Category: "Family Stories"

  • The secrets of paper and pen passion

    This week we’ve been salivating about all things stationery with the help of World Stationery Week and the London Stationery Show. Kerri Littlefield tells us why the pleasure of paper and pens pushes so many buttons… Why sketch, when you can use your phone to video? Why bother with a diary, when you can use iCal? Why write when you can type out your ideas and thoughts? We have the answer – it's because stationery is...

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  • 7 outdoor family activities to awaken your senses

    As the Wildlife Trusts prepare to launch their 30 Days Wild campaign to get us all outside soaking up the freshness of Spring, we’ve chosen our top picks of simple ideas to get you and your family excited about the outdoors, using all of your senses… 1. Go on a sound safari Explore all the sounds of your neighbourhood by organising a sound safari. From sirens, wind, planes and diggers, to birdsong and dog barks. They...

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  • How to build your own storytelling empire

    Except for a fortuitous few, writers used to tell tales of desperation and poverty as they clawed their way up the greasy ladder to become a published author. Kerri Littlefield considers how things have changed. Enter ‘The Storyteller’… With the London Book Fair celebrating it’s 45 year anniversary this week, it’s astonishing to reflect on how the book industry has changed over the years. In the olden days of publishing becoming a successful author was down...

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  • How 16 messages for a child as she grows can help you live a better life

    While we can complete journals for our children’s journey to date, what can we leave our children for their future should we suddenly depart? Helen Stephens ponders… For those who watch the BBC series “Call the Midwife” I couldn’t help to be moved by the last episode of the latest series, which saw Sister Evangelina pass away peacefully. However, it wasn’t just this scene that resonated with me, it was also the voice of Vanessa Redgrave...

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  • 6 reasons why mother was right about teenage skinny dipping

    Research* shows that teenagers’ happiness (girls’ in particular) plummets as they reach the teenage years. So, what advice would you offer your teenage self to get through those rollercoaster years? Kerri Littlefield has a go…. As my daughter reached 13 I started to see more of myself in her. The good bits, the bad bits. I also started to remember how tough it is to be a teenager and how the old saying of school days...

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  • The insider's guide to an imperfect Christmas

    Given that the average Mum spends 51 hours preparing all the loveliness for Christmas Day, major building work in the lead up to Christmas was always going to end in heartache. But nothing prepared me for the challenge ahead… I started off with a positive attitude. A romantic image of the family huddling up together with colourful scarves, red noses and hearty laughs. How could I be so naïve? The main challenges of rebuilding a house...

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  • An emoji can’t replace a hug

    We got quite excited when we were asked to be a National Unplugging Day partner. We were keen to help parents encourage their children to switch off their gadgets and see the benefits of spending more time engaging with their families, friends and nature, in the way ourJournals of a Lifetime do. Little did we realise that it’s us parents that are in need of the mostencouragement to unplug. MyFamilyClub.co.uk, a leading parenting website, found on...

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  • Inspiring Dads

    We are approaching Father's Day on June 21st, a date that is also celebrated in many countries around the world, and as a father myself, it started me wondering about my role as a Dad for my daughter, Mila. Am I a good father? Do I act as a role model for her? Do I provide inspiration? As a school governor I have been thinking a lot about our education systems. Do our schools, colleges and universities...

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  • How to make someone else's life better

    What is a business? According to Richard Branson, the answer is simple. It’s “an idea that makes someone else’s life better”. Every week we receive emails and social media posts from customers who say from you to me journals have made their life better. Over the next week, in the lead up to the #pitchtorich voting deadline, we will be sharing some lovely touching stories. Here’s Sally’s story. Sally and her partner are a same-sex couple...

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  • Where have all those Stories & Photos gone?

    Joan Coxon 19th June 1926 - 14th December 2014 It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that I recently lost my Mum who passed away just before Christmas. She was 88 - not a bad age and not a bad life she had lead, but still too soon for her and the family who remain. Sorting her belongings afterwards was a difficult job. Things that were such a integral part of her life...

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