As one of 5 siblings, the phrase “what are you getting for dad” is one of the most overused sentences in our family. Christmas, birthdays and Father’s day, none of us can ever decide what to buy him. He doesn’t need anything and therefore he doesn’t want anything. He is also honest to a fault, so if we get something he doesn’t like, he will make it very clear what he thinks about us wasting our money on that.   So, I got to thinking. We can’t be the only ones with very little imagination and a dad who has…

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Where work is concerned, I am incredibly organised. I hate having to-do lists hanging over me, everything has to be done now. I often stay up until the early hours of the morning to make sure that any work that needs doing is done. Why is it then, that when it comes to my home life, my organisational skills escape through my ears and nothing ever gets done?  So when Vistaprint asked me to review one of their photo books, I could think of just the right photographs to put in it… all the photographs I have taken for the…

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I think this sunshine is starting to go to my head! We’re still dodging showers here at the moment, but when the sun puts in an appearance, it’s lovely and warm. This time last year I was heavily pregnant and we’d recently moved back into my house from my husband’s flat and were making the most of having a garden. This meant that we’d already had about 6 barbeques by the end of April. Sadly this year, it’s a different story. Not only has the weather been somewhat lacklustre this year, my motivation for being out on the patio has…

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Oh how times have changed! 10 years ago, foraging for gin would have meant something completely different. It would have been about 4am and I’d have been staggering round a bar mine-sweeping drinks.  Fast forward to 2013 and foraging for gin takes on a whole new meaning. Every year around the autumn, I try to do something a little bit creative. Don’t ask me why, maybe the autumnal colours bring out my artistic side. I have made a Christmas cake for the last few years and I usually manage to find time to make something else that uses up some of…

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