Friday Frolics Linky – 27th March

Hi, Welcome to the first ever Friday Frolics Linky!  I really hope you will link up and join the party with some funny parenting posts. This parenting gig can be really tough.  There’s lots of rewards, of course. But there’s also teething and tantrums, Princesses who become divas and Dudes with major ‘tude. Sometimes we […] Read more…

Question Time

Most parents are asked anywhere between a million to a gazillion questions a day by their small people.  Where’s my Lego?  Can I have a snack?  Am I a Superhero?  Do I have to go to bed?  Can I draw a picture on the wall?  The answers are normally simple; yes, no, maybe, and definitely […] Read more…

Breast or Bottle? – A short and simple debate

Breast or bottle?  Lets end this farcical debate, that shouldn’t even be a debate now.   We can’t seem to win with this one.  Mums who choose to breastfeed are shunned for doing so in public as if it’s something that should be locked away behind closed doors.  Mums who chose to bottle feed are […] Read more…

And the winner is…

You know how on Xfactor the contestants use their hand as a phone and hold it to their ear, whilst mouthing “call me” and pointing to the number running across the bottom of the screen? Yes?  Well I’m kinda doing the equivilant of that now.  Or, if you prefer, imagine me jumping up and down […] Read more…

And then he was one!

I know this is a complete cliché, but I don’t know what happened.  One minute I was inhaling gas and air as if my life depended on it, and growling at anyone who dared try to take it away, then I blinked, and my baby was one. If you are against soppiness and slush of […] Read more…

Friday Frolics #4

It’s Friday Frolics time.  If you are still recovering from the stress of world book day costume debacles then take five minutes to read these funny posts… Read more…

My Nan

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…

Delusions of a Perfect Mothers Day

Mothers Day.  A chance to lay in.  Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and croissants for breakfast.  An expensive and indulgent gift.  No household chores to do.  A lovely family lunch in a nice restaurant, where your children are beautifully behaved and you eat hot food.  OK, I can dream.  You almost believed me.  Did I […] Read more…

teehing

Signs You Have a Teething Baby

Are you unsure or questioning whether your little one is cutting some teeth? Here are some sure fire signs to tell if you have a teething baby: One You have bags under your eyes big enough for a trip to New York in the January sales.  With a good exchange rate to boot.  No amount […] Read more…

Grandma We Love You…

…Grandma we do Sorry.  I’ve put that song in your head now and you are going to be singing it all day.  Is it always in a really high pitched voice in your head as well? What got me singing Grandma We Love You was a book we got sent to review.  Alfie and Grandma […] Read more…

Friday Frolics #3

This week I am totally fed up of being cold.  Roll on summer.  I am also suffering with Mother of a Teething Baby Syndrome.  Symptoms include large bags under eyes, general grumpiness and backache.  Therefore I am very grateful to this weeks blogs that really made me giggle.  They also happen to be a couple […] Read more…

change a nappy

How many hands does it take to change a nappy?

A very scientifically sound and important study. Numerous nappy theories have been argued discussed and studied over the years;  cloth verses disposable, your turn as opposed to mine, and what the hell are we feeding this kid? In this study we shall be looking at the equation concerning the ratio of hands to a single […] Read more…

lifeloveanddirtydishes

Friday Frolics #2

Friday Frolics time again. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows and have a read of these blogs that made me giggle this week.   As someone who is crap at crafts I can really relate to Alana’s tale of woe. The Rubbish Mothers Guide to Sensory Play by Alana at Baby […] Read more…

chatterbox

Are You Living With a Chatterbox?

There is a small person in my house that is commonly referred to as ‘the chatterbox’.  From the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to sleep, he is talking.  His mouth never stops moving.  Even if he has no one to talk to, he talks to his toys.  He even does their […] 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…

lifeloveanddirtydishes

Friday Frolics #1

Welcome to the first Friday Frolics. Here is where I share some posts from other bloggers that have made me laugh this week. Pull up a chair, grab a glass of wine (tea if it’s before 11am!) and enjoy a little giggle with me. Love is in the air with Valentine’s tomorrow so I thought […] Read more…

lifeloveanddirtydishes

Rookie Parenting Mistakes

  You know those perfect parents, the one’s that get everything right, and their children are little angels?  No?  Me neither.  Show me a parent who hasn’t made any mistakes and I’ll show you some pants on fire.  It makes no difference whether they are pretty french knickers, Bridget Jones Granny Pants, or David Beckham […] Read more…

Valentine Schmalentine

Valentine’s day is nearly upon us.  How it’s changed for me over the years.  In my teens I would obsess over the perfect Valentine card to give the boy of the hour.  And when it wasn’t reciprocated I would spend hours crying into my pillow whilst listening to Roxette “It must have been Love”.  In […] Read more…

Lifeloveanddirtydishes

What to Buy the Baby that has Everything!

Buying a ‘welcome to the world’ gift or a christening gift can be tricky.  It’s the parents and the grandparents that are to blame. Before the little bundle of joy entered the world, it’s excited parents ransacked Mothercare, Mamas & Papas and Babies R Us and left the shelves empty.  (Between you and me, they […] Read more…

Lifeloveanddirtydishes

Dear Stranger in the Supermarket Car Park

I often think about our encounter last summer.  I find it amazing really that complete strangers can have a huge impact on our day.  They can change the course of our day, they can change our mood, they can even change the way we view the world. A few weeks ago a stranger chased me […] Read more…

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