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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…

a mum's Christmas carol

A Mum’s Christmas Carol

  Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without belting out a few Christmas Carols.  Maybe you like the classics, Good King Wenceslas or Deck the Halls.  Maybe you’re more of a Santa got stuck up the chimney kind of person.  But if you are a Mum I’m sure you will appreciate a Mum’s Christmas carol. It […] Read more…

Snotty Nosed Kids

The baby has a cold.  It’s a bad one.  Sleepless nights and green sheets.  I think it’s an inherent fault that we aren’t born with the ability to blow our noses.  In fact babies aren’t even remotely disgusted by the green slugs hanging from their nostrils.  They either eat it or smear it.  It’s us […] Read more…

Is gender inequality learnt through toys?

There has been a lot of talk in the media this week about gender equality and children.  There was the picture that went viral of the little girl looking very unhappy next to a supermarket sign about toys for boys.  And in the same week Ladybird announced they will no longer be publishing books under […] Read more…

Another blog about growing up in the eighties and nineties

We all like a good reminisce don’t we.  I wonder what memories my children will carry through with them to their adult life.  But here are my top 10 things that will make my kids think I’m ancient… 1. There were no GHD’s   You could just let your hair dry naturally and rock up […] Read more…

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Rules for Life (when you are 5 and a boy)

I’m not sure if it’s turning 5, starting school, or a combination of the two, but lately there have been some big changes in my son.  He’s turned from a cute little angel into, well how shall I put this, a BOY!  A walking, talking, farting, real life boy.  With this sudden boost of testosterone […] Read more…

The baby has a dirty nappy – It’s your turn

Nappy Changing.  It’s not the most glamorous part of being a parent.  You start off both vaguely curious about what your little cherub is producing and have numerous talks about colour, consistency and smell.  The novelty soon fades and before you know it you are arguing or offering bribes as to who is going to […] Read more…

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Lessons from my children

  A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about the things that I sometimes miss from my life before children.  Despite never having the time to use my GHD’s anymore and being insanely jealous whenever I see anyone with silky straight hair, I wouldn’t change things for the world.  So to balance the equation […] Read more…

Baby Brain Fails

  Baby brain.  We’ve all suffered.  From forgetting what you were talking about mid-sentence, to putting your car keys in the fridge.  When we have a baby our brains are overloaded with new things to worry about, is the baby too hot? Is their poo supposed to look like that? Have they always breathed that […] Read more…

Perceptions of a Stay-At-Home Mum

I was a Stay-at-home-mum.  This was a choice my husband and I made together because it is what worked best for our family. I am now a work-from-home-mum which has it’s own set of challenges. There are however a few misconceptions of a stay-at-home mum that I would like to challenge. We sit on our […] 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…

The Lego Years

My Love Hate Relationship With Multi Coloured Bricks  Toys come and go, some stick around longer than others, some are a 5 minute wonder. Right now we are in the midst of the Lego years.   For the last three years the big one is into Lego in a big way.  He thinks it is awesome (do […] Read more…

Enjoying a wedding without kids verses surviving one with them!

We have attended three weddings this year with our children, two of them have involved a few nights away in a hotel.  As much as I love a good wedding, attending them with your children is an entirely different experience to attending them in my life before children. There are debates raging on mumsnet as […] Read more…

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