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Thursday photo #308

Isn’t it amazing how busy it’s possible to be without even leaving the house? With the children at home, we’re slowly settling into our new routine. My work is pottering along surprisingly well. I haven’t got quite as much as normal, but having two completely different streams of freelance income often means that everything comes at once. Whilst it’s difficult to fit it all in, I’m making the most of having work to do. It’s notably better than the alternative. Finding our homeschool routine When I first started helping the girls with their school work, we’d all sit together at…

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Plant based big taste from Ape Snacks [AD]

Across the UK, vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets are on the rise. For some, there is an ethical issue with consuming meat. Not knowing where it comes from or how the animals were treated. Others cut back on meat and dairy for health reasons. Then, there’s climate change. We are repeatedly told that meat is terrible for the environment and decreasing the amount we eat could have a huge impact on global warming. Whatever the reasoning, many people are looking for quick, tasty plant based snacks. That’s where Ape come in. I’ve teamed up with Ape and Mumsnet to tell…

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The pros and cons of living in Narnia [AD]

One of the things nobody warns you about before having children is the horror of tissues in the washing machine.  Granted, it happens occasionally even when you only live with adults.  But with children, it’s virtually every wash.  In go nice, smart, dark coloured clothes.  Out comes a snowstorm Mr Tumnus would be proud of.   Living in Narnia If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably realise that where we live in Malvern was said to be the inspiration for Narnia.  C S Lewis used to walk on the Malvern Hills with his friend, J R R Tolkien.  Legend…

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Redecorating on a budget

A few months back, my two girls decided that they didn’t want to share a bedroom anymore. Having shared since they were tiny, it was time for a change. This meant that I’d lose my office, which needed a complete overhaul ready to become a bedroom. We were on a budget for decorating. I didn’t have loads of time but couldn’t afford to pay someone to do it for us. Of course, as soon as I got started I realised it was a much bigger job than anticipated. How we saved money Preparing the walls and skirting boards ended up…

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Thursday photo #307

It seems things are changing every week at the moment. Last Thursday, I wrote about the seemingly huge alteration of the schools closing. Now, things have moved on even further and we are all at home for the foreseeable future, leaving for only a few specific reasons. During such a difficult time for us all, I can only feel gratitude that we are in such a fortunate position personally. We are all well, our home has space both indoors and outdoors and we have all we need. I couldn’t ask for more than that. How social distancing will change our…

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