Getting ready for Christmas

Well, Christmas eve really has crept up on me this year. I haven’t wrapped any presents other than helping Libby to wrap the one she got for Lia. So tonight, we will be sitting down with a few mugs of mulled elderflower wine (recipe below), wrapping presents and decorating the Christmas cakes. I can’t wait. Mulled elderflower wine The preparations for this little tipple started way back in June, when the elderflowers were at their best on the trees. As I’d recently had Lia, my dad was kind enough to pick a carrier back full for me. This was added…

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Where there’s tea there’s hope

I love my job, being at home with my children every day is the best thing I could ever ask for. The most difficult parts of it though are the sleep deprivation and lack of time to myself. Both of these issues are soon forgotten when sitting down to do some work with a nice cup of tea on the go. This week, I have been reviewing a selection of teas from Dragonfly Tea. My teapot is one of my favourite possessions and easily one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. My sister Alice picked it up from a…

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More healthy meals

I’m very aware of how lucky I am that Libby loves healthy food. I see other parents struggling to get their children to eat anything, while Libby sits there happily munching on salad or fruit. I don’t think this is anything we’ve done right or they’ve done wrong, her tastes have just developed to enjoy healthy food. One of the only things that Libby wasn’t keen on when she was younger was eggs. We persevered with them though, because as a vegetarian, eggs are such a key part of my diet, especially for protein. Luckily, they are now one of…

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Salad for lunch

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about healthy eating and exercise. One of the main reasons for this is because I’m finding it so difficult to fit in exercise at the moment and cooking healthy meals has to be a quick process because I’m so short of time. In the winter, I usually gravitate towards soups at lunchtime, but perhaps it’s because our summer lasted so long, but this year I’m still totally hooked on salad. One of my favourite books of all time was Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. It’s a few years since I’ve read it, but…

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When things aren’t quite as they seem…

Last night, my sisters and I went to our favourite restaurant, The Terrace on The Hill in Malvern, as a last evening out before my youngest sister goes to university. While we were there, we overheard someone talking about a poor review on TripAdvisor that had rated the service badly. This got us chatting about TripAdvisor, and how one person who has taken offence to something innocent can have such an awful effect on the success of an establishment, just by writing a poor review. I honestly can’t think of anywhere with better service than The Terrace on The Hill,…

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