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Working On Wellness with David Lloyd

June 21, 2016

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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Happy Weekend!

May 14, 2016
happy weekend

Happy weekend! What have you got planned? We have an exciting weekend of birthday activities; beginning with a special dinner this evening (I love my mummy and children dinner dates ;). Hux’s Thunderbirds-themed bowling ‘do is on Sunday, so I’ll be frantically stuffing party bags while I watch Eurovision with Elfie…. his cake arrived from Parteaz yesterday and it’s just INCREDIBLE. I can’t wait to see his face when we sing Happy Birthday :) I’m off out for a 5k training…

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My Becoming

May 13, 2016
Becoming Laura Jane Williams

One of my very favourite quotes in Lena Dunham’s girls is when Hannah explains why she’s short on time: “I have work, then a dinner thing, then I am busy trying to become who I am” Because that is how I have felt, ever since I split up with the person I thought was the love of my life 3 years ago. I am busy trying to become who I am. You see, I used to think personal development was…

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The Spring Picnic

April 28, 2016
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Sometimes, in the spring and summer, I wonder what to do with the children in our free time. In the winter it’s easy peasy. It’s freezing cold and/or raining, so we hide away indoors, whether that’s at home with movies or at soft play or swimming. We might be in indoor slide/ball-pit hell (there’s always one kid who wees in there), but it’s job done. But then when the sun’s out we have such a wealth of outdoor options available to…

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Celebrating Women

April 4, 2016

A few weeks ago I hopped on a train pre-7am – it takes a lot to get me up so early – to spend International Women’s Day with a group of females I’d never met. Having all been invited to a magical mystery tour of London by the folks at Eastpak, the She Wears tour was an international event celebrating IWD that was simultaneously taking place all over the globe: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Aarhus, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Madrid, London, Guangzhou and Istanbul.…

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6 Ways To Smarter Saving

March 25, 2016
how to save

Earlier this month I introduced you to the new #SaveSmarter tool from Aviva: answer a series of questions and it will tell you what your savings profile is, vialis 40mg and give you suggestions for how you may be able to #SaveSmarter. As I’m a big fan of money I approached the project with gusto, order finding out I’m a Turbo Saver. The #SaveSmarter tool told me I love to save but my downfalls are spending too much, budgeting poorly and not…

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The Financial Recovery

March 21, 2016
Aviva tool

I spent my twenties being fairly irresponsible with my finances. I guess that, ed as the lower earner in a couple, viagra dosage I always felt like I could leave someone else in charge of that part of my life. If I’m honest, budgeting and my finances scared me: council tax, PAYE, mobile phone bills, store cards… I’m ashamed to admit that I got in more financial pickles than I’d like to admit to. Yep, money always left me feeling…

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Tech Time: The Epson ET-4500 review

March 10, 2016
epson ET-4500 review

We are huge fans of tech in this house. Looking around me now, I can see a MacBook, iMac, Apple Watch, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, LG TV, Apple TV a Chromecast and digital TV box, not to mention the kitchen gadgets – Vitamix, KitchenAid, Tefal Cuisine Companion… if it has a plug and does something cool, I’m all over it. Saying that, printers have never been something I’ve had any interest in whatsoever. They’re purely functional, we need them to…

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What Women Mean To Me on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016
international womens day

I‘m a bit ashamed to admit it, but I wasn’t really a feminist before my divorce. I was one of those people who assumed all feminists were feisty, bra-burning, man-hating maniacs, and as a woman who enjoyed doing the housework I didn’t identify with this. Yet now, on the wonderful occasion that is International Women’s Day, I am super proud to call myself a feminist. I even went on a date with one of those people who assume that all…

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On Blogging

February 29, 2016
on blogging

I‘ve been blogging since I was fifteen, which means I count my most long-running and meaningful relationship in my life to be with the internet. There’s proof still online: the Wayback machine has really basic iterations of my websites dating from 2001 (TWO THOUSAND AND ONE??!), but annoyingly in those days we were all a fan of the splash page trend which means you can see little more than my insistence the reader enables popups and is browsing on Netscape.…

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Mums: Why Are We So Hard On Ourselves?

February 12, 2016
does divorce turn you into a commitment-phobe

On Monday night I did not sleep well. The wind was howling away at our windows, which meant Elfie, who’s a light sleeper when there’s background noises, spent the night shouting out in her sleep. It used to be alarming but it’s now generally pure comedy: she says the funniest things in her sleep and is always SO cross – “NO HUX, THE LEGO IS MINE!!!” – but it doesn’t half keep me awake. I had that kind of sleep…

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