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A Romantic Break at The Swan Hotel in The Lake District

We've spent the last few months in the midst of a construction site. Building work on your home is messy, stressful and chaotic and while I'm so happy we're finally doing the work we'd planned since we moved into our home, a break from all the dust was something we...

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My Outdoor Adventure (by Quito the Sheltie)

The following post contains a paid advertising feature for James Wellbeloved Grain Free Dog Food. My mum doesn't normally have guest bloggers on her site but she's made a special exception for me today. I'm Quito, a 4-year-old Shetland Sheepdog who loves the great...

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How I Changed My Money Mindset to Earn More & Work Less

Money. It's one of those subjects that seems to be a bit taboo. It makes people uncomfortable. Not enough and you feel somehow that you are less than, that you aren't doing as well as you should be, that you're not succeeding. More than enough and you feel you should...

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My 10 ‘Bounce Back From a Cold’ Must-Haves

The following is a paid advertising feature for Kleenex®. Every year some amazing things come around like clockwork - Christmas, New Year and my birthday being some of my personal favourites. They’re moments to celebrate, to see loved ones and catch up with old...

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4 Simple Ways to Beat the January Blues

Winter in the Northern Hemisphere can be a tough one. In November and December, I tend to distract myself from the shorter days and longer nights by looking forward to Christmas and New Year, throwing myself physically and mentally into preparing, decorating my home...

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How to Reduce the Stress Around Christmas Time

For as much as I absolutely adore Christmas, I don't adore the stress that comes with it. All the preparing, all the planning, all the money that seems to be flying out of my bank account and trying - desperately - to get everything wrapped up the last week before the...

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Get the Look: Menagerie Restaurant, Manchester

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to my friend Medina's launch of her collaboration with Iconic Lights. Grillo Designs is a DIY blog where Medina shares so many amazing budget-busting creations, it actually makes my head spin how she manages to find time to do it...

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9 Reasons I’m Happy We Moved to Shrewsbury

A few months ago, I shared our journey in terms of deciding where we were going to pick up and move our life. We'd been living in Cheadle Heath for 8 years, not too far from where Wayne had spent his entire life just outside of Manchester. Deciding that we wanted to...

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An Afternoon in Valencia’s Old Town

As you may know, I spent a few days in Spain recently with AC Hotels and wanted to share that with you today. While we had a few lovely days in Madrid (you can read my little mini travel guide here!), our time in Valencia was just that bit shorter! We essentially had...

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The 5 Best and Worst Things About Being Freelance

For so many people, working for yourself is the dream. The ability to set your own hours, prioritise your workload and know that the only pockets you are lining are your own. After more than 20 years of working my way up the corporate ladder (and admittedly, not...

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What to do on a Weekend Trip to Madrid

If you follow me on Instagram (and really, if not, you should be - where have you been?), then you'll probably know that I spent the best part of the week before last touring two amazing cities in Spain with the lovely folks from AC Hotels which is part of the...

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Moving Diaries Part IV: How We Decided Where To Move!

We were in a very unique position when we decided to sell our home and move out of the area. We don't have children which makes it a lot easier to just pick up and start again - no schools to apply to, no Ofsted reports to fret over, no worries about finishing out a...

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