Prioritising

I’ve never been very good with time management or prioritising, and I’ve actually written a post about it quite recently. The problem is, I’ve cut out everything that wasn’t essential and now I’m scratching around to try and find more time.  Over the past few months, I haven’t managed to exercise as much as I wanted to. I’ve found the time to do something every day this month, but most days it has been a minimal amount.  I did manage to get down to my normal weight after having Lia, but the lack of exercise and my fondness for eating crap…

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Friday Feature #5

This week, I have discovered the most fabulous fashion brand. As you may be aware, I’m not the most fashion conscious person in the world. I only buy fashion from either companies whose ethics I genuinely support and believe in (no sweat shops and definitely no animal cruelty) or from charity shops.  I don’t buy from charity shops for financial reasons but for moral reasons. I believe in reusing, recycling, upcycling and giving money to worthy causes.  When I do buy clothes, I love the surfing style. It suits me, there’s no pressure to look perfectly groomed and immaculate and…

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Our Thursday Photo #38

Libby has been busy making herself the centre of attention this week. At a time when I hear on the news that children are no longer learning to speak properly because of their reliance on iPads and computers, Libby is proving them all wrong.  This evening, I put Lia to bed and went to see Libby. She comes and sits with me for a few minutes after Lia has fallen asleep. When I went in today, the conversation went something like this:  Libby: Is Lia asleep?  Me: Yeah, she is.  Libby: She’s very good now isn’t she? She’s sleeping well…

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Holidays with young children

When Libby was about the age that Lia is now, I had some work to do in Paris so Libby and I packed our bags and jumped on a plane.  This was the last time I went abroad and the only time I’ve ever flown with either of the girls.  Paris is a fabulous city and we loved our little trip there. However, I can see how it would be a nightmare for people with young children too. Luckily, having spent quite a bit of time in Paris when I lived in Nantes, I knew that taking a pram or buggy was…

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The best birthday present ever!

This morning, we headed to the singing group at the library that the girls go to. By the time we’d finished that and picked up a bit of shopping before heading home, our postman had been and gone.  I have to say, our postman is excellent. He never just takes our package back to the post office, he always leaves it somewhere safe or with a neighbour and today was no exception.  I wasn’t expecting a package, so I was a little confused when Libby started scrabbling around under our trailer tent when we got home. I was even more…

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Learning about siblings

When I was growing up, I was essentially an only child. My oldest sister came along when I was 10, swiftly followed by two more sisters and a brother. I’ve always got on well with my siblings and I’m immensely proud of them all.Watching them all grow up and become intelligent, kind, caring individuals has been a real honour. Libby and Lia are lucky to have such amazing uncle and aunts.  It is an odd thing though being a half sister. I wouldn’t say that we had a normal sibling relationship, purely because I have never lived with any of them,…

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National Trust Croome

I’ve always thought that days out as a family were a really important part of growing up, but with two children, it becomes really expensive for us all to go out.  We’ve had our National Trust membership for a couple of years now, and it’s a really economical way to have regular days out without paying a fortune.  We have visited numerous National Trust sites across the country, but one of our favourites is our local one at Croome in Worcestershire, so that’s where we headed to today.  We met up with a couple of our friends and spent the morning…

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