What my husband says and what I think he means…

So, I know there can be some misunderstandings and errors in communication in most marriages, but I think I pretty much know what my husband means most of the time. Men, I’m looking for marks out of ten please. Ladies, let me know your thoughts!  1. He says: I’ve bought you some chocolates He means: I’m having an affair 2. He says: You should go out with your friends He means: Loser 3. He says: I bought you flowers He means: I think you should go and have a look outside, I’ve got a horrible feeling hell might have frozen over 4. He says: I look forward…

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An unusual gift for book lovers

Libby can very categorically be described as a book lover. We read a book with her every bedtime, but she always insists on an additional opportunity to read during the day and, my pet hate, she loves to take a book in the car. Given half a chance, she would also take a book with her when we go on the train, to ballet, to drama group, to the animal park… you get the general idea. But it drives me mad how they get all dog-eared. They end up on the floor of the car and get trodden on. This…

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Working from home – where do I start?

I recently wrote a blog post about the advantages and disadvantages of working from home. I know it’s something that a lot of people would love to do but perhaps they just don’t know where to start. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, so here are my five top tips. Just a disclaimer before you start reading – I didn’t include in my last post the fact that sometimes your own children can be really, really annoying if you’re stuck with them all day. Please bear this in mind before you make any rash decisions! 1.…

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A toddler masters Soft Play

Today, we were lucky enough to be invited to the new Dennis the Menace themed play zone at the Guild Brewers Fayre in Bromsgrove. Libby hasn’t had that much experience at soft play, I think realistically she has only recently become big enough to venture out of the toddler area. She soon made up for that though. There was a huge whirly slide (technical term). She insisted on repeatedly climbing all the way to the top all by herself, completely unperturbed by all the much bigger children who were playing in there. Lia of course remained in the toddler area,…

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Friday Feature #2

Today’s Friday Feature is about a fabulous business that is leading the way when it comes to ethical purchasing, particularly in the fashion and beauty world. I also want to raise awareness of an incredible animal charity that really, really needs our support at this time of year. TIFF (UK) In recent years, I haven’t bothered too much with fashion and beauty. The reasons for this are twofold. Firstly, I work from home and rarely go out in the evenings, so I really don’t need to waste money on making myself beautiful (or at least vaguely presentable) just to stay…

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Our Thursday Photo #30

Where have the last 30 weeks gone, answer me that?? And while you’re at it, how is it that child number two, at 30 weeks old is still keeping me awake for most of the night when child number one slept through from eight weeks old? Answers on a postcard please. If you could possibly include a sleep potion with your postcard I would be most grateful, thank you so much. In other news, we are still kicking the sorry arse out of Christmas. Two visits to Father Christmas last week, although one of them happened to be female. Either…

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I used to be somebody

There was a time, not long ago, When I was someone else, you know.   I used to dance, I used to laugh.  You’ve seen me in a photograph.   I used to play, I used to run, I had some friends and had some fun.   But how things changed, and so they must. We all grow old and turn to dust.   And now my life is not my own, No one calls me on the phone.   I don’t go out, I can’t, you see. I live for someone else, not me.   My clothes are rags,…

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