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The Bloody Brexit

June 27, 2016
bloody brexit

I’m on holiday. And I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing with the whole Brexit fandango underway (and let’s be honest, it’s been a massive effing fandango) but it’s most definitely brought things home for me, even when away. Let’s face it: the fact we have a democratic society is a massively amazing thing that should not be sniffed at. I religiously use my vote because other women fought so hard for me to have it,…

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Blue For Summer

June 23, 2016

We all know I’m on holiday this week, spending time sunning myself and, oh yeah, I guess entertaining the kids on the sunny island of Kos, Greece. I had a very slim luggage allowance of 20kg (ouch – I normally struggle to fit all the bits I need into 30kg) so I’ve been working really hard to pare down my holiday wardrobe to the bare essentials. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m in Greece, or if I just love…

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5 reasons why you should travel to Luxor this summer

June 21, 2016

Luxor is Ancient Egypt at its finest. Up there with Cairo and sun bathing at Sharm el-Sheik, this majestic city is full of awe-inspiring monuments that reflect a world and civilisation we can only dream about. Recent unrest in Egypt has been hard on the tourism industry. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against travel to many parts of the country, but Luxor is not one of them. Here, security in the city is on the increase. As long…

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Working On Wellness with David Lloyd

June 21, 2016
David Lloyd wellness

I‘ve been thinking a lot lately about the correlation between mental health and physical health; exercise, food and wellness. I don’t think I’ve realised before just how intrinsically linked our physical wellbeing is to our mental. The thing is, I think we all have our mental ups and downs. I know I certainly do. I’m 80% shiny happy people, but that other 20% of the time I find tough, whether it’s through work stress, child worries or plain old depressing…

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When I’m a Lotto Millionaire… WIN £100 Lotto Credit

June 21, 2016
Aviva tool

For someone who doesn’t actually play the lottery all that often, I spend an embarrassing amount of time daydreaming about what I’d buy with the jackpot. Which I’m sure is entirely normal, right? I’m not a flashy kind of lottery winner – honest (wink wink). I’ve decided that, for the win to be really life-changing and worth it, I’d need around £10m (cos anything else is just pocket change, really), and I’d put my money in a few different places.…

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The Complete Green Smoothie Recipe

June 20, 2016
complete green smoothie recipe

I’m a real juicing purist. Lots of people are on the juicing train and I think that’s brilliant – juicing, in conjunction with a healthy diet, is SO good for us. Though some, like me, drink smoothies rather than juices it seems to all fall under the same umbrella of ‘juicing’ (actual juices are created by pressing the fruit or veg): blitzing my veg and fruit leaves the fibre behind which is more filling and nutritionally complete. My weapon of…

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A Holiday Beauty Wardrobe

June 17, 2016
holiday beauty wardrobe

There was a time when the only holiday wardrobe I was concerned about was the one that had actual clothes in. I am after all the girl who took 9 pairs of shoes for 7 days in New York: you could say packing light doesn’t come easily to me. My motto used to be ‘just in case’… I may not have worn those sparkly silver platforms for 2 years in the UK, but who knows if they’d be required for some…

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The First Single Parent Holiday

June 16, 2016
Summer Good Times

Next week, for the very first time, I will be taking two children abroad. Alone. Both kids have a few air miles under their belts already; right before the split we travelled as a foursome to a family wedding in Madrid and a year later a cruise with my mum from Southampton to Nice. Both trips were great but my overarching memories from both holidays are ones of juggling – juggling luggage, juggling cranky kids, juggling wants, needs, worries. We’ve done…

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Watches for Dad this Father’s Day

June 16, 2016
Watch Gallery

There aren’t many classier things in this life than a lovely watch. I’m not talking a Real Housewives of Beverley Hills-esque bit of Rolex bling here either, but an beautiful piece that is all the more sophisticated. I’m thinking Breitling, I’m thinking Bremont, I’m thinking Cartier. I’m thinking Swiss-made, beautiful leather, classically gorgeous watches that’ll last a lifetime, then another, then another. The kind of watch that gets passed down from generation to generation, each one telling a great story…

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It’s An Animal: The Dyson V8

June 13, 2016
Dyson Animal V8

As a person who both has kids and occasionally indulges in a bit of Tinder swiping, I find it hard to know when to reveal I’m a mother. I’m not an idiot, I know that ‘Single Mum’ as a statement on my profile isn’t exactly going to get app-based hearts racing. In fact, there probably aren’t any less erotic sentences than “once I gave birth!”. Shame. So I’m always trying to figure out ways I can make the fact I…

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Is Loneliness The Worst Part of Single Parenting?

June 8, 2016
loneliness single parenting

In my life as a single parent there’s nothing I really begrudge, but admittedly the loneliness does get tough. You’d have to be a robot not to get affected by it; as humans we are pack animals, used to travelling together, working in a partnership to hunt and gather (or, in 2016, deciding on and ordering a Deliveroo). So I guess it’s only natural that spending night after night on my own can get a little tedious sometimes. It’s not all…

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