The players’ player award
Jul09

The players’ player award

Every year, my younger son’s school (like most secondary schools, I believe) holds a sports celebration evening just before the end of the school year. It’s a lovely, informal evening for kids and parents to celebrate all of the school sport that has taken place over the year. Every team captain in years 7 to 10 gets up on stage to give a short talk about their season. And that is A LOT of team captains. Think of all the...

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My daughter and the acne
Jul05

My daughter and the acne

So with my younger son now on Roaccutane, my eldest off Roaccutane (but back on prescription lotion) and me STILL on Roaccutane, my thoughts turned to my daughter’s acne. Yes, my daughter has got acne too. And now, yet again, the race is on to prevent one of my children’s skin spiralling out of control, like mine did and my eldest’s did. She has already been using benzoyl peroxide lotion on prescription for about a...

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My dad’s 50th parkrun
Jul03

My dad’s 50th parkrun

My dad had never run before. He’s fit and healthy, but he didn’t specifically do any exercise. He’s slim with a good, balanced diet and still volunteers at a charity one day a week. He was 71 when he did his first parkrun, back in August 2016. At first, he walked with my mum. At that time, nobody else walked parkrun and my parents felt a bit awkward. (Now walking at parkrun is something which is positively...

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Body confidence, social media and me
Jul02

Body confidence, social media and me

Lately, there’s been a real spate of photos of women on social media in their underwear or swimwear. They’re not showing off, they’re showing us what a real woman looks like – stretch marks, cellulite and all. And I admire them. They look great and I applaud their confidence and their bravery. They’re reminding us all that the airbrushed images on social media and in magazines are neither real nor...

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Happy birthday, 17 year old boy!
Jun27

Happy birthday, 17 year old boy!

Seventeen years ago, a tiny baby boy popped into the world (‘popped’ after a very long labour). He was my first baby and suddenly I was a mum. That tiny baby became a gorgeous toddler. He became a big brother twice over. And then suddenly he was a teenager. And now he’s just a year away from becoming an adult! How did that happen? Everyone who knows my boy knows he is a character. He’s unique. We have a saying...

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The Ed Sheeran concert
Jun26

The Ed Sheeran concert

I told you about my husband sacrificing his Ed Sheeran ticket so my daughter could go to the concert and I told you about our ridiculously long journey to get there, but I didn’t actually tell you about the concert itself. And it was so good, I couldn’t really ignore it and NOT tell you about it. I’ve been to Wembley before, both for England matches and to watch Coldplay, but it never fails to take your breath away...

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