Ten steps to the perfect Plutonium Sox barbecue

So, barbecue season is upon us! Oh no, my mistake, it isn’t. But it should be, and I’m feeling unusually optimistic that it will be soon! Last summer, our barbecues were impromptu, disorganised and, quite frankly, a bit crap. So this year, as a one-off, once in a lifetime, never to be repeated exercise, I’m planning this year’s barbecues. I’ve made a list and I do believe I’ve cracked it. This year’s barbecues are going to be a different story! So here is my ten-step guide to avoiding the sort of barbecues we had last year! Meat: Buy the best…

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Running uphill

The title of my blog post isn’t big, it isn’t clever. It isn’t inventive. This is a blog post about running. Uphill.  Nearly two years ago, I ran a half marathon quite quickly by my standards, I finished in 1:51. By a few months after that, I’d done two Olympic distance triathlons and an obstacle run called Total Warrior. Since then, I have undertaken the following ten-step exercise and fitness routine:  Get fat Get pregnant Get fatter Have a baby Start running again Lose baby weight Stop running Get fat again Start running Continue running, remaining fat I am now…

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So close but yet so far…

A few weeks ago, Libby took her first unaided steps. Only six or seven steps, but she did it quite a few times during the course of a week. Since then, we’ve had a few steps here or there but she really seems to have lost her confidence.  We do loads of walking practice every day (at her request). She even walks around the block just holding one of my hands. We have bought her a little rucksack that doubles as reins and for a while, she was quite happily walking around with one of us holding onto the rucksack…

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Is this the way forward for a future apprentice?

The dynamic of my extended family changed for good about two weeks ago when my 14 year old brother experienced a life-changing event. Nothing too dramatic for the rest of the human race but for a teenager, it was the end of the world as he knew it. For the rest of the family, it was a shock to say the least. What was this catastrophe? He VOLUNTARILY sold his X-Box. He decided that it was taking up too much of his time. He has never been so right.  Since that day, we really have seen a lot more of…

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Silent Sunday

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Zoe and Beans books review

This morning, I could hear the postman struggling to push a parcel through the letterbox. I was convinced I’d probably won some sort of competition, or my husband had bought me a surprise present. As if. But no, I should have known, it wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, it still raised a smile when I opened it. It was some brand new Zoe and Beans books.  The Zoe and Beans books Libby was lucky enough to receive three beautiful Zoe and Beans books to review. Two of the books were nice chunky card books- Zoe and Beans: Look at Me! and Zoe…

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Bounce bounce bounce!

This morning as Libby and I were getting ready to take the dogs for a walk, my sisters called in and brought Libby a wonderful surprise… a bouncy castle! From that point on, our day took a different course.  We went out into the garden and Libby played whilst my sisters and I took it in turns to blow up the bouncy castle using the really quite effective pump. It only took us about 20 minutes and then we piled on. The bouncy castle said that it was only suitable for age 3 and above, but Libby loved it despite…

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