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Christmas Gift Guide: What To Buy The Impossible Woman Who Is Never Happy and Already Has Everything

December 7, 2016
gifts for difficult women

I write this because I am that impossible woman. I am the woman who, if you ask what she wants for Christmas, says “oh I’m sure I’ll love whatever you buy me, darling” and then finds it unable to hide a disappointed face as big as the moon when she unwraps a deep fat fryer on the 25th December. Has happened. Other presents I’ve been bought at Christmas also include shoes three sizes too big, gloves that I already owned and the…

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What Gilmore Girls Gets Right About Single Parents

December 6, 2016
gilmore girls single parenting

Recently, like the rest of the world, I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls. Goodness knows why I’ve never seen it before – it’s precisely the kind of easy-to-watch bingeable TV I enjoy, made all the more relevant as the main storylines focus on a single mother and her relationship with her daughter. Four years ago when I first became a single parent I would never have believed what the future would hold – especially as I had yet to watch Gilmore…

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Brand Alert: Papershades

December 5, 2016
papershades lampshades

There’s nothing I love more than finding a new lovely brand that is not only a small business born of love and talent but is also something unique, a brand I know only a handful of people will be aware of. (Until I post a blog about it on the World Wide Web, anyway). Papershades, an art-based lampshade company, is one such brand and comes at the perfect time as the interiors world is getting all Hygge with it. Set up…

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Christmas Gift Guide: For the Person Who Has Absolutely Everything

December 2, 2016
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My dad is an absolute nightmare to buy for at Christmas. As am I, to be honest. We’re cut from the same cloth: we generally have everything we want and if we don’t, we buy it. EASY. Every Christmas and Birthday I rack my brains over what I’m going to buy for my dad and give thanks I don’t have to buy for myself. If you’re similarly stressing over that impossible member of your family, I have the answer: Small…

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The 3 Trends of Christmas

November 30, 2016
Christmas trends

Gone are the days when all was required to decorate our homes at Christmas was a string of tinsel from Woolworths (RIP) and some oven dried orange segments: luckily we now have a plethora of options available to us when it comes to our festive decor. And what a gorgeous bunch of options they are! I for one am delighted that we have so many amazing bits and bobs available to us for seasonal decorating. I know I’m not alone when I say…

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Finding Flexible Work: All About Coople

November 30, 2016
Coople review

Increasingly I’m noticing how popular flexible working is. Not just in my circle of work colleagues but within friends and family too: it’s really refreshing to see how many are shunning the confines of the 9-5 for a more family-friendly and flexible way of being employed. Certainly in my situation I couldn’t do it any other way. At least, not without missing my children terribly and paying out extortionate costs for childcare. I need to work flexibly for my kids,…

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The Perfect Mum Jeans

November 29, 2016
perfect mum jeans

Jeans. Always a bit of a problem for a woman of a certain age with a tummy of a certain size, am I right? As soon as I gave birth to my first child I entered a world in which I could no longer purchase the Topshop Baxters I’d been wearing since I was 16, a world that involved finding new denim suited to my new body type. That might sound like the ultimate in middle class problems, but as…

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How to take the stress out of a recent divorce

November 29, 2016
13 stages of tinder

The day you said, “I do” and promised to “love and to cherish all the days of my life”, you no doubt meant every word – or you definitely wouldn’t have spent an average of £25,000 to say them! But unfortunately, an estimated 42% of marriages end in divorce. This can be for a multitude of reasons including a lack of commitment, continuous arguments, marrying too young, infidelity, or unrealistic expectations – to name a few. The decision to end…

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Beauty

The Three Minute Makeup Routine

November 28, 2016
three minute makeup

I am wholeheartedly a beauty person. In a world where my life is dictated by two little ones, beauty is something that makes me feel like I’m giving myself a little treat. I can do it from home and is an activity I can spend five or fifty minutes on, depending on what those little ones need from me in that particular moment. It’s not something you need to be an expert in to enjoy, and if you fancy reading…

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An Advent For Alice

November 24, 2016
Adventshop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AdventShop #CollectiveBias Why should kids get all the fun at Advent, eh? My two look forward to the season with genuine glee – the thought of a chocolate-filled calendar filling their every waking minute the week – no, the month – before. We’re only on the 24th November and already I have fielded two, yes TWO tantrums because I haven’t allowed my four year old to break…

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Christmas Gift Guide: For The Kid Who Reminds You Of Your Favourite Childhood Characters

November 24, 2016
personalised mr men

Some of my very earliest memories involve Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men franchise. My mum would bring my brother and I to see my grannie once a month, who’d saved all her 5p pieces to give to us because they were too small for her fingers. We’d visit the John Lewis that’s now five minutes away from my house and I’d spend my grannie-given pocket money on Mr Men books. By the time I’d grown out of them I had the whole…

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