Where there’s tea there’s hope

I love my job, being at home with my children every day is the best thing I could ever ask for. The most difficult parts of it though are the sleep deprivation and lack of time to myself. Both of these issues are soon forgotten when sitting down to do some work with a nice cup of tea on the go. This week, I have been reviewing a selection of teas from Dragonfly Tea. My teapot is one of my favourite possessions and easily one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. My sister Alice picked it up from a…

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Being a work at home mum

I was chatting to someone today about being self-employed, and she asked me an interesting question. Now that I’m working for myself and working from home, would I go back? Absolutely not. But it does have its drawbacks, so here is a balanced view on the advantages and disadvantages of being a work from home mum.  Advantages 1. Bringing up my children.  I’m ashamed to say that when I had Libby, I thought I would be fine about going back to work when she was three months old and letting someone else look after her. Owing to my long hours and commute,…

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NattyMat review

This has been a fascinating product to test, for the simple reason that NattyMat kindly provided me with two of their mats to review. Of course, hubby instantly claimed one of them, so we have a sort of his and hers review going on. Since the mats arrived yesterday, each of us has been swimming once on our own and we have also swam with the kids, so they have been well and truly put through their paces by us all. Firstly let me tell you about the product. It is designed for standing on when you are getting changed at…

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Friday Feature #1

I have always loved blogging, particularly so since moving to my new site, I am genuinely excited about sitting down each day to blog. Like everyone though, I often get a bit of a writers block. This got me thinking that there really is no need to be short of a subject, since there are so many amazing businesses and charities that I could be promoting. I have always felt strongly that ethical purchasing was essential, and that companies going the extra mile to do their bit for charity, the community, fair trade or animal welfare should be supported. So…

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Our Thursday Photo #29

This week, I have been working on loads of new ideas for my blog and I’m so excited about how well things are going on my new website. I have had a new idea for a regular post, the first instalment will be on Monday so watch this space. I also had a real brainwave for my sister Emma’s new blog, and she also has her own fabulous and very focussed blog coming soon, so I will be sharing that information with you as soon as the curtains are lifted. For the girls, this week has mostly been about Christmas.…

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Christmas at Webbs, Wychbold

This morning we were lucky enough to be invited to the Christmas experience at Webbs Garden Centre at Wychbold, just outside Droitwich. This is one of those places that I’ve driven past on numerous occasions but I’ve never really ventured inside and I was really glad I did! When we arrived, we had a look around the garden centre and their Christmas area. Libby, as any little girl would, took a particular liking to the Cinderella carriage. The Christmas display at Webbs as a whole was magical, and I just loved this little touch, particularly as it is possible to…

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The toddler conspiracy

In these days of population boom and inadequate housing provisions, the government have been forced to take drastic action to prevent excessive reproduction. The phenomenon known as the “terrible twos” is in fact the result of a cross-party agreement to curb our desire to preserve our bloodline. All toddlers, on reaching the age of 20 months old are being issued with the following detailed instructions.  1. Sleep deprivation If you have been sleeping through the night, shame on you. From now on, you must wake up four times a night as a minimum. Don’t nap. Feel free to sleep at the…

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