Thursday photo #268

We’ve never really been the sort of family to do things by halves. We’re either ridiculously busy or bored. Really good at things or absolutely terrible. Everything is going swimmingly or it’s going wrong in spectacular fashion. And it turns out, our pets got the memo on how to fit in with the rest of the family. Rupert the family cat Since I’ve been with my husband, we’ve had one dog so lazy he ran home when I tried taking him for a run and two dogs so bouncy they’re impossible to wear out. And then there are the cats.…

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The Frankfurt Job

With a third of the population originating from abroad, the multicultural city of Frankfurt is a haven for expats. Two British film makers have recently visited the city to take part in a fascinating project. The Frankfurt Job uncovers the soul of the city. In a fun twist, the film makers are competing to be viewers’ favourite. Why Frankfurt Frankfurt as a city is often misunderstood. With only 750,000 inhabitants, it is relatively small. However, this doesn’t take into consideration the 5.5 million people living in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. All of whom reside within a 30 minute commute of…

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Where does makeup fit into body confidence and feminism?

These days, social media is awash with posts about body confidence. Feeling comfortable in your own skin, rejecting the need to be ‘beach body ready’. Because let’s face it, we’re all beach body ready. There’s a beach, I have a body. I’m ready. Another movement I’m loving is feminism. Women refusing to conform to the societal norms that make life more difficult for us. Hair removal is a great example and it’s wonderful to see women choosing whether to remove bodily hair, rather than feeling that they have to. However there’s one thing that doesn’t sit comfortably with me in…

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Five years in five minutes

When you grow up as an only child, sibling relationships are fascinating. One of the things I was most excited about when my second baby came along was watching the girls’ relationship develop. It occurred to me that it would be a nice thing to document. The progress of childhood. Siblings growing and changing together. So, I started taking a photo of them every week. What I learned from five years of photos When Lia turned five, I thought it would be nice to put all the photos together in a video. Looking back over them as I made the…

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Thursday photo #267

It’s that time of year when something always seems to be happening. Birthdays, days out, sports days or exams. During the past seven days, Libby has had a singing exam, concert, birthday party and sports day. It’s a good thing she enjoys being busy. We had a visitor this week too. I was looking out into the nature reserve behind our house when I spotted that I was being watched. Singing Libby has been going to a stage performance class since she was two years old. At the time, she was horrendously shy with anybody outside our immediate family. I…

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Things to do in the West Midlands: Summer holidays 2019

The summer holidays are at last upon us. All over the West Midlands, there are some incredible events happening for children and families. Here are the best ones I’ve heard about, do let me know if you have any to add! I’ve included website links for you to check dates, times and availability. For more things to do in the area from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive list of things to do in the West Midlands. For ease, you can click on the area you’re interested below in to jump to…

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Thursday photo #266

Every now and then, I decide to do something a bit differently. Make time to get a particular thing done or just change our routine to fit things in better. Inevitably though, something always happens to thwart me. This week was Libby’s seventh birthday. With a cake to bake and decorate and presents to wrap, it wasn’t necessarily the best day to adopt a cat. Sometimes though, doing the wrong thing is the right decision. Seven years old Seven years ago, I was so off my face on gas and air that I didn’t know who my husband was. After…

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