The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
Nov25

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

I hadn’t heard of this book before, but when I was buying a big pile of books on my birthday, I was attracted to the cover of The Truth According to Us. It was the strapline that got me interested – Rich girl, small town, dark secrets. I haven’t read a book like that for a long time. I hoped it might be like some of my favourite books from last year – the Gillian Flynn books, Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, as...

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Leotard and jazz shoes from Dance Depot
Nov24

Leotard and jazz shoes from Dance Depot

Well, panto rehearsals are well underway and my daughter is very happy to have all the right gear, thanks to Dance Depot! She is currently rehearsing six days a week in preparation for the opening of the show at the start of December. After that, she will be performing two shows a day, three days a week, for five weeks. So she needs to have really comfortable, hard-wearing and easily washable dancewear. Although she is in the chorus...

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Grade 3 ballet exam
Nov23

Grade 3 ballet exam

My daughter had two years between her Primary and Grade 1 ballet exams and 18 months between her Grade 1 and Grade 2 exams. So it felt strange that she was doing her Grade 3 exam just eight months after her Grade 2. But she was completely ready for it. Along with her two friends, she was pulling away from the rest of her age group and improving at a much faster rate. Her teacher felts they were also doing better than most of the girls...

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Capturing the magic of football with Art of Football
Nov22

Capturing the magic of football with Art of Football

I’m not the first person to say it and I won’t be the last – men can be very difficult to buy presents for! And with two teenage sons, a husband and a dad, that’s a lot of men for me to struggle with. Regular readers will know that I live with a whole lot of football lovers – my younger son and my husband both play football, my husband coached football until very recently and the entire family loves to go...

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Roaccutane – the next generation
Nov22

Roaccutane – the next generation

There can’t be many families with two generations on Roaccutane – the strongest acne drug there is. But that’s the reality for our family. My eldest’s acne, already classified as ‘severe’ went downhill very quickly over the course of the autumn. From a situation where we thought he might need to go to a dermatologist and might need to go on Roaccutane, we were very quickly in a situation where there...

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