Review: State of Play, Humber St Gallery

Nobody ever won any awards for playing, or did they? Chess players win tournaments, football teams win trophies, and World of Warcraft gamers win the respect of those around them. Strip away the rules and formality and what you’re left with is free, organic play. Fun. Nestled among the world’s greatest thinkers, are arguably the … Continue reading Review: State of Play, Humber St Gallery

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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

The £100 challenge – an easy way to fund your summer days out

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 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

Special work requirements: an office cat, please

A few years ago I was at a launch party for a local business which had been given its start-up after appearing on Dragons’ Den. I’d been asked to go along to conduct an interview with the girls whose business it was, and also to interview Theo Paphitis, who’d invested in them. I only remember … Continue reading Special work requirements: an office cat, please

The answer to procrastination (in a hashtag)

There was an article in my local newspaper recently about a woman who had turned to prostitution in order to feed her family, and has since had a change of heart. She now offers the somewhat less erotic service of hugging her customers. Yes, really. She opens up her home to strangers who want a … Continue reading The answer to procrastination (in a hashtag)

Ethical shopping: not just for the middle class

Earlier this week I read a Guardian article about Primark and Marks and Spencer. The former had reported profits the same day the latter reported a loss, and so cue the Life and Style section going wild (or as wild as you can get while sampling the latest technique for pumpkin soup). Lauren Cochrane, the … Continue reading Ethical shopping: not just for the middle class

The Soil Association’s prizes to be won!

I came across a fab little organisation a while ago called The Soil Association that do nice things like hand out free flower seeds to increase the bee population. They’ve had loads of success through this campaign and they’re now attempting to tackle the conditions of non-free range animals in farming. Vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters … Continue reading The Soil Association’s prizes to be won!

W is for women who sew

Sewing. It's cool, and it's back. Women everywhere are attending sewing classes, crafting workshops and buying sewing machines again to make their own clothes and home furnishings, me included. For most, this is a re-purposed activity from years gone by and a fun hobby or source of income. For some, it's a worrying turn against … Continue reading W is for women who sew

I is for inspiration

…Or inspiration boards to be precise. We can find inspiration in all kinds of places – quotes, pictures, songs, something small that catches our eye, the achievements of others – the list could go on forever. Inspiration also needs to come from different places, depending on what we are aspiring to. At the moment I … Continue reading I is for inspiration