When an opportunity comes

In my latest eBook, How do they do it? 16 Business Mums share how they juggle life, I sought Mums who owned their own business to find out the truth on how they juggle it all.

Here is a sneak peak into one of Business Mums, Tennille, who was interviewed about her business:

Elena (62 of 114)How long were you in business before you had a family or did you start your business after you had children?

“I started my photography business when my son Cooper was born. I just kind of fell into it. I took some photos of him wearing a cloth nappy and a business owner saw them and asked if I could do some more. That is when I realised I had an opportunity.” ~ Tennille Flanagan, Tulip Flare Photography in How do they do it?

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Are you a business Mum? How do you feel trying to juggle it all? I would love to hear from you through supportive comments below, for other Mums to read.

Read more from Mums in all various industries about how they juggle running their own business and being a Mum and wife here.

How do they do it? 14 Business Mums share how they juggle life

Silk & lace: Fashion Fun

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I decided what better fun then to dress up, curl my hair and feel like a woman. But first, a quick tea break and a squiz at Real Living Magazine.

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Mmm … and some strawberries.

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Showing off the full piece made by Australian fashion designer, Tengdahl.


For a closer peek at the detail, you can see the silk underlay with the soft and stylish lace dress. Styled with my cream high heels.

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Loving my hair and make-up. Feeling like I am part of The Great Gatsby movement. I just need some extra jewels for my hair!



Overall, a stunningly soft piece that oozes femininity and style.

Speech writing and music

I was approached by a real estate agent to write a speech he can use in a video presentation.

My first draft was good but not exciting, motivating and catching that I know he was seeking.

So I typed in YouTube – inspiring music and got this:

Now, I rewrote the speech and really felt the power of the music trance within the words.

Lately, I have been finding that playing music while writing has really been helping me express the power behind the message or get into a specific character’s head.

Have you tried this when working on something creative?

Someone to Love

Book Cover First Impressions:

The title sounds like it is a romance novel, not much of an image to really understand what the book is about until you read the synopsis. I chose it purely because of the romantic style of text for the title and the title heading. Yes, I love a good romance novel!

About this book:

It’s been three years since his fiancée’s mysterious suicide, and Jace Montgomery still hungers for answers. Stacy was kind, funny, and in love — why, on a trip to England, would she end her life in a room above a village pub? Then Jace stumbles upon a photo of a rambling estate tucked inside one of Stacy’s books — and a cryptic note dated one day before her death: “Ours again. Together forever. See you there….”

Drawing on his family’s vast wealth, Jace returns to England to purchase the unsightly Priory House — and soon discovers it is haunted by the headstrong ghost of Ann Stuart. Unraveling the ties between past and present with the help of a beautiful local journalist, Jace must at last reconcile his heartwrenching loss and his own hopeful future.

My review:

Not an ordinary romance novel, where she sees him and falls madly in love at first sight and then drama happens and then by the end they can finally be together. This interesting tale, involves a murder mystery, going undercover and dealing with small town gossip. The romance does come and I wasn’t sure who that romance would be between, but it did come and I was more than satisified with the result. Plus the elements of ghosts and investigating into a past lover’s murder makes the story a fantastic one.

Click here to read a free sample on Amazon.

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How I paid next to nothing when I bought my make-up online!!

So I knew my foundation was coming to an end but I was too busy to go buy some new foundation. I saw sale after sale and thought, well I still have some foundation left, I won’t buy it just yet. When my foundation finally came to the end, I couldn’t find any sales!!

I looked at all the usual places online to find a bargain and couldn’t find anything that was worth of my hard earned cash. And then I remembered that Amazon practically sells everything.

I went online and found my Revlon foundation for less than $9. $9! Retail price is normally $35. I clicked add to cart.  I searched for face primer. I have never used face primer in my life, but the make-up artists in store have told me that you apply face primer after your moisteriser and before your foundation, so the foundation doesn’t seep into your skin.

Now, I originally thought this was just a gimmick to get shoppers to spend more. But as I apply my make-up to the back of my hand first before applying to my first, I discovered it’s really hard to get make-up off my hand and if it’s hard for it to come off, then what’s it doing to my face! So I found this primer on Amazon for less than $10.

Now, because I loved to shop I thought what fun activity things can I buy? I have kids, so a small basketball hoop and ball is perfect. Less than $3. Click.

Now for those who live in the US, Amazon does offer free shipping if you spend over a certain amount. However, as I live in Australia I am not applicable to this service. Although, because my products are light weight, shipping is only costing me $11. That’s a pretty good price when Australian online stores charge me $10 for shipping, so an extra $1 for international shipping is okay by me.

Shipping didn’t take long, although Amazon advised it would take roughly 2-3 weeks. It was shipped within a week and the best part is, I got a surprise. I didn’t realise that the foundation I bought, came with two! Therefore, I actually paid $4 US for one foundation that I normally pay $35 for. BARGAIN!!!

My site has reached 30,000 views!

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I love to write and to know that I have a wonderful fan following of fabulous, intelligent, awesome readers who know what they like to read, makes me smile!

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A preview of what to expect

How do they do it? 16 Business Mums share how they juggle life” 


How do you have time to clean?

“I love a clean house but realise with a busy working life that it can’t be perfect. My dear Nana used to say that “no-one ever won a medal for housework,” said Kim Liddell, Non Destructive Excavations Australia Pty Ltd in How do they do it?

Read more from Mums in all various industries about how they juggle running their own business and being a Mum in my latest eBook.

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