Self Employed: Finding Work Life Balance in the Summer

Any self employed person will know how hard it is to work through the holidays, especially as a parent. Working from home in any form of self employment means working around the children over the summer, juggling family time with childcare and trying to find a balance that works for the whole family. Over the holidays Dave will be off when his annual leave will allow – usually about 40%…

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An Exciting Announcement – Studio Ambassador! | AD

Have you heard of Studio? I can’t remember when I first heard of them because I grew up with their catalogue being an integral part of our festive season. Christmas began when the Studio catalogue landed on the doormat and I’d circle everything I loved in it with a marker pen. Since then my love of Studio has grown – with me placing my own Christmas orders each year and…

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A Wonderful Weekend at the Flea Retreat #FleaRetreat

Last Friday I drove to Wales to spend a couple of nights and three days with a group of bloggers from all niches and backgrounds. It was a weekend I’d been looking forward to since it had been announced and after last year’s Flea Retreat it was a weekend I didn’t want to miss. Now, home from the second year, it’s definitely a highlight of my blogging calendar. The Flea…

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Why Did I Start Blogging?

Today marks seven years on from publishing my very first blog post. Yes, I did start my blog on April Fool’s Day and, honestly, I didn’t give starting a blog very much thought. It’s something I just did one evening. And then I wrote again the following day and any day after that where I had something to say and before long I had an established blog, people read it…

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Top Ten Posts of 2018

I was scrolling through Facebook a couple of days ago and saw a post from Colette, sharing her ten most read posts of the year and it inspired me to do the same. It’s always interesting to see what people have been reading and the mix of content that resonates with readers. So here are my top ten most viewed posts of the year: 10: Top 10 Baby Led Weaning…

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After Three Years the Blog On Conference is Still a …

I went to my first blogging conference back in 2014, just a year after I started blogging properly and it was an amazing experience. But, since then, that same conference I went to has changed beyond all recognition and so, back in April 2016 I decided to try something new and ventured up north for my first visit to Manchester and my very first Blog On conference. The thing I…

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An Open Letter to SEO types

If you’re not a blogger then this post will be pretty meaningless to you – so feel free to skip it. But, if you’re a blogger then ‘Tom’ may seem quite familiar to you – and if you work in SEO, and ‘Tom’ sounds familiar then I hope you understand how I feel when I get emails from people like you. Dear ‘Tom’ with your random gmail address, Thanks so…

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