Cancer: A Series of Compromises I Don’t Want To Make

My youngest, Jess, starts school on Monday. She’s so excited she might burst. She keeps packing her new book bag with toys and taking her new Clarks shoes out of their box. The build-up to this big event has been carefully micromanaged, often from my bedside. Shoes were bought six weeks ago regardless of the inevitable ‘summer growth spurt’. Her…

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Sorry Tay-Tay, It’s A No-No: Why Taylor Swift’s New Song Is Bad For Victims Of Bullying

Before this week I had a bit of a soft spot for Taylor Swift, even after my children decided to adopt her music as a new form of torture for me. No Prisoner of War should ever have to endure endless out-of-tune renditions of ‘Shake It Off’ at 6am in the morning. I couldn’t help admiring her either. Here was…

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A Few Of My Favourite Things… May

Every month I like to list some of the things I’m loving right now. I try to include what I’m wearing, eating, addicted to on TV (usually something on Sky Atlantic or Netflix) and what I’m dancing round my half-finished kitchen to… Here’s what I’m loving in May:   What I’m Wearing… Ballet Pumps – With Spring moving into Summer, it’s time to kick…

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My School Run Beauty Essentials

Since becoming a mum I find there isn’t a lot of  ‘me-time’ in the mornings. As for a head-start to the day? No chance. I refuse to get out of bed unless one of my children sits on me! I always have time for my school run beauty essentials though. Ones I can apply at warp speed somewhere in between Paw Patrol and Ben &…

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My Perfect Family Bank Holiday

Before kids Bank Holidays were cherished and savoured. The weather was guaranteed to let the side down but I’ve never been the green-fingered type. Besides, most beer gardens have patio heaters these days and that was the only logical destination after the mother of all lie-ins. In 2011 I had a rude awakening. By May 1st Emily was hovering on…

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Thanks to the lovely @Trinimamabebe for tagging me into the ’20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me’ thread. Here are my answers;   1. I studied for my degree at Cardiff University where I learnt to appreciate rugby, leeks and daffodils. 2. My first TV job was on ‘Blind Date’ with Cilla Black. I was a Production Runner fetching teas…

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The Lake District: 3 Must-See Experiences For All the Family

I’ve spent many Easters in The Lake District. My parents were keen walkers and by the age of ten I’d been dragged (and bribed) up most of the mountains in Cumbria. Tradition is a wonderful thing, especially when you have a family of your own. A small shuffle of the cast and you get to reboot some of the best moments of your…

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