Mulled wine – not just for Christmas

Plus a variation for those of you who want something lighter and more refreshing. I love mulled wine. I drink it a lot during the autumn. It's great if you have company because you can leave it on the stove and let guests help themselves. Halloween and Bonfire night are great times to kick off … Continue reading Mulled wine – not just for Christmas

Blogtober 2020 – the prompts…

This year Mandi Morrison at Big Family Organised Chaos is, once again, organising a Blogtober challenge. Corralling bloggers is not an easy job but she's bravely taken it on - although, if anyone can do it, it's got to be a woman who can deal with 7 children daily. I'll be trying to keep up … Continue reading Blogtober 2020 – the prompts…

Stanning on Generation Z – spoiler alert: they’re lovely…

By now lots of you have probably already tasted a flavour of Twins The New Trend - Tim and Fred Williams - via the viral video of them discovering Phil Collins (if you haven't I promise it's better than I make it sound) but all their content is worth checking out. Imagine twin brothers sharing … Continue reading Stanning on Generation Z – spoiler alert: they’re lovely…

How Liverpool copes with tragedy…

The anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster is always a pensive, reflective time in Liverpool. The Hillsborough disaster was a fatal human crush during the semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield on the 15th of April, 1989. With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, it remains the worst disaster … Continue reading How Liverpool copes with tragedy…

A quick review of my Coronavirus beauty regime…

After a few enquiries, here's a quick look at my beauty essentials during lockdown - nothing very exciting, I'm afraid. I have been wearing precisely no makeup - until this week's Instagram takeovers. I'm not one of those people who gets a nice warm feeling when I've got my face on. If anything I'm a … Continue reading A quick review of my Coronavirus beauty regime…

What to do during lockdown… Part 1 – Podcasts

I always associate podcasts with smart people. Smarter than me people, anyway. I'm lucky - somehow a lot of smarter than me people are generous enough to be my friends. I'm glad. They're really helpful in expanding my gaze at the world. They are fonts of wisdom when it comes to what's big, what's new, … Continue reading What to do during lockdown… Part 1 – Podcasts

What Coronavirus means for Gen-Xers and our younger siblings – the much preferred (by our parents, anyway) Xennials…

Yesterday a lovely colleague texted 'hahahahaha oh my god that's so dramatic' in reply to one of my Coronavirus related messages. She was totally right, to be fair. However, I've just been to the post-school 'break up' adhoc park play session with a load of the mothers who keep me sane a lot of the … Continue reading What Coronavirus means for Gen-Xers and our younger siblings – the much preferred (by our parents, anyway) Xennials…

Here comes the sun…

A Sophie’s Voice tradition – the annual commemoration of Child 2’s arrival.

Sophie's Voice

It’s Beatles Day. I live just off Penny Lane – and have done, on and off, for nearly 23 years. I used to love The Beatles. I still love Penny Lane. I love the bakery where I buy my pastries. I love the corner shop (that isn’t on the corner) where I buy the milk. I love the pub where we get Saturday lunch occasionally. I loved the Washerama when I didn’t have a machine and it was still open. I love the giraffe statues my children admire on the walk to school. It’s really pretty fantastic. 

However, due to constant exposure to the Fab Four, I never choose to listen to their music. What’s the point? It’s shoved into my ears constantly anyway.

Except this song…it’s too beautiful to ignore. In fact, it’s almost perfect. I sang it to my youngest daughter at seventeen minutes past midnight on the…

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‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…

I served a Muslim woman and her daughter at work today. They come in a lot so we know them well - the daughter's kids are always gutted that our gummy sweets aren't halal... But we just got new vegan ones so I let them know and they were so excited. It was such a … Continue reading ‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…

A quick word about holiday sweaters…

Occasionally I suffer from depression. That's enough about that - I'm British so I don't dwell whilst the dark passenger isn't riding my coattails. Anyway, it tends to make me rather zealous about holidays. All holidays - I don't discriminate. They all have a meaning and a purpose so they're all equally important. I'm not … Continue reading A quick word about holiday sweaters…