15 from 15

Kia Ora farm

It's that irresistible round-up time of year, and I'm jumping on the bandwagon - taking the lead from Sadhbh of Where Wishes Come From, and joining her linky to round-up my favourite 15 blog-related things from 2015. Well, mostly blog-related - there's a bit of slippage into real-life too. 1. My favourite post The one that meant most to me ...

Motherhood, Friendship, the Internet and Me – a Guest Post from Kate Gunn

Kate Gunn - guest post on Office Mum

I'm delighted to introduce a first ever guest post on Office Mum this week; Kate Gunn is a mother, blogger and freelancer. She spent her 20's travelling, her 30's getting married and having babies, and is now hitting her 40's newly single and back living in her old home town in Co. Wicklow. You can find her ...

Smarter

Office Mum: smartphone

Standing in the queue for a sandwich at lunch-time, I notice that everyone is looking at their phones. I don't mean that I just noticed this today - it's the same every day. I stand in the queue, looking at people looking at their phones, wondering idly what they used to do before they had smart-phones. Then I wonder ...

Pesky Ponies and Image Blog Awards Short-list

Office Mum : My little pony

Friday morning was not going well. Our final day off both work and school so it was supposed to be perfect, but kids don't really get the whole "let's do everything possible to make this a good day" thing. By 8am, the six-year-old was downstairs crying because nobody was helping her to get her breakfast (what ...

Net the Leveller

Office Mum post: photo of Justin Bieber

Once upon a time, there were people who became artists and writers and  entrepreneurs, and then there was everyone else who watched from the sidelines. People who worked in banks and hospitals and estate agents and supermarkets. People who made career decisions at sixteen or seventeen; who put aside creative aspirations or entrepreneurial tendencies in ...

International Women’s Day – don’t forget the good stuff

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Just like poetry and jazz (International Jazz Day and World Poetry Day really do exist) women have a dedicated day each year to champion our cause - this is in spite of making up 50% of the population. And no doubt we still need it. Maybe there will be a time in the future when people wonder why we have ...

Obligatory year-end round-up

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It's New Year's Day and there are familiar signs that Christmas is nearly over - the tree branches are starting to droop and wilt, the new toys are scattered all over the house, and the last few Heroes have been eaten (except the Eclairs and Fudges). Each year, I think we're going to have our best ...

A year of engagement

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This is my 100th blog-post. And tomorrow is New Year's Eve. So I'm thinking that it might be OK for me to say something about that - about my first year of blogging. For me, 2013 has been a year of engagement. Not the diamond-ring type - that was a decade ago (though I wouldn't say no to ...