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Notebook and laptop - office mum

It's that in between Christmas and New Year bit when I've had just about enough of the Heroes but not quite enough of the Baileys coffee, and I'm looking back at the year gone by before moving on to planning the year ahead. So I'm jumping on the round-up wagon - taking the lead from Sadhbh of Where Wishes ...

My Favourite Five

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I have a dress I love but never wear. It's a blue print dress with an elusive and sometimes indefinable "flattering fit". I wore if for the first time when my second baby was a few months old - to go out for dinner with friends. I remember feeling so good about being dressed up and having food and wine ...

What I Don’t Miss About Life Before Kids

Clock - Office Mum

What do you miss about life before kids? That was the question in an online discussion I read recently. Sleep. Free-time. Me-time. Money. Nights out. Lying-in. Tea that's not gone cold. Peeing alone. Not in any kind of "I wish I never had kids because I miss that hot tea so much" way. Just a list of things that we sometimes miss - if we're ...

For the love of a good tan

Office Mum: Coco Chanel

"You've such a great colour!" said my friend. I was ten years old, and made an "ah not really" gesture, shrugging my shoulders, but secretly thrilled with the comment. Or let's call it a compliment - it doesn't really make sense that it's a compliment - I hadn't actually done anything that required talent - but ...