Life – Funny Stuff

Life, Love and Dirty Dishes is mainly about parenting.  Living life with small people and the situations we find ourselves in.  Life refers to the funny stuff.  If becoming a parent has taught me anything, it’s enjoying simple pleasures and having a sense of humour about things.  How else would we survive the poonamis and the tantrums?  If you’ve stumbled into this category I hope these posts make you laugh and brighten your day a little.

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Why You Shouldn’t Teach Your Kids To Tell Time

You know you get those smug parents, the ones that say “Oh Rupert was reading Shakespeare at age six”.  Their smugness will always be short lived.  Because as much as kids learning to read is wonderful, it also signifies the end of conversations with spelt out code words between you and your husband.  Life changes […] Read more…

10 Reasons Parents Are Exhausted – And Lack Of Sleep Is Not One

Whomever coined the phrase “Sleeping Like a Baby” has clearly never spent a night in close proximity to a baby.  Lack of sleep is the number one reason why parents are exhausted. It’s what everyone somewhat joyfully warns you about when you announce your pregnancy. But there are lots of other reasons parents are exhausted. […] Read more…

Baby Brain Fails

Epic Baby Brain Fails

So although you and I have long known that baby brain is a real condition causing embarrassment and shame to Mum’s everywhere, now top London scientists have claimed the condition to be real. I would like to suggest to the top London Scientist people that further research needs to be conducted into the condition known […] Read more…

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Eightie’s Parents Versus Today’s Parents

I can’t help but think that when I was growing up parents had a slighter easier job than parents do now.  It sometimes feels like our parents had more freedom to make their own parenting choices than we do.  Eightie’s parents versus today’s parents: Who had it easier?   Car Seats Car safety has come […] Read more…

Signs You Might Be A Parent

The Signs You Might Be A Parent

In the last of my summer series of round-ups I’m looking at signs.  Not as in ‘No balls allowed’ signs, or signs from up above.  But the smack bang obvious signs that you might be a parent. If the bags under your eyes, grey hairs, furry raisins at the bottom of your handbag, and small people […] Read more…

the best rookie mistakes

The Best Rookie Mistakes

Back in 2015 I launched a series.  Rookie Mistakes.  A place for other bloggers to share their stories of parenting fails, and for the rest of us to know that we are not alone or inadequate. The idea came after telling my story about the time I left the house with my baby, but no […] Read more…

Rules For Just About Anything

  No one can prepare you for the amount of rules involved in being a parent.  It’s a tricky road. Breast is best, but only behind closed doors.  Going back to work is bad.  Being a stay at home mum is bad.  Never complain about your children, because you know, #blessed.  But likewise, never brag […] Read more…

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The Ones About Pregnancy and Child Birth

I am one of the lucky ones.  Conceiving both our children was relatively easy, three months of trying with our first, and first time with our second!  But however blessed I was to be pregnant and growing a little miracle inside of me, pregnancy was at times really tough. Only we are not supposed to […] Read more…

Things that parents google

The Things That Parents Google

Before becoming a parent I googled normal things like; How many calories in a glass of wine?   Pictures of Gerard Butler.*  Is Bruce Forcythe still alive? Since becoming a parent my google history has changed somewhat, and I have found that the things that parents google are normally strange and often hilarious. I myself […] Read more…

7 Things Parents Must do in a Heatwave

I know we shouldn’t complain about it being warm.  But thing is, I’m a Winter person.  I prefer cosy blankets and hot chocolate and feeling clean after a shower, rather than instantly needing another one because I’m sweating again.  I don’t really know what to do in a heatwave other than be really grumpy and […] Read more…

Summertime by Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince – A Parody

Last month we had a lovely family holiday in Cornwall.  Unfortunately that lovely holiday started with a four hour road trip from hell, and thus inspired this little parody of Summertime by Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. Grab your shoe horn, and get ready to bust out some rhymes!   Summertime   Summer Summer Summertime […] Read more…

laundry day problems

Laundry Day Problems

Back when our household consisted of me and the husband, I used to have a laundry day. Two loads on a Saturday between pottering around the house and going out for a bit of lunch and some retail therapy.  Now that two have become four, every day is laundry day, and it’s a never ending […] Read more…

Is Your Relationship Strong Enough to Survive Having a Baby

Fist comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage… OK, so it may not happen quite this way, or in this order, but having a baby will be one of the biggest tests of your relationship.  How can that gorgeous innocent little bundle of joy create so much havoc in your […] Read more…

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10 Simple Rules For Being A Good Mother

It is a well known fact that babies do not come with a manual.  Why?  Because no two kids are the same.  Even when they come from the same DNA.  There are lots of baby books out there, but the main problem with these is that no one seems to have informed the babies that […] Read more…

First Thoughts After Giving Birth

51 Surprising First Thoughts After Giving Birth

You spend the best part of nine months waiting for the first moment you see your baby. Nine months of excitement and terror in equal measure.  You spend the last few weeks begging them to come out NOW.  Then you abruptly change your mind after the labour starts and decide they can stay put.  You expect […] Read more…

Tag Team Parenting

I feel like I am in a constant game of tag.  There are 4 years between my boys, which right now means that what interests one, doesn’t interest the other.  So keeping them both happy at the same time involves a lot of ingenuity and a few miracles.  When the miracles are in short supply […] Read more…

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One Less Worry With Follow-on Milk

Advertorial Feature Baby books come with useful lists such as what to pack in your hospital bag, and essential items for a new born baby.  What they don’t come with is a list of things you will worry about during the first 1000 days of your baby’s life. Are they getting enough milk? Are they warm […] Read more…

Pulling My Hair Out

9 Reasons I’m Pulling My Hair Out

Do you remember when you were pregnant and your hair looked amazing?  Mine did.  The rest of me was a hot sweaty mess with cankles, but my hair?  Beautiful.  Thick and glossy. I could have starred in a shampoo advertisement and swished my hair around better than Davina and Cheryl put together.  Then I had my […] Read more…

The Rules For Playing Cafe With A Toddler

Yesterday I ate 2 slices of pizza, a hot dog, a banana, 2 strawberries, some corn on the cob, three cakes and an ice cream.  All served with cups of tea, and without a single calorie.  Of course it was all plastic and served to me by my toddler on tiny plastic plates. It’s been […] Read more…

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