• That was the weekend that was
  • Our Chiswick Mum weekend – from silent movies to la vie francais

    Another week gone, another week beginning. And in between, trying to remember to breathe! This is my usual round up of our weekends, lest I forget – in a fog of lunch boxes and trombones and swimming kits – that it’s the weekends that are the main reason for living in this crazy, beloved city […]

  • apps and tech
  • Time Tokens – review: a fun way to manage your child’s screen time

    This originally appeared as part of a longer blog post in my weekend round up section. Coffee and Time Tokens As you probably know if you read my blog regularly, I work flexible hours – and do a five day week in four days. Fridays is my blessed day to just be – and the […]

  • That was the weekend that was
  • Our Chiswick Mum weekend – from glorious sunrises to Sing

    It’s my regular roundup of our weekend, and my way of remembering that it’s the small things that make up a family life well lived! January seems to be moving very slowly, although I know that once February the months will rollick along as spring turns into summer all too quickly. Right now, I’m happy […]

  • That was the weekend that was
  • Our Chiswick Mum weekend in 6 steps – from running and wintery walks, to nail polish and bubbly

    This is officially blue week. Not a testament to that colour that sits happily between green and indigo in the spectrum. But an acknowledgment by the powers that be that this is the week when we’re guaranteed to feel miserable. Starting off with Blue Monday when the papers gleefully told us that us commuters would […]

  • That was the weekend that was
  • Our Chiswick Mum week – 5 things we learnt, from West London maze to DIY potions

    It’s my regular weekly round up – and my first one of 2017 (last week I blogged my top 5 local family activities instead). This is my way of capturing the small moments that make up a (family) life well lived. Let’s face it, if we didn’t track the small moments we wouldn’t realise we […]

  • Chiswick days out
  • 5 Chiswick family activities to banish the January blues

    A few months ago I blogged for Visit London with my top nine things to do in Chiswick. I’m really excited to be part of their new area guides project, and thrilled to share some of the great things about our lovely leafy area of West London. Now that it’s cold and gloomy January I thought […]

  • Personal ramblings
  • New Year’s Eve – welcome 2017

    As I write I’m settled down for a wild New Year’s Eve. Frozen is on the DVD player, I’m in my fluffy pyjamas at my mum’s in the East Midlands and waiting for the takeaway curry to arrive. Okay I did feel a sight pang when I saw my brother head into Derby for a […]

  • Chiswick family life
  • My Chiswick Christmas countdown

    Well here we are – just a few days to Christmas and if you’re like me you’re ticking off the Christmas milestones as they appear. I love the family Christmas countdown.   Our family Christmas milestones School Christmas play – tick. (Yes, I cried – tick.) Traditional family visit to Peter Jones to choose a […]

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  • My top 5 Chiswick Christmas presents

    I know I’ve written on my blog about how I dislike the growing commercialism of Christmas. But I still love a perfect handpicked gift, that’s bought locally and guarantees a happy recipient (and giver!) So here is my completely subjective, top present list – for those of you racking your brains for a gift for […]

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  • Our family Christmas tree – from Christmas Forest

    One tradition that is as central to our family Christmas as turkey and crackers is our Christmas Tree. As I see a world gone mad this simple tradition, taking a tree and decorating it in our home, becomes even more important. This year I’ve become increasingly unsettled by the increasing commercialism of Christmas. I’m not talking […]