We’ve had a wonderfully busy start to the year, with lots to celebrate and enjoy already which I hope continues for a long time yet. Last year was a tricky one for us, so I’m determined to make 2018 a year for us to try new things, treat ourselves a little bit and take more time away from just being parents. Over the last weekend in January, we definitely made the most of it as I did a candle making workshop, we went off-road driving and then topped it off with an urban Axe Throwing experience at Whistle Punks website.…

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Dear husband, Last night, you asked me: Are we just co-existing? And I’ve been thinking about it ever since. At first, I was angry you’d even asked. Is that all you think of us now? After almost ten years of life together, our relationship has reduced down to just being two people that happen to live together? Gee, thanks. Immediately, I was on the defensive. Immediately, I felt hurt. Because that’s our default at the moment: we’re so easily offended by each other. I’m tired of having to suffix everything I say with ‘that’s not a dig at you, by the way’…

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This time last year, Pickle had his first experience of theatre: In a Pickle by Oily Cart. It absolutely blew me (and him) away, and was the best possible introduction to children’s theatre I could have asked for. They set the standard bar really high! And although we’ve seen some pretty brilliant theatre together since, nothing has quite matched that first production for me. It’s no surprise then, that I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my last day before going back to work than enjoying another Oily Cart theatre performance with Pickle, Hush-a-Bye. In fact, I delayed my start date…

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I’ve never been the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s always felt a bit too contrived and commercial to have any real romantic value. Is it really romance if it’s forced upon you? So when we started watching Parks and Recreation* last year and heard about main character Leslie Knope’s Galentine’s Day, I thought to myself: now, this is something I can get on board with! What is Galentine’s Day? Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick…

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I feel like this is a subject I keep returning to, but I really want to start taking better care of myself. In all sorts of ways. Since Pickle came along, he’s obviously been the biggest priority in my life. I’ve spent every day since his arrival putting his needs, wants and developments ahead of my own. During one of his settling in sessions at Nursery last week, I took the opportunity to have a rare bubble bath and I’d completely forgotten what it was like to dry my hair, style it and put some make up on without having…

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