parenting noises

The A-Z of Parenting Noises – Part Two

No one warned me how noisy kids are.  It’s like a daily assault on the ear drums that can leave me with a pounding headache.  Of course the house feels weird and not right without all the noise now, so I guess I’m getting used to it! This is part two of the A-Z of […] Read more…

Mirena coil

8 Things That Happened To Me With The Mirena Coil

A few months ago I got involved in the #aminumber5 campaign through Wear White Again, and  I wrote a post about period problems to highlight the 1 in 5 women who suffer from very heavy periods.  I was one of those women. I have suffered from incredibly heavy periods since my periods began when I […] Read more…

9 Signs You Are Broody

9 Signs you are broody

I was the girl who played with dolls and still has her favourite doll Amy.  I was the girl who made my little brother pretend to be a baby when we played.  I wanted to be a nurse, a hairdresser, a teacher and a lawyer, but above all else I wanted to be a Mum.  […] Read more…

How to host the perfect children’s birthday party

  A Guest Post by Tales From Mamaville     The best* advice on the internet. *maybe   So we’ve all had birthdays and birthday parties. Our mums and dads did it every year we were kids, and their mums and dads before them. It does not take Einstein to figure out the perfect formula […] Read more…

I've been doing it all wrong

39 Years Life Experience: I’ve been doing it all wrong

Sometimes in life we get things wrong.  Sometimes it’s a revelation when we realise the right way to do something and we can feel like we are the last to to know that we have been doing it all wrong.  It’s some kind of conspiracy that everyone else on the planet knew, but you didn’t. […] Read more…

How To Keep Your Sanity While Raising Small Children

The days are long but the years are passing by quickly. You try and cherish the fleeting moments but at the end of the day, you’re left with questions that you don’t really want to know the answers to. For example, why have all your spoons disappeared? When did the kids learn how to make […] Read more…

40 Minutes in The Doctors Waiting Room

  In any doctors waiting room you are guaranteed to see three things; patients, patience, and one of those wooden toys with the blocks on twirly metal things. It’s boring waiting as a fully fledged grown up.  But as a kid?  Doctors waiting rooms are a place where parenting skills are put to the max […] Read more…

Bucket Lists And Dreams

When I was seven I wanted to be a hair dresser.  Then I saw Return to Oz and my girls world gave my nightmares, so that was the end of that dream. When I was eleven I wanted to marry Jason Donovan.  Then he entered his drug phase and was no longer the boy next […] Read more…

Blog Love – Absolutely Prabulous

    This months Blog Love is dedicated to Prabs from Absolutely Prabulous Sometimes when you read a blog you make a connection with the person behind the blog.  Sometimes you get really lucky and that connection becomes a friendship.  Almost three years ago Prabs linked up a brilliant post to my Friday Frolics linky […] Read more…

parenting noises

The A-Z of Parenting Noises – Part One

The job of raising children is not a quiet one.  My kids only seem to have one volume and that’s full blast.  It’s something you get used to, the constant sounds, the parenting noises.  In fact if you find yourself home alone, as much as the peace and quiet is welcome, it feels odd.  Home […] Read more…

How to become a natural mother

  A Guest Post by Mummy Muckups     The best* advice on the internet. *maybe   Two words for you; NATURAL BIRTH. I mean…what IS that?? Before children, my idea of the word natural, was in relation to make-up, hair colour or lolly snakes from the natural Confectionary Company. All of a sudden, I […] Read more…

Wrecking Ball Parody

For some reason in my slightly warped brain, Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus has always reminded me of childbirth.  Maybe it’s the site of her writing around on that concrete ball.  It reminds me of trying to bounce the baby out on a birthing ball.  It’s been a while since I wrote a parody, so […] Read more…

A Stylish Home With Kids – Is It Possible?

Is it possible to have a stylish home with kids? Most parents must have pondered this question over the years, as they wade through mounds of plastic. The amount of paraphernalia kids seem to need is astonishing! You spend years developing your own individual style, perhaps collecting a few stylish pieces along the way and […] Read more…

Five Under £5 – Festival Vibes

We’ve bought a tent.  It’s huge.  The aim is to be able to go away for weekends with the kids and enjoy family time together.  I guess the enjoyment factor depends on how many bugs there are and how cold it is! Of course in my mind I’ve envisaged fairly lights and toasted marshmallows.  Luckily […] Read more…

National Motor Museum

13 Reasons Why You Should Visit the National Motor Museum

Growing up I lived a 10 minute drive from Beaulieu in the New Forest.  We drove past Palace House every weekend when we visited my grandparents.  There were school trips to the National Motor Museum.  I even went to a Radio One Roadshow in the grounds of the Motor Museum where I screamed really loudly […] Read more…

Blog Love – Pass The Wine Please

  This months Blog Love is dedicated to Siobhan from Pass The Wine Please Sometimes you read a post and you just know that you and the writer are on the same wave length.  You know that you could quite easily put the world to rights over a pot of tea, or have a giggle […] Read more…

pros and cons of getting older

39 Years Life Experience: The pros and cons of getting older

I’m nearly 40.  Actually i’m 39 and 2 months, but 39 doesn’t exist as an age.  It’s just “nearly 40.”  But I don’t feel nearly 40.  In fact the thought of being 40 is making me feel a bit sick.  I remember my Mum and Dad turning 40 so it can’t be happening to me.  […] Read more…

Alternative Easter Gift Ideas

My name is Claire and I am a chocoholic.  Chocolate makes me happy.  You can keep your cheese and your gin.  Chocolate is my thing.  After a lot of talks about chocolate with my cousin we have concurred that it must be in the genes.  Therefore we are not responsible for our chocolate intake.  My […] Read more…

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