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Working For Yourself: Lessons and Insights

Lynne NewboldLynne Newbould runs the Little Kickers franchise for Northampton and Rugby with her husband Antony. They were recently ranked as the No. 7 Little Kickers franchise in the world and 4th in the UK, with over 450 children attending their classes every week. Lynne gives us an insight into her journey as a self-employed mother of two.

1) Why did you decide to work for yourself?

When our daughter was 2 years old, we had the usual juggle of work and childcare.  Antony was working away/overnight often, and we wanted to find work that would be flexible and fit around children. Working for myself seemed to tick all the boxes.

2) How did you choose what to do?

As a parent I used to take our daughter to various classes and activities.  At our music class one day, I realised she was the only child running around the outside of the hall, whilst everyone else was engaged in the activity. It prompted me to try and find an active class, one where she could run and use up all that excess energy.  Both myself and Antony have a sports and business management background and are huge football fans, so Little Kickers seemed a great option for all. Continue reading

Yoga Magic – How yoga helps new mums to be healthy and happy

Mother and Baby Yoga Classes

Postnatal yoga classes give you the opportunity to use your body strongly and safely.

By Qualified Yoga Teacher,  Lisa Valentine

Yoga is amazing. It can deliver both physical and emotional benefits to anyone – and it is particularly beneficial for mothers in the weeks and months after giving birth.

Having a baby changes everything, from fluctuating hormones and a new sleep schedule to how you negotiate your new identity as a parent. Pregnancy and birth obviously take a toll on the mother’s body too, and it’s natural to want to get back into shape, the way we were before we had a baby. But that instinct isn’t always helpful – our bodies are constantly in transition, so it may not be possible to return to exactly the way you were before. Having said that, you can certainly expect to be healthy, vital, and strong again. Continue reading

Working For Yourself: The Options

Working for yourself

There are many pros and cons about working for yourself

If you want a job with the flexibility to work around your family, you will probably have considered working for yourself. There are three main models for being self-employed – here we explore the different models and the pros and cons of each.

# Option A – The Entrepreneur

You have a passion, an idea or a special talent. You spot a problem that you can solve and a gap in the market – and you decide to create a business to bring your dream to life.

For most people, starting a new business is the first way they consider becoming self-employed. It is probably the most exciting and rewarding option available. It also carries the greatest risk.

If you haven’t run a business before, you will be venturing into the unknown. It will require a significant investment of time and probably money, and you will have a lot to learn – often by trial and error. At the beginning you will be the visionary, the manager, the worker, the bookkeeper and the cleaner. There’s a lot to do, and if the business fails, it can be crushing. Continue reading

The Fertility Show: London, 5th & 6th November 2016

Picture-webThe Fertility Show is the UK’s largest and most established fertility event, with the show entering its eighth year.

1 in 6 couples in the UK struggle with infertility problems, so finding trustworthy advice is essential for taking the next steps in their fertility journey.

Each year, The Fertility Show brings together leading fertility specialists from the UK and internationally, in one place at one time, making it an invaluable educational and informative resource for prospective parents-to-be. 

This year the show will once again be taking place at Olympia, London on 5th & 6Th November and offers a huge range of seminars and exhibitors to allow you to learn about your own fertility journey.

The show takes place during National Fertility Awareness Week (31st October-6th November 2016). Continue reading

Why being a parent with a chronic illness has changed me for the better

Guest Post by Eloise Williams

Eloise with hubbie and children

Eloise with hubbie and children

Eloise Williams is a mother of 2 who suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a debilitating illness that can make daily life a constant struggle. And yet, she is happier now than ever and believes that her illness changed her for the better. This is her story.

Since as far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a mummy. It may sound cliché, but I would spend hours dreaming about babies. Nowhere in these rosy dreams was I confined to a bed, unable to look after myself or diagnosed with a lifelong chronic illness.

In life BC (Before Children!) I believed I was your average healthy young woman and I didn’t really think about my health. I had met the man of my dreams young and together we enjoyed life to the full. Then, I started to get ill. First came glandular fever. Misdiagnosed by the doctors, I struggled through it and naively expected to recover easily. Continue reading

Top 10 Pregnancy Myths… BUSTED


Pregnant Mum on the sofa

OK, you’re pregnant. That doesn’t mean you’re consigned to the sofa for the next 9 months, but what ARE you allowed to do?

When you discover you’re pregnant, the list of things you can no longer do just seems to grow. While each pregnancy, expectant mother and unborn child is different, the experts at Emma’s Diary have busted ten of the most frequently asked – and some unusual – pregnancy myths.


  1. Can I fly?

It’s usually safe to fly while you’re pregnant. However, some airlines won’t let you fly after week 28 of your pregnancy, so it’s always best to check what your airline’s policy is. If you’re travelling for more than five hours, there’s a higher risk of thrombosis, but it’s not clear if this increases if you’re pregnant. Continue reading

Join us at the Buckinghamshire Baby & Toddler Show, Sunday 17th April 2016

V1_BUCKS_NEW_LOGOFollowing phenomenally successful shows in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, Toddle About are proud to announce that we will be working in partnership with Bumps, Babies and Beyond Events as they bring the Buckinghamshire Baby and Toddler Show to Milton Keynes on Sunday 17th April 2016.

The Show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county, with over 70 fantastic stands all under one roof, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool. There will be great shopping, parenting experts, a fantastic demonstration programme, activities, refreshments and fun-filled family entertainment. Continue reading

Say It Loud, Say It Clear! The secret to lasting, loving and rewarding relationships

By Svetlina Jeanneret


Everyone has their own communication style – understanding your partner’s style will help you communicate with them effectively

Communication is a vast topic and a great one. A lot of my work with clients revolves around the way we communicate first with ourselves openly or secretly and also how we communicate with those closest to us.

I believe that in a family where there are two parents the most important relationship is that of the couple. Yet communication between men and women is not always straightforward; this is partly why John Gray’s book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus is still such a hit. In my consulting room, I continually hear anecdotes of miscommunication and misunderstandings which, little by little, can erode even the most loving and devoted of relationships. Continue reading

Yoga: The secret sauce for a perfect pregnancy (and beyond)?

Vicky in her Sweat Studios session. Yoga is a great way to relax and stay fit during pregnancy. It has many post-natal benefits for both mother and baby too.

How yoga helped me through pregnancy, birth and beyond

Yoga is a great way to relax and stay fit during pregnancy. It has many post-natal benefits for both mother and baby too. We talked to Vicky Haynes, aged 34 from Milton Keynes, about her experience and why yoga became the perfect exercise for her, pre and post baby.

As well as providing a great way to keep in shape, yoga offered Vicky some much needed ‘me time’ and a way of relieving stress from work. Vicky was encouraged to give it a go by the whole host of celebrities that swear by Hot Yoga. And, as well as looking to tone up, Vicky hoped that the improved fitness and wellbeing might help her to conceive a child.

Like many people though, Vicky wondered if yoga was too much about chanting and not enough about tangible physical benefits. Would it be too slow to feel like a workout? There was also the worry that it was ‘only for skinny people’. Continue reading

5 Steps to Decluttering and Organising Your Life This Year

organised toy box

Keep like with like – store the same types of items together

Living with little ones means accepting a certain amount of chaos. But toys underfoot, overstuffed laundry hampers, and hectic schedules all wear us down far more than we realise. Is it any wonder that at the beginning of a new year we resolve to clear out our clutter and be more organised?

Clutter can get in your way not only physically, but mentally. Paring down can help you find things faster, get more done, and think more clearly – all of which can make parenting easier. As a professional declutterer and organiser, here are my suggestions for simplifying your family’s living spaces and schedules.
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