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Back to School with House of Fraser

This summer is all about getting ready for school. We’ve bought school uniform, books, PE kit and we’ve been to the library to learn about Roald Dahl for a project next term. Whilst we are making the most of the last few weeks we’ve all got together before September, we’re also very aware of the importance of being ready and relaxed about Libby’s first day. The one thing we hadn’t purchased was a school bag. Libby has a lovely miniature suitcase that she’s been taking to nursery for over a year, but I felt that it was a bit heavy…

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Palm Oil Free Product Recommendations August 2016

When I first started trying to avoid palm oil, I found it really difficult. I was constantly searching labels and trawling websites. But luckily, since launching my Shop Palm Oil Free website, I’ve found loads of amazing products. As a result it ends up being easy to become complacent, falling into the trap of finding things I love and buying the same ones again and again. Luckily, as my website has become more popular, people have been contacting me, asking me to include their products on the website. As a result I’ve ended up trying quite a few more things. So here…

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Thursday Photo #117

The girls amaze me with the way they change and develop every day, but this week has been really quite exceptional. Libby in particular has pulled achievement after achievement out of the bag, delighting herself with her own abilities. For a while now, she has been learning to ride her bike without stabilisers. We initially removed the stabilisers when we were in Loch Leven, and we’ve since practised on a few occasions. But this week, she has got to a point where she can just get on the bike and ride off. I’m very aware how safe she needs to be…

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A developing love of books

Yesterday, I went for my usual morning stroll with my elderly dog. We take it easy because I’m always recovering from my morning run and he’s a little old man recovering from life. He sniffs at all the smells and I admire the views and the wild flowers. But just after I took this photo and marvelled at the gorgeous, vibrant, summery colours, I was stopped in my tracks. Because just around the corner, there were blackberries. Big, juicy, ripe blackberries – just the sort you get in autumn. And so it is arriving – the beginning of autumn. Darker mornings, falling…

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