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#tbt One from the Archive: “It’s oh so quiet. It’s oh so still….”

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#tbt One from the Archive:  “It’s oh so quiet. It’s oh so still….”

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Wednesday 4th January 2012. BF is approaching 2.5 years old and we're just getting back to our normal routine after the Christmas break...)  “…. You’re all alone, and so peaceful until….” Although yesterday (Tuesday) was the first official day back at work/nursery/normality etc after Christmas and New Year, it was this morning that made me smile a wry smile. Hubby normally does the Monday morning nursery run, which means that we both get up just before 7:00am – he to jump in the shower and get ready, me to get BF up and...

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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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5 Hints & Tips to reduce the Plastic-Footprint of your Party.

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5 Hints & Tips to reduce the Plastic-Footprint of your Party.

In my opinion, small plastic toys are definitely up there, along with single-use plastics as 'pointless plastic'. Despite the protests of love by the kids, there is no long-term use for or use of this plastic. It's literally production of waste. But kids' parties are often FULL of it, and it's SO HARD (almost impossible) to get away from. It takes fore-thought and effort. We're by no means perfect. At all. I'll start by being up front and say that whilst I say no to the shiny plastic helium balloons, I did say yes to latex helium balloons, which whilst better,...

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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: Home Alone

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#tbt One from the Archive: Home Alone

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Monday 6th June 2011.) It was with an immense sense of trepidation that I approached this weekend just gone. With Hubby working away during the weeks, I’m a pseudo single mum on weekdays and used to it, but it does means BF and I relish the weekends even more, when there’s the three of us. This weekend Hubby was away on a stag do, going straight there and straight back, so we wouldn’t see him for two whole weeks. As I work Monday to Wednesday, it was the four day stretch from Thursday...

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