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Food

The Thunderbirds 2 Cake From Parteaz

May 20, 2016
Thunderbirds 2 birthday cake

It was Hux’s 4th birthday this week, and before now he hadn’t had a party to celebrate the occasion of growing a year older. Elfie has always been very aware of birthdays and has loved a party ever since she was a toddler, but my boy was entirely non-fussed by such things. Beyond the odd present he knows he’s allowed to request he’s just not that bothered, the little weirdo. But with this being the last birthday before he hotfoots it off to…

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Motherhood

My Number One Baby Tip

May 18, 2016
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It’s funny that, now I’m a bit older, I can see the whole baby experience through slightly wiser eyes. OK, ok. So I might not be wiser. Will I ever be wiser? Probably not. But I do think that, over the last six and a half years of pregnancy and motherhood, I have learned one or two things about babies and children. Some of it I’ve forgotten, cheers sleep deprivation. Some I’ve tucked away in the darker recesses of my…

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Love + Dating

6 Times I Could Do With a Boyfriend

May 17, 2016
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I came to the realisation a couple of days ago that, for the first time since my marriage ended three years ago, I’m really quite happy on my own. Don’t write me off just yet – I’m not about to buy a couple of cats and commit myself to a life of singledom – but I am increasingly enjoying my own company, let’s say, Carrie Bradshaw-style. Think: good job, great friends, lovely home, enough shoes. Sorted! It’s an overall feeling…

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Huxley

Now You Are Four

May 16, 2016
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Happy Birthday, darling Hux! It’s really difficult to sum up your child and their year. Looking back at when Hux turned three he still looked quite the baby – but watching him opposite me at the breakfast table today munching on a banana pancake he’s a little boy, a bonafide pre-schooler. In fact, I still can’t get over the fact that my little boy, my youngest, will be off to school this September. Although Elfie was younger when she started…

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Life

Happy Weekend!

May 14, 2016
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Happy weekend! What have you got planned? We have an exciting weekend of birthday activities; beginning with a special dinner this evening (I love my mummy and children dinner dates ;). Hux’s Thunderbirds-themed bowling ‘do is on Sunday, so I’ll be frantically stuffing party bags while I watch Eurovision with Elfie…. his cake arrived from Parteaz yesterday and it’s just INCREDIBLE. I can’t wait to see his face when we sing Happy Birthday :) I’m off out for a 5k training…

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Life

My Becoming

May 13, 2016
Becoming Laura Jane Williams

One of my very favourite quotes in Lena Dunham’s girls is when Hannah explains why she’s short on time: “I have work, then a dinner thing, then I am busy trying to become who I am” Because that is how I have felt, ever since I split up with the person I thought was the love of my life 3 years ago. I am busy trying to become who I am. You see, I used to think personal development was…

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Style

The Summer Stripe

May 12, 2016
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It’s summer time! Or so I believe. And trust me, the next person to mention anything about snow, hail or rain, or any other weather condition not associated with summer, is going to get chinned. I’m not entirely sure what ‘getting chinned’ means, but it sounds violent enough to convey how menacing I’d like to feel in this  situation. You have been warned. Anyway, like it or not, I say it’s summer – at least in terms of my wardrobe. Yep,…

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Food

MTT: Easy Bread Recipe

May 9, 2016
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I‘m a bit of a bread purist. Bread purism is a thing, it really is. When I gave up wheat and therefore bread a couple of years ago I felt amazing – really really amazing – but I missed bread. Put it this way, of you asked me which I missed most, bread or my best friend who lives in New York, it’d be a close contest. And that’s because bread is the best. Crunchy, fluffy, stodgy, beautiful bread. Served warm…

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Uncategorized

Conservatories, Orangeries and Sunrooms

May 5, 2016
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There aren’t many more grown-up things to consider than conservatories. The most fancy of my parent’s friends had them when I was growing up; they used them for formal entertaining, the kind that requires china, teacups on actual saucers, cake eaten with a fork and very good manners. Oh yes, I always knew the best behaviour had to be rolled out if I was invited into the holy grail of the conservatory and offered a cake. Yes please, no thank…

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Love + Dating

Recent Lessons In Online Dating

May 4, 2016
What I've Learned About Dating

If you know ways to meet single men that do not involve a profile and 300 finely honed words about yourself, I take my hat off to you. Three years into the dating game and I’m still none the wiser: I’ve dated the only two friends-of-my friends who are single, joined a gym, gone to bars and struck up conversations in coffee shops. And I still don’t have a boyfriend. Nada, nothing. It’s been one of the greatest wonderments to me…

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Beauty

VIDEO: The 5 Minute Makeover With Boutique By Sainsbury’s

May 3, 2016
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I might be a beauty person, but I am NOT a make-up person. Believe me, there’s been many the disaster at my bedroom mirror involving a tube of liquid eyeliner, a YouTube video and the notion of a ‘winged eye’. I just don’t have the time or the patience for it. I’m trying to work on my aversion to slap, after all, at the age of 30 it’s about time I learned how to do myself up nicely. I’m getting…

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