10 Top Tips for a ‪#‎stressfree‬ Christmas !

10 Top Tips for a ‪#‎stressfree‬ Christmas !

by Karen Perkins

1 Xmas has not happened yet so you still have a CHOICE about how you are going to enjoy it ! What would you really like to change this year to improve it ?

2 Pick your most annoying relative of friend. Choose to be nice to them this year ! See what happens !

3 Buy yourself a secret santa present ,that you really love . Place it under the tree as your treat on Xmas day !

4 Go and help someone else instead eg the Archer project. ( google for ideas near you !!)

5 Book yourself a de-cluttering session and take it to a charity shop..help others

6 Or teach yourself to sell things on e-bay, and start a way boost your income in the new year !!

7 Go and hide in a deep ,warm bubbly bath !

8 Play hide and seek and have a snooze whilst waiting …kids love this !!

9 When it all gets too much walk round the block , twice if you have too ,it really relaxes you !

10 Invite the neighbours kids round on Christmas eve ,and keep your pets or kids entertained !

Now book yourself a little New Year New You Lifecoaching FREE taster on 07971 881251 and find out how you can make those changes in 2015 that you have been putting off !! www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

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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


Sheffield & 3 counties Cakenic 2014 was a cakey success !

3 Clandestine cake clubs , well in fact 4, met up at Christines house in the balmy Barlborough sunshine . Sheffield, Chesterfield, Newark & Sherwood, and the Loire Valley clubs celebrated our annual 3 counties Cakenic ” picnic with cake ” . Thanks to hosts Christine & Vern who kept the tea and Pimms flowing & held a tombola for NGS Cancer care charities.

There were 10 cakes ! First up Christines Red Gooseberry & Lemon Thyme

???????????????????????With gooseberries and lemon thyme from her garden. Moist & delicious.

Next was Sticky Vickie’s Lemon Meringue Cake . A Victoria sponge with lemon curd and cream filling topped with meringue and home made lemon curd. The curd was in fact microwaved so very fast.. recipe to follow on the Sheffield CCC page .



My cake was a raspberry &  white chocolate sponge cake with chocolate essence . The filling was raspberries whipped with double cream & a spot of icing sugar. I made a raspberry drizzle in the microwave for the topping, just frozen raspberries, sugar & water 50 seconds on high, then sprinkled with toasted almonds .

???????????????????????????The first of 2 savoury cakes was a Prune , Pistachio and Goats cheese cake from Rachel Khoo s French recipe , baked by Fiona who runs the Chesterfield CCC . A great picnic cake .


Next up a cheesily decadent Mozerella, Feta and bacon cake by Rosemary , based on Nigella’s community baking recipes on line. The centre just ooozed cheesiness !

??????????????????????????????????????????CCC newbie Karen made a yummy St Clements cake with zesty icing. She only heard about the cake club on Weds so is our fastest ever recruit !


The Loire Valley is famous for its sticky toffee pud cake now !! Thanks to Jean !! Topped with butterscotch topping and pecans.


Nick the Loire valley number 2 made a sticky ginger cake, with cream cheese and cream frosting . We hope to do a CCC twinning event soon !! Its a Mary Berry cake to celebrate the 2014 Great British Bake off ! #GBBO


Sticky orange and poppy seed cake with drizzle icing. Lovingly prepared by Liz , and delivered via a massive traffic jam !!


Finally Annes magnificent Lemon Sherbert Cake with lemon curd and cream filling . Tip sherbet dip dabs are great & you get to eat the lollies afterwards


So here’s the cakey evidence

photo (2)Thanks again to Christine & Vern ……


photo-2Join us at Sheffield Clandestine cake club ! Our next event is Sat 27th of September and is “Back to school” cakes of your school days, puddings or memories of school baking .

Hope to see you soon ! Follow me on Twitter @fabcoach !! Contact me to book at coachmekp@gmail.co.uk or on LinkedIn

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Fabcoach #Tramlines 2014 Highlights ! Part 2

Sunday dawned, another brilliant sunny day for #Tramlines 2014.

First stop the Folk Forest in Endcliffe Park. It was fantastically rammed full of families, beardies & folksyies ! Can we have a bigger space next year !! Had to buy yummy Lemon & Poppyseed cake for breakfast from Seven Hills bakery stand…coffee from Motorola Coffee ! The band was Nat Jones & friends.. very musical, lovely harmonies & the prefect start to the day.


Onto the bus and off to see Rolo Tomassi at Corp ( Corporation to you ) . V fiesty , 2 screamo singers & as usual for Corp bands at #Tramlines excellent !! Nice new stage backdrop !!

Thence to the Cathedral to see Womans Hour . Sadly the gremlins meant a long wait .

Liked the pyramids on stage but left to go to the Millenium gallery to attempt to see Bloodsport at 7.00. Once again a re scheduling put them on to 9.00 so we scooted to the Leadmill to see Blossomer, and Nick McSweeney filling in for the injured Hey Sholay. 10 out of 10 to Leadmill door staff who made us get a pass out for later !!

Back up the hill to Millennium Gallery to see DJ ..really good    then AT LAST and thankfully well worth it, 3 piece Bloodsport .


Amazing one of the best bits of Tramlines . Described as

tags: aggrobeat diy experimental afro-beat hybrid vigour records life in units post punk soukous Sheffield  I heard Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Swans all in one go… relentless beat … uplifting !!

We would have loved to see the amazing Bo Ningen too !! But nipped back down to the Leadmill, past the queue with our passouts !!

The Leadmill was absolutely jam packed for the last gig of the night Slow Club . Sadly the sound system was slower … the crowd were hot & restless … the brave Slow Club took to the stage for an acoustic version then finally sans monitors they burst into action !! A brilliant end to a jam packed weekend at #Tramlines2014 !!

Slow Club

Can’t wait till next year , will have my weekly bus pass ready for another epic trail of musicality !!

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Best Wishes Karen and see you in 2015 !!




Fabcoach #Tramlines 2014 Highlights ! Part 1

We planned our Tramlines 2014 to get 110% ..well what else do you expect from a life coach !! It is the Urban Glastonbury …and you get to sleep in comfort at home !!!

Friday.. collected the Weekend advance Wristbands

??????????????Popped into a small local shop for wine & nibbles takeaway on the sunny City Hall steps

Then …. off to the Leadmill for Braver than Fiction , then to the cool Millennium Gallery to play a bubble bursting game by Aaron Oldenburg  on the Kinect oops that’s ‘game rules as an expressive media ‘  . Allusondrugs were brilliant in the Gallery


followed by a little sit down on the gallery balcony …fantastic view of the Sheffield Skyline .

?????????????????????????????????????????Up to the Harley to watch Cholumbian DJ , nice air con too ! Next Katy B at the main arena with her fab dancers .

?????????????????????The space in front of us filled up in 2 minutes !! Really enjoyed the set ! #tramlinesselfie


Back to the Millennium galleries for Shackleton another DJ !!  And  little walk home . When we checked we had walked 4.5 miles Eeek !

Saturday Update . We walked via a take out latte at Waitrose ..up the Moor to see local band CJ and the Bear Trap with lead singer Chloe Jade Simmons. Excellent & only 12 00 !


Thence via lunch at the Blue Moon cafe , scones with Blueberry & lime jam, to Magpies at the Cathedral . Cool venue but new floor so no red wine for Tramliners . Their bar is popular & donations help The Archer Project . Magpies included beautiful trumpet, and harmonies .

????????????????????????????????Next a quick nip down to Smoke BBQ & down the steps to the Busker Bus , where we found Seven Tors . They sang us on a top deck double decker bus ride round Kelham Island, Derek Dooley way, via the University Commons & Hanover way and back to Arundel Gate ;


From there we walked all the way up the back of West St ,admiring the backstreet architecture to Weston Park ,to cool down with tea & ice cream. OMG quick dash though the Uni to the Harley to see the fab Autobahn…a bit Jim Morrison, a bit Johnny Rotten , a bit Ian McCulloch , nice and loud ! The nice doorman even let me take the rest of my ice cream in ! #thankyou .

Next off the see CJ & the Bear Trap set 3 at The Old House … past the rubbish cleaners & crushers  near the Forum . Sheffield Council did us proud !

Returned to see Bloodsports at Millennium galleries , but they had moved to Sunday #rats . Next year I will keep the @tramlines twitter feed on for updates !! So had roast chicken & Caesar salad on a grassy knoll in Tudor square.

Then back up to the University Arms to see the magnificent Baby Godzilla !  Amazing energy & feats of balance & bouldering by the lead guitarist.


Walls, amps …what next …yes piles of amps !

??????????????????????????????????????????Next the band Dinosaur Pileup …a great grunge end to day 2 ! The next post will have day 3 . I am exhausted writing about what turned out to be 6.84 miles walked in pursuit of musical excellence !! Note to self next year buy a 7 day bus pass !! #Standbyme !!

Watch out for part 2 !! Follow me on Twitter @fabcoach



Collaborative Lawyers & Coaches get Physical to Fundraise !

Collaborative family lawyers and professionals including relationship coaches, mediators and financial advisors are coming together to support the Kids in the Middle #Doncaster campaign by doing a physical challenge set by Ian Burkitt of MTF – Military Fitness Training.
Taylor Bracewell has linked up with Hall Cross Academy and Family Matters Mediation to raise funds for this worthy cause which gives a voice to children in separating families.
Hall Cross Academy have put themselves and Doncaster on the map by being the first school to actively engage in this national project.  The students are inspriational – helping in the design of the website and training as peer mentors alongside raising much needed awareness and funds.
Date of event: Sunday 29 June 10-12
 Venue: Hall Cross Lower School Doncaster
Our common goals:
Raise awareness of Kids in the Middle
Raise awareness of Collaborative Family Matters
Raise funds for Kids in the Middle by sponsorship/donations
Collectively we aim to raise over £500 from this one event
6 teams of 4 including a team of kids will complete a physical challenge, suitable for all levels of fitness, adopting the following strategies which we use in collaboration:
social skills
… and loads more
Above all it will be fun!    PLEASE SPONSOR US
Donations for this event should be sent to me by cheque payable to Doncaster/Rotherham Collaborative POD.
For donations generally visit  justgiving.com/taylorbracewell or donate by texting KITM £5 to 7070 (or any other amount)
Below are links to further information relation to our cause and purpose.

Sponsor our 25 mile Peak District Trek for Framework Homeless Support

A strategic alliance of housing strategy officers across N E Derbyshire DC and Bolsover DC will be doing a gruelling 25 mile trek through the Derbyshire Peaks on Saturday 19th July 2014. The team known as the Rambling Roses which is made up of Di Parker, Rebecca Slack, Jo Hayes, Sarah Clow and Karen Perkins will have to complete the challenge in 12 hours.

Rebecca, Sarah & Di on Lose Hill
This will be a challenge to all of us as none of us have walked this sort of distance before and the walk will take in peaks such as Mam Tor, Jacobs Ladder, Winn Hill, Lose Hill, and Kinder Scout – so some sore legs, feet, and limbs the next day. Map reading has already started to prove challenging to us on some of the practice walks, another challenge for some of us to conquer!!

We work closely with Framework as they currently provide supported housing locally in both Bolsover and North East to vulnerable young people under the age of 25 in addition to other great projects helping vulnerable homeless people across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The project is currently facing huge cuts to its service so now is even more important than ever to raise as much money as possible and raise the profile of the important work Framework does. We’ve set ourselves a £500 target so all donations will be really really appreciated.

We will wear Company T Shirts if you sponsor us !
If you would like to support us by donating you can either give through our on line fundraising link  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ramblingroses 
Thanks in anticipation!

The Rambling Roses

Support Inspiring Women ‘Women in manufacturing ‘session at Global Manufacturing Fest

I am contacting you as a supporter of the Inspiring Women Forum. Here is a message from Kate Stephenson

” How many times  have you attended an event with an all male line up of speakers? I am not suggesting that the male speakers are not excellent at what they do, but I am keen to ensure fair representation at events.

Due to the nature of the subject and the connections within the organising committee, The Global Manufacturing Festival did have an all male line up (10 men in total). 

Inspiring Women are now supporting a Women in Manufacturing session, which takes place on the morning of the Conference and Trade Show. Details are attached. ”

The GMF itself is free to attend, and with over 1000 delegates expected, its also an excellent networking opportunity.

Can I ask you please to circulate the attached flyer, and encourage people to attend the GMF and support the Women in Manufacturing session? I’m keen to give the speakers a good audience, promote women in manufacturing/engineering and show that having this session has benefited the festival as  a whole.


Thank you for your support and I hope to see you on the 25th June.

Kind Regards

Kate Stephenson
Events Manager and Chair of Inspiring Women

e: kate.stephenson@scci.org.uk

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