Get well soon.. #vickstricks

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Snuffly little noses full of a cold, can mean no sleep for anyone in the house!

Mama Kit for dealing with a cold: Good Book, Hottie, and Vicks First Defence.

Mama Kit for dealing with a cold: Good Book, Hottie, and Vicks First Defence.

I’m sharing our tips for get my children back on their feet as quickly as possible after they’ve caught a cold! Continue reading →

Dealing with grief.

The face of grief, I assumed I would know it. We all felt grief, when in October Mr G’s father died – Grandad Toby. I thought we had all grieved. People had said that the children would handle it differently, that my 5-year-old would be oblivious to the loss, perhaps even insensitive to it. They were wrong.

E is a lively, bright 6-year-old. When we told him the news that Grandad Toby had died, he crumbled. He wept, and told me that he was so sad that he would never get to say “goodbye”. E cried for the loss of someone to share his chocolate cake with, a joke he always had with Grandad Toby, and I cried with him.


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Escape to the country..

A weekend away in the country can be the perfect antidote to the winter blues. We were invited to stay at Middlewick in Glastonbury, you may have seen their eden pods on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. After a stressful few weeks, escaping to Somerset was exciting, and Middlewick was just what we needed!

Middlewick, Somerset

Middlewick is charming for many reasons. It’s not your average holiday cottages, the cottage we stayed in felt like a home from home. Meadow Barn was the cottage which we stayed in, and I loved the traditional features and open beams. Continue reading →

Small changes towards Green Living

At the start of 2016 I decided that our family needed to make greener choices. There were some aspects which we were very environmentally friendly with, but others were a real struggle. We have come a long way on our journey to green living, but we have a long way to go before we are anywhere near where we could be.

Green Living


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Doula support after a difficult birth.

This week I talked to Sophie Brigstocke, a birth and postnatal doula based in SW London.  Together with Florence Etienne-Jackson, a doula in the West Midlands, she runs Nurturing Birth, training new doulas across the UK and beyond, providing mentoring and an online directory for parents to find pregnancy/birth/postnatal/infant feeding support.   I wanted to ask Sophie about her experiences supporting women after a difficult birth.

Sophie said:

It’s not a topic that I relish talking about because, as a doula, I hope that every woman will have a truly positive birth.  I hope that she will feel listened to, be able to make informed choices, feel capable of identifying and asking for what she needs.  But, despite spending time planning and preparing there are times when women don’t have the best experience during birth and that can bring some unique challenges. Continue reading →

New year New you!

A new year and many of us are making resolutions to do new things for the new year. Like many people, I have a few favourite films. I tend to watch those favourite films quite regularly. I also find myself choosing new films to watch which are really quite similar. So, when challenged to step out of my comfort zone and try watching something a little different I was quite keen.

There are so many amazing films, but sometimes we need a nudge to be brave and try watching something a little different. I was sent the following selection;

New year new you dvd

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Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour

Did you know that Bombay Sapphire is made in Hampshire? On the banks of the river Test, Laverstoke Mill is home to Bombay Sapphire. On the site of an old paper mill, the buildings have been sympathetic restored and with the wonderful addition of magnificent curved glass houses,  now well associated as part of the home of Bombay Sapphire.

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How to re-use an outfit for Christmas

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We’ve all been in this situation before. You’ve gone the whole year attending birthdays and weddings, and have always managed to find an outfit. It’s Christmas once again though, and you have nothing to wear for that office party or for New Year’s Eve – what do you do? There’s no point in spending money on a new dress that just doesn’t fit right, or complement your figure, so now you have only one option left: up-cycling!

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