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alice

Travel

MTT Travel: Mark Warner Lakitira

January 19, 2017
Mark Warner Lakitira

This week I am fulfilling every single January stereotype. Cold? Yep. A bit miserable? Indeed. Whining about it on the internet? WHOLEHEARTEDLY! I’ve been jealous of those lucky holidaymakers with few January responsibilities and loads of cash – is it me or have all celebrities de-camped to the Caribbean this month? – but us mortals have had to come up with more inventive escapism tools. For me it’s been wistful photo gazing followed by summer holiday planning, and I can…

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Beauty

Make Over Your Makeup Bag This Winter

January 17, 2017
Make Over Your Makeup Bag

I had a great idea yesterday. As I don’t know anyone who is bossing January this year – has anyone ever bossed a January? – I thought it might be good if we all just forget about it. Call in sick for the rest of the month, slack off for a couple of weeks. That way, when February arrives, we can all start fresh: the way we probably meant to in January, before the grey weather and post-Christmas comedown made…

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Finding Happiness When The World Is Blue

January 16, 2017
how to be happy

Blue Monday. Thought to be the most depressing day of the year, it makes sense that the skies have opened and the world is grey. As if Mondays weren’t bad enough, eh? And this year, apparently Blue Monday is the worst of all. Through a combination of celebrity deaths, Brexit anxiety and Donald Trump presidency fears, Dr Cliff Arnall, the expert who came up with the term, has warned there’s no making us feel better today. Dr Arnall came up…

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Beauty

One Surprising Cure For Dry and Sensitive Skin

January 11, 2017
cure dry sensitive skin

Winter is the harshest on our skin: on a daily basis it experiences cold weather, warm central heating, hot water and those gloriously toasty heaters on buses and in shops that I find I must always must hover around. Cold/hot/cold/hot… it takes its toll. I’ve had real struggles with my own skin this season. Its sensitivity has been elevated several notches and I’ve experienced several stress-triggered allergic reactions; one that happened after a rather lovely evening at home watching Magic…

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Love + Dating

The Trouble With Ghosting

January 10, 2017
ghosting

In the world of modern dating, you’re very lucky if you don’t encounter at least a certain amount of douchebaggery (technical term) at one point or another. I’ve had my fair share of weirdos and oddballs: the controlling men, the sexual deviants, the convicted criminals, the married ones. Looking back, my dating history is a veritable A-Z of ‘What Was I Thinking?’. But recently, I’ve noticed something new. Something I thought that, as a thirty-something woman dating men my age…

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Life

5 Ways to Make Working From Home Work For You

January 9, 2017
Growing On Up

Working from home is often seen as the easy option, the slacker’s way to work. After all, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to sit around in their PJs all day watching Jeremy Kyle? That’s not quite how it works, though. I have to admit, when I first began working from home I was highly excited to be able to type in my yoga pants without a face full of office-friendly make-up, but I soon worked out this was not a…

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Life

The Email You Never Knew You Needed

January 6, 2017
Coople review

You guys, I think 2017 might be the year of the email! Hah, only kidding, 2016 was the year of the email. I’m just running late as always. So let’s say that 2017 is going to be the year of MY email, shall we? I’ve been working on a weekly mailer for approximately the last five years or so (real time: six months) and I think I’m about there. Whether through work or through play I spend a lot of…

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Home

6 Ways To A Hotel Bathroom at Home

January 3, 2017
hotel bathroom at home

It’s always been one of my biggest dreams to have a hotel bathroom at home. I know, right? Aim high, Alice! Let me explain. Years ago the bathroom’s role in my life was simple: a place to bathe, a place to use the loo. But since I became a mum it’s so much more than that. With two kids always wanting to know my every (bowel) movement, as a mum the bathroom is somewhere I go to be alone. Seeing that…

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Me

2016 Taught Me

January 2, 2017
2016 taught me

One of the best things about a new year is a fresh start. A chance to review the year gone by, look forward to the year that’s coming… it’s one of my favourite times. I’m not an idiot, I know it doesn’t take a new year for a new start. After all, I make mini resolutions each and every Monday ;) But I do adore the finality of closing the door on one year and stepping into a new one…

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Single Life

Avoiding Christmas: Bah, Humbug

December 29, 2016
avoiding christmas

Today I had my first festive cry of the season. Pretty good as it’s the 29th December and I’ve waited until 2 hours until the kids come home before having my Christmas sob, not so good when you consider the fact I’m presently only 20% human: the rest of me is made up of sausage rolls and red wine. It took a text from my best friend asking simply asking how I am to make me go all chin-wobbly, and…

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Home

Hello, Number 3

December 28, 2016
hello number 3

This year, when I found out we were moving house on 16th December, I wanted to make sure I was smart about the whole thing. Despite not having any huge hosting plans over Christmas, the period running up to the festive season was going to be chock-a-block with work, and I knew post-25th I’d want to spend time catching up with writing and getting my bits in order before the children were back. So the move process had to be quick, painless and…

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