5 Top Productivity Tips

1 Make a list at the end of each working day of 3 work things you will do first thing in the morning

2 Switch on your laptop, check e mails, social media & phone for any mega urgents & flag them.

3 Minimise the screen after 15 minutes max

4 Complete your 3 to do’s & cross them off the list

5 Reward yourself with a coffee & pat on the back.

Enjoy the rest of your productive day.

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Book a free coaching taster over coffee or skype with me at http://www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

Carob at Sheffield Clandestine Cake Club

imageBaking with Carob at our July meeting. The challenge was to learn how to bake with carob and I made a carob, honey and walnut cake using carob syrup. here is the write up I did for the Clandestine Cake Club


The cake I made had deep rich flavour and an almost treacly taste. #Yummy The carob was supplied by @savvyspreads in Sheffield.

Visit the Clandestine Cake Club website to join the Sheffield group . We meet monthly and new members are always welcome … Come by yourself … We are very friendly !

Contact me Karen Perkins via coachmekp@gmail.com or via @fabcoach on Twitter

Aziz Ansari on His New Book and How Texting Is Ruining Our Relationships

Book some dating coaching if you want to find out how to use tech to meet your dream partner.. but want to avoid being distracted by your social media activity & too much texting !!


The series finale of Parks and Recreation aired just a week ago, but comedian Aziz Ansari is already busy with new projects. His second Netflix stand-up comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, premieres Friday, and his upcoming book Modern Romance, an academic study of modern romance peppered with his brand of humor, hits shelves June 16.

While every other comedian — from Tina Fey to Amy Poehler — is writing a memoir, Ansari decided he’d team up with a sociologist to conduct studies on love in the age of technology for his first title. The comedian revealed his book cover exclusively to TIME and chatted about his research, his stand-up and the end of Parks and Rec.

TIME: A lot of people were surprised when you announced that as a comedian you were writing a book that takes a more academic look at modern…

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Spring Cakes with Sheffield Clandestine Club

Look at all the lovely #sheffield bakers who made spring cakes for the Clandestine cake Club

Retiring Disgracefully

Thanks to Jayne at Clear Pathway Hypnotherapy , who welcomed our bakers into her home & studio. We baked on a theme of Spring cakes & the entrance fee was kindly donated to City Hearts charity in Sheffield for easter eggs !

I made a White Chocolate & Orange cake with lemon curd filling & a white chocolate & orange ganache . I squeezed an orange on to the top of the sponge for extra zestiness .

Suzanne made a Honey cake , with fierce bees . She made a batter of butter, honey, sugar & flour. With a honey cream topping , fondant bees with white choc button wings & drizzled choc stripes.


Jayne made a Hummingbird cake , on the left with fruit, pineapple, carrot and olive oil. Hummingbird refers to the bird who comes back in the Spring. It had cream cheese, butter icing with cinnamon. Anne…

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Clandestine Cake Club: Sheffield’s Secret Cake Escape

Clandestine Cake Club: Sheffield’s Secret Cake Escape. We were interviewed at our last meeting by the new blog about town WhenInSheffield …who summed up the cake club very eloquently !

Join us to bake ! Our next event is Sat 21st March 2-4 on a Spring Baking theme … Book via @fabcoach or e mail coachmekp@gmail.com


Karen xx


Take control after Valentines Day ….. come walk with us .. Speeddatewalking

Join our free speed date walk on Sat 28th Feb 2015 at 11.30 … this time its 40 plus (ish ) … you must be free to date & bring a completed registration form . Like the Facebook page & request a form  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Speeddatewalking/297895420274004?ref=hl


A mixed bunch of walkers … we do at least 3 miles , bring boots, water, raingear,  etc … and we stop for coffee en route . Top tip… don’t keep your sunglasses on all the time as the eyes are the window to the soul .

Up coming events under 40’s , midweek 55+ , … follow us and register for alerts !

???????????????????Walks are facilitated by Karen Perkins www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk Its up to you to check if you are fit enough … check with your GP if in any doubt.

Book a free coaching taster via the website Best Wishes Karen !!

Happiness is a long walk with a hairy walker !

Bye Bye the Secret Tea Room. Hello A Yorkshire Woman

A fantastic blog, on to pastures new ! A Yorkshire Woman !!

The Secret Tea Room


After a lot of thinking over the last couple years, I have decide to move from WordPress Blogger to a WordPress website. It means I have more control on the look and feel of a website, I also get to own the Domain name. With a wordpress blog name, you don’t own it. It’s still a wordpress.com blog. Take a look at the URL in this address bar and you will see what I mean. bakelady.wordpress.com.

One of the main reasons for not posting on this blog as often as I would like, is because of the amount of time I spend on the Clandestine Cake Club and website. I want to link my life in retirement with CCC and Visa Versa.

My initial thoughts are, do I take all this blog contents with me and transfer everything other to the new site, or do I leave much of…

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