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What Boyhood reminded me about Parenting

This weekend, we re-watched one of my favourite movies of the past year, Boyhood. In case you haven’t heard of it, Boyhood is a coming-of-age story with a difference – filmed over 12 years, it follows the same cast through the boyhood of the … Read More...

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A new member of the family

Flea has been asking for a dog since she was three. One of my fondest memories is this letter that she made me when she was in reception class. It was a letter all about how I am the BEST Mummy in the whole wide world, and how much she loves … Read More...

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Worst day ever?

Long-time readers will know that I have, let's call them, "issues" with teeth. While some people have anxiety dreams about being naked and missing exams, I wake up in a cold sweat after dreaming all my teeth have fallen out. This, combined with … Read More...

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Sartorial Panic Attack.

So rather wonderfully, someone has nominated me for the Debrett's 500 - a list of the UK's 500 most influential and inspiring people across a range of industries. Thanks, Mum. As with all these things, it's nice to be nominated, and although … Read More...

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The One with That Call

So the call comes around 2pm. You know the call. The one you hope you never get. "Hi, it's the school here. Flea has had a bit of an accident." The teacher explains that somehow, during PE, Flea was hit in the head with a hockey ball, it's … Read More...

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Well, this sucks.

It's a little after 10am, and I'm sitting at my desk, sipping coffee and trying to pry toast crumbs from between the keys on my keyboard. I am not eating a mince pie, lounging on the sofa watching an 80s movie, or heading out for an … Read More...

Favourite Posts

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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...

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Tips for PRs Working with Bloggers

Blogger outreach and social media is my job. I'd like to pretend it's all very clever and complicated, but 90% of what I do is just common sense - it's introducing companies with something to say to people who might like to talk about that thing … Read More...

Travel Posts

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Making a Difference in Tanzania

Earlier this month, I travelled to Tanzania with Coca Cola. Undoubtedly it's a beautiful country - the beach at the top of the post is in Zanzibar, and I'm not sure I've ever stood in a more picture perfect spot. But the picture postcard only tells … Read More...

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Tanzania: Discovering Project Last Mile

I think it's a source of pride for many English people (myself included) that our default setting is "cynical". It's so easy to be cynical about everything, isn't it? Reality TV? It's all fake. Politicians? They're all corrupt. Multinational … Read More...

Reviews

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Review: Peugeot 5008

Just before Christmas, the rather nice people at Peugeot got in touch and asked if we'd like to try out the Peugeot 5008 compact MPV. As it happened, I was planning a day trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour with Flea and two of her friends, and I … Read More...

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Review: Subaru XV Family 4×4

It's fair to say I spend a lot of time in my car - the school run is an 18 mile round trip twice a day, and I regularly drive down to London and the surrounding areas for work meetings, not to mention visiting friends in our old home of Brighton. On … Read More...

Rants

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Counting the Cost of Christmas

Social media is always entertaining at this time of year. It's wall to wall elaborate bakes and crafts and spooky-faced elves and "toddler style" - all set against a perfectly-lit, stylishly decorated home. Of course. Because everyone knows … Read More...

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Why not shop local for Cyber Monday?

So apparently today is Cyber Monday - the day when we're all going to be very enthusiastically shopping online. According to the BBC website, we'll be spending cash at a rate of £450,000 a minute today - 26% more than last year. For me, though, … Read More...