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.  

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…

5 Reasons Why I Hate Skype

  “But you’ve only just said goodbye”   My Mum would say this to me everyday when I got in from school and asked to phone my best friend.  I would always be told the same, “after 6 O’clock”.  If you were a teenager in the nineties you will totally get this. You will also […] Read more…

Social Media: The Dark Side

The internet has to be one of the best inventions ever.  I never have to traipse round the supermarket with two kids who are trying to eat the shopping faster than I can load it into the trolley.  And I can google pictures of Gerard Butler anytime I want.  Awesome.   I can stalk celebs […] Read more…

Don’t be late!

I’m going to have a rant.  I hate being late.  And because I hate being late, I hate other people being late.  It’s a big bugbear of mine. So many times I have been stood at the door ready to go, getting more and more irate with my husband because he is not ready! I […] Read more…

We need to talk about dementia

There are 8500,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia.  With numbers that high, chances are you know one of them. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, has been a part of my life since I was 18 years old. That’s when my Nan was diagnosed with it. It started off with her […] Read more…

Pregnancy Announcement

Calm down.  I have nothing to tell you.  No announcement from me.  Been there.  Done that.  Got the t-shirt.  Twice. Not happening again.  No more swollen ankles, morning sickness, heart burn, back ache, and limited wardrobe choices for this mama. But have you noticed the pregnancy announcements taking over your news feed lately?  Every day […] Read more…

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