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The next Work and Play meet up for freelance parents in Cornwall is on Friday July 27th, 10-12. School holidays will be upon us then 😱so we’re going to meet at the playground at Playing Place, which hopefully will work for anyone wanting to bring older children too. Very loose theme will be around sharing ideas and strategies for making it through the summer holidays while still trying to get some work done! Search Work and Play Truro on Facebook to join the group and for more info. All welcome, including children. #workandplaytruro #freelanceparents #freelancemum #freelancingwithkids #schoolholidays #flexibleworking #workthatworks #diftk #selfemployedlife
The next Work and Play meet up for freelance parents in Cornwall is on Friday July 27th, 10-12. School holidays will be upon us then 😱so we’re going to meet at the playground at Playing Place, which hopefully will work for anyone wanting to bring older children too. Very loose theme will be around sharing ideas and strategies for making it through the summer holidays while still trying to get some work done! Search Work and Play Truro on Facebook to join the group and for more info. All welcome, including children. #workandplaytruro  #freelanceparents  #freelancemum  #freelancingwithkids  #schoolholidays  #flexibleworking  #workthatworks  #diftk  #selfemployedlife 
I don't want to bang on about it buuuuut, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes last week *cries* 😱😩😭 so I'm actually NAILING this at the moment☝#littlevictories #nomorebakedbeansforme #fuuuuuuck
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But despite the stress and hassle of policing everything I eat and being forced to cook healthy lunches from scratch every. damn. day. I'm trying to celebrate the small stuff, so will be whacking this achievement sticker on my #DIFTK reward chart with some serious pride people!!!
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Speaking of which, I've had some very lovely reviews of my reward chart from @chapellanelife and @thesistaship on stories this week and have added these to my 'shop' highlights. Have a looksy 👀
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And if you too would like to set yourself some realistic goals and make sure you recognise all the amazing stuff you're doing as a self-employed parent, then get on over the DIFTK Shop to buy a reward chart or set of achievement stickers. Link in bio.
I don't want to bang on about it buuuuut, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes last week *cries* 😱😩😭 so I'm actually NAILING this at the moment☝#littlevictories  #nomorebakedbeansforme  #fuuuuuuck  . But despite the stress and hassle of policing everything I eat and being forced to cook healthy lunches from scratch every. damn. day. I'm trying to celebrate the small stuff, so will be whacking this achievement sticker on my #DIFTK  reward chart with some serious pride people!!! . Speaking of which, I've had some very lovely reviews of my reward chart from @chapellanelife and @thesistaship on stories this week and have added these to my 'shop' highlights. Have a looksy 👀 . And if you too would like to set yourself some realistic goals and make sure you recognise all the amazing stuff you're doing as a self-employed parent, then get on over the DIFTK Shop to buy a reward chart or set of achievement stickers. Link in bio.
My killer tips to coping with working from home in this heat (while 28 weeks pregnant):
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👉 Wear wet / damp swimwear
👉 Put a bowl of ice, in front of a fan, in front of your face
👉 Eat all of the ice cream, all of the time
👉 Harness the power of the @heyduggee rain dance
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#fuckmeitishot #pregnantthensweaty #topfloorliving #DIFTK
My killer tips to coping with working from home in this heat (while 28 weeks pregnant): . 👉 Wear wet / damp swimwear 👉 Put a bowl of ice, in front of a fan, in front of your face 👉 Eat all of the ice cream, all of the time 👉 Harness the power of the @heyduggee rain dance . #fuckmeitishot  #pregnantthensweaty  #topfloorliving  #DIFTK 
FriYey.. oh wait im a freelancer 🙈👩‍💻
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Anyhooo from my very busy friday desk i get distracted by this beautiful wee tote bag i received from @onegirlband_ at the fantastic get together/talk @southblock_glasgow lastnight! 
Great to hear talks from some inspirational women & meet a few lovely ladies @lynseymac1 @formandbalance and @clemintea
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Big Thanks to @hiyapalcards for dragging me along in what will forever be known as the hottest day in scottish history!! .
The tote was full of goodies from @tom_pigeon @oh_corrin and @deargreen 
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#freelancer #freelancinglife #womeninbusiness #talk #networking #inspirational #inspirationalwomen #glasgow #diftk #workfromhome #homeoffice #friyey
FriYey.. oh wait im a freelancer 🙈👩‍💻 . Anyhooo from my very busy friday desk i get distracted by this beautiful wee tote bag i received from @onegirlband_ at the fantastic get together/talk @southblock_glasgow lastnight! Great to hear talks from some inspirational women & meet a few lovely ladies @lynseymac1 @formandbalance and @clemintea . Big Thanks to @hiyapalcards for dragging me along in what will forever be known as the hottest day in scottish history!! . The tote was full of goodies from @tom_pigeon @oh_corrin and @deargreen _____________ #freelancer  #freelancinglife  #womeninbusiness  #talk  #networking  #inspirational  #inspirationalwomen  #glasgow  #diftk  #workfromhome  #homeoffice  #friyey 
THE FIRST COWORKING WITH KIDS GUIDE IS HERE & WE’RE CHUFFED TO BE A PART OF IT. Thanks to Frankie @doingitforthekids_ for all her hard work & the good folk @Huckletree for funding it. ✨

#Repost @doingitforthekids_ ・・・
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It's been a loooooong time coming (like pretty much since I launched #DIFTK in Nov 2016) but I have FINALLY put together a little guide highlighting all of the child-friendly coworking spaces and pop ups across the UK. Download it now for FREE — link in bio.
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This is the very first in a new #DIFTKPresents series of free resources specifically designed for us bonkers lot juggling freelance life and parenthood combined. Watch this space for more details and sign up to the newsletter for updates.
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This guide would never have happened without the lovely people at @huckletree who gave me a little pot of gold to allow me to take time out of my graphic design work to put it together. Thank you.
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And A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the people behind these amazing spaces who had the tenacity, drive and passion to prove that work and kids don't have to be mutually exclusive, and that childcare CAN be fully flexible when you put enough time and energy into it.
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@bloomsburybeginnings • Creche & Co • @cuckooznestldn • @alicedwright of Desks & Daycare • @entreprenursery • @farmworkplay • @iselcoworkcreche • @more2childcare • @motherhousestudios • @playpencoworkcreche • @impacthubbrum • @third_door • @v22workcreche
THE FIRST COWORKING WITH KIDS GUIDE IS HERE & WE’RE CHUFFED TO BE A PART OF IT. Thanks to Frankie @doingitforthekids_ for all her hard work & the good folk @Huckletree for funding it. ✨ #Repost  @doingitforthekids_ ・・・ . It's been a loooooong time coming (like pretty much since I launched #DIFTK  in Nov 2016) but I have FINALLY put together a little guide highlighting all of the child-friendly coworking spaces and pop ups across the UK. Download it now for FREE — link in bio. . This is the very first in a new #DIFTKPresents  series of free resources specifically designed for us bonkers lot juggling freelance life and parenthood combined. Watch this space for more details and sign up to the newsletter for updates. . This guide would never have happened without the lovely people at @huckletree who gave me a little pot of gold to allow me to take time out of my graphic design work to put it together. Thank you. . And A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the people behind these amazing spaces who had the tenacity, drive and passion to prove that work and kids don't have to be mutually exclusive, and that childcare CAN be fully flexible when you put enough time and energy into it. 👇 @bloomsburybeginnings • Creche & Co • @cuckooznestldn • @alicedwright of Desks & Daycare • @entreprenursery • @farmworkplay • @iselcoworkcreche • @more2childcare • @motherhousestudios • @playpencoworkcreche • @impacthubbrum • @third_door • @v22workcreche
So delighted that Desks and Daycare has been included in this fantastic guide to child friendly co-working spaces, put together by the wonderful Frankie of @doingitforthekids_ There are some great spaces out there offering innovative solutions to the problem of balancing childcare and work - a constant issue for most freelance parents. Desks and Daycare is still at embryo stage but there’s lots of work going on behind the scenes so watch this space.. #desksanddaycare #diftkpresents #diftk #childfriendlyworkspace #freelanceparents #workthatworks #flexibleworking #startups #coworkingspace #radicalchildcare #flexiblechildcare
So delighted that Desks and Daycare has been included in this fantastic guide to child friendly co-working spaces, put together by the wonderful Frankie of @doingitforthekids_ There are some great spaces out there offering innovative solutions to the problem of balancing childcare and work - a constant issue for most freelance parents. Desks and Daycare is still at embryo stage but there’s lots of work going on behind the scenes so watch this space.. #desksanddaycare  #diftkpresents  #diftk  #childfriendlyworkspace  #freelanceparents  #workthatworks  #flexibleworking  #startups  #coworkingspace  #radicalchildcare  #flexiblechildcare 
I’ve not had a freelance pay day for a year now, but happy #nationalfreelancersday everyone :) I am still working for myself as an independent creator of mobile games for kids, thankfully at the moment bringing in just enough £ to pay the bills but I do miss those big freelance projects ££. I’ve either been freelance, self employed or a director for 19 years (I’ve never had a ‘real’ job). I know the pain of late payments, vanishing invoices, clients going bust, chasing jobs and trying to run a company with staff. I’m much happier now back as a solo company, trying to put my ideas out there without overhead and responsibilities beyond my own.

Still working hard on new stuff for Cowly Owl, for now back to playing in the sand with my daughter ☀️🏖 #nationalfreelancersday2018 #freelancelife #diftk #selfemployed #workfromhome
I’ve not had a freelance pay day for a year now, but happy #nationalfreelancersday  everyone :) I am still working for myself as an independent creator of mobile games for kids, thankfully at the moment bringing in just enough £ to pay the bills but I do miss those big freelance projects ££. I’ve either been freelance, self employed or a director for 19 years (I’ve never had a ‘real’ job). I know the pain of late payments, vanishing invoices, clients going bust, chasing jobs and trying to run a company with staff. I’m much happier now back as a solo company, trying to put my ideas out there without overhead and responsibilities beyond my own. Still working hard on new stuff for Cowly Owl, for now back to playing in the sand with my daughter ☀️🏖 #nationalfreelancersday2018  #freelancelife  #diftk  #selfemployed  #workfromhome 
Since it’s #nationalfreelancersday I thought I’d share how I balance freelancing with parenting... yesterday, after the school run, I came home & decorated some rocks to create content for a client. Today, I have sprayed them with varnish so my little ones can hide them round our village to be found by others as part of a Facebook Group activity. Two stones, two birds!
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#workthatworks #flexibleworking #flexappeal #digitalmums #digitalmum #socialmediamanager #parentlife #diftk #doingitforthekids #freelancelife #parentingtheshitoutoflife #mumsrock
Since it’s #nationalfreelancersday  I thought I’d share how I balance freelancing with parenting... yesterday, after the school run, I came home & decorated some rocks to create content for a client. Today, I have sprayed them with varnish so my little ones can hide them round our village to be found by others as part of a Facebook Group activity. Two stones, two birds! 😂 #workthatworks  #flexibleworking  #flexappeal  #digitalmums  #digitalmum  #socialmediamanager  #parentlife  #diftk  #doingitforthekids  #freelancelife  #parentingtheshitoutoflife  #mumsrock 
I probably shouldn't be shouting about this at lunchtime on a Thursday but #wotevs @Instagram, the football's on tonight so...
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It's been a loooooong time coming (like pretty much since I launched #DIFTK in Nov 2016) but I have FINALLY put together a little guide highlighting all of the child-friendly coworking spaces and pop ups across the UK. Download it now for FREE — link in bio.
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This is the very first in a new #DIFTKPresents series of free resources specifically designed for us bonkers lot juggling freelance life and parenthood combined. Watch this space for more details and sign up to the newsletter for updates.
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This guide would never have happened without the lovely people at @huckletree who gave me a little pot of gold to allow me to take time out of my graphic design work to put it together. Thank you.
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And A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the people behind these amazing spaces who had the tenacity, drive and passion to prove that work and kids don't have to be mutually exclusive, and that childcare CAN be fully flexible when you put enough time and energy into it.
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@bloomsburybeginnings • Creche & Co • @cuckooznestldn • @alicedwright of Desks & Daycare • @entreprenursery • @farmworkplay • @iselcoworkcreche • @more2childcare • @motherhousestudios • @playpencoworkcreche • @impacthubbrum • @third_door • @v22workcreche
I probably shouldn't be shouting about this at lunchtime on a Thursday but #wotevs  @Instagram, the football's on tonight so... . It's been a loooooong time coming (like pretty much since I launched #DIFTK  in Nov 2016) but I have FINALLY put together a little guide highlighting all of the child-friendly coworking spaces and pop ups across the UK. Download it now for FREE — link in bio. . This is the very first in a new #DIFTKPresents  series of free resources specifically designed for us bonkers lot juggling freelance life and parenthood combined. Watch this space for more details and sign up to the newsletter for updates. . This guide would never have happened without the lovely people at @huckletree who gave me a little pot of gold to allow me to take time out of my graphic design work to put it together. Thank you. . And A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the people behind these amazing spaces who had the tenacity, drive and passion to prove that work and kids don't have to be mutually exclusive, and that childcare CAN be fully flexible when you put enough time and energy into it. 👇 @bloomsburybeginnings • Creche & Co • @cuckooznestldn • @alicedwright of Desks & Daycare • @entreprenursery • @farmworkplay • @iselcoworkcreche • @more2childcare • @motherhousestudios • @playpencoworkcreche • @impacthubbrum • @third_door • @v22workcreche
This little one is doing her second settling in session at nursery this morning. Next week she’ll start a couple of sessions a week so I can get back to work. It’s a wrench being apart from her but I also can’t deny that I’m looking forward to getting some time back for myself, and to be able to focus on work a bit more, knowing that this will be my final maternity leave. Building a freelance career while raising three young children can be hugely challenging at times, but I also feel very lucky to be able to earn money doing something I love, that fits around my family (just about). And as they all get older it can only get easier. Right?? - -  PS Did I mention that I’m now available for freelance writing gigs? Check out my work and experience on my website - link in bio.
#freelancewriter #freelancejournalist #freelancecontentwriter #freelancemum #commissionme #flexibleworking #workthatworks #diftk #maternityleaveisover #threeunderfive
This little one is doing her second settling in session at nursery this morning. Next week she’ll start a couple of sessions a week so I can get back to work. It’s a wrench being apart from her but I also can’t deny that I’m looking forward to getting some time back for myself, and to be able to focus on work a bit more, knowing that this will be my final maternity leave. Building a freelance career while raising three young children can be hugely challenging at times, but I also feel very lucky to be able to earn money doing something I love, that fits around my family (just about). And as they all get older it can only get easier. Right?? - - PS Did I mention that I’m now available for freelance writing gigs? Check out my work and experience on my website - link in bio. #freelancewriter  #freelancejournalist  #freelancecontentwriter  #freelancemum  #commissionme  #flexibleworking  #workthatworks  #diftk  #maternityleaveisover  #threeunderfive 
Friday night in alone with Arthur. There is almost nothing like the joy of what feels like stolen time with just one child (especially as a single parent). I’m still buzzing from last nights event with @makemotherhooddiverse - how to sum it up? If there is one phrase I can safely say careened through that room last night it was a resounding “I Hear You”. And I think @mendingmummy summed it up best when she said that meeting face to face and understanding each other’s stories is what this world needs more then anything right now.  I’ve tagged my fellow panellists - each one is incredible, so do check out their feeds if you haven’t already. We all learnt so much last night. The only problem being it could have carried on to the small hours if they’d let us! But now I’m going to snuggle up with my boy under a bit of over the top romanticism from WB Yeats (in letterpress form on the wall care of the wonderful #tinsmiths in Ledbury) and enjoy some Wallace and Gromit on repeat ⏮▶️ (the key word being repeat). Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Friday night in alone with Arthur. There is almost nothing like the joy of what feels like stolen time with just one child (especially as a single parent). I’m still buzzing from last nights event with @makemotherhooddiverse - how to sum it up? If there is one phrase I can safely say careened through that room last night it was a resounding “I Hear You”. And I think @mendingmummy summed it up best when she said that meeting face to face and understanding each other’s stories is what this world needs more then anything right now. I’ve tagged my fellow panellists - each one is incredible, so do check out their feeds if you haven’t already. We all learnt so much last night. The only problem being it could have carried on to the small hours if they’d let us! But now I’m going to snuggle up with my boy under a bit of over the top romanticism from WB Yeats (in letterpress form on the wall care of the wonderful #tinsmiths  in Ledbury) and enjoy some Wallace and Gromit on repeat ⏮▶️ (the key word being repeat). Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
"I find myself furiously cleaning with one hand, typing with the other, batch cooking lasagnes while composing a brief."
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Given I've just spent the afternoon in maternity triage discussing whether I might be doing 'too much' 🙈 this new bit of writing up on the #DIFTK site from Hels Martin aka @lionheartmag about recognising when to shut up shop and take mat leave seems, well... ASTOUNDINGLY appropriate on this Friday evening. Link in bio.
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Hels is mum to Alba, Soren and just three-week-old Oona 🎉💪 and is founder and editor of Lionheart Mag.
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I would LOVE to hear about your experiences of taking mat leave. How did you decide when to slow down? When to go on leave? Did you even take leave beyond a couple of weeks? As always, please do share your stories in the comments below. Ta muchly.
"I find myself furiously cleaning with one hand, typing with the other, batch cooking lasagnes while composing a brief." . Given I've just spent the afternoon in maternity triage discussing whether I might be doing 'too much' 🙈 this new bit of writing up on the #DIFTK  site from Hels Martin aka @lionheartmag about recognising when to shut up shop and take mat leave seems, well... ASTOUNDINGLY appropriate on this Friday evening. Link in bio. . Hels is mum to Alba, Soren and just three-week-old Oona 🎉💪 and is founder and editor of Lionheart Mag. . I would LOVE to hear about your experiences of taking mat leave. How did you decide when to slow down? When to go on leave? Did you even take leave beyond a couple of weeks? As always, please do share your stories in the comments below. Ta muchly.
Congratulations to all the DFS high school graduates and to the rest of the 2018 class! You did it!! #DFS #WCSD #Graduation #classof2018 #WoosterHighSchool #SparksHighSchool #Reno #Sparks #NV #DeansFutureScholars #K12 #DIFTK #youdidit
I'm a graphic designer. My other half works in digital marketing which means he commissions a lot of design. This combo can lead to some, well, interesting dinner time chat...
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Me: "Oh man, I need to VENT! I've got this nightmare client at the moment. They asked me to do X, then they did Y and now have the CHEEK to demand Z! Like, what the actual fuck?!"
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Husband: "Yeah... I've definitely done that. The thing is..."
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I'm a graphic designer. My other half works in digital marketing which means he commissions a lot of design. This combo can lead to some, well, interesting dinner time chat... . Me: "Oh man, I need to VENT! I've got this nightmare client at the moment. They asked me to do X, then they did Y and now have the CHEEK to demand Z! Like, what the actual fuck?!" . Husband: "Yeah... I've definitely done that. The thing is..." . 🙈
The next Work and Play meet up for freelance parents will be at the Perranporth Family Hub on Friday June 29, 9:30-11:30. As I don’t have anyone else lined up for a q&a for this one I’m putting myself forward! Happy to answer any questions about writing, journalism, pitching, freelancing etc. There’s a small cost for venue hire and I’ll bring tea and coffee, snacks etc, so I’m asking if everyone coming could chip in £1. As always, drop in any time, children very welcome but not mandatory. #freelanceparents #childfriendlynetworking #flexibleworking #workthatworks #freelancewriter #freelancejournalist #diftk #workandplay #skillsharing
The next Work and Play meet up for freelance parents will be at the Perranporth Family Hub on Friday June 29, 9:30-11:30. As I don’t have anyone else lined up for a q&a for this one I’m putting myself forward! Happy to answer any questions about writing, journalism, pitching, freelancing etc. There’s a small cost for venue hire and I’ll bring tea and coffee, snacks etc, so I’m asking if everyone coming could chip in £1. As always, drop in any time, children very welcome but not mandatory. #freelanceparents  #childfriendlynetworking  #flexibleworking  #workthatworks  #freelancewriter  #freelancejournalist  #diftk  #workandplay  #skillsharing 
Time is running OUT people! If you're interested in applying to have some one-on-one time with me as part of @the_early_hour's FREE mentoring programme for freelance mums then. get. in. volved. Read more about me, my experience and how to apply via the link in my bio. Applications close 17th June.
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Some things I know some things about:
• graphic design
• digital marketing / social media / blogging
• side hustles / passion projects
• retraining / moving industries
• freelance struggles / tricks / survival skills
• juggling freelance life with small kids
• mat leave for freelancers
• how to make a kick-ass brio train layout
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I'm a big advocate of starting small, taking a DIY approach and seeing where things take you. Whether you're a freelancer about to have kids, you've already had kids and are thinking about  freelancing, or have an idea for a new side project and want a sounding board to support you with it — then applyyyyyyy!
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And if I'm not up your street then there are lots of other amazing mentors on offer via the scheme and applications for the mighty @candicebrathwaite are open right about now too.
Time is running OUT people! If you're interested in applying to have some one-on-one time with me as part of @the_early_hour's FREE mentoring programme for freelance mums then. get. in. volved. Read more about me, my experience and how to apply via the link in my bio. Applications close 17th June. . Some things I know some things about: • graphic design • digital marketing / social media / blogging • side hustles / passion projects • retraining / moving industries • freelance struggles / tricks / survival skills • juggling freelance life with small kids • mat leave for freelancers • how to make a kick-ass brio train layout . I'm a big advocate of starting small, taking a DIY approach and seeing where things take you. Whether you're a freelancer about to have kids, you've already had kids and are thinking about freelancing, or have an idea for a new side project and want a sounding board to support you with it — then applyyyyyyy! . And if I'm not up your street then there are lots of other amazing mentors on offer via the scheme and applications for the mighty @candicebrathwaite are open right about now too.
I’ve had some really positive meetings about Desks and Daycare this week. Excitingly, I now have a couple of different options to take things forward and get a co-working space with flexible childcare up and running in Cornwall very soon. I’d love to hear from anyone who would be interested in using this service so I can gather feedback on the options I’m working on and make sure it meets the needs of potential clients. Please message me on here or email alicewrightfreelance@gmail.com if you’d like to find out a bit more.  #flexibleworking #childfriendlyworkspace #freelanceparents #coworkingwithchildcare #cornwallfreelancers #diftk #flexiblechildcare #radicalchildcare #workthatworks
I’ve had some really positive meetings about Desks and Daycare this week. Excitingly, I now have a couple of different options to take things forward and get a co-working space with flexible childcare up and running in Cornwall very soon. I’d love to hear from anyone who would be interested in using this service so I can gather feedback on the options I’m working on and make sure it meets the needs of potential clients. Please message me on here or email alicewrightfreelance@gmail.com if you’d like to find out a bit more. #flexibleworking  #childfriendlyworkspace  #freelanceparents  #coworkingwithchildcare  #cornwallfreelancers  #diftk  #flexiblechildcare  #radicalchildcare  #workthatworks 
I LOVE being 'little miss underestimated!' Theres not a week that goes by that i dont get the ' oh are you JUST a stay at home mum' or 'you work from home, how lucky..my daughter has to go to her proper job' Well all i can say is what were you up to at 2am last night .. sleeping .. yeah I was up making money ££££ like a #mumboss with mega #hustle.. not boasting just needed a moment to say there are bonuses to children who don't sleep & us SAHM's hustle hard.. so hard i seriously need a PA 😂👩‍💻🙌 #moneymaker #burningthemidnightoil #workfromhome #workingit #diftk #doingitforthekids #mummingtheshitoutoflife #mummingit #sleeptheifs #virtualservices #technology #corporatetech
I LOVE being 'little miss underestimated!' Theres not a week that goes by that i dont get the ' oh are you JUST a stay at home mum' or 'you work from home, how lucky..my daughter has to go to her proper job' Well all i can say is what were you up to at 2am last night .. sleeping .. yeah I was up making money ££££ like a #mumboss  with mega #hustle .. not boasting just needed a moment to say there are bonuses to children who don't sleep & us SAHM's hustle hard.. so hard i seriously need a PA 😂👩‍💻🙌 #moneymaker  #burningthemidnightoil  #workfromhome  #workingit  #diftk  #doingitforthekids  #mummingtheshitoutoflife  #mummingit  #sleeptheifs  #virtualservices  #technology  #corporatetech 
So excited to have been part of this shoot! Check out @lettersfromemily for more details. I do have a job now don't you know! #styledshoot #workathomemum #workingfromhome #diftk #doingitforthekids #styledshoot
Power parents assemble! ✊👶 We’re proud to offer parent friendly membership at our White City space, so we loved teaming up with freelance parenting community @doingitforthekids_ to host their meetup. Swipe for a peek at proceedings ft babysitting by members @bubblebabysittingapp and uber honest insights from @sfolland, @juneangelides, @nickyraby and @pennywincer. 📸 @jezfreedman #Huckletree #StayCurious #DoingItForTheKids
Power parents assemble! ✊👶 We’re proud to offer parent friendly membership at our White City space, so we loved teaming up with freelance parenting community @doingitforthekids_ to host their meetup. Swipe for a peek at proceedings ft babysitting by members @bubblebabysittingapp and uber honest insights from @sfolland, @juneangelides, @nickyraby and @pennywincer. 📸 @jezfreedman #Huckletree  #StayCurious  #DoingItForTheKids 
Some cool snaps of our Pre Primary Future Rugby boys 1st game this weekend.. Lots of smiles 😀🏉💪😀💪🏉😀
Some cool snaps of our Pre Primary Future Rugby boys 1st game this weekend.. Lots of smiles 😀🏉💪😀💪🏉😀
⚡✍️Creative + full-time parenting life hacks to make you more productive: Tried and tested by yours truly. ✍️ ⚡
🗃️ Set up a home office with a toddler desk but don't let them use it and instead make it your storage / file sorting / draft manuscript editing table.
🚫 Forget the Pinterest inspiration boards you made for this moment, you're writing a book, creating a masterpiece, building a business [insert other creative goal] so the paint samples, floating shelves, mini library and plant decor will have to wait.
⌨️ Resort to using the office only when said toddler is napping or spending quality time with someone else...ideally outdoors. Or you will spend the majority of your 'writing' time typing to the rhythm of a block banging against the glass door as he says, "Hi Mommy, hi." Over. And over again.
🏕️ Pretend you're camping out. Bring in snacks, drinks, comfy cushions and whatever other supplies you need so you can set up shop and power through.
🌄 Get outside, soak up the sunshine and fresh air (just not during toddler nap time - if you still have it - it is sacred).
🍷 Substitute your previous vices for ones that make you less foggy / hungover / forgetful as a system for reward and motivation. Think nice biscuits, fancy coffees and relaxing bath bombs instead of beers, cocktails and bar hopping. ⏰ Think small pockets of time. Chunk down your goals in advance, write them on a whiteboard, post it, note pad, child's chalkboard easel - whatever works for you and is in plain sight when you get those tiny windows of opportunity to start or finish a thought.
💡All other ideas and suggestions are welcome!
⚡✍️Creative + full-time parenting life hacks to make you more productive: Tried and tested by yours truly. ✍️ ⚡ 🗃️ Set up a home office with a toddler desk but don't let them use it and instead make it your storage / file sorting / draft manuscript editing table. 🚫 Forget the Pinterest inspiration boards you made for this moment, you're writing a book, creating a masterpiece, building a business [insert other creative goal] so the paint samples, floating shelves, mini library and plant decor will have to wait. ⌨️ Resort to using the office only when said toddler is napping or spending quality time with someone else...ideally outdoors. Or you will spend the majority of your 'writing' time typing to the rhythm of a block banging against the glass door as he says, "Hi Mommy, hi." Over. And over again. 🏕️ Pretend you're camping out. Bring in snacks, drinks, comfy cushions and whatever other supplies you need so you can set up shop and power through. 🌄 Get outside, soak up the sunshine and fresh air (just not during toddler nap time - if you still have it - it is sacred). 🍷 Substitute your previous vices for ones that make you less foggy / hungover / forgetful as a system for reward and motivation. Think nice biscuits, fancy coffees and relaxing bath bombs instead of beers, cocktails and bar hopping. ⏰ Think small pockets of time. Chunk down your goals in advance, write them on a whiteboard, post it, note pad, child's chalkboard easel - whatever works for you and is in plain sight when you get those tiny windows of opportunity to start or finish a thought. 💡All other ideas and suggestions are welcome!
I'd love to say I can whack this 👆 achievement sticker on my #DIFTK reward chart this month but its a big, fat, N. O. P. E. 🙈 #cashflowwoes
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But if YOU'VE paid some bills this month, or gone to bed before 10pm, or had some sort of nourishment that vaguely resembles a proper lunch, or frankly just SURVIVED and would like a little help to recognise how fucking brilliant you are - then get on over to the DIFTK Shop to order yourself (or a friend) a chart. Link in bio.
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And by making an order, you'll also be helping me pay some of those aforementioned bills so everyone's a winner 🙌
I'd love to say I can whack this 👆 achievement sticker on my #DIFTK  reward chart this month but its a big, fat, N. O. P. E. 🙈 #cashflowwoes  . But if YOU'VE paid some bills this month, or gone to bed before 10pm, or had some sort of nourishment that vaguely resembles a proper lunch, or frankly just SURVIVED and would like a little help to recognise how fucking brilliant you are - then get on over to the DIFTK Shop to order yourself (or a friend) a chart. Link in bio. . And by making an order, you'll also be helping me pay some of those aforementioned bills so everyone's a winner 🙌
I saw the dentist last week. He actively revelled in reminding me about the 'massive filling' I'm due and asked me when this new baby of mine might be making an appearance. I told him, September, and he said, "oh, not long then!!" FUUUUUUCK
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I think I've definitely been in denial about the fact that I'm pregnant, that I'm about to have another bébé. People keep asking me when I might stop working, how long I'll be taking off... The short answer is I really don't know. Care to make the decision for me?!
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If there's one thing I've learnt about parenting, about kids and about working for yourself over the past three years it's that NOTHING can be predicted. So my plan at the minute is to work until it feels right to stop, to take mat leave until I can no longer bear the professional itch / the state of my bank balance. Foolish? Possibly. But maybe having that flexibility is something I should be embracing rather than fighting.
I saw the dentist last week. He actively revelled in reminding me about the 'massive filling' I'm due and asked me when this new baby of mine might be making an appearance. I told him, September, and he said, "oh, not long then!!" FUUUUUUCK . I think I've definitely been in denial about the fact that I'm pregnant, that I'm about to have another bébé. People keep asking me when I might stop working, how long I'll be taking off... The short answer is I really don't know. Care to make the decision for me?! . If there's one thing I've learnt about parenting, about kids and about working for yourself over the past three years it's that NOTHING can be predicted. So my plan at the minute is to work until it feels right to stop, to take mat leave until I can no longer bear the professional itch / the state of my bank balance. Foolish? Possibly. But maybe having that flexibility is something I should be embracing rather than fighting.
That's right, you heard me. This month's (this quarter's?!) #patonthebackclub winner is YOU Karen Cannon 🙌🎉🏅
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Karen runs @365pearlsofwisdom - an online space that aims to start conversations around women's wellness, support them to build confidence, explore their identity and get comfortable with self care.
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It's been a challenging time for Karen, she says "I'm giving myself a pat on the back for just functioning over the past two weeks. It's been a tough time personally but I've still dragged myself out of bed and found joy in my family even though I've felt stressed out."
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🙌 to THAT!
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Karen, DM me your address so I can send a little something out to you in the post.
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Everybody else - BLOODY WELL DONE. The stuff you guys are all achieving around your kids blows my tiny mind every time. Keep up the good work! 💪💪
That's right, you heard me. This month's (this quarter's?!) #patonthebackclub  winner is YOU Karen Cannon 🙌🎉🏅 . Karen runs @365pearlsofwisdom - an online space that aims to start conversations around women's wellness, support them to build confidence, explore their identity and get comfortable with self care. . It's been a challenging time for Karen, she says "I'm giving myself a pat on the back for just functioning over the past two weeks. It's been a tough time personally but I've still dragged myself out of bed and found joy in my family even though I've felt stressed out." . 🙌 to THAT! . Karen, DM me your address so I can send a little something out to you in the post. . Everybody else - BLOODY WELL DONE. The stuff you guys are all achieving around your kids blows my tiny mind every time. Keep up the good work! 💪💪
It's with great excitement that this morning, I can announce applications are now OPEN to have the excellent Frankie Tortora - graphic designer, mother and founder of the amazing freelancing parent community @doingitforthekids_ - as your mentor. 
Frankie's design clients have included: BBC Performing Arts Fund, Imperial War Museums, Southwark Council, Virgin Startup and Breathe Arts Health Research. And at the helm of DIFTK - closed Facebook page with over 1000 members, community blog, Instagram account - she hears, and advises on, all manner of freelance challenges.

Basically, she'd make an absolutely amazing mentor. So if you're a freelance mum, looking for guidance, click the link in my bio for more info.
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#mentor #diftk #graphicdesign #freelancemum #freelanceparent #mentoring #theearlyhour #theearlyhourmentor #theearlyhourmentoring
It's with great excitement that this morning, I can announce applications are now OPEN to have the excellent Frankie Tortora - graphic designer, mother and founder of the amazing freelancing parent community @doingitforthekids_ - as your mentor. Frankie's design clients have included: BBC Performing Arts Fund, Imperial War Museums, Southwark Council, Virgin Startup and Breathe Arts Health Research. And at the helm of DIFTK - closed Facebook page with over 1000 members, community blog, Instagram account - she hears, and advises on, all manner of freelance challenges. Basically, she'd make an absolutely amazing mentor. So if you're a freelance mum, looking for guidance, click the link in my bio for more info. . . . #mentor  #diftk  #graphicdesign  #freelancemum  #freelanceparent  #mentoring  #theearlyhour  #theearlyhourmentor  #theearlyhourmentoring 
I don't want to jinx it guys, but we applied for our 30 free hours childcare last week and it was, well... EASY?!?! 😱
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Was it the same for you? Is the shit yet to hit the fan or has the system ironed itself out a bit? I've heard so many horror stories from the #DIFTK Facebook group, I feel like we're holding our breathe, waiting for something to go wrong!!
I don't want to jinx it guys, but we applied for our 30 free hours childcare last week and it was, well... EASY?!?! 😱 . Was it the same for you? Is the shit yet to hit the fan or has the system ironed itself out a bit? I've heard so many horror stories from the #DIFTK  Facebook group, I feel like we're holding our breathe, waiting for something to go wrong!!
"Unfortunately inequality still very much exists and dads do often have fewer expectations when it comes to the family side of things... On the other hand, there can be a real pressure on dads who often feel that they need to bring in the lion’s share of the family income."
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Evening aaaall! Tonight we have a shiny new bit of writing up on the #DIFTK site from @alexis.kingsbury Alexis is a dad of two, self-proclaimed 'serial entrepreneur' and now helps other parent entrepreneurs ('parentpreneurs') succeed through his #ParentpreneurAccelerator programme and podcast.
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Here he talks about the realities of being a self-employed dad including who does the housework, the impact of running your own business on relationships and trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance. (If anyone's seen said balance, could you share its location via WhatsApp with me??! Ta). Link in bio.
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Photograph by the super talented @seesaydo
"Unfortunately inequality still very much exists and dads do often have fewer expectations when it comes to the family side of things... On the other hand, there can be a real pressure on dads who often feel that they need to bring in the lion’s share of the family income." . Evening aaaall! Tonight we have a shiny new bit of writing up on the #DIFTK  site from @alexis.kingsbury Alexis is a dad of two, self-proclaimed 'serial entrepreneur' and now helps other parent entrepreneurs ('parentpreneurs') succeed through his #ParentpreneurAccelerator  programme and podcast. . Here he talks about the realities of being a self-employed dad including who does the housework, the impact of running your own business on relationships and trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance. (If anyone's seen said balance, could you share its location via WhatsApp with me??! Ta). Link in bio. . Photograph by the super talented @seesaydo
Due to pregnancy BLEURGH I've dropped the ball on a hell of a lot of things over the past few months and this is most definitely one of them. So after a three month hiatus... #patonthebackclub is finally GO!
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We did it people. We survived the interminable winter. The gloves are off and the shorts are most definitely on. So how have the last few months been for you?? I want to see all of your March/April/May achievements in the comments below (no matter how big or small) so that we can all give each other a mah-hoo-sive, virtual pat on the back. 🏅👏🎉
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For me, the last few months have been about survival. Surviving morning sickness, surviving worries about this baby of ours, surviving a painfully long stretch of ZERO work *cries* And not to get all Kanye on yo asses but that that hasn't killed me, has genuinely made me stronger. I feel more positive, driven and excited about what the future holds than I have in a long time. Sometimes you have to slip into the dingy-toilet-at-softplay darkness to really appreciate the supermarket light. If you know what I mean...
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As per usual, anyone that shares their achievements below will have their name thrown into a hat, someone will then be selected at random and sent just a little something in the old snail-mail to let them know that — as far as we’re concerned — they are #DIFTK Employee of THE QUARTER?! I’ll also give them a virtual shout-out here. This is also open to members of the #DIFTK Facebook group, so anyone that comments there will also be thrown into that aforementioned hat.
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OK people, let's do this! 👊
Due to pregnancy BLEURGH I've dropped the ball on a hell of a lot of things over the past few months and this is most definitely one of them. So after a three month hiatus... #patonthebackclub  is finally GO! . We did it people. We survived the interminable winter. The gloves are off and the shorts are most definitely on. So how have the last few months been for you?? I want to see all of your March/April/May achievements in the comments below (no matter how big or small) so that we can all give each other a mah-hoo-sive, virtual pat on the back. 🏅👏🎉 . For me, the last few months have been about survival. Surviving morning sickness, surviving worries about this baby of ours, surviving a painfully long stretch of ZERO work *cries* And not to get all Kanye on yo asses but that that hasn't killed me, has genuinely made me stronger. I feel more positive, driven and excited about what the future holds than I have in a long time. Sometimes you have to slip into the dingy-toilet-at-softplay darkness to really appreciate the supermarket light. If you know what I mean... . As per usual, anyone that shares their achievements below will have their name thrown into a hat, someone will then be selected at random and sent just a little something in the old snail-mail to let them know that — as far as we’re concerned — they are #DIFTK  Employee of THE QUARTER?! I’ll also give them a virtual shout-out here. This is also open to members of the #DIFTK  Facebook group, so anyone that comments there will also be thrown into that aforementioned hat. . OK people, let's do this! 👊
Bank holiday fun while daddy’s at work and baby’s asleep, product photography lesson with the toddler 😬
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#alwaysworking #diftk #homeoffice #photographylesson #clueless #wingingit
They may be growing up fast, but you’re never too cool for sprinkler fun. 😉☀️📷 #bankholidayfun #simplepleasures
Because it's a bank holiday weekend, because my kid turned three yesterday (THREE?! 😱😭) and because it's what other people that have online businesses and shit seem to do on these kinds of occasions...
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I've got 25% OFF in the #DIFTK Shop!!! Buy a reward chart or achievement stickers to help you (or a friend) recognise your parenting / work AMAZINGNESS for less dollar with code WOOP25 until midnight on Monday. Link in bio.
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Shimples. 👊
Because it's a bank holiday weekend, because my kid turned three yesterday (THREE?! 😱😭) and because it's what other people that have online businesses and shit seem to do on these kinds of occasions... . I've got 25% OFF in the #DIFTK  Shop!!! Buy a reward chart or achievement stickers to help you (or a friend) recognise your parenting / work AMAZINGNESS for less dollar with code WOOP25 until midnight on Monday. Link in bio. . Shimples. 👊
Feeling grateful for the support and inspiration yesterday @doingitforthekids_  event yesterday @huckletree. Thank you @frankiet for all the energy and positivity you put into #diftk Thankyou @nickyraby @pennywincer @sfolland and @juneangelides - I wrote down many notes 😊
Super to finally meet you in person @pennywincer and your generosity of advice. I shall recall your words: 'embracing the messiness that is freelancing and single parenting, and that it is ok. It is not meant to be tidy' every time I have a moment I need to remember that fact. Your photo of beautiful Agnes inspired me to post this image of my son demonstrating to us very well how to just chill and #dontfreakout .
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#mothersandsons #freelancelife #freelancecreative @lydiaevansphotography @lydiaevansillustrations #wouldnothaveitanyotherway
Feeling grateful for the support and inspiration yesterday @doingitforthekids_ event yesterday @huckletree. Thank you @frankiet for all the energy and positivity you put into #diftk  Thankyou @nickyraby @pennywincer @sfolland and @juneangelides - I wrote down many notes 😊 Super to finally meet you in person @pennywincer and your generosity of advice. I shall recall your words: 'embracing the messiness that is freelancing and single parenting, and that it is ok. It is not meant to be tidy' every time I have a moment I need to remember that fact. Your photo of beautiful Agnes inspired me to post this image of my son demonstrating to us very well how to just chill and #dontfreakout  . . . #mothersandsons  #freelancelife  #freelancecreative  @lydiaevansphotography @lydiaevansillustrations #wouldnothaveitanyotherway 
I took one photo yesterday and this was it - “Stay Curious”. This was one of the many colourful walls inside the brill @huckletree which is like a colour explosion and right up my street. This spoke to me because as I sat there at the fab @doingitforthekids_ meet up listening to the brilliant @frankiet @nickyraby @sfolland @juneangelides @pennywincer surrounded by this truly amazing community I thought about everyone who might not have come, who might have felt scared about meeting people in real, who feels nervous in those situations. I can say 💯 I was exactly like that. Group meet ups weren’t my thing and I would often tuck myself in a corner and not engage, feeling anxious. Since launching my business I knew I needed to find people like me, who embarked on a journey so crazy, to help me know I wasn’t crazy, who knew the highs, the lows and all the things I didn’t have a clue about. And THIS is it. This is my extended family, the #DIFTK community. The glorious human that is Frankie @frankiet has been virtually hugging, hand holding , telling me it’s alright since the beginning AND now she does that in real life too ( I am a true lucky ducky) . Through this community I have met people who’ve helped me professionally, who’ve become clients, sounding boards and most importantly FRIENDS! Which is what I wanted the most ❤️. So I just want to say if you’re reading this and you’re feeling worried about jumping out from behind these squares and meeting people I want you to STAY CURIOUS ☝🏼 - keep away from wondering “what if I make a wally of myself, what if I’m a imposter, what if I don’t belong” and stay curious about what it can bring you by coming along - the family you never knew existed but you absolutely need 💓
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#doingitforthekids #communityvibes #supportivenetwork #parentsunite #freelancingheroes #parentsinbusiness #selfemployedlife #selfemployedandlovingit #parentinglife #parenthood #thebalancingact #thejuggleisreal
I took one photo yesterday and this was it - “Stay Curious”. This was one of the many colourful walls inside the brill @huckletree which is like a colour explosion and right up my street. This spoke to me because as I sat there at the fab @doingitforthekids_ meet up listening to the brilliant @frankiet @nickyraby @sfolland @juneangelides @pennywincer surrounded by this truly amazing community I thought about everyone who might not have come, who might have felt scared about meeting people in real, who feels nervous in those situations. I can say 💯 I was exactly like that. Group meet ups weren’t my thing and I would often tuck myself in a corner and not engage, feeling anxious. Since launching my business I knew I needed to find people like me, who embarked on a journey so crazy, to help me know I wasn’t crazy, who knew the highs, the lows and all the things I didn’t have a clue about. And THIS is it. This is my extended family, the #DIFTK  community. The glorious human that is Frankie @frankiet has been virtually hugging, hand holding , telling me it’s alright since the beginning AND now she does that in real life too ( I am a true lucky ducky) . Through this community I have met people who’ve helped me professionally, who’ve become clients, sounding boards and most importantly FRIENDS! Which is what I wanted the most ❤️. So I just want to say if you’re reading this and you’re feeling worried about jumping out from behind these squares and meeting people I want you to STAY CURIOUS ☝🏼 - keep away from wondering “what if I make a wally of myself, what if I’m a imposter, what if I don’t belong” and stay curious about what it can bring you by coming along - the family you never knew existed but you absolutely need 💓 . . #doingitforthekids  #communityvibes  #supportivenetwork  #parentsunite  #freelancingheroes  #parentsinbusiness  #selfemployedlife  #selfemployedandlovingit  #parentinglife  #parenthood  #thebalancingact  #thejuggleisreal 
Some moments of this morning's lovely #DIFTK meeting at @huckletree ! Blog post coming soon! (It's a low quality video, made too quickly and couldn't take any better pics, but still a nice way to remember 💖) @doingitforthekids_ @sfolland @juneangelides @nickyraby @pennywincer
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#freelance #freelancer #freelancers #freelancing #freelancinglife #freelancelife #freelancinglifestyle #ukfreelance #londonfreelancer
What an inspiring day.... @doingitforthekids_  event organised by the utterly incredible @frankiet - so wonderful to meet @nickyraby @sfolland and @juneangelides in person and listen to their thoughts on freelance life.  I did a bit of a rambling talk about embracing the messiness that is freelancing and single parenting and that it’s ok - it’s not meant to be tidy. (Erm much like parenting and this picture) There wasn’t enough time to meet everyone so we’ll have to do it again soon. I’m brimming with ideas from all the chats I’ve had and I spent the afternoon writing :). Big shout out to @huckletree for providing the space and @bubblebabysittingapp for providing some childcare. Frankie - you are a stellar community builder 😘 #freelanceforever (awesome tee from @diskokids - toothless grin by Agnes)
What an inspiring day.... @doingitforthekids_ event organised by the utterly incredible @frankiet - so wonderful to meet @nickyraby @sfolland and @juneangelides in person and listen to their thoughts on freelance life. I did a bit of a rambling talk about embracing the messiness that is freelancing and single parenting and that it’s ok - it’s not meant to be tidy. (Erm much like parenting and this picture) There wasn’t enough time to meet everyone so we’ll have to do it again soon. I’m brimming with ideas from all the chats I’ve had and I spent the afternoon writing :). Big shout out to @huckletree for providing the space and @bubblebabysittingapp for providing some childcare. Frankie - you are a stellar community builder 😘 #freelanceforever  (awesome tee from @diskokids - toothless grin by Agnes)
Blimey. I am KNACKERED, all my joints hurt, my heart is starting to resemble a custard cream... but I am still buzzing after our meetup this morning!! What an utterly, utterly brilliant morning chatting to so many super. awesome. human. beans. (That's you guys 😉)
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I think about 10 people told me that they were thinking about not coming but were so glad they did. So if you didn't book because you weren't sure about it, or booked a ticket and then decided you were too anxious to come, know that YOU. ARE. WELCOME. Seriously. Whatever stage you're at with your business, your kids — these meetups are very much for and by you. We're all just there to support one another, have a vent about that invoice that hasn't been paid and admit that sometimes our kids are a pain in the arse and that's OK.
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Thank you AGAIN to the team @huckletree who gave us such an amazing space to use and for being so supportive of all things #DIFTK, to @bubblebabysittingapp who allowed parents struggling with childcare to attend, and to @sfolland, @juneangelides, @nickyraby and @pennywincer for being so inspiring, open and relatable about freelance life as a parent.
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See you at the next one yeah?!
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📸 by my super talented friend, @jezfreedman
Blimey. I am KNACKERED, all my joints hurt, my heart is starting to resemble a custard cream... but I am still buzzing after our meetup this morning!! What an utterly, utterly brilliant morning chatting to so many super. awesome. human. beans. (That's you guys 😉) . I think about 10 people told me that they were thinking about not coming but were so glad they did. So if you didn't book because you weren't sure about it, or booked a ticket and then decided you were too anxious to come, know that YOU. ARE. WELCOME. Seriously. Whatever stage you're at with your business, your kids — these meetups are very much for and by you. We're all just there to support one another, have a vent about that invoice that hasn't been paid and admit that sometimes our kids are a pain in the arse and that's OK. . Thank you AGAIN to the team @huckletree who gave us such an amazing space to use and for being so supportive of all things #DIFTK , to @bubblebabysittingapp who allowed parents struggling with childcare to attend, and to @sfolland, @juneangelides, @nickyraby and @pennywincer for being so inspiring, open and relatable about freelance life as a parent. . See you at the next one yeah?! . 📸 by my super talented friend, @jezfreedman
Had a great morning at the #DIFTK meet-up.  It was wonderful to be in a positive environment meeting lots of different business people and listening to some fab talks.

Networking doesn't need to be 5 minute elevator pitches from lots of people in suits in a hot meeting room, it can be a fun an informative morning in a cool space with custard creams and Happy Families. 
#marketing #contentmarketing #freelancelife  #workthatworks #flexappeal #sme #soho #inboundmarketing 
#brand #sme #Bucks #socialmedia #kandu_Ruth #copywriter #smallbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #workingfromhome #smallandmightybusiness #socialmums  #discoverunder500 #uksmallbiz #mondaymotivation #businessblog #HighWycombe #GreatMissenden
Had a great morning at the #DIFTK  meet-up. It was wonderful to be in a positive environment meeting lots of different business people and listening to some fab talks. Networking doesn't need to be 5 minute elevator pitches from lots of people in suits in a hot meeting room, it can be a fun an informative morning in a cool space with custard creams and Happy Families. #marketing  #contentmarketing  #freelancelife  #workthatworks  #flexappeal  #sme  #soho  #inboundmarketing  #brand  #sme  #Bucks  #socialmedia  #kandu_Ruth  #copywriter  #smallbusiness  #supportsmallbusiness  #workingfromhome  #smallandmightybusiness  #socialmums  #discoverunder500  #uksmallbiz  #mondaymotivation  #businessblog  #HighWycombe  #GreatMissenden 
I wish that my doodles were as tidy and cute as the ones in the picture! Really they are more like endless lists of to-dos and my plans often get relegated to the back of my notebooks. 📒✏️ I'm away from my office quite a bit for exciting reasons but with half term coming up, its feeling a little overwhelming.  So its back to the to-do list, less time scrolling, more time writing and focusing on output. 
How is your week shaping up? 
#marketing #contentmarketing #freelancelife  #workthatworks #flexappeal #sme #soho #inboundmarketing 
#brand #sme #Bucks #socialmedia #kandu_Ruth #copywriter#smallbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #workingfromhome #smallandmightybusiness #socialmums  #discoverunder500 #uksmallbiz #diftk #mondaymotivation #businessblog #HighWycombe #GreatMissenden
I wish that my doodles were as tidy and cute as the ones in the picture! Really they are more like endless lists of to-dos and my plans often get relegated to the back of my notebooks. 📒✏️ I'm away from my office quite a bit for exciting reasons but with half term coming up, its feeling a little overwhelming. So its back to the to-do list, less time scrolling, more time writing and focusing on output. How is your week shaping up? #marketing  #contentmarketing  #freelancelife  #workthatworks  #flexappeal  #sme  #soho  #inboundmarketing  #brand  #sme  #Bucks  #socialmedia  #kandu_Ruth  #copywriter #smallbusiness  #supportsmallbusiness  #workingfromhome  #smallandmightybusiness  #socialmums  #discoverunder500  #uksmallbiz  #diftk  #mondaymotivation  #businessblog  #HighWycombe  #GreatMissenden 
Don’t forget the next Work and Play meet up for freelance parents is this Friday, 10-12 at the Cornish Food Box Cafe. This one’s all about marketing and PR, with @jeneveleigh from @bakertomsbread. All welcome, including children. #freelanceparents #selfemployedparents #childfriendly #workingwithkids #smallbusinesses #cornwallbusiness #diftk
Annie over at @the_early_hour is launching a very exciting mentorship program which I am lucky enough to be involved with. If you are early on in a freelance/creative career or even just contemplating it and are interested in having a formal mentor for 6 months - pop over to @the_early_hour  and keep an eye out for the details on how to apply.  Aside from myself there are a handful of incredible women with a wide range of experience and knowledge ready to offer a bit of guidance to others including - @the_art_tiffin @doingitforthekids_  @candicebrathwaite @tomatotutors  and @clementineappuk . One of them may be just perfect for you - so do go check them out! The mentor ship will be free and open to anyone who thinks they will benefit.  I was trying to find a suitable picture to put with this and all I could come up with was one from 4 years ago - think this photographer might occasionally need to get some family pictures done 🤣🤣. Happy Friday 💫💫💫
Annie over at @the_early_hour is launching a very exciting mentorship program which I am lucky enough to be involved with. If you are early on in a freelance/creative career or even just contemplating it and are interested in having a formal mentor for 6 months - pop over to @the_early_hour and keep an eye out for the details on how to apply. Aside from myself there are a handful of incredible women with a wide range of experience and knowledge ready to offer a bit of guidance to others including - @the_art_tiffin @doingitforthekids_ @candicebrathwaite @tomatotutors and @clementineappuk . One of them may be just perfect for you - so do go check them out! The mentor ship will be free and open to anyone who thinks they will benefit. I was trying to find a suitable picture to put with this and all I could come up with was one from 4 years ago - think this photographer might occasionally need to get some family pictures done 🤣🤣. Happy Friday 💫💫💫
"Last year, I became a foster carer. One morning I woke up as a single dad to 3 children... it’s been surprising how my ‘how-can-I-improve-my-life’ approach to things has helped not just me, but also the kids and our life together."
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Oh hello YOU! It's been... I dunno, a millenia?!? But today we have a brand new piece of writing up the #DIFTK site from the truly lovely @garethkthomas Link in bio.
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Gareth is a self-employed PRO having started his first business at just 14. With a previous life running a camping website (yep) and a holiday apartment company (#perks), he now runs @clarifiedagency — helping businesses develop branding and marketing that works.
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Here he shares his best productivity and life hacks for us self-employed parents muddling through the haze of school runs, inboxes and washing piles. *Note to self: must. sleep. more.* Enjoy!
"Last year, I became a foster carer. One morning I woke up as a single dad to 3 children... it’s been surprising how my ‘how-can-I-improve-my-life’ approach to things has helped not just me, but also the kids and our life together." . Oh hello YOU! It's been... I dunno, a millenia?!? But today we have a brand new piece of writing up the #DIFTK  site from the truly lovely @garethkthomas Link in bio. . Gareth is a self-employed PRO having started his first business at just 14. With a previous life running a camping website (yep) and a holiday apartment company (#perks ), he now runs @clarifiedagency — helping businesses develop branding and marketing that works. . Here he shares his best productivity and life hacks for us self-employed parents muddling through the haze of school runs, inboxes and washing piles. *Note to self: must. sleep. more.* Enjoy!
Hey 👋🏻 I’ve had a bunch of new followers recently so I thought it’d be a good idea to do a little intro.
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I’m Sophie, I’m a freelance writer who works with other freelance creatives to make cool stuff like blogs, websites and ebooks.
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I’ve been freelance for almost 2 years now and I’ve learnt a hell of a lot about myself, freelance life and working creatively during that time. I document all of that stuff in my blog - you know where the links at!
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I’m a proud member of the @freelanceheroes community, a big fan of the Being Freelance podcast and a strong believer in the ‘social’ element of social media. I love getting to know other freelancers, so please do come say hi, let me know who you are and what you’re about, and - if you feel like it - tell me 3 random facts about yourself!
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1. I spent a year in Australia when I was 18
2. I’ve touched Ronan Keating
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3. I’m a proud Hufflepuff and my Patronus is a Dapple Grey Mare (which apparently means I have a free soul and a loyal heart 🙃)
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#freelancelife #freelancer #freelancers #freelanceliving #freelancelifestyle #freelancersunite #freelanceheroes#fhday2018 #freelancehero #creativeliving #creativebiz #creativelifehappylife #createyourlife #smallandmightybusiness #workthatworks #flexappeal #fleixwork #diftk #bloomandgrow #onlinebiz #womensupportingwomen #womenwholead #womeninbiz #kickstartcontent
Hey 👋🏻 I’ve had a bunch of new followers recently so I thought it’d be a good idea to do a little intro. 👩🏻 I’m Sophie, I’m a freelance writer who works with other freelance creatives to make cool stuff like blogs, websites and ebooks. 👩🏻‍💻 I’ve been freelance for almost 2 years now and I’ve learnt a hell of a lot about myself, freelance life and working creatively during that time. I document all of that stuff in my blog - you know where the links at! 🔗 I’m a proud member of the @freelanceheroes community, a big fan of the Being Freelance podcast and a strong believer in the ‘social’ element of social media. I love getting to know other freelancers, so please do come say hi, let me know who you are and what you’re about, and - if you feel like it - tell me 3 random facts about yourself! 💛 Here’s mine: 1. I spent a year in Australia when I was 18 2. I’ve touched Ronan Keating (On the shoulder, don’t get weird! 🤨) 3. I’m a proud Hufflepuff and my Patronus is a Dapple Grey Mare (which apparently means I have a free soul and a loyal heart 🙃) 🌿 Over to you... ⬇️ • #freelancelife  #freelancer  #freelancers  #freelanceliving  #freelancelifestyle  #freelancersunite  #freelanceheroes #fhday2018  #freelancehero  #creativeliving  #creativebiz  #creativelifehappylife  #createyourlife  #smallandmightybusiness  #workthatworks  #flexappeal  #fleixwork  #diftk  #bloomandgrow  #onlinebiz  #womensupportingwomen  #womenwholead  #womeninbiz  #kickstartcontent 
After a tough few months, the rollercoaster that is freelance parent life is finally on the UP!!
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Enquiries about paid work are starting to come in 🙌, I'm feeling much more positive and energetic on the pregnancy front 💥, and the kid is actually starting to play on his own!!!
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Oh, and it's the #DIFTK meetup next week! Waaahhhhhhhhhhhh
After a tough few months, the rollercoaster that is freelance parent life is finally on the UP!! . Enquiries about paid work are starting to come in 🙌, I'm feeling much more positive and energetic on the pregnancy front 💥, and the kid is actually starting to play on his own!!! . Oh, and it's the #DIFTK  meetup next week! Waaahhhhhhhhhhhh
This is my usual place of work - the fourth bedroom which is downstairs in our house. I love this little space of calm away from plastic toys and kids mess! Today has been a gorgeous day in Kent so I also managed to grab my laptop and work outside for a few hours in the sun!
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This is my usual place of work - the fourth bedroom which is downstairs in our house. I love this little space of calm away from plastic toys and kids mess! Today has been a gorgeous day in Kent so I also managed to grab my laptop and work outside for a few hours in the sun! . Where do you work? . . . #meetthesocialpro  #myhomeoffice  #homeoffice  #workthatworks  #flexappeal  #diftk  #workspacegoals  #myworkspace  #workingfromhome  #digitalnomadlife  #homeofficedesign  #homeofficeday  #outdooroffice  #officeinspiration  #deskie  #mydesktoday  #mydesk  #whereiwork  #fromwhereisit  #socalmediamarketing  #digitialmarketing  #digitalmums  #digitalmum  #freelancelife  #freelanceheroes  #freelancerlife  #freelancework  #fromwhereiwork  #kent 
There’s still time to book your ticket to the next Parentpreneur event, this Wednesday, 10am at Carluccios in Hale.

This months guest speaker Andy Guile is a Master Coach with the International Coaching Academy, specialising in Personal and Professional Development. His mission is to create confident people, with the skills and drive to succeed. 
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http://www.parentpreneurnetworking.co.uk/area-directors/event/altrinchammay-2/

#networking #coaching #parentpreneur #parentsinbusiness
There’s still time to book your ticket to the next Parentpreneur event, this Wednesday, 10am at Carluccios in Hale. This months guest speaker Andy Guile is a Master Coach with the International Coaching Academy, specialising in Personal and Professional Development. His mission is to create confident people, with the skills and drive to succeed. Book your ticket through the link below - looking forward to seeing you there! . . http://www.parentpreneurnetworking.co.uk/area-directors/event/altrinchammay-2/ #networking  #coaching  #parentpreneur  #parentsinbusiness 
Day 13 of #meetthesocialpro - the best thing about working for yourself...
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There are lots of things I love about working for myself but the number one thing has to be getting to spend lots of time with these two 👆🏻I love that my work is flexible and although sometimes that means early mornings and late nights, I fully appreciate how lucky I am to be able to decide my own working hours 🕰
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(Close second to this is getting to pick who I work with, I am so lucky to have fabulous clients that have shared values and are super passionate about what they do - it’s a huge part of why I love what I do 💕)
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Day 13 of #meetthesocialpro  - the best thing about working for yourself... . There are lots of things I love about working for myself but the number one thing has to be getting to spend lots of time with these two 👆🏻I love that my work is flexible and although sometimes that means early mornings and late nights, I fully appreciate how lucky I am to be able to decide my own working hours 🕰 . (Close second to this is getting to pick who I work with, I am so lucky to have fabulous clients that have shared values and are super passionate about what they do - it’s a huge part of why I love what I do 💕) . . . #ilovemyjob  #dreamjob  #worklifebalance  #mumlifebalance  #lifebalance  #dreamclients  #family  #happy  #selfemployed  #freelance  #freelancelife  #bossbabe  #laptoplifestyle  #flexappeal  #workthatworks  #doingitforthekids  #DIFTK  #workingmum  #digitalmum  #VA  #socialmediamanager  #SMM  #training  #strategy  #dreambig 
In a little under two months my maternity leave will end and we’ll have one child at school, one at pre-school, and one at a nursery or a childminder, depending on what we can find that works best around school hours. And then the summer holidays will start and school and pre-school will close. School has a summer club, but that’s only open to the 4yo. I’m lucky (kind of) in that I’m self-employed, so I set my own hours, but the logistics of figuring out childcare that’s affordable and practical is making my head hurt. How does everyone else make it work??
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In a little under two months my maternity leave will end and we’ll have one child at school, one at pre-school, and one at a nursery or a childminder, depending on what we can find that works best around school hours. And then the summer holidays will start and school and pre-school will close. School has a summer club, but that’s only open to the 4yo. I’m lucky (kind of) in that I’m self-employed, so I set my own hours, but the logistics of figuring out childcare that’s affordable and practical is making my head hurt. How does everyone else make it work?? - - - #affordablechildcare  #radicalchildcare  #schoolholidays  #childcarerevolution  #childcareheadache  #workthatworks  #freelanceparent  #freelancemum  #diftk  #flexappeal  #flexibleworking  #threeunderfive  #maternityleave  #backtowork 
NEWS FLASH!!!
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The super lovely people @bubblebabysittingapp have offered to provide some sitters for toddlers and preschoolers at the #DIFTK meetup @Huckletree West on the 23rd May for FREE...! WAAAAHHHHHHH.
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There's limited spaces though so to secure a spot for you and your kids — a) book your free ticket to the event via Eventbrite if you haven't already (link in bio), and then b) email frankie@doingitforthekids.net to book your babysitting slot. Please include the ages of your kids.
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The kids will be looked after on-site in the Huckletree West Kids Studio for the duration of the event from 10am - 12pm. I'll send you some more info when you email me to book, BUT if you have any questions at all then whack them below so I or @bubblebabysittingapp can respond.
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Babies are still very much welcome at the event itself by the way, please bring them along. There'll be space at the front for rolling around and playing with some toys.
NEWS FLASH!!! . The super lovely people @bubblebabysittingapp have offered to provide some sitters for toddlers and preschoolers at the #DIFTK  meetup @Huckletree West on the 23rd May for FREE...! WAAAAHHHHHHH. . There's limited spaces though so to secure a spot for you and your kids — a) book your free ticket to the event via Eventbrite if you haven't already (link in bio), and then b) email frankie@doingitforthekids.net to book your babysitting slot. Please include the ages of your kids. . The kids will be looked after on-site in the Huckletree West Kids Studio for the duration of the event from 10am - 12pm. I'll send you some more info when you email me to book, BUT if you have any questions at all then whack them below so I or @bubblebabysittingapp can respond. . Babies are still very much welcome at the event itself by the way, please bring them along. There'll be space at the front for rolling around and playing with some toys.
*Pressing the pause button* When you run your own #smallbusiness it can feel that you never get proper ‘switch-off’ time... Over the years I’ve found that having clear boundaries helps - and one of mine is to sometimes have total downtime from my biz social media. It really helps to gain perspective, re-prioritise, unwind. I know the rules say your stats will drop if you do this... but just once in a while I find it essential. Has anyone tried scheduling direct to Insta now they allow it, and has it affected your engagement? #worklifebalance
*Pressing the pause button* When you run your own #smallbusiness  it can feel that you never get proper ‘switch-off’ time... Over the years I’ve found that having clear boundaries helps - and one of mine is to sometimes have total downtime from my biz social media. It really helps to gain perspective, re-prioritise, unwind. I know the rules say your stats will drop if you do this... but just once in a while I find it essential. Has anyone tried scheduling direct to Insta now they allow it, and has it affected your engagement? #worklifebalance 
The next meet up is all about marketing and PR, and @jeneveleigh will be on hand to answer questions. Jen previously worked at Wild Card, looking after food, drink, travel and luxury brand PR. She now works in house, running the marketing for @bakertomsbread. We’ll be meeting at the Cornish Food Box Cafe from 10-12. As usual, feel free to drop in any time and for as long as you can (I might have to shoot off a little bit before midday). Children are always very welcome. #workandplay #prandmarketing #freelanceparents #childfriendly #skillsharing #womensupportingwomen #flexibleworking #diftk #cornwallfreelancers #cornwallbusiness
The next meet up is all about marketing and PR, and @jeneveleigh will be on hand to answer questions. Jen previously worked at Wild Card, looking after food, drink, travel and luxury brand PR. She now works in house, running the marketing for @bakertomsbread. We’ll be meeting at the Cornish Food Box Cafe from 10-12. As usual, feel free to drop in any time and for as long as you can (I might have to shoot off a little bit before midday). Children are always very welcome. #workandplay  #prandmarketing  #freelanceparents  #childfriendly  #skillsharing  #womensupportingwomen  #flexibleworking  #diftk  #cornwallfreelancers  #cornwallbusiness 
As we all well know, running your own thing as a parent comes with a hell of a lot of perks but FUCK ME it isn't a walk in the park. It also. comes with a whooooole heap of new challenges; some of which you might be vaguely prepared for, others that just smack you round the face (chicken pox on deadline day anyone?! 😂😭) I mean the fact I'm at my desk at 9.23pm on a Friday night with not one thing ticked off my to-do-list yet just about says it all really.
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So, next weekend I've put together a little survival kit for any parent facing the realities of self-employed life. From keeping the kids busy to telling guilt to do one — I'll be sharing all of the tips and tricks that you lot have given me me over the past couple of years. Freelance parent GOLD.
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Any of you guys got a ticket? If so, come say hiiiiiii. I'll be the one nervously shaking in the corner (one day I'll be a public speaking PRO but next weekend will sadly not be that day...)
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And if you can't make it, be sure to check out @pregnant_then_screwed's stories for live updates — there are all sorts of AMAZING women speaking at this event (I've tried to tag them all here). I'm also going to write up my talk for the #DIFTK blog, will keep you posted on when that goes live.
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But for now: coffee. peanut butter cookies. YES.
As we all well know, running your own thing as a parent comes with a hell of a lot of perks but FUCK ME it isn't a walk in the park. It also. comes with a whooooole heap of new challenges; some of which you might be vaguely prepared for, others that just smack you round the face (chicken pox on deadline day anyone?! 😂😭) I mean the fact I'm at my desk at 9.23pm on a Friday night with not one thing ticked off my to-do-list yet just about says it all really. . So, next weekend I've put together a little survival kit for any parent facing the realities of self-employed life. From keeping the kids busy to telling guilt to do one — I'll be sharing all of the tips and tricks that you lot have given me me over the past couple of years. Freelance parent GOLD. . Any of you guys got a ticket? If so, come say hiiiiiii. I'll be the one nervously shaking in the corner (one day I'll be a public speaking PRO but next weekend will sadly not be that day...) . And if you can't make it, be sure to check out @pregnant_then_screwed's stories for live updates — there are all sorts of AMAZING women speaking at this event (I've tried to tag them all here). I'm also going to write up my talk for the #DIFTK  blog, will keep you posted on when that goes live. . But for now: coffee. peanut butter cookies. YES.
Do you like tea and hugs? Want to chat to other self-employed parents properly, in like, that there REAL LIFE?! Can you get to west London on Wednesday 23rd May?
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Then COOOOOOOOME to the next #DIFTK meetup @Huckletree West!
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Tickets are FREE but you do need to 'book' one via Eventbrite — link in bio. There's also space for up to 5 parents (and babies) to stay on for a coworking session in the Kids Studio afterwards which could be good for anyone travelling from a bit further afield. Loads more information on that in the Eventbrite listing.
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BIG thanks to @sfolland and @nickyraby who have already agreed to chat to us all 💪🙏👊 More lovely people from the community will be talking too. Details on that soon!
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*pees pants*
Do you like tea and hugs? Want to chat to other self-employed parents properly, in like, that there REAL LIFE?! Can you get to west London on Wednesday 23rd May? . Then COOOOOOOOME to the next #DIFTK  meetup @Huckletree West! . Tickets are FREE but you do need to 'book' one via Eventbrite — link in bio. There's also space for up to 5 parents (and babies) to stay on for a coworking session in the Kids Studio afterwards which could be good for anyone travelling from a bit further afield. Loads more information on that in the Eventbrite listing. . BIG thanks to @sfolland and @nickyraby who have already agreed to chat to us all 💪🙏👊 More lovely people from the community will be talking too. Details on that soon! . *pees pants*
After more than 15 years working with brands and distributors in the health, beauty and wellbeing FMCG, pharmacy & health food sectors, a change of pace was calling. I loved my career but, for my own health and the wellbeing of my family, I needed to be in control of my my own work-life balance.
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But what did my ideal work-life balance look like? I had a long list; I wanted to use my brand management, business development & market entry experience. I wanted to keep working with health & beauty brands. I wanted to walk the children to school. I wanted to work flexibly around the needs of my children and myself. And then I read an article in @redmagazine about women who were making a difference. It featured @nikkijcochrane and @kathryntylerdm of @digitalmums .
I completed the Digital Mums Associate Programme in Social Media Marketing, graduating in summer 2017, gaining experience launching three social media platforms for a new vegan French skincare brand. I’ve subsequently worked with a couple of natural health brands, food supplements and a personal trainer. I’ve met some pretty amazing, supportive and collaborative women along the way too.
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So that’s my answer to Day 3 of #meetthesocialpro which asked ‘how did I begin?’ .
#workthatworks #digitalmums #digitalmum #socialmediamarketer #mystory #worklifebalance #worklifeintegration #mumboss #doingitforthekids #diftk #mothertuckers4life #health #wellbeing #wellnesswarrior #beautybusiness #beautymarketing #cosmeticindustry #naturalproducts #healthfood #pharmacy #ankylosingspondylitis #aswarrior #ibd #ulcerativecolitis #osteopenia #weliketoinsta #wlti_456q
After more than 15 years working with brands and distributors in the health, beauty and wellbeing FMCG, pharmacy & health food sectors, a change of pace was calling. I loved my career but, for my own health and the wellbeing of my family, I needed to be in control of my my own work-life balance. . But what did my ideal work-life balance look like? I had a long list; I wanted to use my brand management, business development & market entry experience. I wanted to keep working with health & beauty brands. I wanted to walk the children to school. I wanted to work flexibly around the needs of my children and myself. And then I read an article in @redmagazine about women who were making a difference. It featured @nikkijcochrane and @kathryntylerdm of @digitalmums . I completed the Digital Mums Associate Programme in Social Media Marketing, graduating in summer 2017, gaining experience launching three social media platforms for a new vegan French skincare brand. I’ve subsequently worked with a couple of natural health brands, food supplements and a personal trainer. I’ve met some pretty amazing, supportive and collaborative women along the way too. . So that’s my answer to Day 3 of #meetthesocialpro  which asked ‘how did I begin?’ . #workthatworks  #digitalmums  #digitalmum  #socialmediamarketer  #mystory  #worklifebalance  #worklifeintegration  #mumboss  #doingitforthekids  #diftk  #mothertuckers4life  #health  #wellbeing  #wellnesswarrior  #beautybusiness  #beautymarketing  #cosmeticindustry  #naturalproducts  #healthfood  #pharmacy  #ankylosingspondylitis  #aswarrior  #ibd  #ulcerativecolitis  #osteopenia  #weliketoinsta  #wlti_456q 
Work and Play meet up for freelance parents tomorrow. Emily Dover, owner of PA Ltd and Productivity and Process Consultant at The Productivity Bureau will be available to answer questions around productivity and efficiency. All welcome, including children. #freelanceparents #selfemployed #childfriendly #diftk #worksmarter #businessefficiency #shemeansbusiness #skillsharing
The only sign it is actually spring...🌼
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Anyway, how is your Monday going so far? I have a poorly child at home but have still been surprisingly productive...it’s amazing what you can get done in between demands for water, snacks and blankets!
The only sign it is actually spring...🌼 . Anyway, how is your Monday going so far? I have a poorly child at home but have still been surprisingly productive...it’s amazing what you can get done in between demands for water, snacks and blankets!
For the last in this series we're going on a little journey with The Goldsmith. Creations seeped in tradition, artisan techniques and objects of both beauty and function, carefully created by skilled hands and eagle eyes all spring to mind when I think of The Goldsmith.
I've been a huge fan of @babyanything since I saw my friend @klpmusic wearing one of her necklaces many years ago. Her delicate pieces are handmade in Sydney & each one is stunning in its own right, but once you start wearing a few together the magic really happens. The lovely woman behind the brand, Lucie, has fans in Kim Kardashian, Miley Cirus & Gigi Hadid, which doesn't come as a surprise considering how elegant & stylish her creations are.
Ever since walking into one of @aesopskincare first stores, in Gertrude Street, Melbourne over a decade ago & buying moisturizer & face wash I have been in love with the scents & heavy brown glass packaging. Their aesthetic as much as their ethos has made a huge impact in the skincare industry. For The Goldsmith you cant go past their hand cream; rich and wonderfully smelling perfection.
Every creator needs good lighting & I knew for this I would find exactly what I needed at @goodhood aka my fave fashion & lifestyle destination. This stunning glass, concrete & brass beauty by Swedish designer @jonaswagell combines delicate and raw textures perfectly & would be right at home in The Goldsmiths studio.
Unto This Last make carefully crafted timber furniture out of their workshop on Brick Lane. They work with birch that is sourced from FSC-certified Latvian forests & use oak veneer, hand-finished and sealed with a mix of oil & wax. All the pieces of this chair are slotted into each other with no glue or fixings, making it an extremely solid, yet clever & minimal piece.
Every creative needs somewhere store their ideas & for me, I cannot be without a @moleskine_world notebook. Faint grid lines, a soft flexible cover that opens flat and the perfect size and weigh. Moleskine notebooks are made with environmentally friendly acid-free FSC–certified paper & the design is said to be based on a classic Italian notebook favored by Vincent van Gogh & Pablo Picasso
For the last in this series we're going on a little journey with The Goldsmith. Creations seeped in tradition, artisan techniques and objects of both beauty and function, carefully created by skilled hands and eagle eyes all spring to mind when I think of The Goldsmith. I've been a huge fan of @babyanything since I saw my friend @klpmusic wearing one of her necklaces many years ago. Her delicate pieces are handmade in Sydney & each one is stunning in its own right, but once you start wearing a few together the magic really happens. The lovely woman behind the brand, Lucie, has fans in Kim Kardashian, Miley Cirus & Gigi Hadid, which doesn't come as a surprise considering how elegant & stylish her creations are. Ever since walking into one of @aesopskincare first stores, in Gertrude Street, Melbourne over a decade ago & buying moisturizer & face wash I have been in love with the scents & heavy brown glass packaging. Their aesthetic as much as their ethos has made a huge impact in the skincare industry. For The Goldsmith you cant go past their hand cream; rich and wonderfully smelling perfection. Every creator needs good lighting & I knew for this I would find exactly what I needed at @goodhood aka my fave fashion & lifestyle destination. This stunning glass, concrete & brass beauty by Swedish designer @jonaswagell combines delicate and raw textures perfectly & would be right at home in The Goldsmiths studio. Unto This Last make carefully crafted timber furniture out of their workshop on Brick Lane. They work with birch that is sourced from FSC-certified Latvian forests & use oak veneer, hand-finished and sealed with a mix of oil & wax. All the pieces of this chair are slotted into each other with no glue or fixings, making it an extremely solid, yet clever & minimal piece. Every creative needs somewhere store their ideas & for me, I cannot be without a @moleskine_world notebook. Faint grid lines, a soft flexible cover that opens flat and the perfect size and weigh. Moleskine notebooks are made with environmentally friendly acid-free FSC–certified paper & the design is said to be based on a classic Italian notebook favored by Vincent van Gogh & Pablo Picasso
Today was A•W•E•S•O•M•E! I experienced my first volunteer event at AutoZone! Getting to clean cars for the kids was 100% worth it! Although the semester is wrapping up, stay tuned for my summer shenanigans! #DIFTK
Today was A•W•E•S•O•M•E! I experienced my first volunteer event at AutoZone! Getting to clean cars for the kids was 100% worth it! Although the semester is wrapping up, stay tuned for my summer shenanigans! #DIFTK 
👋 to my new followers AND those of you who've stuck around for a while now.  It's really appreciated. 😘⠀
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For those that don't know much about me I'm Pip!  I'm passionate about demystifying social media for small local businesses and empowering them to confidently manage their own social media presence whilst making it workable time and budget wise.  Yup, I get your issues because I'm a small business too and there are days when my social media is pretty quiet because of all the 'other stuff' going on behind the scenes.⠀
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I've been doing this for 6 years now and before this and becoming a mum I was an secondary school English teacher in Cornwall and then a recruitment consultant in London.⠀
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In addition to offering 1-2-1 training and social media mentoring I also help admin a Facebook group for North Herts freelancers, organising monthly coworking days and the odd codrinking (yes it's a thing!!) 🍸😉 social! ⠀
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I'm here to help so I blog about social media monthly (did you read my 15 tips to conquer Twitter blog?), broadcast live on Twitter fortnightly (although due to building work #SocialPipPOV is currently on hold 🤦‍♀️), pass tips to you daily on Stories and tweet tips, updates and more on Twitter (link to all these in my bio).⠀
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Whether you're new following me or been here for a while tell me what you do.  Why?  Because I'd love to know PLUS you never know who might read your comment and love to connect with you.  Go on this is your chance, spill..... ⠀
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👋 to my new followers AND those of you who've stuck around for a while now. It's really appreciated. 😘⠀ ⠀ For those that don't know much about me I'm Pip! I'm passionate about demystifying social media for small local businesses and empowering them to confidently manage their own social media presence whilst making it workable time and budget wise. Yup, I get your issues because I'm a small business too and there are days when my social media is pretty quiet because of all the 'other stuff' going on behind the scenes.⠀ ⠀ I've been doing this for 6 years now and before this and becoming a mum I was an secondary school English teacher in Cornwall and then a recruitment consultant in London.⠀ ⠀ In addition to offering 1-2-1 training and social media mentoring I also help admin a Facebook group for North Herts freelancers, organising monthly coworking days and the odd codrinking (yes it's a thing!!) 🍸😉 social! ⠀ ⠀ I'm here to help so I blog about social media monthly (did you read my 15 tips to conquer Twitter blog?), broadcast live on Twitter fortnightly (although due to building work #SocialPipPOV  is currently on hold 🤦‍♀️), pass tips to you daily on Stories and tweet tips, updates and more on Twitter (link to all these in my bio).⠀ ⠀ Whether you're new following me or been here for a while tell me what you do. Why? Because I'd love to know PLUS you never know who might read your comment and love to connect with you. Go on this is your chance, spill..... ⠀ ⠀ 📷 @ajburrowsphotography ⠀
The littlest and I are settling into a new childcare routine this week and Monday morning has left us tired out and broken. Just stuffing my face in the car while he has a ten minute power nap before picking up his bro.

The juggle is all too real right now, think I’m going to take an insta-FB-procrastination-break while we work out our new routine and I figure out how to do all the work in none of the time. 💥 
Ps. How many snickers are you allowed to eat in one sitting? Is it 4? I hope it’s 4. 🐷 .
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#thejuggleisreal #mumboss #parentingtheshitoutoflife #diftk #broken #mondayfeels
The littlest and I are settling into a new childcare routine this week and Monday morning has left us tired out and broken. Just stuffing my face in the car while he has a ten minute power nap before picking up his bro. The juggle is all too real right now, think I’m going to take an insta-FB-procrastination-break while we work out our new routine and I figure out how to do all the work in none of the time. 💥 Ps. How many snickers are you allowed to eat in one sitting? Is it 4? I hope it’s 4. 🐷 . . #thejuggleisreal  #mumboss  #parentingtheshitoutoflife  #diftk  #broken  #mondayfeels 
Our necklaces have a drop of approximately 29 inches so that a baby can easily reach them when feeding. You can also easily make them shorter yourself if needed - handy, eh! 
P.S. If you are on Facebook,check out our page for a lovely little giveaway Xx
Our necklaces have a drop of approximately 29 inches so that a baby can easily reach them when feeding. You can also easily make them shorter yourself if needed - handy, eh! P.S. If you are on Facebook,check out our page for a lovely little giveaway Xx
Yep, it's that time again. I currently have NO WORK. None. Zero. Nought. Nada. Niente.
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And while I'm doing all the things I know I should be doing - sorting out my life admin, napping, updating my website, napping, spending money I definitely don't have in @flyingtiger on paper aeroplane kits - it's slowly (quickly) eating me up.
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There are parents in PAYE jobs who are terrified of redundancy and rightly so. Yet here I am, with no work to my name, kid skipping off to nursery and direct debit season rolling around once more, and I just have to grit my teeth and hope that it'll be OK. Is it just me or is that completely and utterly NUTS!?!!
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Its only in these moments of extreme vulnerability that you realise quite how crazy working for yourself is when you have actual, real-life humans dependant on you. It's not just about finding the money for that Netflix subscription anymore, there is so much more at stake.
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Thankfully I have a partner in a steady job, access to credit cards, and some Peter Andre CDs I can sell on ebay if needs be. We also weirdly have a holiday booked next week (Center Parcs baby #livingthedream) so maybe that's a sign from the universe... And I know I will, as always, come out the other side but fuck me this part of the freelance roller-coaster is nail biting.
Yep, it's that time again. I currently have NO WORK. None. Zero. Nought. Nada. Niente. . And while I'm doing all the things I know I should be doing - sorting out my life admin, napping, updating my website, napping, spending money I definitely don't have in @flyingtiger on paper aeroplane kits - it's slowly (quickly) eating me up. . There are parents in PAYE jobs who are terrified of redundancy and rightly so. Yet here I am, with no work to my name, kid skipping off to nursery and direct debit season rolling around once more, and I just have to grit my teeth and hope that it'll be OK. Is it just me or is that completely and utterly NUTS!?!! . Its only in these moments of extreme vulnerability that you realise quite how crazy working for yourself is when you have actual, real-life humans dependant on you. It's not just about finding the money for that Netflix subscription anymore, there is so much more at stake. . Thankfully I have a partner in a steady job, access to credit cards, and some Peter Andre CDs I can sell on ebay if needs be. We also weirdly have a holiday booked next week (Center Parcs baby #livingthedream ) so maybe that's a sign from the universe... And I know I will, as always, come out the other side but fuck me this part of the freelance roller-coaster is nail biting.
The dream - coffee, cake, wi-fi, and a baby sleeping long enough to get some stuff done. It doesn’t all come together often though, which is why I’m working on launching Desks and Daycare in Cornwall - a co-working space with childcare onsite. Progress is a bit slower than I’d like, mainly while I try to get the childcare side of things just right. But I had a really positive meeting this morning about possible funding and support that might be available to help me  get it all off the ground, so things are moving forward. Always keen to hear from people who would be interested in using the space, or might like to get involved in some way. #desksanddaycare #gettingshitdone #childfriendlyworking #flexibleworking #flexiblechildcare #workthatworks #radicalchildcare #freelanceparents #startupcommunity #coworkingcornwall #diftk #cornwallbusiness
The dream - coffee, cake, wi-fi, and a baby sleeping long enough to get some stuff done. It doesn’t all come together often though, which is why I’m working on launching Desks and Daycare in Cornwall - a co-working space with childcare onsite. Progress is a bit slower than I’d like, mainly while I try to get the childcare side of things just right. But I had a really positive meeting this morning about possible funding and support that might be available to help me get it all off the ground, so things are moving forward. Always keen to hear from people who would be interested in using the space, or might like to get involved in some way. #desksanddaycare  #gettingshitdone  #childfriendlyworking  #flexibleworking  #flexiblechildcare  #workthatworks  #radicalchildcare  #freelanceparents  #startupcommunity  #coworkingcornwall  #diftk  #cornwallbusiness 
Love my cheery little work nook. 👩‍💻👌🌿 #freelancer #copywriter #freelancelife #freelancemum  #copywriterlife #diftk #myoffice #wfh #plantlove #workingmum #worklife #penclic #ikea
Cause I can’t possibly post in real time 🙄🤷🏼‍♀️Here’s Easter 🙂

#howtogrowaboy #easter2018
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What are you up to this weekend?
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I’ve got a load of work to do today but right now I’m enjoying watching the kids at the park with my (very battered and overused) travel mug full of hot tea ☕️
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#parklife #mumlife #happydays #weekendvibes #worklifebalance #mumlifebalance #workingmum #grateful
I’ve been flat out shooting these hols.  Looking forward to a return of routine next week (and perhaps a slightly tidier house!). This guy is missing school and will be super pleased to go back. He’s looking at himself in the mirror here.... he often pulls facial expressions in the mirror - I think he finds them fascinating and doesn’t always attach them to certain emotions. He often laughs if I cry - he finds it odd what my face does when I’m crying. I suppose it does look odd, so I try not to be offended :).
I’ve been flat out shooting these hols. Looking forward to a return of routine next week (and perhaps a slightly tidier house!). This guy is missing school and will be super pleased to go back. He’s looking at himself in the mirror here.... he often pulls facial expressions in the mirror - I think he finds them fascinating and doesn’t always attach them to certain emotions. He often laughs if I cry - he finds it odd what my face does when I’m crying. I suppose it does look odd, so I try not to be offended :).
Check out this old-school Mother ease Rikki Wrap! Thanks for sharing!! #Repost @overall1516
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Real Nappy Week is just around the corner & I found myself scrolling through old pics of Lennox in some of the first cloth nappies I bought. There are so many pics of both boys without trousers on because of the difficulty I had finding any that fit & I liked the look of. Not such a bad thing though when squishy thighs and chunky bottoms are so cute 😍 ◼️
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#OA1516 #littlemoversbigplans #womeninbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #letkidsbekids #unisexkidswear #unisexbabywear #genderneutral #clothbum #clothnappy #makeclothmainstream #diftk #slowfashion #conciousconsumer #ethicalfashion #eastlondon #handmade #dungarees #overalls #organiccotton #cutforcloth #madeintheuk #realnappyweek2018 #rnw2018
Check out this old-school Mother ease Rikki Wrap! Thanks for sharing!! #Repost  @overall1516 ・・・ Real Nappy Week is just around the corner & I found myself scrolling through old pics of Lennox in some of the first cloth nappies I bought. There are so many pics of both boys without trousers on because of the difficulty I had finding any that fit & I liked the look of. Not such a bad thing though when squishy thighs and chunky bottoms are so cute 😍 ◼️ . . . #OA1516  #littlemoversbigplans  #womeninbusiness  #supportsmallbusiness  #letkidsbekids  #unisexkidswear  #unisexbabywear  #genderneutral  #clothbum  #clothnappy  #makeclothmainstream  #diftk  #slowfashion  #conciousconsumer  #ethicalfashion  #eastlondon  #handmade  #dungarees  #overalls  #organiccotton  #cutforcloth  #madeintheuk  #realnappyweek2018  #rnw2018 
Real Nappy Week is just around the corner & I found myself scrolling through old pics of Lennox in some of the first cloth nappies I bought. There are so many pics of both boys without trousers on because of the difficulty I had finding any that fit & I liked the look of. Not such a bad thing though when squishy thighs and chunky bottoms are so cute 😍 ◼️
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#OA1516 #littlemoversbigplans #womeninbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #letkidsbekids #unisexkidswear #unisexbabywear #genderneutral #clothbum #clothnappy #makeclothmainstream #diftk #slowfashion #conciousconsumer #ethicalfashion #eastlondon #handmade #dungarees #overalls #organiccotton #cutforcloth #madeintheuk #realnappyweek2018 #rnw2018
Real Nappy Week is just around the corner & I found myself scrolling through old pics of Lennox in some of the first cloth nappies I bought. There are so many pics of both boys without trousers on because of the difficulty I had finding any that fit & I liked the look of. Not such a bad thing though when squishy thighs and chunky bottoms are so cute 😍 ◼️ . . . #OA1516  #littlemoversbigplans  #womeninbusiness  #supportsmallbusiness  #letkidsbekids  #unisexkidswear  #unisexbabywear  #genderneutral  #clothbum  #clothnappy  #makeclothmainstream  #diftk  #slowfashion  #conciousconsumer  #ethicalfashion  #eastlondon  #handmade  #dungarees  #overalls  #organiccotton  #cutforcloth  #madeintheuk  #realnappyweek2018  #rnw2018 
Have you ever had to take your children to work with you?

Yesterday I was all set to go to The London Book Fair. I've been wanting to go for years but it usually clashes with a baby show! 
I'd sorted childcare, and even arranged a last minute shuffle when my hubby told me he could no longer take the day off.

But then a squitty bum episode struck my littlest at Preschool on Monday and the dreaded 48 hrs was mentioned 😲 (he was fine by the way, but rules are rules!). So not to be deterred I decided to head to London anyway. My intended full day at the show ended up being a 90 minute speed round, and I had to carry his 3 stone bulk most the day with bleeding heels (including a 1hr treck across London with a sleeping dead weight!). But I MADE IT! 
I know I'll look back on the challenges of juggling working life and a young family and be proud of how much I've achieved. And even though the day didn't go as planned, I'm celebrating the small wins!

Let me know when your children have unexpectedly joined you and let's celebrate how awesome we are! 👊

#workingmum #mumpreneur #diftk
#mumofboys #shopsmall
#mumsrock #bookshop #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #lbf2018 #londonbookfair
Have you ever had to take your children to work with you? Yesterday I was all set to go to The London Book Fair. I've been wanting to go for years but it usually clashes with a baby show! I'd sorted childcare, and even arranged a last minute shuffle when my hubby told me he could no longer take the day off. But then a squitty bum episode struck my littlest at Preschool on Monday and the dreaded 48 hrs was mentioned 😲 (he was fine by the way, but rules are rules!). So not to be deterred I decided to head to London anyway. My intended full day at the show ended up being a 90 minute speed round, and I had to carry his 3 stone bulk most the day with bleeding heels (including a 1hr treck across London with a sleeping dead weight!). But I MADE IT! I know I'll look back on the challenges of juggling working life and a young family and be proud of how much I've achieved. And even though the day didn't go as planned, I'm celebrating the small wins! Let me know when your children have unexpectedly joined you and let's celebrate how awesome we are! 👊 #workingmum  #mumpreneur  #diftk  #mumofboys  #shopsmall  #mumsrock  #bookshop  #childrensbooks  #kidsbooks  #lbf2018  #londonbookfair 
I’m so pleased with how my swing tickets turned out. I ummed & ahhed about what type of card to get it printed on for way too long. I could have gone for a super heavy stock that I’d always imagined, with a fancy contrasting black layer through the centre, but there was also the option to use card made from 100% recycled cotton t-shirt offcuts, it wasn’t as weighty, it was more expensive, but it was also the right, responsible decision. This is just a small example. We have the luxury of choice, and I feel that it’s our job to make the best decision for not just us, but for the environment. PS I love my choice, thanks @moo for making it an option. ✌🏻◼️
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#OA1516 #littlemoversbigplans #womeninbusiness #smallbusiness #letkidsbekids #unisexkidswear #unisexbabywear #genderneutral #clothbum #clothnappy #makeclothmainstream #diftk #slowfashion #conciousconsumer #ethicalfashion #eastlondon #handmade #dungarees #overalls #organiccotton #japanesedenim #selvedgedenim #cutforcloth #madeintheuk #businesscarddesign #typographylove
I’m so pleased with how my swing tickets turned out. I ummed & ahhed about what type of card to get it printed on for way too long. I could have gone for a super heavy stock that I’d always imagined, with a fancy contrasting black layer through the centre, but there was also the option to use card made from 100% recycled cotton t-shirt offcuts, it wasn’t as weighty, it was more expensive, but it was also the right, responsible decision. This is just a small example. We have the luxury of choice, and I feel that it’s our job to make the best decision for not just us, but for the environment. PS I love my choice, thanks @moo for making it an option. ✌🏻◼️ . . . #OA1516  #littlemoversbigplans  #womeninbusiness  #smallbusiness  #letkidsbekids  #unisexkidswear  #unisexbabywear  #genderneutral  #clothbum  #clothnappy  #makeclothmainstream  #diftk  #slowfashion  #conciousconsumer  #ethicalfashion  #eastlondon  #handmade  #dungarees  #overalls  #organiccotton  #japanesedenim  #selvedgedenim  #cutforcloth  #madeintheuk  #businesscarddesign  #typographylove 
“So it turns out that one of the biggest challenges with trying to work freelance when you have kids is mainly, well… the kids.”
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Happy TOOOOOSDAY everybody. I hope all is well in your worlds. I would like to bring your probably-pretty-knackered-easter-holidays attention to a new bit of writing up on the #DIFTK site today written by — dun dun duhhhh — ME aka @frankiet. It’s all about ways and means to try and get some work done with the kid’s in tow. Link in bio as per.
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It features rocking parrots, meatballs (yep) and child-friendly coworking space @huckletree who have amazingly offered to host meetups for us lot this year...! Watch. This. Space. 👀
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And, as always, would love to hear your tips on how and where you manage to get shit done when you have no choice but to have the kids with you. Impart thy knowledge pleases. Thank yous.
“So it turns out that one of the biggest challenges with trying to work freelance when you have kids is mainly, well… the kids.” . Happy TOOOOOSDAY everybody. I hope all is well in your worlds. I would like to bring your probably-pretty-knackered-easter-holidays attention to a new bit of writing up on the #DIFTK  site today written by — dun dun duhhhh — ME aka @frankiet. It’s all about ways and means to try and get some work done with the kid’s in tow. Link in bio as per. . It features rocking parrots, meatballs (yep) and child-friendly coworking space @huckletree who have amazingly offered to host meetups for us lot this year...! Watch. This. Space. 👀 . And, as always, would love to hear your tips on how and where you manage to get shit done when you have no choice but to have the kids with you. Impart thy knowledge pleases. Thank yous.
Planning ahead. Hoping it’s gonna be I ❤️MUM. 
#howtogrowaboy
Planning ahead. Hoping it’s gonna be I ❤️MUM. #howtogrowaboy