Dirty Dishes – Ranty Stuff

Life, Love and Dirty Dishes is mainly about parenting.  Living life with small people and the situations we find ourselves in.  Dirty Dishes refers to the not so pleasant but unavoidable things we have to deal with.  It’s my space where I sometimes talk about hot issues and first world problems.  We all need to have a rant every now and then don’t we.  

I'm not lucky

I’m Not Lucky

I have a big problem with people that blame things on ‘bad luck.’  These same people often attribute other people with being lucky.  And it’s something I actually find quite offensive, because it implies that my opportunities had nothing to do with me, and that it was pretty much handed to me on a plate. […] Read more…

12 Period Problems

  I got my first period when I was 11 years old and have been regular as clockwork ever since. Having a best friend who was a year older than me meant I couldn’t wait to start. It was like an exclusive club that I wanted to be a member of so bad.  Of course […] Read more…

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My Children Are Too Much For Me

I have two children and I am done making babies.  I no this with no shadow of a doubt.  Give me a newborn and I will coo and cluck and savour those cuddles, but I won’t hand them back and feel a hole that another baby needs to fill.  My two kids are enough for […] Read more…

Gender Neutral

Is Gender Neutral Going Too Far?

I need to start by saying that I believe men and women are equals.  I think there is still a lot of sexism in the world and that makes me sad, and mad.  Kids should be allowed to play with whatever toys they want.   A toy is a toy, irrespective of gender.  Slogans printed […] Read more…

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Alexa, We Need to Talk

Our relationship has reached it’s end. My feelings aren’t the same anymore.  I want to tell you that it’s not you, it’s me, but I think deep down Alexa, we both know we’ve had our parts to play. In the beginning I was cold.  It took me a long time to let my guard down […] Read more…

10 Things That Really Wind Me Up

These are the things that get my goat. The things that really wind me up. I know, first world problems, and let’s face it with Brexit and Trump, there’s enough of those at the moment.  These are all slightly more trivial! But this is my list of the 10 things that really wind me up […] Read more…

AIBU About Weddings?

If you know anyone tying the knot this summer, then chances are in the next few weeks an envelope is going to land on your doorstep. Now that envelope might be somewhat chunky as it probably contains the actual invite, a reply card, details of a gift registry, list of accommodation, directions.  Basically the bride […] Read more…

All I Want For Christmas is Hope

It’s been one of those years that I am actually looking forward to seeing out. Overall 2016 has felt like the year of bad news.  It became known as a bad year to be a celebrity because so many amazing talents were lost. Prince, Sir Terry Wogan, Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, […] Read more…

Meet me at the Jumper Dumper

My son’s school has a Jumper Dumper.  It’s essentially a large bin where all stray jumpers are ‘dumped’.   It smells slightly odd.  It’s frequented by frantic parents who rummage through whilst silently praying to the Gods of lost property that the jumper is in there, whilst lecturing their offspring on looking after their possessions, […] Read more…

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The Day I Was Judged as a Mother

I think we’ve all been there at some point.  Had that moment when we have felt judged as a parent.  Whether it’s a disapproving look because your toddler has decided to use his democratic right to protest very loudly in the supermarket.  Or maybe your 4 year-old had decided it is hilarious to shout “poo” […] Read more…

School Run Perils

  The Churchill Lollipopper Fund   My best friend and I used to walk to school together every day.  Actually we used to run to school every day because she was always running late.  We only ever slowed down as we approached our friendly lollipop lady who would assist us safely across the road.  As they […] Read more…

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