Valentine’s Day – Just Another Hallmark Holiday?

I cannot remember the last time Hubby and I celebrated Valentine’s. We give each other cards but haven’t given presents or gone out for the evenings in literally years – we don’t even get a takeaway and mark the occasion that way – Valentine’s to us is a complete non-event! I think for me, Valentine’s Day is the first ‘Hallmark Holiday’ of the year, an occasion that exists to sell…

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My Favourite Smells

There are a fair few smells in life that are pretty disgusting. There are probably too many to mention. But there are a handful of smells that I love, that make me happy as soon as my senses come into contact with them. That ‘just rained’ smell – the dewy, muddy, grassy fresh smell that only comes at the start or end of a really, really good rain. That’s the…

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Convenience Food

For me there is a place for a lot of supermarket ‘convenience food’. It’s always good to have healthy ready meals or a pizza in the freezer for emergencies. I’m also a fan of good quality fish fingers as well as ready made pies and quiches. The thing I have a problem with is what I term ‘lazy food’. Frozen yorkshire puddings – It is so incredibly easy to make…

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Why I am glad that Summer is over…

We can all agree now, the Summer is over. The leaves are turning brown and orange, the sky is grey, it’s colder than it has been in months and the evenings are getting darker earlier. Summer is behind us. For that I am glad. We had an amazing Summer. LP spent whole days in the garden, regularly coming indoors with a dirty face, messy hair and muddy feet. LP had…

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First Love of My Life

I had the first love of my life when I was 10. It was 1994 and I was at Primary School. There were two ‘boys’ that I was infatuated with – one more than the other. There names were PJ and Duncan. PJ and Duncan were everything. I lived and breathed them. Rushing home from school to watch Byker Grove and putting their Psyche album on my Christmas list. Turning…

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Smoking

One thing in life that I detest with a passion is smoking. There is nothing nice about smoking. Smoking has no positive features, advantages or benefits. Everything about smoking is negative. Smoking costs money. A lot of money. 77% of the cost of tobacco/cigarettes is tax. Smoking smells. Your clothes smell, your hair smells, your breath smells. Smoking makes you smell. Being a smoker increases insurance premiums. Smoking makes your…

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An Insight into my Childhood – Dummies

I’m quite open minded when it comes to parenting, each to their own. I feel that being a parent, especially the first year, is all about survival and a parent needs to do whatever they need to do in order to get through and survive. Breastfeeding, formula feeding, purées, finger foods, baby led weaning, co sleeping, cry it out, controlled crying, Gina Ford. Whatever works for you. There is one…

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