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My gorgeous sister got engaged this year, so we’re taking the chance to grab a festive weekend away in celebration. Growing up as one of three, our tight-knit team of five will always be very important to me- even with our own families on the scene now. In December, my parents, brother, sister and I are off to Edinburgh, making the most of some special Christmas fun together.

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On a cold, dreary day like today I find myself reminiscing and looking back to our blissful summer holiday. This year we went to a gorgeous coastal cottage not far from us in Northumberland and enjoyed a beautiful family staycation. Driving past the sign for our little holiday destination earlier in the week brought a definite smile to my face.

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Here’s a picture of me at the beginning of chaotic half term week; looking calm, but with lots of help and being hosted by a friend who was supplying copious amounts of caffeine. That motherhood notion of juggling it all and winning? I prefer the idea of trying to work out how best to move forward when we do drop the ball/s, as this mysterious multi-tasking concept seems pretty far fetched and one that I think can breed feelings of inadequacy.

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At the beginning of October, Mr B, the kids and I all travelled south to see my sister. It was to be our first trip since Sally and her boyfriend bought their new house and we arrived armed with champagne.

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Once the summer months have passed, there is a strong temptation to stay tucked up inside where it’s snug and warm.

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