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Last week was our first week of our two and a bit week Easter/Spring Break. We have had such a lovely time, the three of us! As I mentioned in my last post, squeezing in my work is challenging but as I type this, I am sitting at my workspace […]

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Again, time has gotten away from me. We have been busy with dancing, school functions, work, Mark’s new business and the stress of daily life. I am finding the time to write for me personally is virtually non-existent. Perhaps this is because I am actually a horrible time manager? Perhaps […]

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The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry. January saw me writing every day. February, I backed off to weekly. And then surgery, sickness and wobbles set in. I haven’t updated since the 28th of February and to be honest, haven’t wanted to. I had my double […]

February 29-March 13, 2016



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Back to school, back to normal. I have also realised that trying to update the blog daily is too much! I’ve really enjoyed keeping family and (1 or 2) friends updated on our lives but somedays are not terribly interesting so I seem to be sharing more photos and far […]

February 22-28, 2016


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Did you miss us? Last week was a whirlwind of being off school, squeezing in work, siblings playing really well together, another Dance Competition and quality family time, just the 4 of us. Phew! Today Ella is back to school and Sam and I are enjoying a lazy Mummy Sammy […]

February Half Term, 2016


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**Sunday** HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! This year we have kind of chosen to gloss over Valentine’s Day in favour of Ella’s dance festival competition! I did get a card for Mark and wonder of wonders, he got me some beautiful tulips and a new Pandora charm for my charm bracelet! I’m […]

February 14, 2016



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**Saturday** Saturday was ALL ABOUT DANCE! Ella normally has ballet for 45 minutes and musical theatre for 60 minutes on Saturdays. We were still doing this but also adding a one-hour practice session for their upcoming dance festival competitions. Ella’s Dance School has a wonderful group of 10 dancers who […]

February 13, 2016


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**Friday** Have I mentioned before that I love Fridays? Yes? Hmmm, well, I do! I was looking forward to this particular Friday because I was going to give “remote working” a go with a fellow work from home Mum. We both feel that as wonderful it is to be able […]

February 12, 2016


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**Thursday** Sam and I began our Mummy-Sammy Day with breakfast out at a local garden centre with a friend of ours. We were home in time for lunch and chill out time for Sam while I accomplished a bit of work and made arrangements to meet up with another fellow “work […]

February 11, 2016



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**Tuesday** I always feel like Tuesday is where my week really begins. Monday is always busy, especially with Ella’s dance lessons after school, but Tuesday is when both Ella and Sam are in school and I am working from home. It’s finally a day of quiet and accomplishment. Well, most […]

February 9, 2016


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**Wednesday** Sam slept through from 7:30pm Tuesday night to 7:30am this morning! I was anticipating him waking up extremely grumpy but he was happy and most amused that he had 1) missed his dinner and 2) was still in his clothes! It’s the little things in life! I kicked off […]

February 10, 2016


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**Monday** The start of our last week of school before our February Half Term dawned with a clear but bitterly cold (for the UK) morning. Both Ella and Sam were in really good moods which always makes the prep before the school run far easier. I challenged Sammy to get […]

February 8, 2016



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**Sunday** We didn’t enjoy our standard breakfast in bed but in fairness, we snuck it in yesterday so I shouldn’t complain! I spent a quiet hour scrolling through my social media channels until Ella and Sam both descended upon my space. I decided it was time for action so we […]

February 7, 2016


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**Saturday** You know how when you read about someone having nits, you tend to start itching your head? Or when someone close to you has the stomach flu and are puking, you feel decidedly like throwing up yourself? I have no idea what this is called (psychosis?) but I have […]

February 6, 2016


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**Friday** Did you ever have a day when your creativity has been left at the door? Friday was this day for me! After dropping the children at school and arriving home, I fired up the archaeic laptop which has served me so very well these last 6 years. Radio 2 […]

February 5, 2016



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**Thursday** After yesterday’s brain dump and a message from a friend, I have begun to realise that even though I really enjoy working for myself and don’t need someone hanging over me managing my every move, I work far better and happier when I am in an environment with other […]

February 4, 2016


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**Wednesday** Another morning lie-in and I’m finding this to be quite a nice way to start our day. I dropped off Ella and Sam at school and enjoyed another blustery limp home. I put the key in the lock, opened the door and walked into the house. I love our […]

February 3, 2016


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**Tuesday** I was a bit worried about Sammy today as, in the night, he seemed feverish and restless. But Tuesday morning dawned with nary a whinge or warm forehead so I think whatever it was, it was fleeting. And of course required Mummy & Daddy cuddles throughout the night. Bless. […]

February 2, 2016



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**Monday** Pinch, punch, first of the month! So January is done and we’re moving on. I am very much hoping that February will be calmer and less fraught for us all. And preferably no more loose teeth! From Ella, that is. Or anyone else for that matter. Today was a […]

February 1, 2016


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**Sunday** The last few Sundays have involved a lovely trend…breakfast in bed. The last 2 weeks, I have got up around 8:15am as everyone was slowly waking, and made tea for Mark and me, prepared a light, continental breakfast and piled everything on a tray to take back up to […]

January 31, 2016


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*Saturday* The sleepover girls, after having gone to bed around 10:30pm, woke up just after 7am! Thankfully, they both tiptoed downstairs to watch some telly, play some Minecraft and perfect their dance routine. I whipped up some crêpe-style pancakes for sustenance for their dance classes and then suddenly realised that […]

January 30, 2016



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*Friday* Ah, Friday. Even though I work on Fridays I always find a lot of happiness in Friday. The sun was shining (although the wind was blowing a hooley!) and I was ready for a good day of work and then fun with Ella having her friend over for a […]

January 29, 2016


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**Thursday** Have you ever seen someone scrambling an egg inside a shell? They have to make a small hole in one end, usually with a needle or pin or something relatively small. Then after the shell is pierced, they stir the egg inside like crazy with said needle or pin, […]

January 28, 2016


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Wednesday… Yesterday was a bit of a muddle as I was working “remotely” and felt a bit like a chicken with my head cut off. After a busy school run, I packed up my laptop, notebook and phone and headed to my inlaw’s house to spend the day working from […]

January 27, 2016



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**Yes, I know…yesterday was the 26th…time got away from me…** Yesterday was my father-in-law’s birthday. When I took Sammy into preschool in the morning, I told one of his keyworkers that it was Grandad’s birthday and mayyyyy-be they could help Sammy to make a picture or a card or something?? […]

January 26, 2016


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Two years ago today I began documenting and sharing #3goodthings each day. With the exception of a couple of late submissions (forgot to do it in the evening, posted first thing in the morning for the previous day) in the first few months, I have not missed one single day […]

January 25, 2016


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I’m feeling a bit washed out after a lovely day at home with the family. I’m heading to bed momentarily but I didn’t want to miss posting today. So today will be mostly a photo post but it was a good day. Mark got 2 more jobs done today: changing […]

January 24, 2016



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Some days are just a lovely level of happiness. I find, on days like this, that I am able to deal with everything so much better. Nothing splendiforous is happening; it’s just a normal day but with a happy smile throughout the whole of the day. I find I have […]

January 23, 2016


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Friday. Friday. Friday. I do love me a Friday. I am typing this post with the electric heater baking my legs next to my chair. It’s a rather lovely feeling actually. I have just put Ella to bed after reading 1/2 of Chapter 6 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s […]

January 22, 2016


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What a difference a day makes! And what a difference turning off a bit from social media makes! Our morning started quite pleasantly and we were able to help out a friend as well with a morning preschool drop off. Sammy and I then went out to visit another friend […]

January 21, 2016



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Did you ever have a day filled with little mistakes? I had a day like that today. Nothing earth shattering but enough to make me think that maybe I should have just had a nap and re-grouped rather than push through in the hopes that it would all get better. […]

January 20, 2016