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Product Reviews

Review of the Stylish Laptop Rucksack from Estarer

I have been gifted this beautiful and very practical satchel style rucksack laptop bag by Estarer to review. It is made of eco-friendly PU leather is filled with compartments for all you need to carry and comes in Black or Red.

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When I first looked inside the bag I was so excited to see how much room it has and how many different compartments there are within it. Inside the bad you have the padded compartment for your laptop (this will hold a laptop 15-15.6 inches) which has a strong elastic velcro strap to keep the laptop held down.

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In front of that there is another smaller padded compartment that will fit a tablet or a kindle, then in front of that there is a long space that you can put a A4 notepad, paperwork, folders or a few books and to finish off a small space for cards or pens at the top, I even used it to fit my purse in.

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If you think this is a lot of space I have only covered above the main part of the bag there is still so much more to this roomy bag.

At the very back there is a small zipped pocket that is a good size for carrying a phone or purse, although I would suggest whatever you carry in there make sure it is flat shaped as you will be able to fill this pocket on your back when carrying it. I used it to carry my phone as my purse was rounded and with the weight of the bag I felt it on my back as I walked.

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At the very front of the bag there is one more compartment that has zips either side so you can open it up to make more room if needed. This part of the bag has 2 pen holders a small elasticated compartment, which I could also fit my purse in and then the main pocket which you could use to carry notebooks. Again it is big enough to carry an A4 notebook.

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As well as its practicality this bag is so sleek and elegant it has lovely tassel details on the zips and the front and has a stachel type look to it. It has thick adjustable straps to help you carry the bag on your back and a small handle at the top so you can carry it. The whole bag looks and feels sturdy and very well made.

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I love the idea of a rucksack laptop bag as it distributes the weight more evenly and doesn’t hurt your shoulders or make you lean more to one side like traditional laptop bags do.

The main compartment is protected by the PU leather fold over top but there is a slight overhang of the bag and a small gap on either side where if you are caught out in a huge downpour the contents of your bag could get a little wet.

The other thing to consider is if you live in an area that is high in crime the bag unclips easily and someone could get there hand in there.

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Conclusion

I think this is a very good bag, it is fashionable, cute and so practical at the same time. I love the idea of carrying my laptop in a rucksack. The company also offer 365 day quality warranty and 30 day return policy. I will be using my bag regularly to carry my laptop to work from now on. 

These stylish Laptop rucksacks are available to order on Amazon click the link to view.

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Inspirational Interviews

Interview with best selling Author and owner of Memory Zoo, Katie Silverthorne

I am honoured to be interviewing the inspirational Katie Silverthorne who is a best selling author and also the owner of a thriving business called Memory Zoo.

I have read Katie’s story a few times now from the bestselling book Mumpreneur on Fire 4 and every time I have read it I am blown away by how determined and positive she is in the face of suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. In spite of her health she has built up her business Memory Zoo where she turns old baby clothes or clothes from someone that has passed away in to beautiful handmade keepsakes. Her business has gone from strength to strength and she now employees 3 other seamstresses to help with the demand.

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Tell us a bit about you?

I am originally from London but now live outside Bristol. I am married with one child and a lovely big dog. I love to sew, knit, crochet, write and generally create anything and everything. The whole family is very creative, and we have a lot of fun making terrible messes!

I also love walking – especially in woodlands or up in the hills. I find it soothing, relaxing, stimulating and enlightening all at the same time. It’s complete nourishment for the soul.

What inspired you to start making Memory Bears?

Initially, I made a bear for my daughter when she was 1-years-old. I was folding away all her baby clothes and putting them into a box in the attic. I couldn’t bear to see them disappear forever and never be seen again, so I made a memory bear to remember her baby days.

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What is your favourite part of your business?

My favourite part is training my seamstresses – I am so incredibly proud of them and the work they do. They really are brilliant! I also love creating something for my customers that I know they are going to absolutely love. It’s such a thrill to see so many of the items I have made, so loved. I am particularly fond of the cushions that I make in honour of someone who has passed away – it’s such a privilege to be entrusted with something so special.

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How do you manage your MS around your business and motherhood?

I’ve had MS for 15 years now, but I am continually learning and developing. My needs have changed over the years and so has my approach to dealing with it. To start with, I have realised that alcohol, sugar, late nights and stress play a role in how ‘bad’ my MS becomes at any given time. I am therefore careful about my diet and often say ‘no’ to late nights. This means that I have the energy to do the things that are genuinely important to me – going for fun days out with my daughter, planning and creating new ideas for Memory Zoo, walking with the family.

I also have acupuncture twice a month to help deal with MS-related pain and fatigue. Oh, and never underestimate the importance of planning! Life is a balancing act but so is everyone’s. I just have a susceptible early warning system!

How did you feel when the book you co authored Mumpreneur on Fire 4 became a bestseller?

It was truly fabulous. I had never really talked about my MS before I wrote for MOF4, but now that I’ve started talking about it, I can’t stop! It seems to be so helpful to so many people, and I am so grateful that something that has shaped my life and made it a somewhat rocky journey can be an inspiration to others. That’s a fantastic feeling!

What plans do you have for the future?

So many plans! The first part of this year has been about making sure that the new systems I’ve been putting in place for Memory Zoo work and my seamstresses are trained, happy ans ready to go. I am currently narrating the audiobook version of MOF4 in my home studio which will be due out for release in the next few months. I have more audiobook work following after this as well, which is very exciting. I am also currently writing my full autobiography as 3000 words for the MOF4 chapter wasn’t really enough. There is so much more to say! 

You can take a look at Katie’s beautiful handmade keepsakes at https://www.memoryzoo.co.uk/about-us/

You can also find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/keepsakeanimals/

Follow the link if you would like to find out more about the best selling book Mumpreneur on Fire 4 and read Katie’s and 24 other amazing women’s stories.

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Interview with award winning glass engraver Steven Lee

Interview with Cat at Cat Creation

Interview with children’s publisher Justin Davis

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Some of my post contain affiliated links to products where I may receive a small fee if these products are bought


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Business and Marketing

Child Friendly Networking Events with Mums in Business Association

I have always thought of Networking events to be very corporate and a place where only people with big business go. I used to work in an Estate agent so the Networking events I saw were always run by solicitors or accountants and were very corporate and everyone who went was very confident and dressed very smart. I never thought for a minute that I would fit in with my book and blog writing business at a networking event so I shied away from going to any.

It wasn’t until I found this amazing group over Facebook called Mums in Business Association and found so many like mind mums running their own business. It was set up by two sisters Leona Burton and Estelle Keeber to create a safe networking environment for mums running their own business (it is also open to ladies that do not have any children or grandmothers). The group is so supportive, everyone helps build each other up and inspire one another to succeed. Mum’s in Business Association or MIBA for short also offer child friendly networking events in over 50 locations worldwide.

I am a shy, anxious person and not very good at talking in a room of people so the thought of going to a networking event even if it is with like minded friendly mums filled me with fear. I was part of the group for well over a year reading all the post, looking at the photos from events wishing I could get over my fear and attend one.

It wasn’t until after I had my first book published that I decided that I needed to start meeting people face to face to do some networking as well as build my confidence of talking in public. I finally bit the bullet and booked my first event at my local Somerset MIBA networking event.

On the day of the event I was so nervous, a few people that were attending I had spoken to them before over the Facebook page but to meet them and others I didn’t know in person was quite daunting to me. I was worried that the event would be full of very confident ladies all trying to be heard about their business and I will end up getting lost in the room.

I couldn’t have been more wrong all my worries and fears were completely for nothing. Everyone at the events were so friendly and welcoming and no one was competing for space. Some of the ladies even run similar business and instead of treading over each other they helped one another and thought up ways to work together. There was also a few others that like me were also nervous but we were welcomed and listened to.

The event felt more like meeting friends for a chat than a business network event. However on a business level the event was a huge success I made some amazing new contacts, promoted my business and even made sales on my book and most of the other ladies attending did too. It is amazing to see how everyone supports and up lifts one another. You can also bring your children with you so no need to find childcare to attend an event.

I have attended 3 events now and will be attending more. As well as Networking all events have a guest speaker giving out advice on different areas of business and each attendee gets a goodie bag packed full of amazing gifts and samples from ladies in the main networking group.

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Why not take a look at my other posts –

What is Network Marketing

Child friendly business networking with Mums in Business Association

Interview with Cat at Cat Creation

Interview with children’s publisher Justin Davis

Lisa Norman shares her story of the premature birth of her son Neil

Some of my post contain affiliated links to products where I may receive a small fee if these products are bought

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Product Reviews

Mumpreneur on Fire 3 Book Review

Wow, I have been left in awe of these 25 inspiring ladies that have been brave enough to share their stories in the new Mumpreneur on Fire 3 book! Yet again Mum’s in Business Association (MIBA) has produced an amazing book that has had me gripped the whole way through.

I have previously read ‘Mumpreneur on Fire 1 & 2’ and I was so lucky to have been selected to review the 3rd book before it is released. Again it is another great book which details the stories of 25 amazing ladies who have battled their way through troubled times and come out as successful mums running their own thriving business.

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Everyone of these ladies unique stories has inspired me, their hard work and dedication to succeed is mind blowing. I found reading about the hardships, struggles and traumatic experiences that these ladies have been through heartbreaking and their has been tears but to see how they have overcome their troubles to become happy successful business owners and are now sharing their story to help others find their way is just amazing.

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As each story is completely different it is like 25 mini  stories all in one great book that will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. The stories have all been written by the ladies themselves so you will find there are lots of different writing styles within the book which some are easier to follow along with than others but they all effectively communicate their experiences across and nearly all of them had me wanting to hear more.

This book helps show that being successful is not about how well educated you are it is about having the drive and determination to succeed. There is more to life than the 9-5 and you can be both a mum and successful in business as these mums have proved.

Order your copy here bit.ly/mof3preorder