Reasons I Hate Mondays (but don’t fret. Because Marmite).
Sep19

Reasons I Hate Mondays (but don’t fret. Because Marmite).

It’s Monday. It is. And whilst I have managed over the last ten years to engineer as much Monday stress out of my life as is humanly possible for the non-mega-rich person to do – it’s still Monday. I work from home, so I have no Monday morning commute to deal with. We’ve been Home Educating for three years now, so the hideous Monday school run is thankfully a distant memory. But it’s still Monday. And...

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When your firstborn goes to Reading Festival – Mum’s side of the story.
Sep09

When your firstborn goes to Reading Festival – Mum’s side of the story.

Reading Festival. I’ve known it was coming for a few years. There’s been begging and pleading and wheedling and outright huffing and door slamming. Last year we deflected with a ‘next year. You’ll be 17 then. Old enough to go’. Oh foolish parents. Be careful what you promise. Because before I could sit through four new 21 Pilots videos he WAS 17. And booking his own train ticket to Reading. We stuck with...

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Blue’s really sorry about the cream carpet.
Aug08

Blue’s really sorry about the cream carpet.

As you all know by now, this is Blue. We love Blue. Very Much Indeed. And yet, we know she is not blessed with elegance, agility, or any kind of common sense whatsoever. (she gives great hugs though) A year ago we were out for a few hours – during which time, Blue was unwell. And when I say ‘unwell’, I mean she was sicker than a sick thing, with a terrible stomach bug that made her insides become her outsides, both...

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Things My Teen Taught Me This Week
Jun25

Things My Teen Taught Me This Week

Somehow, I own three teenagers. Honestly, I swear I do not know how it happened. I live with them. I see them every single day. Obviously I know they’re not babies, but for some reason, in my head they’re still these guys… Aren’t they delicious? In my head, if I sit on the ground I can still fit all three into my lap for a group hug (just no.1’s lanky 6’2″ frame no longer fits into my lap, let...

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I’m running. Oh yes. Thanks to the Zombies…
May28

I’m running. Oh yes. Thanks to the Zombies…

I have tried a Couch 2 5k running programme 4 or 5 times. The farthest I’ve reached is week 8. Not because I can’t do it – Oh no, I know they work. But I get bored. The principle behind it is brilliant – take a non-exercising Couch Potato, plug them into some headphones and into a pair of trainers and get them out the door. Tell them when to walk, and when to run – in tiny baby steps which slowly increase...

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Christmas Dinner – how do you do yours?
Dec17

Christmas Dinner – how do you do yours?

Furniture Village is running a properly brilliant Christmas Countdown, where users can click on the different items of furniture within the page and receive Christmas tips and activities, as well as weekly competitions to enter. This week just happens to be all about dining room furniture… and it got me thinking about mine.  The Christmas menu doesn’t change much in our house – I can go back to last year’s...

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