Why I love being a freelancer, and why that might end

I’ve written before about the perks of freelancing and self-employment, and even included some serious points aside from working in pyjamas, but things have changed for me in the last year or so, and I felt like it was a good time to re-evaluate. I’m about to mark my third anniversary of being a freelance … Continue reading Why I love being a freelancer, and why that might end

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Free days out in Hull and East Yorkshire for babies and toddlers

I’ve tried to become a bit more money-conscious lately. Thanks to some handy online banking tools I was able to see how much difference overpayments make to the length of a mortgage, and how much you can save if you up your monthly contributions (hint: lots!). Knowing we could be paying more than a year’s … Continue reading Free days out in Hull and East Yorkshire for babies and toddlers

My PR story

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

Infant eczema – what works and what doesn’t

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

How to find me-time as a self-employed mum

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

The parental income gap – how to cope

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

Gift guide for mums of young kids

I'm getting a new washing machine for Christmas this year and it's genuinely going to be a better present than anything else I could ask for. On the off chance that it's a) not what you want to buy for your mummy friends or b) probably not a great gift generally, I've put together this … Continue reading Gift guide for mums of young kids

Why you should ignore ‘how to’ guides and bossy people

This post is about doing things you're own way. Everywhere we look there are instructions, prompts and pressure to conform. There's a guide to everything from how best to put food in your baby's mouth to surviving Christmas. Things are best when you follow your initiative and keep your head up. As I realised recently, … Continue reading Why you should ignore ‘how to’ guides and bossy people

Putting things in perspective

I was right to be anxious for the week to be over at the end of our half term minibreak. Last week had basically just been a build up of anxiety and stress, which resulted in a night that felt a bit like the last eight months all hit me in one go. I felt … Continue reading Putting things in perspective

The art of the nothing day

Last week a chest infection meant we had to skip our usual week of baby groups and I wondered how quickly someone can go mad if they don't leave the house with a baby. (Answer: surprisingly fast.) A week at home was too much, but after throwing ourselves back into sensory groups, music, dance and … Continue reading The art of the nothing day