Facebook // Ten years on

Facebook 10 years on

I joined Facebook on 6th June 2007, 10 years and 4 months ago. It was just 9 months after Facebook had opened up to anyone over the age of 13 who had an email address. Before Facebook I had been on Bebo (I had actually completely forgotten about it until I saw a mention of it on my early Facebook timeline!) and before that Friends Reunited had helped me find some old school friends. Read more

Fit by 40 // The weight loss diaries (Day 111-149)

Fit by 40 weight loss diaries

Here’s the latest instalment in my weight loss diaries – I’m now up to 149 days and 30 lbs lost. There are a few of my diary updates from September and then I’ll bring you up to date with what’s been going on for the last month, and where I go from here.You can read the rest of my Fit by 40 posts here. Read more

Making our own Christmas traditions

Toby's first Christmas

I know it’s a bit early to be talking about Christmas but we’ve just started thinking about what we’re going to be doing on Christmas Day this year and it got me thinking about Christmas Traditions.

For my whole childhood Christmas was exactly the same every year. I never really thought at the time that we had Christmas traditions but I suppose the very definition of a tradition is repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again, and that’s exactly what we did. Read more

500 words on Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder in Heathers

Today’s prompt for Blogtober was Unusual Crushes and after wracking my brains to come up with something I was at a loss, because I don’t know about you but I don’t think there’s anything unusual about fancying the entire Fellowship of the Ring (except the dwarf – I’m not that weird).

Anyway, in the absence of any unusual crushes of my own my lovely husband offered to write a post for me instead.  And so I give you…. 500 words on Winona Ryder. Read more

What will life be like for the teenagers of the 2020s?

What will life be like for the teenagers of the 2020s

Toby will become a teenager in 2026 and Gabe will join him in teenager-dom in 2028. For someone who was born in the 1970s the 2020s feels like it is properly in ‘the future’. Do you ever wonder what life will be like for your kids when they’re older? I wonder if we’ll see the same enormous changes in the next 20 years as we’ve seen in the last 20? Read more

Quotes to inspire you

This too shall pass - Buddhist saying

I’m not a big one for quotes really – you won’t often find me posting an inspirational quote on Facebook or Instagram. So when it came to writing a post about quotes for Blogtober I turned to some of my fellow bloggers to help me out. I asked them to tell me their favourite quotes that inspire them or make them happy, and this is what they came up with… Read more

How to help a child with a fear of dogs

How to help a child with a fear of dogs

Toby has been scared of dogs since he was not much over two, probably since he started walking further outside and encountered a lot of dogs – and some of them were bigger than him! His fear seems to have phases where it gets better and worse. At the moment we’re going through a fairly good patch but I thought it might be useful to share some of the ways we have helped Toby with his fear of dogs. Read more