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.

Why the Housework Can’t Wait

If there’s one piece of post childbirth advice that winds me up, it’s “The housework can wait”.  It remains a constant piece of advice given at any stage of your child’s life and I for one am calling bullshit on this particular wisdom. Why? Because quite simply it’s not true.  Of course prioritise those baby […] Read more…

A Girl Named Topsy

Or as she rightly prefers to be called, Jocelyn Macnab I know from the many google searches that refer people to my blog that the children’s TV program Topsy & Tim raises a lot of questions.  Questions from the grown up’s, not the kids. So I was really pleased when I had the opportunity to […] Read more…

real life birth

Real Life Birth vs Movie Birth

I have given birth to a tiny human.  Twice.  And whilst my birth stories are different, it is more than fair to say that my experience of giving birth was like nothing that I had ever seen in the movies.  Neither was pregnancy.   Being Comfortable When 9 months Pregnant. Movies A pregnant woman is […] 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…

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