Tuesday, 26 August 2014

What I Wore #12

Leather Jacket; New Look, T-shirt; Primark, Skort; Missi clothing, Tights; Primark.

This was an outfit I wore shopping with my mum the other day. I woke up and my jeans were super duper tight on my little 11 week bump and I don't have much else that is comfortable either! I dug out this skort and luckily it fitted and was comfortable. It has no zip or 'opening' it is just stretchy so has been perfect these past few weeks where my tummy is expanding, but not enough for full on maternity clothes. I love the print on it and how it has some brighter florals on yet with the black background doesn't look too summery in this gloomy weather we have going on right now. 
It's very flattering I think, it looks much better than me trying to squeeze into my jeans! 

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Top tips for starting your own business!

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Being a mother is amazing. 
When you’re on maternity leave, it’s totally understandable that the idea of going back to work might seem alien to you, at this point. But whether you make the personal choice of whether to return at all in the long run, there’s nothing to stop you starting your own business! If you’re feeling totally in the dark, we’ve got a few tips for starting up…

  1. Have a clear idea of what it is you want to do. Not all businesses have to be big, grand efforts, in fact, you can even use your existing skills to create something amazing from scratch. Just look at how well blogs can do! There’s bound to be something you can do to earn a bit of extra cash, whether it’s crafty, something writing based or even creating a clothing line or design business. If you’re aiming for something a little more corporate, it’s definitely a good idea to draw up a business plan. There are plenty of resources online to help, and there are an abundance of people who can also help you. Make sure you also have a clear idea of how finances will work from day one. There’s no use getting to the end of the tax year in a mad panic because you can’t find your invoices and this and that and god knows what else! You’ve got to be organised and committed from the start.
  1. Promote yourself! Ignoring marketing is a rookie mistake. Clearly, tactics are going to differ, depending on what your ‘niche’ is, but there’s nothing stopping you getting on Facebook, Twitter, etc. In fact, it’s imperative. There are absolutely loads of tips published online about this almost daily, but if you do want a crash course, consider something like this Social Media class from the Guardian. You should also consider getting into video. People go mad for it these days, and people = consumers. According to Posh Gecko, it’s helping businesses more than ever. Don’t get left out!
  1. If the company starts growing – congratulations! That’s great. The one thing you should watch out for though is things getting too much to handle. Especially as a parent, things can soon start to bowl you over. If things are doing well, why not get a friend or partner in on the action? It can certainly ease some of the burden. If things are doing really well, enlist the help of some management consultants like Camford MC – they’re bound to collectively have some years on you in terms of experience, so if your business is now what you do, rather than just something extra, by all means give them a call.
  1. Keep track of what’s working. There’s no point just winging it, because you’ll probably find yourself in trouble eventually! Yes, this means doing boring stuff like keeping an eye on Google Analytics and analysing your traffic, but it’s worth it in the long run! If you’re selling stuff, it helps to have a handle on where your leads are coming from. Once you’ve experienced a certain amount of growth, you can pull Calltracks on board – their software allows your customers to see different phone numbers for you depending on where they found you, all coming through to the same place. So you know which places are converting and which aren’t!
  1. Think long and hard before quitting your day job. If you have returned to work after a baby, good for you, but if this is because of financial responsibility rather than career building, you’ll want to make sure you can still support the family. On the other hand, if you’re doing the business because you wanted to be a stay at home mum, you’ll have to think about your expansion plans to make sure it’s not becoming so much that it’s no longer fun. Remember, the health and happiness of you – and your family – comes first. Good luck!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

It's like milk, but made for humans

With Sienna and I being lactose intolerant, we are always trying out new dairy free alternatives, wether it be milk, cheese or yogurt substitutes. So far we have tried soya, almond and rice but this Oatly Oat Drink is the newest one to be added to our cupboards.

Oatly is a Swedish brand that promises everything they make is based on plants and has nothing to do with the animal kingdom. We've tried out the original, organic and chocolate variations of the Oatly family and we love them all. 

They are easy to drink as a milk alternative and taste naturally sweet. Sienna has taking a particular liking for this drink over any other we have tried. I give her milk in a 'big girl' cup a couple of times a day and she has been constantly asking for 'more oaty milk please mummy' which she never normally does. 

She of course loves the chocolate version as a drink (so does mummy..) and I have even used it in her porridge as a little treat. She loves the fact she gets chocolate for breakfast and I love the fact I know it's all goodness in there! I will definitely be repurchasing this as I think a milk substitute is vital in Sienna's diet and as she keeps asking me for this, I think we've found a winner! 

Do you drink milk substitutes? Have you tried this brand?

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

His & Hers watches


My obsession with watches has become out of control recently. I can't believe I never used to wear one and now I feel like no outfit is complete without one. Warren has recently hinted he would like a new watch for Christmas too and so I thought we could get His and Hers watches. 

Warren is a bit more picky when it comes to watches so I started by searching for one in the Mens watches section. I came across this one above that is a bit different from his normal style as he normally goes for full metal straps. However, he approves of this and likes it being different. I also think these straps a bit more comfortable that full metal links.

Once I had found his, I set about finding mine. Unsurprisingly both are from the same brand, Fossil. Fossil are a brilliant brand as their style of watches are fashionable and look expensive but the prices are brilliant and really don't break the bank. I love the one I chose for me, not only does it kind of match Warren's, it's a smaller than what I normally go for and the watches I currently own. I love the tan and silver tones together and the style of the straps too!

Would you wear his and hers matching watches? 

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Tommee Tippee digital video sensor mat monitor

You may have seen that I recently posted on my Instagram we received our first item for baby #2! So exciting! I think on the top of (almost) everyone's list when they're pregnant is a baby monitor. We used one with Sienna for months and it gave us such peace of mind, especially when she moved into her own room. 

With Sienna we used a video monitor but we never had a sensor mat for her, I really wanted one but we just couldn't afford it at the time. This time round it was something I definitely wanted to get, particularly because of the miscarriages, I already feel overly protective of this baby already, rightly or wrongly!

This one is the Tommee Tippee Digital video sensor mat monitor. This monitor means we will be able to see the baby on the little screen, hear it when it needs us and have the sensor mat. The sensor mat will basically monitor the baby's breathing so if they stop breathing, an alarm will sound to alert you. Such a brilliant idea!

This monitor also offers some other fab features such as in fared night vision, a temperature reader, long range distance, two way talk back system, digital clear interference free sound and gentle nightlight for a reassuring glow.

I can't wait to use this with baby number 2, we were recommended it by so many people and I don't think it's going to disappoint! We got it at half price (£90) in the current Asda baby & toddler event which you can view here. There are so many bargains to be had if you are pregnant or have a little one. I'm so tempted to get the Tommee Tippee Perfect prep machine, again a lot of people have recommended it to us for if we bottle feed again and in the baby and toddler event it is down to only £65! 

What will you be getting from the Asda baby & toddler event? Any more recommendations for us?

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