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On Leaving London

We did it. Having talked about it for years, we left the city. The place where we had our first home together. Where both our babies were born and took their first steps, said their first words, started school. We've arrived in considerably greener pastures new - and it's lovely and we're happy but it's also not without it's challenges. Here's what I've learned about leaving London and starting to settle into a new place. (It's pretty weird to be the new girl in your forties!) …

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How I make it work: award-winning blogger and author Louise Emma Clarke @mumofboysandmabel

Former journalist Louise Emma Clarke has done what most journalists have dreamed of at some point - written a book. More than that, she's also an award-winning blogger and mum of three, who after several years abroad has moved back to the UK. In the midst of writing the follow-up to 'From Mum with Love', she shares her thoughts on writing, parenting, the pressures of social media and trying to make 'it' work.....…

Family

Christmas Gift Guides: KIDS

This gift guide isn't about the big presents; the bikes, the hoverboards, the doll's houses, the must-have Lego set.... Those kind of presents are so personal to the child, that you'll probably know about them already. What I've focused on are the crowd pleasers, that (hopefully) most children will love, enabling you to bulk buy Unicorn Poo and Colouring Books to your heart's content, thereby easily navigating the 'what to buy' the small people in your life dilemma.…

Life

‘Tis the Season to be……stressed?

Christmas is around the corner, the parties are in full swing and everyone is bursting with the joys of the season. Right? Well, not quite... As much as I love the festive season, it is also one of the busiest and most stressful times of year with work, family and life all colliding into one. And with everything on Instagram and the TV looking as perfect as that (unrealistic) Christmas Day magazine shoot, there's the added pressure to feel festive and happy even if you just want to lie down in bed and go to sleep until 2019. So, how do you navigate the Festive Season without going mad? Here's what I'm planning to do....…

LifeWomen

Blogging versus Instagram

Blogs versus Instagram: do you really need both? Are blogs still relevant? Is there any point to blogging any more? Does anyone really have time to read them? Isn’t it all about instagram these days?…

LifeWomen

The Simple Things

Last week I was forcibly reminded about the pleasure to be found in the simplest things. …

LifeWomen

The Power of Three: How Not To Do It All

Three. That's the number of things from a set list you can prioritise on any one day. Choose; focus; and give your all - rather than trying (and failing) to do everything well. Sound intriguing?…