Becoming the sandwich generation
Feb23

Becoming the sandwich generation

Most of us who are lucky enough to have parents still alive will, at some point, become part of the sandwich generation. The sandwich generation are usually people in their 40s or 50s who still have dependent children at home and are starting to care for their own parents. Sometimes they even have grandchildren thrown into the equation too. There was a meme out just before the first lockdown which I found far too funny. It summed up...

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The importance of sport for kids
Feb16

The importance of sport for kids

Many, many years ago, before we even had kids, my husband said: ‘When we have kids, we will make sure they do lots of sport’. And I thought yeah right, whatever… His thinking was that sport would keep them out of trouble as teenagers. Teenage trouble hasn’t been an issue for us, but then again, my kids do a lot of sport… It turns out my husband was absolutely right all those years ago. Sport has been the...

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Crime dramas to enjoy during lockdown
Feb08

Crime dramas to enjoy during lockdown

So here we are into week 5 of lockdown 3 and there’s not a lot to do. But one thing we’ve found which has really helped us through is watching TV crime dramas. We’re not actually big TV viewers, but having a series to focus on has helped fill the time and given us something to look forward to every day. I know it seems strange when you’re watching a programme about serial killers, but I actually find watching a...

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Can I manage 1000 hours outside in 2021?
Feb01

Can I manage 1000 hours outside in 2021?

It was a chance comment by blogging friend Louise from Little Hearts Big Love that got me wondering if I could do 1000 hours outside for 2021. I’m not the sort of person who makes new year’s resolutions or sets goals or aims for a year. I spend enough time feeling under pressure just from day to day life of raising three teenagers, working and running a home. I know that if I set myself additional goals, it will be just...

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How is lockdown 3 treating us?
Jan25

How is lockdown 3 treating us?

So we are three weeks into lockdown 3. How is treating us? And how is it treating you? The third national lockdown wasn’t entirely unexpected. Anyone who was taken by surprise by it clearly wasn’t watching the news. With Covid-19 infections and deaths soaring during December, and hospitals and NHS staff being pushed to their limits, it felt pretty much inevitable. I’ve heard of a lot of people finding lockdown 3...

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