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    Don’t Patronise Young Voters

    This morning I woke up early to do a workout, but I made the mistake of going onto Instagram. I saw the offending picture and I am incensed.  Earlier this week, Stormzy posted on his social outlets that he urged people to register to vote, he reminded his followers why voting was essential for all because the manifestos you are voting for have a massive impact on our future. In this post, he also discussed his personal political leanings, he would be voting for Labour. However, he urged his followers to come to their own decisions by doing their research. The first thing that really pissed me off was Michael…

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    Embracing Age

    I’ve been thinking about things recently, thinking about some of the things I felt insecure about when I was younger and how my relationship with myself has changed so much over the years. I can honestly say, I have never been so content in my own skin. I don’t mean to sound full of myself by saying that, I just mean that as the years have passed, I have a greater sense of clarity about myself and there is something liberating in that. Things that I would jibe myself about in my teens and twenty, now seem like total bullshit. Here is a list of a few of the things…

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    Nurturing Friendship

    I have just returned from a weekend away with my best friend of 33 years, Roxanna. Despite being best friends our whole entire life, we have only been away together as a pair once before, in 2015 to Vegas.  The weekend was spent in Rome, a city that I had never been to and one which she had only visited briefly as a teenager. One of the main attractions was its reputation for amazing food and abundant gelateries! And on both fronts, boy did it deliver!  Sometimes motherhood is all consuming and at times I reflect nostalgically on my pre-baby friendships, where I would be able to have conversations without…

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    June 2019: Makeup Edit Favourites

    I thought I’d just create a little edit of the stuff which I have been loving to slap on my face at the moment. I have combination/oily skin which is prone to a breakout or two. As a result, I have a flurry of blemish marks on my face which have faded over time. I tend to like a bit of coverage on them though as I prefer to have a more even base. It’s late Spring in the UK at the moment and my shiny ass skin doesn’t need a tonne of glowy products. I thought I’d make that clear from the outset as my skin type reflects my…

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    Brotherly Bond Blossoming

    I am one of two daughters; my sister and I are legit besties. We have always been close (despite the not speaking to each other for about 3 months in 1999 because we just ‘hated’ each other) and having a big sister by my side has definitely been such a support throughout my life. My husband is an only child. He had lots of cousins around growing up, but he did feel like he was missing out on something when at home on his own. I had always wanted more than one child, and I kinda think that was because I enjoyed having a sibling so much that I wanted…

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    The Only Girl in the House

    I have never made it a secret that I always imagined having a daughter. I have one sister and an extended family full of girls and I have always been surrounded by them. When I was pregnant with my older son, we chose not to find out the gender prior to birth, I didn’t feel the need to and I was rather excited about finding it out at the actual time of birth. I won’t lie, there was a tiny part of me hoping that it would be a girl, but when he arrived, I was totally over the moon to have my little pudding. And anyway, I always wanted…

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    Stop the Stuff?

    I used to buy magazines and I loved sifting through the pages, dipping in and out of it as the month passed. But as the print market began to feel the heave ho, I found myself replacing this with Instagram. I started by following lots of fitness accounts for ‘fitspo’, followed by food, beauty, interior design and just general lifestyle accounts. Initially I felt that it was such a great replacement for magazines but more recently, I feel that an element of the immediacy of Instagram, means that you are constantly being exposed to newness. I find myself having FOMO far more and parting with money for things that I…

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    Ships, Ducks and Goodness!

    I grew up in a house where my parents were very selective in their use of language. I’m pretty sure the word ‘bloody’ was batted about a bit by my Dad, but my Mum was totally PG. She legit still uses the phrase ‘silly sausages’ instead of shit. When my sister and I became teenagers, it seemed that my Dad let go of whatever verbal restraint he had exhausted in our younger years and his language in conversations began to use stronger, more potty language. He wouldn’t ever swear at us, he would just use it in conversation now and then. And I loved it! I really liked the way…

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    Michael Jackson: Delete?

    So I have been thinking about this post for a long time. When I got married in 2010, prior to the wedding, we were discussing possible song choices for out first dance. One of my suggestions had been ‘Rock with You’ by Michael Jackson, to which my husband objected saying that he didn’t want our first dance to be sung by a paedophile. This led us to discuss the allegations and he said, “what the fuck is a grown ass man doing in bed with young boys that are not his own children?” I had no response, other than, “yeah man, that is kinda fucked up”. Until that point, I…

  • DixysBits,  Mum stuff

    “Does it get boring?”

    My dad dropped by the other day. We were in the living room, the little one playing on the floor, me on the floor playing with him and my dad on the sofa. After a few minutes of observing us, my dad asked, “sometimes, do you find this all a bit boring?” I instantly felt a little embarrassed, did my facial expression or tone of voice suggest that?! I hesitated slightly when responding. I felt like I should say, “no way, I love it!” but I then I just said what my face was saying for me, “sometimes it can be a bit, numbing”.  And that’s the honest truth. I…