A car for a teenager?
May04

A car for a teenager?

I’ve had my yellow Mini a couple of years now and I love it. It’s pretty reliable (well, apart from the time it broke down) and it’s easy to park, even for a terrible driver like me. I only need it for driving to school and dance lessons, so a small car is perfect for me. Unfortunately, my eldest thinks it will be perfect for him too. He’s nearly 16, so he’ll be learning to drive in just over a year. And...

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Menswear wardrobe overhaul
Dec21

Menswear wardrobe overhaul

Regular readers will know that my eldest son, who is 15, never seems to stop growing. All of a sudden, he is about 6′ tall. He towers above me (there’s something very strange about walking with your child when he is so much bigger than you) and is taller than most men. And he’s still growing. And when boys keep growing? They keep needing new clothes! He’s been wearing Tshirts and hoodies from men’s ranges...

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Fuel Your Dreams with Sun-Pat
Nov15

Fuel Your Dreams with Sun-Pat

Apparently, over half of British adults believe they would have pursued their dreams if they’d had more energy as a child. Energy has never been a problem for me – either as a child or now. But I didn’t follow my dreams. My dream was to be an actor. I was pretty good at acting as a teenager, if I do say it myself. My teachers certainly thought so and I had the lead role in two consecutive 6th form plays. I remember...

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Finding time to unwind
Oct26

Finding time to unwind

It’s not easy to unwind as a parent. Sometimes it can feel almost impossible. But it’s important that we take a little bit of time to do it, for our own health and wellbeing. And if parents are healthy and happy, that has a really positive effect on the kids too. I’ve got three ways to unwind. For me, the biggest one is running. You can’t beat it – the feeling of strength, the adrenaline, the fresh...

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Time for redecorating
Oct05

Time for redecorating

When we first moved into our house, over two and a half years ago, we decorated it all incredibly quickly. We got the keys on a Tuesday and moved in on Saturday. In those few days, we completely decorated all of our bedrooms. And they needed some serious decorating! Every room in the house had dark brown wood skirting boards and most of them had floral wallpaper. Covering that up took some serious coats of paint! The following week,...

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Keeping fit and the work-life balance
Aug31

Keeping fit and the work-life balance

I absolutely love working at home. I like being my own boss and having the freedom to manage my own time. I can start work at 5.30am if I like or I can work at 11pm if I want (I don’t, I’m an early bird rather than a night owl). But, best of all, I like being able to take my kids to school every day and pick them up. I like to be able to go to sports days, assemblies and school concerts without booking leave or panicking...

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