City life can be frantic and stressful. This blog post shows you how Bristol living is made oh-so-much easier with 280 Bakes and some local business friends.
Bristol Life Hack #1: Fuss Free Foodie
Not sure what to cook for dinner tonight? Wondering what spices to add to your soup? Want to know if shellfish are in season? The Fuss Free Foodie is here to help the good folk of Bristol get the answers to their foodie questions!
Join the Fuss Free community with like minded foodies and enjoy the inspiration! If you don't fancy cooking and want to eat out you can also find restaurant reviews, from Bristol restaurants (including new areas like Whapping Wharf) highlights from new menu launches and food bloggers' favourite hangouts.
What's new for the Fuss Free Foode team? They will running 'edible Christmas gifts' workshops in December, and going forward into the new year you can expect to see more organised to help you build your foodie repertoire and cooking skills. Their website launches in December so stay tuned to the Fuss Free Foodie on Facebook and Twitter to hear about it first!
The Fuss Free Foodie: For time poor Bristolians who still enjoyed eating great food!
Bristol Life Hack #2: We Caboodle
Caboodle is a new social enterprise set up by three BS3 mums – Isabel, Ellie F and Ellie B - who all struggled to find childcare to fit around their freelance work. After many meetings, involving kids, cafés and cake they saw an opportunity to develop a community business that would support other parents and carers in their situation, and Caboodle was born.
Caboodle’s co-working with onsite crèche is the first of its kind in Bristol. There’s no commitment and you can book last minute – great for freelancers where work fluctuates and those working at home.
The four and two hour pop-up sessions (lunch included) run every term-time Monday at Windmill Hill City Farm, Bedminster and have been met with a fantastic response.
“We Caboodle is a fantastic idea, executed well. It has meant that I can get a scheduled chunk of office time to finish of my projects, introduced me to a lovely group of people in similar circumstances to myself and allowed my two year old to try formal childcare. The crèche is superb as is the working environment (and the lunches too )” ~ Craig Andrews, Caboodler and Digital Editor at Shattered Glass.
Book online or visit Caboodle's Facebook and Twitter to find out more!
Caboodle have made it their "mission to provide a space for mums, dads and carers to work flexibly, supporting each other to have fulfilling careers and healthy family lives, whilst their children blossom in versatile, quality childcare.”
Bristol Life Hack #3: Flatpack Monkey
Flatpack Monkey is a small business which offers a home, garden & workspace furniture assembly service throughout Bristol. The company assembles an extensive range of flatpack furniture from all leading high street & online retailers including Ikea, John Lewis, Next, Argos and many more.
The team are friendly, fully insured and trained with the product knowledge and experience to professionally assemble your flatpack furniture to the highest quality of workmanship and to the manufactures specifications, offering an affordable and simple pricing structure with no call out fee; the price you see is the price you pay per item assembled.
The company offers many services including a Pick & Deliver Service where we can now offer to pick your flatpack furniture items from your local Ikea Bristol and deliver your items straight for us to assemble. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to wait in for a delivery which can often be "silly hours" that don’t work around your plans for the day. We offer a discount for multiple items and have regular offers on our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
If you don’t have the transport, time or patience, Flatpack Monkey offer an reliable, hassle-free flatpack furniture delivery and assembly service, with simple but competitive pricing.
Bristol Life Hack #4: 280 Bakes
And finally, to us: 280 Bakes. We make Bristol life easier not only by baking home made cakes and delivering to your door, but by offering a same day service: CakeOD.
The idea for CakeOD was inspired by some lovely, yet disorganised people we know. They'd forget it was their turn to bake on 'Cake Friday' in the office, birthdays of loved ones would slip their minds, and they'd not have noticed the note in their diary saying their bestie was popping over for a brew that afternoon.
Cake was required, and fast!
Popular misconceptions is that we included the 'OD' element to CakeOD as a nod to possible overdoses on baked goods, our vegan, gluten free and standard cakes are soooo tasty. In fact, the 'OD' refers to 'on demand' (think '4OD' for Channel 4's TV catch-up service). We deliver our customer favourites on demand - as long as you order by 12.30pm!
Home made cakes, delivered same day across Bristol: As easy as that!
So there's our four life hacks for making living in Bristol that much easier. Have we missed anything or anyone who can do the same? Feel free to comment below to help out your fellow Bristolians!
Here's to an easy life!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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