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Summer Time…

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…and the living is easy.. (for most kids, unless you’ve got the 11+ coming up.)… You remember that feeling, right? The long 6 week holiday stretching ahead of you like an endless field of long grass.  Ok, so that was my personal picture in my head, probably because I grew up on a housing estate in Welwyn, which had a great field at the top of it, where we spent pretty much most of that […]

What I’ve been reading…

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman I’m about to make a bold statement, and possibly prematurely given we’re only in June still, but I’d currently put this book at the top of my personal leader board for 2017. Eleanor is a carefully and exquisitely crafted character. She’s one of those people who we all recognise from our workplaces, commute, or regular shopping trips. You know – shy, introvert, “keeps themselves to themselves”, clutches a […]

What I’ve been reading…

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Luckiest girl alive – Jessica Knoll You know when a book grabs you by the throat and inexplicably won’t let go, til you’re quite done with it? Luckiest Girl Alive went in full throttle and held my attention so well that I didn’t really surface fully til I’d reached the last page. No TV, not much social media activity, I just wanted to see where our protagonist ended up and what had led to this […]

What I’ve been reading…

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The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty I read this straight after finally getting myself round to reading The Graduate, which I’d found hard work. The stifling self-aware writing style of Charles Webb had suffocated me a bit. I read The Graduate in one swift day, and it was perhaps interesting and to a 1960s world, clever…but it left me empty. Benjamin frankly needed a slap and to get himself a job. And don’t even start […]

Princess Leia…

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…And Me**. So I already wrote a while ago a little bit about Rey, from the Force Awakens, and how great it was to have a strong female lead. But of course Princess Leia came first, and was promoted to Bloody Awesome General* in the last film (*official title). I was so looking forward to seeing her lead on in the next one. I was 8 when Star Wars first hit the big screen. It was exciting […]

..to romjul we go…

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As we limp past Christmas, with all its mince pies and general gluttony, towards the final show-down with 2016, we are now heading in to Romjul – the Norwegian word for this bit between Christmas and the new year. This year it’s all been about it’s Danish cousin, Hygge, but Romjul is where it’s really at. Restorative and mindful, it’s all about hunkering down with loved ones, alongside bracing walks and a healthy mindset. I first […]

Last (minute) Christmas…part 4

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The Final instalment – Stocking Fillers & Secret Santas So here’s my last post on some great stocking fillers I’ve found this year.  There are tonnes around, so I’ve tried to steer clear of the novelty stuff that looks good but has no actual use. Kids Stockings L-r : cats cradle kit and instructions, House of Marbles £2; Oh K face mask, £4 John Lewis; Batman egg and soldiers set, Lakeland £6; Cheesy Star Wars joke […]

Last (minute) Christmas 3…

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Today, Dads. Here we go for last minute ideas for the dads, grandpas, uncles and brothers, that will tick some boxes and please and surprise the men in our lives, the ones who are most likely to (helpfully) reply “oh whatever” when asked what they want. (Look away now, the husband.) Under £30 Menfolk do tend to prefer the practical. Clockwise l – r:  Stupidly useful tech gloves from Muji. Muji is a great stop […]

Day 2 of the last minute Christmas..

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Today, Mums.. Yesterday’s last minute Christmas ideas for kids was a bit epic, right? To give some context, a handful of followers had messaged me and asked for more, so here I am – although blogging feels like talking to yourself in an empty cave at times. But now I’m back I’m secretly quite enjoying rambling on in said cave again. So, today it’s all about Christmas ideas for the mums, grandmothers, god mothers, sisters, auntys, friends […]

Last minute dot com…

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The tinsel is on the tree, the house is under daily siege from posties, couriers and parcel force, as the online shopping frenzy gathers pace. But if like me, you still have a significant amount of Christmas to still sort out, I’ve gathered together a veritable Santa’s sack of last minute gifts and stocking fillers, which are bound to be crowd pleasers for old and young alike. Look away now if you’re a member of the […]