Husband Blog Post - Andrew and Eloise on Beach

My Husband Would Rather You Didn’t Read this Blog Post

February The shortest month of the year has just been and gone. With both Valentine’s Day and my husband’s birthday nestled in February it is a month where a focus on Andrew, our relationship and love seems unavoidable.   Uniquely Mr. S I fell in love with Andrew a long time ago but have found over the years many of

Jumping out of a Plane Blog Post - Julie Skydive 1

What I Learned from Jumping out of a Plane

Similarities Jumping out of a plane is a lot like giving birth – it is an overwhelming sensory experience, it is painful (not physically, just on the wallet), and in both instances you ask yourself ‘what the heck was I thinking?’   The Top 40 Bucket List A tandem skydive was the very last activity in my year of ticking

NANOWRIMO Blog Post - Julie the Writer at a Cafe

Surprising Lessons from NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo – No, it’s Not a Rude Word I have just written ‘The End’ on the first draft of my very first novel. I wrote it during National Novel Writing Month. This is a mouthful so it gets abbreviated to NaNoWriMo, which really is only slightly less of a mouthful. Each year, in November, thousands of writers all around the

Family Language Blog Post - Money Dollars

My Family’s Secret Language

The Conk When I was growing up, in our family, the third game or round we played to work out the overall winner – if for example I won one and my sister one the other – was called ‘The Conk’. Yes, ‘The Conk’. I guess it is some shortened form of conqueror but I don’t really know and I

Parenting Approach Blog Post - Tiger

What Kind of Parent Am I?

Personal Labels Over the years I have taken a number of personality and behavioural surveys and profiles. You too may have done some of these at work or as part of a team building exercise or perhaps on a lazy afternoon when flicking through an old Cosmo magazine. Here are some of my results: Myers Briggs: ISFJ DISC: C and

Grow Up Blog Post - Selfie-Stick

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Pirates and Lawn Mowers What do you want to be when you grow up? Can you remember being asked that as a child? How did people react to your aspirations? I have asked Dylan – who is a typical boisterous four-year-old boy – a few times now – what he wants to be when he grows up. The latest response

Pregnant Blog Post - Pregnant - No Baby Yet

The Top Seven Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

Public Service Announcement It seems that any remnant of tact, delicacy and good sense leaves people when they are faced with someone in the family way. Below are the top seven things not to say a pregnant woman. And yes, all of these things were said to me when I had a bun in the oven, or said to friends

Peppa Pig Blog Post - Peppa Family Image

Peppa Pig – Addiction, Alliteration and World Domination

Guilty Admission If you had mentioned Peppa Pig to me three years ago, I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. But now, this British children’s cartoon series, with its five-minute episodes centred on the eponymous four-year-old talking pig, Peppa, are a dominant presence in our home. These days, I cannot imagine daily life without Peppa Pig on TV. What

Everything We Do Is Wrong Blog Post - W Sitting Picture

Everything We Do Is Wrong

W-Sitting My four year old, Dylan, was quietly playing with some toys on the floor and I relished a few peaceful moments before the baby was due to wake… until I realised from what I was reading on my phone that Dylan was sitting wrong. Yes – you read it correctly. Sitting wrong. Courtesy of my social media feed I