Your children may be off to school for the first time this autumn, or perhaps they’re already well into their school years: either way you might be one of the mums currently thinking about what to do now the dependents are becoming less dependent. More and more mothers are thinking of starting their own business, each for their own reasons: they’d like to work from home; need flexible hours because of childcare restraints; desire a different experience to being an employee; have always wanted to be self-employed; or have an excellent idea for a business inspired by parenting and the parenting community.
Monthly Archives: August 2010
A mission statement might sound like something very grand that only massive corporations have, but even the smallest company can benefit from having a mission statement, company vision or simply a company ethos.
Sarah Owen is a mum of three children (aged 10,8, and 5) and founder of Pyjama Drama, which offers drama and creative play classes to 2-7 year olds. She originally came up with the concept 5 years ago because, as an ex drama teacher, she recognised the benefits that drama offers to children. After huge success in her local area, 18 months ago, she set about developing the business as a franchise and there are now 12 franchises across the UK (with more in the pipeline).
“Summer time, and the living in easy….” Well maybe for some, but summer holidays for mumpreneurs are often a complicated mix of childcare arrangements, snatched hours at the computer, all washed down with a massive amount of guilt.
These lemon meringue cupcakes look very impressive and are definitely ‘grown-up’ cupcakes! Fresh and tangy they are a perfect summer cake or served as a pudding.
Mum of two, Vanessa Blake, created the award winning dreamgenii pregnancy pillow when she was pregnant with her first child in 2005.
Here is a recipe for gingerbread biscuits which I regularly make with my children. I have tried many different biscuit recipes but these are our favourite as they make tasty biscuits that the children will actually eat – not just lick the icing off!
- 175g Self Raising flour
- ½ tsp bicarbonate soda
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- 50g butter
- 3 tbsp golden syrup
- 50g icing sugar
- 1 tsp water
- Sugar decorations
- Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5
- Lightly oil 2 baking sheets
- Melt butter and syrup together in pan and pour over all dry ingredients
- Mix together well and use hands to form into a dough ball – be careful at this stage as the mixture can be hot so allow to cool before children touch.
- Roll out on a lightly floured surface to approx 5mm thickness
- Cut out shapes and bake in oven for approx 8-12 minutes until lightly browned
- Allow to cool fully then decorate your gingerbread biscuits