Love is Giving and Forgiving

When I was growing up we had a mirror in our bathroom. It said… Love is giving and forgiving It was from the 1970’s Kim Casali Love is… comic.  I would see it every day for years and it always made me smile.  I wish my parents had kept it because I would love to […] Read more…

10 SEO Tips For your blog

When I first started blogging, I had no idea what SEO meant.  But I quickly learnt the it was important for traffic and domain authority.  I read lots about the subjects and picked up lots of SEO tips for ensuring I could get the best from my posts.  Today my biggest referrer always comes from […] Read more…

RoboVac 11 Review – Your New Best Friend

I don’t write a huge amount of reviews on this blog.  But now and again I get offered something to review that I just can’t say no to. And let’s face it who is going to say no to a vacuum cleaner that does the job for you?  In the thirty seconds it took me […] Read more…

The Six Stages of Shopping for School Shoes

If there is one thing that gives me a deep sinking feeling in my stomach more than trying to plan activities to keep the kids entertained for six weeks, it’s shopping for school shoes. It normally involves a lot of waiting, some tears, and parting with an extortionate amount of cash. Of course too late […] Read more…

Thing’s I’ve Loved – September

Welcome to a new monthly series about the things I have bought or seen over the month that I love.  Now some would say I shouldn’t be doing these kind of posts because it’s not exactly my niche.  I used to write a monthly Five under £5 series, but it only had one reader (Hi […] Read more…

The Last First Day of School

I’ve been here once before.  Only this time it feels different.  There’s a hint of familiarity.  A sense of nostalgia maybe.  But when I think back to the first time I stepped over this threshold holding your big brother’s hand, you were just a baby in my arms.  And now look at you.  The all […] Read more…

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BiB Award – Why you have every chance of winning

Last September I had a pretty memorable night. I, the worlds smallest woman, met the worlds tallest man*. Fell over in a puddle. Then got lost in a maze of corridors whilst looking for my hotel room and being really desperate for a wee.  And I won the BritMums Readers Choice BiB Award.   *Not […] Read more…

Fortnite is not suitable for Primary School Kids

I try very hard to understand that we all have different parenting techniques.  There isn’t a one size fits all approach, for either parents or the children they are parenting.  I hate the mum wars and the debates about breast verses bottle, stay at home verses working, and so on.  We are all doing the […] Read more…

39 Years Life Experience: Welcome to The Club

The husband turned 40 in May and I was given a glimpse as to what 40 looks like.  It involves lots of birthday cards about being old, and lots of people saying welcome to the club and guffawing.   I’ve been accepted to a few clubs in my lifetime.  My best friend and I started The […] Read more…

How to Take Care of a Baby

With Illustrations by Babyhood     The best* advice on the internet. *maybe   This guest series normally features words by other bloggers.  Words to cut through the barrage of advice being thrown at you and make you laugh, or tell you it doesn’t matter how you are doing it, because in truth there is […] Read more…

Real advice for new mums

Hey there new Mummy, Congratulations on the arrival of your precious bundle. How are you?  Sore?  In awe of the tiny human you have created?  That never goes away.  the awe, not the sore.  Eight years in and it still takes my breath away that I created that walking, talking, flossing, person.   I know that […] Read more…

Stop Birth Shaming

I was shocked to discover the other day just how many of my friends have been birth shamed.  To be honest I didn’t really know it was a thing.  But snide little comments about epidurals, C-sections and inductions.  Society pushes natural birth on us so much that women feel like they have somehow failed if […] Read more…

39 Years Life Experience: Life lessons – Part Two

I discovered I was pregnant with my first born the day of my 30th birthday party.  It’s fair to say my thirties have been a pretty life changing decade.  And as I approach my forties I have been thinking about the life lessons I will be taking with me. Here is part two of the A-Z of […] Read more…

More Definitions of Being a Mother

Way back when I was relatively new to the blogging world I wrote a guest post for my friend Talya at Motherhood: The Real Deal for her series ‘Being a Mother.’  I read it again the other day and realised as my kids have gotten older there are so many more ways to define motherhood.  […] Read more…

8 Things not to say to a pregnant woman

When you reach that stage of pregnancy where it’s obvious that you have a bun in the oven and haven’t been eating too many cakes, you suddenly become ‘approachable’ to strangers.  People you don’t know, or those you occasionally nod to will suddenly want to talk to you and know everything about your unborn baby.  […] Read more…

What’s Natural About Parenting?

You hear the word natural a lot as soon as you become pregnant.  And that word ‘natural’ hangs around for the next year or so. Did you conceive naturally?  Was it a natural birth?  Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world.  You’ve taken to it like a natural. But when you really think about it having a […] Read more…

39 Years Life Experience: Life lessons – Part one

I discovered I was pregnant with my first born the day of my 30th birthday party.  It’s fair to say my thirties have been a pretty life changing decade.  And as I approach my forties I have been thinking about the life lessons I will be taking with me. Here is an A-Z of the life lessons […] Read more…

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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…

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