• Macnaughty UNCUT – Real Life Adventures – Read all about it!

    By A Modern Military Mother on October 3, 2013
    I wrote recently about my real life adventures and it’s not going to be used so I am going to use it. I hate waste after all and so why waste it. My take on being a military wife: I don’t pretend it’s easy. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I don’t always enjoy it. It’s a […]
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  • Campbells Soup is Souper Art – I don’t want to eat mine!

    By A Modern Military Mother on October 3, 2013
        CAMPBELL’S SOUP SALUTES ANDY WARHOL WITH LIMITED EDITION TOMATO SOUP CANS                   Fifty years after Andy Warhol developed his iconic series, 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, Campbell’s is paying tribute to his work by introducing limited-edition cans of Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup with labels derived from original Warhol artwork. The cans […]
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  • Rugged Interiors

    By A Modern Military Mother on September 30, 2013
    I live in a big, old house in the country. With the best will in the world I can’t be precious over my carpets. We made a decision when we agreed to the rent the property that they could leave the old, stained carpets down as I have two children 10 years old and 5 years old, who traipse in […]
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  • My partner isn’t my pension!

    By Al Rush on September 25, 2013
    Parallel play is a form of interaction where children play adjacent to each other but do not always try to influence each other, or even engage with each other.  They benefit from proximity, they are interested in what each other are doing and they’ll sometimes modify their play accordingly. I wonder then, in these days of independently minded thinking and […]
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  • Reclaiming lost child benefit – because you need it more than the state

    By Al Rush on September 24, 2013
    You don’t need me to tell you.  For service families these days, life is grim.  No wage increases, longer absences, pension decimation, career uncertainty, lower budgets all round.  To add insult to injury, if you or your partner earns more than £50,000 per annum (and you won’t need me to tell you this either) the government has taken away some […]
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  • Labour party buying military votes?

    By Al Rush on September 23, 2013
    Lots of talk this morning in the Labour party conference about naming streets after those who die in our names and making it an offence to beat up servicemen (isn’t it already then?).  Isn’t this grasping at straws and I wonder what Labour has in mind for the families, spouses and partners?  I wonder where the money for more childcare […]
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  • Sisters.. aren’t doing it for themselves

    By Al Rush on September 23, 2013
    And that’s the problem. In a brutally honest moment, I ask myself.  If I was interviewing for a job and a candidate told me that she was trying to start a family and may want time off to have a baby in 12 months time, however enlightened I might be, however hard I might try to safeguard that person’s rights, however […]
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  • Aysgarth Falls – A Magical Holiday Spot in the Yorkshire Dales

    By A Modern Military Mother on September 23, 2013
    We have been looking at UK holiday destinations to take the kids for a staycation. When I was a 11 years old, I went on holiday with my aunty and uncle, staying in a static caravan, in the Yorkshire Dales, very close to Aysgarth Falls. The memories of this holiday have never left me. A river ran through our campsite; […]
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  • Are you paying too much to retire?

    By Al Rush on September 22, 2013
    I overheard a chat at a wedding this weekend, it went something like this. “Do you know what we pay those *^~#%*^$¥€ing bankers for our pensions?” “No, but it sucks.” “Yeah.” Ok, so I paraphrased a little. But they wouldn’t be far from the truth – the OFT has just published a damning report of pensions which charge too much. […]
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  • Trick or Treating: great tradition or greedy kids?

    By A Modern Military Mother on September 22, 2013
    Whether you favoured the witch, ghost or vampire look, many of us have fond memories of knocking on neighbours’ doors and stuffing ourselves with sweets. These days, however, it’s not the costumes that have people scared, but the thought that this treasured tradition might encourage anti-social behaviour in children and an unhealthy relationship with sugary treats. In the wake of […]
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