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Happy Wednesday everyone! Hard to believe that we are already halfway through the working week. I have had one of those (very rare) productive mornings where I managed to get loads done without being distracted by the Internet (Facebook is the worst – I can easily waste half an hour on there without even realising – although I’m a lot better now that I’ve deleted the App from my phone) or the pile of glossy interior magazines currently residing on the kitchen table. So far I’ve written an article for work, put all the washing away, hoovered upstairs and ordered a pair of new football boots from Cameron (Rather scarily his feet are now just one size smaller than mine.) I still have half an hour until I have to collect Clemmie from preschool so plenty of time to share some of my best finds from around the web this week.

1. Now that the children are a bit older I would love to start travelling a bit more. I found this list of 100 places to visit before you die and there are plenty of places on there that I have yet to visit.

2. We all have different food tastes in our household but one thing that we all love is a good bowl of pasta. Here are 25 best pasta recipes to try.

3. Tips on how to write the perfect thank you note – and even better if it is written on this gorgeous Smythson stationery

4. The secret of a happy marriage is apparently to tell your partner you love them ten times a week and go on at least three dates a month. Does dinner a deux at home count? Otherwise the babysitting bill could start piling up…

5. This is one that I really need at the moment as I’m trying to sort through all the stuff from my parents’ house as well as old and outgrown clothes, toys etc. I don’t consider myself to be a hoarder but sometimes I have a hard time deciding what to keep and what to throw out or sell. How to edit your wardrobe and avoid stuffocation 

6. Finally, here is a collection of Fashion Quotes to inspire and amuse.

Still 15 minutes to go so I’m off to sit in the garden with my coffee and one of those tempting magazines. Have a great Wednesday. X

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Love is in the Air

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you doing anything special/romantic today? There was a time, many many years ago, when I would have been bitterly disappointed not to be taken out for dinner and wooed with flowers, chocolate and champagne on February 14. These days it’s a very different story – I think the last time my husband and I went out for a meal on Valentine’s Day was 12 years ago (pre-children anyway…) and I remember us both being struck by how ridiculous it felt. There we were, in one of London’s trendiest restaurants, sitting at a candlelit table for two squashed up right against another couple’s table, so close that we could not help but overhear every word they said, ordering food off an obscenely overpriced special ‘Valentine’s menu’. Intimate? Romantic? I think not.

So now we take a more low-key approach: a nice dinner at home, a glass of bubbly or two and maybe a card or flowers. Last year my husband surprised me by transferring our wedding video (yes we got married that long ago!) onto a DVD which he left on my pillow. We hadn’t watched the footage from our wedding day for a long time so it was lovely to relive all those memories, laugh at the speeches and silly dancing.

So I’m looking forward to a quiet night in, away from overpriced restaurants and enforced romance. But just in case my other half is reading this – honey, that bottle of Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb that you bought for my birthday has almost run out…

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