It’s just a bed …

Yesterday we went to Ikea to pick out a new bed because ours is literally on its last legs. To anyone else it’s just a bed. But I see the precious memories collected over the years, the milestones and major events of my adult life. It is so much more to me than just a bed. Even though we desperately need a new bed I’m feeling a little emotional about saying good bye to this one. It was bought when I was on my own, my first ‘big’ purchase after a car. It was part of my fresh start after […]

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Our Weekend 9/04/17 …

Our weekend has been a funny one. Time seems to have been slowed and stretched at the same time. I’m not complaining because we got loads done! I might be the only one who usually finds I wake up Saturday, blink and find it’s already Sunday night. But this weekend has been wonderfully slow and relaxed.   S A T U R D A Y Saturday morning, the first official day of the Easter holidays, we managed a lie in – unheard of in our house as the youngest is usually up at an ungodly hour. Ells took him down […]

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Surviving the Easter Holidays …

The Easter Holidays are a bit of a weird affair. It marks the end of Spring term and the start of Summer term. It is invariable at different fortnightly intervals across the UK, making the planning of meeting up with family near and far a pigging nightmare! Here is how we survive the Easter Holidays with a teen & a pre-schooler: 1. Let Them Pick Every week we do a meal plan and shopping list. It is a total pain in the backside sometimes to decide on 7 meals that everyone will enjoy. So to make life easier I let […]

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Our Kids Online ….

As a kid it was a naughty mag my brother hid and tittered at like a girl with his mates (I think!) and other generally back room, top shelf, dodgy, dirty stuff chaps in trench coats went around hoarding. I assure you today it is much worse than that, and with so many kids online the conversation needs to be had by all of us. I worked for the past 3ish years for a psychotherapy practice which specialises in sex and porn addiction. It is not something I have ever really spoken on much because let’s face it, it is […]

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Lily and the feathers …

Mother’s Day is a bitter sweet day for us. Sweet in that we get to make memories with our children, eat great food and spend quality time together. Bitter in that there are children who aren’t with us. Little ones gone too soon that we never got to meet, that we never got to see grow. My gift from my husband and children this year was just perfect. Being a Mummy to 2 rainbow babies means there are babies we never got to meet. I always think of them around Mother’s Day, what they would have looked like, what little […]

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Thalassophile …

Thalassophile literally means lover of the seas or oceans and although born in the middle England, I spent most of my growing years travelling the world with my family. Wherever we landed we never seemed to be too far from the sea. No wonder my love for the seas and oceans grew deep within my heart.   Every now and then we make the trip from middle England to the coast, and we absolutely love heading to Brixham.  Mr J’s parents live there, so there is always a valid excuse for the trip down. I love getting there early enough […]

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Family Day March ’17 …

The work/life balance is a pain in the rear the vast majority of the time, so we picked the 3rd Saturday of every month to do something together, just the four of us, a designated Family Day. To help decide what we would do we used lollipop sticks numbered 1-12 in a jar. The numbers correspond to an activity we can do together, so it had to be age appropriate for a teen and a pre-schooler. We picked a couple and we asked the kids to pick a couple. This, so far, has made the ordeal of making a decision […]

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Let me tell you what I really want …

I often get emails asking me to fill in this survey and that survey,telling them what I really want, and more often than not it ends up in the bin! I had one come through today and I thought I may as well seeing as I had a few minutes to myself. As I was entering in my retail therapy habits it asked me about my homeware habits. Do I buy cushions, throws, picture frames and candles? Firstly I share my home with boys/men (hubby, 3 grown stepsons, 1 small boy) so obviously I add my own feminine touches as […]

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THE Christmas Shop …

It is the first day of the Christmas holidays, and whilst I didn’t spend 2 hours bellowing at the kids to get out the door, I did get to spend it standing outside of Aldi waiting for it to open at 5 to 8 this morning waiting to get started with the Christmas Shop! I know, too rock and roll! I usually aim to have all presents and cards wrapped and written by the end of November; feeling expert level smugness for being so organised is an added bonus. The past few years I have failed miserably to achieve this […]

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December 1st …

When we were little my Mum never got us a chocolate advent. December 1st saw the three of us deciding whos turn it was to open the first door on a card advent calendar, there was always an argument as to who went first and lots of finger counting to see how many doors we would each get to open. The calendar was always shared between the three of us. The card calendar Mum bought was so that she could randomly close one of the doors effectively delaying Christmas! We would go to bed in anticipation of Christmas Eve only […]

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