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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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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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Christmas Gift Guide: What To Get Your Little Pranksters

December 13, 2016
The beano shop

I like to think my kids enjoy programmes like Dennis the Menace on Netflix so much because they behave impeccably 90% of the time. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. But this cartoon  is one of the stalwarts in our house and I love it; Dennis the Menace reminds me of my own angelic (ahem) childhood and I love the innocent joy the children get from seeing cartoon characters on Netflix getting up to mischief and creating mayhem. Aside…

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Christmas Gift Guide: What To Buy The Impossible Woman Who Is Never Happy and Already Has Everything

December 7, 2016
gifts for difficult women

I write this because I am that impossible woman. I am the woman who, if you ask what she wants for Christmas, says “oh I’m sure I’ll love whatever you buy me, darling” and then finds it unable to hide a disappointed face as big as the moon when she unwraps a deep fat fryer on the 25th December. Has happened. Other presents I’ve been bought at Christmas also include shoes three sizes too big, gloves that I already owned and the…

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Christmas Gift Guide: For the Person Who Has Absolutely Everything

December 2, 2016
personalised illustration

My dad is an absolute nightmare to buy for at Christmas. As am I, to be honest. We’re cut from the same cloth: we generally have everything we want and if we don’t, we buy it. EASY. Every Christmas and Birthday I rack my brains over what I’m going to buy for my dad and give thanks I don’t have to buy for myself. If you’re similarly stressing over that impossible member of your family, I have the answer: Small…

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The Perfect Mum Jeans

November 29, 2016
perfect mum jeans

Jeans. Always a bit of a problem for a woman of a certain age with a tummy of a certain size, am I right? As soon as I gave birth to my first child I entered a world in which I could no longer purchase the Topshop Baxters I’d been wearing since I was 16, a world that involved finding new denim suited to my new body type. That might sound like the ultimate in middle class problems, but as…

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Christmas Gift Guide: For The Kid Who Reminds You Of Your Favourite Childhood Characters

November 24, 2016
personalised mr men

Some of my very earliest memories involve Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men franchise. My mum would bring my brother and I to see my grannie once a month, who’d saved all her 5p pieces to give to us because they were too small for her fingers. We’d visit the John Lewis that’s now five minutes away from my house and I’d spend my grannie-given pocket money on Mr Men books. By the time I’d grown out of them I had the whole…

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My Top 5 Autumn Buys

September 22, 2016

I’m going to put my hands up now and say: I’m not really an Autumn person. A steadfast summer girl, I’d be happy if I got to spend my years – all year round – in shorts, flip flops and tshirts. To me, covering up in woolly layers feels unnatural… and often itchy. Not my favourite thing… give me a beach over a mountain any day. And so, to ease myself in to the harsh realities of crispy leaves and…

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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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Superdry For Skiiers

January 8, 2016

The time has come, I’m starting to think the unthinkable: I want to go on a ski holiday. I don’t think I’ve been on the mountain since the age of 16, before I knew about aprés-ski and all the fun that entails. I was there with my parents, staying in a beautiful house that belonged to some friends of theres, hopping up and down the mountains day in day out. I loved it, but since then ski holidays have been…

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A Christmas Gift Guide With Very

December 4, 2015

Giving presents is one of my very favourite things about Christmas. I love the whole process: from thinking hard about what my giftee might like through to researching where to buy their perfect pressie. I probably start the whole thought process in September before making the final decisions in December so It’s a pretty lengthly process but so much fun! I always like to buy useful things that will be used throughout the next year; one of my favourite presents…

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