So at the start of this week the worst thing that could happen to a blogger and freelancer happened.

We found out the hard way that toddlers and macbooks don’t mix.

Toddlers and macbooks don't mix

It’s true that you really don’t appreciate something until its gone.

My macbook is my life.

Not in the sense of life or death, but in the sense of my income.

I am a freelance writer, social media manager and professional blogger.

Having a laptop is pretty important in the grand scheme of things.

So, you can imagine how I felt on Sunday night, when my little mischievous daughter starts playing with my 2 litre water bottle on my bed, when my back was turned.

It was 2am, I’d just got back for my part time job and I was trying to book flights for our holiday.

She woke up crying and I brought her into my room to change her pull-ups.

I turned my back for a second.

Little did I know that she’d taken the lid off and let the entire bottle pour out, forming the biggest puddle right in the centre of my bed.

My bed also happened to be laden with clean laundry…oh and my £1000 macbook pro.

Here are two pieces of advice I will give to anyone:

Always, always, always back up your work – Use iCloud, use dropbox, use an external hard drive or anything else you like, but make sure you can survive without your laptop!

Get insurance for your laptop – That £9, or whatever it will be, a month is worth it. Believe me! Laptops don’t break when it’s convenient for you. 

Get Insurance

I really learnt this the hard way. Not only did I not have insurance (why Chloe, why?) But lately, my iCloud has been at capacity and I’ve not really done much to sort it out.

I rushed out straight away on Monday to get it fixed and was told that it would cost more (and still might not get fixed) than it would be to buy a new one.

It’s an expenditure I had no choice but to do, as my macbook is needed for work. I was lucky I had that money in my bank, because I’ve been saving to go travelling.

I am now not only £1000 worse off, but I have also lost months worth of work, pictures, memories and so much more.

Back Up Your Work

This last week has been so crazy busy for Life Unexpected.

We are so beyond excited to announce that we are going travelling at the start of October for an entire month. We have worked our little butts off (three jobs) to save for it.

The really stressful thing, is that I’ve been working around the clock to make sure my holiday can be just that, a holiday.

In the last month I have been doubling up on my work load, to make sure I can get some time with my family. Now, none of that extra time I spent away from my daughter working, matters.

We are so grateful that we’ve have had lots of freelance work lately. Plus blog wise, we have some pretty hectic and exciting deadlines, for some major brands coming up.

Guess what?

All my work is on my old laptop.

On my old laptop I have a whole month worth of work that I had ready to upload to both my freelance social media channels (I run twelve companies! That’s a lot of content lost!) and to my blog.

To say I am gutted and upset is a complete understatement.

Please learn from my mistake. Back up your work. Get insurance. Toddlers and macbooks don’t mix.

Have you ever broken your laptop? What’s the worst thing your toddler has done? Let us know in the comments below.



  1. September 12, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Oh my goodness! I really feel for you on this one. Both my daughters dropped a laptop of mine when they were younger and after the third dropping, it decided it couldn’t survive anymore beatings and just gave up. I had so many photos on it, that couldn’t be recovered (also some documents, but they weren’t too important). Think I may do a back up later. Hope you enjoy your travels x

    • September 28, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      It’s so sad losing photos isn’t it, more than anything. They’re such precious moments captured, you forget they can be gone in an instant.

  2. September 17, 2016 / 10:47 am

    That it gutting. The difficulty of home working is finding a space for work that’s not also covered with little ones. It’s often necessary to work and parent and the safety of your kit is often the compromise. Insurance is a great tip, especially for anyone who is using their laptop for income. I’ll need to recheck my home contents to ensure I’m covered!

    • September 28, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      It’s so difficult to find a space to work at home. Definitely worth double checking to see your insurance is covered. x

  3. September 26, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Oh my days, how upsetting this must have been for you?
    It is so hard finding a balance with kiddies and working from home isn’t it. I have had endless keyboards and a phone replaced but luckily not my mac. Very wise words to get everything backed up and insured! You never know when you might need it x

    • September 28, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      It’s so hard balancing little ones and work, but so worth it to get to spend more time with them. Definitely make sure everything is backed up. It’s amazing how much they’re fascinated by keyboards and phones isn’t it! 🙂 x

  4. September 26, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Must have been such a nightmare! I wouldn’t trust T with my Macbook Pro and she’s six! I do allow her to use it though every now and then, but she’s not allowed to use it when there are any drinks around. Same with the iPad and other gadgets 🙂

  5. September 26, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Holy s**t excuse my French that is awful and Mac’s are so expensive. I have no idea what I would do without my laptop, my whole world is on there!

  6. September 26, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Oh my gosh, I could weep for you, a valuable but expensive lesson learnt that is for sure x

  7. September 26, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    I really feel for you. I back up my blog and photos/videos on a detachable hard drive as well on the icloud.

  8. September 27, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Oh no 🙁 I remember my old computer breaking with all our baby photos on. We have never recovered them yet 🙁 Great tips..

  9. September 27, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Oh no! It must be a nightmare for you.

  10. September 28, 2016 / 5:17 am

    Oh no, what a nightmare. I think I would struggle if mine went down although I do save important docs and photos on a seperate hard drive

  11. September 28, 2016 / 5:33 am

    Wise advice there but I am so sorry that you lost all of your work, what a nightmare. I will definitely go and back all my stuff up now as I would be devastated to lose everything like that.

  12. Natalia
    September 28, 2016 / 10:27 am

    omg, what a disaster! So sorry to hear that. I don’t have children but I always back up the important things in Dropbox or a external drive, coz sometimes the computers just stop working suddenly. Thanks for sharing x

  13. September 28, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Unfortunately a little bit of not paying attention and things like this happen. Usually, if you let the laptop dry and don’t start it straight away, you still have a chance to recover the information on it. But yes, always backup on the cloud and always get insurance. Repairs are not cheap

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