“How did you sleep?”, “Did he sleep through?”, “That was the weirdest dream!”, “I need to go to sleep earlier tonight!”. If you’re anything like me, discussing sleep – or lack of – to your partner, child, parent or friend takes up a bunch of your day. Sleep is a big, big deal folks, is it not?!

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Admittedly I was a *little* anxious booking a trip to a cottage in the middle of nowhere, with no phone connection, no wifi, no electricity (bar a small compact fridge in the garden), and three young kids.

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“I’m just going to go change him, OK”, I call out to my best friend, slinging Abe on to my left hip and grabbing my half open (it’s always half open…) rucksack. I head upstairs to find the bathroom and once in, I shut the door and do a quick scan of the room. “No-freakin’-way”, I mutter to myself, eyes widening, “there’s a bidet!”.

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New season, new playlist. Grab your wool socks and a hot drink, light a candle, and feast your ears upon these beautiful tracks. Also I never thought I’d create a playlist featuring Harry Styles but here we are. Enjoy!

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I often get asked about my favourite kids brands. I have a few: Monty & Co. for the hardiest dungarees and shirts, The Simple Folk for the softest organic basics, Jaggery for bright knitwear. But honestly, my all time preferred place to shop? My parents’ spare room where, built into the wall and painted a pale shade of orange, lies a wardrobe of forty year old jumpers, trousers, baby grows, dresses, coats and more holding a lifetime of knee scuffs, holiday ice creams and slow mornings. (ok yes, probably some moth bites and baby sick ups in there, too, but hey.)

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I freakin’ love dinnertime, which since lockdown started, have been full on, family affairs with all of us sitting down to eat together as one noisy, messy, sometimes semi-dressed unit.

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💆🏻‍♀️Close your eyes, take your first two fingers and massage your temples
🍨Book an online food shop and throw in a tub of Ben n Jerrys
💄Put on a slick of lipstick
📺Stick the kids in front of the TV
😴Stay in PJs the whole day
☎️Phone an old school friend
✍️Write a letter to an elderly relative
🐩Brush your hair, like really brush your hair
👗Pull on a dress you put away for ‘best’. Add tights if you, like me, still struggle with hairy legs
💪🏼Stand up, clasp your arms behind your back and pull downnn
📻Put the Dawsons’ Creek theme tune on real loud
✍️Write a page of a journal. In fact, forget the word ‘journal’, just write something, anything down
📲Turn your phone off for the whole day
👣Moisturise your feet
🛌 And finally…. get yourself into bed tonight at 9pm.

BOOM ⚡️

What have I missed?

Emma xxx

Well, that was a fun one.

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