Winning At Work/Life Balance


It’s a year since I made the leap from office job to working freelance. I wish I’d done it sooner! I remember thinking to myself, years ago, that I could never work freelance because I’d miss the buzz of the office too much. I also think I was a bit scared of the unknown. But now I’m doing it? I love it. Aside from some unexpected side effects – namely working far too much without having that 6pm hometime goal to work towards each day, and putting on some weight without having those daily speedy walks to the train station and from the station to the office, each day – it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I get such a kick out of having a day where everything runs like clockwork. I get up, sort breakfast, put a load of laundry in the washing machine, take the four-year-old to pre-school, head to the gym then go to my favourite coffee shop to work for a few hours. By the time I head home to make some lunch, the laundry is clean and if it’s a dry sunny day, I’ll hang it out in the garden to dry. I realise it sounds utterly lame but the idea of housework kind of just happening while I work makes me happy.

And working on my laptop while the laundry dries in the spring breeze makes me feel like I’m totally winning at work/life balance. Right now, as I type, my new Supreme Supima Hygro towels from Christy, that I’ve been asked to review, are hanging up to dry.

Christy towels review

So what’s my verdict on them? Well, boy are they super soft, thanks to the 100% Supima cotton. They even carry the COTTON USA International trademark for quality U.S cotton products. When I wrapped up the four-year-old in one of them after her bath, I asked her if she likes the new towel, and she grinned and told me how soft it felt on her skin.


I love the bright colours that the Supreme Sumpima Hygro towels come in – my bathroom is all white and pale colours so we like to inject a bit of colour with our towels and bath mats. And despite being amazingly good quality, they’re reasonably priced, starting at £3.50 for a face cloth. So these towels get the thumbs up from us. And not just because washing them allows me to tick one more thing of my long to-so list!



Thanks to Christy for working with Not Another Mummy Blog. For details of how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page.



  1. May 29, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Ooh i’m alwasy looking for bright towels forthe bathroom and these look great and the quality looks good too! x

  2. May 30, 2015 / 12:23 am

    I know exactly what you mean. I never thought I had the self- discipline to work for myself, turns out I was wrong! I love the freedom of working for myself and (as you say) the ability to have a good(ish) work/life balance.

  3. May 30, 2015 / 7:25 am

    So with you on the freelance! I also love hanging my washing out to dry, something I never thought I’d say when I was in my twenties. Really like the towel colour and they look so fresh and new 🙂

  4. May 30, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    Lovely towels! I work freelance but share some office space in town. It’s the best of both worlds for me, plus I don’t get distracted washing towels 😉

  5. May 30, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    Alison, that’s absolutely fantastic!

    Congratulations on having the drive to walk away and making it an entire year on your own so far. It’s not for everyone but you’ve done amazingly well. What would you say is the single biggest thing you’ve learnt so far whilst working at home?

  6. May 31, 2015 / 9:11 am

    What gorgeous towels, love the colour! The burning question for me is, is that your back garden with a clothes line in between the two silver birches…I just love that image, what a great place to work!
    I love working from home too, I think achieving a balance is something you constantly have to adjust, and the hardest thing for me, has been all of those extra pounds I seem to have put on since I did it.

  7. May 31, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    I like adding colour to our bathroom by buying different towels too but they’ve got to be soft. These look and sound great. Christie is one of those brands I’ve always associated with really good quality towels x

  8. May 31, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    Alison, you constantly inspire me. I’m so glad it’s so good one year on. As far as I’m concerned, if housework just happens around you while you’re working, you are totally winning at life! XX

  9. June 2, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Oh Christy towels are amazing! We have loads of them here. And the feeling of hannging things on the line? Is amazing!! x

  10. June 2, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Oooh those towels are lovely! I love working for myself/from home now, and 6 months in, like you I wish I’d done it sooner. I am so much happier as a person and as a parent, and I feel I get the best of both worlds, despite needing to be more disciplined when it comes to not doing too much work stuff in the evening!x

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