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Picking up the pieces

  I have no brother. Those were the first words that came into my head this morning as sleep left my body. Mike had already got up to start on the morning routine. The children’s voices travelled up the stairs as they argued over who was...
by Larger Family Life on Dec 2, 2016

The Best Italian Food & Drink Expo is Back in London (Get Your FREE Tickets NOW!)

      It’s almost July and that means that our favourite Italian food and drink exhibition is back in London very soon! We can’t believe that it’s a whole year since we teamed up with Bellavita, hosts of the biggest m...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 30, 2016

The Night My Heart Broke

      When my father was diagnosed with lung cancer and brain metastasis on March 21st 2016, he asked the doctor breaking the news what the prognosis was for him. ‘Can I be honest?’ she asked him and he asked that she was.
by Larger Family Life on Jun 17, 2016

Goodbye, Dad

      Or as Ben better put it, see you later. All my love always, Your Girl xx...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 13, 2016

Guess Who Kicked Cancer’s Butt?

      After six months of taking it easy on an extended sabbatical my brother is finally back home. Okay, so if I’m honest it wasn’t quite a fun, relaxing trip or anything. It was a fight against leukaemia. When he was firs...
by Larger Family Life on May 23, 2016

Losing My Normal

      It’s gone 9pm and I am sitting listening to nothing but silence around me. It’s a novelty, this silence thing. I am used to being surrounded by people and with the bustle of children following me from the moment I wak...
by Larger Family Life on May 17, 2016

Spring Picnics and Family: The Perfect Combination

      There is something quite appealing about the first sunny days after a long, dark winter. As I look out of the window now it could all have been an illusion but, for a few days at least, we could have been forgiven for thinking th...
by Larger Family Life on May 11, 2016

My Weight Loss Success Story: Now Featured on the DDP Yoga Site Itself!

    How ridiculously excited am I? Allow me to tell you! I have just received notification that my weight loss story is now featured over on the DDP Yoga website itself! Words cannot even begin to explain how thrilled I am. It was only fai...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 25, 2016

Today someone will save my brother’s life in just 2 minutes. Now I will show you how to do the same

        November 13th 2015 would be the first date to turn our family’s lives upside down in the months to come. My brother Jimmy – a fit and healthy sporty type, a lecturer of public services, a gym regular and a hard...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 19, 2016

Life is changing and I don’t like the way that it’s going

    Thursday 24th March was the day our family was due to be setting off for little over six weeks of fun in the sun. We should have been driving out of the Eurotunnel, making our way across Germany in anticipation of the weeks ahead where...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 28, 2016

Meeting Oscar

    Mike and I have already seen baby Oscar several times. I was privileged to be one of Steph’s birth partners along with her lovely friend Bethany. Mike did the 100+ mile round trip from Kent to Surrey to see his grandson and, as...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 14, 2016

To the mum who was asked to leave John Lewis because her child was having a tantrum…

    Hang in there. The article I read quoted you as saying that you were made to feel like a rubbish parent. I wanted to reassure you that you are not. You’re a real parent. Trying to placate a toddler or young child mid-tantrum is ra...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 9, 2016

Say Hello…

    As I explained yesterday, February was a bit of a mixed bag for us. I’ve already mentioned the struggles we’re currently experiencing but the month was to end on the most wonderful note imaginable. Say hello to the newest ad...
by Larger Family Life on Mar 7, 2016

11 Reasons Why I’m a Crap Friend

      Friendships come and go and there are few that will truly stand the test of time. I’ve listed some of the reasons you shouldn’t be my friend here but it needs to be said that what you see on the outside isn’t always what’s go...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen!

    Last Sunday was Caitlin’s 16th birthday. We couldn’t quite believe that it was already 16 years since I waddled into the hospital ten days overdue and completely, utterly fed-up. Induction day couldn’t come quick enoug...
by Larger Family Life on Aug 28, 2015

We ALL want to keep our children safe

  All of us. Everywhere. So trust me, immigrants aren’t ‘flooding the country’ to get £40-odd of benefits. Considering the whole world’s population can fit in an area the size of Wales and the numbers at Calais are nothi...
by Larger Family Life on Aug 27, 2015

We all want to keep our children safe

  All of us. Everywhere. So trust me, immigrants aren’t ‘flooding the country’ to get £40-odd of benefits. Considering the whole world’s population can fit in an area the size of Wales and the numbers at Calais are nothi...
by Larger Family Life on Aug 27, 2015

Here’s Where My Family Life Happens

  My favourite place to be is at home. Our house works very hard to take care of all of us. Each of us has our own favourite spot to be in the home too. For me, I love it when we’re all in the kitchen. I might be cooking our evening meal, and...
by Larger Family Life on Aug 24, 2015

The Great Italian Outdoors

  Coming back to a place we are already familiar with has its advantages. We know the area, the local shops, the closest hospital thanks to needing to have my wedding ring cut off after an insect bite caused major swelling during last year’...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 20, 2015

5 Things I Decided to Do (or Stop Doing) Before I Hit Forty

  Turning forty is one of those major milestones in life. It is the time when life supposedly begins and is a significant moment when you realise that who you are now is a mile away from who you once were, not least in the physical sense. I look...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 17, 2015


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