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  THIS time of year makes me incredibly reflective. Over the last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about this year, what’s happened – the good and not so good – as I’ve tried to figure out the major lessons I’ve learnt this year. 2014 has been a mixed bag if I’m honest (and yes, I know the year isn’t over yet!). There have been many blessings and some

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Trying to remain positive when I feel like s**t

I WOKE up this morning in a foul mood. Like a really foul mood. Also, I’m feeling rubbish. Germs have hit the Portman household which means we’re all under the weather and I have a very grotty, snotty and grumpy toddler on my hands. Oh goodie. So I wasn’t very happy this morning. No sirree. But then I sat down, drank my morning cup of tea and read this post

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All About You – Patience

THIS week I’m delighted to be co-hosting the All About You link up, with my gorgeous buddy Zaz and fellow fabulous blogger Sarah. Before we all get started and I get reading all your incredible posts, I wanted to share with you this brilliant quote I came across yesterday about patience which really struck a chord with me. Good isn’t it? I don’t know about you but patience is not

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Finally, I can now use my ‘proper’ camera (kind of)

I LOVE photography and I adore taking snazzy images so you can imagine my delight when my husband gave me a very swanky (and expensive) camera for Christmas a few years ago. I’ve used it loads since then. It’s travelled to Florence and Rome, captured Elsie as a newborn, snapped our loved up friends on their wedding days and more besides. But here’s the thing. Besides pressing the button and

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FRIDAY FIVE: What I learned from BritMums Live

I CAN’T help but find it ironic, that after attending my first blogging conference last weekend, I have been utterly rubbish at blogging this week. (This world works in funny ol’ ways doesn’t it?!) Anyhow, for those of you who may have missed all the excitement, last weekend saw me attend BritMums Live for the first time, kindly sponsored by the wonderful Yellow Mellon. (If you haven’t already, do check

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FRIDAY FIVE: Twitter accounts you need to follow

I’M posting this super quickly before I jump into a taxi and head off to catch my train to London for BritMums Live! To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement (I’m so looking forward to meeting new people and catching up with old blogging friends!) and rest assured I will definitely be filling you in on all the juicy gossip when I return. Anyway, with this in

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YOUR SECRETS: EMMA’S STORY, PART 2: More pearls of wisdom

Following on from yesterday’s inspiring post, are some more words of wisdom from the courageous Emma Atack. As a little follow up to every ‘your secrets’ story, I ask everyone who takes part to share a few tips with us all. After all, what better way is there  to learn, than from someone who has already been there and got the T-shirt?! I’d also like to take a wee moment

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YOUR SECRETS: Emma’s story ‘My chronic pain will not stop me being happy’

I AM delighted to share with you another reader story today. This time, it’s the turn of Emma Atack and I promise you, if you aren’t inspired and motivated after reading this, I will eat my hat! Imagine – if you can – being in absolute agony nearly every single day of your life. Of having to come to terms, accept and live with a health condition that changes everything

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