Two weeks after half term, things are finally back under control. Work is up to date, I’ve managed to fit in some exercise and we’re all back into our routine. Fireworks night I had a decision to make on Saturday. It was fireworks night and I wanted to take the girls to a local display with my husband. But that would have meant leaving the dogs at home when they hate fireworks. It would also have meant starting the week a little behind with work. So instead, I stayed at home and my husband took the girls out for the…

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This time of year is always a bit depressing. The urge to stay inside to escape this grey, wet weather is almost overwhelming. But it’s so important to wrap up warm and get out there anyway. There’s nothing like a brisk walk in the cold air to blow away the cobwebs. And there’s nothing like moaning children to ruin it. Introducing Wet Wednesdays A few months ago, Wet Wednesdays kindly sent us some wet weather gear for the girls. Theoretically, we shouldn’t have got much use out of it for a few months. It was August after all. But true…

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Fitness is a bit of a bone of contention around here. Not so many years ago, my husband and I would run, swim, cycle, do triathlons and play water polo. He also played rugby and squash. And unusually, the desire to exercise is still there for us both. But recently, it just hasn’t been possible. So, reluctantly, I have to accept that a health band is currently perhaps more useful to me than a sports watch. The FourFit health band After a slightly worrying health check a few months back, I started to take more of an interest in my overall…

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Waking in a panic in the early hours of the morning has become normal. The overdraft limit is looming yet again, as it does for freelancers everywhere. But this time, it’s different. It’s not about lack of work, because I’ve got plenty. A small company or an individual unable to pay hasn’t caused the problem. It’s the global conglomerates and their unwillingness to pay on time. Why do many large organisations lack corporate conscience? Well, I have this theory. Small companies tend to have one or two employees. The company owner plays a big part in keeping the business going.…

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Picture the scene, it might be familiar. It’s stupid o’clock in the morning and you hear little footsteps pitter-pattering along the landing. The door opens and a small, pyjama-clad person demands your attention. You want nothing more than to roll over and go back to sleep. But parent guilt screams at you not to turn the television on. Now there’s a solution – and it’s beautiful. Introducing the VQ Emma Bridgewater Retro Mini DAB radio On long car journeys, the girls love listening to children’s radio or an audio book. They’re big fans of Julia Donaldson and cBeebies radio. It’s perfect…

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