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About Me: Hi lovelies and thank you for stopping by my lifestyle blog by Claire Justine. I am Claire, a mum of 4 from Nottinghamshire UK who loves to blog.

I have now been blogging over 11 years here. Oh wow, when you say it like that it feels like forever!!

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About Me:

You may know me from I Wasn’t Expecting That, Coffee Break Reads, Claire’s World or Mollie The Border Collie!? I have written a few blogs over the last 11 years but this one is here to stay. Also I have a few Instagram accounts like: Claire Justine Oxox | Claire Justine | Murphy Goldendoodle 2021 and Freddie The Sprocker Spaniel.

My babies were small when I first started blogging now all are taller than me. I have loved every minute of writing my blog and I hope to enjoy the next 11 years just a much.

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Losing Someone You Love. Last year was a tough one for our family. I lost my father to covid.

You can read more here:

Rest In Peace Dad, We Love You So Much:

The previous week had passed me by in a blur. This week has flown by. Also, I’m sure the following week will be a haze as well.

I am a firm believer in posting pleasant things, delectable things on the blog, and fun things to make others smile, but reality can get too serious at times.

I’m just letting you know why I haven’t been around in a long time. I’m starting to feel like I can cover my sadness and return to posting brighter things. But I’ll still need some time. My father would not want me to simply stop blogging and go into hiding.

He admired the fact that I was passionate about something and was proud of my tiny part of the globe. Rest In Peace Dad, We Love You So Much.

The Last Chapter: Mollie The Border Collie

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I also lost my beautiful Border Collie, Mollie to Cancer. You can read about this here:

The Last Chapter: Mollie The Border Collie:

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mollie, the Border Collie, has passed away. I’m devastated because I adored her. Every day of her existence, we spent hours together as best friends.

As if losing my father in January wasn’t painful enough, I now have to deal with the loss of my fur baby. At only eight weeks old, she was so little when we initially brought her home. We had such a wonderful time together, and she was a much-loved dog.

I’ve always adored her; Mollie: My Adorable Border Collie, I adore you. She was an absolute joy to own and raise. I have cried most days since know one day I would have to make the decision to put her down. The Last Chapter: Mollie The Border Collie.

Hoping For Happier Time:

I am hoping now that last year is over, things start to improve!

Anyway a bit about me for anyone new here: I’m a 49-year old married mum of 4, who Love’s to run and if I work hard enough maybe one day I will be good at it!?!

I hope you will keep stopping by and have a read?

The First Week With A Goldendoodle Called Murphy

Met Murphy:

They say that dogs have a way of finding people who need them On the1st anniversary of my dads death, Murphy he came into our lives dob: 16/11/2021. You can read more about him here: Meet Murphy The Gorgeous Goldendoodle.

Here are some highlights from the blog:

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Highlights Of 2018:

How cool little old me got invited to London to have breakfast with Michelle Heaton and the team at Femarelle® team for their Taking Back Control Campaign #TakingBackControl Femarelle® Taking Back Control Campaign #TakingBackControl.

What I Wore: Day Out In London

Highlights Of 2017:

Not every day you get to bake with Lisa Faulkner!! Think Bake Off this year when Ruby’s cake fell apart and you have me and my Daughters cakes!! All good fun though and Lisa said they were great, so that is good enough for us 😉 Cooking With Belvoir And Lisa Faulkner.

Highlights 2015:

2015 was a great year for me and my blog. The highlight for me was going to Marisota’s head office in Manchester for the day to take part in a photo shoot. I was so nervous as I had never done anything like this before but I loved every minute of it.

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Some Posts You Might Like:

Firstly, Shredded Barbecue Chicken With Black Bean. Hello friends, so how are you today? All good, I hope. So are you looking for a tasty dinner. Shredded Barbecue Chicken With Black Bean.

Secondly, Chocolate Beetroot Cupcakes & How To Make. Hello friends, happy Monday. Happy Valentine’s Day too. So do you have any fun plans for this evening? Chocolate Beetroot Cupcakes & How To Make

Thirdly, Black And White Photography Project Flowers. Hello friends. So how are you today? Happy Sunday. I love taking photos, adore flowers, and love vintage edits. Black And White Photography Project Flowers.

Fourthly, Greenwich In London And 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit. Hello friends, happy Thursday. To begin, and to change the subject slightly, are you a fan. Greenwich In London And 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit.

Fifth, National Hat Day And Street Art Saturday:

Hello friends, happy Saturday. So how are you today? All good I hope. Did you know it is. National Hat Day And Street Art Saturday.

Sixth, We Are Off To See The Wizard In This Amazing Lift. Happy Wednesday, friends. So how are you today? All good? Today I’m sharing a: We Are Off To See The Wizard In This Amazing Lift.

Seventh, Polka Dot Maxi Dress And Some London Street Art. Hello friends. Happy Street Art, Sunday. So, you know how much I love my street art, Polka Dot Maxi Dress And Some London Street Art.

Eighth, Purple Flower Umbrella And Cream Dress. Happy New Year And All The Best For 2022. Pinch punch, it is the first of the month and Purple Flower Umbrella And Cream Dress.

My 4 children. This picture is a about 10 years old now. It is so much hard work getting a picture of everyone together nowadays.

 It was so excited to have been featured in April 2013 edition of Red Magazine.

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  1. Jeanne
    14 June 2012 / 2:43 PM

    Really enjoyed reading about your life and projects. Very nice photos, and especially like the shot of you running down a hill with the photo of you in the background.

  2. havealaughonme
    6 December 2012 / 8:40 AM

    I admire how lovely you dress, bake – especially with four children. I aspire to one day get my life back once my children are older, tell me it happens?Emily

  3. Linz
    13 April 2013 / 5:24 PM

    Hi there!I've been following for a while, it's great to come across someone with alot of the same interests as me 🙂 I'm also a Mum of 4…tough isn't it 🙂 xx

  4. Agnes Mayer
    24 April 2013 / 9:19 PM

    Thank you so much for linking up last time. I'm doing another link up tomorrow. Don't forget to come by and link up. I'm also hosting a stella & dot giveaway. Come by and enter.Agi 🙂

  5. PinkOddy
    15 September 2013 / 7:55 AM

    I am a bit behind but well done on being in Red magazine.

  6. CousCousandCorkWedges
    24 November 2013 / 7:47 PM

    This is the best 'About Me' page I've ever seen! 🙂 Ax

  7. Christina S
    27 December 2013 / 11:11 PM

    So nice to meet you!I just came across your blog! I am now following! I look forward to keeping up and getting to know you better!xoChristina

  8. Monas Picturesque
    20 March 2014 / 1:30 PM

    Hi Claire! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 I totally enjoyed reading this page!And please come back next – Floral Love will be up & running! 🙂

  9. Donna Hopkins
    23 March 2014 / 11:45 PM

    So good to meet you Claire. I'm visiting by way of Mona's Linky Party, About Me & About You. It was a pleasure to see the lovely pictures of your family and you so happy and vibrant. I run, too! Actually, I'm 54 and I run 3 minutes/walk 1 minute over and over again. I will be running with a friend who is 61 this Month for a 10K. We have fun and don't worry too much about how long it takes us – just so we finish! Looking forward to reading about more of your adventures and seeing more of your photos, too.

  10. Leanne Rain
    16 May 2014 / 9:12 PM

    I love reading your Blog Claire :), you have such a creative flare.. and i really like your most recent Layout Popping over from: #PoCoLo

  11. pixiedusk
    16 May 2014 / 10:56 PM

    Been reading and joining your linky and yet this is the post that made me know you more! #pocolo

  12. Joanna Henley
    17 May 2014 / 9:46 AM

    Love your photographs, really stunning. Can't believe you are old enough to have children so grown up!? What's your secret??? Xx

  13. Nina
    14 May 2016 / 8:31 PM

    Hi Claire Justine! It's my first time stopping by and I'm glad I did. I'm adding your weekend linkup to my list of linkups for my Friday post. Also I see you live in the UK. That's pretty cool. I'm an American but just found out I have a teaching job in Spain next year. So I'll soon be blogging from Europe too! you do NOT look 42

  14. Handmade Jewelry Haven
    24 December 2016 / 5:43 AM

    Found your blog on Wordless Wednesday. I started blogging when my babes were small and then life just seemed to get in the way.Hope to get back into it!

  15. Lynn Holland
    24 July 2017 / 8:01 AM

    Hi,I Found your blog on Visible Monday and discovered we are both northern ladies.I'm hoping to join in the fun with your link ups as I've seen a few familiar faces. Well done on all you've achieved with your blog it's super Lynn x