Vicky Charles

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How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips

Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting.<p><b>We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done.</b> I certainly …

5 Ways to Write Blog Posts Faster

Struggling to squeeze in time to update your blog regularly? Here are five ways to write your blog posts faster…<p>Many of us struggle to squeeze …

Podcast #43: 8 Tips for Writing a Great About Page for Your Blog

This week’s podcast is eight brilliant tips to help you write a brilliant About page for your blog.<p>Does your blog have a cracking About page? Does it …

Big List of Great Time Management Hacks for Busy Parents

These simple yet effective hacks to save time as a parent will give parents back time, hope and energy to stress less and play more Lego

3 Simple Habits to Boost Your Happiness

<i>By meQuilibrium</i><p>Happiness isn't all fun and games. Research shows that it can improve your life substantially, and that unhappiness sets you up for less success and poorer health. Happier people are more productive than their less happy peers, and also tend to be more financially responsible. …

Lucky

I spent a large part of this week talking about cuts to Tax Credits. I’ve published posts on this blog about how the cuts will affect us, and how …

What is "Spare" Income?

Some of you may have noticed a familiar face on Good Morning Britain this week; I was on there talking about the cuts to tax credits, and how they …

Embracing the Cuddles

For those who don’t know, S has been poorly lately. For the last month or so, she’s had what can only be described as the evil cold of doom. She’s …

Single Parents and Cuts to Tax Credits

This morning a report has been released by Gingerbread, showing that single parents will be the worst hit by the planned cuts to Tax Credits. You may …

Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Mincemeat

Ingredients<p>8oz Bramley apples, cored & chopped up small - no need to peel<br>• 4oz shredded suet<br>• 6oz raisins<br>• 4oz sultanas<br>• 4oz dried cranberries<br>• 4oz mixed …

7 Things To Do With Apples

Last week, I bought some apples to use in making mincemeat. When I posted a photo on Facebook, a friend commented to say she had a bag of apples from …

Toddlers Love to Ask Why... But WHY?

Everyone knows toddlers love to ask why. It’s one of those things we all just seem to know. The stereotypical toddler, answering every word from …

Lone/Single/Double Parent? Is There a Difference?

I’ve always called myself a single mother – hence the name of this blog.<p>But just recently I’ve been intrigued by the different terms there are out …

A Year Without TV!

We moved house a year ago this week. It was a big old mess, and it took me a few days to move boxes around and find homes for furniture. Eventually, …

Choosing to Recover from Depression

I think it’s fair to say that I have had a tendency toward the melancholy in my life. Just recently, <b>I wrote about how when I was depressed, I didn’t</b> …

Am I Really Too Lazy?

Last week, I went to a blogging event and was delighted to bump into Franca, who blogs at A Moment with Franca. We sat together for most of the day …

Positive Thinking

Tax Credits Cuts In The News

I am quoted in The Observer today, in a piece about the tax credit cuts that have recently been voted in. Under the heading, <i>Case studies: people in</i> …

Podcast #32: 5 Tips for Improving Your Klout

Welcome to my podcast!<p>Eventually I will get all of the show notes (and Spreaker links) for previous podcasts onto this site, but in the meantime if …

10 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid!

These days everyone is on social media. Facebook and Twitter especially are massive with thousands of new users signing up every day.<p>Those of us with …

Social Media

10 Great Uses for Coconut Oil

I love coconut oil; I use it in just about every area of my life, and every room in my house has a little tub of it somewhere for emergency uses …

Depression: The One Thing Nobody Mentions...

Many people who follow this blog will know that <b>I had a breakdown in 2010</b>. My GP told me I was clinically depressed – she figured that out from one of …

Alternatives to Time Out and the Naughty Step

I’ve written before about the fact I don’t use the naughty step or time out with S. I thought it might be useful to show some alternatives, of things …

Neuroscientists Suggest These 5 Easy Ways To Create Genuine Happiness In Your Life

Seeing Shyness From a Different Perspective

I have spent most of my life battling against shyness. When I was at first school, I remember wetting myself because I was too scared to ask the …

Determined to be Offended?

Yesterday, I woke up feeling absolutely rubbish. It was 5:30am, and I had a stinking cold. I had to get up to catch a train to Blog On Win in …

Podcast #31: 6 Top Tips for Getting the Most From a Blogging Event

Welcome to my podcast!<p>Eventually I will get all of the show notes (and Spreaker links) for previous podcasts onto this site, but in the meantime if …

TED Talks

11 Ways to Promote Your Blog using Facebook

Do you have a Facebook page for your blog? If not, you’re missing out! Here’s an old podcast about why you need a Facebook page (it’s only ten …

Social Media

#OctoberLetters: Do You Like to Receive Letters?

Last year, I decided that we don’t get enough good, old fashioned letters in the post. We get those dreaded windowed envelopes, junk mail, pizza …

Book Review: Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova

I first heard of Lisa Genova when I was in hospital after having S. A midwife noticed that I was browsing for something to read on my Kindle, and she …

Podcast #25: 4 Facebook Updates

Welcome to the new home for my podcast!<p>Eventually I will get all of the show notes (and Spreaker links) for previous podcasts onto this site, but in …