Moan Britannia : we Brits love a grumble but it can be for the good?

Us Brits love to moan. We get a bigger kick out of it than watering our garden during a hose pipe ban, and we’re better at it than even our ability to wallpaper; a bold statement I know. Despite my overall positive outlook, particularly when it comes to responding to a crisis or having a bad day, I am not immune to this bug. I can roll my eyes at a perfectly reasonable request to do anything like the next person. In fact my default negotiating position when being asked to do something is say no, and then go from there.…

Collapsible Coffee Cups and Water Bottles: Helping to Pass on the Plastic

Do you want to pass on plastic but want a reusable coffee cup that’s small enough to carry in your handbag, laptop case or nappy bag? I’m a huge fan of eco coffee cups, like my beloved eCoffee Cup but they can be cumbersome and take up space that as a mum you don’t often have. I’m always looking for new ways of reducing our plastic usage. I saw an advert going around on Facebook and Instagram for a collapsible coffee cup by Shallow Footprints, so I got in touch and they’ve kindly sent me some samples to review. They sent…

Luxury notebooks by Executive Pens Direct

  I’m that person in work who refuses to go near the stationery cupboard, and buys her own notebooks and pens. I’m not alone. I love stationery, almost every woman I know does. We are busy and appreciate the value in a good notebook, whether it’s to keep a journal, organise our thoughts or tasks, or to take notes in work. In work, we notice when someone has bought a new one. They’re admired at meetings.   Personally, I can’t go into any meeting without a notebook and a pen, whether it’s the electronic type or good, old fashioned paper.…

Reality TV and role models of tomorrow

I am not afraid to admit to my guilty pleasure –  reality TV shows.. They are the ones that I get secretly excited about. The ones that I set a reminder in my diary for when the new series is due to begin. As a sociological study, I find some of these thoroughly entertaining. I’ve even become a recent convert for Love Island, thanks to all the chatter about it and to the disappointment of my husband.  My husband just calls it car-crash TV and says that everyone is reprehensible. I don’t like all reality TV.  but there are a handful…

Now TV Bingeworthy Boxsets and a 14 day FREE trial

  As you know, I’ve learned the value of a good streaming service since becoming a mum. When you become a mum, your social life takes a nose dive and you can find yourself awake at odd hours with a child. Being able to watch some decent TV when you eventually get some down time is a must. When my son was born, we cancelled out satellite TV subscription, and instead opted to move to NOW TV. This basically gives you some of the biggest and best SKY TV channels, along with movies, sport and box sets. You don’t get…

Daydreaming of a family holiday to Jamaica:

  That’s it, it looks like the British heatwave is probably over. While I’m sure the rest of August will be pleasant, I am someone who loves sun. We haven’t had a beach holiday for a few years and while we’ve enjoyed our city breaks and UK holidays, my thoughts sometimes turn to somewhere more exotic.   When it comes to thinking of beach holidays, I always think of that Beach Boys song – Kokomo. I love the idea of Jamaica. I’m a child of the eighties and I always think of Cocktail with Tom Cruise.   I admit I’m…