28. April 2014

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The holiday starts here

The holiday starts here

Sponsored  Well, the girls are back at school and the really serious countdown to exams has begun. Every day I’m told, ‘that’s my last ever X lesson’, or ‘only eight more days before study leave’. I hope they’ll be well prepared when the dread day is finally upon us all but, as they spend their […]

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21. April 2014

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Double trouble

Double trouble

Back when I was having babies, the two-year gap was the aspiration. You’d recovered enough from the first for it to be a slightly less blood-spattered memory, while still having all the babygros, tiny mittens, changing stations and other baby gear that is highly expensive and only useful for a couple of months. My girls […]

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16. April 2014

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What a smoothie

What a smoothie

I have a confession to make – there’s something new in my life. Tall, dark and handsome, brooding in the kitchen, dominating meal times and, to be honest, my every waking thought … it’s my new Vitamix mixer. We met, of all places, at a demonstration at the Ideal Home exhibition. I never go to […]

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8. April 2014

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A day in the life ….

A day in the life ….

1. Woken at 7am by Child Two yelling in my ear: ‘it’s 7 o’clock!’ Damn. The alarm clock hasn’t gone off. She is the only child in the world not already on her Easter holidays and she is going to be late. I am a bad mother. I stumble out of bed to have a […]

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1. April 2014

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The ideal home

Sponsored Lovely John Lewis very kindly sent me tickets to the Ideal Home Show at Earl’s Court and, as I’ve never been before, and all the advertising featured Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen, (I have a soft spot for flamboyant men, as you’ll know if you’ve met TL) I whizzed down with a friend. It was not what […]

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28. March 2014

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Egg and spoon race

Egg and spoon race

Sponsored post  I’ve bought three calendars this year, in a bid to get more organised. Unfortunately, none of them have the children’s holiday dates written on them yet ….. but I know Easter is coming up soon because wonderful Cadbury’s has given me something to do with them all during the holidays. Mind you, we […]

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20. March 2014

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Sponsored video – Goal!

It’s been odd, after what seems like a lifetime bringing up girls, to observe the male of the species growing up. My stepson is now 7, and a very sweet boy he is. No doubt he would make a most disgruntled face at that description, but there we are. He’s lovely. There’s no denying that […]

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17. March 2014

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Prince charming?

Prince charming?

Have you seen the documentary, Good Swan, Bad Swan? It’s narrated by former prima ballerina Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet, and is really fascinating. If you have the least interest in ballet, music, art, or even love, you’ll be gripped. I confess, I was one of the zillions of little […]

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10. March 2014

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It’s review time

It’s review time

I love getting surprises in the post. These days it’s more likely to be things I’ve forgotten I’ve ordered than actual genuine presents out of the blue, but it’s exciting all the same. So I was very thrilled to get a huge box from coffee folk Carte Noire. We’ve had an Nespresso machine for years. […]

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3. March 2014

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By the book?

By the book?

Interesting piece in the Observer yesterday about authors scrabbling to make ends meet. Admittedly, he didn’t produce many examples of writers gnawing crusts in garrets, and the lady in the photos lived in a hugely charming, shabby-but-chic house in Oxford. If that’s grinding poverty, most of us would say bring it on. I think he […]

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