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alice

Motherhood

My Mummy

March 23, 2017
Mr Men My Mummy

We’re big on talk about feelings in our house. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re a fractured family, but I always want my children to feel completely loved and secure: they’re constantly told how loved they are, how important they are and how much they mean to me. And I think it works… we’re always swapping germs (In the last two months alone we’ve all had flu, a sickness bug and a cold), and in my book if we’re…

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Shopping

Shop Alert: TUSTING

March 21, 2017
Tusting

I am a huge fan of everything British. The Monarchy, Yorkshire puds, Blue Peter… If it was made in the UK, it’s for me. Despite being firmly against Brexit (we’re all Europeans, yo) I am out-and-out proud to be British: in the way that I collect royal mugs, not in a BNP sense. For real, I spent a very large part of my early teen years wondering what I would say to The Queen when I first met her as…

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Interiors Motherhood

How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

March 17, 2017
better nights sleep

Today it’s World Sleep Day, with a slogan of ‘Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life’. Which is ironic, because as a mum you spend your entire life nurturing life, and for this exact reason you never sleep soundly. So for us nurturing life never seems to go hand-in-hand with sleeping soundly, ta Mother Nature. I seriously can’t remember ever fretting over sleep before I became a mother. How much I’m getting, how much I’m missing, where the next fix is coming from. I’m…

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Are You a Cyberchondriac?

March 17, 2017
Mumpreneur

When you’re a person who doesn’t have much time on their hands, the most mundane and essential tasks can feel like the most awkward and time-consuming. One of these for me is any kind of medical appointment. With Elfie requiring regular check-ups at hospital, any visit to the GP for me feels like something I just don’t have time for: I will do literally anything to escape the inevitable germ-filled waiting room where you’re usually penned in for at least…

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Interiors

Choosing Art For Your Home

March 16, 2017
choosing art for your home

When I moved to my new place, I knew one of the first things I wanted to do was hang some great art above my fireplace. In a white white white home like mine art is key to add a touch of colour: I don’t like to plaster my place with it but I do like the odd nod to my personality. Initially I had my heart set on this LOVE print from LA photographer Max Wanger. I loved the…

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Exteriors: staging the outside of your house for a sale

March 15, 2017

We all know how to stage the inside of our homes to make them more appealing to buyers, but what about the outside? Most buyers start their property search online these days, but kerb appeal still matters. According to a recent survey from Barclays Mortgages, 44% of buyers would offer 20% less than the house value if the exterior was untidy. With just ten seconds to impress viewers when they arrive outside, it’s important to stage the outside of your…

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Love + Dating

Single Mum Dating: 4 Years On

March 15, 2017
4 years of dating

When I came to the dating scene four years ago after being in a long-term relationship, I was blindly optimistic. The number of dates I’d been on in my life had amounted to approximately six, with number six being with my ex-husband (and after we were ‘a couple’, so did it really count?); having spent my late teens being wooed over warm snakebite in the SU bar I was excited to live some kind of perceived single-woman Carrie Bradshaw dream. Except…

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Lifestyle

Why We Still Need International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017
Why We Still Need International Women's Day

The last six months have been an absolute triumph of activism for and by women. Never before have I seen such a number of friends, colleagues and women in power stand up to the persistence of misogyny and sexism, determined to make a difference and create a world that is more fair and equal for ours and our next generation. The shame is the fact this campaigning has been a result of our rocky political and economical climate, and the position…

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Motherhood

An Alternative Half Term

March 6, 2017
Alternative half term

Half term is a bit of a tricky one when you’re a working single mum. With the children at their dads’ for a few days I’m never quite sure which way to play it. On the one hand, half terms are one of the few chances I have at more than a couple of nights to myself, so it’s generally a great opportunity to have some down-time or get away. On the other, as a stretch of time with no…

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Interiors

6 Ways To Bring Light To Your Home

March 3, 2017
safavieh rug

Light in your home is a marvellous thing. If you’re a summer worshipper like me, the long dark winters can leave you feeling lethargic and miserable; learning how to fight this darkness can improve your mood and your health no end. Which is why, when I moved house recently, I dedicated myself to making our home as light and airy as possible. And it’s really made a difference! I sleep better, wake easier and am generally jollier to be around (apologies…

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Interiors Shopping

The Family Portrait

March 2, 2017
Family Portrait

I‘m a big fan of talking about not-of-the-norm families like ours. By that I don’t mean our family is weird or odd (though at times, I guess ;), but families that don’t conform to your mum, dad and kids stereotype. Families with two mums or two dads, families with one parent or four parents… I want my children to grow up feeling that our family of three is just as normal as everyone else’s. And so we discuss it a lot.…

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