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Poplar Hall cottage - Amy Haddow Thabit

When a Period Property Fights Back

If my house and I were married, we’d be in intensive therapy right now. She just doesn’t compromise. I try my hardest to accommodate her needs; to be sympathetic and pay attention to her ‘seasonal requirements’. But just as I think we’re making headway and reaching common ground, she pulls the rug out from under...

ikigai and self-isolation

Self-Isolating Could Be The Best Time To Find Your Ikigai

According to the Japanese, we all have an Ikigai – a purpose and reason for being. But how many of us feel as though we’ve found our true purpose in life? How many of us are clear on the thing or things that bring us blissful happiness and satisfaction, and give our lives true meaning?...


Self-Isolation – The Greatest Social Experiment of our Time

Testing times are revealing times. They have a way of shining a spotlight on how we handle certain situations, forcing us to acknowledge whether we are the people we thought we were. The recent and somewhat unprecedented global shut-down in response to Covid 19 has thrown us all into the unknown, and we’re being tested...

back to basics

Complexity Climax: Why Society is Going Back to Basics

We are a society of overwhelmed individuals. Our constant strive for efficiency and desire to fit more and more into our busy schedules has left many of us feeling emptier than ever before. In an attempt to simplify normal everyday tasks we have subsequently increased the number of tasks that can be achieved in any...

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Settling Into The Second Trimester

I felt as though I’d gotten off quite lightly in the first trimester. I wasn’t sick and didn’t think I felt too bad at all. But then I reached week 14 of my pregnancy and almost overnight, I felt like a new woman. I could walk up stairs without getting out of breath. All of...

best baby carriers 2019

Best Baby Carriers & Slings for Newborns +

Among all the differing opinions, advice and personal preferences of parents I’ve spoken with throughout my pregnancy, they all agree on one thing. Baby carriers are THE best investment and an absolute must for new parents. When baby is first born, all they want is to be close to you. Not only is your scent...

midwife care early pregnancy

How I came to make the best decision of my pregnancy so far

Finding out that I was pregnant was exciting, terrifying and confusing all at once. Everything was completely new to me but I felt as though I should know what to do. The fact was, I didn’t. I didn’t want to tell friends and family the news yet because I was still processing it, and between...

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I’m pregnant! Now what?

Ten weeks ago I was that gal – waiting nervously with pee stick in hand to find out if life was about to change forever. Positive. Nothing can prepare you for the shock / elation / disbelief / terror that that little blue line evokes – even if, like me, you were planning to start...

lifestyle blogger

Not another lifestyle blogger…

So this is my very first blog post. Not ever, obvs, but here… on my new site. I thought long and hard (actual time – 2-3 minutes) about how to start. What should my first post be about? Well I set this thing up to share stories about me, my life; to connect with others...