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[ 10 Jan 2015 | One Comment ]
Review: My Life Pack #getorganised2015

Was 2014 an outstanding year for you, or was it lined with disasters? If you’re hoping for a fresh start in 2015, but are slightly scarred by experiences of the past year, have a look at My Life Pack. It is a single ring bound book, designed to be a repository for all your personal information.
A one-stop reference manual , this looks like it could help busy families stay on top of all the admin, but equally it would work well for an older person who wants to make …

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[ 7 Jan 2015 | No Comment ]

There’s something special about that first moment of putting pen to paper in a new diary. I’ve stuck to an online diary for the last few years in the hope that the ability to have my diary on my phone, iPad and laptop, as well as being able to share it with the rest of the family would help me stay on track. It doesn’t! Appointments can still vanish or be miswritten or misread … or totally ignored by the other person! So, this year I’m trying paper again, …

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[ 19 Nov 2014 | No Comment ]

A friend just said I was one of the most organised people she knew. Maybe.
I think there’s still room for improvement, and I’m going to be trying out a couple of things to help. I’ve had a couple of smartphone fails recently, so I’m pitching the phone against some print products … I’ll let you know how I get on!
Tell me what keeps you sane and which systems you use to help.

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[ 20 Aug 2014 | One Comment ]

As a working parent I’m well aware of the added pressures we experience, trying to juggle school drop offs, afterschool clubs, friend’s parties, food shopping, housework, career development and trying to find time to keep fit, it’s with no surprise that stress for working families is on the increase; and a successful work-life balance is now harder to achieve than ever before.
Trying to manage your stress levels and keep a functioning home is tough, and you’re not alone…
It’s reported that over 500,000 people are believed to be suffering from work-related …

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[ 30 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]

Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker are the founders of the award-winning online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com which they grew from a good idea to a multimillion pound business through a recession in just eight years.  In their new book, Shape Up Your Business, they aim to “show you  how to grow your business through refreshingly frank personal insights and tried-and-tested lessons that will help you reflect, reassess and reengage.”
Henry Ford said ‘whether you think you can do it or you think you can’t – you are right. This has turned into a mantra for …

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[ 29 May 2014 | No Comment ]

The news series of books from Robert Hale for parents of children with special needs. What other topics should we cover?
Victoria Dawson, Founder of The Children’s Sleep Charity, and I have been working in the fields of disabilities and special needs for a long time … I won’t say how long … and we’ve brought together our own interests with expert views and case studies and tips from parents in what we hope will be a practical series for every parent who is at the end of their tether, …

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[ 9 May 2014 | No Comment ]
New business book: You Are More Than You Think #booknews #businessbooks

Published this month, new book for anyone in business: ‘You are more than you think – the return to your authentic self’ by Andrew Jenkins
Have you ever had the feeling that life is passing you by? That somehow, somewhere, you took a wrong turning, and that you’re not living the life you should be living? That you’re not the person you could be, if only…?
In this wide-ranging and fascinating book, Andrew Jenkins takes the reader on a journey of exploration into just how these feelings arise, through the development of …

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[ 4 Mar 2014 | No Comment ]
Working from home on the rise as women desperately seek balance

According to new research in Australia, around one million women run their own businesses, a figure that’s doubled since 2007. More than one in four households now have a female as their major breadwinner. Despite this, women still do the majority of the domestic duties. Cost of living and time constraints mean the traditional 9-5 isn’t viable for them any more.

But is it actually possible to balance family life with a business at home and be successful? Sarah O’Bryan has fielded this question for many years from family, acquaintances and friends. Her book Business & Baby …

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[ 1 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]
Book Review: the ‘Introducing’ series.

I’ve just started studying again – I’m doing a MA in Creative and Critical Writing and this is a bit of a shock to the system. I’m used to researching and reading for the books I write … but the volume and depth of reading required for a MA is intense. Icon Books sent me through a catalogue which covered their Introducing Graphic Guide series. I asked for one of the several books they have on Freud and psychoanalysis, as this is one of my modules for the term and they …

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[ 28 Jun 2013 | No Comment ]

Mumpreneur Wendy Shand, founder of multi-award winning specialist family travel business Tots To Travel, is revealing the secrets of her success in an inspirational new book.
Mum-of-three Wendy (39) shares her professional and personal experiences alongside a wealth of other useful advice in The Mother of Invention: Taking your Mumpreneur idea to big brand business and beyond.
Since its launch in 2006, Tots To Travel www.totstotravel.co.uk has developed from a sprightly start-up to become the leader in the pre-school luxury villa market.
Starting with just nine properties, Tots To Travel today represents more …