A little while ago Belle and I went for a weekend in Newquay, Cornwall. From the beach we could see a large building out on the headland.

Headland Hotel Cornwall

Can you see it?

‘What’s that do you think?’ Belle asked at the time.

‘I don’t know,’ I said, ‘but it looks a little bit creepy doesn’t it? Like it could be an abandoned asylum, staring out to sea.’

Turns it out wasn’t an abandoned asylum at all. It was The Headland Hotel, as we discovered when we pulled into the car park in front of what, in fairness, does have a very grand, traditional feel to it. (I did ask and although it was purpose built as a hotel, it was used as a hospital during World War II, so perhaps I just sensed the ghosts of patients past.)

Inside was very far from hospital chic. Instead it had a very classical, opulent hotel feel. Proper chintz, but in a good way, if you know what I mean. Big comfy sofas and swooshes of curtain, framing gorgeous sea views from what felt like every window.

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I currently have three mobile phone contracts.

EE home broadband

From the amount I spend on phones every month you might imagine I have some kind of secret, shady double life, but I don’t, I just have two children.

All three of my phone contracts are with EE, but even though that should probably make me a bit of an EE expert, I’d never considered EE for my home broadband before. I actually didn’t even know they did home broadband.

Sorry about that EE. My bad.

It’s stupid of me really, as one of the perks of EE broadband is that you get an extra 5GB of data every month on your EE pay monthly mobile data allowance, which is worth £10 a month. I do often go over my data allowance, especially if I’m out of the office a lot, so this would be very handy for me.

That’s reason number one for switching to EE home broadband.

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A month or so ago Fiancé had labyrinthitis. It’s that horrid thing that makes you feel like you’re on board a ship in the middle of a terrible storm, and you’re meant to stay lying down for pretty much all of the time until it passes.

Fiancé is a boy though, so he thought he had special spider powers that meant he could keep getting up and doing things like hanging out washing.

He couldn’t, which he proved when he actually did try to hang some washing out, and fainted, crushing our indoor clothes airer in the process. For a little while we propped it up against the coffee table, managing to make do with just three legs, and then I got an email from Brabantia asking if I wanted a clothes airer to help promote their #LoveNature campaign and all was well.

What is the Brabantia #LoveNature campaign?

The Brabantia #LoveNature campaign is a collaboration with WeForest, where for every wallfix, rotary dryer or drying rack sold, Brabantia plants a tree in Africa’s Great Green Wall.

Brabantia has planted a whopping 800,000 trees so far with WeForest and they want to make it to a million.

If, like me, you hadn’t heard of the Great Green Wall, then you need to have a watch of this video. It’s essentially a hugely ambitious and symbolic project with the aim of building a wall of trees the entire width of Africa. It’s a pretty incredible thing.

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I had a bit of an embarrassing moment about 12 years ago when a man came to the door of my house at about 1am, thinking I was a prostitute.

His English wasn’t good, so there was some confusion while he tried to invite himself in and I wondered what on earth was going on.

‘For sex?’ he kept saying, much to my utter bemusement.

‘What?’ I replied, unhelpfully.

‘I come in for sex?’ he kept repeating.

It was all a bit awkward.

Finally he pointed up to Bee’s bedroom window, where I could see that she had left her light on. She was about nine years old and had bought this red light bulb from B&Q for some reason, and had gone to sleep with it on. We lived in a family terraced house in a nice part of a small Somerset town, off the main road, but apparently the logical conclusion to jump to was that I was running a brothel.

So that was a lesson learnt for everyone.

Technology has come a long way since my light bulb/sex worker incident, so I wasn’t deterred when TP-Link got in touch to see if I fancied trying some of their smart Wi-Fi LED bulbs.

Yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking: light bulbs, that’s hardly the sexiest of topics is it? Well you’re wrong, because these bulbs are AWESOME.

The first one we tried was the smart Wi-Fi LED bulb with colour changing hue.

TP-Link smart bulb colour changing

I’m not sure how it works exactly – I think it’s actual magic – but all you have to do is pop it into your light socket, as you would a normal bulb, follow the instructions to connect it to an app on your phone and TADA! View Post

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I’ve never done a proper family photoshoot before. I guess because in my mind they are always awful. No offence if you like those dreadful staged photos on a cheesy background, where you’re all lying on your fronts with your heads resting in your hands, they’re just not my thing.

We’re going to be moving house soon, (once the vendor finds her stupid gas safety certificate and we can finally set a date), and looking around the house where we are now I’ve realised that all of our family photos are at least five years old.

On the one had this is fine – I looked much younger and thinner then, and the girls had cute chubby cheeks – but it’s starting to feel a bit weird, like perhaps the last few years haven’t actually been real?

I decided that a new house should mean a new start photo wise, and so reluctantly I have been taking down the photos of Belle dressed as an Easter bunny, ready to put up more recent ones.

But what to do about a shoot that wouldn’t mean us looking like this??

family photo shoot

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(Apologies if this is you and your family but seriously, what were you thinking with those baubles and Dad casually holding a gift?!)

Cue Liam from Life is Crawsome and his super cool drone.

Nothing could be further from the Christmas bauble awfulness than spending the afternoon in the middle of a forest, lying on the floor while a drone hovers above you taking pictures.

Life is Crawsome family photo shoot

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