Things That Make You Go Ripper #IBOT

So we were sitting in church on Sunday (as you do), and in the course of the sermon, the gentleman delivering it started telling a story. Now the point of the story is completely irrelevant to this post, but basically it started with someone receiving a party invitation, and responding with,  ‘oh ripper!’ An expression which… 

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The One Where I Join NaNoWriMo

So whilst the other day I was bemoaning the complete lack of Mojo that appears to have become the cloud under I which host my miserable existence, (Exaggerated much?) I’ve also got all inspired and did this.  As you do. (For those unawares, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writers Month, and is designed to encourage… 

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An Ode to Mojo #IBOT

image credit Where did all the mojo go? I looked high, and I looked low I said blog and it said ‘no’ Oh where did all the mojo go? To where did all the mojo flee? And why’d it runaway from me? Like those lions on Born Free, Mojo left and it’s just me Why… 

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What Makes a Good Book, A Good Book?

I have been on a quest to be a better writer. Which might seem odd since lately I seem to write very little, but I’m still questing. Silent questing if you will. Anyway part of my quest is involving reading more. Apparently all the great writers read, and seeing as that’s the goal, I thought… 

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flipping the switch

Flipping the Switch #IBOT

I can clearly remember the first day I ever thought of myself as pretty. And not in a vain, self indulgent way. Just a sudden acceptance of facts. Because every girl is pretty in her own way, even if she doesn’t see it. And up until March 10th 2000, I never saw it. It was… 

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How Well Do You Know #teamIBOT?

It’s about that time of the year when I get to tell all the newbies about IBOT, and how wonderful this little Tuesday community is. Except I’ve done that about 700 times, so if you’re really interested you can read about it here, here, here and here. And there’s probably even more links around if you’re keen…. 

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Guess How Much I Love You

I’ve just picked the kids up from school for the last time for a few weeks, and between you and me, holiday’s couldn’t come quick enough. We’ve got a few days away next week and we are all looking forward to the (mostly) uninterrupted family time with less (hopefully) drama, and distractions than normal. (Fewer… 

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It’s All About the Toothpaste #IBOT

And now, for the toothpaste story…. What’s the secret to a happy marriage? It’s one of the age-old questions, that could anyone successful supply a ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer to, it would instantly turn them into a multimillionaire. I am here, today, to be that person. (Disclosure: this post is entirely tongue in cheek. Do not, I repeat,… 

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Not quite this special thankfully

Five by Five

It’s time for another blog-tagging game! We techno-geeks apparently love these, because they are popping up quicker than you can say, ‘I’ve been tagged.’ And reading back on that, that was possibly the lamest way to open a post ever. Apart, of course, from my usual, ‘So I was tagged by….” Which I was, and I… 

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Free #IBOT

I was going to write a post about toothpaste. Not specifically toothpaste so much as my husband and his toothpaste, but toothpaste nonetheless. And it was going to be funny because dental hygiene is important, but can be humorous too. But I’m not. Because the other day I was challenged to speak words that mean… 

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The Magic Pillow

This is a sponsored post. Confession: I do not like massages. Or rather I like getting massages,  but I don’t like giving them. I find them tiresome and hard work, and anyone who does it professionally is pretty close to a super hero in my book. I mean having tough finger muscles is on its… 

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Confessions of a Mama-Bear

We’ve all heard the saying: ‘don’t judge a person till you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,’ (and probably not even then), or seen the updated internet meme: It’s one that you see and go ‘yes absolutely!’ Then scroll on past and forget about really quickly. It’s a truly great person that actually sees that kind… 

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5 things you never knew about essentiallyjess

5 Things You Never Knew About Me #IBOT

So I got nominated for a Leibster a few weeks ago by about four different people. And I started writing a reply post, but I couldn’t think of interesting replies, and it bored even me, so I canned it. Then last week Lisa tagged me to share 5 things you probably don’t know about me,… 

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How to win at fathers day

How To Win At Father’s Day

In the lead up: for ultimate Father’s Day Failure success, you need to prepare the week before hand. I highly recommend the following: Make sure you don’t order gifts online. Yes it might be what he asked for, and yes that will mean it arrives at your door with no need for you to go… 

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The Opposite of Romantic #IBOT

My mother has always been a true romantic. As a kid, any movie night that didn’t involve my step dad, included a romantic comedy. If there was a new one out, we saw it. You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, The Mirror Has Two Faces, these are the movies I remember watching. (And loving.)… 

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