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Days Like This

So I could couch this in all sorts of domestic and parenting terms. I could tell you a story about the challenging day I had last Thursday; dashing home at 3 o’clock to make a curry, make school lunches, and supervise baking for the school cake-sale. I could tell you

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The time blogging changed my life

This time five years ago, when my husband was out one night and there was nothing on TV, I cranked up my ancient laptop and googled “How to start a blog”. I’d been thinking about it for a couple of months at that stage, but fuelled by a quiet house

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17 from 17

It’s that looking-ahead-while-looking-back time of year, and since I’m still in pyjamas and eating the last of the Butlers chocolates, I’m staying firmly in looking-back mode. And I’m taking the lead from Sadhbh of Where Wishes Come From again this year and joining her annual linky to round up my favourite 17 blog-related things from 2017: 1.

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15 from 15

It’s that irresistible round-up time of year, and I’m jumping on the bandwagon – taking the lead from Sadhbh of Where Wishes Come From, and joining her linky to round-up my favourite 15 blog-related things from 2015. Well, mostly blog-related – there’s a bit of slippage into real-life too. 1. My favourite post

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14 from 14

I’m taking the lead from Sadhbh of Where Wishes Come From, and joining her linky to round up my favourite 14 blog related things from 2014. Except I had to change a few because I didn’t have a favourite craft. I had no craft at all. So I put nail-varnish

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Why writing is like dating

Today, just today, if I wanted to write about a topic that really interests me, the truth is, that would be on writing. Not parenting, not women in the workplace, just writing. I’m not sure it’s all that interesting for anyone else, but if you’ll indulge me for just one day, that’s what

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Smarter

Standing in the queue for a sandwich at lunch-time, I notice that everyone is looking at their phones. I don’t mean that I just noticed this today – it’s the same every day. I stand in the queue, looking at people looking at their phones, wondering idly what they used to do

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Pesky Ponies and Image Blog Awards Short-list

Friday morning was not going well. Our final day off both work and school so it was supposed to be perfect, but kids don’t really get the whole “let’s do everything possible to make this a good day” thing. By 8am, the six-year-old was downstairs crying because nobody was helping

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Net the Leveller

Once upon a time, there were people who became artists and writers and  entrepreneurs, and then there was everyone else who watched from the sidelines. People who worked in banks and hospitals and estate agents and supermarkets. People who made career decisions at sixteen or seventeen; who put aside creative

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Obligatory year-end round-up

It’s New Year’s Day and there are familiar signs that Christmas is nearly over – the tree branches are starting to droop and wilt, the new toys are scattered all over the house, and the last few Heroes have been eaten (except the Eclairs and Fudges). Each year, I think

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A year of engagement

This is my 100th blog-post. And tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. So I’m thinking that it might be OK for me to say something about that – about my first year of blogging. For me, 2013 has been a year of engagement. Not the diamond-ring type – that was a decade

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Online disasters & virtual friends

On Monday I attempted to convert my blog to a new website. This involved googling to get code to copy somewhere deep inside the hidden vaults of the new website. Not an easy task but what’s the worst that could happen? If it didn’t work, I’d use that nice back

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Office Mum is looking a little different

Welcome to the new Office Mum website! It looks a slightly different, but it should still do what it’s supposed to do – let me know if it doesn’t, pretty please 🙂 If you used to subscribe by email, you’ll need to do so again by putting your email address

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An anniversary and a giveaway!

Today is my blog’s six month anniversary and by happy coincidence, the nice people at Zinio have given me some free subscriptions to online magazines to give away! happy half birthday! (image credit goodtoknow.co.uk) They have a huge choice of titles available – I’ve picked out just some of them here:Elle, Tatler

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social media village

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you picked it up from Twitter or Facebook – it’s not news that we’re getting most of our, well, news, entertainment, information and of course blog posts, from social media. And this includes parenting information – who do parents talk to when they

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Never tweet your heroes…

It started on Monday morning when rushing around getting ready for work, I tripped over a basket of clean washing (it was clean, somehow that matters) and sprained my finger. Just my little finger on my left hand, but oh my, the pain, and oh goodness, the ramifications. I couldn’t

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Is there anyone out there?

It’s after midnight, and like any mum whose baby wakes somewhere between 1am and 5am, I’m tucked up in bed, fast asleep, getting some precious zzz’s in before it all kicks off. Except of course I’m not – I’m sitting up watching tv, finishing a glass of wine, and tapping out

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