Life has been a bit hectic lately. It’s something that sounds incredibly cliche because so many of us seem to say it all the time. But it’s so. Damn. True. Every day work seems to get busier or throw another curveball for one of us, and the weekends become one long to-do list of all … Continue reading Best time, not free time?
I’ve done a bit of reading about frugality lately – I’m enjoying the topic of living simply, within my means and not spending unnecessarily. As a freelancer I’m always fairly aware of my bank balance. What’s coming in one month could be gone the next and I need to plan for the worst financial scenario … Continue reading The £100 challenge – an easy way to fund your summer days out
The mum guilt has been piling on recently. Work has been getting steadily busier and last week I felt like I really had to juggle my roles to keep everyone happy. At fourteen months, Maddie is fairly oblivious to this and how it can feel sometimes, just as she’s oblivious to what I’m actually doing … Continue reading Why nature play at our children’s centre is my new favourite thing
Coming out of the baby change, tucked away in the back of Ferens Art Gallery last week, I noticed the nearest gallery door was blacked out and featured a warning of nudity. Having come to see Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull exhibition, I assumed I was in the right place and pushed it open. What … Continue reading Sea of Hull and Ron Mueck – a review
Last week was a really important week for me. We took Maddie on holiday for the first time to Berlin. It was important for a few reasons. One, because it was pretty much the same type of holiday we would have booked before having a baby, and I wanted to see how she fit into … Continue reading Travelling with a baby – why it’s fine and you should do it
I haven't always worked in PR, but it feels like I've always been coming back to it. When I think back to how I started off on this path, I have to put it down to my primary school best friend. We'd known each other since reception class, and when I had a gap in … Continue reading My PR story
Finally, I can spill the news online. Last Saturday Gary and I decided we’d go for it – we’re going to get married. It was the night before Maddie’s first birthday party; it’s been such a whirlwind of a year – having a baby, buying a house and setting up a new business, but it’s … Continue reading I’m engaged!
There's a Facebook parenting group I'm a member of which sees the same questions posted again and again. You see one group of mums get to a point where they feel like they're getting the hang of this bizarre new lifestyle they've created, then another influx of newborns appear, and the cycle begins again. One … Continue reading Infant eczema – what works and what doesn’t
I’ll start off by apologising. I have no idea where I heard what I’m about to quote, but I won’t take the credit for it. So, apologies, unknown-but-more-than-likely-stranger-on-the-Internet. In my last post I wrote about how fitting work into my life currently means trading my precious evenings for hours at my laptop. Goodbye Netflix, hello … Continue reading How to find me-time as a self-employed mum
Like all things, there are pros and cons to being self-employed as a parent. When I started my business just over two years ago, we talked about how it would fit in well with family life - being able to arrange my own hours and work from home would hopefully give us the opportunity to … Continue reading The parental income gap – how to cope