I had a very deadline orientated week last week. I am part of the launch of a new home management and comparison site called Hoppy, so have written a few pieces of content for them. Watch out this week for a post all about what Hoppy can do to make your life simpler and more organised. Plus lots of money saving hints and tips content to come after that.
I also had to read a book in two days and write a review about it. Im not used to speed reading, but I did it. Read all about Good Money here, a book that explores the psychology of money, out beliefs and behaviours explained. It was really interesting.
Afternoon tea at Grosven0r House, Park Lane
Thursday saw me have a brilliant afternoon of unlimited bubbles afternoon tea at Grosvenor House on Park Lane. The wonderful guys at Buy a Gift offered me an afternoon tea voucher back in August when I wrote about afternoon teas with a difference and I went for this one. I took my friend Anita for her 40th birthday.
It was so lovely. The food was delicious and there was lots of it. We had sandwiches, beautiful scones with cream (if you are craving scones check out this perfect recipe!) and a selection of jams. And the most lovely cakes to finish off. And the best bit, unlimited champagne to accompany our food. Oh and of course a pot of tea each. The service was on point, very friendly and our glasses were constantly filled to the brim.
The voucher from Buy A Gift costs £97 its well worth a visit, or an idea for the Christmas pressie. We easily drank more than £48 of champagne alone! Click on the link above to take you through to the Buy A Gift website.
If you are really craving cakes now take a look at this post from Hello Cuppies, gin and tonic cheese cake!!
Time with Wenta talking business
On Wednesday I had a catch up meeting with Charles my business advisor at Wenta. We spent alot of time talking about my cash flow and some investment decisions I have taken this year that havn’t paid off. He really helped to rationalise that in business sometimes you take risks that don’t pay off. If I hadn’t taken them I might regret it and they have been a huge lesson in management of my business.
You Are Not your Thoughts with Frances Trussell
Tuesday saw me interview Frances Trussell the author of You are Not Your Thoughts on Mrs Mummypenny Talks. I am really enjoying my live radio show every week. It is something so different to the website and I get to interview the most impressive people. I went to Frances mindfulness talk at the Mindful Living show and was super impressed with her story and talk on mindfulness. It really made sense to me. I emailed her after the event and we arranged the interview. And more to come too as we realised there could be more to explore with money stress and mindfulness.
Family finance presentation with Epson in London
Saturday saw the big day arrive where I hosted a presentation on family finances. It was held in the Epson pop-up shop in Covent Garden. I was nervous, I am not going to lie. Would people turn up, did I have enough content to fill two hours? There was no need to worry, I had an amazing group of people turn up to talk about many ways to save money.
I got everyone to write down their big outgoings and had a look to see what could be reduced. There were lots of examples of energy bills that could be reduced and broadband as well. We talked switching the food shop over to Aldi and the ease of setting up an emergency fund. It was a brilliant session where I really felt like I added alot of value.
A necessary nasty job when you run your own business is chasing debts that are overdue. This week I have caught up with my finances and chased six debts that were overdue. So far one of the six has been paid, five more to go. I wish that brands would stick to the payment terms in my invoice. I use 30 days terms as standard so not unreasonable but many don’t pay on time.