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Earn your stripes

My blog post is bit later than planned (again) due to some unforeseen dramas dumping on my  doorstep like the contents of a  rancid garbage truck.   I’d like to say that I have restful sleep at night for the good deeds I have done, but instead  insomnia has kicked in because I’m a little behind schedule.  On everything.  And also …

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Pretty blouses to add to your spring capsule wardrobe

Previously I wrote about the essential pieces to create a versatile Spring capsule for stay at home mums on a budget.   This week’s post is about adding a few items which will help you transform your casual spring capsule into fashionable and smarter looks. Some of these items are not quite  in the same budget range as the capsule pieces, …

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A Spring capsule for stay at home mums on a budget

A friend of mine has recently become a mum, and this reminded me of that challenging time when your body has changed, few of your pre-baby clothes fit, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on a new wardrobe, because you are determined to get back to your old size as quickly as possible.   The reality is that …

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Online Clothes Shopping – how much do you return?

Online clothes shopping,  it is so convenient these days.  The joys of internet shopping are particularly appreciated when you have your first child and realise that navigating  the shops with a buggy or a furious toddler is not the most relaxing way to spend your (almost non-existent) free time.  When one child turns into multiple children, your days of a …

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Embroideries for Spring and Summer

In case it hasn’t hit you squarely in the face each time you’ve gone into a shop, embroideries are everywhere.  A  friend and I were recently discussing this phenomenon which has besieged the shops with relentless tenacity.   I expressed the opinion that I am not convinced that this is one bandwagon I’m overly excited to hitch a ride on.   …

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Asian Style Slow Cooker Chicken

My Asian style chicken recipe has been requested by a few friends and it’s taken me a little while to write it down.  It looks complicated, but it’s actually quite easy and highly recommended.  You can make the spice mix in advance, there will be enough spice mix to repeat this recipe a few times. I make the chicken in the …

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Calamity’s Big Hole

Our first camping holiday conversation was sparked a few years ago, after spending a week in a cottage in Cornwall,  with a group of friends.  It was during this holiday that I began to suspect that I was pregnant with child number two.  During the nine hour journey back home, in our extremely cramped Mini, the idea started forming that we …

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One Way or Another

One way or another I usually avoid clothes shopping in January.  I’d rather leave the house with my face pack still on to go buy milk at the shop, which I have done when I had totally forgotten it was on.  One of those gel ones that start peeling away from the face all shrivelled, making me look like a …