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8 August, 2015

Why are we so afraid to let our kids experience boredom?

We’re half way through the summer holidays and the guides to helping your kids deal with boredom are starting to appear.  Ah, boredom, the terrible malaise which strikes when the iPad charger is lost and there’s nothing on TV (which seems to be the general state of affairs these days anyway). Reading a book can take them to another world Why are we so afraid to…

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6 August, 2015

Family Values? They’re All Relative.

I love a bit of nostalgia.  I love home-made and vintage.  Tea-cup candles scented with hyacinth, retro postcards and photographs from the ’30s and ’40s.  I love the traditional image of family – the Sunday lunch with its roasted chicken and apple pie goodness.  Ah, memories laced with brown sugar and cinnamon and lashings of custard. My family is small and, I suppose, quite traditional.…

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5 August, 2015

Pondering Change And Loss in Great Malvern

It is a sunny afternoon in Great Malvern.  I am sat a stones’ throw from the Great  Malvern Priory sipping coffee in blissful isolation whilst the Husband has taken the kids swimming in the Malvern Splash pool. Great Malvern Priory Clouds are scudding across the blue sky, casting shadows on the slumbering occupants of the Priory’s graveyard.  I am reading the bestselling book by psychoanalyst,…

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31 July, 2015

Blog Break Time

I’m taking a little break from blogging to spend some time with the hubby and kids, so normal service will be resumed shortly. If you need to get in touch, I will be picking up emails at  Or you can tweet me at @lindahobbis.…

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29 July, 2015

Why aren’t wives treated like brides?

I love reading bridal magazines. In fact, I enjoyed planning my wedding so much I’d happily do it all over again (to the same man, I hasten to add). Is there anything like the thrill of putting on a wedding dress for the first time or the excitement of shopping for rings? If you were anything like me (or are planning your nuptials at the…

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27 July, 2015

Other people’s kids driving you bananas in the supermarket?

The ear-splitting screams made everyone at the check-out turn round. Three kids, two boys (roughly 13 and 7) and a girl (maybe 6) were sitting on the bench at the end of the till run making full use of the acoustic properties the Tesco superstore offered. People winced, the screaming was that loud. On and on it went, driven by the annoyance of the other…

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26 July, 2015

My Sunday Photo – 26/07/2015

A beautiful flower at National Trust Dyffryn Gardens…

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25 July, 2015

Review: Treetop Adventure Golf Cardiff

If you had said to me that I would spend a happy morning playing golf on Level 3 of the car park in the St. David’s 2 Shopping Centre in Cardiff, I would have probably thought you were somewhat under par but that’s exactly what happened earlier today at Treetop Adventure Golf Cardiff. The Hobbis clan were given the opportunity to play mini golf in…

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23 July, 2015

Review: Ilcsi Grape Stem Cell Gel Mask from Sulis & Thermae

Sulis & Thermae is a new website offering premium beauty and aromatherapy products. Inspired by Sulis, Roman Goddess of Healing Water and Thermae, luxury Romanic bathing complexes, the emphasis is on global products with therapeutic properties. They offer a wide range from bathing and skincare to men’s grooming and home fragrance. There’s even a supplements and a mother & baby section. It makes a refreshing…

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Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.

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