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Holiday high jinks here, so much to write about but with HB away for a week I’ve not stopped, updates once I’m no longer using any time they are asleep to recover!


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Just a pool, disguised as a pond, with a trampoline instead of a diving board.

I wrote a paper about these kinds of pools several years ago for a class when they were just prototypes. These pools have a natural filtration system that run based on the plants that are in the pool that give the water nutrients that allow it to not only be crystal clear, but you are also able to drink the water because it becomes so clean. And the best part is that once the initial filtration system is installed and calibrated, it maintains itself and eliminates the need for chlorine or constant maintenance like salt water pools. 

I want one soooooo much!

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5:2 diet

Ugh have finally decided that its time to lose my mummy tummy and get myself properly back in shape, I had started and all going well but not as quick as I’d like. So I started seeing a PT about three weeks ago doing spinning, circuits and some Pilates for my back, the excercise is great but just that alone won’t do it on its own. So having had a nutrition appointment last week she and I agreed that the best diet for me to try is the 5:2 diet, today was my first starve day. 500 calories does not a happy mama make during the busy school holidays. Gawd I hope this works as its pretty miserable. I hope my new app works at giving me some better ideas than just eating one avocado and a tiny chicken breast with a handful of green beans!


A cartoon by Christopher Weyant. Click-through for a slide show of more wine-themed cartoons from our archive:

Last night!

My boys growing up together.

It still feels like the most amazing privilege to watch my gorgeous boys grow up. There were some sad times when I thought I’d never get to have children so I need to remind myself sometimes when I’m tired and grouchy just how lucky I am.

HB’s mum has come to stay this week to help out with the smalls and enjoy some summer holiday high jinks! Yesterday was a trip to town to buy new Vans trainers for the boy followed by lunch at Wagamama and a trip to Wisley, our local botanical gardens. We had a good day, the boys played together beautifully and there were three sleeping people in my car as I drove home. If only I hadn’t later found Freddie in the cat litter tray it would have been the perfect day!!!!

This happy picture belies what happened later on today, poor Freddie had a very boring morning and as a result has sobbed so much I thought I might do too! 1/2 hour walk to school, followed by hairdressers for me, not long enough in the park for him and a spinning class where he sits in a massive playpen, boooooo says he. Thank god we’re home for lunch now as the other one breaks up tomorrow, roll on summer hols!

James Brown print, love my letters, in my basket to checkout in the morning!

I want this really badly! I already have a couple of his prints and I love them, I just need this one to make my James Brown wall compete. It okay to buy myself a gift right?


Three good things about my day..

“Positivity Post”

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1) My daughter came home with a certificate for good Literacy in school today.

2) I met up with a friend to celebrate the finally decided start date of my new job (start Monday, was accepted for it in April!!! Stupid…

Love this, made me think about all the good bits of my day, so here are the positive bits.

1. A very old and very dear friend who I’d lost touch with contacted me today, I have so missed her and can’t wait to meet up. She’s someone I just felt like I clicked with on that level where you know when you do see each other that you’ll just be able to pick up where you left off.

2. I ache all over after bootcamp yesterday, I am loving getting my body back, rediscovering how strong I still am. I don’t even mind that walking up the stairs is agony, but my God it is!

3. Freddie and Bertie both slept in their own beds last night, which was amazing, what was even better though was the en masse cuddle we had when everyone woke up and piled into our bed this morning. A good start to a good day.

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