Shopping with my daughter
Mar13

Shopping with my daughter

My daughter has loved fashion since she was tiny and has always enjoyed a flick through the Next Directory or a wander round the shop looking at clothes. But since Christmas, she has stepped it up a level. She’s really got into shopping. I enjoyed shopping as a teenager and before I had kids, but it’s a long time since I’ve been to shops for anything more than purely functional reasons. But my daughter has requested...

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Buying my daughter’s birthday presents
Mar07

Buying my daughter’s birthday presents

I’ve always loved shopping for my daughter’s birthday presents and I still do, even though my daughter is nearly 11. It’s so much more pleasurable than shopping for the boys. One of my sons only ever wants money and the other one never knows what he wants, which makes shopping for him challenging. On the other hand, my daughter normally has a present in mind for herself, plus she’s very easy to buy surprises...

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Dressed by the kids at Next, Cabot Circus
Jun04

Dressed by the kids at Next, Cabot Circus

Regular readers will know I’m a huge fan of Superdry. It’s pretty much all I wear. But, if I need something smarter, some basics, or even some socks, my first port of call is always Next. It’s also the first place I go for kids’ clothes. They’re stylish, well made and a decent price (especially in the sale!). Next is one of the few places where you can buy clothes for kids over the age of 12. Because boys...

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The uniform
May04

The uniform

Surprisingly for boys who get on well and who are close in age, my two sons dress quite differently. Neither of them are particularly fashion conscious or overly bothered about what they wear, but they do both know what they like. Or maybe it’s because they’re close in age that they choose to look different – my younger son will usually reject any hand-me-downs from his brother on principle (although to be fair, most...

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The rabbit dress
Mar18

The rabbit dress

I love buying birthday presents for my kids. I enjoy it so much more than Christmas, because I only have one child to focus on and can really try to make it special. But we have a budget to stick to. The budget hasn’t really shifted in all the years we’ve had the kids. The only thing we’re allowed to break the budget with is a bike. And if we buy a present that hits the budget e.g. a Kindle, that’s all the...

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