the shop is closing

Hey friends! If you follow me on social media you may be aware that the shop is shutting. I made the decision some months ago to close down my online store when the baby arrived and I thought I'd write a little about why that is.

With two kiddos at home now plus two businesses (the blog and the shop) I knew I would find the challenge of splitting myself between all four a little too much. When Wilf was born I took a maternity leave of a year but I also knew I wouldn't be returning to my old job. I wasn't working at all and money was really tight but Tom and I both felt like me staying at home with Wilf was the best option for us. By the time Wilf was 18 months I had started earning a little from my blog, a bit of freelance blogger outreach and also starting to think about entering the retail business (something that was set up when he turned two). As such he started nursery for two days a week at this age in order for me to focus on this, we were lucky in a way that whilst I was starting out our joint income was low enough that child care was massively subsidised for us. Otherwise I'm not sure I would have been able to make the leap to working for myself and paying for two full days in childcare.

Two years on and with Mabli's arrival I know I want to be able to give her as much of a similar start with me at home as I did with Wilf. Running a shop takes up a massive amount of time, as well as physical space (we basically don't have a living room, just a stock room!). This time round I've actually decided to take the minimum amount of maternity leave as I'm able (two weeks) in order to continue to run this blog and also so Tom can take the rest of my maternity leave. This means that Tom can entertain Wilf or watch the baby if I need to work for a few hours a day and it also means the other hours of the day we can spend as a family and enjoying our newborn & four year old. After five months Tom will then return to his job and a couple of months after that Wilf will start school (!).

I'll probably write a bit more about our decision for Tom to take my maternity leave at some point as I know it's quite an unusual thing to do (and something that's only been possible since April so we just happened to have a baby at the right time!). It's something we're massively excited about though and will mean so much for Tom and Wilf to have some one on one time before school starts.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who's supported my shop in the past two years and hope you understand my decision. I'll still be blogging here lots (can't keep me away from blogging!) so nothing will change in that department. Thanks as always for reading!

p.s pretty much everything in the shop is now at cost price so grab a bargain if you like! 

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