So today was Miss Maggie's 2nd birthday and we have been in full celebration mode. I'm not sure she was completely aware of what was going on, but she has certainly mastered the art of opening presents and the word "mine" has been shouted out with great intent on a number of occasions! It's been lovely to see her so happy and for Edith to join in with all the excitement. Maggie was born two weeks early on a chilly January morning. I knew it was unlikely I would reach full ...

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There were many reasons why we set up Blue Ticking, but one of them was to source and create wonderfully practical and beautiful looking storage. This has always been a priority in our home where inbuilt storage is virtually non existent and the piles of toys and clothes only seems to grow. It's also never more apparent after Christmas when suddenly whatever storage you have doesn't seem enough with the new influx. It's therefore on my mind a lot at the moment hence why I thought ...

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At the weekend we hit the big smoke with the two kids. John and I lived there for ten years before moving to our current home so always relish the opportunity to go back. We are lucky living near Guildford that it's so accessible. We did, however, pick a day where there was engineering works, so what would usually be a 35 minute journey turned into an hour and 15 minutes. No biggy we thought, but one forgets that a two year olds love of trains may diminish rather quickly. So, ten ...

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Setting up a new business and looking after two small children is fabulous, but busy and at times very fraught. I often feel very guilty that I don't do enough with Edith and Maggie, or at least things which are meaningful or pure and simple fun. So one of my goals for 2015 is to switch off more (from Blue Ticking) when I am with them, and spend more days out as a family. We put this into practice last weekend and decided to hit Brighton which luckily for us is only about 40 ...

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So 2015 is here, which I can hardly believe. Where has the last 12 months gone? For the Shaw household it has been quite a whirlwind of kids mixed in with setting up a new business. Though it hasn't always been easy, one thing it has has been is an awful lot of fun and hugely motivating. This is why for me, going back to work this week isn't too much of a trial. Don't get me wrong I still hate getting up in the dark and cold, and don't always relish heading off to what is ...

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