Monthly Archives: July 2013

Is Saving The Planet Reserved for the Middle Classes?

Is Saving The Planet Reserved for the Middle Classes?

The other day, I was driving out of the supermarket behind a Toyota Prius and I thought to myself “If I had more money, I’d buy a hybrid car”. It was just one lone thought that swept through my brain picking up the debris of other ideas that had been languishing in my grey matter and it all balled up into one big thought: “Is it only well-off people who are able to do their …

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Scraped Knees and Pony Stalking – Confessions of a Helicopter Parent

Scraped Knees and Pony Stalking – Confessions of a Helicopter Parent

  I’ve always been quite happy to admit that I’m a helicopter parent. Husband and I both are in fact (me more so than him), and our ethos has always been “We’d rather be safe than sorry”, but a couple of things have happened recently which have made us reconsider our positions. The first thing was Sausage’s first pony lesson last week. As I mention before, she’s started a course of pony lessons throughout the …

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The Best Sandwich You’ll Ever Eat

The Best Sandwich You’ll Ever Eat

Last week, I posted a picture of a sandwich on Instagram, and promised to post the recipe. There’s a bit of a backstory to this sandwich, which I thought I’d share with you first. As you may already know, Husband and I were lucky enough to get married and spend our honeymoon in the Maldives, on a beautiful, tiny island called Vakarufalhi. I can honestly say that this place was probably the closest thing I’ve …

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Paper Shaker: Review and Giveaway

Recently, the people from PaperShaker got in touch and asked if we’d like to try out their bespoke stationery service and with Sausage’s birthday coming up, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make some Thank You cards for her to give to people who buy her gifts. The site currently only offers baby announcement and thank you cards, adult and kids party invitations and various wedding stationery, but the cool thing about the site …

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Holiday Learning – Code Breaking

Holiday Learning – Code Breaking

I know it’s only the first week of the holidays, but Husband and I are really keen to continue some form of learning with Sausage over the next six weeks. She worked so hard in her first year at school and we’d hate for all of that learning to ebb away over the course of the holidays, so I’ve made it my mission to come up with some fun ways for her to keep up …

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Are Our Kids Lonelier Than We Were?

Are Our Kids Lonelier Than We Were?

When I was a child, playing in the street was a normal occurrence. My Nan lived in a ‘walk’, which was a pedestrian-only road with no cars anywhere near where we played, and she happened to live next door to a family with a daughter of the same age as me, so I spent countless summers playing Barbies and cartwheeling on my Grandparents lawn with Sara, who was my best friend. Eventually, my parents moved …

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Room 101

Room 101

The epic and generally wonderful Mummy Barrow has tagged me in a meme (one which I was secretly hoping to be tagged in, if I’m honest) based on the TV show Room 101 and meme-ified into blogging history by Helen at Stickers, Stars and Smiles (who is also epic and wonderful). I love the concept of the TV show and am pleased to be able to finally watch it again after they got rid of Paul ‘I’m an …

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Are We Fat Because of the Weather?

For the last couple of days, Husband and I have been getting out on our bikes for a few hours. In fact, in the last 2 days, we’ve ridden 23 miles, which is a piffling amount for my Husband, who’s a lifelong cyclist, but it’s a huge achievement for me, someone who’s been on a bike probably twice in the past ten years. Sure, I feel a bit like I’ve been repeatedly kicked in the …

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My Education (Or – ‘Unfinished Business’)

A few nights ago, I had a dream where I was back in senior school (although I think I was an adult) and I was running around the corridors, trying to remember where my locker was as I needed to clear it out before the end of term. In the course of the dream, I bumped into the ‘new headmaster’ (my senior school was headed my a formidable lady when I was there, but is …

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Silent Sunday

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