Small bis chat


keeping commitments to myself

13th 04 2018. Posted in Small bis chat by elliekelly


Sometimes I just annoy myself with all the things I say I’m going to do but don’t. I don’t think I’m alone in this one. I think maybe lots of us do this?

Tell me it’s not just me.

And this isnt breaking commitments to others. This is me letting myself down. I’m reading a new book this week (no I haven’t finished the other 3 on my side table yet) and the author talked about this condition. How she used to do it and how she got it sorted one thing at a time.

And I just thought yes. It must make life a little less full of guilt and a bit more proactive if you don’t over commit to yourself or others and if you do the things you know will make a difference. It feels like i have a million things going on in my head for work for Neive for life. When i think about it, it’s madness that i let the same thing keep pinging around my brain taking up valuable space.


She puts it much better than me so if you have the same issue then this could be a good read for you. But basically, I’m going to really think about the things I say I’m going to do before I do them. I’m going to make sure I have time for them and that they help me reach my goals.

It just makes me feel rubbish when I have all these things hanging over me that I’m not doing but said I would.

This is my list of things as it’s stands right now, I’m going to either ditch them or make a commitment.


Start going to combat class again – No. I will at some point and I’m actually excited about doing it. But I’m in a place with work for the next 6 weeks that means I need to work some evenings. So that’s just off the list.

Design and develop DIY party boxes – I’m on this and I’m flipping excited!

Newsletter – yes, yes, yes

Drink a lot more water – No, I say I will and I don’t so I’m forgetting this one

Stop Eating Chocolate for 30 days – I’m not that fussed about Chocolate, but I have started eating it more and more (Easter was a binge fest). So, 30 days with no chocolate and I think I’ll be over it.

Get up early – I’m compromising on this. I hate being tired, so three days I week (Monday, Thursday & Friday) I will set an alarm for 6am to get up and get some work done before Neive gets up.

Plan out my weeks – I’m not terrible at this and I’m a pretty organised person (having a child who isn’t in nursery and two businesses, I have to be) but I can for sure do better at planning out my weeks and my days and I know it makes things much easier.

Spend less on the food shop – This one drives me mad. We spend way too much a week on food shopping. I think it’s going to take a while but after saying it for weeks I’m swapping who I do my online order with as of next week so that’s a step.

Organise a Big Lunch street party – This one has taken the most thought. I would love to do this but i just don’t think the time is right. I know it would end up being more work than i think it would. It makes me a bit sad and I feel a bit like I’m letting myself down, but this is a no as well.

Blog – Yes twice a week, sometimes I might do more but it’s just not realistic to keep telling myself that I will do three per week.

Videos – I love making videos, so I am going to do this! I am going to plan out a few I would like to make both for me and work and get them done in the next two weeks.

Find and read a parenting book – I’m looking for a book that give me some tools for dealing with Neive’s more annoying / hard / stressful times. Something quite calm and mindful. This has been on my list for a while as I know I could be doing better. Tonight, I will search and order a book. (if you know any good ones let me know).


Well, that was petty therapeutic. I’m going to print this list out and pop it on the wall.

Does anyone have these issues and what do you do to ensure you keep on top of yourself?


Ellie x




my podcast list

15th 03 2018. Posted in Small bis chat by elliekelly


My husband said to me the other day “why don’t you listen to fun podcasts”. Which I though was pretty funny as I was telling him about the latest Rachel Hollis podcast and how I was going to do her 5 to thrive for 30 days (drink more water, get up an hour early type stuff).


I love the podcasts I listen to though and to me although lots are business related I do find they really enjoyable. I love learning so if I can do that while I’m on the way to a job or walking my daughter to sleep for her nap then that is a total win for me.

I have just added a few more to my list but if you a working mum like me (esp. if you run your own business) then maybe you’ll like some of these as well.

Ctrl Alt Delete with Emma Gannon – she interviews people who work mainly online. I find her interview really interesting and great selection of guests.

DAIS with Rachel Hollis – She runs a media company in LA and I found her via Facebook back when she ran an events company. As she would say he is a Hustler and although our lives are a million miles apart she has some great tips for getting stuff done that resonate with me.

Happy Mum Happy Baby with Giovanna Fletcher – She is so down to earth and feels like a friend next door so it’s fun to hear about how she deals with motherhood and she has some lovely guests who all have different options and ways they have dealt with it.

The Scummy Mummies with Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn – These two got me though night feeds and make me laugh. Need I say more!

The Slow Home Podcast with Brooke & Ben – This is a new one to me but I’m really enjoying it so far. I’m the type of person who need reminds of how to make my life more resemble the life I want. They interview lots of different people on all aspects of Slow Living and it has opened up a new way of doing stuff for me.

Hashtag Authentic with Sara Tasker – Another more online / work one but great subjects and really interesting people. Nice and relaxed but full of info.

Happy Place with Fearne Cotton – this is very new one to me and the first i have listend to is Fearne chatting to Dawn French, who i LOVE (who doesnt) so it’s really good so far. Relaxed, intesting to see how she finds her happy.

And lastly

Desert Island Discs with BBC radio 4 – This is a classic and i love it. Kirsty Younge is fantastic and her guests are so mixed. My dad did a double take when I told him I listen to this 🙂



How to measure your success

6th 02 2018. Posted in Small bis chat by elliekelly

  With your own ruler. In the dictionary is says “the attainment of wealth, position, honours, or the like” I used to measure my business / life like this. How much money have I made, what new things have I brought, do I have more clients, have I worked with bigger brands and more celebrities this year than last. It’s exhausting. It’s a […]

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What I’v learned – Branding

29th 01 2018. Posted in Small bis chat by elliekelly

  The most important step in starting a new business or moving a business forward. In 2011 I started Buttons. It was not a big grand plan. The aim was to work from home so i could have a dog and be in a the position i wanted to when i had kids. I made […]

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No superwoman here

1st 07 2013. Posted in Family, Making & Baking, Small bis chat by elliekelly

  I’m afraid it’s true. I hoped it wasn’t but hayho. I am not super woman.   Picture from:   Some times when you have lots of balls in the air you need to pop one of them on the floor for a little bit and pick it up later when the wind has […]

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Did we win? Kind of!

12th 06 2013. Posted in Family, Making & Baking, Small bis chat by elliekelly

  As some of you might have seen *little cough* Buttons was nominated for a What’s on 4 Junior award and I was asking for votes to see if we could get to the short list of three. Well the votes are in, but I’m sorry to say we did not make it 🙁  The […]

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A big challange – Lets win an award

12th 04 2013. Posted in Small bis chat by elliekelly

  Happy Friday everyone A few weeks ago Buttons was nominated for the Best Children Party Entertainment award from What’s on 4 Junior. Yippy! A big thank you if you nominated us, it really means so much. Now though we have a bigger challenge. We need to get enough votes to win and we are up […]

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Ellie KellyHello & Welcome

I'm Ellie, mum to Neive who is 2, founder of Buttons Parties and Wonderwood Explorers. I like to let the seasons guide me though the year with play, making and baking inspiration. Get yourself a biscuit and come in for an amble around.

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