This is the first week of my maternity leave. To say I’m relieved to be finished working is an understatement. I’m finding second-time pregnancy much tougher than the first. Physically, I feel like a whale on steroids; mentally, I’m exhausted just thinking about all the things I need to do before the birth; emotionally, I’m up and down like a yo-yo. So far, there has been plenty of tea,…

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Without a doubt, Instagram is my favourite social media. Whether I’m in the mood for food, fashion, interiors, celebrities or just fancy seeing some of my favourite friends’ faces, Instagram is the perfect pick-me-up. Check out some of these fantastic Instagrammers to follow…   Murad Osmann – muradosmann With 4.5 million followers, he’s the Instagram sensation. His story is simple – he’s a Russian photographer following his girlfriend (and I mean literally…

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  We are exactly one week in to our house extension. Already, I’m desperate for the blog post that will read ‘Week 12 – Completion’. We have been renovating for 3 years now. The extension was always the final part of The Plan. Stretching across the full width of our house, it will be an open-plan kitchen with an island (my dream!), dining room, sitting room space and a playroom.…

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  It’s my husband’s birthday next weekend. The problem is my husband is not “a birthday person”. I’m faced with the same dilemma every year – what do I buy the man who doesn’t want anything, the man who has everything already…worse still, the man who doesn’t even LIKE his birthday. The timing is terrible. I’ve used up all my best ideas for his Christmas presents. So far, I’ve gone with…

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  Today is officially the most depressing day of the year. It’s known as Blue Monday and it falls on the third Monday of the month. Which just happens to be today. That warm fuzzy festive feeling of Christmas has long gone and the winter nights seem relentlessly cold, dark and depressing. Spring is but a distant notion… Of course Blue Monday only affects those of us living in the…

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