8 energy zapping super villains and the superheroes that defeat them

8 energy zapping super villains and the superheroes that defeat them

8 energy zapping super villains and the superheroes that defeat them

Kelly Ryan is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™, professional and Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert helping busy moms ditch exhaustion through nutrition, mindset and lifestyle changes so they can feel like a superhero to their kiddos. She also teaches moms how to make fun, healthy meals their families will love.

After Kelly had her second child and, like many new moms, found herself exhausted all the time, lacking self care and experiencing a constant roller coaster of emotions. She knew she needed to get her energy back in order to be the best mom she could be. This experience ignited her interest in natural nutrition.

Now, as a nerd mom with much more energy and a state of well being, Kelly is passionate about helping other moms get back to themselves via nutrition, exercise and mindset.

Kelly is a certified Eben Pagan Virtual Coach and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

She is a member of the CSNN Alumni Association and Healing NL. Kelly was a regular contributor to the NLOWE advisor magazine, a speaker and health coach inspiring her busy nerd moms audiences to get the energy to love life and ditch the mommy guilt.

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Parents in Business Magazine Spring 2022

Parents in Business Magazine Spring 2022

The theme of this issue is overcoming adversity. We all may face adversity at some point, but some of us are able to flourish when things get difficult, while others may struggle. When something bad happens in your life, how do you react? Do you approach the process of overcoming adversity as a learning opportunity, or do you let it throw you off your game? In our special feature, we take a closer look at what adversity is, accept it happens to everyone and learn steps to overcome adversity.

Vicky Brooks has developed multiple successful businesses; she has dealt with health issues since the age of 26, some of which would be enough to make most people give up on their dreams. Vicky shares her journey of hope and courage on page 18.

Our cover star is Graham Allcott. He is an author, podcaster, entrepreneur and single dad to his eight-year-old son. He has a global business based on helping people to improve productivity.

We have interviews with Sophie Meislin Baron, founder of Mamamade. And William and Kelsey Seymour, Earl and Countess of Yarmouth, the founders of St Maur, a hand-crafted premium elderflower liqueur from the Heart of England.

Performance Coach Mandy Evill shares why mindset matters in business. Mindset is our thoughts and beliefs that shape our behaviours and actions. Mindset creates 95% of all our results. Spending time developing your mindset is the best investment you could make into your business on page 26.



Vicky is a business coach who has developed multiple successful businesses. She supports businesswomen to grow their business and income with specific daily action that gets results.




Shona Chambers is a Marketing Consultant and owner of Shona Chambers Marketing, a Marketing Agency based in Nunhead near Peckham. Specialising in helping Small Business Owners and Freelancers with their Marketing.

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Mandy Evill is an international high-level mindset and performance coach and one of Bob Proctor’s top global and Inner Circle of Excellence consultants. She has over 20 years of experience in personal development and transformation.




Laura Lyon is an experienced researcher and expert in trends. She has written a whitepaper on how organisations can do better for their employees, society, and the environment and how this is not only the right thing to do but will drive future financial success.




Creating, refreshing, or enhancing your business model. Clare shares business growth ideas and strategies for new, developing, and established businesses. She can help you innovate, evolve and love what you do.




Sarah is the founder of Teach To Sleep, a mum of two little ones (18 months apart) and a fully qualified baby and toddler sleep consultant. Sarah has worked in education for over 15 years as a primary teacher and a senior lecturer in education.




Tutu Popoola is the Founder & Lead Consultant of Sleek HR, an outsourced HR & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultancy for creative businesses in the UK. She is an Accredited Member of HR Independents and Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)




Supporting you to save time and achieve more, I will help you and your business to thrive. Using a Virtual Assistant is ideal for those looking for flexible support without the overheads associated with employees.


3 Common But Damaging Business Mistakes

3 Common But Damaging Business Mistakes

In this blog post, we are going to talk about business mistakes! No, you’re not getting told off for your wrongdoings – we’re simply going to look at some of the common business blunders so that we can then put them right.


It does not matter whether you are buying new computers for everyone in the office or you need a push button switch for your business, quality is always the most important factor. This is not where you should be cutting corners at your company. Now would be an excellent time to assess your relationships with suppliers to determine if improvements can be made.

Another example of where businesses are going wrong when it comes to their equipment is with maintenance. You need to have a dedicated maintenance schedule and you need to stick to it. If you don’t, not only can it end up costing you money, but you could find yourself on the wrong end of a personal injury claim.


There are many benefits associated with leaflet distribution, from increased recognition to enhancing customer loyalty. However, you will only reap these rewards if your campaign is effective. There are lots of various factors that need to be taken into consideration, from the design of the leaflet to where you are going to distribute them. It only takes one error for your marketing campaign to fall flat.

One mistake a lot of companies make when it comes to leaflet distribution is ineffective audience targeting. One of the great benefits of print marketing is the fact that it gives you the opportunity to target your campaign, however, you need to make sure you are targeting your campaign in the right direction. This does not simply relate to where you physically drop off the leaflets, but it also relates to the design of the leaflet too. Does it resonate with your target audience? If not, your response rates will not be as high as you had hoped.


A great name is essential, but many business owners get it wrong. To start with, it’s your business name so don’t ask everyone you know to come up with something. When it comes to small business advice, your loved ones may not be experts. In the end, even if you don’t like any of the names, you may feel as though you have to pick one and that can lead to bad feeling from the people you didn’t choose. A better way to do it is to ask just a very small number of people who are key to the business itself. If there is no one but you, you will need to decide for yourself.

The name of your business needs to say something about what it does, but the fad for joining two words together and coming up with a new one is over, so try to avoid that method. One essential aspect of knowing how to be successful in business is to be up to date with what’s happening in the business world. Using an old fashioned way of coming up with a name will prove you aren’t. Despite that, you shouldn’t use common, everyday words either; you don’t want to get lost in a list of businesses. You want to stand out.

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Optimising systems for sustainable growth

Optimising systems for sustainable growth

Is the back end of your business a hot mess?

Or are you OPTIMISING SYSTEMS for sustainable growth

Diana Lidstone, marketing & business growth strategist, shares her story about how she went from being an overwhelmed business owner & parent to being an overjoyed, profitable business leader!

Her tips include:
• How to set your non-negotiables
• How as a business owner, if you want to reclaim time and run an efficient business, you need systems, automation and a support team.
• 8 suggested ‘systems’ for building sustainable growth

Here’s what she means:

A system contains
Processes – the what
The step by step sequence of activities
This might be an SOP or a checklist

Tools – the where
The specific software, apps or products used
These might include an email software such as MailerLite

People – the who
The individuals or roles accountable for each step of the process
This might include a bookkeeper or a virtual assistant.

Strategies – the how & why
The tactics, tips or techniques you use to achieve the target outcome
This might be how all these systems work together to achieve your definition of success.

Diana shares her recommendations for 4 essential systems you need to keep your business running like a well oiled machine, plus 4 others you might consider … all depending on your specific business!

What can you optimise in your business so you can #worklessearnmore?
Diana Lidstone, Biz GROW Master

After three decades in business and working globally with coaches, consultants, and other service-based experts, Diana Lidstone has gathered rock-solid wisdom and advice that has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and professionals accelerate growth and explode profits. Her work embodies #worklessearnmore!

As the creator of the Grow-meter and The Marketing Proficiency Effect, and as best-selling author of Shift into Rich: Navigate the 9 Roadblocks to Small Business Success, Diana’s signature GROW Equation transforms frazzled, overworked business owners into profitable, overjoyed CEOs. Her new podcast, The GROW Equation Business Podcast, contains tips, strategies & interviews to help you grow your profits, your free time and your joy!

Diana and her husband love boating in the Thousand Islands, Canada. She is often found walking her dog and drinking champagne (not at the same time)!

Book your complimentary Grow Strategy Session www.dianalidstone.com/schedule

Links & Resources
Website: www.dianalidstone.com
Email: [email protected]
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4 Simple strategies to help you feel good and energised

4 Simple strategies to help you feel good and energised

Beth Auguste is a dietitian, nutritionist, fitness trainer and mama who helps busy parents find actual solutions for feeling their best. In this episode, Beth shares 4 of her favorite simple strategies that will help you feel GOOD, energised, and in control of your wellness, even when there are a million other things going on.  You can check out Beth’s online group program, The Refresh or register for a free 5 Day Refresh. You can also find her podcast on all major platforms at Be Well with Beth.

Beth Auguste MS RDN CSOWM WFS is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified women’s fitness specialist and board-certified specialist in obesity and weight management. She’s also a mom who juggles maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle while chasing two adorable but exhausting kids and running a business. Beth understands that nutrition and healthcare advice can’t happen in a vacuum. Life will always get in the way of the perfect routine. Her recommendations meet you where you are and integrate creative, effective solutions that fit into even the busiest schedule. She is more than your nutritionist– she’s an advocate and supporter for your wellness.

Beth holds a masters in nutrition from Boston University, a bachelor’s in psychology from Emory University. She owns Be Well with Beth, a fitness and nutrition company that works with parents of young children to navigate their wellness. Services include private nutrition counselling, virtual personal training and an online group program called The Refresh.

How to contact: [email protected]

Links & Resources
Website www.bewellwithbethphl.com
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Beth’s podcast: www.podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/be-well-with-beth/id1534039028
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Free workshops: www.bewellwithbethphl.com/freeworkshops
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3 Ways to Have More Successful Employees

3 Ways to Have More Successful Employees

When it comes to managing your staff, you have a lot of decisions to make. Who gets hired? What tasks should they be performing? How often do they need to meet? And, of course, the biggest question of all: how can you make your team more successful? Working with employees requires you to adopt a different mindset than you would for a stand-alone business venture. Instead of asking yourself how you can optimize your business to give you the most success possible, you have to ask yourself how you can optimize your team to give your employees their fair share of success.

Instead of operating from a place of fear and doubt, you have to operate from a place of trust. You have to trust that your team is aligned with your company’s mission and, more importantly, trust that you know what you’re doing. If you’re not, chances are your employees aren’t, either. Getting employees to buy into your company’s culture and mission isn’t easy. But it’s essential if your company is going to succeed. When employees buy into a company’s culture and mission, they’re more likely to stay on board and succeed at their jobs. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cultivate a workplace that will have employees buying into your company and its mission. Here are three ways that you can have more successful employees.

Good Communication

If you want your employees to feel like they can come to you with any question, concern, or idea, you’ve got to be able to communicate effectively with them. This means not only having the skills to solve any problem that may arise but also having the skills to communicate with your employees. Good communication skills go far beyond just reading off a list of standardized answers. Instead, they’re a set of skills that allow you to communicate with your employees in a way that will help them make more informed decisions.

Good communication skills have a significant impact on employee retention. With the labour market being as it is right now, it will be increasingly difficult to find employees who want to stick around if they feel they’re not being heard. It’s especially important if your company is small enough that your employees are the ones who know the majority of the business inside and out.

Proper Training

Training isn’t just something that happens once employees are on the job. It’s something that happens every day, on everything that your employees need to do their jobs. For some companies, this might mean a company-wide meeting every morning where everyone learns their goals for the day. For others, it might mean a quick email reminder at the beginning of the day. For most, though, it means training. Training is one of the most effective ways to have more success with your employees.

There are a few reasons for this. First, training helps your employees understand what you expect from them. When employees have a better understanding of what you expect from them and what you value, they’re more likely to be successful. Second, training helps your employees understand what you know about your industry. This is especially important if your company is operating in a space that requires a specific skill set. Finally, training gives your employees the tools they need to succeed at their job. Some training is very critical to operating a business, such as cybersecurity awareness training, because this can affect the overall safety and security of your company’s secure information.

A Clear Company Mission

While great communication and proper training are essential to cultivating a thriving workforce, they are only a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to employee success. An even bigger piece is cultivating a workplace where your employees know exactly what your company’s mission is. This may seem like an obvious point, but it’s worth stating. If your company’s mission is unclear, your employees aren’t going to know what they’re working towards.

The good news is that cultivating a workplace where your employees know what your company’s mission is is easier than you think. The best way to do this is to keep your mission in mind at all times. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a meeting with your team, attending a conference with your clients, or sitting in a meeting with your investors – you need to keep your mission in mind at all times. This doesn’t mean having a meeting every single day where you spout your mission from the rooftops. You just need to make sure that you’re thinking about your mission when doing anything that could be a potential source of inspiration for your mission.


The best way to have more successful employees is by cultivating a culture of good communication, proper training, and a clear company mission. When employees feel that they can communicate with their managers and feel that they can work in teams, they’re more likely to succeed. And when employees have success, they’re more likely to stay on board and succeed again. These are just three ways that you can have more success with your employees. With the right culture and the right tools, you can foster a workplace environment that will help your team to succeed. When employees thrive, your company will be that much more successful.

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Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Home Office

Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Home Office

When you work remotely, your home office can have a huge impact on your potential for success. Failing to create the most functional, productive and well-equipped office space can cause you to maintain lower standards while losing time and likely encountering issues along the way, so it’s vital that you can take the time to upgrade your home office if you want to stand a chance of thriving. Fortunately, learning how to revamp and maximise your home office doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might expect, as there are simple steps that you can follow to create the perfect space in no time at all. Read on to find out more!

Choose A Suitable Colour Scheme

First and foremost, you’re going to need to settle on a suitable colour scheme that promotes focus and concentration. You might be surprised to find out that colours can have an enormous impact on the way that you feel and subsequently act, as certain shades can distract you and slow you down (like red or black) whereas others can inspire balance and motivation (like blue, yellow or green). Of course you don’t need to go overboard and paint your entire home office blue, yellow or green, just use small accents to set the tone and ensure the right shades are present in the room.

Get The Best PC Setup

Your PC is likely one of the most important features of your home office set up, so you simply can’t afford to make the mistake of attempting to use an outdated and underperforming model that doesn’t meet your needs. With each year that passes new models and accessories pop up onto the market, each boasting more advanced features than the one before. If you’re trying to use a PC or any accessories from as little as 4-5 years ago, then you could be holding yourself back quite dramatically without even really knowing. Even your keycaps can benefit from an upgrade every now and then, so you need to take the time to establish the best tech setup to get the most out of your home office.

Invest In A Comfy Chair

If your home office chair is uncomfortable and causes you to feel all manner of aches and pains after a day at work, then this can have a serious impact on your attitude towards your job as a whole. Eventually you’ll begin to dread the thought of having to sit in such a place all day, and you’ll no doubt be distracted by the aches and pains that you experience. Making the decision to invest in a comfy chair can transform your home office space into a welcoming, inviting room that you can actually enjoy spending time in, making your shift feel that little bit less daunting.

Learning how to easily upgrade your home office space has never been such a simple task when you can take the time to utilise some of the creative ideas detailed above!

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The Benefits of VoIP

The Benefits of VoIP

When you are considering new technology, hardware, or software into your business – you need to know that the benefits will always outweigh the cost.

Voice over IP, or VoIP, allows anyone to place a call over the internet. This can revolutionise how small businesses are able to communicate with clients – and it is great for internal communication too.

So what are the real advantages of VoIP, and why should you consider it?


Traditional telephone systems can be expensive, whereas VoIP is inherently more cost-effective.

Rather than needing a telephone connection and hardware – all you need is an internet connection and VoIP engineers.

It is one of the most cost-effective ways to offer clients multiple ways to communicate without the commitment to a telephone line contract.


There are multiple ways that a VoIP system is flexible and great for business. The first is that a VoIP system can be built to meet the requirements of your business. While one of the limits is bandwidth, you can discuss your capabilities with your provider to get the right solution.

The other way that VoIP systems are flexible is that as your business grows, you can add extra users and lines to accommodate your needs.

The scalability of VoIP is a benefit. Since VoIP phone systems make calls via the internet, adding more customers is simple.

You don’t have to set up additional lines; instead, you add phones and licences as needed. VoIP has the advantage of being scalable to meet your present and future needs.


Anywhere you go, your system can go with you. In the modern working environment, remote working is becoming more common. A VoIP system means that you can keep your mobile number private while still taking calls from your clients when you need to.

If you want to travel a lot, then a VoIP system makes the most sense for your business communication needs.


In an increasingly digital world, the call quality has increased to the point that the PSTN and ISDN services are no longer meeting requirements. They do not offer the quality or volume that is needed.

Implementing VoIP is one of the ways that you can future-proof your business and not get stuck looking for alternatives when the ‘switch off’ does happen.

Any business that isn’t already using VoIP will be impacted by this change.


If your business is already at the stage where conferencing calls are a common occurrence, then VoIP systems make these easier to manage. Many of the features you need for conference calls are native to VoIP systems, so you won’t end up paying extra for these services.

Although it is always worth checking if your package has conference capabilities – and if they will cost extra.

Additional features

It’s not just the call and video capabilities that VoIP offers. There are a plethora of additional features like contact lists, voice to text mail to multiple parties, voicemail, virtual numbers, and more.

VoIP systems offer an effective way to improve how you manage your business communications and can support you as you grow.

Communication with clients might be one of the things you are considering as you prepare to switch your side hustle into a fully-fledged business. Here are some other considerations: Turning a Side Hustle Into a Business – Parents in Biz.

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Business from the heart

Business from the heart Episode 9

Shannon speaks about how she has grown a business from her heart to align with her values of Creativity, Connection, Community and Compassion.

This episode is hosted by Shannon Reed, is an NLP and MBSR trained Maker AKA Mockingbird Makes.

Shannon Reed is an NLP, and MBSR trained Maker AKA Mockingbird Makes – well known for her crocheted unicorns, cactus and pompoms (called “sunshine in product form”) and as a speaker on Creativity for Wellness.

She is the creator of the sell-out event “Creative Conversations”, a safe, nourishing circle for female centred people (currently held online) where you create with your hands and connect with your heart.

Shannon’s soothing voice lends well to her recorded meditations and her Ho’oponopono sessions (Hawaiian forgiveness practice).

She also hosts Small Business Huddles – a weekly, online mini-retreat for indie business owners.

Her values are creativity, community, connection and compassion – beautifully lived via her multi-passionate offerings.

“Self compassion is a superpower!” is her mantra.

Links & Resources
Website www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MockingbirdMakesCo
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mockingbirdmakes
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mbird_makes
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mockingbird_makes
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/shannon-reed-b024937
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3 Tips on Preparing and Managing Finances in Your Retirement Phase

3 Tips on Preparing and Managing Finances in Your Retirement Phase

Most people only think about their finances when they are preparing for retirement. This is a huge mistake! Retirement can be a costly phase in life, and it’s essential to start planning for it as early as possible. In this blog post, we will discuss three tips on preparing and managing your finances during retirement. Follow these tips, and rest assured that you will have a comfortable retirement!

1) Create a Realistic budget Using Budgeting Apps

The first step to managing your finances in retirement is to create a realistic budget. This can be a difficult task, as your income and expenses will likely change during this phase of life. However, many budgeting apps can help you track your spending and ensure that you are living within your means. Popular budgeting apps include Mint; You Need a Budget (YNAB), and EveryDollar. Try out a few different ones to see which one works best. Once you have created a budget, stick to it! This will be key to ensuring that you do not overspend in retirement.

2) Why It’s Important to Draft a Will

It’s essential to have a will, regardless of your age. However, this is especially true when you are retired. A choice can help to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. It can also help avoid any family conflict that may arise after you pass away. If you do not have a will, now is the time to create one. Having a will also ensures you’re able to control what happens to you, like being buried or having a Direct Cremation done. You can consult with an attorney or use an online service like LegalZoom to get started.

A will allows you to state how you want your property divided after death and names an executor—the person who carries out your wishes—to make sure it happens as stated in the will. State intestacy laws determine how your property is divided after death without a will. And, if you have young children, a will allows you to name a guardian—the person who would raise your children if something happened to you and your spouse.

3) Invest in Long-Term Care Insurance

As we age, the likelihood of needing long-term care increases. Unfortunately, long-term care can be expensive, and Medicare does not cover it. That’s why it’s essential to invest in long-term care insurance. This type of insurance will help cover the cost of home health aides, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Be sure to shop around for the best policy for you. And, make sure that you understand precisely what is covered before you sign up for a plan. Long-term care (LTC) is a variety of services that help meet the medical and non-medical needs of people with chronic illnesses or disabilities who cannot take care of themselves for long periods.

Retirement can, in some instances, be a costly phase in life. However, by following these tips, you can rest assured that you will be able to manage your finances and enjoy a comfortable retirement. So start planning for retirement now, and you’ll be glad that you did!

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