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A Far Away Festive Season: Dream Destination Dream Outfit – Travel

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We’re up all night to get blogging: Here’s to an amazing Autumn

Well space fans, after an idyllic honeymoon with my hubby, it’s now back to real life.  Though not quite sipping virgin cocktails by the pool, it certainly had it’s merits.  After being struck by the muse at about 11pm yesterday, I started sorting things out, going through my inbox, and actually getting very genuinely excited about the coming three months. In bed at just after 3am with hubby snoring away next to me, I have been cooking up a cavalcade of fun, food, fashion, family for the new season.  I won’t give to much away, but I can promise you: […]

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After the ball was over… #britmumslive 2014 – live from London

Hey space fans!  I know I have been neglectful of late but I have a good excuse, I promise – and a note from my Mum.  The intrepid bipedal and 4 wheeled warrior (aka J and I) have been living it large in Espania, and now in London.  It feels like we haven’t seen home in a while and I hurt in places I didn’t know existed, but we have had a blast! This Friday and Saturday (today – hurrah!) was Britmums Live 2014, and I have hardly begun to process the fun, laughs, and frolics as well as the […]

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Guest Post: my life as an expat frugalista by yaya duran

Hello Around and Upside Down readers, my name is Yaya and I have a wee lil blog called Expat Frugalista that documents my journey as an expat, one on a budget at that! When Vicky invited me to guest post on her blog while she was away, I didn’t think twice and gave a definite yes. Vicky and I have something special up our sleeves that we will be debuting shortly after she returns from holiday, so be prepared for that! In the meantime, since hopefully we will be seeing a lot of each other soon, I thought I’d introduce […]

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The Road Less Travelled: Places to Go People to See – Things to Do In Manchester

Since I started blogging, I’ve been doing some serious travelling.  Actually, it’s not been serious at all, it’s been quite fun, but there has been alot of it.  Previously a home-bird, I’ve found I actually enjoy exploring new places, and while you won’t find me climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, I have been broadening my horizons by visiting some great places round the UK. As a southerner born and bred, the north of England holds some mystique for me.  I’ve been as far as Blackpool, stopping in Birmingham on the way and I loved it.  A change is as good as a rest […]

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As my eldest child is now 14, I look back on the days when he and I would enjoy a bath together.  As a big baby, he didn’t like the little bath, but in the big bath he was in his element.  We had fun and giggles, and it was the only time he got relief from some really dreadful colic.  Needless to say, that meant we spent quite alot of time in the bath.   Before he was even born, I had a bathroom cabinet full of the leading branded baby products.  They seemed to smell of ‘baby’ and […]

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What’s in my bag? – Trip to London ‘where is my Oystercard’?

I’ve been running back and forth from London quite a bit lately, and I would just be lost without certain planning and travel essentials.  This leads me to a travel edition of ‘what’s in my bag’? Before I even loaded my bag – I needed to plan.  What would I need, and how could I make getting from here to there as easy as possible? My gorgeous pink leather organiser purse from Julie Slater and Son is just perfect for travel.  It has plenty of pockets for cards and tickets, notes and change for the bus.  I don’t leave home […]

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