How to switch off when working from home

I’ve been working from home for nearly 6 years now. In the early days I found it really hard to leave work behind, switch off, and have some down time. There are still days like that now, if I have lots of deadlines, or I am waiting on an important email. But on the whole […] Read more…

My Dream Garden

I have never been particularly green fingered. In fact any plant I have ever owned, even ones specifically labelled “low maintenance and hardy”, have not survived under my care. But as I get older I find myself being drawn to plants. I have filled my house with those of the artificial, or if you are […] Read more…

Creating the perfect invite for your party

I love organising a party. Everything from the invite to the party bags. The first big ‘party’ I arranged was probably my wedding. That was way before sweet tables were a thing, and printing invitations was incredibly expensive. That’s why I hand made my invitations. It took me hours and hours to write them all. […] Read more…

10 Great products for lock down from small businesses

Businesses big and small are struggling due to Covid-19. I think it’s so important to support small businesses where you can. This is a small selection of great products for lock down that make great gifts, things to do, or treats, for either yourself or a loved one. Cotton Clara Embroidery made easy with some […] Read more…

Lock Down Achievements

When lock down first started I found myself suffering with lock down envy. There was lots of talk of people being able to do all the things they never have time for normally. Individuals starting new hobbies and realising ambitions from their own four walls. All amazing lock down achievements. Between taking care of the […] Read more…

Conference Calls With Kids

As we enter the third week of lock down and working from home, chances are you have taken part in some kind of video conference call. And chances are if you are a parent, a small person has interrupted that conference call with something of vital importance to say. Conference calls with kids around require […] Read more…

40 Things to do with kids at Home!

Schools are closed to try and contain the Coronavirus. Parents are suddenyl juggling keeping the kids entertained, doing home school work and trying to work from home. And these small people need feeding at regular intervals. It’s a lot. My enthusiasm at the beginning of the week was high. Now I find myself purging the […] Read more…

Change After Corona: My Hopes

It all seemed so far away when it first started. I hung onto posts about more people dying from cancer than corona. But things changed. They changed fast. Everyones life has been effected. Everyone. It’s scary and everything is uncertain. The day they announced the schools would close I cried so much. Even now anthing […] Read more…

On your Sixth Birthday…

To my darling O, Six! How did that happen?! It makes me as sad as it does happy. I’m sad because my little baby is long gone, and how I would love to go back and cuddle you in your sleeping bag as you nuzzle into my neck. It makes me sad for the time […] Read more…

How to be Community minded during Coronavirus

Over the last few years politics, the huge divide in our country, growing racism, and the general state of the world, have meant that somewhere along the line I have lost my faith in humanity. If anything good comes from the Coronavirus outbreak I hope it is that my faith is restored. Rather than an […] Read more…

10 Low Cost World Book Day Costumes

I am not a crafty parent. When the kids come home from school with a letter telling me they require a costume I am far more likely to turn to Amazon than I am the sewing machine. Who am kidding, I don’t even own a sewing machine. But sometimes I begrudge forking out for a […] Read more…

Being Sober: Why I decided to quit booze

I had my last alcoholic drink 226 days ago. That’s over 7 months sober. I’m not sure if I’m expecting a fanfare for that announcement, or for you to all think I’m crazy! I had made the decision to be sober a few months before that, I just hadn’t done the actual follow through bit! […] Read more…

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