Hurrah! School is officially OUT. Or very nearly out anyway. Which means one thing and one thing only…holiday time. Or just more pool time if you happen to live in the tropics. Ahem (sorry!). And whenever the holiday feeling is a-coming I always get the shopping feeling. But there’s always a quandary I can’t get my head around when it comes to summer purchases (specifically holiday related buys, aka swimwear and sunglasses). To spend, or to save? What is an investment and what is money being thrown away?  After nearly a year of permanent summer (really not trying to…

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I promise I’m not writing this post with anyone in particular in mind. Oh how she lies. If any of these goodies end up my way on 14th May, then I definitely won’t be disappointed (HINT, Karl, this is a hint). This is the first year that we almost entirely ignored Mothering Sunday in the UK and have decided to go with the local Mothers Day celebration instead. For a brief moment I thought I’d managed to wangle two celebrations of me, but no. And so, with three weeks to go until the big day I’m sharing some lovely ideas…

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Living eleven floors up we don’t have a garden, obviously, but we do have a balcony and that’s as good as it gets for most of the citizens of Singapore in terms of our own outdoor space. A balcony is still plenty of room to create a little haven for green and growth though, and it needn’t be an expensive or time consuming hobby. Singapore’s climate is perfect to see quick returns on your planted seeds, so even the most impatient of kiddies (or adults) will be rewarded in no time. I’ve blogged about mosquito repelling plants already, but these…

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You know how at Christmas you get to make lists of what you need for Christmas, and magical lists in your head of what actually WANT? Yeah, well Chinese New Year isn’t like that. Santa, despite his appropriately coloured outift, doesn’t have ¬†role. Sobbing, I know. So anyway, I’ve just made a list of CNY gifts to myself that I will never buy because I’m an unemployed stay at home mother. Remember? But it IS Valentines next month…. (just saying) Also, as a fairly tall fairly blonde westerner it can be a little tricky buying things in real life here…

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It has been years since I’ve lived in an apartment, and it’s a first for family life. We’ve always been incredibly lucky to be able to live in beautiful houses in the UK from a town house alongside a yacht marina, to a typically English cottage style house on the edge of farmland, to an airy Victorian red brick overlooking parkland. Space has never been a premium, which is perhaps largely due to us being outside of major cities, and so I was wary about the compromises we would need to make when moving to an apartment in Singapore. Additionally,…

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Before I begin let me just say two things: This is not a sponsored post, it’s just what I know now and what I like right now. I just want to make that clear. I am not an expert on anything, I’m just a woman who has about 5 mins spare at the start and end of each day in which to transform myself from haggard witch to hot wife/fun mum/normal looking. My priority with products is therefore what requires the least amount of time for the most amount of face/hair/skin improvement. Nothing very scientific about this. OK SO… What…

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