Getting over the unforgivable

This is a collaborative post. A couple of nights ago, I found out that my husband had cheated on me. And worst of all, my family were complicit. It came to a head when he’d booked a meal for everyone at a time I couldn’t do. He made excuses, but it didn’t add up. Eventually my daughter spilled the beans. The meal had been at HER house. I confronted him. Well actually, I knocked seven bells out of him. And then, I woke up. Furious The events were so vivid that when I opened my eyes that morning, I couldn’t…

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A reason a season or a lifetime

I am a constant source of disappointment to my surprisingly sociable husband. Don’t worry, I’m not oversharing about a serious issue in our marriage. We simply have rather different ideas about friendship. A reason, a season or a lifetime There is a quote about people coming into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I think on face value this is a bit callous. There doesn’t need to be a reason to be around someone, enjoying their company is enough. And yet, there is some logic in it, when you take it to it’s simplest form. The…

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Making the right purchasing decisions with Which?

This is a collaborative post. I must admit, I’m a bit tight with money. Actually, I very rarely open my wallet to buy material things – I’m much more likely to spend my money on travelling. So when I really do need to buy something, it has to be a good price and excellent quality. Purchasing decisions for parents As a parent, I feel that deciding what to buy is an even bigger decision. Because if I get it wrong, I could put my children’s happiness – or worse still their safety – at risk. That’s why consumer champion Which?…

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Creating a birthday party slideshow

As the farmer counted down, 25 children crouched in the starting position. … 4, 3, 2, 1, GO! The gate flew open and two pigs came flying out of their pen like rats up a drainpipe. On the other side of the fence, the children were in hot pursuit. Grown adults were heard to shout, “Come on Ginger!” Showing support for their favourite pig. The unusual birthday party Libby had waited all year for her birthday party. She’d been to some brilliant ones – the rest of the class had set a pretty high bar. And now it was her…

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Powering up the Summer holidays with Berocca

This is a collaborative post. The trauma of Summer holidays is often the elephant in the room among parents. We all love seeing more of our little treasures because we don’t get the best of them in term time. And yet, it’s tough entertaining children who threaten to lurch into boredom at any moment. We need to be on top of our game. All the time. For six whole weeks. Reenergising with Berocca Berocca is the #1 energy vitamin in the UK. It contains eight B vitamins including B1 and B2. The B vitamins in Berocca help to release the body’s natural energy. This is a…

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Hiring a dream car

This is a Collaborative Post. If you could hire a famous car, which one would you go for? We’ve been chatting about it this week, and it seems that our car choices alter with age. The children’s choice I suppose I can’t be too disappointed with the girls’ choices. After all, they haven’t seen any of the classic films of the 80’s. But Libby decided that if she could drive any car she wanted from television, she would go for the Fat Controller’s car in Thomas the Tank Engine. She gave no other reason except that she likes it and…

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Getting clothes clean against all the odds

Boys get dirtier than girls and women do the washing. Maybe in a bygone era this was the case. But in our house, these two statements are both utter rubbish. Ballet outfit shocker Libby isn’t a particularly girly girl. At five years old, she still wears almost as much of her food as she eats. Her hair is constantly a mess despite my best efforts – she gets that from me. And she’s happy joining in with running games with the boys or climbing trees, building dens and playing in dirt. Her sports have always been running, swimming and rhythmic…

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