A real nappy story from a reluctant hippy

This week is real nappy week. I have toyed with the idea of blogging about it, but I was worried that my post was going to come across as biased. Sadly, I don’t think there is much I can do about that, because I am. I am, in fact, a convert. I am a fan, a lover and even, I might say, an addict.  The Real Nappy – My Story   Before Libby was born, I read a bit about real nappies because using disposable nappies just didn’t sit comfortably with me. I was worried about the cost, friends told me…

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All inclusive holidays Plutonium Sox style

So you’ve read the title and you can be forgiven for assuming that we’re off to sunnier climes, escaping this unseasonably dismal British weather and spending a week lying by a swimming pool. Husband, baby and I topping up our tans, being waited on hand and foot and putting on a stone over the course of the week owing to the free food and gin.  Er, no. Traditional all inclusive holidays were great in my early twenties when I didn’t know any different. My late twenties to early thirties were a time for travelling the world and now, rapidly approaching…

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Art Therapy

So spring is finally here! Yesterday Libby and I were determined to make the most of a glimpse of the sunshine. First we took the dogs for a walk around the fields. This is the first time I’ve taken Libby out without about 11 layers on since she was a few weeks old. She was delighted to be able to point to things that she saw on the walk without the restriction of her mittens! Next, we went to our local pool for a swim. She has recently learned to launch herself into the swimming pool and took great pride…

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It turns out the sun is only hiding to make us more beautiful!

I love blogging. I started to love it even more when I learnt that I’d been selected to write a blog post about the Boots Feel Good Forum health and beauty radio shows. Excitingly, the first show was about anti-aging and the second was about hair care and skin care. These are all things that I would love to have the time to pay a bit more attention to, so I would have enjoyed listening to the shows anyway. As it is, the fabulous people at Boots are sending me a hamper of goodies for my trouble. Life is good!…

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Life in two dimensions

A few months ago, a friend of ours who is a doctor mentioned that Libby’s eyes didn’t look like they were focusing properly and that they should have been by then. The main impact of this is that she often looks quite cross-eyed. He recommended that we take her to the GP so that they could refer us to an eye specialist. Since then, we have had a few trips to a couple of hospitals, various eye tests, a few nasty eye drops and some talk of surgery. We settled on her having surgery when she turns two, which is…

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Goodnight little cat

Sadly we had to have our dear old Simba put to sleep today. She had kidney failure, she was on a special diet and she’d had some injections at the vets but it didn’t work and she’d got so weak she was struggling to walk. The vet said we could have had a couple more days with her and waited until she couldn’t lift her head but that would have been for our sake not hers, it wouldn’t have been fair to let her suffer. Simba was my cat, I had her for 9 years and she was an adult rescue…

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Where have all the children gone?

This morning, the sun was shining for the first time in a few days. It was still a little chilly but the sky was blue and the wind had died down. I had to walk the dogs anyway, so I decided to make the most of the weather and walk up to Libby’s favourite park.  It’s a bit of a trek to this particular park, mostly uphill on the way there but it’s a beautiful scenic route, the dogs and I get some exercise and Libby gets to go on the swings. Everyone’s a winner. My sister came to join…

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