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Valentine’s Day ideas for parents (who can’t get a babysitter)

On Valentine’s Day, knackered parents everywhere face the task of trying to have a sexy evening with a total dearth of willing babysitters. For most of us, the formulaic ‘romantic meal at home’ option beckons… but there’s no reason why this exciting blueprint can’t be tailored to complement your hobbies/interests… For the handymen/women… Wear your ‘going out’ clothes, eat a […]

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5 great audiobooks

Following on from last week’s post about why I love audiobooks, I thought I’d give a few recommendations of audiobooks I’ve really enjoyed over the last year. As I mentioned in the last post, I tend to steer clear of any complex stuff when I’m choosing audiobooks – one slightly irksome thing about audiobooks is that […]

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Blog love: 4 heroes of peace and calm

I haven’t really made any firm resolutions this year… other than learning from a frantic 2016, vowing to make sure that my 2017 contains much more peace, calm, space and time, and to make sure I stick to what The Curve is all about… keeping thing SIMPLE. So, to kick off this year’s posts, here are […]

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Joeisms

My eldest son Joe is a funny child. Sometimes funny-haha, sometimes funny-strange. But always funny. I’m sure many of your kids are the same. Over the years I’ve occasionally posted to Facebook things he’s said or done that have amused me, and often people would say, “You should keep a collection of Joeisms!” So recently, […]

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Cholera Pie {from Winter Cabin Cooking}

My mum found this lovely vegetarian recipe in Sainsbury’s magazine, where Aggie MacKenzie (of How Clean Is Your House? fame – who it transpires is as much a whizz in the kitchen as she is at telling people their homes are minging) had tried out a recipe for Heaven and Earth pie from Winter Cabin Cooking […]

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Audiobooks: 5 reasons I love them

I hold up my hands, I know that audiobooks are probably not the coolest thing to be into, but I absolutely bloody love them. I’ve always been a big reader but I do find being a working mum not especially conducive to having loads of time to indulge this, and it’s increasingly rare that I’m able […]

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Kids’ parties: gift buying on a budget

My eldest started school in September; her new Monday to Friday parallel dimension has opened up a whole new world for us including a steady stream of birthday party invites. I’m not complaining as it’s lovely that her new buddies want her to be there for the celebration, but whoa there.. it’s easy to get […]

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My Day In Food #1: Dave Smith

MY DAY IN FOOD Family life through the gastronomical glue that holds it together Welcome to the first of a brand new regular feature, My Day in Food! Food is such a staple of family life – full of traditions both old and new, mealtimes are a time for families to bond and regroup, not to […]

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Family Jukebox playlist #6

Family Jukebox: a family-friendly musical jaunt We regularly share recommendations of what we’ve been listening to with our own families… Music that is totally accessible to younger ears but not ‘kids’ music’. Don’t be afraid to Dad-dance in the dining room – there are definitely no nursery rhymes here… Tom Tom Club, Wordy Rappinghood From the […]

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10 great unisex kids’ winter jumpers

With winter on the doorstep I’ve been scouring the shops for some nice jumpers for Huey… Here are my picks for some lovely unisex winter woollens and warmers for our cheeky little nippers – I’d wear all of them myself! 1. Augustin organic merino wool buttoned orange jumper, Smallable, £49.92 2. Light grey wolf hoodie, H&M, […]

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