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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

The Heart Stopping Moments of Parenthood

Becoming a parent brings with it a whole heap of emotions and feelings.  There’s love, pride, amazement, worry, guilt and every parent’s favourite, self-doubt. What I wasn’t prepared for was the fear.  When I say fear, I mean heart simultaneously stopping, dropping down to your stomach, then, bouncing back up into your mouth fear. The […] Read more…

The Ages of Soft Play

Hey kids, listen up.  We all love soft play, right?  I mean, what’s not to love.  You can run indoors.  Really fast.  And not get told off.  You can climb up stuff, jump down from stuff, and you can be loud.  Really loud.  Anything your Mum won’t let you do at home, you can do […] Read more…

Dear friend with no children

We don’t seem to be able to find the time to see each other that much these days.  We used to spend Saturdays mooching round the shops, and evenings hitting the bars and getting drunk.  They were good times.  But things have changed.  I have these 2 little people that have sort of invaded and […] Read more…

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What The Baby Books Don’t Tell You

  I’ve just found out that a friend of mine is expecting her first baby.  Cue lots of girly squeals of delight and weeping tears of joy.  Now as you know as soon as you have a baby on board the whole world and their dog and flippin’ cat have advice for you. Not one […] Read more…

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Where’s Supermum when you need her?

We all know the equation for a poorly baby, right? Poorly baby = Baby not wanting to be out down Baby not wanting to be put down = Mummy’s hands full Mummy’s hands full = Shit not getting done Need some superpowers right about now please. When you have a newborn you become quite an […] Read more…

What I don't want to hear this Christmas

What I don’t want to hear this Christmas

There are plenty of things I look forward to hearing this Christmas; my children’s excited squeals, tearing paper and of course The Pogues!  But there are several sentences that I don’t want to hear this Christmas.   1 “Sale starts NOW!” January sales are supposed to start in JANUARY.  The clue is in the title.  […] Read more…

10 Things To Make You Feel Festive

10 Things To Make You Feel Festive

The run up to Christmas can be stressful, busy and expensive.  The shops reduces all the gifts a week after you bought them, you’re running out of places to stuff hide presents, your to-do list could rival Santa’s, and you know there’s something you’ve forgotten but you can’t remember what it is and it’s keeping […] Read more…

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A Thank-you Letter to the Gro Company

Dear people of the Gro Company, I am writing to thank-you.  I thought after the ‘Gro-bag’ I couldn’t be anymore indebted to your Company.  A beautifully simple invention that not only makes sleeping safer, but offers parents everywhere the chance of uninterrupted sleep whilst our little ones stay warm and cosy in the land of […] Read more…

The Leaving the House Dance – Part one

I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to a couple of weeks with no school runs. Especially no cold and wet school runs.  It feels like I have to add half an hour to my mornings at the moment just to get us out of the door in time for the 5 […] Read more…

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9 Types of Children You See in The Nativity

It’s that time of year again.  Children have been busy practising their songs.  Parents have been frantic trying to pull together camel costumes.  Teachers are preparing for organised chaos and (I imagine) doing a lot of holding their heads in their hands.  It’s nativity season. Come performance day who knows what your little angel is […] Read more…

Why Breastfeeding in Public is Unacceptable

  I am not from the ‘Breast is Best’ camp.  I am from the ‘Do What is Right For You camp’.  I breast-fed both my children for 5 weeks and I am proud of that. Breastfeeding for me was equally amazing as it was akward.  It was something that felt very natural but was by […] Read more…

The Sods Laws of Parenting

  It’s like raaaiiiinnn on your wedding day, a free ride, when you’ve already paid…  Alanis said it was ironic, I say  it’s Sods laws.  And when it comes to parenting, there’s plenty of them.     #1 Babies will always poo just as you are about to leave the house. If you have to […] Read more…

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