Styling the seasons: October

: Styling the Seasons, by Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots : “Reflect the change of seasons and show those changes in your own home, by styling any surface (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece) with something you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you“ October. Unmistakably autumnal, October for our family usually means more time spent hibernating at home. More baking and crafts, the start of candlelit dinners as the evenings get darker, and finally accepting that the heating needs to go on. For me, October this year also means knuckling down to try to up my work productivity. Making the…

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No more forgotten birthdays

This year, one of my resolutions is simple: stop forgetting birthdays. Since the twins were born, I have pretty much failed to send a single birthday card on time, and mostly I forget to send a card altogether. And as many of you will know, having children can already make you feel isolated from a lot of your friends, and I don’t think forgetting everyone’s birthdays helps matters much. This week I worked out that I had already missed eight friends’ birthdays. And my mother-in-law’s. Urgent action was required. I have everyone’s birthdays written in a birthday book, but that…

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