Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wedding presents... setting up home together


T
here’s going to be a wedding in the family – my beautiful, gorgeous niece who’s tripping down the aisle in October to marry her farmer.

At the tender age of 23, Miss Gorgeous will be embarking on married life in the first home of her own so, rarely these days, the wedding present list really IS going to help set this young couple up for married domestic life.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Running a costume-jewellery business – Paula’s gems of knowledge


W
e all like a little bit of bling to brighten up our outfits. But Paula Williams took it a stage further. She set up her own business selling costume jewellery and branched out into bags and scarves.

The mother of two discovered her new money-making outlet after her second child went to school and she found herself with time on her hands and the urge to start working.

Paula Williams with one of her scarves
She already had a long background working in the jewellery industry so it wasn’t such a giant leap into the great unknown for the 43-year-old from North Essex.

With her knowledge of the industry it wasn’t long before the Paula Bling costume jewellery business was born and it took off through her jewellery parties.

She has spent ten years selling costume jewellery to friends, family and the public and although she is now playing a bigger part in her husband Lee’s Hatton Garden jewellery business, she still does the parties from time to time.

She casts her mind back to the beginnings of Paula Bling and says she got the idea for jewellery parties as she found herself attending parties such as Pampered Chef. “It just grew from there.

Friday, 3 May 2013

How to help protect your child from sexual assault


One of our roles as parents is to make our children independent so they can cope with adult society and have productive, happy lives.

But part of that is navigating our way around some pretty awful subjects. In our house, Daddy Longlegs and I keep shaking our heads as all the old TV favourites have been falling off their perches because of some past shocking misdeeds. The latest to topple being Stuart Hall.

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