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.

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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!

Team BOKAC

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!

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!

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

Our fantastic new intro video!

Adding video content to our website is something I have wanted to do for ages but I just haven’t had the time or access to the right resources. That all changed when I met Frédérick, a serial entrepreneur and also a BOKAC parent!

Frédérick Tubiermont is the founder of adsy.me, webringmaster.com and 24hWP.com. When I told him that I was looking to create an intro video for BOKAC, he said he could help. He created our video in less than a day which is amazing and I am so delighted with the result!

Frédérick is also an expert in WordPress so if you are looking for a bespoke WordPress website, get in touch with Frédérick who can do this in 24 hours and from £699! 

Vicky’s Post: Digital Mums – The Final Hurrah

It’s true what they say – time flies when you’re having fun!  I still can’t quite believe it has been 18 weeks since I started the Advanced course with Digital Mums.

I stumbled upon Digital Mums purely by chance after being made redundant in December 2014. I had been working in the Digital Out of Home advertising business for over 10 years, a long time. I felt I could do my role as a Digital Content Manager standing on my head. Scheduling content across 1000 digital screens? No problem. Project managing a digital advert campaign? With my eyes closed. The role had see me plan my wedding (it was a LONG engagement!), get married and become pregnant with my first child. I felt settled, comfortable. Then almost a year to the day I returned back to work from maternity leave – wham! Redundancy.

To say it came as a shock was an understatement, and right before Christmas too. Although there is never really a good time to lose your job! Panic set in. What can I do? What about Beatrice? She was used to Mummy working from home. Would we have to put her in full time childcare? How would we afford it? A trillion and one questions flooded my mind.

One day when faithfully updating my LinkedIn profile I happened to stumble across Digital Mums. Reading what they had to say was my hallelujah moment. With their advanced course I would be able to retrain as a freelance social media manager. The job description fitted my skill set perfectly. It was almost as if this course had been tailor made for me. What really swung it was the fact that during my training I would work alongside a real business. Putting the theory into practise and running their social media channels. No better way to learn really.

A phone call with one of Digital Mums’ co-founders Kathryn Tyler sealed the deal.  I applied for the course and found myself signed up to the Digital Mums March cohort.

The training is broken down into: lessons, assignments, peer group support sessions and interactive sessions with your business. All of the learning is done online and can be completed at your own pace. During the training you learn all the elements you need to become a Freelance Social Media Manager. From user personas and tone of voice to creating a campaign and developing a content strategy. It’s all there.

So since March I have been working with Anna at Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea. I have to say working with Anna has been an absolute pleasure. From our first telephone meeting (which we have weekly as part of the advanced course) it was clear we were going to work well together. Throughout my training I have received Anna’s full support and encouragement. Running the #SummerTimeOut campaign has been a lot of fun. I have met and engaged with so many incredible people via Twitter and Facebook. It’s been an absolute joy and although I have found myself functioning on 4 hours of sleep on occasion from having a toddler and studying. I have loved every second of it.

Working with Anna has made me feel so valued and I can honestly say that I feel like one of the team.

As the course comes to an end, I can feel my Media Mama Mojo returning. I am so much more confident about launching myself in the big wide world of work as a Freelance Social Media professional. I am very excited about the future of flexible working and the opportunities it will bring to me and my family.

I am so grateful to Digital Mums for providing me with the tools to get my confidence back, but of course I couldn’t have done this without my business.  So a huge thanks to Anna and the team at Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea for all their support and for believing in me.

If I ever need a babysitter next time I stay in West or South West London I know who’s number will be on speed dial…

Vicky’s Post: Chill out Summer Mama (5 of 5)

So on reflection, I think that I have my very own unique, chilled out Summer Mama kind of vibe. Okay so it’s completely different to what it was pre-toddler days but it’s definitely there all the same.

Follow these handy rules and we are all in for a wonderful summer!

  • Relax
  • Stay safe in the sun and around water – that goes for Mummies and Daddies as well as toddlers!
  • Be prepared for anything
  • Everything in moderation (including ice cream for the kids and rosé wine for Summer Mamas!)

Vicky is BOKAC’s Digital Mum in Training. You can read my recent post about her and Digital Mum’s here.

Read Vicky’s first post ‘Summer Mama’ here

Read Vicky’s second post ‘Everyone’s free (to wear sunscreen)’ here

Read Vicky’s third post ‘Ice Ice Baby’ here

Reach Vicky’s fourth post ‘Twisting by the pool’ here

Vicky’s Post: Twisting by the Pool (4 of 5)

There’s nothing better than cooling off in a swimming pool during hot weather. My toddler definitely agrees and is obsessed with water: the sea, the local duck pond, swimming pool, paddling pool, she’s even happy with a tray of water for splashing in. Before she turned two I had a certain level of anxiety of her being around water and funnily enough also to dirt, food, animals, paint (the list is endless).

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Pretty accurate depiction for when a toddler and a paddling pool are nearby

I’ve learned to relax, breathe and go with the mothering flow these days.  So what if she decides to splash and soak herself and anyone within a 100 yard radius? As she pointed out to me recently “it’s only water mummy” and she’s right.  As long as she is safe around water at all times, I don’t want her to ever be scared to play and express herself playing with the wet stuff. I’ve learnt to take a deep breath and always carry a spare set of clothes around with me for us both.

Vicky is BOKAC’s Digital Mum in Training. You can read my recent post about her and Digital Mum’s here.

Read Vicky’s first post ‘Summer Mama’ here

Read Vicky’s second post ‘Everyone’s free (to wear sunscreen)’ here

Read Vicky’s third post ‘Ice Ice Baby’ here

Vicky’s Post: Ice Ice Baby (3 of 5)

There is such a temptation to race to the freezer on hot sunny days for a cold sugary ice cream treat.  I’m not adverse to a 99 cone myself, but these days I feel there seems to be so much more pressure on parents to ply their children with ice cream at every opportunity during the summer.

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Side note: Who remembers when 99’s were actually 99p?!

Out and about there is a frequent sight of an Ice Cream Van whirring away in every park. Blaring out their annoying chime-music at the most inappropriate times (usually around 7pm toddler bedtime). I have to be honest and put my hands up to say that I’ve actually told my toddler that when the ice cream man plays his jingly jangly tune it means that he has run out of ice cream. When she looked at me puzzled I explained further: “he plays it to let everyone know he has to go back to the factory for more ice cream”. She bought it. I am just waiting for her to tell the same story to a stranger on a packed train/bus, highlighting me as an uber strict mum who doesn’t allow her child any sugary delights.

You see, I do allow my toddler ice cream. But at the times I feel it’s appropriate.  It’s classed as a treat and not an everyday occurrence. I’m quite a fan of cliches so my mantra is “everything in moderation” and I always try to remember “a little bit of what you fancy does you good”.

Vicky is BOKAC’s Digital Mum in Training. You can read my recent post about her and Digital Mum’s here.

Read Vicky’s first post ‘Summer Mama’ here

Read Vicky’s second post ‘Everyone’s free (to wear sunscreen)’ here