Spring, Sunshine and The Language of Flowers

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We spent the Easter week in Norfolk. The sun shone, we mostly ate, drank wine and marvelled at our boys’ willingness to play together for a change. And now I realise it’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve posted anything here. Where does the time go? My … [read more]

What makes a house a ‘home’?

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I recently stopped outside my childhood home and wept. My parents lived in that house for 28 years and I have so many memories: of family dinners; birthday parties; sliding down the bannisters; playing badminton until the sun set; and goading the dog. My parents moved … [read more]

ClassPass – exercise for commitment-phobes

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I joined a gym once. About 15 years ago and recently singularised, I decided the best way to attract a mate was to have Madonna style abs. The lack of results after three gruelling sessions on the machines was so disappointing I never returned. I … [read more]

There’s no place like home

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At the tender age of 18, I took a gap year before starting University and joined an overland expedition from London to Kenya, in a clapped-out Bedford army truck. Twenty-two strangers boarded the truck in Balham and four months later – having dug up roads, … [read more]

A week of firsts

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It’s been a week of new experiences and I wanted to get them down on the blog, so that I can start to reflect on just how far I’ve travelled on my self-employment journey. The most exciting news is that I’ve just received my first blogging … [read more]

OMG, look at my O Bag!

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Last week I met the happiest woman in North London. Marcia Robinson has just brought Italian handbag brand O Bag Factory to the UK and is grinning from ear to ear about it. I can understand why. This time last year Marcia was working in … [read more]

What nasties lurk in your bathroom cabinet?

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I’ve been doing some research into the skincare market and I’m pretty shocked that some of the well-known high-street brands are still putting revolting substances in our products and getting away with it. Here are some of the baddies: Parabens Parabens are used as a … [read more]

Food: My most complicated relationship

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“I can’t stop eating!” “I’ll eat as much as I want!” “Don’t call me fat!” “Too thin for TV!” “Nicole, anorexic again!” “Kim’s 65lb weight gain!” These are real headlines from recent issues of celebrity and lifestyle magazines. Confusing isn’t it? We’re bombarded with conflicting … [read more]