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This week’s 1 Woman is the bella KellyAnn from Tea&Biscotti. If you’ve not had a taste of her blog before make sure you pop over for a nibble – it mixes her life as a Liverpudlian living in London (Tea) mixed with the cultural adventures that she enjoys with her Italian husband and their bambina (Biscotti). KellyAnn has been very kind to me of late, nominating me (along with Anya from Older Single Mum) as a Beautiful Blogger. Takes one to know one ladies!

Hello! I’m Kelly-Anne from Tea&Biscotti. I’m originally from Liverpool but moved to London for University and then my feet were firmly planted in the Big Smoke and I’ve stayed here ever since. I met my Italian husband five years ago and on occasions have found dealing with and adapting to the cultural differences a struggle. Hence, I started the blog to capture the merry go round that is our lives.
I’m bound by contract so am not able to disclose where I work but I do have a day job, full time. I wish my circumstances allowed me to be home more with Bambina but that’s something I’m working on – let’s see how the future unfolds.

KellyAnn from Tea&Biscotti on 1 Woman: 10 Questions on www.mummyratesit.co.uk

Q1: Describe your typical day

My Monday to Friday routine is usually the same. I get up, make a cuppa, get Bambina washed and dressed and then off to work I go. I get home around 6pm and after playing with her, feeding and bathing her, I am fortunate enough to be able to get her into her jimjams, read her favourite stories and kiss her goodnight for bed. I actually feel gifted that I can do that. I then have dinner with my husband, chat, watch some TV, do household chores and do a bit of work from home.
Weekends are a free reign. We ALWAYS keep Sundays for family day, just the three of us – that is the rule. Saturdays are used for early morning food shopping and then hanging out with friends and their bambinos, lunching, day trips etc.

Q2: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and have you followed it?

My Mum always says to me to not let anything pass me by, opportunities are presented for a reason – this is life, not a drama rehearsal, we don’t get another shot, take every opportunity whilst it’s on offer, you never know what it could lead to. Yes, I do follow this but if I’m honest, probably not as often as I should – it’s a good piece of advice though!

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Q3: What do you think makes a successful woman?

Ha! What does one interpret as “successful”? Does that mean an MD of a company? A woman who has managed to raise 8 children on her own? Depends on what our understanding of the concept is. I feel pretty successful now. I put myself through Uni to Masters level, I bought my own property without help from anyone else, I’ve travelled the world, I have a great husband and a beautiful daughter. There are things I would always like to do and will continue to change but this is part and parcel of life. To me being “successful” is misunderstood for being “happy” – the latter is so much more beneficial.

Q4. What 3 things really make you happy and why:

George Michael Symphonica Ahoy Rotterdam
George Michael picture thanks to Erno Hannink @ Flickr.com

I am purposefully not choosing to say ‘my daughter’/'my husband’ etc etc because that’s a given. So, here are my three none family related items..

1) George Michael – because he’s still fit!!!!!!!!!!! (and going slighty off his rocker these days which i find really amsuing)
2) Aeroplane food – I dont know why I get so over excited at this! The first thing I do when sitting down in my seat is fiddle with all the pamphlets to see what’s there, find the menu card and make a mental note of my dinner choice. Then, break out into a sweat when I hear the clinking of the trolley cart coming. Opening the silver oil, burining my fingers, finding the salt & pepper wont come out of the stupid plastic wrapper, deciding whether the eat the bread bun with the meal or at the end on its own, before or after the cheese and cracker? Love it!!
3) Pyjama bottoms – sorry, im a slob. As soon as I get home, from anywhere, i put in my PJ bottoms. Theyre so comfortable, I don’t know how people sit around all night in jeans or anything other than PJ’s! I know I’m from Liverpool but I do draw the line at going out in the street in the my PJ bottoms!

Q5: What 3 things really make you angry and why:

Easy!
1) The people who give out free useless magazines outside tube and train stations!!Let me get the heck out of the station before bombarding me with tat! Back off!
2) My husband when I know he has heard me but he doesn’t answer – rude and annoying, its like a red flag to a bull!
3) Bad Breath- there’s no excuse! Morning people on the train who don’t brush their teeth are vile, vermin … rotten!

Q6: How do you relax?

I’m not sure I do relax but probably at the weekends playing with my daughter and being out and about with my husband. I don’t drink very much since I was pregnant so perhaps the odd beer or wine here and there, I don’t like having a bath as I’m too impatient…. Am I sounding really high wired right now? :-)

Q7: What makes you laugh?

Silly things like people walking into doors (or hurting themselves!), An Idiot Abroad makes me HOWL!

Q8: If you were given a time machine where and when would you travel to and why?

I would either stay in England or perhaps go to New York in the 1920′s as I am a bit fascinated with the whole flapper girl scene. I think it would have been totally amazing to have lived through that era – the fashion, the men, the buzz of the war (obviously not the horror of it), the cars, the parties – amazing!

Q9: If you had £10,000 to give to charity which one would you choose and why?

Without question, Alzheimer’s. I watched both my grandparents suffer terribly with this horrific disease and if a single penny could help another person or family not to witness or experience the things that I have at the hands of Alzheimer’s, I would gladly give every last ounce of it!

Q10: If you could magically create an extra two hours in a day what would you use them for?

Oooh this is hard! It’s a coin toss between doing things like painting my toe nails which I never have time to do or sexy time with my husband which I need to make more time to do (don’t EVER tell him it was a toss between him and my toe nails!!).

Catch up with KellyAnn via
Her blog- http://teaandbiscotti.com/
On Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/TeaandBiscotti
On Twitter – https://twitter.com/TeaandBiscotti
On Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/teaandbiscotti/

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