Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's in my bag with Denise Duffield-Thomas!

I love taking a sneak peek at what's inside another Busy Mum's bag.

There's just something about that look behind the scenes of another Mum's life that I find really interesting! It's like having a glimpse into how they do things in every day life - and it gives me ideas for my own handbag - it usually makes me feel either inspired to add a new handy item, or clear mine out a bit ;)

My gorgeous friend Denise Duffield-Thomas from LuckyBitch.com is letting us take a look inside her bag today! If you haven't met Denise before, here she is with her lovely hubby Mark and her beautiful baby girl Willow..


Ok handing over to Denise now to show us what's in her bag!

The bag: I usually use my favourite blue “Young the Label” bag but I recently re-found this Lucky brand messenger bag in the bag of my wardrobe. Being able to sling it over my shoulders keeps my hands free - and I love the little embroidered shamrock. 




Notice how there isn’t a lot of baby stuff in here? I don’t use my handbag as a nappy/diaper bag. Instead I have a canvas shopping tote full of Willow’s stuff. That way, whoever is taking Willow out (me, her Daddy or her Nanny), they can just grab the canvas bag and go. 

Kindle Paperwhite: I was such a “real” book snob for years but the last straw was when we went travelling for six months. I packed ten paperback books with me and read them in the first week. Each new place was like a scavenger hunt for books. Some hotels had a stocked library - one place in Zanzibar had only Swedish-language books or James Patterson novels. 

The last three books I read were Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, The Power of No by James & Azula Altucher and Women, Food & God by Geneen Roth. 

Notebook (Typo): I’m obsessed with notebooks, and love ones like this that have a flap in the back. I recently found all sorts of good stuff in there from the last conference I attended.

Single blue baby sock: I went to a baby shower on the weekend and just as I put down the gift bag, I realised that one of Willow’s socks made it in there. My friend thought it was some sort of new mama rite of passage “The Passing of the Baby Sock” 

Sophie the Giraffe: I think I actually chew on this more than Willow does. She usually ignores it and chews on my bag’s straps instead.

Tissues, panty liner, Burts Bees lip balm: All the normal stuff really! 

Car key: I love the keyless entry system. As long as the key is in my bag, I can open the car without having to get them out. 

iPhone 5S: in a blue cover, naturally! 

Calculator: Even though I use the calc on my phone a lot, I love being able to punch in numbers really quickly. This lives on my desk normally. 

Hair clip: I get my hair done at the hairdressers most weeks. It saves me SO much time, plus it means that I’m regularly “camera ready”, so I can make videos for my weekly blogs (I don’t have time to write long articles anymore). I keep this clip handy if I need to put my hair up in the wind or to keep Willow from chewing on it! 

Ray Ban Liteforce sunnies: I used to always buy cheap sunglasses because I lost them or sat on them. These have been going strong for ages, except the grey ones have scratch marks from Wilsy’s teeth. 

Earrings: I love them (a present from my Mother in Law), but I constantly have to take them off otherwise Wilsy pulls them out! Ouch!

Wallet (Status Anxiety): Last year my husband bought be a Vivienne Westwood wallet and it just wasn’t me. I’d be eyeing off the Status Anxiety ones for ages, but I didn’t like the branded ones. I found this one without their logo on it and in my fave colour - it’s perfect!

Wallets are so important - you have to look at them every day - so you have to love it. I always get my Money Bootcampers to upgrade and clean out their wallets regularly.

Thanks for sharing what's in your bag Denise!

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About Denise:

Denise Duffield-Thomas is the money mindset mentor for the new wave of online female entrepreneurs. Her best-selling books “Lucky Bitch” and “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch” give a fresh and funny road-map to create an outrageously successful life and business.

Denise helps women release their fear of money, set premium prices for their services and take back control over their finances.

Denise is an award winning speaker, author and entrepreneur who helps women transform their Economy-Class money mindset into a First-Class life. Find her at www.LuckyBitch.com


Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to clean your oven easily without chemicals





"I HATE cleaning my oven".

I hear you - oven cleaning was certainly not at the top of my "Things I love to do" list either!

It took forever to do, I hated being on my knees scrubbing for ages and the smell of my oven cleaner was really bad - and probably really dangerous for my health, considering how long I had my head in the oven!

Then I had kids and it got even more difficult - trying to scrub while keeping two curious toddlers away from it all was impossible. Trying to clean at nap time wasn't great either - I'd get it all set up ready to start and then someone would wake up, the phone would ring or there would be a knock at the door and my oven cleaning window was gone!

So I'd put off cleaning my oven... for ages... and then it would be even harder to clean! Baked on grease and grime anyone?

If any of that is familiar to you, watch this week's video below because I'm going to show you how I now clean my oven. It's easy, there are no chemicals and the very first step means I can enjoy the first half hour of the whole job!

Click on the video below to see how I clean my oven easily.






Now my trick to cleaning without chemicals is to use Enjo cleaning cloths and gloves. Apart from that you'll only need water - easy!







Step 1: Prep your oven.


This is my favourite part of the job! Start with an empty, cool oven. Then boil your kettle, pour the hot water into an oven safe dish, put the dish in the oven and shut the door.

Now go play with the kids for a half hour. Or have lunch. Or do whatever you want, really!

While you're doing that, the steam from the dish will be working it's way through the oven, loosening the baked on grime that's accumulated there over time.




Step 2: Clean racks and oven trays.


Ok, your half hour is over - come back to the oven.

Clear one of your kitchen counter tops and lay out two clean tea towels. Open your oven door, take out the oven racks and trays that go with them, and put them on your tea towels.

Separate the racks from the trays, and go at them one by one with your damp Enjo cloth or glove. I use a kitchen mini plus for this - it has an tough side for removing baked on grime and a regular
side for simpler cleaning. 

You can also get the oven glove for this job - same materials on each side, but it covers your whole hand. No broken nails!




Step 3: Clean the inside of your oven.


Now that the racks and trays are done, this part is pretty easy. You have all this open space to work with and all you have to do is rub the surfaces over in circular motions with your kitchen glove. You'll notice the baked on stuff will come off layer by layer so give those spots a few goes with the tough side of the kitchen glove first, then switch over to the regular side.








Note: The oven glove is perfect for this job too - it has the light cleaning side and the more abrasive side for tougher spots just like the kitchen mini plus






Step 4: Buff dry


Use the kitchen miracle cloth to buff the inside of your oven - it leaves it completely dry and streak free and means you can cook again straight away if you need to. Or just give yourself the night off and have salad or sandwiches ;)








And that's it! You're done. Go have a bubble bath as a reward :)




If you haven't got any Enjo cloths or gloves already and you're wondering what to get, start with the kitchen pack. It has everything you need for oven cleaning (and rest-of-the-kitchen cleaning). But if you have an Enjo or two already, have a look through the Kitchen Care section of the site - you might only need one or two things and you're ready to go!



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Credits: Thanks to ENJO for partnering with me for this post!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Easy Poached Eggs in the Microwave



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I have a ridiculously easy and incredibly tasty How To for you today! It's how to poach an egg perfectly in the microwave - in less than one minute.

That's right, under a minute and it's SO EASY.

I'm no chef and until recently, every time I tried to poach an egg it ended up either hard all the way through from the microwave (in one of those poaching cups), or completely messed up floating around in a saucepan full of water.

But a few days ago I did some reading up on it and realised I could combine both of these methods into one! 

I can use the microwave and a little bit of water to achieve the perfect poached egg with hardly any effort - just how I like it ;)

Take a look below:



If you're trying this at home, you may need to change the cooking time slightly - my microwave is 1100 watts and yours may be higher or lower. But if you use a small bowl and stick to a half cup of cold water (just tap water temperature, not fridge), you'll get there in a couple of tries.

Let me know how you go with it!

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