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  1. logo squareIt’s funny, isn’t it, how your life can suddenly take a different direction? 

    I never in a million years expected I would be doing what I am now, and it’s all down to the influence of a good friend I’ve known for years. I have thanked her, by the way. 

    My life B.C. (before children) was spent working to live. I was encouraged to go straight from school to university, to get a good job to afford a home and feed myself. I did all that and became a self-sufficient, independent woman with a career as a school teacher and a great social life through musical and theatrical hobbies. That was a great foundation for who I am now. 

    I got married and left teaching to have our first child all within quite a short space of time. I was in my early 30s by then and I didn’t want to hang around in a job I was getting increasingly depressed about. 

    I wouldn’t say I was a particularly confident person. I wasn’t an outstanding teacher, musician, actor; but I got by. I’ve always suffered from low self-esteem and self-worth. But parenting changed that quite a bit. With this new-found maternal instinct, I became much more assertive and determined to do the best I could for my family. I’m sure this resonates with many other mums out there. 

    IMG_1662The downside to being a stay-at-home mum was losing my independence. 

    Fast forward to now, however, and after many years of being financially dependent on my husband, I am ready to get mine back. After all, we mummies need something for ourselves, don’t we? 

    I need my own income; I need my independence. And now I’m getting that by doing something completely different and unexpected – running my own business. And I LOVE it. 

    My business is related to building self-confidence. Not surprising, really, seeing as confidence growth is something I’m personally passionate about. I was drawn to my company’s ethos and belief in the empowerment of women through image…. 

    If you look good, you feel good! 

    We don’t frivolously sell cosmetics though. Being empowered is personal and unique to the individual, so wherever possible we like to meet our clients personally. As colour advisors, we assess our client’s colouring type so we can ‘prescribe’ the most flattering shades for their individual skin tone, hair colour and eye colour. 

    For example, a fair-skinned, blonde, blue-eyed lady would not suit the same lipstick, blush and eye products as a dark-haired, dark-eyed lady with a deeper skin tone. It’s common sense, you realize, but there’s a bit more colour science to it and that’s where we can help. 

    Most people can wear purple…or green… but it’s which purple or green will suit them best that matters. Think how many different shades there are; it’s down to the undertones, brightness and clarity of the colours. 

    The brilliant thing about Colour Me Beautiful At Home is the colour assessments and makeup trials are FREE! We want you to only buy what’s right for you and what you will USE. We come to your home for an individual or group session, where you learn your personal colour type and the products available to you. It’s so convenient to be able to buy and replace only the shades you use and love. You can build up your own personal palette of products. It saves time, it saves money and, most of all, you can be CONFIDENT in the knowledge that we only let you buy what suits you! 

    45Colour Me Beautiful At Home is a new UK company coming from the hugely successful image and style company Colour Me Beautiful. I am a UK Founder and am passionate about empowering as many women as possible with my service, and also to introduce this opportunity to anyone who’d like to become an Independent Advisor. Feel free to get in touch if you, or anyone you know, would like more information. 

    See That Girl is my personal brand. It’s a lyric from my favourite song, Dancing Queen. For me, it exudes my new-found confidence and my passion for helping others feel the same. Nowadays I live to work, because I’ve found my ‘forever job.’ 

    Back to my close friend who is responsible for all this… 

    She could see the lonely, bored rut I was in. What did she do? 

    She finally managed to persuade me to join Facebook! 

    www.colourmebeautifulathome.co.uk/seethatgirl

    www.facebook.com/seethatgirluk

    [email protected]

  2. Full_Logo_White_Whizz_Kids_Toys

    Hi, I’m Kes Reid. As a parent, science teacher, sports scientist and volunteer sports even organizer, we need to get our kids moving! 

    Our youngsters are less active than ever before and according to the Health Survey for England 2015, 28% of children aged 2 to 15 were either overweight (14%) or obese (14%). That’s over a quarter of the child population!

    My son Joe and I

    This is having worrying implications, not just on the next generation’s health and happiness, but is an increasing concern for schools and children’s ability to learn.

    Teachers are finding children are starting school less physically ready than ever before. This lack of motor skills can lead to them having difficulty reading or writing across a page, gripping a pen or pencil, sitting upright at a desk or having the endurance to last a whole day at school.

    I’m a Devon mother who has recently moved back home from working overseas as a school teacher in Australia and New Zealand.You think of New Zealand and Australia as outdoor playgrounds but surprisingly, these countries are facing the same challenges that we are here in the UK!  My business, Whizz Kids Toys, has been born from witnessing this worrying trend first hand in these countries and wanting to do something about it.

    The good news is that there are simple things we can do as parents at home or through the school system that can have a real positive impact on your child’s motor skills development and potentially boost their learning at school.

    The trick is to get in early. At birth your child’s brain is 25% the size of their adult brain. By 3 years it’s at 80%! Those early years are so vital for building a good foundation of brain connections.

    My business started in November 2017 and I sell a range of active toys such as balance bikes, bike accessories, rocking toys, standing balance toys and other ride-on vehicles throughout the UK  that promote motor skill development and physical activity. Just hop onto https://whizzkids-toys.co.uk to take a look.

    All these toys are great at developing a range of motor skills such as balance, strength, co-ordination, spatial awareness, grip and endurance that are essential for life and learning. I highlight the play benefits for your child in each product description.

    I also offer Ride a Bike Activity Sessions for local schools or child care centres where I set up bike circuits with rumble strips and ramps in the hall or playground. I bring my collection of 10 Strider and Wishbone Balance Bikes to create a fun active session. 

    Another goal of mine is to support parents and teachers. Monthly newsletters that showcase fun motor skill activities that can be tried at home, in the garden, in the local park or at school. Featured initiatives from organisations around the UK that boost physical movement. Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages to share a wealth of activities and ideas. Let me do the research for you!

    Thank you to Networking Mummies East Devon and Networking Mummies UK for this recognition. I hope that my little business can go from strength to strength and we can get our kids moving! 

    Kes Reid 

    Website:  https://whizzkids-toys.co.uk

    Facebook Page:  https://business.facebook.com/whizzkidstoys/?business_id=1710068082366307

    Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/whizzkidstoys/

    Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/whizzkidstoys/boards/