Occasional spending – it all adds up!
Sep13

Occasional spending – it all adds up!

For most families, keeping on top of the finances is an ongoing battle. You think everything is sorted for the month, then the car breaks down or you get a letter asking for payment for a school trip. This seems to be the story of our lives and it has got even worse with three kids at secondary school. The uniforms are more expensive, the trips are more expensive, the music lessons are more expensive and there’s an expensive...

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My top 10 posts of 2016
Jan05

My top 10 posts of 2016

I write about family life. The day-to-day stuff that happens to us. I don’t write list posts (although ironically this is one) or advice posts. I don’t even write many reviews. My blog is never going to set the world on fire, but that’s not what I set out to do. I hope that one day I can look back on it and remember all the things we did. Things I would have otherwise forgotten. I hope the kids will read it and...

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A birthday cake
Nov26

A birthday cake

I’ve just stuck a candle in a cupcake and said a silent happy birthday for a girl who should turn 14 today. But Abi won’t eat any cake today, she won’t excitedly open up clothes and make-up, she won’t take selfies with her friends, she won’t have a birthday sleepover. Because Abi isn’t here any more. She is forever 12. Today will be a tough day for her family and I am thinking of them as I light...

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The Gallery: Breathe (June)
Jun18

The Gallery: Breathe (June)

June is an exciting month for our family. There’s always a lot going on. But exciting months don’t just happen, exciting months are planned by someone. For me, at least, an exciting month can very quickly become a busy month and then a stressful month. Sometimes I have to stop and breathe and remember that it’s supposed to be fun. We have two birthdays, Father’s Day, my parents’ wedding anniversary (with...

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Birthdays
Oct19

Birthdays

It’s my younger son’s birthday tomorrow, so it’s time to do the grotto. Grotto is one of those words adopted by us as a family which has developed to have its own specific meaning. It went from Santa’s grotto, to the place where my parents hid the Christmas presents when we were teenagers, to a hiding place for any presents, to its current meaning – the pile of presents the kids wake up to on the morning...

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