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“You Should Have Asked”: The Division of Labour

May 25, 2017
the division of labour

No matter how progressive our cause of feminism is, there’s still a huge disparity between who takes on the majority of project management jobs at home. And I don’t mean the crappy day-to-day stuff that is easily taken care of, like the bins or the washing up, but I mean the brain power-intensive, management-heavy life admin tasks... and it doesn't feel good.…

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Tennis For Kids

May 24, 2017
Tennis for kids

Despite having to mindfully force myself to do any kind of physical exercise – usually with internal promises of wine, crisps or wine with crisps – I think it’s really important to get the children as active as possible. Not only is it obviously great for their health (or so my personal trainer tells me) but I love the thought it’s teaching them other essential life skills: teamwork, perseverance, and a healthy dose of competitiveness. I take advantage of the…

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Food Diary: A Day Of Helpful Little Swaps

May 24, 2017
healthy choices with Tesco

As a long-term fan of healthy eating, I know how to make the right choices. My daily diet is usually a pleasing mix of fruit and veg, carbs and protein, with the odd lip-smacking fried chicken or burger dish thrown in for good measure. But still, I do have a habit of falling off the wagon. Because I’m only human and as much as I try to convince myself of the contrary, deep fried stuff tastes better than salad. It’s science,…

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Pack Light Travel Fast

May 22, 2017
Martinhal Cascais review

When you are a nomadic traveller you pick up all kinds of weird skills. At the top of the list is the ability to pack light: for a globetrotter, being able to live out of one small bag for weeks on end is definitely an essential ninja skill. However, it can also be handy for other types of travellers to know how to pack light. It is always good to be able to hop on a plane with hand luggage…

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Do You Know When Your Children Were Born?

May 19, 2017
childrens birth times

It was Huxley’s birthday this week, a cake-filled occasion that seems to have prompted a whole host of questions from Elfie, the older child of the family. All of a sudden she’s fascinated with births, birthdays and exactly how babies come to be (though thankfully, not how they’re conceived. Yet). As we were driving home from the supermarket last weekend she thoughtfully enquired: “mummy, what time of day was I born?” I panicked a bit. “Erm…” I said. “About lunchtime, maybe?” “And what…

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Work That Works: Founders of Mush, Katie and Sarah

May 15, 2017
Mush app founders

Without a doubt, becoming a mum is the loneliest thing I’ve ever done. As many others do I gave up a thriving career – I led a marketing team for a big media company – to spend time at home with my baby.  A baby who cried at everything, never slept more than two hours straight and near enough chewed my nipples off, natch. I was the first person I knew to have a baby so felt very much on my…

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It Takes Guts

May 12, 2017
digestive health

*This blog contains advertising from the makers of IMODIUM If you believe the media and Hollywood, pregnancy and birth is one big beautiful rainbow-covered process. Conceiving generally happens without a hitch, pregnancy involves nine months of glowing skin and beatific wonderfulness, and the birth is an easy affair in which nobody gets sweaty, loses sleep or poos themselves. Spoiler: the real life entry into motherhood is NOTHING LIKE THIS. For me, pregnancy was a cacophony of unpleasant symptoms. First there…

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Home Tour: Kelly’s Eclectic Family Pad in Bristol

May 11, 2017

There’s nothing bolder than a house that embraces the cosiness of a dark wall and floor alongside colour and panache, and that’s exactly why I asked Kelly, owner of Folk Public Relations in Bristol, to share her amazing home. Kelly moved with her family to the west country from London three years ago and has truly placed her bright-slash-modern-slash-midcentury-slash-Scandi influences on her new house. It’s an absolute feast for the eyes: from the neon light to the gorgeous sofa (I’m thinking…

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Love + Dating

On Being Ghosted. Again.

May 10, 2017

You guys, I’ve been ghosted again. I won’t lie, it’s been pretty crushing this time. I sensed it was coming from a week out with someone I’d been calling my boyfriend with trepidation: unanswered phone calls, monosyllabic text messages, all petering out until… nothing. Nothing but a huge empty canyon where the warm communication should have been. This time I completely missed the mark Funnily enough, I wasn’t upset because I missed the person I was in the relationship with. I…

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Malaysias Finest: Tropika Review

May 9, 2017
Tropika Review

Malaysia will always have a very special place in my heart. A week on the Malaysian island of Langkawi via Kuala Lumpur was the first ‘grown-up’ holiday I went on at the age of 20, and I’ve been desperate to go back ever since. It really is the most beautiful country, known for its beaches, rainforests and a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influencers.  One of the things I loved most about Malaysia is, unsurprisingly, the beauty…

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Win! An Everdure by Heston BBQ Worth £599 from Kettler

May 4, 2017

Summer is so close I can almost smell it, and over here the season smells like cut grass, SPF 40 and, our absolute favourite, BBQs. In our house we’ve always been a fan of the BBQ, and it’s one of my favourite methods of cooking. The kids love it too – sausages, chicken, vegetables (yeah right – sweetcorn if you’re lucky) – and the start of summer always heralds the firing up of our outdoor grill. It’s a real family…

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