Can we talk about death for a minute?

Sorry, I know that might be a bit of a downer and that nobody ever starts a conversation with “can we talk about death for a minute?” but can we, please?   I am a huge champion of having a will.  Everyone should have a will, even if you think you don’t have a home or assets, you do have “stuff”.    It doesn’t have to be about expensive pieces

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Why selling a house is like Brexit

It has dawned on me over the past few months that selling a house is very much like Brexit.      First of all it takes forever.   Much longer than anybody either estimates or claims at the outset.   Of course nobody tells you it will take that long, that you will wonder if you should book things for weekends in the future.  If you can book a foreign

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What I learned at the FA Cup Final

Last Saturday I made my second visit to Wembley to watch the FA Cup Final.  Both times it was to watch Manchester City play against another team beginning with W in an FA Cup Final.   The first time was against Wigan in 2013 and the less said about that result for my Man City supporting husband, the better.   This time the FA Cup final was against Watford and

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Kids and weddings. A fatal combination?

Let’s be honest, kids + weddings = a screaming toddler in the back of the Church, right as the vicar says, ‘speak now, or forever hold your peace’. Not ideal, really, is it? So are kids and weddings a fatal combination? Whilst it might not be advisable to invite a bunch of screaming toddlers to the ceremony itself (sorry, guys…) there are many ways to keep kids entertained at your

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Happy 8th Birthday MummyBarrow

My blog is 8 today so it is happy 8th birthday Mummy Barrow.   Eight years ago today I took the advice of Sophie at Super Amazing Mum and started telling the stories I’d been sharing on Twitter on my own blog.   As the original tagline said “because 140 characters isn’t enough”.  My first post was called “So this is it” and was cringy when I look back at

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My Monthly Binge — March

  I binge watch a lot of TV.  I can no longer be bothered to watch a TV programme and then have to wait a week for the next one (current cases in point: Baptiste and Mother, Father, Son.  Watched one of each and promptly forgot about them and when the next one came on I had forgotten half the plot) so I tend to binge a whole series in

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#WhatHomeIsToMe

What does home mean to you? Home to me is where I feel safest, and at my most comfortable, where I can relax.   Though I appreciate that my home is probably where a lot of other people would feel at their most comfortable and be able to relax.   My laid back approach to cleaning windows (ahem) would probably drive some people mad.  As would my obsession with cushions

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Supplements and the Menopause

  The menopause really is the gift that just keeps on giving.   I think people were shocked when I listed the recognised symptoms of the menopause in this recent post: My thoughts on the menopause. The idea that the menopause is about more than just periods and hot sweats, that this pesky hormone imbalance can lead to disruptions in so many of the body’s processes is an eyeopener to

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Solo Cinema Trips

It may surprise you to know that the very idea of going to the cinema alone fills me with abject horror.   Buy a ticket for one and sit by myself?!  I might as well just get a sandwich board with “I HAVE NO FRIENDS” plastered on it and stand in the multi screen car park, surely? Apparently not. I spotted an article in Stylist magazine being shared online yesterday

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The 72 things I learned in 2018 — Part 2

  Welcome to part 2 of what I learned in 2018.  I didn’t mean for this to be in two parts but part one was pushing 3000 words so it was time to split it up before people started reading and feel asleep.  If you missed Part One, click here The world stopped for a while when the news broke that Kate, a mum of two, a daughter, a dear

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The seventy two things I learned in 2018 — Part 1

This is a  collaborative post For the most part 2018 was rubbish.   I certainly won’t be remembering it with any affection, that’s for sure.  But in amongst all the poop, there were some lovely moments.  Such as seeing Caity get married, it really was the most perfect day and she looked stunning.   Mr B and I celebrated ten years of marriage.   My granny had seventy people sing

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A word to Deborah Ross about influencers

I want to have a word with Deborah Ross about influencers following her comments in The Times this week. Help me out here Deborah.  Why did you feel it necessary to pen a column in the Times this week where you said that influencers should be relabelled “Detestable Freeloaders”?   Well I know what brought it about, your watching the programme about Cliveden and the inclusion of two influencers called

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