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A trip to church 1

No no, not that church. Being a West Country lass I am at the alter of sport, cider and pasties. I am at Kingsholm for the last match of the season. We get here early, before most of the congregation. We take our place, center front of The Shed. Our normal place, my son has even scratched his name on to the pew safety barrier. For this graffiti I am sorry Ushers match stewards, but around here Rugby is in the blood and the kids get passionate too. In about an hour our choir crowd will be singing proudly as our martyrs squad are named one by one. In fact in genius timing as I’m typing this the vicar PA man is playing Hoozier’s song “take me to church” to the flock. Later we’ve been promised angels RAF Falcons will fall from the sky to bless our pitch and bring […]


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Did you predict the election results? 1

Since the election “Exit Polls” went live, and then the final counted results came in the country came to a bit of a shocked standstill. Almost nobody I know voted Blue, or said they would be voting that way. Yet after the event it seems rather a lot of people did vote Blue. I’m all for choice, but I can’t say it was my choice.   View image | gettyimages.com   Either way it is decided now, the choice remains for the next five years. Nothing will change who is in power for five years, so we might as well try to embrace the change. I think all parties can get it wrong, but at the end of the day all politicians are real people. Fingers crossed things settle down now as its been a fortnight since the big count. In the first few days all the drama and protesting […]


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Wicked Uncle birthday toy shop 1

Until I was contacted by Wicked Uncle I had never heard of them but I think it is a great concept. Kids birthdays can be hard, especially for finding gifts for your kids best friends. On wicked uncle’s website you chose the child’s age and gender and it suggests products.  To test the site for ease of use I passed D my laptop and told him the budget and “said shop for toys, you’ve got 15 minutes. Go!” What he choose was this mini volcano light and a funky plasma ball. Both items were found in his age range, he’s 12 almost 13 and the volcano was found under “teen boy” whilst the plasma light was found under “12 year old boy” so pretty much spot on.


Thinking yourself slimmer?- WIN 14

As I mentioned I’ve been working with Thinking Slimmer recently, and listening regularly to podcasts known as SlimPods. I know, I know, that sounds a bit dippy hippy but I reckon it’s been working. I am rubbish at diets and health plans and routines in general actually. This is a lazier way to lose weight, trying to retrain your brain to eat better. It’s the kind of thing I wouldn’t have thought would work, and wouldn’t have paid to do but since I’ve been doing it I think it is worth paying for. But as my boys would yell in a game of tag “Bagsy you’re it, No returns” – Sorry Sandra!


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I’m doing Pretty Muddy 25

Well I’ve joined in the madness that is Race For Life after years of saying that I might. But I’ve not gone for the easy course, nope, I’ll be doing the Pretty Muddy obstacle course with Joy and Emma and thousands of other women.  I hate cancer, passionately.  It took my Grandfather.  Yes, he was old, but it was not his time. My children were robbed of the best Grandparent ever. He never even met Jen,  he’d already died. In fact D attended the funeral in a 2 year sized Gap striped shirt with a teddy bear on the pocket.  You see to his friends he was called Ted. Cancer took the nearest I had to a father from me. It has also taken a few other more distant family members but my Gramps hurt. The irony of it… He quit smoking because I made him. But he had cancer […]


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Cheap unique solar garden lights

Spring is here,  and it brought longer brighter evenings with it. It’s a great time to get out in the garden and liven things up. I had a cool idea – making cheap solar lighting more fun. In Wilko the cheapest solar lights are 85p each, they’ll do.  I checked they worked first, and then peeled off the shop stickers. When you remove the top bit (the silver section that has the solar panel in it) you gain access to the clear section. I half filled the clear hollow bit with beads, pretty beads from Craft Merrily. You can use almost any beads but pearlescent or translucent ones glow wonderfully.  You could even try some glass marbles, anything that might grab the light.  By day you notice the metallic beads glint in the sun, by night they glow with an almost magical quality. You could deliberately match the beds to […]


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This election thingymabob 1

It’s all I’m hearing, except a bit of noise about the baby princess.  Whilst I did enjoy the live debates and such at the beginning I am so bored of it all. I’ll be glad when it’s all over, and the votes are all counted. I personally have already voted, you see I’m a postal voter. I’m far too disorganised to promise to attend a polling station on a set day.


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A few healthy things – win 26

You might remember me saying that I am trying to be more healthy.  That I want to lose weight and be fitter? Well this week I’ve been mostly drinking More. I don’t mean drink more like too much and being desperate for a wee,  I mean More drinks. It’s a range of flavoured water with added vitamins.  It’s certainly an improvement on fizzy pop health wise,  and I don’t like tap water. I think I am More’s target audience – I want to be healthier but I’m fussy and don’t want it to taste like a diet item. If it’s flat and boring I won’t be drinking it! These are diet drinks though, as the blue one (get more vitamin A,  blackcurrant and blueberry flavour) is just 6 calories with zero sugar for a 500ml bottle. They cost about £1 to £1.50 depending on the shop and current offers. You […]


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PetFace for dogs

During the Easter holidays my hounds had a few new treats and toys. Lots of toys and treats from Pet Face. I hadn’t heard of this company before but I must say I like the products.  The rubbery “crystal” toy is a favourite with Freya. It has a strong bung you shove in the bottom of the crystal, that smells a bit like marmite.  She’s been trying super hard to get it but only manages to nibble away tiny pieces so far. Whilst the rubber toy is fine this bung is a bit worse for wear, but PetFace were kind enough to even send refills for it.


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My new favourite Dress 1

A little while ago House of Fraser asked me to pick a new dress. For me that is a challenge, I’m not great at buying clothes for myself. However I had a rummage through the massive selection online – it took me about two hours, really. I am so indecisive. In the end I sent a short list and was sent a surprise from my choices. It was an adorable skater dress with huge sleeves. It is strange, its the type of thing I used to hate, it reminds me of the curtains in my late Grandparents garage but now I kind of like oranges and browns. This is a great mixture of subtle (almost boring) colours swirled into a fantastic print, but the shape is the killer. The skirt from the waist is a full circle. If I spin on the spot it will be out flat like Upsy […]


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Win – Girls night in 15

Staying in is the new going out apparently. I rarely go out at night myself, preferring a DVD at home on the sofa with my family and homemade popcorn. Yes, I’ve become a bit old and sensible. ·         ‘Blended’ and ‘The Other Woman’ on DVD. ·         A bingo board game. ·         4 face masks. ·         A £10 supermarket voucher for a shop of your choice. I’d suggest buying popcorn and sweets with the £10 and stick your feet up on the sofa with some mates. Maybe some mugs of hot chocolate and marshmallows.


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Hello Blog Camp 7

Right now I am sat in a session at Blog Camp. Sally opened with the title “Pro blogging is crap” which made me laugh.   Saying that really those 50 quid blog posts are under minimum wage when you factor in the blogging and photography and editing and administration and and and …. She’s right. It’s very low pay really, but I like it. I like meeting new people,  well I do and I don’t!  Most people are lovely but some are just so different from me I struggle to talk to them,  to relate.