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Travel

Our Single Parent Ski Holiday

February 17, 2017
single parent ski holiday

Having been a single parent since Hux was 6 months old – he’s now nearly five – I thought I’d seen the worst of the solo mum struggles. The routines you have to get into to make sure everything gets done, the logistical nightmares of picking up two kids from different nurseries when you’re working late, the financial juggles you do to make your money stretch far enough… been there, done that, got the baby sick-covered tshirt. It’s certainly true…

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Interiors

A Monochrome Kid’s Room

February 16, 2017
monochrome kids room

When you decorate a new house there are a multitude of features to consider: paint colours, furniture, floor coverings, artwork, soft furnishings, window dressings. Room-by-room it’s a fun process, if not completely and utterly overwhelming. I’ve been working on the kids’ bedroom recently – the final room in the house to get the magic wand of my interior design magic (hah!) waved over it – and it’s been the most difficult one of all to get right. Once storage was…

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Love + Dating

What I Learned About Love (By Getting a Divorce)

February 15, 2017
love lessons from divorce

When you get married at the age of 23 as I did, you think you know it all. About love, life, the universe… everything. I went into marriage thinking I was as grown up as I was going to get, blissfully unaware that one day it would fail, genuinely believing the wedding would fix all that I perceived was wrong with my life. Spoiler: it didn’t. If anything it magnified all the wrongs, highlighted the cracks, displayed the faults: like a…

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Work

We Are Not Sodding Mumpreneurs

February 9, 2017
Mumpreneur

Here are a few facts about me: I am a woman, I am an entrepreneur; a writer, a creative person. I run two businesses (this here commercial blog and a Marketing consultancy), and I do a bit of journalism on the side. I like shopping, keeping fit and travelling. I am also a mum. The fact I have birthed two children from my body has no bearing on the others. I have two awesome kids who I come home to…

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Interiors

The Pink Sofa

February 8, 2017
The Pink Sofa

In an early episode of Sex and the City, Miranda talks about re-building her bed karma. “I figure if I can make my bed a place I really want to be, others will feel the same” she says. “If you build it, he will come”. I used to feel the same about my own interior design choices. I went from throwing all kinds of fairy lights and flowery decor around when I initially started living without a man, to being…

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Beauty

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

February 7, 2017
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

There’s a reason women in East Asia are so lauded for their skincare. Yes, their 10-to-12 step routines may seem overkill for some, but they are a continent of beautiful skin. Encouraged to embrace the process of cleansing, exfoliating and intensely moisturising along with an SPF before some of us are of an age that we can dress ourselves, their way of looking after their faces makes total sense. Why rush for the expensive eye creams at 40, desperately trying to reverse too…

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Travel

How To Prepare For a Ski Holiday With Kids

February 2, 2017
Prepare For a Ski Holiday With Kids

Though I dabbled on the slopes as a teen, I used to think family ski holidays were only for those who were, like, proper ski fanatics. After having kids myself, I thought those who headed for the mountains with their young children were certifiable: why would you want to tarnish your week of skiing and apres with the demands of little people? And it’s true, many of the holidaymakers I met on our trip to Tignes with Mark Warner last week were hardcore…

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Uncategorized

How To Make More Time For The Family

February 1, 2017
Mark Warner Lakitira

Last year, the Mirror reported that parents and children spend just 34 minutes a day with each other – a very small amount of quality time indeed! But, your family’s situation needn’t be quite as sad as this. All you need to do is make a few changes to your lifestyle so you can free up time to make some precious memories with your partner and children… Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day Get up earlier and…

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Love + Dating

Would You Throw a Divorce Party?

February 1, 2017

By design, divorce is altogether a negative thing. When a couple comes together in marriage and then splits at a later date, it’s usually a painful and difficult process. Have experienced it first-hand I can say that reneging on promises that enable you to be bound by law (and god, if that floats your boat) is not a great feeling. Was I distraught when I got divorced? No, not really. By then I’d been separated for two years, my ex-husband had…

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Beauty

Sisley Eye Contour Mask Review

January 31, 2017
sisley eye contour mask

Eye creams: they’re a bit of a faff, aren’t they? That’s what I thought up until my recent winter skin issues; despite religiously slathering the stuff on morning and night since the age of 25, I was never sure if my eye creams were actually doing anything. And then the winter happened and the dry skin was upon me. My eyes were crepe-y, dry, red, irritated, and made me look ten years older. They were just horrendous and I felt like nothing I was doing…

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Interiors

5 Comic Book Inspired Bedroom Ideas for Kids

January 26, 2017
the most overwhelming part of being a parenta

Are you planning to redecorate your child’s bedroom? Well, if so, you might feel like trying out a comic book inspired theme: it’s a colourful option, packed with shapes, energy and plenty of fun, so it’s bound to get the seal of approval from your little one! Here are five ideas to try… Cover the walls in actual comic books If you’re happy to jump straight into the deep end with comic book theme in your child’s room, why not…

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