So, here we are in 2013. That means that it’s nearly 10 years since I first bought this house. I was 23 when I bought it. The house was too big for me on my own to be able to afford or renovate, and it needed some work doing. I’ve since moved out of the house but didn’t sell it, then moved back in here with my husband in February of last year. Now that we are living here as a family, it’s a fantastic place to be, ideal for the three of us with plenty of space and a…

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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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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 on…

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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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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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