Making plans for 2019

Planning and organisation aren’t my strongest traits, particularly when it comes to my home life. So when Jenny from Monkey and Mouse blog asked me to write about my plans for this year, I thought it was a great opportunity. After all, writing goals down is always the first step to achieving them. Travel plans Camper van travel: As we didn’t get the camper van until April last year, this will be our first full year of owning it. We’ve already started putting it to good use with a weekend away before the girls went back to school in January.…

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10 things I learnt from Veganuary

This is a collaborative post. Having been vegetarian since childhood, I always wondered whether to go vegan. Eventually, I decided to take part in Veganuary. I started with some trepidation. Wouldn’t I miss eggs and cheese? Well as it turns out, I didn’t miss much at all. Here are the 10 things I learnt from Veganuary. It’s not that difficult I haven’t really felt that comfortable with the dairy industry for years. I stopped using milk because I didn’t like it, but struggled to cut down on cheese. Free range was a good compromise when it came to eggs. But the fact that chickens…

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Malvern Hills walks

Having the Malvern Hills on our doorstep is a privilege. Growing up in the area, I never appreciated how beautiful it was. Even as an adult, I’d walk and run on the Malvern Hills without really understanding how lucky I was. I think the turning point for me was when I started to notice the Malverns topping lists of walks with the wow factor and best places in the UK to see the sunrise. So with the advantage of years of exploring, here are my favourite Malvern Hills walks. Grab a map before you start and make use of your…

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Thursday photo #246

Do you ever find yourself getting back into things you used to love when your children start to enjoy them too? There have been a few occasions recently when my husband and I have been struck by the realisation that we weren’t setting a good example. Asking a child to do something you rarely do yourself never seems to go particularly well, so it was time to do something about it. Music lessons Libby has been learning the piano for 18 months now. She loves it and is progressing well, but like all children she is reluctant to do as…

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National Trust membership to combat Winter blues

What is it about Winter that makes it so miserable? Is it the dark nights and cold days, or is it the way we deal with it? This is only the second time in my memory when I haven’t found Winter completely joyless. The first was when I spent the start of the season in New Zealand and Australia, coming back in Mid-December. This year though, we’ve stayed put and still managed to enjoy the colder months. I’ve been wondering why that was, and I think it might be down to our National Trust membership. Getting outdoors with National Trust…

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