Thalassophile …

Although born in 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 to nip into Paignton so we can stretch our legs out with […]

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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, 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 and where I can. Howver […]

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Kissed better …

Mum – ‘What happened?’ picks child up and sits them on her lap, begins to clean the wound Child – ‘I stumbled and hurt myself!              cries in mothers arms Mum –  ‘Oh dear, let me clean it upp and make it better. I tried to tell you what you were doing would hurt you didn’t I?’             cuddles and kisses childs head Child – ‘Yes, it hurts so bad! I’m sorry Mummy!’             snuggles in  Mum – ‘I know you are, it’ll be ok. Just listen and don’t do […]

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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! 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 level of organisation but this year I am […]

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December 1st …

When we were little my Mum never got us a chocolate advent it was always a flat card one that was shared between the three of us. This 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 to wake up to a small gift in a special pillow case on the end of our beds. It made Christmas that little bit more magical! Now our kiddos have chocolate advents and they have one each. The youngest is gleefully unaware of what day it is. […]

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Breathe …

  Do you ever have those days when you feel like you’ve been holding your breath all day? You get to the evening, dinner and bedtimes have been done, you slump into your favourite chair and exhale like you’ve been waiting to do it all day. Sometimes you can reach the end of the week feeling like you’ve been holding one breath in for 5 days and finally the weekend is here and you can exhale at last. Have you ever watched a film when the actor goes underwater and swims however inhumanly far on one breath but you hold […]

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Stormy waters …

Last week we sang Oceans, and whilst it isn’t my favourite (and yes I may have groaned inside and rolled my eyes like a petulant teenager) the words were necessary for so many of us. I felt the Holy Spirit fall over us like a soft blanket, and for many I felt they were held by Him for a moment. “You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand And I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes […]

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September …

Half way through September already. How’d that happen? Feels like it was only a few weeks ago I had paid the deposit for our holibobs and yet here we are a couple weeks post jolly and feeling a bit blue.  I hate the post holiday blues, however this year they’ve been quelled slightly by the fact I’ve already booked next years. We’ve not been in a position to do that before and it was great! We’ve booked to go to the Isle of Wight, which my girl is already dubbing it our ‘nearly almost abroad holiday’ bless her. She’s possibly […]

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One to tell the grandkids …

Sometimes making memories isn’t pretty. At the time you feel aghast and dumbfounded, there are literally no words that pass your lips other than “I am so sorry!” At the beginning of this year we were battling red numbers on bank accounts and a seeming never ending bombardment of unexpected bills. My budgeting spreadsheets made me groan out loud as I loaded in our living expenses and my hands frequently held my head as I tried to come to terms with our financial chaos. As far as the eye could see those red numbers were there, with no end in […]

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