What are your ingredients for a perfect comfort food? — AD

What are your ingredients for a perfect comfort food?  Years ago when my children were younger and away at their dad’s I would curl up on the sofa with a bowl of hot spaghetti, covered in olive oil and pepper and make the most of having the TV remote to myself.   It was hot, quick and crucially at that stage of my life, cheap.     When Mr B

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Christmas houses, candlelit tours and festive stories

Experience a sparkling and colourful Christmas at National Trust places with Christmas houses, candlelit tours and festive stories in and around Hampshire If you’re looking for a really special festive experience this winter, step into Christmas at one of our beautiful historic houses. National Trust places around Hampshire feature sparkling decorations, fresh winter greenery, Christmas houses and festive family trails. Classic Christmas stories are brought to life at The Vyne

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There’s a four day Amazon Black Friday event!

There’s a four day Amazon Black Friday event coming up later this month and it’s not just online.  Love it or hate it, Black Friday is now a firm part of our pre-Christmas build up and each year it gets bigger and better in my opinion, with Amazon really leading the way on how to do a decent sale.  None of this “up to 50% off” and you find it

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From now on this is my politics free place

I don’t know if it was ever a conscientious decision to make my social media accounts happy places, to say out loud “this is my politics free place” but as I think about the direction I want my blog and accounts to go in it feels like the right decision. When I wrote an apology letter to my children after the Brexit result (you can read it here: Dear Kids, I

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The one about alcohol

This is the one about my thoughts on alcohol.  I thought it might be timely with many people celebrating going booze free for October. First of all I am going to nail my colours to the mast and say that I don’t really buy into the school of thought that thinks giving up booze and shouting about it for a month is a good idea.  Though to be fair it

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I am going to be a granny!

Yep, the news is out.  I am going to be a granny.  Mr B is going to be a grandpa. A couple of weeks ago Caity and Dan popped in one Sunday morning and presented us each with a present wrapped in tissue paper.  It felt like a mug and they said we had to open them at the same time.   We had no idea they would have “Grandma”

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Rigby and Peller

Last weekend I decided to head off to Rigby and Peller to stock up on some bras that actually fit me properly. Because we all need support, right?  I can’t think of a single scenario in which we don’t need support to do what we do.  And in order to do what we do we need to feel comfortable.   That has to start with the basics I believe, like

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You know it is autumn when (AD)

You know it is autumn when putting on wooly socks and curling up with a book on the sofa is your idea of an ideal Saturday night. When Strictly Come Dancing is on the TV and you find yourself Googling who the celebrities are because you have never heard of half of them. It is lighter in the mornings because the clocks have gone back, signalling the end of British

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Empowering women with the Secret Bag Project — Ad

If you know me you will know that there are couple of things that excite me more than anything else.  A secret thing, and a charity project empowering women. You will know that I have been involved in many “secret things” over the years, all of them exciting, and that I have been lucky enough to visit some charity projects that are all about empowering women.    Remember when I

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The Oat Sheaf, Fleet — A review

Step inside the recently refurbished Oat Sheaf in Fleet and you might think you were stepping inside one of those members only clubs you see on the telly, not a pub on the main crossroads in our home town. The Oat Sheaf has been closed recently so that it could undergo an extensive refurbishment but Mr B and I were invited along to an exclusive sneak peek this week, ahead

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A weekend in France cooking curry

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that we recently spent a weekend in France cooking curry.   I even wrote about the house we stayed in for Window Wednesday recently, but I didn’t really talk much about the weekend itself in that post. You might think that if you wanted to go away on a foodie weekend to learn about cooking curry you would go to

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Heard of Beauty Pie? Here’s how it works

Beauty Pie, heard about it? Or have you seen the ads and been slightly confused and thought  “how does Beauty Pie work”? Chances are that if you are on Instagram or Facebook then you will have seen an advert for Beauty Pie because their ads are everywhere but if you aren’t on there then Beauty Pie might have passed you by and that would be a shame. Why? Well because

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