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Our Search for a Pup – Part 1

Our Search for a Pup – Part 1

I adore dogs. There were very few years when I was growing up that we didn’t have one. Our beautiful white lab Toby was already there when I was born, and a couple of years after he died, we adopted Nicky – a very energetic border collie, crossed with something else...

Three Quick New Year Updates for your Business

Three Quick New Year Updates for your Business

The extra school inset day put me off my stride a little this time, but I’m now back in the game - and at this time of year, there's lots to consider. Goal setting, business plans, networking, or just doing the work you love – it’s all happening now, and while it's...

Please: Try The Chocolate Game this Christmas!

Please: Try The Chocolate Game this Christmas!

There's no better time than Christmas for games, and adults having the time to sit down and play games is one of my best childhood memories. But as wonderful as board games are, they are not for everyone; and for those who really can't face the trial of a full-blown,...

Who is Father Christmas?

Who is Father Christmas?

This year, our older son (8) understands how the magic of Father Christmas really works. Yes, we’ve reached that time, and while I’m a little sad about it, I’m also quite relieved that we’re now working with the truth.   As part of explaining the whole thing, and...

Fascinating Christmas Trivia!

Fascinating Christmas Trivia!

I love a fun fact, and I’ve got loads about the festive season - and now it is, inescapably, just over the top of this coming weekend. I have been astonishing Mr RLC Words with this same Christmas trivia every year we’ve been together; but now that we're celebrating...

Christmas Weekend! What it is, and why…

Christmas Weekend! What it is, and why…

I know, it’s not Christmas yet. It’s still November, for goodness’ sake – yet no sooner is Halloween over, than the shops, the TV and social media are all extremely keen to persuade us that it is, in fact, time to start getting organised; and I’m not wholly against...

Old sayings in full – have you heard them?

Old sayings in full – have you heard them?

Sayings are passed down through the generations and we're all familiar with them - and many probably entered the English language hundreds of years ago. They’ve been used down the years for adding weight to all sorts of points, usually cautionary ones – “curiosity...

Dear Becky of 1999: let me explain about blogging

Dear Becky of 1999: let me explain about blogging

This is me, just before leaving school at the end of the 90s. No idea what the world beyond a tiny cathedral city was all about, shy and introverted, and never for one minute imagining that at age 41, she'd be doing what I did last week - standing in front of 60...

Project of the Month – Handmade by Abbi

Project of the Month – Handmade by Abbi

I’ve been running a Project of the Month feature on my site Portfolio page since July, and it was the excellent idea of Mr RLC Words to start making more of the bigger projects I’ve done. I also suggested this as a potential idea to everyone at a Blogging Workshop I...

What did the Romans ever do for me?

What did the Romans ever do for me?

Much excitement this week – a school trip of my dreams, to the ruins of a villa built by the Romans, including encounters with an actual centurion, and a wealthy banquet recreation, all on the doorstep, right here in Milton Keynes. I jumped at the chance to go as a...

Phrase My Son Got Badly Wrong (And Some Others)

Phrase My Son Got Badly Wrong (And Some Others)

(My apologies if you are currently eating - you may want to come back later.) My older son announced to me this week that his friend’s dog had been ill. “He says that his dog had verbal diarrhoea – it was coming out of his mouth and nose!” There were clearly a few...

Four things I’m changing on social media

Four things I’m changing on social media

Whether you use social media for business, pleasure or both, you probably know that your posts aren't guaranteed to reach everyone who follows you - and sometimes, it feels like hardly any! The algorithm that they apply to every post – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and...

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Why Use a Copywriter?

On meeting a few different people recently, and introducing myself as a copywriter for small to medium businesses, I’ve been interested to note that I’ve been asked the same question – “so, what do you actually write for them?”. It’s a fair question. Writing the...

Working from Home – Five Things I’ve Learned this Half Term

I have two boys (6 and 4), and being able to work around them was one of the reasons I started RLC Words. This half term is the first school holiday that I’ve encountered. Now, I know that I am hardly the first person to discover what a balancing act it is to try...

Blood Test or Bloodshed for the Five-Year-Old?

The little one (LO) needed to have a blood test. We’ve known about this for a few months, and the appointment came through for this week. In an ideal world, this is how that first conversation would have gone: Me: So, you need to have a blood test, darling. The...

Do you really need a website?

Yes, you do. (And not just because RLC Words has recently branched out into website design, under the expert tutelage of Mr RLC Words.) I’m really rather proud of the sites I’ve produced so far though (see some here), and another lovely one went live just this week,...

What I’ll be Remembering this Armistice Weekend

100 years since the guns of the First World War fell silent, and over four years of devastating loss on all sides of the conflict came to an end. So many millions of lives lost, many more shattered, and generations affected by the gaping holes left in their families...

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