hours, having a really wonderful (and even a bit of an educational!) time. But I’d say that our…

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6 Lessons I’ve Learned Working For Myself

August 19, 2016
working for yourself

What did you want to be when you grew up? I had dreams of being a Solicitor, Journalist or member of the Hollyoaks cast, and this year’s A-Level results day had me fondly thinking back 13 years to that time when I used to daydream about the career I’d have ahead of me. Funnily enough, in none of these dreams was I ever working for myself. My dad, my most prominent career role model, worked in Marketing for a big…

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Things I’d Rather Do Than Run A Marathon

August 11, 2016
Running feet

There are many MANY things I’d rather do than run a marathon. Some of these include: Get a Hollywood wax, repeatedly Watch the latest Alvin and the Chipmunk movie on repeat Spend weeks and weeks and weeks extremely sleep deprived Lose my phone Sleep in dirty sheets Drink cold tea Running, you see, is one of those things I just don’t get. I grew up going to a very sporty school and because I was skinny I was expected to compete in…

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Life Stories: Alice Audley, Founder of Blogosphere Magazine

July 5, 2016
Alice Audley, Blogosphere Magazine

What did you want to be when you grew up? My aspirations were: fashion journalist (not far off), solicitor (I watched too much Ally McBeal), and Hollyoaks cast member (WTF). My dreams changed depending on the day of the week and the direction of the wind, and I was a terror for spending more time thinking about who I wanted to be than actually working on being it. I think it’s wonderful to have dreams, to shoot for the moon…

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The Bloody Brexit

June 27, 2016
bloody brexit

I’m on holiday. And I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing with the whole Brexit fandango underway (and let’s be honest, it’s been a massive effing fandango) but it’s most definitely brought things home for me, even when away. Let’s face it: the fact we have a democratic society is a massively amazing thing that should not be sniffed at. I religiously use my vote because other women fought so hard for me to have it,…

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Happy Weekend!

May 14, 2016
happy weekend

Happy weekend! What have you got planned? We have an exciting weekend of birthday activities; beginning with a special dinner this evening (I love my mummy and children dinner dates ;). Hux’s Thunderbirds-themed bowling ‘do is on Sunday, so I’ll be frantically stuffing party bags while I watch Eurovision with Elfie…. his cake arrived from Parteaz yesterday and it’s just INCREDIBLE. I can’t wait to see his face when we sing Happy Birthday :) I’m off out for a 5k training…

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My Becoming

May 13, 2016
Becoming Laura Jane Williams

One of my very favourite quotes in Lena Dunham’s girls is when Hannah explains why she’s short on time: “I have work, then a dinner thing, then I am busy trying to become who I am” Because that is how I have felt, ever since I split up with the person I thought was the love of my life 3 years ago. I am busy trying to become who I am. You see, I used to think personal development was…

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Losing Your Spark (Then Finding It Again)

April 14, 2016
Who run the world? Girls

This winter was a bit strange for me. I felt metaphorically stuck. Bogged down, heavy, tired. I was lacking drive and confidence at work, my get up and go had left the building: when you’re a mum you usually have LOTS of get up and go. It was in all aspects of my life – my clothes always looked crap, work felt rubbish, I was dropping balls all over the place, couldn’t be arsed for the gym and my usual…

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10 Ways You Know You’re a Work-From-Home Parent In The Holidays

April 5, 2016
Easter

Hooray! It’s the Easter holidays! Otherwise known at that time when the kids are off school and us lucky Freelancing parents – workload depending – get to juggle the delight of our children being at home while we frantically attempt to not lose work momentum (or our minds). Hah. Good luck with that. I genuinely miss the bones of my two when they’re at school. They are the lights of my life and there is nobody I’d rather spend time…

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Celebrating Women

April 4, 2016
women who inspire me

A few weeks ago I hopped on a train pre-7am – it takes a lot to get me up so early – to spend International Women’s Day with a group of females I’d never met. Having all been invited to a magical mystery tour of London by the folks at Eastpak, the She Wears tour was an international event celebrating IWD that was simultaneously taking place all over the globe: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Aarhus, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Madrid, London, Guangzhou and Istanbul.…

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6 Ways To Smarter Saving

March 25, 2016
how to save

Earlier this month I introduced you to the new #SaveSmarter tool from Aviva: answer a series of questions and it will tell you what your savings profile is, and give you suggestions for how you may be able to #SaveSmarter. As I’m a big fan of money I approached the project with gusto, finding out I’m a Turbo Saver. The #SaveSmarter tool told me I love to save but my downfalls are spending too much, budgeting poorly and not knowing the right…

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