Way Back When

The Boys I Loved Before

The husband and I started going out just before my fifteenth birthday. But although he is the love of my life there have been others. The boys I loved before… First Love I was eleven when I first fell in love. He was blonde, Australian, and went by the name of Jason Donovan. His pictures […] Read more…

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Life Before Mobile Phones: I just called to say…

  My kids will never know of a life before mobile phones.  They will never even know of a time before smart phones.  I got my first mobile phone when I was 18 and off to University.  Three Years later with my first pay check I got my hands on the Nokia 6410.  The must […] 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…

10 Signs You Are In Your Thirties

I am 37 years old. Thirty-seven years six months and eleven days to be precise.  Firmly in my thirties.  My eldest child is about to enter year two at  school and the little one is nearly past the nappies stage.  The baby days have come to an end.  This leaves me feeling older and a million […] Read more…

Toys of the Eighties

It’s time to take a walk down memory lane.  A time where Saturday mornings were all about Muppet Babies and Going Live.  Kids TV was presented from a broom cupboard and Stock Aitkin and Waterman ruled the charts.  You brought Smash Hits magazine for the song lyrics, and chances are you had a stripey vinyl […] Read more…

Don’t Buy Her Flowers…

  To me flowers are a lot like Marmite.  You either love them or hate them.  That’s not to say I don’t like flowers themselves, but don’t buy me flowers.  Now before you think I’m ungrateful, here’s why…   (Although I do love tulips…)   1 It’s a matter of taste Take shoes for example.  […] Read more…

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5 Reasons a January Birthday Sucks

  Having a January birthday sucks.  OK in the great scheme of things there are worse problems to have, but when it comes to birthdays? The ideal time to have one is NOT January, and here’s why…     1 The Christmas Hangover In December nobody moans to much about cold weather and dark nights.  It’s […] Read more…

How to Score Brownie Points With The Mother of Your Children

My husband is amazing.  I got myself a good one.  He makes me laugh, he does the washing up, and he doesn’t moan about my handbag collection.  He does anything I ask of him and always makes time for me.  But my husband struggles when it comes to romance. He often needs a nudge shove […] Read more…

10 Things From Life Before Kids That I Miss

So first the given, I love my kids, my life is better with them, I wouldn’t change it for the world and blah blah blah.  All very true.  BUT…  There are a few things from my life before children that I miss because they were, well, easier.     1 Going to the bathroom alone […] Read more…

Kept in the dark

Did you spend Saturday night reminiscing about how the clocks going back used to mean an extra hour of partying in your finest, or a delicious extra hour under the duvet?  All the while knowing that those days are gone and your extra hour will be spent negotiating with your children to go back to […] Read more…