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Having a chronic illness sucks, of course it does. And having a chronic illness when you have small children just adds a whole new dimension of sucking. And guilt, so much guilt. On bad days it’s easy to be overwhelmed by those feelings but what if we tried to look at it a different way? What if there were positive attributes that my children were actually gaining because I have a chronic illness? So I sat down, put on my positive pants, and decided to think about what good things my children were actually learning from me. Here are seven…

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After what had begun to feel like an endless winter we made it out to the woods on a dry day. A dry day, I’d almost forgotten what they were like. Of course the girls still need their waterproof trousers as the ground has not yet had chance to dry out, but the thick winter coats have been replaced with fleeces. Our walk begins like countless others in the past few months, along the path that is still lined with brown, still muddy underfoot. It could still be February by the looks of it. And yet. And yet as we…

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I’ve been a little slow in posting my Spring Bucket List but really it’s just because it has not been feeling very Spring like. The weather has been cold and miserable and I’ve been left feeling uninspired until the sun came out today and apparently brought my motivation with it! This does mean that I’m left with a little less time to complete my bucket list before Summer rolls around but I think I can do it. If you haven’t seen my Winter bucket list well, the concept is simple. A handful of outdoor activities to tick off during the…

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Dear little Lyra, It’s that time of year again and tomorrow you turn four (already, how?!). I love sitting down to write you these letters each year as it forces me to sit and take a moment to reflect on the past twelve months. To think about that newly turned three year old last year or even further back, to my little lobster baby. Time seems to be zooming by at the moment and you’re growing at the same speed, so it’s nice to indulge in a little nostalgia and marvel at just how amazing you are. Amazing is probably…

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I was recently approached by Dickies asking if I’d like to help promote a campaign called ‘Adventure days out with the kids‘. Obviously I was keen to help as it’s just the sort of campaign I can get behind. Just for a change though I thought I’d ask my husband, Matthew, to share his own feelings on the subject… Amy writes a lot on here about why she thinks getting outside with children is important for her and she thought that I should add my own thoughts. Like many dads I work five days a week and what with the…

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