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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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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...

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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...

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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Things to do in Cornwall when you’re eight

There's something just a little bit magical about Cornwall. Every time we clamber out of the car to a Cornish beach, or harbour, I feel a little bit like we're in an entirely new country. The blue skies, sparkling seas, charming cottages lining … Read More...

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12 Things to do on a California Road Trip

We've spent the past couple of weeks in California, Flea and I. I had a birthday coming up, and depressed at the thought of my rapidly looming old age, I wanted to go and do something different this summer. To see somewhere new, to try some new … Read More...

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Things to do in Ibiza when you’re Eight

If you're anything like me, Ibiza is not the first place you think of when it comes to family holidays. After all, isn't it full of teenagers dancing to rave music, and drinking too much booze? So when First Choice Holidays invited us to spend a … Read More...

Reviews

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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...

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Review: Anki Drive

I bet, like many parents, I remember playing with remote control cars and race tracks as a kid. Perhaps that's why I was so excited when a big box arrived at our house this week containing the brand new Anki Drive toy, which launches in the UK … Read More...

Skoda Yeti Review

Review: Skoda Yeti

Like many people, I guess I've always had preconceptions about Skoda, while also reading enough to know that today's Skoda's are a world away from the vehicles I remember from my younger years. So I was really excited to finally get my hands on a … Read More...

Rants

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What’s your Beauty Legacy?

When Flea was four, she told me that, yes, of course she was gorgeous. And I worried, like a million Mums before me, how long that would last. When would the doubts, the nagging inner critical voice, creep in? Because at the age of 40, I've yet to … Read More...