V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! 40 things I’ve learnt at 40 *Part One*

Well, next month I turn 40 – and I wanted to find a way to mark this milestone birthday. Yes, I could go and get a dramatic hair cut or splash out on some designer shoes. Book the holiday of a lifetime or finally throw away those scales.  I admit – all great ideas but really I wanted to mark it with something on here (you can also read about how I feel about turning 40 here) Something I could…

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V. I. BUYS: This is 40! The Birthday Wish List – 40 gifts from £1.50 to Priceless

“What do you want for your birthday?”  “Can you give me a list of what you want for your BIG birthday?” “Any ideas for your birthday?” “Shall we just give you money for your birthday this year?” These are just some of the questions I have been asked over the last few weeks as my big 40th approaches.  The thing is – and I don’t want this to sound ungrateful – there is actually nothing I need…or really, really want. …

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V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! How I feel about turning 40 & who I’m sharing my birthday with this year…

Next month I turn 40. But, in all honestly I think I have been preparing myself for it since my 39th birthday. I think I’ve spent my whole 39th year saying “I’m nearly 40” or “I’m turning 40 next year” instead of enjoying the last year of my thirties. And, saying I’m am in fact 39. Not because I’m dreading it. Having a weird mid-life crisis. Or, worried about ageing. But, because I can’t really believe it. I mean I…

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V. I. BABY SHOWER: An alternative mum-to-be baby shower at Brooklands Hotel & Spa, Surrey

Organising a baby shower can sometimes be tricky. You have the people who love the games, cooing over baby clothes and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea and then you have the ones who see it as a girls day out – away from the husband and kids and want to let loose. But, at the end of the day the shower should be about the mum-to-be and what she likes. I knew instantly what kind of baby shower I…

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V. I. BUYS: 8 Great last minute finds at Debenhams for Mother’s Day

Is it just me or does this sound a little like you this week too? You knew this day was coming and it may be a little earlier this year and you can’t move for Mother’s Day adverts, posters and the like. Yet you’re still running around at the last minute trying to get everything sorted. Or, you’re frantically searching online and hoping next day delivery, really does means next day. This year you thought you were really organised as…

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