Tips for turning your blog into a business – a Vonage Workshop

Blogging in a coffee shopEvery now and again I go to events which give me real food for thought and also practical advice. Last week’s was a ‘Blog to Business’ sponsored by Vonage – the business phone company which gives one man bands or small businesses a dedicated business line over the internet, via their home phone. Vonage offers plenty of clever and helpful tools (more

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Building a sandpit – in three easy steps

IMG_8365We promised Scrip a sandpit after the gardeners moved out and the mess and the dust sheets were all gone (although to be honest, she seemed pretty excited by all of that, not to mention the frequent tea rounds). Towards the end of the work she started asking when they’d be finished building her sandpit, which we gently tried to Continue reading

It’s about time

Child's clockAs much as I continue to hone my multi-tasking skills (and I still believe they’ve got a lot better since I had a baby), they’re still not going to magic me any more time. This week I’ve spent a lot of time wishing I had more time.

We talked about having no time in a (great) Vonage Workshop about blogging as a business I went to yesterday (write up to follow, when I have time…) and again at work today. In fact I often seem to find myself Continue reading

Murad: travelling light but beautifully

Murad Discovery KitsSo, Cannes was an experience. Not wholly a bad one (the 30 degree temperatures wear you down after a while) but leaving Scrip and my husband for a week was very tough. I can honestly say I’ve never been so excited to leave a beautiful, sunny country behind me and head home. And the first cuddles at Heathrow were lovely.

I’m pleased to say the weather here hasn’t disappointed and we’ve had a lovely few days as a backdrop to my welcome home. That also means that I’ve kept my suncream with me, rolled out all the sundresses and also Continue reading

Memo from Cannes

View of CannesAm in Cannes, part way through a frenetic work trip. The scenery is beautiful but so far I’ve been inside most of the time (and am anything but serene). Luckily, I’m too busy to think about home too much, which is good. So here’s my memo:

Miss Scrip and my husband a lot. Missing sleep (the irony). Love Facetiming and love little voice messages, pictures and round ups from my husband (highlight of each day). Pleased I can still remember my A-Level French (it helps SO much when trying to get a table on the Carlton Terrace at 7pm). Love the sunshine in the background, even though it’s just in the background.

Love the fact Scrip’s doing really well and is a happy little soul still. Love the fact she still thinks I’m in an aeroplane, 3 days later. Can’t wait to see them both at Heathrow on Sunday.

A tout a l’heure.

Sunday snacking: new Sensations Popcorn

Sensations Popcorn collageSomeone at Walkers is thinking about my waistline – which is nice to know! I reviewed Walkers Sunbites earlier this year (they were very nice) and this week I was sent some new Walkers Sensations Popcorn to try. Being a mad time at work with a few late nights thrown in (lucky me) the packs came in handy at home and in our office, with all my colleagues enjoying the Sweet Cinnamon & Salt flavour. Scrip also had her beady eye Continue reading

Growing up with the garden

Toddler watering the garden We’re about to get our garden re-done, which is very exciting and will hopefully make it a better space for Scrip to play in (I already have my eye on some small wooden sandpits). When I say garden, I mean more of a small yard, but we have plants and veg and even a tiny shed which will hopefully survive the makeover.

We’re moving back borders to create more space for a small pink car to be trundled around or even more muddy puddles to be created. And for us we’ll have a bigger area for a decent sized table and chairs so we can hopefully spend more time out there all together. If this week’s anything to go by we can eat out there in the evenings, too.

I love being in the garden and I’m trying to encourage Scrip to as well. So on my Mondays off I try and make sure we go out there if it’s nice and a few evenings a week we go out there together and water the plants. She’s got pretty proficient with the hose now and she finally Snail in the gardenunderstands it’s called a hose and not a ‘ho’ when she yells about it as soon as we get outside (‘where’s the ho?’). This evening she even proved that she could put her thumb over the end and spray the plants (and mummy) with it. We’ve grown some sunflowers together, which she seems interested in, and we have a look at all the creepy crawlies like snails (unfortunately there are plenty to look at), ladybirds, spiders and bees.

She’s also learnt the ‘thumbo rule’ – that she’s not allowed to suck her thumb after touching anything outside before her hands have been washed well indoors. And she’s learning the picking rule – she can pick bits of certain plants like rosemary (which she loves to smell) but not everything and particularly not the beautiful David Austin rose buds… That one she’s still mastering, sadly.

I’ll be away when the gardening work starts so I’m hoping for a transformation when I come back. Then we can make a little girl with a bucket and spade very happy indeed.

Toddler with wellies in gardenBottlebrush in flower