At 11 months old and just about taking her first unaided steps, Libby would currently class herself as a keen gardener. She is excellent at digging (grabbing handfuls of soil); pruning (pulling leaves off plants) and watering (spilling her drink on the lawn). As she gets older and more capable, I hope to harness her enthusiasm for the garden and turn it into something more productive. There is nothing she likes better than being outside. If I take my eyes off her for a moment, she immediately heads for the nearest exit.  Whilst it may be a bit early, I…

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At the beginning of the month, I wrote a blog post about the Boots Feel Good Forum for the Mumsnet Bloggers Network. Last week, I was lucky enough to receive a fabulous package in the post containing some beautiful Boots goodies. It was a stylish No.7 paper bag, full of creams, makeup, face wipes and other exciting things.    I love Boots products and I’d really been looking forward to receiving it. A couple of weeks ago though, I heard that my local animal shelter were struggling to raise funds. One dog in particular was difficult to rehome because of…

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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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