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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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The Financial Recovery

March 21, 2016
Aviva tool

I spent my twenties being fairly irresponsible with my finances. I guess that, as the lower earner in a couple, I always felt like I could leave someone else in charge of that part of my life. If I’m honest, budgeting and my finances scared me: council tax, PAYE, mobile phone bills, store cards… I’m ashamed to admit that I got in more financial pickles than I’d like to admit to. Yep, money always left me feeling out of my…

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Tech Time: The Epson ET-4500 review

March 10, 2016
epson ET-4500 review

We are huge fans of tech in this house. Looking around me now, I can see a MacBook, iMac, Apple Watch, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, LG TV, Apple TV a Chromecast and digital TV box, not to mention the kitchen gadgets – Vitamix, KitchenAid, Tefal Cuisine Companion… if it has a plug and does something cool, I’m all over it. Saying that, printers have never been something I’ve had any interest in whatsoever. They’re purely functional, we need them to…

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On Blogging

February 29, 2016
on blogging

I‘ve been blogging since I was fifteen, which means I count my most long-running and meaningful relationship in my life to be with the internet. There’s proof still online: the Wayback machine has really basic iterations of my websites dating from 2001 (TWO THOUSAND AND ONE??!), but annoyingly in those days we were all a fan of the splash page trend which means you can see little more than my insistence the reader enables popups and is browsing on Netscape.…

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Do You Need To Be Less Nice To Get Ahead At Work?

February 3, 2016
Dating in the Digital Age

In life isn’t it nice to be nice? At home, at work, with your family. I’m a big believer in getting back what you give out and try to use this a basis for the way I treat other people. My thought is, that if I treat others the way I wish to be treated then I shall set myself up for the happiest life possible. Right? But then last year, working as a Marketing Director for a creative agency led by…

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Mum’s Got Flu

January 28, 2016
first world problems

I used to do an excellent line in self-pity. After the ex and I split up I spent a long time feeling sorry for myself. I was well-used to the ugly cry when something didn’t go my way, the snotty weep on the bathroom floor waling “it’s not fair!”. Only natural, I think, when your life suddenly gets turned upside down: I didn’t quite know how else to react sometimes. These days I’m a lot more karmic about life. Things…

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