Mum launches business inspired by wanting to get away from her children

A MOTHER-OF-TWO has started a business of her own inspired by her experiences of having children and needing a legitimate reason to spend time away from them. 

Charlotte Phelps stopped working full time after having her second child and was immediately motivated to become an entrepreneur to force her husband to take charge of the kids at the weekend.

Phelps said: “I’d always dreamed of working for myself and when I had kids, I suddenly realised I had to do it. Like immediately.

“Once I’d had the idea to make or sell a product or service that would require long periods of time alone, I was away. Coming up with whatever it would be was a mere detail.

“So I launched my own gourmet food box delivery, and since then I’m packing ugly vegetables in the garage or updating customer spreadsheets every moment my husband’s home, and it’s absolute bliss.

“The business is going from strength to strength and people love what I’m doing, which is amazing because otherwise I’d be trapped at home with those monsters forever.”

Friend Carolyn Ryan said: “Charlotte’s business isn’t anything special, but she’s so powerfully motivated that it can’t fail. She needs to make enough profit to hire a nanny.”

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Ways to make the most of the 43 minutes of daylight you're getting today

DO you wake up to clear blue winter skies only to find the sun’s gone by the time you’re dressed? Here’s how to make the most of your tiny slice of daylight.

Get out of bed

Special as it can be to watch the sun rise and set in six minutes from under the duvet, it means you’ll be doing everything else in the dark for the rest of the day. If you get up while it’s light you’ll feel you’ve achieved something, even if it’s just putting on underwear.

Gaze out of the window

Spend a few of those precious daylight moments looking out of the window. It might be the only time you’ll see the outdoors bathed in natural light all week so, as well as admiring the pretty clouds, take a moment to check the car hasn’t been nicked.

Look in the mirror

If you haven’t seen your face in natural light for several days, be brave and have a good look in the mirror. It will be a miserable experience compared to the soft glow of your smile in a low wattage light bulb, but it’ll prompt you to get your roots done before Christmas.

Go outside

If you find a moment when it isn’t pissing with rain, step outside. It’s important to let some vitamin D penetrate your dry, pasty skin and make sure the few muscles left in your wasted, sedentary body still vaguely work.

Get back into bed

By the time you’ve achieved anything, your tiny window of winter daylight will have closed and it will be pitch dark again. Like a bird with a blanket over its cage you will immediately return to sleep.