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My Year of giving – March

March 31, 2018 admin 0

As March comes to an end I find myself thinking how quickly this year is flying by already. I have now completed my third month of my year of giving where I am on the hunt for different ways to help others that don’t necessarily mean donating money to charities because lets face it, we don’t always have spare money, but that shouldn’t mean we don’t help others.   This month I have attempted to […]

That time I drove an Aston Martin

March 30, 2018 admin 0

When I was 29 I wrote a list of 30 things I wanted to complete before I was 30 and although I never quite completed the list I did manage to tick off most of them with a bit of help from family and friends. One of the things on my list was to drive a really fast car and my husband arranged this for me for my birthday at the Three Sisters in Wigan. […]

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The truth about Forever Living

March 16, 2018 admin 3

Being a working parent is hard. There is the balancing of work and home life, the juggling of meetings and child care, the parent guilt for not seeing the children enough and the professional guilt of not staying at work. So what do people do? Well apart form getting ridiculously stressed out it lots of people go in search of that work life balance, the answer to being a working parent, the job that fits […]

How I chose the name for my blog

March 15, 2018 admin 0

So many people ask me how I chose the name, The Strawberry Fountain, for my blog and so I thought I’d let you in on the secret. When I first started writing my blog I knew that I wanted to talk about two things: parenting and beauty reviews (although I don’t do many beauty reviews any more), anyway, I knew that I wanted something that could cover both so names like The Parent Blogger or […]

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A personal update

February 13, 2018 admin 0

It has been one and a half months since I left my career as a teacher to become a freelance writer. It has been the quickest 6 weeks ever, it literally feels like it has passed in the blink of an eye and teaching seems such a distant memory. I miss my students, loads, people think this sounds weird but I genuinely do miss them and wonder how they are getting on. It’s a bit […]

What I’m really doing when I say I’m working

February 5, 2018 admin 6

It’s February, it’s raining, it’s cold and I’m bored. I am sat in my office trying to find some inspiration to write a wonderfully witty post about my children or a heart felt post that will resonated with my readers but nothing is happening. Instead I find myself dreaming of a holiday some place warm and the map behind me is not helping because I just keep looking at all the places we haven’t been […]

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Do you encourage your children to meditate?

September 21, 2017 admin 0

A few months back I started to become acutely aware of my stress levels  and the impact this was having on my health and if I am totally honest, my relationship with my husband and my boys. As a teacher it seems to be a part of the job, that we accept the work load and ridiculous expectations put on us without question and just live a life that is so full of stress it is […]

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We were right, they were wrong

June 30, 2017 admin 0

We were right and they were wrong, I knew it all along. I don’t know why my husband and I ever thought that a 7 year old and a 4 year old were wiser or smarter than us. I don’t know why we believed the promises and justifications that left their cute little mouths or why we let ourselves fall for those deliciously beautiful big eyes they both have, again. But we did.   You […]

My first experience of a blogging conference with Blogon

May 22, 2017 admin 2

On Sunday I attended my first ever blogging conference with Blogon in Manchester and to say I was a nervous wreck would be an understatement. I booked it on a whim a few months ago after a couple of glasses wine, a shot of courage and chaser of inspiration and then shut it from my ever anxious mind until the day itself. Well, that day was yesterday and I survived, just! I left with plenty […]

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An anniversary afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie

April 19, 2017 admin 0

This weekend my husband and I celebrated 6 years of marriage and as part of my gift to him we went for afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie at Cheshire Oaks. Now had you asked me a few years ago how I would celebrate anniversaries, or in fact how I would spend any child free time we managed to get, I can assure you an afternoon tea would not have been my answer. It would have […]