#RealMumsWorking : an interview with Working Mum Cambridge

Welcome to #RealMumsWorking, a series dedicated to sharing the stories, experiences and advice of working mothers. Working mothers are a diverse breed with lots of challenges we can learn from.   Today I’m joined by Adrienne from Working Mum Cambridge.  I’ve been keeping an eye on this working mum’s blog for a while as yep, you guessed it she blogs about being a working mum too.  Plus she’s an older mum just like me!       How did you feel about going back to work after children? Before kids I thought I’d be one of these Mum’s that wouldn’t want…

Kids parties made easy with ‘Party Bags and Supplies’

  What could be more stressful than deciding to have a birthday party for your three-year-old, the day before you go on holiday? It wasn’t a decision I took lightly. We had decided not to throw one this year, but take him to a Butlins Just for Tots weekend instead. All was running to plan until we went to a bunch of third parties and I was immediately struck by two things: (1) they were so much fun, and (2) guilt. So, with a tiny budget and a limited guest list, we decided to throw a third party after all.…

Cocobelle Baby Coconut Oil: will it help my son’s eczema?

  My son has eczema and given we can’t use steroid cream all the time I’m always looking for oils, creams and products that might help his dry skin. I was delighted to have the opportunity to try Cocobelle Baby Coconut Oil, a brand developed by parents of a child with the same issue. We have tried several coconut oils in the past two years and they’ve been hit and miss. The first was an organic oil from a well known supermarket, which was good but did get lumpy over time. The second and most recent one was a generic…

#RealMumsWorking : an interview with Eileen from Your Money Sorted

Welcome to #RealMumsWorking, a series dedicated to sharing the stories, experiences and advice of working mothers. Working mothers are a diverse breed with lots of challenges we can learn from.   Today I’m joined by Eileen from Your Money Sorted.  Eileen is a money coach and mum of three, including twins. I’ve long been a fan of her work as like my most working mums, managing the books in order to pay for childcare is important. Of course, budgeting and good money management is important to all families. She works with individuals, charities and other groups to help women take…

5 easy tips for resigning gracefully and without stress

There’s no way around it, it’s hard to resign. You’ve invested time and energy with your employer. Even if you hate your job, the people there and everything around it, tendering your resignation is perhaps one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. If you like the people you work with, or have some measure of guilt about leaving your employer or colleagues “in the lurch”, you’re going to feel mildly panicked. If you are at the end of a dark and troubled road with your employer, you may be fighting the urge to blurt out all the…

Coping as a couple when your child doesn’t sleep

Coping when your child doesn’t sleep can be tough and put strain on any couple. Our son didn’t really start sleeping through the night until he was two, and even now he can still wake up at any time after 4am.   It’s okay to sleep apart Almost every couple I know sleep apart at some point with young kids. Better off that one person gets some sleep that nobody does. Throw in hot humid nights or one of you snoring, or having to get up early for work, and it makes sleeping apart even more attractive. If you opt…