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What is it about this time of year that makes everyone starting thinking of their life plans. Are we on track? Have we kept up with our plan? Could we be doing more?

After a rather difficult year in 2014, I am declaring 2015 the year of smiles and adventures. I want to see new places, try new things and make memories. Read More →

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Back at The Leicester Square Theatre for the Christmas run, Stick Man is the wonderful stage adaptation of the Julia Donaldson classic.

Having taken the girls to see the show last year and loving it we jumped at the chance to head back this year to share the joy with The Essex Husband as well.

The Leicester Square Theatre is a great Read More →

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Last weekend saw the annual Christmas offering from the Ideal Home show team.

After having great fun at The Ideal Home Show in the summer we were really excited to head back for a taste of all things festive ahead of December arriving.

I’m always impressed with the ‘wow factor’ that hits you as you exit Earls Court station for one of the Ideal Home Show events – and being greaterdby Father Christmas, a snow machine and lots of Christmas trees certainly got us all excited for what we would find inside.

The show was packed, to be honest busy to the point of Read More →

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It’s not very British to talk about money is it?  It’s up there alongside politics and religion as the top three things not to converse about at a dinner party for sure!

But is that really the best way to live life? What damage can discussing money really cause? Yes bragging may be a little bad taste, and asking for proof of bank balances and incomes on a first date may not get you asked back for a second, but would being more open about our finances in general really be that bad of an idea?

Would it mean less debt, especially in the 18-25 age bracket? Allow freelancers and self-employed people to speak more freely about what rates they charge to keep their industry working off the same rate card? Encourage couples to be more open about their credit history before loans and mortgages are hard to come by.

This month has seen the national launch of Read More →

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Last week I headed into London to take a look at what one of my most favourite fashion retailers has to offer for SS15. The Boden SS15 preview show was one of my post eagerly anticipated press shows of the month – and I was certainly not disappointed.

Boden SS15 Preview

Full of prints and florals this was a glimpse of sunshine on a rainy day in town. Bringing the outside inside the Boden SS15 preview show was full of flowers spreading springtime joy, especially Bloom & Wild and their wonderful letterbox bouquets. Read More →

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The ones where everything conspires against you

The one where your children have forgotten that if you are looking for a school jumper the wardrobe is a good place to start

The ones where nothing is where you left it the night before

The ones where the shower is cold and the towel is damp

The ones where you sneeze just after Read More →

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Thanks Santa, hope to see you soon…

…this is how S ended her letter to Father Christmas this year.  For some reason it really made me laugh! With her literacy skills flying at school I was really excited to let her loose with some of my treasured stationary and see what letter she could come up with all on her own.

I was a little worried as to what she may put down present wise without my supervision, but she knew that her and O could ask for just 5 things each so I trusted her judgement and allowed her some first steps towards independence.

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Last week saw the Joules SS15 preview show ride into town, and I could honestly have taken every item home with me there and then!

The children’s range is exquisite, full of fun and adventure.  Read More →

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Peppers Stuffed with Fennel Risotto and Rosemary Potatoes

I love food. Just as men think about sex every three seconds, I think about food! This is why I will never be thin.

Due to this love affair I am hater of food waste, I flat out refuse to throw anything away that could be eaten again. In addition to using up left-over’s saving us money on our shopping bills, I actually enjoy the challenge of deciding how best to use the previous night food to make lunch the next day.

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