When I started Budding Smiles nearly 5 years ago, it was a diary. A diary of pregnancy and love and life and motherhood. I started just at the point when ‘Mummy Bloggers’ were becoming quite a thing, with the number of such blogs shooting through the roof in recent years. Somewhere in the chaos, I lost my way. I lost my purpose and my passion, my reasons for starting a blog.
** This is a collaborative post ** One of the things I’ve found the hardest about working from home, is the struggle to switch off from ‘home’ stuff and focus only on work stuff. For ages I have been wanting to create a bright and inspiring office space in which I can shut myself away from the house ‘stuff’, in order to focus on running my business and blog.
A couple of days ago I travelled to Norwich, via Peterborough to pick up my hand model – AKA Mum. It was time for my final assessment, to determine whether I would become a fully qualified Bio Sculpture nail technician. 3 training days, lots of practicing, late nights, and an online assessment, all leading to this day.
** This is a collaborative post ** Portugal has been one of my favourite countries since I first visited with my parents and brother in 2004. Since then, I’ve been 3 more times – with my friend Charlotte, my cousin Amy, and Phil, and each time I’ve absolutely loved getting out and about to explore this vibrant country. Driving in Portugal can seem daunting, but if you take it steady and plan your trips, then the rewards are some fascinating and beautiful road trips.
The world is ever-changing, with advances in every aspect of life taking us to places that past generations may never have dreamed of. The phone I’m typing on, the website I’m publishing to, the medicine which keeps my mental health in check, the cars we drive, the NHS at 70, social media, eco friendly homes, contactless payments – and that’s just off the top of my head!