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ONE YEAR WITHOUT MY MUM…

I once went a whole year without seeing my mum. Not because of a fight, but because I was working halfway around the world. Phone and video calls were our saviour during that time. It’s almost been a year again since I was last with her but this time, there will be no tearful and

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LESSONS LEARNED IN THE FACE OF A WILDFIRE

Lessons Learned in the Face of a Wildfire By Fran Braga Meininger I watched as the gust whipped the oaks above me, sleepless with worry, expecting at any moment to hear the crack of a branch crashing through my roof. But it was something far more ferocious and insidious that sprang me from my bed

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THE NIGHT I WAS SAVED BY A GHOST

THE NIGHT I WAS SAVED BY A GHOST Okay so before we begin, let’s get something straight. I am no tree-hugging, spirit-loving hippy… (pretty sure that’s the general stigma with people who see ghosts?) I am a normal mum of two, who kind of believes and kind of doesn’t. However, last week I had a

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THE MISSING PEOPLE

THE MISSING PEOPLE Grief, is something that we all have an experience of. The pain, the shocking, never-ending depth of the loneliness, the suffocating sadness. The things you wished you’d said – the things you wished you hadn’t said. But imagine if you someone you love, simply disappeared one day, never to return.  Whether you

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HELP THE HURRICANE IRMA APPEAL

Children across the Caribbean are in immediate danger Right now up to 10 million children across the Caribbean are at risk as Hurricane Irma has devastated homes, schools and hospitals. Hurricane Irma is the strongest Atlantic storm ever recorded, and children and families across the region have faced extreme winds, flooding, landslides and storm surges.

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UNRAVELLING…

“Unravelling” By Fran Meininger I’m that old sweater. You know the one. We all have it, in the bottom of the bottom drawer or the very back of your closet. It’s been there forever. You got it in college. It was your favorite. You wore it with panache and loved how it hugged your beautiful,

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY WIFE

We shared a post on our Facebook page a few weeks ago (10 things every woman should know), which has had a breath-taking response and amongst the comments there are some seriously uplifting messages…. I have been blown away by the beauty of it all! Amongst them, one particular man stood out and has kindly

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LADIES AT WORK: TOTES TALKS

Something we are seeing more and more of on social media these days is the appearance of personalities who are so delightfully different, refreshingly real or fascinatingly frank that they rocket overnight into celebrity status… one such personality I have recently started to follow is Totes Innapropes….there is not a day in which this woman

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#SOLIDARITEA – STAND TOGETHER FOR OUR SLUMMY MUMS!

Presuming you’ve read today’s Daily Mail piece, attacking our favourite Mummy bloggers (if not read it here) then you will no doubt have an opinion to vent. Whilst I do believe there is a small amount of women out there who don’t appreciate this revolution in non-judgemental ‘we all make mistakes’ parenting, it’s safe to

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YOU MADE YOUR MUM A STAR

There is a very sweet story behind this article actually… As I chose and emailed the winner of our ‘Make Your Mum A Star’ competition  a few weeks ago, I had no idea it was one of my wonderful school friends, whose Mum I remember very fondly indeed even though I moved away many years ago.

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HELP US SAVE 2 YEAR OLD FREDDIE!

I was added to a Facebook group by an old friend yesterday and within 10 minutes I was reduced to tears reading the story of 2 year old Freddie’s fight to live and the community who is rallying to save him. Blown away doesn’t describe how I felt witnessing such a mass swell of love

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Ladies At Work: The Matchmaker

Who wouldn’t want a career in matchmaking?! Bringing people together and being instrumental in their pursuit of happiness must feel good right? Annabel Hannam is 47, happily married with 2 daughters (20 and 16) and after working with one of the country’s leading matchmaking companies decided to launch INTRO. As part of our ongoing Ladies

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Ladies At Work: Daisy Imprints

To me there is nothing more fascinating than other people and their stories; the choices they make and the paths they take.  Women especially never fail to amaze me with their tales of motherhood, career paths and the juggling of it all! Today we have another interesting insight into the life of one of our

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Denise Welch – If They Could See Me Now…

We all know (and love) Denise Welch for her many varied TV roles, not to mention winning Celebrity Big brother 2012, but did you know she was an author – and a very good one at that!? Denise’s debut novel has received fantastic praise so far, including a glowing review from best-selling author Susan Lewis …  

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Chaos & Gin at Christmas

I love Christmas, I really really do. I am like Mavis Cruet from Willow the Whisp, slightly (ok maybe more than slightly) overweight and dishing out my sparkly festive magic all over the place. But as much as I love it all, what on earth possessed me to try and do 3 Christmas parties and

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Dawn Ward’s Mission to help Polly.

The photographs show a fabulously festive room full of glamorous ladies dressed in their finest enjoying some champagne and having fun at Christmas-time, but behind this sparkling imagery there is a heart of gold campaigning to help a fellow Mum stay around to see her three beautiful children grow up… Dawn Ward hosted a Ladies lunch in

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Fancy Yourself in a Christmas Ad?

It’s fair to say that as a nation we LOVE our Christmas TV Ads but have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in one? We caught up with Supermum and Dancer/Fitness instructor Rachel Bullen, star of B&M’s newest Christmas advert, which features not only her but all three of her gorgeous

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It’s A Wonderful Life!

And it really truly is! In these worrying and complicated times, I really urge you all to take some time-out during the run up to the festive season and watch this movie. Better still, find a nice old-fashioned cinema in your area and hope they’re showing it there. Why? Because it will fill you with all the

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Opera For Beginners

Are you already a lover of all things Opera or are you, like me, slightly unsure where to begin? Catherine Clayton-Young gives us a little insight to start us off on the right note (see what I did there?). Puccini’s La Boheme… It’s a strange old world going to the opera. It is considered so

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English Mum in New York

(Well Conneticut anyway) So…. my husband came home from work one day with a bombshell “I’ve been approached about a job, but we would have to move to the USA” 18 months previously we had bought our forever home, a house I’d walked past everyday for 10 years saying “One day I want to live

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My Date With A Murderer!

Beware who you are meeting girls…read my tale below and do as I say, not as I do! So it was the build up to Christmas and I reinstall my most frequented relationship – Tinder (it’s a love hate relationship whereby we keep breaking up). I match with varying men trying to mix my options

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This Voice!

Whatever you are doing right now, relax and enjoy the beautiful sound of Singer/Songwriter Jennie Sawdon. Not only is Jennie crazy busy travelling the country to add that special something to the most elegant of weddings and star-studded events but she is also mum to Freddie aged 4 and all round superwoman! When did you first realise you had a voice?

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