What motivates your child?
It’s that time of the year when there is so much pressure on children to pass exams. Whether they need the results for entrance exams, to get an apprenticeship or into a college or university, or simply to get the job they have their heart set on – their exams are their sole focus (and if they aren’t – it’s likely to be even more stressful for you!)
We all deal with stress in many different ways and our children are no different. (more…)
Don’t let DIY spoil your Bank Holiday
May sees Cambridge at it’s best, with the start of so many exciting and tempting events and activities, such as Eat Cambridge, Thirsty Biergarten and the Cambridge Beer Festival. Lots of people use Bank Holidays for tackling DIY projects; I’m not sure DIY is not for everyone. If you don’t want to get the toolbox out and head up a ladder this bank holiday or if you don’t have the skills, finding a local recommended professional is the best way to get the job done properly, leaving you time to enjoy the Cambridge festivities and the summer months ahead. (more…)
Mobile services …. a lifesaver
Making an appointments is sometimes difficult, so the convenience of reliable mobile services can be a lifesaver. You may be just too busy, work unsociable hours, are elderly, a commuter or a frequent traveller. Perhaps you prefer the privacy of your own home for a particular treatment or may simply want to treat yourself. Whatever your reason, a mobile service that comes to you at home or in your workplace, can provide the perfect solution. I spent some time discovering what mobile Cambridge has to offer by speaking to business owners and drawing on my own experiences. (more…)
Get smart. Get results.
Like many people I’ve had some bad experiences; I’ve taken a heating engineer to the small claims court, suffered hair loss from a poorly trained hairdresser and been sworn at by a rude gas engineer who refused to fix a problem he had created. But I’ve learnt from these and got much smarter.
It’s no surprise, trying to find the right person for the job can be daunting and stressful. And it usually doesn’t make much difference whatever service you need, be it a hairdresser or a builder. All you want is the peace of mind that you will get perfect results. I‘m going to share some of my hair-raising hair experiences to demonstrate the key things that you need to think of when looking for the right person. (more…)
Nine Lives Saved: Be a Hero
Diane Denton is my sister, and a liver transplant recipient. I couldn’t be more proud of her. After her terrifying ordeal she is making a fantastic recovery. Dane is now passionate about raising the importance of organ donation. Her experience opened our eyes to many things, but significantly the importance of organ donation. I didn’t know that with organ donation you could save up to nine lives. I also want to take the opportunity to pass it on that from spring 2020 the law around organ donation in England is changing. (more…)
Minor jobs you should be able to do
Scuseme is all about helping connect you with experts who can fix your domestic breakdowns. A few years ago, most of us would be able to undertake some of the minor jobs ourselves, but my tradespeople tell me that nowadays it is more common to ‘call in a man’. However, there are some basics which we should all know about. I’ve listed a few suggestions below: (more…)
A lovely bouquet
I recently met Bridget Davidson, founder of Wild Rosamund, at the Cambridge Home and Garden Show. Hugely impressed with her floral displays and the masterclass she ran, I asked her to kindly share some of her knowledge and wisdom about flowers with a guest blog for scuseme members. (more…)
I hate them. They get everywhere. The little buggers take over the whole house as they (or rather their caterpillars) feast on cereals and grains in the kitchen, and anywhere with wool, silks and other fabrics. They ruin carpets and far too many clothes to mention. I swear that this year is the worst ever and I find myself constantly clapping my hands to swat them away. (more…)
scuseme in numbers
Coming up to three years is exciting and marks a significant milestone for scuseme. We are building a useful community of trusted tradespeople in and around Cambridge. Furthermore, our next ambition is to expand to cover a wider geographic area, add more trader categories and launch our secure payment platform. (more…)
A Mother’s Day Treat
When my husband first met my mum, it was just before Mother’s Day. Cheerily Mum asked him, “I hope you’ve got something special planned for your mum?”
Nick’s answer, “No I haven’t; I don’t really do it” was met with stony silence. This was a big mistake but Nick however, quickly redeemed himself with some quick thinking. He said sincerely, “Because I think of every day as Mother’s Day.” (more…)