Posts tagged lifestyle
A love of food rituals and creating a new one

There are many reasons I love cooking. 

I love eating, first and foremost.   I’d rather invest time in cooking something tasty than eat something indifferent.  I also get a huge amount out of the process of cooking itself: a sense of detachment.  My mind can wander as I just focus on the process - it’s meditative almost (that sounds wanky written down).  But it’s also, massively, about the rituals food creates.  The moments and memories that food can conjure.  Eating and laughing together is one of the most joyful of family activities.  And if you cook and eat similar things at similar events, those times, for me, seem to become even more precious.  To separate the food from the occasion becomes impossible.  

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Woman in Progress: Tabitha Mackness, creator of Lil' Cubs

Our latest Woman in Progress is Tabitha Mackness, owner of Lil' Cubs, wife and mother to two boisterous boys.  Tabitha started Lil’ Cubs in 2015 creating gender neutral fabrics for must have childrenswear (bibs, muslins, zipper baby grows, leggings etc).  Her designs are modelled across the country and by lil' cubs belonging to trendy celebrity types too.  Branching out into illustrated prints and badge pins for grown ups, Lil 'Cubs Tabitha continues to grow her brand .  She's taken time from her hectic schedule to answer our questions - thank you. 

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Books to read when you're short on time

Ah time.  I remember it well.  Once you feel like you never have any of it, you bitterly resent your younger-self for wasting so much of it.  Time to yourself is something which, during the school holidays, is very difficult to get hold of.   And occasionally I feel guilty that I no longer read as much as I used to.  I used to read at every opportunity - now - well, I read social media far too much.  I thought it might be nice though to get myself back in the reading habit - but to do so requires books that you can read even if you are short on time.  Here are my top 5 recommendations.

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9 Summer dinner party recipes to rely on

These are my favourite summer dinner party recipes, three starters, main courses and desserts to help you throw the perfect summer's evening - without too much stress.  All can be prepared in advance, and all adapted to serve a small gathering or a large crowd.  

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5 ways I didn’t overcome my fear of flying.  And one way I did.

I flew for the first time in 3 years last week.  I've always been embarrassed about my fear of flying.  I've tried lots of different (expensive) methods of curing my fear of flying - hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, avoidance, and others.  And lots of cash later, I've finally found one which works for me.

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WIP Cocktail Club #1: Mother's-Already-Ruined Punch

The first of our monthly cocktail club posts is an ode to this fabulous gin cocktail with blood oranges and elderflower

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