Christmas traditions: competition

With this being Libby’s third Christmas, we are starting to develop our own Christmas traditions. I have to admit, some of them are a little bit odd. Despite the children being so young, we have got into the habit of going ice skating every year. It’s great fun for us all and afterwards we eat muffins, drink tea and visit Santa. Perfect. The other thing we have got into the habit of doing is using our handmade advent calendar to bribe the children to behave. I know, I am officially a terrible parent. It has naturally evolved that Libby thinks it…

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The best Christmas gift ever: Your time

I had such a huge response to my post about being a better mum tomorrow that I’ve realised that mummy guilt really is endemic these days. We are all under so much pressure to keep up with work, looking after the house, running children around, trying to keep fit and so many other responsibilities that none of us feel that we have enough time to dedicate to our children. And yet, this isn’t just a problem for parents. We all seem to feel under some sort of pressure from society to live a perfect lifestyle. The result is that our time…

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Tomorrow I’ll be a better mum

To my beautiful girls, You are the last thing I think about at night when I try to get some sleep. I think about all the times that day when I’ve raised my voice to you. All the times I’ve had to work when you wanted me to play. I think about how quickly you’re growing up, how much you are changing. And about the things I miss when I’m not with you. I remember the times when you’ve been trying to get my attention whilst I’ve been talking or doing something. And the times you’ve asked to paint, bake…

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Our Thursday Photo #82

I am finally organising myself for Christmas. When I say finally, I don’t mean that early December is late to start getting ready for Christmas. I mean that this is the first year I’ve ever been vaguely organised. I’ve baked Christmas cake, bought a tree and decorations (they’re going up on Saturday) and I’ve even bought a few gifts. I’ve been fairly overrun with work as usual and on Monday, I went to the Co-op to buy some wine. Having got to bed at around 2 am on Sunday night, I was in my usual haggard state. I grabbed my bottle…

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13 Dogs with a guilty secret

Man’s best friend, our trusted companions. The best company anyone could have. We invite them into our homes, our sofas and even our beds. But these dogs have a confession. I am an ambassador for Wagglepets who sort out everything my dogs need each month from food to treats to insurance (you can get 50% off your first box with code NATALIE50). When I chatted to the insurance company about my cover, they explained that I was covered for damage of up to £2 million. TWO MILLION POUNDS! How on earth can a dog do that much damage?? This means that I…

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