February 27, 2015

Do Hard Things


    It isn’t rare to be faced with a certain reaction when someone hears of our plans. It is especially common to be faced with the same reaction when people hear how large our family is. We also come across it when they hear how we’ve chosen to live our lives, opting for home […]

Making Homemade Ravioli: It’s a Family Affair

how to make homemade ravioli

  My Saturday plans to make fresh ravioli for dinner ended up with the opening of the culinary domestic sweatshop. Paddy came on board to cook the filling earlier on during the day. Afternoon came around and with the filling now cool, it was time to begin preparing the ravioli. Obviously, with 13 of us […]

A Week of Birthdays


    We ended up marking the end of more than a month of various bugs and illness by celebrating three birthdays within five days. Ben celebrated his 22nd birthday on the 10th, miles away from us of course, being in the chilly north for uni while we are remain in the almost-as-chilly-but-not-quite-as-cold south-east. A […]

Common Misconceptions of Care

Young doctor holds the old  woman's hand

    As most people only have to think about care when it comes to a certain point in their lives – either they have to consider care for an elderly relative or they may have to think about their own needs – it often holds some mystique with people who carry lots of wrong […]

How The Family Stays Strong Through A Separation

Paper chain family protected in cupped hands

    Unfortunately, up to 42% of marriages in the UK end in separation. But that certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t maintain a strong and happy family. As parents, if you are unhappy, you owe it to yourself and your children to address that. This unhappiness will have a much more serious affect on […]

Wake me when spring comes


  We don’t get along very well, winter and I. I completely dislike this season of the year, with its bare and barren nature. I harbour utter resentment for the absence of sunshine and warmth, and it’s all I can do to hold on until spring. With the turn of the year we look back […]

Pros And Cons Of Giving Your Toddler A Sibling

Kids sticking out tongues

    When your first child reaches their second birthday, it is so easy to forget the hardships we have suffered as Mums getting to this point. Once we had decided we wanted a family, it felt like it took an age to get pregnant. Every month spent waiting to see if this was the […]

Would you trust this PR with your brand?

Metaphor of a persons who choose not to speak, ear and see.

      We’ve been blogging in some shape or form for almost ten years. We now run or manage several websites including Larger Family Life, which has been running since 2008 and now has more than 9,000 Facebook followers and over 4,200 Twitter followers. Every day we receive emails and press releases by the […]

Why I don’t dread turning 40

when I am old I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn't go

  Tomorrow I turn 40. You know, it’s when life begins. Supposedly. It’s the milestone I feel I’m supposed to dread coming but I’m not. Because I’m quite looking forward to getting older and becoming intentionally more eccentric. I’m looking forward to being able to get away with stuff that I can’t get away with […]

14 Ways to a Moneysaving Wedding

Wedding rings

    Planning a wedding is an exciting time but it can also be one of the most financially pressurising too. Here are some fabulous ways to get the wedding you want for less…   Plan well ahead The longer you have to plan your big day, the more chance you have of grabbing deals […]

The fragility of life

white feathers

    On Friday mornings I pack up my portable office and, with my laptop, mobile, pad and paper in hand I head off to ‘the office’ to get two or three hours of undisturbed work in. ‘The office’ being a local coffee shop with free wifi. As you can appreciate, things can get a […]

It’s only a matter of time


    It’s Tuesday evening and the rest of the children have gone to bed. Cait is staying with a friend for a few days and Mike is at the gym. I have the evening to myself. I have four craft projects on the go, a load of dirty nappies in the washing machine, a […]

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