All change

“It’ll be fine.”, “It’ll all be fine.”, “It’s going to be fine.”. These words are on repeat in my head right now. They are on repeat because the time has finally arrived – the end of my maternity leave. Next week Little Z starts her nursery settles. Then the following week she starts nursery full-time 3 days a week with her sister. Meanwhile, I go (*deep breath*) back to work.

It’s all about the saudade

So unless you are Brazilian, Portuguese or reading the same book as me (which I’m loving, but I’ll come back to that) then you are probably thinking “What the heck is ‘saudade'”? Ask me two weeks ago and I wouldn’t have known either. But a couple of weeks ago I bought myself a copy of ‘The Atlas of Happiness’ by Helen Russell. She wrote a book called ‘The Year of Living Danishly’ a few years ago which I really enjoyed

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Feeling mixed emotions

Next month Little Z starts her nursery settles. Then the week after those, she starts full time before, two weeks after that, I go back to work. I’ve done it before with Little H but yet I still find myself juggling a real mix of emotions. Juggling, or perhaps struggling with. I’m not quite sure to be honest. I never expected my return to be easy of course. Different child, different return to work. But I’d hoped I wouldn’t find

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What we’ve been doing lately #6

It feels like ages since I’ve done a general update; I suppose because I was focussing on completing my end of year round up which included a general overview of December. In reality though it’s only been just over a month which is actually usual. Time seemed to take on a really different speed through the Christmas period with the whole thing seeming to fly by yet the days feeling long and timeless. For several years we’ve always wondered whether

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The way we eat

Sam and I were watching Mary Portas’ round-up of 2018 shopping habits the other night (What Britain Bought in 2018). One fact that she mentioned was that the average person spent £1000 a year on takeaways – about £83 per month. Some of the interviewees said they bought 2 – 3 every week. We were genuinely surprised that people buy-in food so often. Then the following morning the BBC had a headline article entitled “Children ‘exceed recommended sugar limit by

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That was the year that was 2018 – a summary

Whenever I start writing my end of year summary, I always take a minute to read back over previous years. It is crazy to think that this time last year we were just building up to the arrival of our youngest family member. Fast forward 12 months and she is very much here, present and part of our family. I can obviously remember life before her but I can’t remember what it feels like. The last 12 months have been

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Nine months in. Nine months out.

Last weekend I took Little Z out for a walk in the sling whilst Little H and her Dad were at the cinema. It started to sleet as we were walking and despite her snowsuit, booties and woolly hat, she look disgruntled by the cold. So I pulled her close to me to give her a smidge more warmth. We were walking a pretty standard route for us – just a loop round the local roads. But in that moment

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Tales of Little Z – 7, 8 and 9 months

When I realised it was time to write the third installment of your series my Little Z, I was stunned. How are you already the ripe old age of 9 months? You are such a joy of a baby and whilst there are some ups and downs, you generally help ground us all with your happy and curious nature. You love to cuddle us all and you love to try and walk. You hate to miss out on things but

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Thoughts on sleeping babes

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Yesterday afternoon I had to rock Little Z to sleep. I haven’t had to do that for a long time but she was overtired after a trip to town took longer than I intended. I tried to put her down like normal but she flapped around and cried. After repeating that process several times in quick succession, it was pretty darn apparent that she needed a bit of support and fortunately Mummy-Rocking-Cuddles still carry a little bit of power in

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What we’ve been doing lately #5

Time really does fly between these updates. It’s been almost a month since update #4 and now but I can’t really believe it. As always, life has been busy. But it’s been much less hectic in terms of travel. After several long distance trips over the last few months, this month we stayed at home and I was quite happy about that! In fact, when Sam went away for a few nights with work (more on that later), it seemed

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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