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Nov 02

Shopping in the Dark Ages versus now

A hairy tale of bargain shopping in ye olden days, and some most excellent advice for looking bodacious in your new attire Way back in 1989 I got a job working in a retail clothing store. In those days if you wanted to get a bargain you had to wait for the big sales which …

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Oct 02

The How to Guide – Sibling Elimination

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How to eliminate a sibling without causing offence Miss 4 created a wonderful cut out family to play with. See the biggest one there? That’s me. I know what you’re thinking – the likeness is uncanny! As I lugged around that giant arm of mine, I asked her who the other people were. The smallest …

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Aug 02

You can be the Grandma

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“I’ll be the Mum and you can be the Grandma,” said Miss Four. “Wait, what?” I said, tearing my eyes away from the very important work I was doing on the computer (Facebook). She thrust her doll at me. “Baby wants Grandma.” “Um, okay then but I’d like you to know that I’m a bit …

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Jun 26

The rainbow loom dilemma

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My six-year-old son will be having a tonsillectomy in a few days. He’s pretty scared about it, but the promise of a special gift for being brave is helping him get through the anxiety. I asked him what he would like for his gift and he immediately answered ‘a Rainbow Loom’. They’re all nuts about …

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May 30

Conversations with my dog

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Dog: Ooh you’re going to the toilet. Great I’ll come with you. Hey you just shut the door in my face. Me: Go to your bed Dog. Dog: What? Why? Is there someone else in there with you? Me: Stop sniffing back and forwards along the bottom of the door. Dog: I just had to …

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Apr 16

6am storytime

cannibalcarrot

I am fortunate that every morning I get to listen to a story once I’m awake. Grudgingly awake I might add, usually from being bounced on, but you can’t hold a grudge for too long in the face of such enthusiasm for the new day. This morning Missy Moo “read” to me from the word …

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Apr 01

50 shades of sparkling

When I was a kid if an eyelash came out whilst rubbing my eyes I would make a wish and blow it away. I’m not sure where that tradition came from, but it’s one that I’ve passed on to my kids. This evening while Missy Moo (4) was in the bath, I was looking in …

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Mar 03

How to make a mermaid outfit

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I was given a few boxes of fabric recently, and as soon as I saw the blue I knew it was destined for mermaidendom. The kindergarten my daughter attends has a couple of well-worn mermaid skirts and much-too-large-for-the-children bikini tops that are regularly played with. I decided it was time they had more practical outfits …

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Feb 02

Fashion advice for the wearing of Orange Motocross Gloves

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If you’ve got yourself a nice pair of orange motocross gloves, you might think you’ve got all the business of when to wear them sussed out. I mean it’s pretty obvious, right? Well think again. When you should wear orange motocross gloves     When you should NOT wear orange motocross gloves Happy birthday to …

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Jan 11

Nine Rules for Space Travel

no motorcycle suits in space

When he’s out past his bedtime, Master Five tends to chatter at over a hundred miles an hour, and his thoughts flip-flop all over the place. On a recent night-time trip into the Emergency Department for a little boy with excruciating abdominal pain, I got to experience this wonderful phenomena when, after an almighty chunder, …

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