I am not a beauty blogger but I do put some attention into my appearance, mostly for myself and partly to project a professional and high-standard image at work. At the same time, I refuse to spend hours getting ready in the morning : sleep and time with my family is much more important and so is getting to work early. Over the past 4 years, I have become quite efficient in my morning routine so I thought I would share my main tips with you. No rocket science, simply tips for regular working mums who just want to look a tiny bit good without spending 1 hour getting ready.Read More »
It’s been almost 6 weeks since I last wrote. That is the longest I have ever gone since I started this blog now 1 year ago. I will try and catch you up on my life so this post might be a bit all over the place. Bear with me, normal service will indeed resume !Read More »
We are all so busy ! Work, children, spouse, housework, parents, siblings, volunteer work,… As a working mum myself, I know we often come last on our list of priorities ! And taking care of our health can sometimes take a back-seat. Until something serious forces us to reconsider.Read More »
I have always worn make-up to work. Not an outrageous amount, just a bit of foundation and powder, a bit of eye-liner and mascara.
For years, I have cherished the morning routine of applying my make-up. Sometimes, it was just a nice bit of pampering. Sometimes, it was a way of preparing myself for the day ahead. And sometimes, before an important meeting or presentation, it was a way to put on my war paints, to get ready to face the challenges ahead, at my best. I never in a million years imagined that I would one day stop wearing make-up to go to work.
And yet, a few weeks ago I started reducing my make-up routine and then stopped completely. Read More »
When both parents work outside the home all day, time is scarce to prepare an evening meal. It is tempting and quick to reach for a ready-made meal or bring home some takeaways.
Whilst this is absolutely fine and enjoyable from time to time, it can become a drag in the long term on your health and finances. Also, it is useful to educate our children, boys and girls alike, how to cook a homemade meal that is balanced, satisfying, healthy and quick to put together.
In November, I am going to be travelling a lot for work. Pretty much every week for a few days and to different (fortunately in Europe) locations.
Before I started my career, I thought business travels, especially by plane, would be so cool. I could expense dinners and taxis, sleep in a semi-quality hotel… And above all, I could tell my friends and family that I was going on a business trips ! How glamorous it would sound and how jealous they would be… Read More »
Reducing our household waste has become my new obsession. It breaks my heart that we throw between 2 and 3 full bin bags out every week, and that’s not counting nappies nor food waste. Granted, 95% of the content of the bags is recyclable, but recycling is not the same as not producing in the first place. So Lion and I are committed to reducing our waste by 30%. But it has to be hassle-free, as we have busy schedules and if it is too much effort, we won’t keep it up in the long term.
July has been full of realizations ! The first one being, for good and bad, it is impossible to keep your work and home life separated. Whatever happens in work spills over to home and vice versa, so I will stop having a work and home section in the monthly updates because it doesn’t make sense. Instead, here is an update on LIFERead More »
4 months after my return to work post-maternity leave, we are finally going on our first holiday as a family of 4 ! Work has been so busy lately that I really feel I need a break.
The problem with holidays when you have a busy job and family life is that you really pay for it with an increased workload to make up for the fact that you are going to be gone a week. So here is my top tips to have an organized and smooth departure and return, both in work and at home.Read More »
I have decided to start sharing my recipes with you. They will be varied in terms of ingredients but they will all be suitable for a week night dinner for busy parents and children because :
- They won’t take more than 20 minutes to prep
- They won’t take more than 25 minutes to cook HOWEVER will always be recipes that don’t mind being cooked for a little while longer, as busy parents can’t just hang around the stove with an egg-timer in one hand and a glass of wine in the other
- They will be healthy and will contain veg, carbs, protein and fat
- They will be recipes suitable for the whole family (inc. toddlers)
- They can be cooked using frozen / canned ingredients for extra speed
- They can be frozen to be reused at a later date
- They will need a well stocked spice cupboard as spices can make any dull ingredients sparkle.
For the first one, let me introduce my new favourite : Apricot Moroccan Chicken !Read More »