Product reviews

Are you a first-time mum who is confused about all those baby gadgets? Or maybe you’re a business mum who wants to keep up with the latest must-have gadgets. Start here!

Pencil… check! Filofax Notebook… check! How a pencil and paper will change your life

Technology may have the world fooled, but not us! One of the most important tools in life already exists in your home: a pencil. That’s according to author Stephen Covey in his book, ‘Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success’, and he should know. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, maybe you’ve heard of his other bestselling book, ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘ one of the must-reads for anyone who is serious about making an impact in the world.

Looking for a diary that works with an app? You’ll love this one!

There’s an app for just about everything today – whether you own an iPhone, Android or Windows phone, there is something to distract you at some point in the day. Serious working mums will know that using a diary system of some sort is very beneficial, but life happens, and sometimes things get lost, or your leave it at home because you’ve changed your bag…or an important page gets ripped out by your toddler.

Five things you can do with Post-it Notes…tried and tested!

Never one to be intimidated by challenges, I could think of nothing more exciting two weeks ago when 3M, the makers of the famous Post-it Note asked if I would like to take part in a blogger challenge.

Within two days, I was in the receipt of two big blocks of 3M Post-it Notes , and a cute handbag dispenser (yes, that really does exist) and off I went to show the world five different ways to use Post-It notes. Here goes:

Is coffee taking over your life and your finances?

Can’t start the day without your coffee fix? Find out which coffees are spending a lifetime on your hips…

What’s your coffee weak spot? A hazelnut latte, a mocha with whipped cream? Having these once in a while is fine, but if you’ve been wondering why your weight creeps up when you’re working, it could be down to your coffee shop purchases.

You only need to jump on the bus, tube or train to see many women grip onto their morning coffees like their lives depend on it…and then complain about weight gain without realising that their morning and afternoon coffee fix could be the culprit! 

Product reviews: kitchen must haves for busy working mums

Are you struggling to get a decent meal on the table because you’re tired when you get home from work? Are ready meals ruling your life, your pocket and your waistline?

cooking nightmaresDo you feel guilty your children don’t know that chips are made from potatoes and don’t come from a paper bag or box?

Do you wish you could get the time to bake like those perfect Steford-style mums at the school gate, who are constantly showing off their perfect cupcakes at every opportunity?

Does your heart race like an adrenaline junkie at the thought of making a Sunday roast for the in-laws, because you can never get it as perfect as how your mother-in-law says she does it?

Don’t feel guilty, do something about it – we tested out some products from Lakeland that will make cooking a doddle (ok, less than the effort you put in now!):

Product reviews:how to keep the car clean this half term

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly children young and older can create ingrained mess in the car, but it is a little embarrassing if your mum’s taxi never seems to be clean.

The essential car vac

There are a lot of car vacs out there, but a lot of them just don’t seem to have the suction power needed to really picky up crumbs other culprits from those hard-to-reach parts of the car.

How to use LinkedIn to make business contacts

Social media has really made it easy to make contacts with the people you need in your business sector.

If you're not using LinkedIn for business, you're missing out

Remember the days when you had to try to get past rottweiler-like receptionists and PAs, who made life as difficult as possible to get through to your contact? It was almost like you were a predator they were trying to field off, and by the time they had taken your name and contact details reluctantly, it felt like you’d just done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson…knowing full well that they were not going to pass your details on anyway!

Then in walked LinkedIn…all you need to do is search for the company or the job title of the person you’re looking for and then drop them an email, or ask one of your contacts who are linked to them to connect you!

Still confused? Want to find out how else LinkedIn can help your business, then read our LinkedIn for Business guide.