It’s been a while…

So, it’s been a while since I blogged last. Naughty blogger.

It has been a mixture of work and life getting in the way, but now I’m back!

Hopefully you have been keeping up with me some how, some way – maybe Twitter, Facebook or even my Express and Echo column?

Here’s a quick roundup of what I’ve been up to over the last couple of weeks…

I was so proud to join the wonderful team from The Exeter Dental Centre at the Express and Echo Exeter Business Awards on Friday to see them win the Best City Centre Business Award 2014…

BkZf-JCIIAEkEsQ A great opportunity for us to get that all-important ‘group’ selfie!

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Any excuse to dress up 🙂

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A trip to Bath to meet the Greeks…1009850_10151961844297623_463712450_n 1743639_10151961667822623_1219639349_n

 

Talking about the important things (cake!) in my Express and Echo column…

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A birthday in our household… as my youngest turns 5!1184822_10151957723372623_416479255_n

My #nomakeupselfie (remember it’s for charity!)…

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Another milestone, the first visit by the tooth fairy…

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Phew, it’s been a busy time.

L xx

 

 

 

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Express & Echo: Exeter really has got it all

Last week a couple of friends and I were looking to meet in Exeter for a catch-up and lunch. Who knew there was quite so much choice?

There is such a buzz about the city at the moment and the recently released Exeter City Council video promoting the area as the ‘it’ place to build your business, celebrates everything there is to offer.

Working our way through a hit list of places to eat, drink and chat, we picked the newly opened Las Iguanas on Queen Street. Siting food as their ‘passion’ they serve a great selection of ‘Latin comfort food’ – perfect.

The food was fresh and they had a huge selection on offer. Together with the friendly service and delicious churros (a Spanish doughnut equivalent) with melted chocolate, I can highly recommend you take a trip to Latin America right here in Exeter.

This Saturday (December 7th), is Small Business Saturday – an established annual event in the US, it has arrived in Britain and is about celebrating all that is independent on our high streets. It’s a fantastic initiative that even the Prime Minister has lent his support to.

As you’d expect, there is lots going on in Exeter. The Federation of Small Businesses has teamed up with Exeter Trails and the city council to help promote the event and will be in Cathedral Green at the tourist information tent handing out leaflets.

The Lord Mayor of Exeter and MP Ben Bradshaw will be touring independent businesses in Fore Street and Cowick Street to show their support, where there will be fun activities for all the family – as well as a festive wrapping station for anyone who is challenged in the gift wrapping area!

But it’s not just Exeter getting involved; Axminster Chamber of Commerce has also encouraged traders to get fully behind Small Business Saturday, as has Honiton and Sidmouth.

It is a great chance to explore the wide range of independent shops across Exeter and East Devon and show our support by shopping locally this Christmas.

Another business which is doing its bit for charity this year is The Exeter Dental Centre, on Castle Street. The practice has set up a collection point for Exeter Foodbank donations which it will be delivering just before Christmas. As the centre is open 7 days a week, it is even easier to drop off your non-perishable food donation while out shopping in the city centre. Pop in and say hello, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

Express & Echo: We all pull together when it counts

Last week’s column for the Express and Echo:

It never ceases to amaze me how generous we (and I’m using the Royal ‘we’ here!) can be, when called upon. Take Children in Need last Friday, as a nation we managed to raise an incredible £31 million to help children throughout the UK.

My two boys did their part, dressing in their pyjamas for school and eating Pudsey bear biscuits all week – oh well, it’s for charity right?

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I was also humbled to hear that their school, Feniton primary, would be collecting for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines during its Christmas productions this year. I can always count on head teacher Mr Butler and his staff, to lead by example for the pupils and already the kids are keen to help, in any way they can.

This last week has been humbling closer to home too, with the Pride of Exeter awards – a great initiative of the Express and Echo and Exeter City Council. The awards honoured our local heroes and I was particularly pleased to hear that double lung transplant survivor, Kirstie Tancock, was among the winners on the night. I have followed her story for some time and continue to be amazed at her courage and strength. She is an inspirational young woman who is a real fighter and an example to us all.

On a different subject, I think I might be the last person in East Devon to discover the wonder of Haldon Forest! We ventured up there on a cold but bright Sunday, to burn off some energy before a delicious roast dinner, and it’s fair to say we will definitely be returning.

Whether you just want to amble around the easy 1.5 mile Discovery Trail – perfect for all the family, with regular resting points to take in the stunning views over Exeter and Dartmoor – or if you’re more adventurous and fancy the Raptor Trail, with its steep ascents and descents, there really is something for everyone.

I was pleased to see it so busy. When we visited there were plenty of people all out in the fresh air, enjoying a fun activity with their family and friends. I think we’d timed it pretty well as we arrived after lunch, just as most people were heading home for the afternoon and it started to quiet down – but if you want a more peaceful cycle or walk you might want to plan to visit at a less busy time.

And, while I didn’t try it this time (the pull of the roast lamb awaiting us at home meant we didn’t hang about) I have it on good authority that the coffee and cake at The Ridge Café is pretty spectacular too – cycling has never been more enticing!

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Silent Sunday: A trip to A&E

Yesterday I spent a few hours (it actually felt like a lifetime!) in A&E with my big, brave boy.

One X-ray later and he’s fractured his radius at the elbow.

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L xx

P.S Sorry for the recent blog silence, but I’ve been enjoying paradise in France with my family – I’ll update you all soon!

Voting is now open!

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The public vote is now open for the Venus Devon Awards and I’m through to the last 10 in the Employee of the Year category, sponsored by The Exeter Daily.

I’m not after your vote, but instead want to point you in the direction of a host of lovely ladies who are all inspiring and successful in their own right. I know I’ve said it before, but it is great to see the business women of Devon being celebrated for all that they achieve and, what’s better that getting together and telling each other that?

After attending a Venus Devon Award event it is impossible not to leave feeling inspired and enthusiastic to continue to spread the work of the wonderful women in Devon – as well as making a few new friends!

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So, take a look and should you feel ‘inspired’, you can vote here.

Good luck ladies!

L xx

‘Mumazing’ Success!

In the busy world of ‘me’ at the moment, I’m really excited to have been asked to be part of an exciting event happening in Exeter for working mums, and those thinking of returning to work after kids.

Lucy Flanagan, founder of Mumazing Success, is organising the first Recharge and Achieve More day, where she hopes to inspire women to have a successful business or career and create the perfect life balance. 

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The unique event is taking place on Friday, July 19th from 9.30 – 4pm at the Flybe Training Centre, Exeter.

Amongst the speakers are; Lucy Flanagan, who is an author, speaker and coach to entrepreneurial mums across the UK; Ross Kingsland, a business coach, motivational speaker, author and founder of the Inception Business Solutions, a business and life-changing consultancy that gets business achieving their ambitions.

Also appearing at the event will be ex-professional rugby player and entrepreneur Sam Blythe and Katy Cowap, CEO successful family business Crealy Great Adventure Parks, as well as myself and three other local, inspirational women who have achieved an incredible balance between a highly-successful professional life and a home life that epitomizes the Mumazing ethos.

The event is being supported by some of the largest businesses in Exeter, including Flybe, Basepoint, the Hampton by Hilton Hotel and Marco’s, Exeter’s newest restaurant by Marco Pierre White – who will also be providing a delicious lunch on the day for all attendees.

Click here for more information about the event, or to book tickets.

I look forward to seeing you there!

L xx