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Winter Classics From Topshop

January 10, 2018
Recent Classics from Topshop

When I was 17 Topshop was THE place to buy the latest in tummy-baring FASHION clothes. As soon as I learned to drive I’d skive off school early on a Wednesday (sorry mum, I was only missing sports – honest) and drive into Cheltenham town centre to spend my Saturday job’s wages. Always amounting to £80, £50 would get thrown in the way of the till with £30 reserved for petrol, food and Archers and Lemonades so I’d have somewhere…

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(Barely) Remembering the Baby Years

January 9, 2018

I blog for a great many reasons, and one of these is the bank of memories I’ve accrued over the years. It’s no secret that when babies are born (and for the next two, three or seven years) they are teeny tiny sleep thieves, and I am one who needs their eight hours a night to function on full-throttle. And by full-throttle I mean with a fully operational short- and long-term memory. Which is why I haven’t been able to…

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Making Family Time More Exciting: #CollectWithClubcard

September 4, 2017
tesco clubcard points

It’s really expensive to be a parent. Scratch that, it’s really expensive to be a grown-up. I still remember the shock I felt when I moved into my first proper flat and realised I’d have to pay Council Tax as well as my rent: I was heartbroken to learn that a precious £100 out of my clothes-and-beer budget would go to the local council instead of H&M and Wetherspoons. Welcome to adulthood, Alice! As a Millennial (just – a 1985 birthdate…

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Brand Alert: Westland London

August 29, 2017
Westland London

In the good old days I used to work on what is still one of my favourite streets in London: Leonard Street. Our office was what you might term ‘shabby chic’. There was a slight (read: massive) rat problem which led to the occasional dodgy odour, the wooden floor was full of holes that a Health and Safety inspector would be aghast at, and its East London pub-based location meant you were either falling out of one or side-stepping dodgy puddles on…

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School Uniform Time

August 15, 2017
good value school uniform

Nothing makes me feel more like a mum than the yearly school uniform shop. I think this is because I remember it so well from my own school days: my mum would always buy our uniforms slightly too big (we were a blazer-wearing school and those things were expensive) and one of my clearest memories from that time is slopping round in a massive blazer for the entirety of year 9, hoping my shoulders and boobs would grow at least a…

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The Amazon Fire Tablet: Our Favourite Entertainer and Babysitter

July 11, 2017
Amazon fire tablet

Coming home from our holiday, I thought a lot about how easy I find travelling with my kids now. Granted, it’s a little because they’re growing up and managing themselves more, but I still believe it’s largely because we’ve learned how to seamlessly travel together as a family. Looking back at the first holiday we took abroad together, I really didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have because I was just so worried about the logistics of holidaying…

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Shop Alert: TUSTING

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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