The all-rounder
Jul31

The all-rounder

Way back at the start of year 5, my younger son’s teacher said he’d never met anyone as well-rounded as my son. That was a real compliment to me. Because we all know he’s clever, crazily clever. But there’s a whole lot more to him than that. His teacher could see beyond the clever kid to all the other things that make him amazing. So, the teacher said he was really good at sport (which we knew, but previous...

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How does your garden grow: Bindweed
Jul30

How does your garden grow: Bindweed

Regular readers will know I’m endlessly fascinated by my ever-changing garden. Every day there seems to be a new burst of colour – all of them beautiful and all of them surprising. My mum and dad have always been keen on gardening, but I never picked up much beyond daffodils, tulips, crocuses, pansies, wallflowers and geraniums. The only weeds I knew were daisies, dandelions, clover and stinging nettles. My garden has as...

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The school uniform secret
Jul29

The school uniform secret

I don’t tend to share tips on this blog. I’m all about the anecdotes – the funny stories, the irritating behaviour, the things that make me proud. But today I’m going to share a tip with you. It’s my school uniform secret and I’ve been doing it ever since our first summer holiday, way back in 2006. It’s not rocket science, it’s really very simple. It’s just this… Sort your...

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The guinea pigs (snowballing)
Jul28

The guinea pigs (snowballing)

When I wrote this post, I was pretty sure we would be getting some guinea pigs, I just didn’t know when. My husband agreed to the guinea pigs on the understanding the kids paid for them. We’re pretty good like that – the kids know that they don’t just get random DVDs or books or guinea pigs. If they want something, they have to buy it for themselves. They’re also pretty good at saving their pocket money,...

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Running in trainers from sportsshoes.com
Jul27

Running in trainers from sportsshoes.com

It stands to reason, but if you run, you need trainers. Even more than that, if you run any sort of distances, you need the right trainers for you. Which is why I was really pleased to be given the opportunity to review a pair from sportsshoes.com I was told four years ago, when I first started running half marathons, that the right trainer for me was the Mizuno Wave Inspire. That was the Mizuno Wave Inspire 6. A couple of years and a...

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