what a mug

so when kate takes 5 challenged us to the listography of our five favourite mugs i listed a fair few more, i appear to have mug issues. i was therefore awarded with best collection of mugs award *bows to standing ovation*

kate was amused to the fact that i had won one mug. one mug outside of a collection how could that be? one on it’s own, no buddies. do not fear my new addition will now be my work mug and will be mine all mine i will be it’s buddy.

my new mug was kindly donated by a company called name art. thank you. i do love my new mug. i have already christened it and it will be coming with me tomorrow to it’s new home in high street kensington.

have a look at others on kate takes 5 click on the link below


above average?

so last week i delved into my coat pocket to be starkly reminded of what our child care costs amount to each month. OUCH. i spoke on the radio about it and the lovely people at LBC fell over in shock. it is indeed more than our mortgage.

today in the press and on the news there were numerous articles/reports on how nursery costs are rising by nearly 6%, and that fewer families are now getting any help at all with these, following the childcare tax credit cuts back in april.

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a tale of two sisters

it’s a glorious sunday. we have all had a lazy morning, nice long sleeps, lolloping around in jim jams drinking tea and then a spectacular fry up to ease the grown ups slightly banging heads.

the smalls grab their coats and shuffle on their wellies over their jammas and dash out into the garden with cracker the lemon beagle pup. they bound around with complete giddiness. they settle on the decking, sitting along the front swinging their little legs. the still sun light hangs in the air as their giggles fade away.

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all in a days work

the hot topic this week is all about mothers, working and what that all costs. weirdly on tuesday i pulled a piece of paper from my pocket to find OUCH. the very next day i received a call from LBC radio to chat to nick ferrari about childcare costs in the uk capital and what impact this is having on london families. two days later i get tagged in a meme, a mothers working meme to be precise. tagged by the daily mum and started by pret a mummy (bargain mummy) and mother.wife.me. spooky.

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i have been tagged by mum of one on the meme started by Claire from A Boy with Asperger’s. i believe that somewhere along the road the rules below have been tweaked, but it wasn’t me honest guvna! and anyways are rules meant to be bent or broken?

but before i start her are the rules:

  • Answer as honestly or dishonestly as you wish.
  • Link back to me in your post.
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today out of my pocket i pulled the monthly invoice from the nursery. i tend to ignore this each month and just let it come out of the account without having to look at it too much, as it’s just too painful. normally it’s popped into ronnies bag and i put it up stairs in the study and it gets filed. however it wasn’t in his bag it had been handed to me personally and for some strange reason, today i decided to open the envelope and read it. how painful was it? it was one thousand, three hundred and eighty-one pounds and fifty-three pence worth of pain.