Success is a huge word. It means so many different things. It affects us whether we’re juggling our careers, studies, parenthood, creative projects or even our own health. Success can be a real driver to get things done or reach a certain benchmark in our lives. So why is it important to define your success before you move towards what you want from different corners of your life? Continue reading
May has been an exciting month for Lucky Things. It was this time last year I officially launched Lucky Things blog. It’s been fab becoming a finalist for the Top London Mummy Blogger Award run by themother-hood.com. Over the past year I’ve always been nominating others for awards, competitions and accolades. I love it when people get some recognition for their hard work. So how do I really feel about being a finalist for the Top London Mummy Blogger Award? Continue reading
The timing to launch the IVF Journeys series on Lucky Things has never felt so right. This month we celebrated our first baby’s 4th birthday. Every day we’re celebrating our IVF little lady. Every day I see the scars on my tummy from my IVF injections. Everyone’s fertility or IVF journey is completely different. So, I’m honoured that I’m able to feature others’ experiences in the hope of raising awareness of what women and men go through or just the support available.
I wished I read more about others’ IVF success stories when we first found out I couldn’t have children naturally. If I did, they many have given me more hope. I think they also would have made me feel less embarrassed about doing IVF as it’s way more common that you realise.
So I’m very happy to introduce Suzy’s story. She writes the blog Our Bucket List Lives, lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and their little miracle boy. Suzy is currently a house wife. She recently started a blog based around their family bucket list and she’s hoping it will evolve into something where she can call herself ‘self employed’. Over to Suzy… Continue reading
I’m a big believer that we can all wear confidence, but this is also about finding clothes that make us feel comfortable and happy. I first came across Tee from @teeclutter on Instagram last Summer. Her Instagram feed is always full of changing room outfits. Her style is simple and she loves celebrating everyday wardrobe gems on her blog teeclutter.com. We then met at the first Lucky Things Meeting Up last year.
Sometimes, Instagram fashion can feel a bit overwhelming and I used to worry that it would be all about expensive designer clothes. I was wrong. Tee was one of the Instagram Style experts who reminded me that high street and supermarket fashion can be just as chic. Remember the F&F leopard print coat I wore heaps over the past few months? I first spotted it on Tee’s Instacorner and it was a chance to make good use of my Clubcard vouchers. As the Lucky Things Meet Up in April is all about style and confidence, I asked Tee to share some her tips too. Over to Tee… Continue reading
This year, the Lucky Things Meet Ups are going national. I’m not usually a numbers girl but there are five planned across the country over the coming months and another five lined up for Autumn time. Organising events, however big or small, is hard work. When I look at the 2017 Lucky Things Meet Up schedule, I never doubt why I organise them. So why do I love organising the Lucky Things Meet Ups?
So many parents and carers have to spend time away from their children. I’m not just talking about during the day when we’re working or running businesses. Overnight stays away from our children and families can be hard too. Sometimes they can be short-notice or even unplanned trips away from the family. On Lucky Things blog, we chat a lot about confidence. We don’t always feel confident as parents, especially as we adapt to new situations for our families. In January I stayed about a week away from Mr.H and my two daughters. It was an emotional time not being with them. You can read more about how I felt travelling away from my children for the first time here. So I wanted to see what could help this temporary absence and that’s when I came across the Scamp and Dude Superhero. I love that Scamp and Dude is all about inspiring confidence in children.
Anxious about being away…I knew the girls would be fine as they were with their original superhero Daddy (AKA Mr. H) but I knew we’d miss each other. I was also anxious about how the girls would feel about being not being at home. There were quite a few things we organised to help the girls and in particularly our three-year old Big Munch adapt to my temporary absence. It’s not often we need to treat the girls to new teddies or toys but instead of bringing back loads of gifts from my trip, I wanted to leave Big Munch with something new. One of the things that me and Big Munch picked together was our new lodger – our Scamp and Dude Superhero rabbit.
At the end of last year a message popped up in my @luckythingsblog Instagram account. It was from BBC journalist Bela Shah. She asked if I was interested in featuring in a BBC news story on blogging and Instagram life. Bela mentioned she wanted to do a story on Instamums. As with many journalists she still had to pitch her idea to her producers and directors at the BBC. So it wasn’t guaranteed this would really go ahead.
At the London Lucky Things Meet Up in January 2017, the theme was looking after yourself. Not only did we hear tips from one of the UK’s leading mindfulness experts Dr.Tamara Russell, we also heard each other’s ideas for taking care of ourselves. I encouraged the attendees to think of a nurture wish they would like to pursue during the following month. I didn’t suggest something for the whole year as sometimes you just need to try things out. It had to be something that would be good for them as individuals. So what better way to kick off my 40th year with a list of 40 ways to look after yourself. These are just 40 of the nurture wishes people shared with me at the Lucky Things Meet Up. Enjoy this list and hope it also offers a bit of self-care inspiration…
Did you know there’s a different theme for International Women’s Day each year? For 2017 it’s #beboldforchange. Not many people know but the first official “lnternational Women’s Day” event was held back in 1911*. As championed over at internationalwomensday.com, for 2017, they’re asking us to #BeBoldForChange where we can call on the masses for support or as an individual help move towards “a better working world – a more inclusive, gender equal world”.
Whoever we are and whatever we do, we can influence our social sphere to help other women feel more confident and reach their potential. I’m a strong believer that small actions are really important too. As Lucky Things is all about looking after our wellbeing, career and confidence, here’s seven ideas for supporting International Women’s Day today (and all year round). Continue reading