It’s been a while. I know. I’m sorry. I’ve just been trying to stay afloat. That’s all. There are no exciting updates, no news, no trips anywhere, nothing. Nada. Zilch. It’s just been that overwhelming feeling recently of not keeping on top of life. You know how it is? The fridge gets refilled, but the laundry gets forgotten about. You know? One step forwards, two steps back. And I know what you’re also thinking, “girl doesn’t have a (proper) job”. I KNOW. Honestly, and this will make no sense to anyone but myself possibly, but I swear I was more…

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  The Power Of A Photo If you’re a follower of my Instagram, you’ll know how much I love a pretty photo. But, scroll down my feed, and you’ll notice two little faces appearing ninety nine percent of the time. The other one percent being instaquotes. I’m a sucker for ’em, what can I say? But it’s SUPER rare for me to actually appear in any photo’s with my kids, and ever rarer for those pictures to have all three of us in them. And – I think – all but one are arm stretch selfies anyway. At some point…

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Presents have been sent. Presents have arrived. The air miles of this Christmas – factoring in food, drinks, pressies etc – is almost not worth thinking about. But it’s our first one in Singapore, and I’m determined that it will still feel like Christmas. Even if our snow is fake as we bask in tropical temperatures, and “Christmas drinkies” are frozen and poolside. Airports. Because…expat life. You’re always coming, or going, or saying hello, or saying goodbye. Plus everything costs loads. You need small change for just about everything from parking per minute at the drop off area to a…

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I don’t know if it’s because we’re in Singapore for Christmas. Or if it’s because we’re avoiding the deluge of nursery and school festive crafts. But I’m REALLY up for getting a little more creative, and thoughtful, this year with the kiddies in the countdown to Christmas. And I know November is EARLY to start cracking out the red, green and sparkles but accounting for international shipping dates, the entire Christmas process has had to be brought forward. But I absolutely love this time of year, so no complaints here! If you have young(ish) kids and want to send something…

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We’re not going home for Christmas this year. We’re staying at home instead. You see what I did there? We’re grounded this year. That is, we’re unable / unwilling to fly the seven thousand or so miles to reunite us with extended family for the festivities. Instead we’ll be here in Singapore, enjoying our first tropical Christmas with good friends. Poolside cocktails and all. So, in a big way, we ARE at home for Christmas. It hasn’t been the easiest decision to come to, but ultimately it’s the right one. And the more I think about it, the more it…

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