Find exciting reasons to get better at dealing with money

I mentioned in my last post that Laurence and I have been a bit stressed this week and, as usual, our money situation has factored in that. I find thinking and talking about money a struggle because it’s so abstract. I actually just find it a bit boring. Which is ridiculous and childish. When talking about a budget or ways to improve your credit score, I find it easier to knuckle down and work things out if I visualise what looking after money means to my real life. I could say until I’m blue in the face that I want…

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Support breastfeeding help for refugees

So many times this blog has been a place to talk about breastfeeding; about what it can mean for mothers and children, and about how we can protect it. As more and more Syrian refugees make their way to the Greek islands of Kos and Lesvos, we’re faced with a situation in which supporting breastfeeding is absolutely vital. UNICEF states “artificial feeding with breast-milk substitutes in an emergency carries high risks of malnutrition, illness and death and is a last resort only when other safer options have first been fully explored and deemed unavailable.” I think of the breastfeeding support…

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Somerset Anniversary

It was our sixth wedding anniversary on Saturday. We’re not great at doing much to celebrate it. Twice we made a huge effort. On our first we went glamping in Pembrokeshire. Come to think of it, that’s the only anniversary we’ve had sans kiddos. Hadn’t realised that until about now. Another time we went to Harptree Court, mainly because we were expecting Ophelia and it was a last/first chance to spend a night just the two of us before starting the newborn thing all over again. But we’re pretty sure the other three kind of disappeared into the mists of…

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Surviving the wedding season

Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary. Was it really six years ago that my arms and hands were covered in mehndi, my lengha hanging in the cupboard, ready for a walk down a country church aisle? I barely slept that night or many of the ones before it. I remembered this when we wondered how one of Laurence’s cousins might be feeling in the lead up to her own wedding earlier this summer. Looking back, I doubt I’d change anything about our wedding day. Perhaps we could have spent less money but then we saved in many areas with creativity (friends…

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Taking a loan to clear a debt

Every now and then we have a little daydream about what we’d like the future to look like. Maybe we’d live somewhere more rural, I’d write a book, Laurence would start his own business and get out from spending his days behind a desk. We talk about bucket list items like treks and trips. But really, as unsexy as it sounds, nothing beats the dream of one day being completely debt-free. We probably have the same financial ties as most people but wouldn’t it be glorious to one day wave them goodbye? After my maternity allowance finished with Talitha, I…

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A plan for getting enough sleep

I’m fascinated with the topic of sleep at the moment. And it’s not because I’m up all night with a baby, actually. We do have some rough nights every now and then when there’s a developmental leap, teething or illness but sleep on the whole isn’t a big deal this time around. Ophelia sleeps more than Talitha did and I worry a lot less (ie not at all) about my choice to have her in bed with me and breastfeed on demand. In fact, flopping a boob out means that most of the time I barely register waking up. That…

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Hot air balloons, a wedding and other #LittleLoves

Read I’m reading a novel called Oy Yew at the moment. It tells the story of a mystery boy who believes his name is “Oy, you” since that’s how he’s usually addressed. He ends up enslaved with other waifs in a great house, underfed so their growth is stunted. Written by Ana Salote, it’s touching, humorous and gripping. I’m really looking forward to getting further along. It’s billed as children’s fiction, suitable from age 8, but I’m finding it every page a delight so far. Watched Bristol’s annual Balloon Fiesta was on this weekend. Having been to the actual fairground…

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