5 skincare treatments that take less than an hour!

When our schedules involve school runs, work, deadlines and a social life it can be challenging to fit everything in. However, that doesn’t mean that your skin should suffer! Sophie from Premier Laser Clinic got in touch to tell me about 5 treatments that take less than 60 minutes so no more excuses, it’s time to treat yourself!

These treatments use proven ingredients and techniques to revitalise your complexion and ease common skin issues, with the added bonus of involving little to no downtime. Perfect for squeezing into your day!

Vitamin C Peel

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: £90 per session

Downtime: none

Who is it suited for: Ideal for anyone with sensitive acne and rosacea prone skin who feels their skin could be rejuvenated and brightened.

The Vitamin C peel gently removes dead skin cells from the outer layers of your skin and penetrates into the deeper layers to encourage it to renew itself. Anti-oxidants including Vitamins A, C and E are all infused within the peel to guarantee a refreshed, glowing complexion.

Available at: Soho, Clapham, Fulham, Notting Hill, Aldgate, Kingston and Liverpool Street

Celebrity favourite! Binky of Made in Chelsea is a big fan of the treatment for revitalising her skin when it is looking tired and lacklustre.

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Anti-Ageing Peel

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: £90 per session

Downtime: None

Who is it suited for: Anyone who wants a collagen boost and to reduce their wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.

The Anti-Ageing Peel contains glycolic and retinol ingredients and is designed to boost your collagen production and cell renewal for firmer, younger looking skin. The peel combats fine lines and wrinkles whilst lightening sun spots and hydrating the skin; it is a fantastic option for anyone feeling run down with advanced signs of ageing beginning to show.

Available at: Clapham, Soho, Notting Hill, Aldgate, Kingston, Fulham and Liverpool Street

O2 Lift Peel

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: £90 per session

Downtime: None

Who is it suited for: Those in need of a skin pick me up!

The O2 lift peel uses only oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides and enzymatic botanicals on the skin, providing a natural but powerful combination and leaving your complexion refreshed and luminous. Perfect after a busy few months and in the lead up to summer!

Available at: Clapham, Aldgate and Notting Hill

Anti-Acne Peel

Time: 45 minutes

Cost: £90 per session.

Downtime: None

Who is it suited for: Those with oily/combination skin that suffer redness and adult acne.

The Anti-Acne Peel restores the skin following an acne breakout and reduces the frequency and intensity of future spots. The peel uses Beta Hydroxy Acids and Alpha Hydroxy Acids to heal existing blemishes and reduce the concentration of acne causing bacteria on the skin. This in turn helps to rebalance the skins natural oils, resulting in a smoother and more even complexion. This is ideal for mothers experiencing an outburst of adult acne since having children.

Available at: Clapham, Soho, Notting Hill, Aldgate, Kingston, Fulham and Liverpool Street

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Dermapen Skin Microneedling

Time: 30 minutes

Cost: From £200 per session

Downtime: 24 hours

Who is it suited for: Anyone who suffers with acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and enlarged pores.

Dermapen Microneedling is a results driven, advanced treatment that triggers collagen production in the dermis by creating minuscule areas of trauma with tiny titanium micro-needles. As the collagen is produced the surrounding tissue is plumped and the raised effect of any acne scarring and hyperpigmentation considerably reduced.

Available at: Notting Hill, Clapham, Soho, Aldgate, Kingston, Virginia Water, Fulham and Liverpool Street

Celebrity favourite! Anthony Watson, star of the England Rugby team found the Dermapen treatment perfect for reducing scarring on his face caused by heavy contact during games.

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Have a little more time?

We offer extensive Laser Hair Removal at all of our branches, providing permanent hair reduction from top to toe. For more information on how laser hair removal works, plus the spring packages now available please contact us or visit our website www.londonpremierlaser.co.uk

Come and see us for an in-depth, no obligation consultation to discuss your skin and its individual needs by clicking HERE or call us on 0203 811 3754.

We’re expanding – Babysitters of London Husbands

Hello everyone

I wanted to share the exciting news of our latest service offering: Babysitters of London Husbands (BOHL). Find out more from our very official press release below. If you would like to book a sitter for your husband, please email Anna: acameron@bokac.co.uk.


BOKAC launches Babysitters of London Husbands

Following the company’s successful expansion to South London (Babysitters of Southwark), Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea have been carefully considering their next move. Taking into account a multitude of requests from clients – BOLH (pronounced Bol) has been born!

For minimum of three hours, a BOLH babysitter will be in charge of supervising your husband. Activities will include gardening, watching sports, cooking (lessons are provided for an additional fee), hunting for ‘lost’ items within eyesight and cleaning.

Founder, Anna Cameron says “The amount of wives and husbands needing time away from their husbands was astonishing. We decided to trial BOLH, not expecting it to be as successful as it was. The immediate feedback was so positive that we have decided to launch it on a long term basis. It may even overtake our traditional babysitting offering.”

Regular parent Kelly Whittles, Kensington, UK was one of the first to trial BOLH:

“The idea sounded a bit peculiar at first, but the thought of being able to go to my French class and gym without thinking of what Tim was up to was a bit of a blessing. Susie, our BOLH babysitter, was incredible. When I returned three hours later Tim was looking refreshed and fed; he even fed the children! We will definitely be using BOLH again.”

Supporting BOKAC parents – Bonpoint clothing sale!

I am forever grateful to the parents who book their babysitters through Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea and who continue to support and encourage me. One of my favourite aspects of running the business is getting to know the interesting and creative parents that we work with.
Recently, a mother called Marianna O’Sullivan got in touch about the children’s clothing sale that she will be holding on Monday 14th March. Below is some information from Marianna about her and the sale:
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Hello my name is Marianna O’Sullivan, I used to have a shop in Sydney and I was very proud to sell the most beautiful brands like Bonpoint, Caramel Baby & Child Il Gufo. My boutique, Arabella Boutique, in Sydney was the first boutique in Australia to sell these brands.
I was running the business myself but due to the intensity of the job and having two young kids to look after, I decided to close the shop and relocate back to London.
Now settled, I have started to run private sales at home. Below are some photos of the shop in Sydney (Arabella Boutique), and of my children.
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For sale on Monday will be Bonpoint baby clothes for boys and girls. As you know, Bonpoint is an exquisite french brand who specialise in the highest quality clothing.  The invitation above shows some of the tops that will be on sale.”
Once again the details of the sale are:
Date: Monday 14th March 2016
Times: 9am-5pm
Address: Ground Floor, 69 Cadogan Square SW1X 0DY
Please note, the sale is CASH ONLY!! 
We look forward to supporting Marianna and her business and hope that you can do the same!


I have never considered myself alone in running Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea. Our babysitters, the parents who book with us and my wider friends and family network have always been a constant source of support and inspiration, for which I am very grateful.

Within the last year, our team has flourished in a slightly more traditional way so I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to us all:

Anna Cameron 

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As a Kensington resident, I babysat for local families and this led to the launch of Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea in 2011. My employment background is primarily in sales & marketing and I have a passion for start-ups and all things related to entrepreneurship. I am responsible for overseeing the financial, marketing, customer service, tech and strategic sides of BOKAC.

Sophie Purvis

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Recently, you will have received responses to your questions from Sophie who has taken over the running of BOKAC from Monday-Friday. Sophie and I have been close friends since 2005 when we met at the University of Leeds, both studying Psychology. Sophie is a professional (and excellent!) yoga teacher and many of you will also have met her as she is one of our most popular babysitters: http://bokac.co.uk/our-babysitters/view/185.

Sara Genevini

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Sara is training to be a child psychologist and is also a registered babysitter (http://bokac.co.uk/our-babysitters/view/171) which makes her perfectly placed to handle our babysitter recruitment. Sara takes each applicant through the reference collection and verification process and interviews each person face-to-face. Sara understands exactly what parents are looking for when it comes to booking a babysitter and is instantly able to recognise whether someone is right to join BOKAC.

James Burnett and Sam Roberts

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The booking process and website were designed and created by the wonderful James and Sam from Infobahn: http://www.infobahndesign.com.If you’re ever looking for a website designer, I couldn’t recommend them more highly!

Top tips for seamless babysitting

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You may have noticed that we have registered quite a few new babysitters this year, 15 to be exact. Not only are new families making use of our service but you are booking babysitters more often which is lovely to see! With this in mind, I thought I would put together my top 5 tips to make booking a babysitter as smooth as possible for you. We do also have an FAQs page and as always, myself or a member of the team will always be on hand to answer your questions. If there are aspects of the service that aren’t clear or if you think we could be doing something better, please do let me know.
Thank you for your support!


1. Timing is everything: Parents are able to book a babysitter up to 5 weeks in advance or with as little as 2 hours notice. For weekday evening appointments, you’ll often have a choice of babysitters within a few hours but for Friday or Saturday nights or day time appointments, we recommend loading a job request as soon as you know you will need a babysitter, since these are our busiest slots. It’s always worth loading a job request, even if it is last minute as availability can change or we sometimes have cancellations from parents.

2. Hedge your bets: We know that you will have your favourites or gravitate towards babysitters your children already know, which is completely understandable. However, to speed up the booking process, I recommend sending your requests out to all or as many babysitters as you feel comfortable with as this will save you having to cancel and re-load the job request if your usual 2-3 babysitters aren’t free. There is never any obligation to book a babysitter who marks themselves as free but this way, you’ll be aware of the options available.

3. Free the inbox: If you are receiving too many notifications, you can adjust your email settings via your website profile so that you only hear from available babysitters.

4. Communicate: We have an internal messing system which can be accessed once a babysitter has been booked. Make use of this by finding the email booking confirmation and clicking the link that says ‘messaging system’. Alternatively, you can log into your website account, click ‘bookings’, find the relevant booking and click ‘manage job’ (blue button) and then ‘message your babysitter’. The internal messages are sent/received via email so you will know when your babysitter has replied and vice versa.

5. Move with the timings: If you book a babysitter you have not yet met and want the opportunity to get to know them or if you realise you would like to leave earlier/later or return earlier/later, you can adjust the start and end times via your website account. Log in, click ‘bookings’ (top right hand corner), find the booking and click ‘manage job’ (blue button), Click ‘need to adjust the times?’ (pink link at the top of the screen). Add/deduct time to adjust the appointment hours. A time change request will be sent to your babysitter and they will respond to say whether they accept/reject the time change, based on their schedule and if they are happy to work for more/less hours.
Please note: You will need to have credit on your account in order to request a time change as if the babysitter accepts, the appointment fee will automatically be adjusted. If you would like to reduce the length of the appointment less than 24 hours before the appointment is due to start, this would be subject to our cancellation policy of charging 50% for changes less than 24 hours before and 100% if cancelled less than 12 hours before. This is only applied to the time you wish to reduce the appointment by and is to protect our babysitters as they often accept appointments based on the hours they will work.

2016 monthly challenges (part 2)

So here we are, 15 days in to 2016 so Happy (sort-of) New Year everyone!

As an update on my monthly challenges part 1, I decided to swop the challenge for January (no TV) with February (write a diary everyday). Partly because I felt keeping a diary was a better challenge to start a new year with and partly (mostly) because there are some films out this month that I really want to see. I appreciate is perhaps not the most disciplined attitude to take but better to be honest!

I am so far enjoying writing and haven’t found it too much of an effort to do so each day, although I was hoping i’d unlock lots of profound thoughts and dreams and it’s mostly stuck to what I’ve been up to and the trivial things that are on my mind. I’m hoping this will evolve as the month goes on and it’s definitely something I would like to continue beyond January (not least because I bought some lovely notebooks that I would like to use!).

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As for the rest of my year, here is what has been fixed so far.

July – Meditate every day for 30 minutes. I’m particularly looking forward to this one as I really struggle to focus for long or even short periods of time and often flit between multiple tasks at once, which is not productive. I would like to feel clearer headed and I think meditation would help. I’ll look into various apps and podcasts – I think the obvious choice is Headspace but if anyone has any suggestions, I am all ears!

August – Get in touch with someone who I haven’t spoken to for a while, everyday. This is another one i’m looking forward to, although I think I might struggle to think of 31 people that I haven’t been in touch with recently who I do want to get back in contact with…some friends from uni, colleagues from previous jobs and friends I made when I lived abroad spring to mind but I’ll have to decide whether I want to scrape the friendship barrel so to speak (and hope they don’t read this!) or perhaps i’ll combine this with another challenge.

September – December are still up in the air for various reasons but I would like part of this time to involve remote working (ideally in California), inspired by Josh who runs Stand4Socks (as a side note, their socks make great presents or just make you feel good about doing something charitable if you want to jazz up your sock collection).

If you have set yourself a challenge(s) for this year, or if you’ve started on some new year’s resolutions, i’d love to hear how you’re getting on!

Planning ahead for 2016: monthly challenges (part 1)

Like most, I love the new year and that ‘fresh start’ feeling. I also love making resolutions and challenging myself to something new.

I was part of the 2015 cohort of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation (incidentally, the best thing i’ve ever done, applications for the next cohort are now open so apply!) and I have been inspired by some other NEF alumni who have completed a series of 30 day challenges:

Mike: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2534558/Need-resolution-inspiration-This-man-completed-12-month-long-challenges-2013-including-kayaking-work-learning-sing.html

Greg: https://medium.com/the-30-day-challenge

I have therefore decided that 2016 will be the year of month long challenges. I appreciate the importance of moderation and agree that living a life stripped of guilty pleasures somewhat takes away the fun but these will be things that I would like to do less/more of and I think that focusing on each intensely for a month will help me on my way.

January – No TV. I am not ashamed to admit that I love watching TV, it’s one of my favourite ways to relax. This would be fine if I were watching documentaries or old classics but more often than not it’s Gogglebox (which I stand by as an excellent choice), Eastenders (less so) and Coronation Street (ditto). I also spend more time than I would like watching YouTube so in January, TV/cinema/Netflix/YouTube are banned!

February – Write a diary everyday. I was an avid diary writer up until about the age of 21. I still find the process of writing down my thoughts (usually in list form) very therapeutic but i’d love to return to keeping a diary and documenting what’s going on in my life. To me, the small things are the most important and it’s often those small things that I forget!

March – Wake up at 6am. I am a morning person but one of my biggest personal gripes is that I can’t wake up before 7am. Everyday I set my alarm for 6am and everyday I re-set it for an hour later. There is endless research on how waking up early is great for productivity, creativity and general happiness and man oh man do I want those things! This will include weekends which, granted, is a bit mental but i’m sure my readers with young children would find a 6am Sunday start totally normal!

April – No meat. My sister is vegan and while I am not planning on heading that way, I am conscious of how much meat I eat and the effect it’s having on the environment and my body. I do consider myself an animal lover and while I think eating meat is a natural part of being human, I disagree strongly with mass meat production.

May – No alcohol or chocolate. I’m not a big drinker so I thought I would combine this with cutting out one of the great loves of my life – 70% dark chocolate. This is more a test of character since my chocolate intake is also not crazily high but I absolutely love it!

June – 30 day yoga challenge. I have heard great things about Adriene (luckily this will fall on a month where I can watch YouTube) and I also have a friend who is an excellent yoga teacher http://www.sophieyogalondon.com/ so I will be combining the two to complete some (it may be 15mins some days and 1 hour on others) yoga every day.

Stay tuned for part 2 and my challenges from July-December. If you have any suggestions or if you’re keen to do something similar, please let me know!

Have a chef take care of everything so you can relax with friends at home!

If you’re like me, you’ll love hosting dinner parties. There is nothing nicer than inviting a few close friends over for a meal in the comfort of your own home. Chatting away with a bottle (or more) of wine without the worry of being chucked out by the restaurant at closing time.

However. The stress of planning, shopping, cooking and clearing up after the meal is often what puts me off.

Well I don’t need to fret any longer, help is at hand!

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La Belle Assiette is a fantastic service for parents – you can eat restaurant quality food (or better!) at home, all cooked for you by a private chef.

La Belle Assiette’s aim is to make entertaining at home hassle free by bringing the restaurant experience to your home. They work with over 200 professional chefs across the UK, each of which have an online profile where you can view their menus, read about the chef, ogle over photos of their food and read reviews from previous customers.

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On the website, you can select the date, time and location for your dinner and then browse menus of available chefs. There are also handy filters to help you find a style you’re looking for. Then book online, adding in any special requests for the chef such as allergies or dietary requirements. The chef will be in touch shortly after the booking to discuss the final arrangements.

A couple of hours before your dinner, the chef will arrive with all the ingredients they will need and get cooking in your kitchen. If you want to pick up some tips and tricks, they’re always happy to share their secrets! Then sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your guests at home while the chef serves you a delectable feast. At the end of the evening, you don’t even need to worry about the washing up, the chef will do that too!

La Belle Assiette offers this service from just £39/guest. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for on their website, give their concierge team a call on 01355 377 022 and they will help you book the perfect chef for you.

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones, why not gift the private chef experience – from romantic meals for two, to a cooking class for the whole family, a chef will create a truly memorable experience.

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by La Belle Assiette. I will only ever publish content that I think is relevant and truly valuable to my readers!

Life lessons from a 13 year old

I have never underestimated how much us ‘adults’ (I use that term loosely as most of the time I still feel like a child) can learn from children. Their way of viewing the world through uninfluenced eyes is always remarkable and I was reminded of this during a recent babysitting appointment.

I was babysitting for one of BOKAC’s first families who have a 9 year old daughter and a 13 year old son. I was chatting to their son about exams and how he feels about them having recently completed his 13+ and now that GCSE’s weren’t too far away.

I used to HATE exams. To the extent that I would cry myself to sleep before a class test, because I was so worried about it. I was always a hard worker but the format and process of an exam would send me into turmoil. Even now, I count my lucky stars that exams are over and I will (hopefully) never have to take one again.

I obviously didn’t relay this to their son and just said that they were never my strong point. His reply was that actually, he enjoyed exams because it meant there was something tangible to work towards and whatever the outcome, there was always a sense of satisfaction having done it. Even if you didn’t do as well as you hoped, you could still feel proud of the preparation you went through beforehand and know that you had achieved something by completing the task (these were pretty much his exact words, although I wasn’t writing them down!).

I was so impressed by his mature, wise and grounded attitude and it has been on my mind all day. We always focus on the result, without stopping to congratulate ourselves for the work we are putting in to get there or appreciating how much we’re learning on the way.

This lesson is paraphrased in lots of different ways but to hear it from someone relatively young and specifically related to exams, which I had always bookmarked as a topic I had nothing positive to say about (except that they’re over) made me see it with fresh eyes.

This conversation is yet another reason why I love running Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea (and now Babysitters of Southwark too!) so much.

What are some of the life lessons that you’ve learnt from children?

Celebrating a London institution – Trotters turns 25!

If you live in Kensington, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Fulham, Battersea, Clapham, Shepherd’s Bush or anywhere near those areas, the chances are, you’ve been to Trotters.

For as long as I can remember, Trotters has been around. It was the only place that I would have my hair cut without screaming bloody murder (when I was under 8 years old I hasten to add!) and it’s always been the kind of place that parents and children are equally happy to spend time in.

Not surprisingly, Trotters has been incredibly successful and they are soon to be celebrating their 25th birthday. On Saturday 26th September from 11am-5pm, Trotters will be hosting a party at Duke of York Square. Unfortunately I can’t go as I have a wedding to attend but for all of those who will be in the area, don’t miss it!

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Here is what Trotters had to say about the event:

“As a thank you to loyal customers, Trotters are throwing a big party for children and their families to come and celebrate their 25 years. Activities on the day will include a petting zoo and pony rides, a Victorian carousel, cookery classes, live music and children’s performances, a baking and biscuit decorating competition with Partridges, entertainers by G&O Parties, face painting with Galt, posh hot dogs from Manicomio, ice creams, candy floss, traditional fete stalls, Harper Collins storytelling and book signing by some of Trotters favourite children’s authors, an arts & crafts area and a quiet corner for mummies in need of some pampering by the team at Liz Earle…and much more! For more information visit: http://www.trotters.co.uk/trotters-25-birthday/

With support from local businesses and retailers Trotters will be donating all proceeds on the day to one of their chosen charities Place2Be, who provide much needed school-based mental health support to children across the UK and for whom The Duchess of Cambridge is patron. To read more about Place2Be visit: http://www.trotters.co.uk/charity/

We look forward to seeing you there!”

Pony rides, candy floss and Liz Earle – oh my!  #TROTTERSTURNS25