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Colourful Christmas hampers from John Lewis, chosen by my ch

I know, I know, I’m going there possibly a bit early with the C word – but for once we’ve actually made a start on… The post Colourful Christ...
15-11-2017 21:53

A genius idea for displaying children’s art

Do your children produce a lot of pictures, meaning you are always looking for new ways display of displaying and / or strategically ‘managing’ i...
02-11-2017 21:55

Forget Halloween; here are 25 things that are genuinely scar

Any kind of clock change (WHAT extra hour in bed" HELLOOOO 3AM) Teething. The permanently overflowing washing basket. Any one of these. Seeing ‘Nur...
29-10-2017 21:58

VTech KidiCom Max review; we test out a new children’s

We’ve been trying out the VTech KidiCom Max, a handheld smart device designed for children. It’s a wi-fi-enabled tablet that comes with a web bro...
27-10-2017 21:52

Bean bags of fun from Great Little Trading Co.

Did you have a bean bag when you were younger" It feels like owning one was a very 80s rite of passage, as was the… The post Bean bags of fun from ...
25-10-2017 21:53

Five things: what we loved this week

I’ve been wanting to write a weekly round-up for aaages but in six years have never quite got round to it…So,  I thought I’d try… The post Fi...
20-10-2017 21:53

When your parenting skills don’t quite add up

An innocent school email sent an icy clawfinger of fear into my heart this week; there’s a maths breakfast taking place, do parents want to… The ...
19-10-2017 21:56

Boring things I love now I’m a parent

Does being a parent make you boring" I don’t know, possibly. Probably. What was I saying again" I’m not sure. Parenting itself is brilliant butâ€...
12-10-2017 21:57

Pressing questions about prams

A) At what point are you supposed to stop using your pram, for good, and… B) What do you do with all your STUFF when you… The post Pressing quest...
05-10-2017 21:51

Yoga, baby

All this talk of playgroup and baby groups has reminded me we’ve been enjoying the new Fearne Cotton children’s book, Yoga Babies… Disclaimer, ...
02-10-2017 21:56
28-09-2017 21:58

How to win at playgroup, a ten point plan

Where do you stand on playgroup" Like the park, teething and absolutely no sleep it’s one of the recurring features of early parenting life that’...
21-09-2017 21:57

Ten things I HATE about the school run (and five things I se

Ten things I hate about the school run: It’s always raining. ALWAYS. It doesn’t matter how glorious the weather is, all day long…as soon as… ...
15-09-2017 21:58

New looks and re-introductions

Six years ago I took a big step and hit publish on the first ever post on this blog. Six years on, lots has changed… The post New looks and re-intr...
14-09-2017 21:56
05-09-2017 21:57

An open letter to the park, on behalf of parents everywhere

FAO: The Park Subject: On behalf of all parents, I have some suggestions… Dear the Park, You may not know us well, but we know you.… The post An ...
24-08-2017 21:56

Five great ways to waste time this summer

Need more ideas for great ways to waste time this summer…" I can’t believe there’s only about two weeks left; how’s it all going" Despite… ...
21-08-2017 21:52

Baby things I’m *glad* to see the back of

We have recently cleared out our house and giant garden shed of stuff in preparation for yet more building work.  In doing so we unearthed… The pos...
17-08-2017 21:54

How to solve your storage woes – GLTC Easy Reach Stora

One of the many things they don’t tell you in NCT classes is about the sheer amount of things that come along with small children. Sure,… The pos...
09-08-2017 21:57

A couple of things…

We have been on holiday, hence the radio silence. There was sea, there was sand, and predictably for the UK there was a *lot* of… The post A couple...
07-08-2017 21:50

15 tips for stress-free train travel with children

School has now officially broken up for the summer, woohoo! Are you going away" It?s predicted to be one of the busiest travel times of… The post 1...
24-07-2017 21:54

32 things you’ll inevitably obsess about in your child

So our first year of school is drawing to a close…but seriously, how has Reception gone so quickly" It doesn’t seem like two minutes since… The...
20-07-2017 21:51

Our favourite family apps from the Amazon Appstore

We’ve been trying out the new Amazon Fire Tablet 7; here are our favourite apps we’ve found so far on the Amazon Appstore. Summer is here,… The...
20-07-2017 21:51

To all new mums; no-one expects you to look like Beyoncé

So Beyonce’s twins are here, after being made Instagram official in a glorious and ever-so-slightly bonkers-in-the-best-way photo of Beyonce and th...
17-07-2017 21:52

Three tips for a super summer

There’s only a week or so left of school – how has it gone so quickly" – and the summer holidays are looming large. Does… The post Three tips...
13-07-2017 21:57

Ten reasons I’m *terrible* at Instagram stories

Do you love Instagram Stories" Hate it" Find it irritating" Not use it" Don’t even know what it is" For anyone who falls into the… The post Ten r...
10-07-2017 21:51

Naptime: I hate you, but I love you too

At what age did your toddler drop their daytime nap" Asking for… …well, us really, currently locked in a naptime battle of wills, caught betweenâ...
06-07-2017 21:53

12 things you should know about breastfeeding an older child

Breastfeeding an older child?well, now THAT?S WEIRD, isn?t it" You?re doing it for you, aren?t you" Aren?t they too old" If they can ask for… The p...
29-06-2017 21:53
23-06-2017 21:55

How to potty train without losing your mind, take two

I never wanted to write about potty training as, quite frankly, motherhood involves being covered in enough of other people’s bodily fluids in real...
22-06-2017 21:54

What we’re reading: new children’s books (and a

We’ve been sent a lot of new children’s books recently which we’ve been reading over and over, including the new book from Gruffalo author Juli...
16-06-2017 21:53

Votes for women (and men…and everyone who’s regi

I interrupt these ongoing babyrambles to say GO AND VOTE, GO NOW! Wait, what do you mean it’s still dark outside and too early even… The post Vot...
08-06-2017 21:48

Colourful cashmere knits for *those* cold summer days

Oh the joys of British Summer Time. Today is looking tentatively glorious, yesterday was miserable with a side helping of grey and the day before tha...
06-06-2017 21:52

In search of a responsible adult: the reasons I don’t

Does anyone else ever have…PLEASE SAY YES because it can’t just be me…those sudden moments when you realise that the small children running abo...
01-06-2017 21:54

I did it again

Reader, I did it again… Not that, or even that, but another thing. It’s something I’ve done twice before now (and you’d think by know… The ...
30-05-2017 21:52

Colourful prints for children and grown-ups

One of the brilliant things about getting our loft conversion done last year was all the dust everywhere…ha! I mean all the new wall space… The p...
18-05-2017 21:52

Our new found love for Lego tape

Just wanted to post about something new that everyone in our house loves; Lego tape (have you seen it") I bought some in a moment of… The post Our ...
15-05-2017 21:56

A trip to The Library of Miss Gadish (and win an iPad)

Are you a member of your local library" We are and visit it loads (I can’t quite compute you being allowed 12 books out at… The post A trip to Th...
12-05-2017 21:55

10 weird things no-one tells you about your body after pregn

I spent most of my first pregnancy eagerly reading all the information I could get my hands on about, well, pregnancy and also childbirth. There’sâ...
03-05-2017 21:57

Making a magnetic chalkboard wall

We’ve been busy making a magnetic chalkboard wall in E’s new room. Everyone loved her old chalkboard wall and toddler reading corner so we wanted...
27-04-2017 21:52

How to spend 24 hours in London with children

There are a million different ways you could spend 24 hours in London with children, from art galleries to rides and tourist attractions and shops…...
24-04-2017 21:54

24 things I don’t have time for as a mum (and three th

They say the days are long but the years are short when they are a parent, but what they DON’T say is that despite some… The post 24 things I don...
21-04-2017 21:56

Six parenting skills I have yet to master

Parenting, to coin a phrase from Liam Neeson in Taken, requires a very particular set of skills, ones you hone over your long parenting career.… Th...
13-04-2017 21:48

Five steps to creating a perfect Easter egg hunt

Did you have Easter egg hunts when you were younger" I don’t remember us ever having one – sob – but now I have children… The post Five steps...
13-04-2017 21:48

It’s tough being two, and more of my current parenting

The well-trodden path of parenting is paved with phrases and mantras, from the well-intentioned ones you tell your friends and other mums (‘It wonâ...
07-04-2017 21:46

Chasing away the post-news blues

Struggling to be upbeat after yesterday’s Brexit / Article 50 triggering / news onslaught on top of general terrible news / everything from America...
30-03-2017 21:50

Dining with dinosaurs at The Natural History Museum

You can’t really argue that the Natural History Museum is one of the best London museums for children and adults (although it’s on a long… The ...
28-03-2017 22:03

Useful advice for second-time mums

What is the best and most useful advice for second-time mums" It struck me after writing advice for my friend the first-time mum that second-time mum...
24-03-2017 21:46

Bye to the baby days – five reasons I won’t miss

Since one mini member of our household started school and the other moved up to the toddler room at nursery, it seems like we are… The post Bye to ...
15-03-2017 21:49

Bugaboo Bee 5 review – five reasons it’s the per

The Bugaboo Bee buggy has been given a makeover, and we’ve been trying it out over the past few weeks for our Bugaboo Bee 5… The post Bugaboo Bee...
08-03-2017 21:48

A Mother’s Day flower masterclass with M&S

I love flowers – who doesn’t"! – but I’m pretty clueless about them beyond sticking them in a vase and hoping for the best. I’m… The post...
06-03-2017 21:51

To my friend the new mum, 12 things I want to tell you

A couple of my friends are having babies, which is lovely in the way it always is when your friends have babies (Look, it’s a… The post To my fri...
01-03-2017 21:55

Five things from the weekend

Things have been mildly quiet around here lately (no real reason why, just mainly the post-half-term-catch-up and general life-stuff-stuff). So hereâ...
27-02-2017 21:48

Thanks for the Miffy memories

I was really sad to read about the death of Dick Bruna, creator of the Miffy books. He’d written and illustrated 124 books over 60… The post Than...
20-02-2017 21:45

Our five favourite apps for schoolchildren

What are your favourite apps for schoolchildren, or your children’s favourite apps" Like most parents, I have a bit of an up and down relationshipâ...
16-02-2017 21:47

The going rate for the tooth fairy, and other questions

A question I found myself Googling just before Christmas: what’s the going rate for the tooth fairy" Along with when should children’s baby teeth...
10-02-2017 21:59

There’s no ‘right’ way to be pregnant

Beyoncé is pregnant, with twins! Finally, some happy news in this horrible news season. She announced it on Instagram with a glorious photo that was ...
06-02-2017 21:47

Nine alternative ways to protest (when you?re a parent of sm

What are the best ways to protest when you?re a parent of small children, and can?t go to a protest march" I’ve been thinking about… The post Nin...
03-02-2017 21:52

Serving up the Dinner Time Challenge with HelloFresh

How often do you eat dinner together as a family" Or a proper, sit-down put-some-effort-in meal with your partner, or yourself, when you have smallâ€...
31-01-2017 21:52

The nap snack delivery company and other fantasy parenting i

What invention would have the potential to completely change your life as a parent" I was thinking about this very topic of fantasy parenting inventi...
27-01-2017 21:51
24-01-2017 21:46

Flowers and superpowers; a little life update

I feel like I should be inspired by the fresh start and new year but it never really works out like that, does it"! January means… The post Flowers...
20-01-2017 21:44

51 ways to shake off the parenting blues

How do you shake off the parenting blues" It is, apparently, Blue Monday today, which is one of those yawnsome made-up stories about it being… The ...
16-01-2017 21:52

Back to school: lessons I’ve learned from the first te

Are you making the big and scary primary school application for your child this month" We’ve just gone back for the new term which means we… The ...
10-01-2017 21:45

Life lessons I’ve (accidentally) learned in 2016

It’s fair to say 2016 has been the equivalent of the anguished face emoji about a million times over, for all the obvious and well-publicised reaso...
31-12-2016 21:50

Late to the (Christmas) party

Ages and ages ago, far back in the swirly mists of time, I wrote a post called late to the party about the things everyone has loved for ages that Iâ...
23-12-2016 21:42

A Christmas adventure (and a Graco Nautilus Elite review)

This week we took a road trip with a very festive feel, as we visited Christmas Tree Farm in Kent as part of our Graco Nautilus Elite review. The Naut...
22-12-2016 21:43

How do I love tea" The joys of the morning routine

How do I love tea" Let me count the ways… Puns aside, I really really love tea and it’s an integral part of my hectic morning routine. One of my e...
21-12-2016 21:43

Powerful women" We need to look to the future…

The Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power list was published today to mark the 70th anniversary of the show. It’s a list of seven women who have had the gre...
14-12-2016 21:44

Graco Modes 3 Lite Trio review – a new three-in-one tr

Have you heard about the new Graco Modes 3 Lite Trio" It’s a brand new three-in-one travel system, suitable from birth to 15kg, that comes with the ...
13-12-2016 21:44

How not to lose your child’s favourite toy, or the tal

They say those who don’t learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them and WE LOST ONE OF MY CHILDREN’S FAVOURITE TOYS. AGAIN. And I have no...
08-12-2016 21:47

Save the Children this Christmas Jumper Day

It’s nearly Christmas (well, it’s officially December) which means it’s really nearly Christmas Jumper Day. Get your slightly ridiculous and sui...
06-12-2016 21:48

Post-natal depletion; sound at all familiar"

Are you suffering from tiredness, exhaustion, general all-round forgetfulness and feeling really emotional, with a poor memory…and did you have a ba...
01-12-2016 21:48

How party season changes when you’re a parent

It’s Christmas party season! I know this because a) it’s December this week so of course it’s Christmas party season b) All the women’s magazi...
29-11-2016 21:48

Brilliant children’s Christmas books (that adults will

Children’s Christmas books! Combining books, Christmas, reading and childhood nostalgia; what’s not to love" Here’s some ideas for brilliant chi...
26-11-2016 21:44

15 fascinating* facts I’ve learned from YouTube about

*Fascinating / terrifying things I’ve learned from YouTube… ** Not strictly true. Oh, YouTube. We’ve always had an interesting relationship. Li...
25-11-2016 21:47

Baby’s second year: even more things you’ll obse

The littlest member of our household recently had her second birthday (so she’s really not a baby any more, is she" Waaaa). Following my post on eve...
25-11-2016 21:47

A brilliant tip for Do You Know" fans

I LOVED all the love that *everyone* seems to have for Do You Know" (the CBeebies science show explaining about how things work, I wrote about motherh...
21-11-2016 21:48

Feminism, motherhood and Barbie Dreamtopia

Can you be a feminist mum and let your children play with Barbies" It’s a decades-old debate but one I’ve been thinking of recently after we were ...
16-11-2016 21:48

How does it work…do YOU know"

We’ve recently become a bit obsessed in our household with Do You Know, the CBeebies science show where everyday things are broken down and how they...
14-11-2016 21:47

Generation Graco (and a Graco Milestone review)

Have you tried anything from baby product makers Graco" After reviewing the Graco Swivi Seat booster last year, it was a brand I was really keen to fi...
09-11-2016 21:46

Slides, rides and slot machines: our day trip to Dreamland i

Have you ever been to Dreamland Margate, or Margate itself" If you’re looking for a colourful seaside adventure you should go; it’s brilliant. Si...
02-11-2016 21:48

Calling all craft-loving children…design a Halloween c

Calling all art and craft-loving children…how would you like to see a Halloween costume you designed go on sale in supermarkets next year" (For pare...
30-10-2016 21:49

25 things I’d do with the mythical clock change ‘

The clocks go back this weekend! So that means an extra hour in bed…right…right"! OF COURSE NOT, YOU’RE A PARENT! Even though the clocks *do* g...
28-10-2016 21:54

Half term hibernation and Halloween den days

Hurrah, it’s half term. Which means we’re officially half-way through the very first term of primary school (and despite these fears we’ve not b...
24-10-2016 21:47

My lost love of reading books

When was the last time you read a book.." ...
18-10-2016 21:50

On not getting anything done when you have small children

Is it possible to get anything done when you have small children" If so, how" I wrote a post about getting nothing done when you have a newborn right ...
12-10-2016 21:46

Don’t call me baby

How long can you call your youngest child – who might well be somewhere in the region of, say, around 23-and-a-bit months  â€“ a baby" ...
06-10-2016 21:46

Can HelloFresh food boxes cater for fussy families"

We’ve been trying out the new HelloFresh family food boxes for the past few weeks, so here’s our HelloFresh review… Have you heard of HelloFres...
03-10-2016 21:47

Spy Kids: The Secrets of the School Day

How difficult is it to find out about your child’s day at school" No seriously, *how* difficult is it" It’s a sharp contrast to the baby days at ...
29-09-2016 21:45

On tour with the Go Jetters

If anyone in your house is a fan of the CBeebies cartoon Go Jetters, then you might want to read our Go Jetters toys review…because a brand new rang...
26-09-2016 21:45

The inevitable third baby question

Oh, the third baby question. Life as an adult seems to consist of inevitable question after slightly irritating and nosy inevitable question, doesn’...
22-09-2016 21:58

Starting primary school; six things that completely surprise

Is your child just starting primary school" How’s it going" It’s been a roller coaster over here. All the emotions, all at once; tears, frenzied a...
19-09-2016 21:48

The second day of school

So the first day of school is DONE. All, erm, three hours of it. We had some of this, getting dressed early (for the first time ever), about ten cups...
14-09-2016 21:45

Presents for two-year-olds, with Me&Buddy

I’ve been thinking about presents for two-year-olds recently, as someone has a birthday coming up soon (yikes!). Two’s a funny age, isn’t it" It...
12-09-2016 21:46

Things you’ll know if your child is a really early ris

They say the days are long but the years are short when you’re a parent, but when you’re the parent of a really early riser, the days start at the...
06-09-2016 21:46

An ode to it not yet being autumn

Oh, autumn. Season of mists and mellow…NO! Not yet! I don’t know if it’s because this summer has been so up and down, like a meteorological yoy...
05-09-2016 21:41

School of thought

I’ve been thinking, somewhat predictably, about school. We’ve spent so long on the mechanics, picking schools, making the primary school applicat...
02-09-2016 21:45

Fighting the battle of who can get dressed

I think I’ve identified the major pressure point in why it takes so long to leave the house when you have small children; it’s getting dressed. Or...
01-09-2016 21:44

Shocking second child omissions

Dramatic scenes in our household this week, when a somewhat shocking realisation came to light about our second child. We realised that Florence – a...
26-08-2016 21:44
 



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