This is a collaborative post with Bensons for Beds. On Saturday, we took a trip over to Wednesbury in order to check out the new Bensons for Beds store there, and take part in a storytelling session. Bedtime and stories go hand in hand, and Pickle is quite the fan of cosying up with a good book (I lose count of how many we get through on an average evening!), so I was excited to hear a story told by a proper expert: Nikky Smedley, perhaps best known for playing LaaLaa in the Teletubbies, but also a professional dancer, physical…

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‘Finding time’. It’s a strange concept. And it’s a phrase I’m using a lot lately. I never seen to ‘find the time’ to do some of things that should be most important to me. It’s easy to rush around doing the things that feel most urgent, but the days and weeks quickly slip by and I look back with a tinge of sadness that I’ve been focusing on all the wrong things. I remember having to do a time management exercise one day in a department meeting at work (in my job before pregnancy). We had to split a piece of…

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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. Why…

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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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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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