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Let there be light

16. September 2013

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Sponsored post OK, OK, we might as well just face it. It’s autumn. It’s raining. The weather is doing everything it can to remind us that we’ve made the odd choice to live in the UK and therefore must learn to put up with whatever comes our way. But we can do things to cheer […]

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Child’s play

15. July 2013

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Those luvverly people at Big Game Hunters have sent me a splendid giant chess set – just in the nick of time. After several consecutive days of good weather, the kids have got quite bored with the ancient badminton racquets and deliberately non-functioning water pistols which were all that remained in our outdoor games bucket. […]

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All Bran 5 day challenge

20. May 2013

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Sponsored post Warning: the following post contains a lot of sniggering bathroom references. I’m afraid that, despite my best efforts,  I’ve been powerless to eradicate them all, because, well,  they make me laugh. So here goes. Regular readers *tee hee* will know that I’m not one for faddy diets. Or diets at all. Frankly, I’m […]

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All clued up

20. May 2013

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Sponsored post Well, today’s offering is proof that you can take a child to a lovely new toy, but you can’t necessarily get it to play properly. The fab folk at Gala Bingo recently sent me a huge box of Sherlock Holmes-themed goodies to celebrate their new Sheerluck Holmes game (see what they’re doing there?). […]

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Dress code

24. April 2013

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Sponsored post My eldest daughter absolutely loves her new school and, much to my relief, is really thriving there. The one thing that drives us both mad, though, is the dress code. She’s in the sixth form, but they don’t have to wear uniform – they are supposed to turn up each day in ‘interview […]

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Yankee doodle just dandy

20. March 2013

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Sponsored post I’ve always been a fan of Yankee Candle. In case you don’t know the brand, it’s a scented candle range with the volume turned RIGHT UP. You can usually smell a Yankee Candle stand long before you see it. But I like a candle with a bit of feistiness, instead of these wishy-washy […]

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Bouncing back

26. December 2012

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Sponsored post Enough doom and gloom – let’s start the Twixtmas (that’s between Christmas and New Year’s Eve) phase with a bounce. And the best way to achieve a truly springy bounce is via a trampoline. Child One, though now 17 (gulp) still loves to go out and bounce on the trampoline several times a […]

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It’s Review Time

3. December 2012

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Hello lovely people, it’s review time again – with any luck you’ll find a bit of present inspiration here. I haven’t found any good tips in the papers this year – I nearly hurled my Guardian weekend section across the room on Saturday when one of their ‘experts’ opined that a scented candle was always […]

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Aptamil

9. November 2012

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Calling all Pigcassos …..

8. November 2012

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Sponsored video Apparently my girls are the only teenagers in the known universe without bank accounts. They had euro accounts in Brussels, but since coming back to the UK, I’ve been rather busy with getting divorced, moving twice, getting remarried, finding them three schools, redesigning a house and garden and then having a little lie […]

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