Pick up the phone

So often, I read that it’s not important to have so many friends as you get older. I don’t disagree with the sentiment, of course there’s no shame in choosing your friends carefully. But I want to explain what growing out of friends really means. It’s so easy to lose touch with people as time goes by. When you have children, it becomes even more difficult to find time for your friends. But if you’re currently going down this path and find yourself speaking to old buddies less and less frequently, here are a few things to consider. One day, you’ll get to a…

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Top 10 tips on packing light

This post is for you, my husband who no longer has any idea what packing light means. There was a time, not so very many years ago when we could go on holiday without the kitchen sink. In fact, we coped for a month in New Zealand with just a motorbike pannier each and a small rucksack between us. These days, we travel with two kids, two large dogs, an estate car and a folding camper (over-sized trailer tent). We have even had a genuine discussion about whether to bring the cat next time. So to remind us how it’s…

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Our Thursday Photo #67

This week, I took a little bit of time away from my normal work to get my new palm oil free website up and running. At the moment, it’s just a very basic list of companies that don’t use palm oil in their products. I hope that it will soon expand to become quite a comprehensive directory that makes it easier to avoid palm oil when we shop. As well as having a bit of extra time to focus on that, I’ve managed to find a small amount of time to unwind a bit. It hasn’t been anything dramatic, but I’ve managed to…

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10 family campsite essentials

Since having children, camping has become a whole different beast. When it was just us, we had no issues with pitching up in a field or on a cliff top and wild camping. With young children, our needs are a little more complex. Here are the top ten things we look for in a campsite these days. 1. Dog friendly A family holiday wouldn’t be complete without the dogs. We do occasionally have a few days away without them, but we would never leave them behind if we’re camping so we would actively avoid campsites that won’t accept dogs. 2.…

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#GetADog

It bothers me that children spend too much time in front of screens and I’ve often written about what positive role models my pets are for our children. So when I saw this video from the Dogs Trust #GetADog campaign, I instantly loved it. It’s less than a minute long and well worth a watch. Of course, getting a dog is a huge decision and not one to be taken lightly. It’s a lot of responsibility. It’s expensive. But so is an iPhone. The Dogs Trust have recently carried out a survey. Of those people who had a dog as a child, 93 per cent…

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