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The Birthday Girl – Fifteen Today

I rarely write on this blog* these days. Why? Mainly because my children are growing up and privacy is of the essence. Talking of growing up, my youngest daughter turns fifteen today. FIFTEEN!! Of all my children, this one was the saddest to hear about the demise of my blog. She’s always  loved pouring over […] Read more…

Twelve Today

Today You Are Twelve

A lady reminded me just recently that not long after you were born, I turned to her and said: ‘God knew just what I needed’. Those feelings have never gone away. I doubt you will ever forget this year – the year your sister spent so much time in hospital. But through it all I’ve been amazed by your maturity, […] Read more…

Dear Mr Gove

Dear Mr Gove {Since You’ve Been Gone}

Dear Mr Gove, Re: Since You’ve Been Gone It’s been two years now since you formally left the role of Education Secretary. I imagine you’ve probably moved on (whilst nursing a slightly bruised ego after the events in June of this year). Unfortunately, the teachers, parents and children of Britain cannot say the same. We are all […] Read more…

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Life Lately

I’m not sure how to start this post, other than to say ‘hello’. It’s been a while hasn’t it? Having had a two month break from blogging, I’ve realised just how much I miss writing. I know people jokingly call it ‘online therapy’ but you know what? I really have relied on this space over the last […] Read more…

Adieu

This is a post I wasn’t expecting to write. Not now anyway. But I think it’s finally time. To stop this blog. If I’m honest, I think this has been brewing for a while but the time feels right. My family are growing up and I need to start learning to be something other than a mum. When I […] Read more…

Loud 'n' Proud

Loud ‘n’ Proud – 30.06.16

It’s my turn to host Loud ‘n’ Proud again. Yay! If you’re not familiar with this linky, it’s an opportunity to share the more positive side of life. Perhaps you’re proud of your other half and you want to use your blog to share it publicly. Maybe your child went on their first school visit this […] Read more…

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This Funny Old Life

A mere four months ago I was bemoaning the fact that my eldest daughter had put more effort into finding the right prom dress than anything else all year. This included her impending GCSEs that seemed to be getting more and more neglected as time went on. Having finally found ‘The One’, you might remember that the […] Read more…

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Take 5: Doing the Hippy Shake

Morning all. It’s Fridayyyyyyyy! I hope you’ve got some lovely things planned for the weekend. To save you from drivel overload, I’m going to get straight down to our ‘Take 5 Friday‘ moments for this week… 1. OUT WITH THE OLD It’s really happening. The Boy will be leaving primary school in a matter of […] Read more…

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What Makes a Good Dad?

Sitting in the therapist’s office, listening to him explain the decision he had made some fourteen years ago – to put his family first – I felt a little bit sad. As he shared his determination to be home for bath time every night, before reading ‘Kipper’ for the umpteenth time, I could see what he was trying to do – […] Read more…

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School’s Out For This Mumma!

When big life events turn your world upside down, it’s sometimes hard to focus on the everyday. But you know what? We must! We still have end of year exams, sports day, the school play, leavers’ parties (the list goes on) to plan for. There is one event coming up that absolutely cannot go by without a […] Read more…

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Loud ‘n’ Proud – 09.06.16

Guess what? It’s my turn to host Loud ‘n’ Proud today. When it comes to my regular posts, I’ve gone a bit AWOL of late. Apologies for that. But for many reasons, Loud ‘n’ Proud is one of my favourite things on this blog, so I’m looking forward to reading your posts this week. If […] Read more…

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For Hire: One Troubleshooter

**Disclaimer: No child exploitation has taken place in the making of this post** We all know that bringing up children is flipping hard work, right? Well sometimes, you strike gold and get one that serves an excellent purpose. My third child has become my very own personal troubleshooter and I do not know what I do without him. The truth […] Read more…

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