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Top 3 Things To Do In Valencia With Children

UPDATED with some further ideas from The Crazy Tourist. I’m really excited to be writing this post as it gives me the opportunity to say lots of nice things about our lovely trip to Valencia! Having been to Spain many times (my family live in the Canary Islands and we have friends and family in […] Read more…

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When You Have Nothing To Celebrate

On September 18th my son, Louis, would be 14 years old – but he’s not, he was stillborn at 41 weeks all those years ago, What do you do with a day like that. A birthday where there is nothing to celebrate. No memories, no upside, no cake, no presents, no joy. There are many […] Read more…

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What Living Abroad Has Taught Me About Body Image

Moving to Spain for a few months was a bit of a no brainer – the children still young enough to adapt but old enough to make lasting memories, the schooling affordable, our business can be run from anywhere and the UK was experiencing one of its more dreary winters. Decision made, we envisaged beach […] Read more…

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6 Appeals To Society From A Mother

As if breast vs bottle, career vs homelife or thin vs fat wasn’t enough, it seems we can pit women against one another through motherhood vs childless/free too. Is this a media led friction or a genuine issue between women?! I suspect, like most things in life, the answer is very individual. There have been […] Read more…

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Balancing Writing With Motherhood

It makes me feel slightly uneasy, that in 2016 I can still find myself pondering the issue of balancing writing with motherhood – perhaps I should discuss writing and parenthood, as I’m sure there are many father’s out there doing a similar juggling act. However, that is not my reality, so I’m going to address the […] Read more…

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We Forget Who We Are

“Daily life is very seductive. Weeks go by and we forget who we are” – Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down The Bones. I first read this quote long before I could possibly understand it’s true meaning – a very good friend gave me a copy of Natalie Goldberg’s book, Writing Down The Bones as a Graduation present […] Read more…

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How To Upgrade Your Personal Expectations

We’ve recently been through some pretty significant lifestyle changes; new house, new country, new school/nursery, changes to routine, the distance from friends and family, along with career shifts has left us feeling out of sorts as a family.   All these changes have ultimately been positive, in fact we worked hard to make them happen. However, […] Read more…

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That Time I Got Everything I Ever Wanted

I didn’t have a bucket list aged 5, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t even a thing in the mid eighties, but if I had ‘publish a book’ would have been right at the top – it is my most enduring ambition. My desire to be a Vet/Astronaut and/or International Humanitarian waned over time (mainly due to lack […] Read more…

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Big News @ JoyandPops

It seems so long since I’ve written a single world here in my little corner of the internet. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to but rather life has overtaken (in a good way) and it just hasn’t been possible to keep to a schedule. So, what’s been keeping me so busy…? Well, we had […] Read more…

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Elective Cesarean After Expereincing A Stillbirth

I feel like I should kick off with some sort of disclaimer about how you don’t have to have a cesarean after experiencing a stillbirth. You may not want a cesarean – indeed, I personally know someone who delivered her second baby naturally following the stillbirth of her first baby, so I’m totally on board that it […] Read more…

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