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#tbt One from the Archive: A Good Morning All Round!

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#tbt One from the Archive: A Good Morning All Round!

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Wednesday 12th September 2012, when we had a 3YO and 5MO.) After a happy drop-off at nursery with all smiles, no tears, as I headed back home on the bus, I realised that today was turning out to be a good day. It may have only been 8:35am, but already I was ready to brand it a success!  And here’s why: Successes 6:19am – after last week’s horrendous lack of sleep, for the second day in a row, I woke naturally –yey!! 6:20am – snuck downstairs, drank half of a smoothie I’d made yesterday,...

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#tbt One from the Archive: What did you do today? I was ‘busy doing nothing, working the whole day through’

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#tbt One from the Archive: What did you do today? I was ‘busy doing nothing, working the whole day through’

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Tuesday 25th October 2011.)  One Thursday morning a couple of months ago, I suddenly realised it was approaching 11am and BF and I had not really done anything. I wasn’t really that bothered as it was half-term from her usual Thursday morning swimming lessons and so we didn’t have to rush anywhere. And to be honest, I was quite enjoying just pottering around. However, it did spark off me hearing this song on my internal jukebox. I’m not sure the words are entirely correct, but these are the ones that came to me,...

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The Strategy(?!?) of the #MumHustle

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The Strategy(?!?) of the #MumHustle

Many years ago, when 9YO was still very small, I was lamenting to a (male, without kids) friend of mine about how one of the things I really missed about work was being strategic. In response, he asked me the seemingly simple, innocent question, designed to make me miss my work life less: "Why can't you be strategic in how you're raising your kids?" He wasn't being facetious, or uncaring. It was a genuine question. I can't remember exactly what my response was. I wasn't rude. I didn't smirk, or rant. I think I just said something short about 'fire-fighting'...

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How to Clean Your Loo Without Harsh Chemicals

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How to Clean Your Loo Without Harsh Chemicals

I have to say, I am giving you some corkers on this blog! Poo explosions, vomit and now dirty toilets...!! You get all the good stuff don't you? Seriously though, on my Eco journey, cleaning products have been a tricky path to navigate. I've always tried to take the most environmentally friendly route. Ever since they were introduced, I've bought either Ecover, Method and other eco-friendly low/non-toxic products, preferring to know that I've had as little impact on the health of the planet as possible whilst cleaning the house. A couple of months ago, my cleaner pointed out that with our hard...

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