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This Valentine’s I’m Asking: How Often Should We Have Sex?

As I write it’s Valentine’s Day. Since about five years ago my husband and I don’t observe this day. That would have bothered me once, but now it doesn’t at all. The reason we don’t is basically because I know our marriage is pretty resilient, and I don’t feel the need for us to earmark a special day in the year to shout about it. So, instead  ...

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Marriage

Guest Post: I’ve Never Been Attracted to My Husband

I was recently approached by a friend about the possibility of publishing an anonymous guest post on my blog. She didn’t tell me the subject; despite very rarely accepting guest posts and because it’s somebody I admire and know to be a good writer, I agreed without hesitation. The title of the article alone was heartbreaking:  ...

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Family and Parenting, Marriage, Pregnancy and Newborns

A Special Christmas Message

I’ve hinted several times recently that I’ve been working on something quite exciting, and I’m thrilled and delighted to finally share with you this video – including a special Christmas message! The finished piece made me cry, so I hope you’ll like it too! I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so without  ...

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Family and Parenting, Marriage

Baby Naps: The Magic Window

I have a confession to make. I’ve always been adamant about co-sleeping being a no-no for us; not that I judge – I just value my marriage. Not that I’m saying you don’t if you co-sleep – but my hubby wouldn’t tolerate it very well. Not that I’m saying – I’m just going to move on now… Anyway, we had a lot of trouble with Pixie’s sleep for  ...

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Family and Parenting, Marriage

Our First Night Sans Baby

So, last Saturday was our much-anticipated first night of freedom since Pixie disrupted life as we knew it. And as I wrote about on Friday, we were super excited to enjoy some long-overdue quality adult time. It was the perfect opportunity to go crazy wild and dance until dawn! Or, you know, go modest with dinner. Haha! Give me some credit,  ...

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Family and Parenting, Marriage

While the Brat’s Away…

I love my child. Fiercely. But the moment she was born conceived my independence, spontaneity, freedom and fun signed away their rights. Willingly, I’ll grant you; but nonetheless they’re nowt but a distant memory these days. Those wild, hedonistic nights of our early twenties – brilliant and mortifying in equal measure  ...

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Family and Parenting, Marriage

Perfect Marriage? Don’t Be Complacent

When my husband and I discovered I was pregnant, like every other parent we were both delightered and bewildered. Our daughter was planned, though *whispers* not exactly motivated by my broodiness. Or his. I’d always anticipated being a younger mum (mid-twenties, as opposed to mid-thirties; which is actually not that young,  ...

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