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2017: The Only Thing New is the Number

So it turns out my children didn’t make New Year’s resolutions. Everyone else has: everyone is starting afresh, discarding 2016 like a used nappy and embracing 2017 like a spontaneous night out with a free bar. I first thought I didn’t have high expectations of today; but in hindsight I did. By not drinking much…

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Present ideas for mummies that rule

There are loads of magazine articles and blog posts at the moment about what to get various family members for Christmas… “stuck for ideas?!”…I find them useful but actually the most difficult thing I find is when someone says to me, “what would YOU like for Christmas?” Sorry, me? Me? Someone is asking ME what…

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How to survive a toddler sickness bug

Accept that the next few days are going to be shit. In both senses of the word.   Stock up on the following for the ill child: diarolyte (it’s disgusting mummy, disgusting!!) failing that –> squash; jelly; lollipops (getting any fluids down them in the sneakiest way possible), crips (salt replacement) and calpol (the saviour).  …

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Why every parent needs to get spontaneously wasted 

Last month (yes I am so on top of my blog posts) G and I found ourselves with our first ‘free’ weekend in…a long time. I don’t mean child-free. I mean, nothing planned, no schedule, no work…By Friday night we were so excited! “What shall I paint tomorrow?!” said G. We had moved into our…

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A Mother’s Love

I mean to eat a proper dinner each night but I end up eating cheese on crackers with a glass of wine. And then a packet of twiglets. But I love my girls. I intend to meal plan, to shop every Friday and home cook each day, but somehow the days whizz by and we…

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The Motherhood Mojo

Getting it on after children. Just another one of those things to add to my list of “things I need to do today (this week, this month…) or “things I should be doing better”. In order to have intimate time after children you need to have three factors in place: Time Privacy To Feel Good Time and…

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A Mother’s Thoughts on Children’s Parties

The other day I found myself having a bit of a rant about children’s parties: “I can’t believe the pressure on school age children to have these over-the-top parties, they cost parents a fortune and so much stress! I won’t succumb to this modern tradition. What’s wrong with a few close, well-behaved friends over to…

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Review of Fade Away Sleep Sounds

Babies cry, what’s new? I am fortunate enough to have a very contented little baby in my youngest, which I know, is an absolute blessing. You might be surprised however, that this has it’s disadvantages. She may be the happiest soul I know, most of the time, but she is also a baby. And babies cry. Babies…

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Mama in the club

After 9 months of pregnancy and an additional 6 months of caring for a newborn, there is nothing quite so exciting for a mum, as a night out or any social event involving no children and available alcohol. It is a recipe for pure, blissful, mum madness. You might have experienced mum madness this summer:…

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How did I become a mum cliché?!

In the last two and a bit years I have witnessed myself change dramatically. I don’t mean a personality transplant or a shed load of weight loss. Characteristics that I have always had have simply become stronger; and any parts  of me that were pretending to be something else have taken a step backstage. I have…