Mummy Rules the Kitchen: Chorizo Hot-Pot

I’ll get straight to the point. I have recently discovered a go-to meal, one that is fresh, healthy, delicious in a Saturday-night-takeaway-way and it takes the same amount of time as heating up a ready meal. I made it one night, completely winging it – using what food I had left in the cupboard and it…

Why mums need to date each other

Date nights seem to be the holy grail of parental freedom to us these days, especially if my husband and I go to a restaurant together: delicious food served hot, no need to take one child to the toilet umpteen times whilst squeezing the other one into a highchair and fishing food off the floor…

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…

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…

Made In Devon: a review of the Naturalmat cot-bed mattress

I love Devon. The sea and it’s beaches: from the rugged to the beautiful. The quirky local towns and villages. The bleakness of the moor and the mysterious stories it holds. The contrasting character of Plymouth; (one minute you are fighting the crowds in Primark and half an hour later chilling on the Hoe looking out to sea) and…

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).  …

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 or batch cook, but somehow the days whizz by and…

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…

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…