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Celebrating Día de Muertos
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Celebrating Día de Muertos

The Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos as it is more accurately called, originated in Mexico, but is celebrated throughout Latin America, as well as in Latin American communities in the US. The actual celebration comes from traditional Aztec rituals of honoring the deceased, which were later on combined with the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1st and 2nd).

5 Ways To Be More Environmentally Friendly At Home
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5 Ways To Be More Environmentally Friendly At Home

The vast destruction of our planet Earth is probably scaring you as much as it is frightening me. Every day we see pictures of oceans filled with plastic, starving polar bears, and destroyed rainforests, amongst others, and it can honestly feel like whatever we do won’t really help anymore.

But it will! If each of us makes a consistent effort to make a few small changes in our lives we can collectively make a huge difference. And teaching our kids how to be conscious of their waste and how it affects the planet from an early age is very important too.

Being is better than having
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Being is better than having

“start a child on the right road and even in old age he will not leave it…” At a time when mental health is the buzzword, where schools employ Counsellors, in this absurdly competitive environment, I have come to one conclusion. Whatever else is going on let us all be aware of the well-being of…

I’m not OK but I’m OK…
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I’m not OK but I’m OK…

Yesterday my husband called me bionic. And today, my friend told me that I was one of the bravest and positive people she knows. Both those comments left me feeling humbled. Their kind words, they made me smile. As I was hugging my friend goodbye, I saw my phone light up – an email from…

The Massive Movie Calendar
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The Massive Movie Calendar

As the summer holidays are impending, we all know that screen time will be increasing in our households.  With studies revealing that 80% of the UK population watches films at home at least once a month or more, Carphone Warehouse has put together The Massive Movie Calendar offering movie inspiration 365 days a year to families who…

Rules for visiting a new mum
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Rules for visiting a new mum

I read the other day that one of the best things you can do when visiting a new Mum, is to offer to take her precious bundle of joy for a walk.  Seriously?  On what planet is that good advice?   ‘I’m going to make a sweeping generalisation here, but most new mums I know…

Time for a change
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Time for a change

Do you remember that feeling when you had that lovely squishy newborn baby in your hands and you were about to leave hospital or home for the first time? That unique mixture of emotion: exhaustion, relief, excitement and nervousness at the prospect of venturing out of the security of the hospital, away from the attentive care of midwives and taking on the responsibility of that little bundle all on your own?

 That. That is exactly how I’m feeling today but instead of a new baby, my emotions are bubbling all over the place because I’m venturing out on my own into the world of freelance.

We Are All Bricking It
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We Are All Bricking It

Today I took the kids to the park. The park is about 5 blocks away, and as usual I put the 10 month old in the carrier, the two year old went in the front of the tank (double stroller), and the just turned 4 year old walked. I clunked the stroller down the 10 steps outside our building and put the baby in the back seat of the stroller. He weighs 24 lbs., I save my back for the moments when he’s fussy. We strolled over to the park and started over in the grassy bandstand area, where the girls drew pictures with chalk and I played with the baby. I decided to branch out a little and try my luck in the playground, much to the kids’ delight. With the stern command of “you have to choose either the slide or the swings and stay together” we walked over there.