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My 2016 Blogging Resolutions

My 2016 Blogging Resolutions

  I don’t do New Year resolutions, especially blogging resolutions, because they are usually make-believe aspirations to be someone other than myself, especially when it comes to ‘be healthier’. Stepping into the new year doesn’t magically grant new fully formed habits, or I should be the fittest woman in the whole of England! Ah well. […]

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French Christmas posts round-up

French Christmas 2016

  French Christmas traditions are quite different from UK ones, but whether you eat twelve desserts in one night or have a takeout curry on Christmas Eve, they are all pretty special. I bought the special Radio Times Christmas TV schedule yesterday and had a moment’s panic because it means the Christmas countdown is on and I’ve […]

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The Mysterious Tradition of Weepy Christ...

The Mysterious Tradition of Weepy Christmas adverts

Around this time of year, Britain gets taken over by a slightly bizarre (to me) early Christmas adverts tradition. Major supermarkets and popular department stores have an unofficial competition for most soppy, heart-strings-pulling, commercially near-irrelevant, cuteness-overload weepy Christmas advert. John Lewis opens the flood gates everywhere and is always a strong contender for ‘Best Christmas Advert’, if […]

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Meal Planning Tips + Free Templates!

Meal Planning Tips + Free Templates!

  I have been meaning to post meal planning tips for a while. Meal planning is a very practical tool that I am passionate about, and my aim today is to show how I plan meals to save money on food shopping. It’s not rocket science and it’s not original, but it works. I will also […]

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Pray For Paris

Pray For Paris

  I’m going to be honest, I don’t know what to say right now. My family is safe, and I am relieved. It is but a small thing in light of yesterday’s events. I stand with the world in bewilderment and horror that such atrocities happen here, there, and anywhere. I stand alongside my Muslim friends and […]

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British recycling woes

British recycling woes

Last month, England introduced new recycling legislation that requires supermarkets to stop providing free single use plastic bags at the till and to charge at least 5 pence for the biodegradable ones. Until now, you were already able to buy these alongside the free ones, but now the latter have been removed from circulation altogether […]

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31 days to love all things French {day t...

31 days to love all things French {day thirty-one}

Bonjour! This is it, the final day of my series on how to Frenchify Your Life. 31 days of actually finishing something I cannot believe I managed to post every day for 31 days about France. When I first started, I thought I would get really stressed half-way through and give up. I was convinced I would […]

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Books about France and the French {day t...

Books about France and the French {day twenty-nine}

Today I am just going to recommend a handful of books about France that are more humorous than hard history, but that I enjoyed reading and found accurate enough.   The Secret Life of France by Lucy Wadham: I love this book; it is dry, astute and well-observed, and covers many interesting topics ranging from attitudes to […]

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A Short List of French Films You Should ...

A Short List of French Films You Should Watch {day twenty-seven}

There are lots of intelligent and fun French films out there for you to enjoy, and all these below are in the original French with subtitles. A couple of French series The Returned (the original French series called ‘Les Revenants’, not the US remake), in which dead people come back to life in a sleepy alpine […]

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Classic French Books for Children {day t...

Classic French Books for Children {day twenty}

For this post, I have had to search my memory for French books for children that impacted me when I was growing up. It was a tough task, but let’s not linger on the state of my neurons and instead look at what books French children are most likely to grow up with, though school […]

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