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#tbt One from the Archive: Happy New Year!! 🥳

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#tbt One from the Archive: Happy New Year!! 🥳

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Wednesday 30th March 2011.) I always feel like March is actually the real start of a new year, not January. So, Happy New Year to you all !! In January I still feel in the depths of cold, dark (and in recent years, snowy) winter and all I feel like doing is hibernating. I exist in a fog of tiredness and early nights. But by March the days are getting longer every day, even before the change to BST, and the increased light seems to give me increased energy and enthusiasm for...

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#tbt One from the Archive: “Sometimes you just have to know when to take a cab”

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#tbt One from the Archive: “Sometimes you just have to know when to take a cab”

(First published on the Contented Calf website on Tuesday 7th June 2011.) My good friend Leonard and I caught up on the phone the other weekend for what turned out to be one of our ‘Power-Chats’. Ladies, you’ll know what I mean: We talked about literally everything in our lives We analysed said everything to the nth degree Leonard’s OH came to the phone a few times asking if she’d forgotten about his existence (the call lasted 1hr 59 mins!!!!) We both finished the call feeling revitalised and happy. Topic number 834 of the Power-Chat was my work-life balance. As you’ll...

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#tbt One from the Archive: "It Takes Nine Months..." (The post that started it all.)

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#tbt One from the Archive: "It Takes Nine Months..." (The post that started it all.)

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Monday 23rd August 2010.) They say it takes around nine months after giving birth for your body to return to how it was before – nine months to grow the baby, and nine months to return to how you were before you were pregnant. But to be honest, with sleepless nights, breast feeding, long walks with the pram and general rushing around, I was very lucky, the weight just dropped off – after 6 weeks I was back in my non-maternity jeans (although a fair bit tighter than before! ;-) ) However, for...

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