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To my darling boy on the eve of your 8th birthday

Tomorrow you turn 8. Eight. You’ve gone to bed full of excitement and declaring that there’s no way you’ll be able to sleep. I just peeped in at you 5 minutes ago and you’re snoring, arms flung above your head in abandonment. The carefree pose of a sleep untroubled by worry. The past couple of
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Clutter

I know it’s been ages. I haven’t written properly (on here anyway) since last year! It just hasn’t felt right, sorry peeps. But there’s been lots going on behind the scenes. Lots of living and loving and being, in the real sense. Just not so much going on in this little corner of my virtual
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Putting the vital into vitality

Ok, so I know I’m late off the starting blocks with this one and everyone and their dog has already blogged their new year wotsits. But that’s just tough. It’s my blog and I’ll be 12 days late 2 months late to the party if I want to be. Fashionably late, of course. So instead of
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Life lessons

Life lessons

One of the vey first bloggers I followed, the lovely Julochka, was writing about life lessons today. So I’m blatantly copying her and writing my list of what life has taught me so far: no two children are ever the same, even if they look darn near identical and you struggle to tell who is
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Tattie holidays win

Tattie holidays win

Many years ago, the perfect holiday involved sun, sea, cocktails and a stack of unread books. Fast forward to today and my idea of the perfect holiday has somewhat changed, as I’m sure it has for most parents. But after 3 days away in the Highlands, I think we’ve finally stumbled upon the perfect mix
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Feeling the seasons

Feeling the seasons

It’s autumn. There’s absolutely no denying it. There’s a distinct chill in the air as we walk to school in the morning. The beautiful, majestic ferns we can glimpse through the trees are losing their dignity and fading fast. The leaves are slowly turning golden and the nights…yip, they are most definitely ‘drawing in’. But
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Meanwhile elsewhere…

Meanwhile elsewhere…

Today I’m over at The Mum Network talking about finding my sparkle again. Here’s the background post where I talk about my lost mojo. Do I find it? Did someone steal it? Have they returned it? Pop over and find out

Making an exhibition of myself

Making an exhibition of myself

  As a writer, there’s few things I love more than a good story. As a parent, I love reading other people’s parenting stories and find them a great source of inspiration, humour, empathy and motivation. But it’s not just the tales of enduring hardship or overcoming obstacles that count. Everyday stories matter too, because
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DIY fail

DIY fail

I like to think I’m an independent woman. I like to think I’m a pretty good problem solver. Turns out though, when it comes to DIY, I am rubbish. This infuriates me. I don’t want to need a man to put up a shelf or hang a picture for me. I can wield my own
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Lost: One mojo

Lost: One mojo

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sat down to write a blog post recently. I get a cup of tea, open up my laptop and…poof. My mind goes blank. The words refuse to flow and those that do just seem a bit…meh. I seem to have lost my mojo. Not just my
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