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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...

Life Skills for the Under 10s

Life Skills for the Under 10s

A friend of mine mentioned to me a couple of weeks ago that when her children were young, a friend of the family – also a mother to little children – died suddenly in her sleep. That terribly tragic event, my friend said, made her realise the importance of teaching...

My ‘Unicorn’ Blog Post

My ‘Unicorn’ Blog Post

Mythical beasts are, by their nature, hard to find - it's their thing. And so are blog posts that take flight, and attract more readers than you've ever had before. I managed to find one last week - so what's the secret behind that unicorn post? Last week, it was the...

Five years on – my love letter to Milton Keynes

Five years on – my love letter to Milton Keynes

Five years ago, we had just landed in this most infamous of 20th century town creations – Milton Keynes. Coming from a tiny, ancient cathedral city in North Yorkshire, full of centuries-old charm and rural influences, plenty of people felt able to ‘prepare’ us for...

Blogging: it’s Better than Biscuits

Blogging: it’s Better than Biscuits

If you’d told me 20 years ago – even five years ago – that I’d be doing what I’ve done this week, I would never have believed you. On Wednesday morning, I went to an SJPoole networking session – not to learn from the visiting expert, but to be her. I delivered an...

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The Importance of Feeling Useful

If you're looking for validation that you're doing a good job as a parent, you're playing the long game. You invest a massive amount up front, in those early days, and although they still need me a great deal, I know that the importance of my role in their lives is...

Brilliant Out of Office Messages

It's Out Of Office autoreply season for mailboxes up and down the land. Lots of people will be taking advantage of the bank holidays to tack on spare annual leave days for family time, or a spot of DIY around the house (I believe the Easter weekend is one of the...

Half Term – Did I Learn My Lessons from Last Year?

Last year, I wrote about the five things I’d learned from working from home over half term. I’ve compared this year to that, to see whether I’ve actually remembered any of my lessons and acted on them. (Thinking about it, I probably should have done that before the...

Feel the love – why women need some Styled by Susie love in their lives

Clothes shopping is never what I think it’s going to be. I have high hopes of what I’m going to find, and how it’s going to look, and they are usually dashed. I step dispiritedly from the changing rooms, after half an hour of...

Enjoying (Surviving) Britain’s Got Talent Week with the Kids

I love Britain's Got Talent. We’ve watched it from the start, managing to ignore Piers Morgan for the most part, and even sticking with it through the tricky Hasselhof years.I feel it has become much less spontaneous and more staged over the years - although Simon's...

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