This is a collaborative post.  Lunchtime, and a dilemma. What I want to eat and what I should eat are rarely the same thing. I’m often on my own, so I grab something quick. On a good day, that might be some salad and couscous. On a bad day it’s crisps, sandwiches, fried stuff – all the bad food I can get my hands on. Introducing the Pizza Express Leggera pizza For lunch today, I tried out the Pizza Express Leggera pizza, available to buy from Waitrose and cook at home. These were created to be both light and tasty. And…

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Well that, as they say, is a wrap. School is finished for the year and we head into the Christmas holidays. But for us, it’s bigger than that. As we walked away from school for the last time, it was the end of an era. It was the last time I’d ever pick up my daughter from those gates. The gates my mum picked me up from all those years ago. Because next term, they will be in a brand new school. The long Winter holiday As we walked away from school, I had mixed feelings. Sadness for the old…

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Times like this remind me how lucky I am to work predominantly as a blogger. It’s that time of year where I’m lucky to be able to go to nativity plays and concerts. The school closing for snow days reminded me of how difficult it would have been if I’d had to go out to work. And with a four week holiday coming up, I need the flexibility to be with the girls. No such thing as downtime Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when blogging work is in short supply. So, I have to take on freelance work…

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The Chinese New Year is marked on 16th February 2018, welcoming in the Year of the Dog. Bostik challenged me to come up with a simple craft to tie in with the start of the Chinese New Year. And let me tell you, it was tough. First, there was a lantern candle holder that involved sticking tissue paper onto a jar. Easy, right? Wrong. I’m not sure how you can be bad at sticking tissue paper onto a jar, but my children managed it. Next, there was a Chinese lantern. The less said about that the better. Until finally, we…

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This is a collaborative post.  We all know that familiar sinking feeling. When the laptop that doubles as a lifeline starts to play up. Slowing down, becoming unreliable. It starts to crash frequently and then one day, nothing. You can’t switch it on, a virus has wiped the data and thrown you out. Sometimes it’s reversible, but not always. Online security of connected devices Did you know that, just like computers, connected devices are vulnerable to security attacks? According to a recent survey by McAffee, 45% of people in the UK will be gifting tech gadgets this Christmas. 22% will…

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I’m a pretty terrible blogger. When you read a blog at this time of year, you expect to see at least a few guides to the must-have Christmas gifts. I’ve tried it in the past, but it’s just not really me. And I’m not sorry. Well, I’m not usually. But when the Poppy Shop got in touch and asked if I’d include them in my Christmas gift guide, I suddenly felt terrible that I didn’t have one. So, here are the gifts you need this Christmas. All profits go to charity and the items themselves are pretty awesome too. The Christmas…

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At last, it feels as if there is a light at the end of the tunnel this term. Unlike many schools, the girls break up for Christmas next week. The festive days out are well underway, I’m spending my usual amount of time avoiding Christmas shopping and haven’t yet bought any cards. The nativity went without a hitch and next week, we’ll be thinking about putting up the tree. A festive weekend We’ve got into the habit of having a day out on Saturday, then using Sunday to recover from the week. This weekend was no exception, and saw us…

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