Running a blog, business and being a Mama #WorkingWomenCAN

I caught up with a blogging friend the other day at a blogging & small business event and she mentioned to me that she didn’t get how I fitted all my commitments into my week! Blogging, social media management, twins and my general Mum-life.

I laughed…because even though I do have A LOT going on myself right now, I also don’t know how other people fit in work & business around their busy Mum days either.

But we just do though, right?

The main reason that I do achieve a lot in my 3 days (the time the twins are currently at preschool) is that I am a pretty well organised person. I am like that by nature – but also, I have set up myself to be as efficient as possible, with the right equipment and processes. I make sure I procrastinate as little as possible…and that when I have a deadline I ensure I work hard to hit it!

Mostly importantly though, I absolutely LOVE what I do. I love being my own boss, being freelance, working on projects that get me excited, as well as being so flexible. All of this makes me incredibly happy and I feel lucky to be able to work like this and be there a lot for my twins. Which means that it never really properly feels like work!

(All of this and coffee helps too, obvs).

The super lovely team at Smith & Canova have reached out to me as a working Mama and very kindly sent me this stunning cream & navy bag, as well as the cream power purse, from their A/W ’17 collection as part of their #WorkingWomenCAN campaign. I absolutely jumped at the chance to get involved with them as I know so many other Mums who have their own blog, small business or online shop who also have to juggle all the balls each day!

What I love about this cream square tote bag is that it’s stylish and beautiful looking but also practical for my busy Mum life, with plenty of compartments and pockets. I need a lot of stuff for my life and business (purse, keys, cards, camera, laptop, phone, notepad etc) and thus need a decent sized bag to carry everything around!

I love that it can be a grab bag, as well as a long, adjustable strap for over-the-body.

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The power purse I absolutely LOVE. Such a good idea! It charges my iPhone and MacBook Air on-the-go! You can use different wires with different charging points. How good is that?! I do a lot of writing and social media for clients from coffee shops these days and therefore my equipment is always running out of battery. It’s also perfect for charging on a train when I have to go to London for various events and conferences.


It has a built-in wafer thin power pack which will charge an average smart phone. There are also many pockets and card holders inside. It is made in beautiful soft grain leather and comes available in lots of colours. (Adapters are compatible with all iPhone models and all Android phones).


The exciting news is that the lovely folk at Smith & Canova are giving me the chance to share a second bag with one of you! How good is that?!

All you have to do is like, comment and share this blog post on social media and then at the end of this month the team will decide who (out of 3 bloggers working on this #WorkingWomenCAN campaign) wins. If it’s me, I get to pick one of you guys to have a bag for yourself! How exciting!

Good luck and please do get sharing!

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Love, Jess x

All photography by Laura Jayne Photographer









Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. July 11, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Oh my word that power purse is amazing, I NEED one in my life! You look fab and are super organised. I really don’t know how you do it!

    • Jess
      July 11, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Ha! Right back at you! You are amazing Karen 🙂 xx

    • Jess
      July 21, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      It’s lovely isn’t it? Now I will never have the red battery again 😉 xx

  2. July 12, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    I adore that bag and what an amazing innovation the power purse is. How do I not know these things exist, never mind being so stylish. I can imagine you can fit ALL of the things in the bag as well x

    • Jess
      July 21, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks lovely – so pleased with my tote bag. It’s gorgeous xx

  3. July 13, 2017 / 9:44 am

    I was just thinking the other day about how on earth you manage to do everything you do in three days! I have the time my girls are in school and I never get through what I need to do!
    The Power Purse sounds amazing and something I certainly need in my life! xx

    • Jess
      July 21, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      I don’t know! I am looking forward to having 5 days in September as I think it’ll help me squeeze it all in! xx

  4. July 18, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Woah the bag is gorgeous Jess and would go with so much too! I am totally in awe of all that you squeeze in but I think that the fact that you’re very focused and don’t get easily distracted, is key. I am so much more productive when I switch off social media!

    • Jess
      July 21, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks lovely! I try my hardest to manage it all but some days it isn’t easy! LOL xx

  5. July 18, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Ohmygoodness!!!! Love love love it!!! you look fab chickie — but a power purse? That is literally the best thing ever!!

    • Jess
      July 21, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Thanks! Oh I know. Best thing ever. I am always stressing about my phone being on low battery! 🙂 xx

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