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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Time for a new look

My website as 12 years old and started out as some (now I’ve concluded) monstrous pink and purple creation with very limited content. It’s purpose was for me to learn to code. I developed it and grew it and changed to a more retina-friendly colour theme along the way. I moved to WordPress and relished the opportunity to build my own theme. Then I started to write more and share more. Overtime, my blog became more about the content than the

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Maternity Leave – take 2

So today marks the start of my final week of work before Maternity Leave round 2. In fact, today is my last day in the office. My last commute. The last time I will see many of my colleagues for over a year. That’s a long time! But I am so ready to stop. I am ready for a physical break (Little H will still be at nursery 3 days / week – whoop!) and to start mentally preparing myself

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I want to blog…but I keep falling asleep!

A friend has just commented to me how I haven’t updated my blog in a while. Whilst, sure, I have mentioned several times that I want to step back from blogging to schedule and promoting the blog, I didn’t intend to stop. Yet frustratingly after dealing with Little H, getting my job done and then doing all the necessary ‘home tasks’ (cooking, cleaning, exercising etc) I just find myself falling asleep. Probably not a surprise as pregnancy is a damn

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When I had no desire to blog


The last few days everything that has happened over the last month suddenly hit me. The turbulant times at work, some stresses at home and, on top of that, some random virus (giving me stomach cramps, diziness and headaches) saw me smash into an emotional and physical brick wall. I wasn’t motivated to do anything more than the mundane at work. I ticked off all the core chores at home but nothing more. I skipped any exercise plans and then

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The moment I realised that working really is right for me


I knew I wanted to go back to work part-time from before Little H was born. A couple of weeks before my maternity leave started my boss and I even had an informal conversation about what I was thinking and he told me that he could not see any reason why a formal request would not be accepted. Early in my maternity leave I had some moments where I missed my job. Then later, as I had adapted to caring

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My Top 10 Online Reads #11


Welcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!

30 Days Blogging – Day 16: Me and my smartphone

I’m a blogger, a techie, a mum and a commuter. So I think it’d be a safe bet to assume I own a smartphone. To me these amazing devices are a blessing and a curse. They are a distraction when I need to kill time but also when I should be focusing on more important things. They have helped me out in a scrape on more occasions than I can count, yet make me too quick to turn to Google

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Can I have it all or has something got to give?

It’s February 2016 and I’ve been back at work after Maternity Leave for about three weeks. One of the female managers who I don’t really know asks me how I’m getting on. I’m honest and say it’s good to be back but it’s a bit of a shock to the system and I’m still finding my way. She nods empathetically and then says to me “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t have it all. You can. I’ve never

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (3 & 0). 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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