Planning an Italian Adventure?

I love travelling. For me travel is an experience which creates wealth in my life. I’ve brought Miss H up to understand that you can buy things, you most likely love them when you first get them, but they won’t be what you remember in years to come. I can count the childhood memories of shopping with my parents on one hand, but the fun times we experienced together on family holidays are endless ...

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How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

I love travelling, it’s one of the reasons working for myself is so great. I really do get to plan my diary and take off when and where I like. When Miss H first started at a private school I was so shocked by the length of the school holidays and wondered how anyone with a ‘proper job’ would ever cope. For me working from home and being able to be there for her into her teens has been so ...

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5 top tips to help your teen thrive in exam season

I'm so excited to bring you my very first Guest Blog by my friend and Academic Coach Lucy Parsons. Lucy has a track record of helping teeneragers to get the most from their schooling, pass exams and get into the university of their choice so I know you're going to love her blog. Have you got a teenager taking GCSE or A Level exams? If you have it’s highly likely that stress levels in your ...

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How I made my own hat

You know what they say … If you want to get ahead, get a hat. With the renewed popularity in vintage style and fashion and the likes of Kate Middleton indulging in wearing hats for all sorts of occasions, the humble hat is making a comeback. And thanks to Louise Brooks and Vikkie Brand at Hats from the Hall you can create your own, bespoke, creation for a wedding or party, or just because you’re ...

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Gluten free, refined sugar free brownie jar

This chocolate brownie jar is an easy (and last minute) gift idea, that’s perfect for all occasions – birthdays, mother’s day, and thankyous. It goes down a treat each and every time and it’s a super simple gift that everyone can enjoy! You will need: 1 mason jar Label to decorate Wooden spoon optional INGREDIENTS: Dry: ¾ cup oat flour ½ cup almond flour 2 tbsp cornflower 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/ ...

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The panto pays it forward

We all know the saying “what goes around, comes around” but this was really brought home to me at the weekend. Mr H had been given tickets to the Press night of Aladdin at Nottingham Playhouse so we thought we’d make a family event of it and go for dinner first. He booked us into Browns Restaurant just around the corner and so we donned our festive frocks (well he didn’t but you know what I mean ...

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Christmas tree shopping – the Ali Hutchinson way

It’s that weekend already – “what weekend?” I hear you say. The Christmas tree buying weekend, of course! Is it only me? Surely I’m not the only who has a Christmas Tree Buying ritual? I know, you have one too right? For us it’s a family affair. We choose the weekend and irrespective of weather, it’s the weekend we go to choose our tree. I go with a 6ft tree in mind and the idea of a short pair ...

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