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Finding Flexible Work: All About Coople

November 30, 2016
Coople review

Increasingly I’m noticing how popular flexible working is. Not just in my circle of work colleagues but within friends and family too: it’s really refreshing to see how many are shunning the confines of the 9-5 for a more family-friendly and flexible way of being employed. Certainly in my situation I couldn’t do it any other way. At least, not without missing my children terribly and paying out extortionate costs for childcare. I need to work flexibly for my kids,…

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Christmas Gift Guide: For The Kid Who Reminds You Of Your Favourite Childhood Characters

November 24, 2016
personalised mr men

Some of my very earliest memories involve Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men franchise. My mum would bring my brother and I to see my grannie once a month, who’d saved all her 5p pieces to give to us because they were too small for her fingers. We’d visit the John Lewis that’s now five minutes away from my house and I’d spend my grannie-given pocket money on Mr Men books. By the time I’d grown out of them I had the whole…

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Hugh Hefner For a Day: Christmas Cards with Snapfish

November 23, 2016
Snapfish Christmas Cards

The first time I came across a personalised Christmas card was back when I lived with my parents, sent from some distant relatives in the USA. I was a teenager, maybe 14 or 15, and I remember thinking what a self-indulgent practice it was. I couldn’t imagine why you’d want to send out a card to your friends with your face on it. Fast-forward 16 years: 3,000 Instagram selfies later and here we are, fully immersed in the era of…

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Good Things Will Happen

November 11, 2016
Good Things Will Happen

And we thought Brexit was bad. I watched, as many people did, with mouth agape as the election results rolled in from the United States early Wednesday morning. I woke up at 1.30am, when all looked good, then again at 2.30, ditto, and finally at 4am when it all fell apart. I feel like I haven’t properly slept since. I’ve been trying to articulate this week why I feel utterly shattered at the result. America might not be my country, but it’s…

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What’s in your future? #ad

October 21, 2016
Surviving single parent holiday

As a millennial (just about), I feel like I have grown up a lot slower than those living in my parents’ generation. If anyone ever asks me how old I am I instinctively say 28 – I’m 31 – and I don’t feel responsible enough to have children yet, really (oops, who left me in charge of Elfie and Hux?!). By this age my parents were well on their way up the property ladder, properly planning for their futures. I…

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Self-Employment: Finding Flexible Working Hours

October 17, 2016
flexible working hours

One of the main reasons to quit the rat race to work for yourself is flexibility. And by that I mean the flexibility to live your life in a way that’s most productive for you, whether that means being able to pick up and drop off your kids from school every day or spending more time with your husband: it’s your life, you should build it your way. When I first started working freelance I missed this point a bit.…

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Online Earning: The Money Shed

October 14, 2016
the money shed

So you’re a new mum who needs to start bringing in a bit of income, and you’d like to do it from home with zero outlay. Where on earth do you begin? I have just the man for you! Jon runs earn-at-home website The Money Shed and, having spoken to him on this topic, I can can confirm he is a veritable expert in the art of making money online. I wanted to get the low-down on how you could make…

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How To Set Up A Small Business

October 13, 2016
set up small business

Once you’ve decide to join the freelance or self-employed working world it can be difficult to know where the heck to begin. For me, it was an approach of a small (£200) project with an ex-work colleague – influencer outreach for Glastonbury 2010 (!!) – which prompted me to set up a website (which is now in its 5th or 6th iteration) and formally offer my Marketing services as a business to the world. It seemed like a no-brainer. It…

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The Struggle To Return To Work As Mum

October 12, 2016
working mums

One of the things that bugs me most about the society we live in is how difficult it is for mums to return to the world of work. Or rather, return to the world of work that is familiar to us, that we experienced before we went off to birth our children (or, as far as some of our employers are concerned, have children AND lobotomies). If it’s not a money thing it’s a time thing; working in London with…

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9 Things From My Childhood My Kids Will Never Experience

September 21, 2016
Just Seventeen

It must be fun for children these days, growing up in the exciting digital age. Taking my two to school this morning I looked at the bank of computers they have in their classroom and the iPads their teachers were working off; with memories of the blackboards and chalk dust at my old school I thought – yeah, you lot have it pretty good. But there was something I found so thrilling about growing up in a time where tech was on…

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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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