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Beach

A day at the beach

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I’m thoroughly ensconced in California now. We’ve been here nearly two weeks and the girls are officially “tired” of Mexican food. One can never tire of the beach though, and here are some pics from a recent trip to Santa Cruz…    Where we collected lots of shells!   And made this sand castle. OK, I […]

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Thames Valley drinks and the digital story of the nativity

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Last night we had Christmas drinks at a neighbours. Actually it was with the neighborhood, as the whole town was there, drinking mulled wine and chatting about the symptoms of swine flu and Evernote, a cool app that syncs your notes from all devices. We also took a quick peak at this viral video (on an Android smart phone) of how the nativity would have […]

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The Christmas Cake - Part 2

The Christmas Cake – Part 2

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Here's the finished cake. Yes, it's my first. I feel like I should christen her, she weighs nearly the same as a newborn. Thanks Delia, you've allowed me to find a new level of Englishness. PS – I took this photo and posted using my iPhone! PSS – You can download the star templates

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My first Christmas cake!

My first Christmas cake! (thanks #delia)

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A big thanks to Waitrose and Delia! I used her Classic Christmas Cake prepared ingredient pack. Had long Twitter discussions with @englishmum and @homemademum regarding cooking times. Yes, my first one really did take four hours!

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The Disneyland Resort California

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My first visit to Disneyland was when I was two. We drove seven hours on Interstate 5 from the Bay Area to Anaheim in a Ford station waggon (that’s an estate for you Brits). Being only two, I don’t remember much about that trip, but it left its mark. Mention Disney to me, and from the back of my psyche images […]

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Kids bored this summer? Try these tried and tested recommendations

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  Summer is always a challenge with kids. Lack of routine, changeable weather and lots of free time can take its toll. Sure there are lots of places to go, but many are expensive and it can be hit and miss finding a winner. Recommendations are always appreciated. When supersavvyme.com first contacted me about their idea of creating […]

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Goldbeach

Holiday pics from Normandy

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  We spent halfterm in France, in the Calvados region in Normandy, near the D-Day landing beaches. This is Gold beach at Arromanches, one of the British landing beaches. The structures you see in the distance are the remains of a Mulberry Harbour, which was a temporary harbour constructed during the allied invasions.  This was one of […]

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Checking out all the Christmas lights on Regent Street. We later found out that all the Santas were part of Santacon.

Track Santa’s journey online

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  Our girls will keep tabs on Santa’s journey tonight on NORAD’s Santa Tracker. This organisation has tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve movements since 1955. The site is perfect for children that are not quite sure Santa exists — it contains “official” news reports and videos. Also fun for believers to watch Santa and his sleigh move across the globe (shhh — don’t tell them it’s […]

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Happy woman

I’m going to Paris. Without the kids!

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It’s taken me seven and a half years to get to this point: I’m going to Paris with my friends.  For three whole days and two nights. Without kids. And I don’t feel one ounce of guilt! I’m leaving our girls (7 and 1/2,5 and 4) with hubby. He’s perfectly willing and capable. However, the girls are […]

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Russian river

Rowing into the past: A canoe trip down Sonoma’s Russian River

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We are thoroughly enjoying our holiday in California. Well, me and the girls are. Hubby is holed up most of the time with his laptop working away (and we thank him for it). We did manage to take a family canoe trip down the Russian River. It was also a trip into my past. My […]

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