DOGGY FUN DAYCARE – A WONDER WORLD FOR ANIMALS

DOGGY FUN DAYCARE – A WONDER WORLD FOR ANIMALS

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If you have any reservations at all for sending your beloved dog to be looked after when you are working, we have made the discovery of a lifetime.

Doggy Fun Daycare is the brainchild of Nic and Gary Worthington, who have recently relocated to Norfolk, and with a plethora of land and a world of ideas for a new business startup, but they decided to follow their passion and have set up the most exquisite day care centre for dogs.

As Nic says ‘I am amazed how quickly it has taken off considering how many people are doing it!  I think the videos really help as I have some really great dogs that are the stars of these hilarious clips.  I have benchmarked other doggy day care websites and there is no fun to them!  I think it also helps that we have a bespoke fully enclosed  play paddock for them to run free and be nutters!  The Client’s are updated throughout the day with the clips via WhatsApp so that they are not fretting as I used to do when leaving Tilly.  Anyone holidaying in Norfolk too can drop off their beloved dog’.

Nic was already the owner of Tilly, a beautiful black Labrador, who really is her ‘baby’ and was quite apprehensive at first when considering how she would be able to look after other dogs as well as her own.  But decided to give it a try and the rest is history with dog owners driving from far and wide to experience her five star doggy fun daycare.

Nic not only looks after the dogs with constant care and attention, but she makes sure they are stimulated with games throughout the day, as you can see from some of her videos, which we have all found both heartwarming and hilarious.

Her husband Gary joins in as much as he can on his free days from a job he has with the NHS, and so there is no love spared as the dogs delight in dedicated loving care and attention.

It is definitely the ‘soul’ project of the animal loving couple.  So much so that local dogs who have spent just a day or so in their care can’t wait to get back, and have been known to try to break through the gate when passing by with their owners.

Nic has now added an overnight facility for dogs to board, offering the dogs a home from home environment with soft beds and sofas galore and we would recommend that you put your name down early wherever you are based, as she is guaranteed to be fully booked as news gets out of her exclusive doggy daycare facility.

Reasons to choose:

  • Fully Licenced with North Norfolk Council
  • Home from Home Environment
  • 24 Hour Supervision
  • Two Walks per day
  • Bespoke Fully Enclosed Play Paddock
  • Regular Photos and Videos throughout the day of your Dog via WhatsApp
  • Love and Attention given to each dog

 

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THE LAW WITH ALPACAS – A WORK/LIFESTYLE BALANCE

THE LAW WITH ALPACAS – A WORK/LIFESTYLE BALANCE

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Jo Davis is a Partner at the Buckinghamshire and London law firm B P Collins, heading up the Employment Practice team, and is recognised as a top lawyer in her field by both the Chambers and Legal 500 Directories. Jo is known for her warmth and humour, whilst fighting ‘like a tiger’ for her clients, and it was a pleasure to meet her for tea at Pinewood Studios, where we enjoyed a chat about employment law, the elusive work-life balance – and the perils of the alpaca mating season!

Welcome to Pinewood Jo! Tell me, did you aspire to be a lawyer from a young age?

I had no idea at school – originally I wanted to be a teacher, but then all my friends wanted to as well, so I said I won’t do that then! My eldest brother did a law degree and he’d come home from university talking about some of the cases he’d studied and I thought I quite fancy that. He was training as a barrister and I didn’t want to compete, so I did the solicitor thing and did a law degree at Manchester (Metropolitan Uni as it is now), which I really enjoyed. Then I went to Guildford Law College, which covered all of the core subjects – conveyancing, probate, the lot.

And what led you to specialise in employment law?

My first job was in a small firm next to The High Court in The Strand – which gave great exposure to disputes. I worked on a high-profile case of a top-level female TV producer, whose boss (also female) really picked on her and ultimately unfairly dismissed her. It was widely reported on, and this case whetted my appetite – ever since, I have loved working in employment law. I was lucky, I fell into something I loved from the start.

What personality traits would you say suit a career in this area – and did you show these traits from an early age?

Law in general, but particularly employment law, is all about problem solving – people want a result and you’ve got to get them there. I always liked problem solving – I like taking facts and working out the best way forward. I was the kid that wanted to do the Rubik’s cube – plus I like people! I come from a family of journalists, so communication is something that runs in the blood; and it’s satisfying when you get to the end of a case and have a positive result – I like to win! I acted for one client, who had given evidence at a colleague’s discrimination hearing (speaking in support of the employee, so against her employer); she returned to the office on the Monday, and her boss sacked her by text on the Tuesday! She was single, going through IVF at the time and had no savings as a result., so she ended up renting her house through Airbnb. The other side wouldn’t negotiate at all – but in the end we got her a good and fair settlement. Now she’s back on her feet and doing really well. Cases like that that stick with you; you’re championing the underdog and I love that.

And is employment law a particularly male or female-led area of law?

There are probably more women in employment law than men – generally there are more women coming into the legal profession than men now; but still fewer getting to the top, although increasingly now we have more women at the top in B P Collins. I have three kids, and a good work-life balance and flexible working is one of the things that B P Collins supports.

What would you say are the main challenges of the role?

The hardest point is probably. adapting to the constant changes; there is a lot of referring to text books and online resources, as employment law is very nuanced and technical. Other than that, it’s getting the work-life balance right – I’m always rushing; I have friends who somehow seem to be a lot more laid back than I am!

I disagree; it sounds like you have a great balance – and a pretty full life outside of work!

Well, I get to take my kids to school in the morning, and I’m able to see school plays and so on – I’m really glad about that, as you can’t get those years back. My husband is based at home and looks after the kids, so I’m lucky – it’s much harder if you’re both working – it’s all about balancing.

 And back at work, what are the most common issues you confront in your cases?

I’d say whistle blowing and discrimination – I was involved in one of the biggest age discrimination cases of recent years, where a Partner in a law firm was kicked out at 65. That went all the way to the Supreme Court – it was fascinating to see it through.

Gender discrimination does occur, but it’s rarer than it used to be – people are more alert to it and generally see the pitfalls.  That’s not to say it doesn’t still happen , but it happens inadvertently, such as in cases of indirect discrimination, when an employer applies a rule to everyone, but it impacts a certain group or gender more. And on payment issues, men are still more pushy for pay-rises than women, who can be more self-deprecating.

Sorry to bring up the B-word, but how is employment law being affected by the current climate?

With Brexit, it’s difficult to tell – there’s more caution, probably fewer acquisitions, as everyone is waiting to see what happens. We have an immigration team, who are doing a lot of training as the government is becoming clearer on what changes they are planning. Overall we are busier than ever, getting good quality work across London and the South East, particularly since opening our new office by St Pauls. I’ve got a really good team around me, so I’m lucky.

What advice would you give to law students today?

 Generally I’d say to do a job you really love, as you’re going to be doing it for a lot of hours. If you’re doing law, find the area that really interests you, and take your time to find what makes you tick – if you like attention to detail, the corporate or property side might appeal; if you like fighting a battle and winning, then maybe litigation is for you; just don’t jump too quickly, as once you’re on one track it’s not so easy to retrain.

 And what advice would you give to your younger self starting out?

I don’t regret anything I’ve done – I’ve liked all the firms I’ve worked in. At B P Collins I like working with different teams and having colleagues to talk though issues; you find you talk yourself into the right solution. It’s a really friendly firm, we’re all about the long-term relationships with our clients, and we like to have a laugh too. I don’t think I’d change very much really.

And back to that work-life balance, what do you do outside of work? I hear you have an
alpaca farm!

Yes – we have 12 alpacas, with two on the way, so we’re building up a herd. They all have different characters – we had one that went berserk; he’d be really friendly and then spit at you – and alpacas generally don’t spit, that’s llamas – alpacas are much cuter! And then there’s Donna, she’s very skittish, particularly around bald men for some reason! The female alpacas are worth a lot more because they breed – but then you do get the odd exceptionally good male, the stud, the Sean Connery of alpacas – and they’re worth a fortune. And mating them is an interesting experience! I let the experts sort that out for me, but once it’s done they have a spit-off – three meetings, a week apart – and if the female spits at the male it means she’s pregnant! So that takes up quite a few weekends!  We plan to sell them – but I can’t quite bring myself to yet, as we’re too attached!  We also have 20 chickens, 8 ducks, two lambs, a dog, a cat, a rabbit and two dwarf hamsters – and we’ve just put up a yurt – it is basically The Good Life!

To learn more about Jo’s alpaca farm, see her website www.waterperryalpacas.co.uk
To learn more about B P Collins’ services, visit www.bpcollins.co.uk

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Top 10 Irresistible Villas & Apartments in Spain

Top 10 Irresistible Villas & Apartments in Spain

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Check Out Our Top 10 Irresistible Villas & Apartments in Spain

 

Plain sailing in Catalonia I 5 Bedrooms I From £965pw

This totally unique villa in Catalonia has been designed to look like a boat with its several curved balconies offering views
of the sea and private outdoor swimming pool. Large windows bring in huge amounts of natural light to the open-plan
living/kitchen/dining area, inviting guests to enjoy the luxury of taking in the sunshine even from the sofa or dining table

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/catalonia/sant-pol-de-mar/holiday-home-sant-pol-de-mar-ebn049

 

 

Costa Blanca Escape I 1 Bedroom I From £457pw

This apartment has a fresh, clean aesthetic with plenty of natural light flooding through from the large private terrace.
Whilst there is one double bedroom for the accommodation of two guests, there is also a convenient sofa bed for one more.
The apartment comes with access to several heated pools, a Jacuzzi, tennis courts and children’s play areas. Just stone’s
throw from the beach, this is the perfect little space for a Spanish escape.

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/valencia/costa-blanca/apartment-arenales-del-sol-elche-ebl019

 

 

Costa del Sol Getaway I 2 Bedrooms I From £359pw

Join the party on the popular Costa del Sol but have your fill of peace and quiet whenever you like with this tranquil retreat.
This contemporary apartment is the perfect place to relax after a long day at the beach – whether that be with a book next to
the large window, or next to the nearby shared swimming pool. As the view suggests, you’re not far from the sea, as well as a
selection of restaurants and shops.

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/andalucia/costa-del-sol/apartment-margolf-riviera-del-sol-ean097

 

 

Catalan Comfort I 4 Bedrooms I From £1,564pw

This villa in Catalonia isn’t shy of creature comforts and mod-cons. Not only are there four super-modern bedrooms, but four
bathrooms to choose from, as well as two separate living areas and two kitchens. With plenty of facilities to go round, you
won’t have to compromise during your stay. Whilst the interior design and functionality is very impressive, the villa also delivers
on outside space with multiple balconies and a lovely pool.

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/catalonia/costa-barcelona/holiday-home-alella-ebn040

 

 

Zen on the Costa Barcelona I 3 Bedrooms I From £1,167pw

This ultra-modern and minimalistic villa is accented with natural materials and decorations that pay homage to the far east.
The two storey holiday home is surrounded by tall trees and creeping vines, that make the property feel like a hidden oasis. Sit
and meditate on the beautifully hand-crafted wooden seating area in the garden (sangria optional) or take a dip in the pool.

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/catalonia/costa-barcelona/holiday-home-cabrils-ebn339

 

 

Rustic Retreat in Andalucia I 5 Bedrooms I From £785pw

If you have an eye for traditional tastes, you’ll adore the authentic feel of this Spanish country house. Filled with beautiful
wooden furniture, tiled floors, and plenty of well-maintained outdoor space, this villa is the ideal rural getaway in Spain.
Appreciate the grassy garden whilst dining alfresco under the arches of the house, or take a refreshing dip in the private pool.

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/andalucia/holiday-home-carmona-sevilla-eac219

 

 

Family Mansion in Majorca I 6 Bedrooms I From £2,620pw

This sprawling villa is bright and spacious with enough room to sleep 12 guests comfortably. The real star of the show is the
private swimming pool, which is surrounded by panoramic terraces with Jacuzzi and an outdoor kitchen complete with
barbecue. Its hillside location affords this villa with striking views over the Bay of Palma – ideal to admire with a nightcap after
a day in the sun.

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/majorca/palma-de-mallorca/holiday-home-rustica-saranjassa-palma-eml387

 

 

Quirky & Contemporary in Seville I 3 Bedrooms I From £561pw

Discover the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region from this well-located apartment. Featuring bold and individual
design touches throughout, the holiday home strikes a balance between fun and calm. Enjoy a morning spread whilst sat
around the breakfast bar, or take your time over a cup of coffee on the balcony, which faces onto the courtyard.

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/andalucia/apartment-sevilla-eac181

 

Hillside Hideaway in Catalonia I 4 Bedrooms I From £1,186pw

Grand, impressive and certainly worth a stay, this hillside holiday home has beautiful views over the coast, trees and peaceful
neighbourhood below. Lounge by your private pool topping up your tan, or stay on top of your game with a round of table
tennis…

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/catalonia/costa-barcelona/holiday-home-santa-susanna-ebn636

 

Balearic Island Beauty I 4 Bedrooms I From £1,119pw

This state-of-the-art villa is peacefully located in northern Majorca amidst some sublime landscapes. The shaded terrace and
stunning swimming pool provide ample space for absorbing the reviews and the favourable climate. Inside, open and well-lit
rooms offer guests a relaxing ambience. Despite this luxurious villa feeling remote, the sandy beaches of Port d’Alcúdia are
just 20 minutes away.

https://www.novasol.co.uk/holidayhome/spain/majorca/holiday-home-moscari-ema109

 

 

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Is this the best kids creative birthday party

Is this the best kids creative birthday party

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Discover the best award-winning kids creative birthday party fun on the planet!

Rated 5-Star by customers and loved by over 1,000,000 kids and adults.

Your Creation Arty Party is designed to ensure your child has a truly memorable day with their friends. Plus, they provide invites and party bags too, giving you less to do!

Choose from one of  three exciting party activity packages:

Cool: Choose two activities from their top selling ‘Cool’ range. Prices start from £120 for ten children.

Brilliant: Choose one activity from their top selling ‘Brilliant’ range and one from our ‘Cool’ range. Prices start from £150 for ten children.

Awesome: Choose one activity from their top selling ‘Awesome’ range and one from our ‘Brilliant’ range. Prices start from £180 for ten children.

Parties are available for small or larger groups. Please contact them to organise a quick chat to create a tailored package for your needs.

Over 80% of customers book a party for two hours. If you would like to ensure the children are engaged throughout the party, you can upgrade to include a third activity after the party food. The ‘Cool’ activities are very popular and prices for ten children start at £120.

Bespoke options. If you would like choose your own bespoke range or would like or other activities, they are happy to put together a special bespoke package for you please contact them with your request.

https://www.thecreationstation.co.uk/parties-and-events/kids-party-packages

 

 

Christmas Update from your Creative Crew!

Christmas Update from your Creative Crew!

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Christmas Update from your Creative Crew!

 

Creative Christmas Classes

There’s only a few sleeps until the holiday festivities officially begin but here at Creative Hub we have already been getting into the Christmas spirit! With oodles of creative advent activities, we definitely have something that will help your little ones to create super cute presents for their loved ones.  This December has been an amazing month for us –

In this update we have the following inspiration, ideas and fun stuff for you and yours to enjoy;

  • Have you seen our awesome ‘limited edition’ UNICORN crafty F.A.B boxes?
  • Your chance to WIN a £75 voucher in our ‘Crafty Christmas Countdown’!
  • Some of our top selling crafty stocking fillers to inspire your child this Christmas! 

Gift Vouchers now available! 
Gift vouchers for all things Creation Station are now available for you and yours. A brilliant gift for the craft-lover in your life, to use on crafting materials, classes, parties and fun.
>> Shop vouchers here <<

Gift Vouchers now Available
Buy one inspire one
Craft your own magical unicorns at home
Craft your own magical unicorns at home

Does Your Child LOVE Unicorns?

Our Unicorn themed F.A.B Box is full to the brim with sequined, sparkly, magical fun – you can make a Unicorn mask, keyring, model, a jewellery box (or keepsake box), a recycled collage of your unicorn, a foot-print painting of your magical unicorn, a unicorn canvas and a unicorn finger puppet – and that’s not even all of the fun ideas inside!

Not only have we released these amazingly fun F.A.B boxes at a special price of just £15.99 including delivery, but as part of our Christmas campaign, when you buy a personalised Unicorn or Dinosaur Fun Arty Box, £1 will go to the wonderful Caudwell children’s charity. This charity does fantastic work helping to provide families across the UK with hands-on support, equipment, therapies, and treatments to unwell and disabled children.

Packed with over ten fun activities, FAB’s are the perfect creative Christmas gift.

>> Find out more and visit our super sparkly store HERE

Creative Christmas Countdown

Have you been following our Crafty Christmas Advent?

Our ‘Crafty Christmas Countdown’ advent is a great way for keeping your little ones entertained and making some fantastic gifts for your loved ones!

Upload a photo of your festive creations using #CreativeChristmas for a chance to win a £75 voucher to use in our sessions or on our sparkly shop!

Check out today’s festive video over on our Facebook page and catch-up on those you’ve missed so far…..

>> Check out the other ‘Crafty Christmas Countdown’ videos!

Fab stocking fillers to inspire your child!
Paint Sticks
Washable Animal Stencils
Creation Station Activity Kit
Chubbie Metallic Paint Markers
Door Hanger Kit
Silk clay

If you get in touch with your local Creation Station leader they will be able to give you a special discount code to get 10% off your shopping.

I hope you find this helpful. If there is anything I can help with, please get in touch.

Here’s to inspiring imaginations

Kindest

Sarah Cressall and Your Creative Crew

Mum to three, Best selling author, Speaker & Founder of The Creation Station

P.S. There are lots of local classes and events happening across the UK,  Click here to find what’s on near you.

P.P.S. If you don’t have a Creation Station  in your area or you know someone who would love to run their own flexible and rewarding creative business click here to find out about running your own Creation Station franchise 

 

QUIRKY AND AFFORDABLE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

QUIRKY AND AFFORDABLE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

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Thumbs up Hollywood mirror at asos – 14.99


If you apply the code ‘hello20’ you will get 20 percent off.

 

Personalised family portrait from posterhaste is brilliantly unique at only £20.


You can design this online for friends or family, and delivery will be well in time for christmas.

 

imusic pillow at www.iwantoneofthose.com at only £13.99

Probably for him when he wants to bury his head in the sand (or pillow!)

 

how to tell if your cat is trying to kill you www.prezzybox.co.uk – just £9.99


For all cat lovers and those who live with a partner and their cat!

 

www.grahamandgreen.com at £29.99 gold sequin baskets

Storage bags or stylish totes, these gold sequin baskets are expertly woven from natural rattan and half covered in beautiful gold sequins. you can even put more pressies inside.

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