The sound of silence

Knock, knock, knock. Muuuummm, mmmmuuuumm, Can I come into your room? Can I have the iPad? Will you read me a story? Where’s my onesie? Is it breakfast time yet? I close the laptop with a sigh. It’s 6.03 am and I thought (stupidly) that at this time I would get some peace and quiet. I’ve got so much to do. My husband is away, work is piling up and don’t even talk to me about washing. The door opens and they all pile in. Two excited children and two unruly dogs. The kids are jumping on the bed, laughing,…

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The truth about friendship

As a child, I would hear people talking about friendships dwindling into adulthood. It seemed ridiculous. Of course I’d keep in touch with my friends. Every friendship was important to me so why wouldn’t I? And to an extent, I did. Not so many years ago, I had a group of friends I’d see every now and then. There were others I’d keep in touch with – a phone call here and an occasional meet up there. At Christmas, we’d send a card or buy a gift. When we got together, it was like we’d never been apart. The laughter flowed and we talked about…

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We need to talk about living the dream

It’s nearly midnight and I’m sat in front of my laptop. I’ve got a blog post to write, photos to take and social media to schedule. My phone pings and it’s a message from a friend. It kicks off yet another conversation about how I have the dream job. I work from home, I’m there for my children and the whole thing can be pretty exciting. But there are a few things you need to know about living the dream. It’s not a dream – it’s real life There’s no silver lining or fuzzy edges. My house is a tip and…

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How to increase productivity by using time wisely

Over the past few weeks, I’ve increased my productivity levels exponentially. Up until that point, it had been an ongoing battle to get everything done. There was nothing I wanted to give up and yet I couldn’t cope with everything I had to do. I needed to start training for a triathlon I’m doing in June but I was ready to pull out because I couldn’t find the time to do it. Reaching crisis point Back in 2015 things had reached crisis point. I was working from home and fitting my hours around the children. I was there for all their milestones and I was…

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How quickly things change as a mum to young children

This year will be only my third Mother’s Day as a mum of two. And yet it’s amazing how much things have changed in this short time. That’s why I was keen to get involved when Matalan asked me to recreate an old family photo. The original photo I chose to recreate this photo from a visit to the Tower of London Remembrance Day poppies. Lia was only about six months old and I carried her everywhere in a sling. I loved the little bear onesie she was wearing. With the hood up, it looked like I was just carrying a teddy bear…

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5 things every blogger needs

This is a collaborative post. Over the past few months, blogging has become my main source of income. As I’ve been taking it more seriously, I’ve gradually come to realise that there are certain essentials that make my life easier. Some of them are quite specific to blogging, others are the type of things you’d use in any office job. But until recently I hadn’t got around to investing in them for my home office.   1. A computer This one isn’t as obvious as it sounds. I do know of people who blog quite successfully on a tablet or even…

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Finding extra hours in the day

The main reason I chose to become self-employed was to allow me to be there for my family. I’ve worked hard to get to a point where I’m freelancing in roles that are both fulfilling and flexible. At the end of 2016 I finally felt like I’d got there and I was looking forward to getting into a routine in 2017. I’d decided that this year I’d be more organised with my blogging. I had a schedule, aims and objectives and I knew what I needed to do and when. But nothing ever goes quite to plan does it?  On New Year’s…

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