Thank goodness for progress

Libby’s eye operation on Wednesday really got me thinking about the way things have progressed over the years in the NHS. We got chatting to a nurse at the hospital who was telling us about the way things were when she had an operation years ago. She mentioned that in the old hospital, the hygiene standards were poor, with wooden floors virtually impossible to clean.  We also talked about the role of play specialists in children’s wards and how essential they are. Before people like this were around, I have no idea how children coped with or understood when they…

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Planning our ultimate garden party

As I may have mentioned (once or twice!), my dad and hubby are currently decking our back garden. It’s a lovely big area, but owing to being on a slope it was pretty much unusable. I’ve had the house for 11 years now and it has taken this long to find the money to get it done. We are also getting all our windows replaced and, at long last, getting patio doors put in. They will open out onto the decking and open up a whole world of possibilities for us and the kids. As you can imagine, I will owe…

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Our morning routine – the calm before the storm!

I was lucky enough to receive three packets of belVita Breakfast biscuits in return for posting about our #MorningStories. I thought I’d take the opportunity to post now while it’s just Libby and I getting ready in the mornings. As soon as we throw a baby into the equation our nice little morning routine is going to be so different! Libby and I are not morning people. At all. Unlike most toddlers, Libby rarely gets up before 8 am, it’s usually a bit later. For me, this is great because I do my work when she’s sleeping so when I’m…

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Getting ready for a summer of sport!

I know that I am slightly guilty of harping on about sport too much on my blog, but it’s the one thing that I really love to do with my spare time. The other thing that you might have noticed is my timing when it comes to having babies. Libby was born in June 2012, which meant that most of my maternity leave was spent watching the Olympics and Paralympics slaving away looking after her. If I’m honest, we even managed to make it down to London to watch some fabulous Olympic water polo. By some strange coincidence, I find…

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Review of the Rebuilding Society

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to review the Rebuilding Society website. I had heard of crowd-funding and peer-to-peer lending before, so I was delighted to spend some time researching the concept. As I run a small business, it is always great to know the options that are available to us in terms of funding. This time, I dealt with the Rebuilding Society as a lender, having £50 to lend to one of the companies listed on the Marketplace. I took a little while to choose a company to lend to, because I wanted to make sure that…

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