My Word Of The Year For 2019

At the beginning of every January I set my word for the year as well as my goals. It may sound strange to set a word for the year, but I find that it helps…

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Planning For The Best Year – My 2019 Goals

Every January I like to set myself some goals for the year ahead. I don’t do resolutions because I feel like they’re easy to forget about, but goals give you something to work towards. 2018…

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2019 Reading Challenge

I love to read. Every year I set myself a challenge to read at least 12 books and I always complete it. For my 2019 reading challenge I’ve decided to do things a little differently.…

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Reviewing My Year

As 2018 draws to a close I’ve been looking back at photos and reviewing my year. In January I decided that my word for the year would be gratitude. I can definitely say that I…

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Personalised Christmas Gift Tags

I love to add personal touches that my guests can take home with them after Christmas. I think there’s something special about receiving something handmade and it makes people feel loved. It could be anything.…

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It’s Time For The Pantomime In Chelmsford

One of my favourite things about the Christmas season is watching a pantomime. For one reason or another over the past few years we haven’t gone to see a panto, so I was delighted when…

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Stocking Fillers For Teenagers

I love buying gifts for the kids at Christmas but these days I’m finding it more and more tricky. The hardest part for me is  finding good stocking fillers for teenagers. When they were little…

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5 Of The Best Board Games For Teenagers

We enjoy playing a board game or two in this house and family games night is a regular occurrence, that is lots of fun! As the kids get older I think it’s more important than…

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How To Host A Great Christmas For a Large Group

Last year Mark and I offered to host Christmas Day at our house for the family. We don’t like to leave anybody out, so by the time we had invited both sets of parents, all…

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Cinnamon and Cranberry Muffins

I don’t know about you, but there’s something about Autumn that makes me want to bake more. I think it’s because I love being indoors and cosy, with the smell of something delicious cooking in…

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Why Cleaning Is Good For The Soul

I recently discovered an account on Instagram that has everyone cleaning their houses like they’ve never been cleaned before. I watched a few of the videos and within a few minutes I was hooked and…

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Turning 40, Advice For A Wonderful Life

So this is it, I’ll be 40 next week. Turning 40 doesn’t bother me, it’s just another day really isn’t it and I think that once you’ve hit those milestones of 16 and 18, where…

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The Importance Of Being Grateful

At the start of January I set a ‘word of the year‘, something to keep me focused, to remind me of what’s good in my life and to ensure that I stayed accountable for my…

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A Royal Day Out To Celebrate 17 Years Of Marriage

Mark and I don’t tend to give each other gifts on our wedding anniversary anymore. Over the years we have given each other many gifts, but now we do it a little differently. Gifts are…

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50 Summer Memories To Make With Your Teens

I love the summer holidays, I like the lazy mornings and the late nights, the lack of school uniform to be washed and ironed and not having the routine that term time requires. But at…

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Be More Productive – Ditch The To Do List

I used to love writing lists because I thought that they would make me be more productive. I loved sitting down with a cup of coffee in the morning and writing out a list of…

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