Friday, 25 November 2016

Special Jewels

I have adored Opals since I first discovered them back in 2007, an old boyfriends Mother had the most beautiful collection and I remember admiring it on many occasions, and not long after seeing them all for the first time I decided that one day I would own my own.

I have had a few smaller one's over the years, but nothing in the league of her beautiful Opals. It truly is amazing how all of the different colours and effects present themselves within the stone, there are all the blue colouring's that you can imagine, dark right through to baby, reds, greens and orange. The Opal is such a unique stone, and that is what makes them so special to me. No two are ever the same.

I love to have a look at the different collections that you can find online, just to catch sight of what you can find in this big wide world of ours. I love vintage jewellery especially when it combines my all time favourite stone. 

I have been in the process of organising my jewellery box. I am quite sentimental and hold on to every item that has ever been gifted to me, or even little treats I have allowed myself to purchase over the years. I don't have masses of jewels unfortunately, but what I do have is very special to me, whether it was from a significant other at a precise moment in time, or if it is something that has been handed down to me, they all hold a special place in my heart for one reason or another.

I have always been minimalist, I can't pull off huge earrings or have anything that really gets in your face, firstly it's not my personal style and secondly I prefer to opt for simple, beautiful designs. Of course that's not to say that I am opposed to bling, I just have my own way of displaying it.

Having a nice collection of jewellery that actually means something to you is so much more important than having lots of pretty things that don't have a story that relates to you or someone around you in some way. I have a beautiful necklace pendant that is made out of silver clay, in the clay is a finger print of Leo that dates back to when he was a baby, a mere 8 months old. It is as though it has been frozen in time, and although his fingers have grown along with the rest of him, I still have that one dainty reminder that he was once that small.

It may be the most special item that I own, and it is the most worn item out of everything else in that box.

Do you have an item in your personal jewellery collection that really speaks to you?

Locked Out

log fire

A few years ago I was living in a home with my other half and of course Leo, it was an older house and I loved coming home and watching Luke lighting the log fire. Especially at this time of year when it was so cold outside and Christmas was coming, it warmed the entire living area and made the perfect back drop to a cosy night in.

I remember finishing work one cold winter's day and getting to my car where a frost had already started to take hold. My thoughts instantly raced to the log fire and my plan for the evening was set, I would get home, get ready for bed and relax in the glow of the fire. Of course the best laid plans leave margin for error and on this occasion it was the fault of the estate agent we were renting the house from. They take it upon themselves to come and do a 6 monthly check, and unfortunately for me they had an issue with our door and managed to get their copy of the key stuck. Which of course meant that my evening of relaxing and not doing a fat lot in the comfort of my own home was cancelled until further notice. 

I got a call from them while I was just starting to get everything into my car, they were really apologetic and told me that they had already called to get a replacement lock sorted for us, and they would be on there way within the hour. The team were really helpful and they soon had us back inside in the warm.

Of course because it was the estate agency's fault, they footed the bill. I was amazed at how much it actually cost to get an emergency locksmith out to help, and I know that if the ball had been in my field I would have shopped around and found a way to secure the home for less.

I was just thankful to be able to get back inside, after a long day at work and then having to wait around in the cold for over an hour, it was nice to just get back inside and resume normality. 

We haven't lived there for a good few years now, but I still miss that log burner. Our new home doesn't even have a fire place let alone a log burner, so I don't even get to bask in the glow of the flickering flames these days.

Instead it's a case of turning the heating up on high and inviting the dog to sit on my lap (He's like a hot water bottle and very cuddly!) 

Puppy Proof

Dalmatian Puppy

As many of you know, back in August I fell in love with a little (at the time) Dalmatian Puppy! He was 8 weeks old when we first brought him home, but fast forward 3 months he has tripled in size. That little Dalmatian definitely did a lot of growing very, very quickly, and as he grew so did his reach and knack for getting into mischief.

Lux sleeps in the kitchen, it's his little space where all of his things are kept. The flooring is vinyl so it is easy to keep on top of in terms of if there are any accidents, and for the most part I don't need to worry about anything getting damaged. Well that was true until Lux took a liking to the walls, and when I say a liking, I mean he took to eating them, or should I say grinding specific areas with his teeth.

Lux started off by eating the wall under the breakfast bar where his bed used to be, I managed to stop that by moving the bin in front of that section of wall, and moving his bed from that corner of the room. Then Lux started jumping up a little bit further along the wall, just above the kitchen radiator. he did this when he wasn't getting his own way, say for instance I am working in the lounge and he want's some attention... That is when he would start jumping/scratching/nibbling this section of the wall, because he knew that it would draw my attention away from what I am doing and placing it firmly on him. Unfortunately it is not something I can ignore, the noise drives me to distraction and I instantly know what he is doing and have to intervene. For the moment I have placed a canvas print on the radiator just to hide it from his sight, and for the moment it looks as though he has forgotten about it.

Puppy eating walls

Finally the latest section of wall is right by the kitchen door, another place he likes to inflict himself if he is feeling exceptionally petulant. In fact this is now the most damage he has managed to achieve so far. There is no real way for me to remove this one from his sight, which means that whenever he gets the opportunity, he returns to this spot and creates further carnage. The only way I have managed to actually stop this from happening, is by moving one of the breakfast bar stools to sit in front of it. It's far from ideal, but it is serving it's purpose.

I have been thinking long and hard about a long term solution for these areas of the kitchen, because we can't go on like we are with these walls. I was thinking that perhaps I could get my hands on a Clear Perspex Sheet for each of the offending areas, just so that if he continues it will be the plastic that takes the brunt of it, and I can finally get Luke to fill in the offending holes in my lovely new walls.

It wouldn't be hard to cut the plastic to fit the walls and I know that I would certainly rest a lot easier knowing that my beautiful, but mischievous puppy of mine was not taking large pieces of my wall out while I am busy working in the other room. 

Dalmatian Puppy

I know that in the long term it is something that he is going to grow out of, and the fact of the matter is it's just the one room that is taking the brunt of his puppy days, but at the end of the day, I am house proud and like things looking a certain way. 

Time to stop this cheeky pup eating my kitchen!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Online training and flexible jobs for mums: how to become a digital mom

In the market today it is becoming less common for mothers to have children and then become stay at home moms. Many women are returning to their careers or even beginning new ones to help support their families and follow their own dreams. It does not matter if you have been out of the work force for one year or ten years, you can get great job offers and become successful in a profession once again. Becoming a digital mum can help you get back to work and have a family life at the same time.

Thanks to job offer sites like  one can find many flexible professions available in the digital sector like for example working as a content strategist or as a marketing copywriter.. Learn how to master these online job boards and even how to network online, and you will find it much easier to find a new career path.

Freelance writing is a very flexible career that will work with your schedule. If you have good writing and research skills, you can produce web content, travel guides, and articles all from the comfort of your own home. It allows you to choose your own schedule and be able to take care of your children at the same time. There are numerous content writing websites all around the world who will pay you well to write.

Becoming a social media guru or digital marketing consultant is another job you can freelance or do remotely. Learning digital media skills will help you land flexible work and will make you very marketable to employers. If you can build websites and run social media profiles for businesses to generate SEO content; you are a golden goose!
If you were formerly an assistant or secretary now you can become a virtual assistant. Many companies outsource their jobs to be done online. You will be scheduling meetings, travel plans, answering phone calls, and writing emails all remotely. You can do this from home and get great office experience to add to your CV.

If design is your passion and you enjoy decorating your own home, give interior design a try. Training is preferred but not necessary and the schedule is very flexible. You can build a client base right from home and begin designing homes or offices. You will want to build your own website, market your skills and find new work. The best part about this is that it can be done right from your computer. Anyone with the right tools can start an interior design business remotely and make a very successful career out of it!