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A New Low.

So, possibly this is TMI but somewhere around day 24 of my monthly cycle, I become a total carbs junkie. My body rejects any suggestion of avocado for breakfast with a desultory snort, opting instead for mounds of toast topped … Read More...

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Canary Wireless Home Security: Review

Long-time readers will know that a few years ago we were burgled. We were very lucky - the police apprehended our burglar within 24 hours and once the court stuff was over, we got most of our kit back. Still, it made me a lot more conscious of … Read More...

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So you want to be a freelance writer?

So, before I did this blogging thing for a job, I was a freelance writer. I know that freelance writing is a dream career for lots of bloggers. And why not? You get paid to go to new places, talk to new people and then write about … Read More...

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Are you Smarter than a 10 year old?

January is, in my book, a month when you shouldn't be doing anything more taxing than curling up on the sofa, under a blanket, and watching copious amounts of telly. But for poor Flea, it's exam season. This September, Flea is going to be going … Read More...

Favourite Posts

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Flea’s Harry Potter Bedroom Makeover

As you may know, Flea's recently been away for a week on a school ski trip. While she was gone, I kept myself busy working on her bedroom. We moved into this house when Flea was two years old, and the yellow walls and Winnie the Pooh trim weren't … Read More...

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Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

So it turns out my blog is five years old this month. I know! Five years ago I was blogging about tiny Flea and how we muddled through every day, and I'm still here doing the same thing, except Flea keeps getting less and less tiny. I'm not … Read More...

Travel Posts

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Things to do in Chicago when you’re 10

This Christmas, Flea and I wanted to take a trip, after a holiday we'd planned fell through. "Let's go somewhere cold," said Flea. "I want to go ice skating."  And so we looked around and found some reasonable flights to Chicago, and found a … Read More...

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Days Out: Sky Studios at the O2

I've written already this month about my love of Christmas movies and blockbusters. So we were really excited to be invited to a Christmas Blogger party at the O2 with Sky Studios - a chance to step behind the scenes and experience some movie … Read More...

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Five Foods to try in California

We love California. So much, in fact, that Flea and I have spent the last two summers in the golden state. There's a lot to love about California, especially if you're travelling with kids. From the cloudy waterfront in San Francisco to the … Read More...

Reviews

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Review: Bounce Off

I tend to think there are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who consider competitively bouncing ping pong balls into a plastic frame to try and create a random pattern is the height of entertainment. And then there are people … Read More...

Rants

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Five Things I Won’t Do in 2016

Tis the season to make well-intentioned promises about all the things you probably won't do after January 7th, and will therefore feel guilt and shame about for the next three months or so. Stuff that. I'm making a list of things I did in 2015 … Read More...