I’ve always been slightly reluctant to combine my personal life with my blog, but have lots of funny happenings that I would love to share. Maybe one day I may be brave enough to go down that path.
Anyway, along my business journey so far I have met (virtually) a lot of amazing people, women in particular who have combined businesses around their families to enable them to keep the independence and financial status of a “working mother”.
These women I feel, should be “named and celebrated” for the greatness of their achievements. First up we have ……………
Samantha Bance from www.brightmums.co.uk
Brightmums originally started as a small idea 12 months ago whilst still at home on maternity leave with my daughter. Two months later I took redundancy from my previous job in property, and was at home with a 10 month old baby but itching to do something, the fog of baby brain was lifting and I knew I needed to start using my brain again. The prospect of working for myself was totally alien however, and having spent the last 10 years working hard to progress in my career, the logistics of fitting work in around the family seemed impossible.
But the more I thought about it, and talked about it with other mums, the more I realised that perhaps I could turn that small idea into a reality. There seemed to be so many like minded mums out there who had had careers and swapped it to set up their own business, or who just wanted to use their experience or skills to help earn some extra money from home.
One year on and Brightmums has been up and running since the late summer. Our primary role is to give mums somewhere to promote their businesses, talents & skills. And because we wanted to make sure that it was accessible to every mum so that a mum at home, who wanted for example, to take in some ironing or to do some bookkeeping would be hard pressed to find the budget for advertising, we wanted it to be good quality but very inexpensive.
Our aim is to make The Directory a comprehensive listing for all mums. The first place people go for mums in the know! Anyone looking for anything can get a mum to do it.
The Directory provides a summary, logo, e-mail contact form & web link for just £12.99 for 6 months or £24 for a whole year.
In addition we also have a jobs board for mums looking for family friendly job roles and we already have the likes of Yogabugs listed looking for mums. We offer a job alert system for new jobs and we are adding recruiters weekly.
My role therefore is to champion our Bright Mums to get their skills out to the wider community and help each and every mum whether in business or at home.
It’s been a fun, exhausting, scary and inspiring 12 months and I would recommend any mum who has just the smallest idea to give it a go. You will meet some great mums on your journey and who knows what your idea might turn into.
Funky Knitted Cuddlies
I was looking for something new to add to my site when I came across a site selling knitted soft toys or Funky Knitted Cuddlies as I like to call them. I was totally mesmerised by the pink monkey, and although the dinosaur and monkey don’t really fit together I couldn’t resist buying some of them too.
What do you think?
Shortlisted for the Gift of the Year 2009 T-Rex makes a cool alternative to a teddy bear.
Knitted Pink Monkey – Click Me
Knitted T-Rex – Click Me
Which one do you prefer? Leave us a comment as we’d love to know what you think.
Funky Baby Tights Just In…..
Cover your little one’s legs with a little bit of cuteness with a pair of Funky Baby Tights by The Tiny Sock Company.
With the colder weather setting in, tights make the perfect partner for any outfit.
Heart Leg Tights
White Mary Jane Tights
Flower Power Tights
For our full range of socks and tights pop over to the site.
Mother and Baby Mega Giveaway
Mother and Baby Mega Giveaway. Just a quick note to let you know about the new items that have been added to the Mega Mother & Baby Giveaway on My Funny Bunny Blog.
A tie-dye body suit and Knitted Bag from Kim’s Creative Crafts
Unisex handmade felt shoes age 9 – 12 months from www.withhugsandkisses.co.uk
To check out the whole collection of fabulous prizes visit My Funny Bunny Blog.
Fabulous Baby Sale
Looking for a bargain? Then pop over and check our our Fabulous Baby Sale.
We have 20% Off a selected range of Inch Blue Shoes.
Frog Princess Inch Blue Shoes Now Only £13.60
And a massive 30% Off Breastfeeding Necklaces and Bracelets
Animal Bell Nursing Necklace Now Only £5.95
To look at the full range within the Sale pop over to the website.
Hope you’re having a great October!
I was just catching up on my blog reading and realised that I haven’t told you about the recent additions to the Mega Mother and Baby Giveaway on My Funny Bunny Blog.
This next item is really funky and I may have to pay a visit to this site myself as presumably I’m not allowed to enter the competition.
Its a cool Baby Charm from Joulicious.
Mother & Baby Mega Giveaway
Another update into the many prizes added to the Mega Mother and Baby Giveaway on My Funny Bunny Blog.
A “Night Night Sleep Tight” Door plaque from Cutie Pie
A Fleecy Hat age 2 – 4 from Pickled Pumpkins
An adorable ‘Baby On Board’ Bear from Three Little Bears
A Funky Bib and Burp Set by Ollie and Lime from www.daisychainbaby.co.uk
A Pack of Five Stitched Gift Tags from Stitching For You
A voucher for a Magical Photo Potrait from www.enhance-me.com