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Travels with toddlers: Portuguese perfection

It's taken me three years to face the fact AND embrace it: holidays are different with children. In the run up to our current break I was nervous. What if we just found it all a bit relentless? Why didn't... Continue Reading →

An unexpectedly craic-ing St Patrick’s Day night

It's #ThrowbackThursday and today I'm reflecting on St Patrick's Day, nearly two weeks ago. It started unpromisingly but turned out to be our best night out in ages. It was a Friday and after a 13-hour stint with my two... Continue Reading →

10 A Day keeps the doctor away… but how much fruit and veg is realistic?

In a previous life I was part of the Government comms team that launched the 5 A Day campaign. I remember discussing whether it would seem unachievable to many people. Yes, as it turns out - although, as with many... Continue Reading →

We’re more about the books than the costumes this #WorldBookDay

World Book Day has been lurking in the back of my mind for a wee while, thanks mostly to nursery newsletters. But every year I forget that February is a short month, so events in early March (including husband's birthday,... Continue Reading →

Selfish or self care? A breath of fresh air and a new year’s resolution 

Today my husband and I took a break from the nonstop whirl of Christmas holiday kiddie entertaining and offloaded the kids onto their grandparents (no small thing). We swapped the stuffiness of the front room and the well-trodden paths of... Continue Reading →

Christmas crafting, 3-year-old style

Ah, Christmas. As well as the hamster wheel of regular domestic chores, this time of the year lengthens parental to do lists by about a mile. Up there on that list - with the presents, the darn cards, bloody elf on... Continue Reading →

Why this Christmas I’m spending a few extra quid to spread a little cheer

Are you feeling just a teeny bit Christmassy yet? I am, I love all that hygge business, the shop window dressings and the carols (plus, this year I've been stoked about my first beauty advent calendar!). But for the hundreds of homeless... Continue Reading →

Full of festive promise – but will my first beauty advent calendar deliver on substance?

A quick scout of any beauty blog (or even a schlep round Boots) confirms that beauty advent calendars are now a thing, as much a part of getting into the festive spirit as mulled wine in the pub and The... Continue Reading →

To my son, on your first birthday (and the day the US elected Trump)

My darling. You don't know it yet, but this has been a momentous year - a year that historians will reference as a point of global change. You were only a few days old when 137 people were killed by... Continue Reading →

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