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27 February, 2020

Cute, Quirky & Wonderfully Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It seems like only yesterday we were buying Christmas gifts, doesn’t it? And yet, already it’s nearly Mother’s Day. Where has the time gone this year, it’s just flying by, isn’t it? With Mother’s Day on the way, (Sunday 22 March in the UK) whether you’ve got a mum to buy for, an aunt, a stepmother, a grandmother, or another special lady, it’s time to…

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10 Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are identified as having health benefits when consumed. They are mostly bacteria and yeasts. Scientific evidence of their benefits has expanded greatly in recent years and accordingly, their consumption has grown considerably. Probiotics are found in certain foods – especially yoghurts and those classed as fermented – proprietary products such as cultured drinks, and supplements. But what are the benefits…

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25 February, 2020

Emetophobia – Doesn’t It Make You Sick?

A chance conversation on Twitter reminded me of a phobia I used to have – emetophobia – a fear of vomiting. A phobia of being sick or of seeing someone else be sick. In my case, I used to be absolutely terrified of being within earshot of anyone I thought was about to be sick. I’m writing this because it strikes me that this phobia…

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24 February, 2020

Alone In Paris,The City Of Light – Why I Recommend It

When I was 19 I spent three weeks as an au pair to a French diplomat and his three children.  That glorious summer was at the end of my second year in Swansea University and, although I was nervous, I packed my treasured Antler suitcase and headed off toute seule. Welcomed into a rather cold but orderly Parisian flat in the suburb of Meudon, I…

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20 February, 2020

Making Pancakes With Caitlin

It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday 25 February this year and, with some nostalgia, here’s Caitlin helping me to make pancakes a fair few years ago.  We still use the recipe though.  Here’s what happened back then ….. Existing readers of this blog will be familiar with my undoubted culinary prowess and remember the ‘Potato of Doom’ incident. Despite this, and racked with unprecedented levels of maternal…

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17 February, 2020

Your Annual Guide To Cleaning Your Home

It’s almost time to start spring cleaning but, as we all know, cleaning your house is an ongoing chore – and not necessarily an enjoyable one. Still below you’ll find a helpful schedule to plan those cleaning jobs season by season.  Since I’ve just moved house, I’ll definitely be taking note of upcoming chores – and bribing the kids to pitch in and help. Otherwise…

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16 February, 2020

How To Care For Your White Carpet At Home

The white carpet is probably the most beautiful of all types of carpets. When buying a white carpet though, you should consider how you are going to look after it. Due to improper carpet cleaning methods, often, a white carpet changes colour to yellow. In addition, if you neglect its maintenance for several weeks, it can get quite dirty.   Why White Carpets Gets Dirty…

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15 February, 2020

Easy Dressing Up Ideas For World Book Day

Don’t panic.  It’s World Book Day on 5th March 2020 and the challenge is on to kit your child out as their favourite character from a book. In case your imagination has run dry and you need inspiration, the following posts should give you plenty of budget-friendly ideas. And don’t worry, if you’re a craft-duffer like I am, trust me you will be able to…

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14 February, 2020

7 Tricks to Save Money on Food But Still Eat Well 

Every week, you have a good idea of what you’ll eat. Maybe you’ll enjoy a cup of coffee alongside a bagel for breakfast or have sandwiches every day for lunch. Whatever you prefer, you’ll eventually make your way back to the grocery store for another round of standing in line at the till. Do you nervously watch your total rise with each scanned box of…

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Linda Hobbis, midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Wrestling tweendom, eye-rolling and door-slamming with Caitlin (12) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.

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