Working from home is not for the faint hearted No commuting, flexible hours, lots of tea breaks and being able to down tools when you’ve done your work without feeling you either have to slope off guiltily, or sit in front of a screen for an hour longer. Working from home can be great. Fancy […]Read More A freelance mum’s survival guide for working from home
Start preparing for Christmas now When you’re a working mum the festive season can be anything but. Juggling work and childcare (not to mention present buying and going to the odd drinks do or friends’ meet up) can all add up to one big old bunch of stress. This year, why not make things […]Read More Countdown to a stress-free December
After a sleepless night dealing with a young baby or restless toddler or child, we all need a quick makeup pick-me-up. But often we have little time or mental energy to spend on an involved cosmetic makeover. Over the years, freelance journalist and mum of two Samantha Downes has perfected treading that fine line between looking human and ensuring […]Read More A freelance mum’s five minute makeup rules
How good are you at managing money? As a mum, you’re not just in charge of taking care of your own finances – you’re often looking after the financial welfare of your entire family! Mum of two Samantha Downes may be a financial journalist with several finance books and guides to her name, but that hasn’t stopped […]Read More Six hard-learned money lessons for mums
Ever wondered how you’ll make it through a work day after sitting up (what feels like) all night – again – with a sleepless baby or toddler? Here are my well-used strategies for preventing sleep deprivation, and if that fails, her survival strategies for coping with less than two hours’ sleep. The joys of accumulated […]Read More The sleep deprived mums guide to surviving at work
Hands up who hasn’t looked at their post-baby body at some point and wanted to weep? As much as we love our children, it can take months and even years to recover our pre-pregnancy figure (if we ever do!). So what’s the answer? Live on lettuce and jog 15 miles a day to rid ourselves […]Read More Why all mums should eat cake (and exercise)
Do you love fashion but sometimes feel as if your wardrobe has fallen into a bit of a style rut? Or do you often find yourself throwing outfits together in a rush before the school run? If so, you’re not alone! I’m determined to be well dressed I’ve always loved dressing up, and there are […]Read More What to wear?
Many mums struggle to resume their careers after taking time off work on maternity leave. A freelance writer shares her own experience (and advice) with us. To help you kick start your career again, journalist Samantha Downes shares her own experience as a working mum – and her five rules to help you get your […]Read More Five rules to help you get your career mojo back after a baby
Because that is what I’m asking myself right now; in fact I’ve been mulling this over for the last day or so. I had a moment – to be fair to myself I’ve had many ‘moments’ since leaving my city job – the last 10 days have been a roller coaster of grief, sadness, joy, […]Read More Parenting without regret…
Tea is one of life’s most simple pleasures. So long as it’s made properly. Just to point out how much I like and drink tea, my family nickname is teabag… Bad tea is a travesty, not least because it is so, so easy to make a good cup of tea. I know whether someone likes […]Read More Making a decent cuppa – I mean how hard can it be?