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One book a month: January

One of the things I decided to do this year was read more books. Last year I read three, which was an improvement on the…...
31-01-2019 21:45

Kids room DIY: easy ways to change up children’s bedro

The children’s rooms are my favourite in the house, as they can be as colourful and fun as you like, and let’s face it, you…...
18-01-2019 21:45

Friday Five: Things to do in January

Hello! Here are five things to do in January… And my second regular Friday post, woo! (Let’s see how long this lasts for). This week…...
11-01-2019 21:45

Friday five: things to do in 2019

Hello! How was your Christmas" Happy New Year! Are your decorations still hanging on or are you hoovering pine needles out of the deepest darkest…...
04-01-2019 21:44
30-12-2018 21:43

We take a trip to the London Transport Museum

Have you been to the London Transport Museum" We were invited along a few weeks ago. So all aboard, here’s what we thought. Located in… The post ...
23-12-2018 21:44

CBeebies Thumbelina preview (and 10 of the biggest CBeebies

Calling all parents of small children – we had a sneak preview of CBeebies Thumbelina, which is this year’s CBeebies Christmas show. So in honour...
11-12-2018 21:52

The highs and woes of the second-time primary school applica

Reader, I have done something weird… But before I tell you about that, is anyone else applying for primary schools at the moment" Is anyone… The ...
05-12-2018 21:51

An ode to wooden toys (and the GLTC Star Beans Coffee Shop)

Today I’m going to talk about wooden toys, because we’ve been testing out the GLTC Star Beans Coffee Shop, but first, I want to know… The post ...
27-11-2018 21:54

New children’s books from the Junior Book Club

Do you ever find yourself reading the same children’s books over and over again, on repeat" (This is the story of how ‘Miffy Goes to… The post ...
05-11-2018 21:50

Trying for a baby – 12 things no-one ever tells you ab

What are the things no-one ever tells you about trying for a baby…when you don’t get pregnant" And NO, this isn?t a surprise pregnancy announceme...
02-11-2018 21:45

Kid’s room DIY: fireplace to bookshelf makeover with G

We’ve recently turned a fireplace into a bookcase, with help from GLTC Townhouse bookshelves. Here’s how… As anyone who has ever moved into an ...
24-10-2018 21:45

Three great things for girls

‘Sometimes it’s haaaaard to be..a woman…’ sang, bizarrely, my 6-y-o into my ear this week. Me: ‘Where did you hear THAT"’ * Ignoring the ...
23-10-2018 21:50

10 reasons autumn is TERRIBLE for parents

Forget all your romantic notions about autumn, it’s actually TERRIBLE for parents. Here are ten reasons why: Season of mists and mellow fruitfulnes...
11-10-2018 21:45
05-10-2018 21:42

We need to talk about childbirth

Hours after giving birth to my first child, I had the post-baby shower. I distinctly remember staring in the hospital bathroom mirror at my unfamilia...
13-09-2018 21:40

What not to do when your child starts school

Is your child starting school this September" Here are some things you absolutely *shouldn’t* do. It?s been two years since my once tiny newborn da...
11-09-2018 21:42

Kid’s room DIY: easy washi tape cloud shelves

Hello! It’s September! After a summer-long hiatus we’re back, and I wanted to share some of the interiors and mini children’s room DIY projects...
03-09-2018 21:44

Capturing our summer memories, with Snapfish

Who takes a million photos" And who hardly ever prints them" *Waves hands.* We’ve been working with Snapfish to help us make a physical, printed…...
17-08-2018 21:41

Five reasons to visit Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes at Th

If you’re in the south London area, you should book an appointment for Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes at The Glades, Bromley. Or more importantly...
10-08-2018 21:40

When the holidays don’t start exactly as planned…

It was exactly 48 hours before the end of term when I had the call of doom. Having just finished a meeting at the opposite… The post When the holid...
30-07-2018 21:43

Why we joined the Women’s March Anti-Trump protest

Last Friday Florence and I headed into London to take part in the Women’s March Bring the Noise protest that took place during the US… The post W...
20-07-2018 21:42
08-07-2018 21:41

Five questions my children asked on our trip to the Cutty Sa

(Sponsored post) OK, I’ll admit it, I?m a terrible Londoner – despite living here for years, there are a lot of things we?ve never visited… The...
06-07-2018 21:44

Why I won’t be getting perspective about only having 1

There’s a quote that I’ve seen a lot of people share recently on social media and it goes like this: ‘We get 18 delicious summers… The post W...
28-06-2018 21:42

Ten tangible things you can do, as a parent, when the world

Here are ten tangible things you can do, as a parent, when the world seems terrible – because this week I’ve been mainly despairing about… The ...
22-06-2018 21:42

Happy Father’s Day Dad; you were right about EVERYTHIN

There’s nothing like becoming a parent to make you realise a couple of things: 1) It’s inevitable that you will, to some extent, turn into… The...
15-06-2018 21:47

Win: a three month wine subscription from Le Petit Ballon

If the idea of having wine sent to you in the post each month sounds like a dream, you need to check out wine subscription… The post Win: a three m...
15-06-2018 21:47
07-06-2018 21:43

How not to leave the house with small children: the school r

Two eternal questions about motherhood: Why is it so hard to leave the house with small children" (Here is my previous exploration of the topic)… T...
04-06-2018 21:47

Colouring heaven with Cartoonito Club

Sometime last year we bought a printer, and since then not a day has gone by without me printing off at least one colouring sheet.… The post Colour...
30-05-2018 21:42

A tip for avoiding disaster at historical houses with childr

As it’s soon to be the school holidays, I thought you might be planning some days out, possibly to museums or historical National Trust or… The p...
24-05-2018 21:43

A couple of things (and WIN a brilliant pregnancy book)

Here’s a couple of things we’ve been liking lately, including The Letdown and a competition to win a copy of a brilliant new pregnancy book……...
18-05-2018 21:47

How to avoid the cinema becoming a parenting disaster movie

A dramatic turn of events; we went to the cinema last week. Together, as in me and Alex together together, shock horror. It used to… The post How t...
17-05-2018 21:45

20 tips for your first Disneyland Paris trip

Thinking of booking a Disneyland Paris trip" Over Easter we headed over to pay our regards to Mickey and friends at the House of Mouse,… The post 2...
11-05-2018 21:45

Reading the small print…the hidden perils of your chil

Your child learning to read is one of the most magical moments of motherhood. It’s a major milestone, right up there with the first steps,… The p...
02-05-2018 21:42

Home styling tips for spring, with Amara

Is it actually spring yet" I know it technically is, but what with the extremes of both the bleakest winter AND the hottest summer in… The post Hom...
26-04-2018 21:42

Friday Five: the best London museums with Sally from MilkAtT

Looking for the best London museums for children *and* grown-ups" Well, read on… And firstly, this is the new weekly round-up I’ve been trying to...
20-04-2018 21:42

The very busy smear test

Because I can be both badly organised and also extremely forgetful (tell me; does this never go away") I somehow ended up accidentally booking in my ...
18-04-2018 21:50

The one with the accidental Easter Bunny

Do your children believe in the Easter Bunny" Asking for, well, someone who’s not quite sure how it happened, but whose children really do. As… T...
05-04-2018 21:47
29-03-2018 21:50

Our side return extension update (and kitchen chalkboard wal

I can’t remember how much of this I’ve mentioned on here (vs over on Instagram Stories, where I’ve talked about it a lot, sorry) but… The pos...
22-03-2018 21:46

London for children: A trip to Kidzania, London

Have you been to Kidzania London" Located in the Westfield shopping centre, it’s an indoor city with everything from shops to a climbing wall andâ€...
16-03-2018 21:45
08-03-2018 21:46

Our new colourful doors

Would you let your children pick paint colours" What could *possibly* go wrong"! Spoiler: We did, and it all turned out fine in the end.… The post ...
05-03-2018 21:45

Five cold hard truths about parenting on snow days

As the country is currently in the grips of SNOWMAGEDDON, aka the Beast from the East aka Storm Emma aka alll the weather from the past… The post F...
02-03-2018 21:43

Hello, and a couple of things…

Firstly, hello! I just wanted to say, well, that really, and do a kind of awkward wave via a blog post. And secondly, say apologies… The post Hello...
22-02-2018 21:42

Three good things to do, from Tiddler on tour to brilliant b

We are just about to finish half term (sob) but if you’re half terming next week (lucky!) or just looking for good things to do… The post Three g...
18-02-2018 21:42

Baby days, be gone; brilliant things about your children get

A few weeks ago it was Alex’s birthday, and a funny thing happened. We went out on his birthday. Together. While some people may be… The post Bab...
08-02-2018 21:45

How to make DIY wall stickers for children’s rooms

We’ve been making our own DIY wall stickers for children’s rooms, something that occurred to me at, well, 3am at one point this week. So… The p...
31-01-2018 21:46

How to deal with cold-weather coat-refusers, a six point str

Are your children cold-weather coat refusers" Do they strip down to a t-shirt at the very first touch of frost" It’s not just you (or… The post H...
24-01-2018 21:46
15-01-2018 21:47
09-01-2018 21:46

17 completely unspectacular things I’ve done in 2017

With it being so very nearly the end of the year – HOW did that happen" WHEN did that happen" Wasn’t it just the summer"… The post 17 completel...
31-12-2017 21:45

Why we love the library (and seven reasons why you should lo

‘Libraries gave us power…’ sang the Manic Street Preachers in what’s still, all these years on, one of the best songs ever. And it’s true;â...
20-12-2017 21:44

Five things: Christmas charity campaigns to support this fes

Christmas Jumper Day for Save The Children: Christmas jumper day is a-coming on Friday 15th December, and is the annual festive charity celebration o...
13-12-2017 21:41

I have the power! How to save energy as a parent

How do you save energy as a parent" It?s tricky when you seem to use a lot of it ? heating always on, three washer… The post I have the power! How ...
08-12-2017 21:37

In praise of Tamara Ecclestone, or why I’m breastfeedi

Tamara Ecclestone is back on TV again, something I know about not because I?ve seen her new reality programme, but because the press is reacting… T...
07-12-2017 21:37

Five things: what we’ve read, watched and liked lately

Hands up, I did mean to do a weekly round-up of things we’ve done and liked each week, but seem to have failed (here’s the… The post Five thing...
01-12-2017 21:40

On giving yourself a break when you have young children

Right back in the swirly, whirling mists of time when I had a toddler and a tiny mewling newborn, I wrote a post about how… The post On giving your...
30-11-2017 21:40
23-11-2017 21:56

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

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

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

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

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