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[ 7 Mar 2018 | No Comment ]

A third of Britain’s side hustlers have admitted withholding their earnings from HMRC according to OddsMonkey.
New research commissioned by Oddsmonkey reveals that Brits are using side hustles to help cover the cost of living.
As the annual inflation rate doubled from 1.2% to 3.1% in the past year1, the average monthly wage of £1538.97 is not enough to cover the cost of living for almost a quarter of Brits (24%).
Because of this, 25% of working employees have resorted to a side hustle to earn extra money with 36% of those having 3 or …

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[ 15 Sep 2015 | No Comment ]
Getting Crafty: Jewellery Boxes and Accessories with #hillaryscrafternoon

I was invited back for the second Brighton #hillaryscrafternoon where bloggers get together to use some of the fabrics from Hillary’s, with expert guidance from the Crafty Hen ladies.
Zoe from Hillary’s talked us through some of the new range of fabrics. In line with some of what’s in fashion for clothes this AW, the fabrics were themed around jewel tones.I loved the colours – blues, greens, dark reds and golds. I think it is the gold that is the stand out colour for me, not least because it seems to …

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[ 22 May 2015 | No Comment ]
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When you get to the end of a long day spent looking after the kids, do you want to lie back and relax? However, this time is often the only time when you can enjoy your own interests, without children in the way, so here are a few online hobbies that will let you get the most out of this time while still taking it easy.
Shopping online
This is incredibly easy to do these days, as there is hardly a single major store that doesn’t have a website with shopping options. Generally all you have …

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[ 2 Feb 2015 | No Comment ]

   My name is Sarah, I’m 34 years old, Mummy to my 3 beautiful children, who are 5, 3 and 1 years old, and wife to my lovely husband , Pete.
I stopped working as a primary school teacher after having my second baby. I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember, and have a degree in fine art. I have always made art in my spare time, and I decided to try my hand at designing some greetings cards. I started with 9 different designs, which I …

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[ 16 Dec 2014 | No Comment ]
Getting crafty for Christmas @joesbloggers @hillarysblinds @Make_Do_Trend #HillarysCraftEvent

I couldn’t make it to the craft workshop with Joe Blogs Network and Hillary’s Blinds due to a death in the family. I was really sorry to miss tea and cakes at Taj’s Tea Rooms in Brighton, and the chance to meet lots of local bloggers.
I didn’t miss everything, though, as the lovely folk at Joe Blogs sent me all the goodies I’ve have got on the day. (No cake but I did get chocolate!)
So, last Saturday we had a home craft afternoon. The boys had a couple of …

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[ 24 Nov 2014 | No Comment ]

Your Name and Age: Catherine Green, 40 years old.
Tell us about your family: My husband is Mark and we have two sons named Jamie and Tom. Jamie is the oldest at 14 years and Tom is 13 years old.
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition?  Originally I trained as an interior designer, gaining a National Diploma in spatial design form Batley School of Art and Design and then I studied for a BA (hons) in Interior Design.  Before completing my final …

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[ 3 Nov 2014 | No Comment ]

Your Name and Age: Sarah Ditchfield, age 47
Tell us about your family: I am married to Philip and have two wonderful children; Louise age 12 and Christopher age 9.  We also have a very bouncy Welsh Springer Spaniel, called Amber!
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition?
I had a career in HR for about 20 years and held a number of senior HR roles – specialising in training and development.  When I had my first child I decided to …

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[ 2 Apr 2012 | No Comment ]

Desperate Artwives is a group of women artists who have been putting their artistic needs on hold to attend to family and work duties but have never forgotten who they really are at heart.
Desperate Artwives is the brainchild of Italian born conceptual artist Amy Dignam who, as a married working mother of two, found herself in this very situation. Graduated from Central St Martins College of Art and Design in 2005 Amy set up Desperate Artwives in September last year to create an opportunity for those women who continue to …

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[ 27 Nov 2011 | No Comment ]

Desperate Artwives is the baby of conceptual artist and mother of two Amy Dignam. It’s a fresh, creative and inspiring initiative that can do a lot of good to those who participate.
Amy graduated from Central St Martin in 2005. Dictated by the need to support herself financially and by the fact that job prospects for conceptual artists are not exactly flourishing, Amy ended up having to take up a job that is not even remotely near her artistic ambitions. A few years on and Amy is now married, has two gorgeous …

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[ 21 Oct 2011 | No Comment ]

There are some times when being a mum blogger is brilliant. It was a rainy day, all three children were full of coughs and colds so no-one had gone to school. I was so pleased when a couple of samples came in the post.
Plasticine is a great toy and DD makes some fab little models from it, but just imagine if you could mould chocolate in the same way. That’s just what the inventors of Magic Choc have created. For £4.99 you get a packet with milk, dark and white …