For retail staff, this is the holiday season…

Confession time... While I enjoyed trick or treating last night, I'm not all that about Halloween. I have worked in retail - on and off - for about 28 years now. I started as a 'Christmas special' and I still absolutely love the run up to Christmas - in fact I love the entire holiday … Continue reading For retail staff, this is the holiday season…

Slytherin chocolate brownies…

Let me be clear, absolutely nothing about these brownies will turn you into a power hungry, magical supremacist. They're called Slytherin brownies because I baked them for Child 2 when she told me she needed to take cakes in for the school bake sale. She and her sister are in Howard House. The cake stall … Continue reading Slytherin chocolate brownies…

Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

As it's the holidays my family has more time to explore everything we see, do and encounter on our way through the time together. Often that's through necessity. Sometimes you have to 'pad out' the day - kids are used to a school day that constantly stimulates and challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally. When … Continue reading Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

Sun care for civilians…

After a hot day chez S's V, I feel duty bound to write a small PSA. It's hot, it's sunny, it's not what most British people are used to - even after a beautiful summer last year. We generally haven't assimilated the knowledge required to deal with these conditions, despite numerous warnings and sustained efforts … Continue reading Sun care for civilians…

That was the week that was, well, the worst…

I haven't been very active on the Sophie's Voice social media platforms over the past couple of weeks. That's due to a delightful little drama chez Sophie's Voice Towers. I always say I won't talk about my kids - and then I end up doing so anyway. However today I'm going to start truthfully and … Continue reading That was the week that was, well, the worst…

An up and down sort of month or so…

Going up at home: Life at Merebank Towers is getting better in some ways. After a false fire alarm last Friday there was a lot of bonding while wearing pyjamas and warm coats. We discovered that a lot of people have illegal pets. The firefighters were, to a man and woman, all extremely attractive and … Continue reading An up and down sort of month or so…

Which Chris?

This blog post could just as appropriately be called: When I finally realised that I have either a) too much time on my hands or b) a natural inclination to waste precious time I can't really afford to spare. You see, as those of you who follow the Sophie's Voice Facebook page may have correctly … Continue reading Which Chris?

An Easter cake for modern life…

Traditionally Simnel cake (those of you who love it can click on the link for a great, slightly abbreviated, version by Mary Berry) was the speciality that occupied home cooks in the run up to the Easter holiday. However, nowadays fruit cake has fallen out of favour as it's so heavy and not very popular … Continue reading An Easter cake for modern life…

Panic stations – it’s the school holidays…

I've had the kids at home for the Easter holidays for precisely 5 days and 7 hours. A quick su\nmmary of our activities is as follows - Friday after school ended: bribed them with an ice cream each; bribed them with a McDonald's happy meal each; let them stay up late(ish) watching crap TV. Saturday: … Continue reading Panic stations – it’s the school holidays…

One week until Mother’s Day – get your shizz together, please, everybody…

Here’s an old favourite that’s always relevant on the day before Mother’s Day.
Enjoy being strongly advised by an expert in failed Hallmark holidays.

Sophie's Voice

Have you planned your Mother’s Day celebrations? If not, good luck trying to get that reservation.

Do something that I rarely advise and take the advice of Miss Vogue and buy your mother a luxurious present that isn’t related to you or the kitchen.

I also have a few little tips that will earn you a gold star sticker – or a merit badge, if you manage them all:

Give your Mum (please note the capital – she deserves it) a lie in. Change her sheets the night before if you want. Remember reciprocity is one of the keys to peace. I prefer it if my bed looks like something from my imagined Parisian apartment.

Make sure that a cup of tea or coffee is ready for her when she wakes up. I know some people go for breakfast in bed but make sure that she likes it. Personally, I’m…

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