Category Archives: Opinion & Personal

How do you cope in tough times?

A couple of months ago, I wrote that my new year's resolution was to be as happy and positive as possible. I'm not doing too well at that to be honest. So I thought I'd ask you: how do you cope with tough times? There's this thing going on in my life that I do want to share ...

A year on from dreaded diagnosis

Dealing with a diagnosis of a seriously ill child. When I was told my child had Alagille syndrome | www.angelinthenorth.com

Last May, Alex wrote this piece about our dear friend Emma who had been told her baby son has chronic liver disease. A year on from the diagnosis, and as a tribute to her sons, her inspiration, Emma wanted to write this piece about how she dealt with the news no mother ever wants to ...

Looking forward to spring

Things I love about spring: daffodils

Today it's officially the end of winter, and I can't tell you how happy that makes me. It's already been lighter and sunnier and - it may be me imagining it, but - I swear I can see a bit more of a spring in people's step. (Is that why they call the coming season spring?) These ...

Blog birthday giveaway!

Blog birthday giveaway. Filofax, Ted Baker pen and stylo, Orla Kiely notebook and OPI nail polish | www.angelinthenorth.com

As you'll know if you popped in earlier in the week, my blog recently had it's second birthday. I've been blogging for a little longer than that, but it was early 2012 when I bought this domain and found my direction. I thought it was about time I shared a little more about myself so I did ...

Want to know about my life?

I've been blogging for a couple of years now. I first went online as a way of promoting the wedding table plans I make from time to time. The blog and my reasons for having this strange pastime have changed a lot since then! I'm pretty happy with the way it's evolved and how it fits ...

Tips for a wardrobe clear out

Tips for clearing out your wardrobe | www.angelinthenorth.com

Having a clear out is always a good idea. I am, by nature (thanks mum) a bit of a hoarder. Until very recently, I had things in my wardrobe that I bought 15 years ago! Who am I kidding? I also like buying new things, and it doesn't take a genius to work out the two can't ...

New year’s resolutions

Think of happy thoughts. New year

I don't usually make a grand gesture of setting out new year's resolutions - after all, most people who made a promise to change something from January 1st will have broken it already. But I do often take the opportunity to have a quiet word with myself about how the year has gone, what I'd like ...

Money for your dreams

As you know if you've been reading the blog earlier this week, at the beginning of the month, we spent a few days in Spain. We stayed with a friend at her family's house on the Costa Blanca. It crystallised in me a dream that I've held for a few years; one I'm sure many others ...

Behind the blog: choose life

Blog what you live, don

Every so often you read something from another blogger going through a phase of losing their mojo, or feeling weighed down by the pressures of their posting schedule. If someone outside the blogging box parachuted themselves into a blog- reading marathon one day, they would no doubt happen upon a clutch of these types of musings. I ...

Coping with a seriously ill child

freddie jack mcdonald alagille syndrome (3)

Six-and-a-half months after giving birth to her adorable baby son, my oldest and very special friend was dealt the biggest blow of her life. Emma and husband Phil were given the diagnosis that Freddie Jack McDonald had chronic liver disease, a condition known as Alagille syndrome, which affects just one in 100,000 people. From that moment, family ...

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