Working from home with a baby in tow

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First of all, hats off to anyone who does this full time [or even a consistent part time]! I have no idea how you do it. Maybe when Wilfred grows up, things will get easier – but for now, with an 8 month old in tow … I struggle to do much that’s productive [paid]. However, I do earn a little extra income [pocket money really] from working online. Sometimes, I have to wait until Wilfred’s asleep, sometimes I utilise his naps and sometimes [by a miracle of God], he plays quietly while I write something. Here’s a realistic view of what it’s like to earn money at home while you’re a full time mother.

I have a solid background in recruitment [4 years] and sales [retail and business development]. I studied fashion and Clothing at University and have a good understanding of written language along with strong communication skills. Lesson one: sell yourself. I know it all sounds a little big headed, but trust me – in the world of online work, you need to be competitive and you need to know your strengths and feel comfortable selling yourself. People Per Hour.com is a great website to buy or sell skills. Man 1 has a car he wants to sell but cant word it properly, Man 2 has great written skills but no money – they get together, Man 1 pays Man 2 to write the car advert. Man 2 makes a bit of money and hopes that Man 1 will use him in the future when he needs anything written up. Simples. You set up a profile for yourself listing your skills and over time, people rate your work and you become higher ranking, therefore, more trusted by new clients. Hopefully, you build relationships and gain repeat contracts. Down side; PPH take a cut of your earnings. Plus side; you can take and drop work as you want.

Mostly, I write [or re-write] people’s CVs and covering letters, update/re-write LinkedIn profiles, do guest blog posts [hence the lack of time I spend on my own blog!], write articles for small companies or copy write for online shops [details of products]. I average £15 for an hour of work [when I can get it]. The problem with PPH is that it’s so popular now, that you literally have to fight off 50 other people to win a job. It’s tough. Like I said, you need to blow your own trumpet a bit … and then deliver! Which is tricky with a baby hanging off your leg / throwing up / screaming.

More recently, I have listed a few bits on eBay … I’m sure everyone knows how it works. Just small stuff [preferably that can fit into an envelope] that I have lying around … I really need to de-clutter! Anything’s a help at the moment. Down side; I have to walk to the post office to send stuff, even if it’s raining. Plus side; I have to walk to the post office, and I could really do with the exercise.

I am determined to stay at home with my baby but could really do with a few extra hours [baby-free] in the day to be productive. Most of my day is still taken up playing peek-a-boo and having food spat back in my face. Which is just where I want to be.

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Planning a Winter Wedding

We are tying the knot on the 5th December 2014, a mere two months away! As you’d expect, plans are in full swing and our excitement is growing. This year has mostly been about becoming parents, so having something about us [as a couple] to focus on has been a bit of a treat. We are spending our wedding night in a hotel and it will be our first night away from baby Wilf. Our ‘theme’ if we have one is sort of Rustic Glamour. Tweed meets sparkle. I wont give too much away here re: detail [stay tuned for lots of photos from the big day] but as an overview, I’m sharing some mood boards [sourced via Pinterest, of course].

What we’re wearing:

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My dress is full on ‘blush’ [champagne-meets-pale pink], sequined and very ‘me’. It cost a mere £220 [my budget was more, but my heart said ‘yes to the dress’ so I snapped it up]. I have a veil and tiara [when else is this acceptable in life?!] and the most perfect ‘Glinda’ shoes [if you haven’t seen Wicked, never mind]. Me and my bridesmaid [my Sister] have feather boleros … I hear December can get chilly. Her dress is a muted mauve, floor-length and floaty. I’m planning on wrist corsages rather than bouquets as we’ll be having a sit-down-meal after a registry office ceremony … with only 25 guests, there’s not much point in throwing my bouquet [most of them are married already]. Richard’s tweed jacket and waistcoat have been waiting patiently for the big day for a few months now. He knew right away what he wanted to wear.

The décor:

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We are hiring a private dining room in a well known city centre Restaurant. One big oval table [a perk of having an intimate guest list], lavender and cream flowers [not yet bought], wedding crackers, a homemade wedding cake and lots and lots of food! Lavender is a side-theme [I’m doing button holes in this colour for Richard and our dads as well as wrist corsages for me, my sister and our Mums]. I’m contemplating a few sparkles on the table and I have a few surprises planned that I wont give away just yet.

Our guests:

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Now, I obviously have no say over what our guests wear on the day [nor would I want to] but inspiration for any of you attending a winter wedding, or winter event in general. I personally think it’s such a nice time of year to dress up for. Coats for outside and strappy dresses for the warm restaurant and hot food [alcohol is useful in warming cockles too]. That being said, we will be entertaining 3 pregnant ladies on the day so I hope they find something comfortable to wear!

Ok, sneak peek into my mind complete. Not long until the big day.