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Top Ten Holiday (with toddler) Hacks

As a seasoned traveller and a mum of multiple Terror Tots, I was feeling pretty shit-hot when it came to preparing for this year's long-awaited #familygetaway. In fact, without scribbling down anything even remotely resembling a list, one could argue that I was verging on the cocky. However, on this particular occasion, it seems I… Continue reading Top Ten Holiday (with toddler) Hacks

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The Magic of Space

When your Mother buys you a book with 248 pages solely dedicated to transforming "your home into a permanently tidy, clutter-free space," and with the precursor, "You're probably not going to like this Dear," you know you're in trouble. Last year and crucially, last year, my Mother gifted Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying" to… Continue reading The Magic of Space

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Let’s talk about Mental Health

It's Mental Health Awareness week. So let's talk about mental health. The truth of the matter is that 1 in 6 adults experience mental health problems in the UK. So if you're not feeling it, then the likelihood is that someone close to you is. From fed-up, depression, anxiety and stress, to bipolar, schizophrenia, post traumatic… Continue reading Let’s talk about Mental Health

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Tickle Me Quick

Last week someone, who shall remain anonymous, came to me with a problem. It was quite out of character. And it was quite out of the blue. A shocking self-discovery that took myself and this someone, who shall remain anonymous, rather by surprise. As problems go, it wasn't catastrophic. There was no narcotic addiction, there was… Continue reading Tickle Me Quick

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The F Word

It's been a while. Have you missed me? On second thoughts, don't answer that. For since we last met, I've become increasingly accustomed to using the F word. Whereas it's not a word I would use frivolously, I've grown to feel rather comfortable with the way it just rolls of the tongue in an incredibly gratifying way. And loaded… Continue reading The F Word

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Knowing is Believing

Sequel to "Trust me, I'm your Instinct" & "362 Day Resolve" https://apparentlythisisnormal.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/trust-me-im-your-instinct/ https://apparentlythisisnormal.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/362-day-resolve/ It wasn't difficult to win me over. In fact, it was only a matter of time before I'd submit. Yet again. Not content with my lot. A sucker for some sensation. Maybe it was the risky scent of danger that lingered after last time, or the addictive… Continue reading Knowing is Believing

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A little bit of what you fancy

Recently I have become partial to a glass (or two) of wine. Not white, not red, but somewhere in the middle, chilled to a desired degree and of a specific vine. Now those of you who know me well, will agree that this is an astounding achievement. Nigh on teetotal, the "cheap date" cliche has… Continue reading A little bit of what you fancy

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362 Day Resolve

It's New Year's Eve and I'm feeling the pressure. A pressure that can only be experienced at the turn of each year. One that has matured over time, this pressure is no longer about securing a drunken pub-lic snog or even whether or not I manage to stay awake until the clock strikes twelve. It's… Continue reading 362 Day Resolve

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F4 Revisited

[Sequel to Half The Woman  https://apparentlythisisnormal.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/half-the-woman/%5D I was hoping never to see you again. But that was wishful thinking. And sadly it's no surprise when your indelible imprint remains true to form - Bed for bed, curtain for curtain - Further confirmation that life is fragile, precious. The doors to F4 swing open And your walls are… Continue reading F4 Revisited

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The Ten O’clock Rule

It's 10.36 on a Saturday night And I'm in bed. I'm in bed with a reputation that is starting to precede me. Dinner-party done, table tidied, guests gone. It's only 10.36 pm and already I'm tucked up, amid crisp white layers of laundry-fresh bedded bliss. Delicious. Delicious it may sound, from time to time, either alone… Continue reading The Ten O’clock Rule