Having it all ? Or screwing it all ?

Being a working mum, there are days when I feel I am kicking ass. Days where everything goes to plan : the kids both slept through the night, I made it to the office before 8am, my boss is in a good mood, my team is motivated, my presentation to the Board is met with approval and smiles, my husband tells me I look pretty and I just signed a big contract that will really boost the P in my P&L.

Those days are precious, but they are rare…Read More »

“When people see something in you”… My experience of mentoring

Last week was my company’s annual Staff meeting. 6,000 of us gather in a concert hall for 1 hour to listen to updates and stories from the past year. Despite the firm being a massive business, the atmosphere in the staff meeting is always relaxed, not stiff, and we are able to enjoy information and words of wisdom from a variety of top managers.

This year, the overarching theme was diversity. And my attention was particularly caught by one of the speaker, a woman, who was explaining her success that way : “Someone saw something in me that I didn’t know I have”. She then went on to encourage all of us to take a deserving more junior staff member under our wings and to develop them. That got me thinking about my experience with mentoring.Read More »

A life in the (working) day

This is an example of a typical day where I am doing the morning nursery-run and Lion is doing the evening one. We alternate every other day, so every week, I either do 3 mornings and 2 evenings, or the opposite. I have written a post on nursery runs to explain why this is one of the best decisions we have made as a couple and talk about the stigma that still exists around leaving the office early.Read More »

Once upon a time, there was a breastfeeding Mum who decided to pump at work…

I recently went back to work after Maternity Leave. Peanut is 3 month old. I will explain in a separate post why I decided to go back to work relatively soon after the birth of my daughter, but what I wanted to talk about today was my experience with pumping at work.

With my first child, Apple, I stopped breastfeeding at the 3 month mark, and although I also went back to work relatively quick, I had already stopped nursing her by the time I stepped foot in the office. With my second child, Peanut, breastfeeding was so pleasant¬† that I decided to give the whole pumping-at-work thing a go. In this post, I will explain the reasons why I made that decision and I will share some practical tips for Mums with a busy work schedule who would like to do the sameRead More »

Tips and stories from a career-mum

Welcome to Powernappy !

No, we are not a super brand of diapers but a parenting blog that provides tips and stories from my daily experiences (or should I say struggles haha) as a working mum.

I am F, and I have 2 daughters : Toddler “Apple” who is 2 and Baby “Peanut” who is 4 months. I am happily married to a wonderful man and we are raising our family in the South West of the UK.

I work full-time as a Marketing Director for a large company. My career is a big part of who I am. So ever since I became a Mum, I have done my best to try and be a good mother to my girls, a decent wife to my husband and continue to learn and progress at work. I fail more often than I succeed but I do my absolute best.

Along my life, I was fortunate to encounter a lot of strong men and women, who have been role models for me. I started this blog to be able to keep memories of my life as a young Mum but also to try and give back a little by sharing my experiences and tips.

Also, I can’t wait to hear all about you so don’t hesitate to leave comments and to add your own tips and stories !