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On being found wanting. #InternationalWomensDay

Today is International Women’s Day and as it stands, in some areas of social media it will provide a focus for 2 campaigns, #ThisGirlCan and #LikeAGirl, both aimed at empowering girls to be who they are and love it, unencumbered by stereotype , sexism, paradigm and oppression. And oppression comes in many forms – media […]

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Random asdortment of green from my chest of drawers

The Gallery – Green.

I don’t have enough green in my life. I don’t get out enough, I forget to put plants in my house (and they aren’t much fun if small boys tend to pull them over anyway) and there isn’t the budget for cut flowers either. I’m so grumpy that I don’t live somewhere lovelier that I […]

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Motherhood – it’s written in my stars.

“Can you just write a note in my log book?” “Is there anything for our lunches?” “Need milk.” “Have you booked my blood test yet? “Will you be back to spend the day with me or are you at work all day?” “Have you paid for my trip deposit?” “When am I going to the […]

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Product & Event Reviews

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Review: Now TV

There is nothing quite like a family film to bring the Merrily family together. We get precious few evenings all in the house at the same time, so when we do, it’s lovely to just curl up under the large heap of crochet blankets we own and hunker down together with treats and great TV. […]


Review: Teen Parcels That Make Periods Better.

I’m a mum of 4 girls and 2 of them have now gone through that moment where a mum blogger suddenly realises that it is time to STOP.SHARING. You just can’t blog a period. You did teeth and potty training and the time they fell in the toy box and how they felt when a […]

Creative Writing


Creative: Tired.

The end of the day. Shouting stops, taxi service ends, the meals are eaten and the quiet purr of the dishwasher, punctuated by occasional sloshes, is the only noise left. Downstairs, the detritus of the day is strewn across the corridor, the kitchen perfunctorily cleaned, the door locked and the car remains a crumb filled […]

Even in the playground in a Sunday, it's still all

The Gallery – Talent.

Talent. They say it is everything. Some people have it. Some people don’t. I watch people who don’t have talent all the time. I watch people who have some talent all the time. I watch kids who sparkle. I watch kids who just ‘have it’. I watch kids who learn fast and kids who learn […]

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Book Reviews

My Reading Challenge for 2014.

You might remember I set myself a challenge to read 50 books this year along with a variety of other things I wanted to do to try and find myself a bit after the last few years. So far, I’ve read 13 books and I’m keeping a track on the Goodreads challenge widget. I’m keeping […]

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