What’s your Beauty Legacy?

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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 meet a single woman who considers themselves to […]

And this is why I won’t be eating at your restaurant…

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A couple of weeks ago, I found myself at a motorway service station near Oxford. Culinary options were limited, so I found myself waiting in line at Subway, behind a group of teenagers – seemingly nice kids of about 15 or 16. Because I’m chronically nosy, I was ear-wigging their conversation “I wonder if it’s halal?”  […]

Dear Sky, it’s not me, it’s you.

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Dear Sky, We’ve been in a relationship now for 10 years. I give you money, you give me TV. But lately, I’ve just not felt as satisfied as I once did. Maybe we got too comfortable with one another? I used to feel like we spent such a lot of time together. But now there are […]

The Changing Room Conundrum

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Flea loves to swim. Loves it. So every week, she has swimming lessons at our local YMCA pool, and has done for quite some years. It’s fun, but chaotic. The YMCA in our town is one of the best places to get lessons – so it’s always busy. There are two teachers, each teaching half a […]

Ten Fabulous Things to do on Instagram

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I was a late convert to Instagram. “It’s just badly shot photos of Other People’s Children,” I said, knowing that Other People’s Children are never as cute as my own. How little I knew. Yes, there are badly shot photos of OPCs (including many taken by me) but since I joined up a year or […]

Five Reasons to Love Shonda Rhimes

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Every so often, in our society, we get a flurry of noisy social media outrage – shoutrage, if you will – because someone has expressed an opinion that is (pause for sharp intake of breath) different from our own opinion. Most recently it was TV craft/housing type Kirstie Allsopp, who apparently said something about how she […]

Retweeting compliments. Just no.

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So, I got into a bit of a debate with the awesome Cathy Bussey on Twitter on Friday about the tendency of some Twitter users to Retweet compliments about themselves. You know the sort of thing. @swhittle RT @randomuser Sally is just so SPECIAL, I love her xxx <- Wow, thanks Pfft. There are a […]

Reasons why I hate the world sometimes #573

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Let’s face it. The world of advertising, marketing and PR is pretty messed up sometimes – and never more than when it comes to its attitudes towards women. But change is starting to happen – we’ve got Pantene’s Labels Against Women campaign and Everyday Sexism. There are female CEOs at Yahoo and HP, and a […]

Working Parents: not a tragedy, in fact.

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I should know better, shouldn’t I? But there I was this morning perusing the Mail Online when I came across this gem: ADHD and why we working mums need to look in the mirror This headline, like so many others in the media (and especially the Fail) makes the classic assumption that parenting is (of […]

Dear Lego…

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Dear LEGO. It’s been a while since we last corresponded. Since then, we’ve got closer, I think. These days, Flea is a huge LEGO fan. We’ve got boxes full of LEGO Chima sets, and over Christmas we built an amazing LEGO winter village together. And pleasingly, Flea is getting confident enough to build her own […]