We’re not sure of Pluto’s age, but we know his background is a sorry tale of woe. We think he’s probably around 15 years old now and he’s doddery and frail. With old age came a glum disposition. He retired himself from running and started to go home as soon as he was allowed off the lead. He decided playing ball was below him and instead spent most of his time asleep. The perfect bed Since he spends so much time in his bed, we decided we needed to get one that made him happy. We’ve tried a few, buying several expensive…

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Well, it’s been an eventful week. I picked Libby up from school on Friday and decided to tag along with some other families who were off to play at the park. Lia did her usual trick of insisting on being pushed on the swing for what seemed like hours, while Libby played on a balance beam with her friend. The next thing I knew, Libby was on the floor screaming. The safest thing in the park I have to admit, for a minute there I was feeling quite smug. Other children were climbing or playing on the top of the slide. My two…

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I have written many times about the struggle I have with productivity. Working from home is so intensive that I struggle to find the time to take on additional tasks. Sadly one such task is organising birthdays. Don’t get me wrong, I want my girls to have the best birthdays possible. But they are SO demanding! When it’s my husband’s birthday, he’s happy with a chocolate cake. And I love making chocolate cake. We put some sweets on it so the girls are happy, everyone’s a winner. But when it is one of the girls’ birthdays, they want some incredible creation…

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If you’ve ever watched Doctor Who, you’ll know that messing with time means trouble. There’s never enough hours in the day and then something comes along and steals the time you do have. It can’t just be me who loses hours each week to the time thief. But here’s the thing, I don’t want to end my relationship with it completely. It has its good points, but it’s time for a change. So come on, what is the time thief? I start off each day determined to get through my to-do list and make every minute count. But then I pick…

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Like all children, my two love nothing more than getting the craft things out and creating a ‘masterpiece’. They are happy to sit and cut, stick and colour for hours on end. Churning out page after page of quickly scribbled drawings or carelessly stuck mosaics. As far as they are concerned, I should treasure every page. But let’s face it, it’s just not practical. A few years ago, my sister made the girls a lovely picture. She simply bought a frame from a charity shop and bought a lovely piece of wrapping paper to go in it. This has been…

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