The second in my Inspirational Parents series features a lady called Sally who is a real inspiration to me. She is a mum who founded a highly successful online business – something I desperately hope to emulate.  Sally’s website specialises in beautiful, stylish things for mum, baby and the home. Her website, Dorothy and Theodore, is the first place to look for unique, personalised and gorgeous gifts.  All that, and she runs the business whilst looking after three children. I think you can see why I chose Sally as my next inspirational parent.  Oh yes, and did I mention she looks…

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I don’t often do gift guides, I did one at Christmas but that was very focussed on children. So in a break with tradition, I thought I’d do some recommendations on things to buy for dad. If your dad / partner are anything like mine, they are really, really hard to buy for. So I’m focussing on unusual and ethical gifts, as well as a couple of budget options too.  For the outdoorsy dad My dad isn’t particularly outdoorsy, but he does love his garden. He really doesn’t like receiving gifts and we find it difficult to buy for him.…

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Chaos has reigned as usual in our house this week. More chaos than normal in fact.  My dad has been hard at work doing our bathroom for us. Last weekend, we had no bathroom from Thursday to Monday. The bath wasn’t fully functional again until yesterday morning. I showered at Dad’s on Sunday but between Thursday and Sunday and between Sunday and Wednesday morning, I didn’t wash.  Even for me, I’ve stooped to a new low. Nonetheless, the bathroom is now well on its way to looking fabulous. It seems the few days of being one of the great unwashed will…

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Ahem. Testing, testing 1, 2, 1… oh, there you are. Shh, they don’t know I’m here. It’s me. No I’m over here. No, not in the tree, in the grass. Ok, I’ll show myself for a second.  There. It’s me, Bubbles. You ain’t seen me, right?  Anyway, I’ve got to be quick before they catch me. I know you read all about me when the writer told you that one more family member had arrived.  Yes, yes I know you thought they were going to say they’d decided to have a baby but no, just little old me.  So when I moved in…

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Today, I read an article about the Giving Pledge. It was the brainchild of Bill Gates, who wanted to encourage multi-millionaires to give away money to good causes.  The most recent recruit is a gentleman by the name of Sunny Varkey. He made his money through an education business and is now giving money to help people in developing countries who are unable to access education.  This made me think. We’re not all multi-millionaires. Which is a pity. But we do all have something to give to causes that are dear to our hearts.  For example, I wrote about the influence…

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