Helping Your Child Bond With Your Cat: A Practical Guide

Introducing a child to a new pet, or even a family pet to a new child can sometimes be a daunting process. If you don’t do it the right way, it can be difficult for your child and your pet to form the kind of solid bond with each other than you no doubt want to foster. The bonds that children form with their pets are special and can last

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Sharing the love on #FridayWithFriends

Sharing the love on #FridayWithFriends this week because it feels like there has been a sadness this week online.  It has been palpable.  Events over the past seven days feel like they have rocked everybody, and social media has taken a kicking.  Justifiably so in many cases. As lovers (for the most part) of social media Annie and I decided that for #FridayWithFriends this week we would share the love.

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Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is a relatively new phenomenon and isnt one we have ever really considered acknowledging before to be honest.  But this year, well this year, since we have just launched #FridayWithFriends Annie and I thought we would, after all Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating those female friendships we have in our lives. Annie and I met online about eight years ago, and then finally met in person when

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Announcing #FridayWithFriends

So here we are, Annie and I announcing #FridayWithFriends. For a while now Annie and I have been chatting about launching “something” called #FridayWithFriends.   What form that “something” took we weren’t quite sure.  We thought about sticking to IGTV, maybe doing a podcast, or just doing what Annie and I do best, setting up a new website and social media channels.  We knew we wanted to celebrate friendship, to

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Looking back at 2019

I keep looking back at 2019 thinking it was a really crappy year, that it was one I would like to forget.  And in so many respects it really was.  Except whilst looking through all the photos I took last year I realised that there were also lots of highs, points worth remembering, and that hopefully will be the bits I remember when I look back on those 12 months

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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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Heard of Beauty Pie? Here’s how it works

Contains an affiliate link if you sign up 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

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I’m cheating on my hairdresser

Google “cheating on hairdresser” and you get over three quarters of a million results.  Some telling you how to do it, some telling you it is the best thing they ever did, some saying they regretted it the second the stylist made the first cut and are now wearing a hat for eight weeks.   My reason for cheating on my hairdresser recently was a little less complicated and was

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Using a diary to organise your life

I originally wrote this post as a back to school organising post because it went live in August but actually the tips I shared are useful for any time of the year, and particularly in Janaury. For years I have organised our family’s life with an A4, day to a page diary.  I cannot begin to imagine how many hours of “what;s happening./ what do I need / where is

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Luke’s memorial cricket match

Every year one of Mr B’s oldest friends, Rupe, (met at uni 30 years ago and part of the crowd in this blog post about memories from Germany “old”) hosts “Luke’s Memorial Cricket Match“ a cricket match in memory of his son Luke, who died suddenly a few years ago aged 12.   Held on Luke’s birthday it’s a “lads vs dads match” and the day also raises money for

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50 things I have learned as I turn 50

Next month I turn 50.  A whole half a century.  In a summer that saw Woodstock and moon landings yours truly arrived into the world in a hospital in Roehampton.   It was the summer that Bryan Adams would go on to sing about and as he was buying his first real six string in a five and dime, playing it til his fingers bled, my parents were working out

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