Monthly Archives

October 2012

Life Me

The More Than Toast Book Club

October 31, 2012

  Books have always been a really important part of my life. When I was a kid I was a total bookworm and you’d always find me with my nose in a book: at the supermarket with my mum, in the library at school lunchtime, up late at night under the covers with a torch (yep, I was that kid). I love how you can completely lose yourself in a good story, no matter what’s happening in your life at…

Continue Reading

Fashion Style

What I’m Wearing For Winter

October 30, 2012

It is surprising how, once you give birth, your attitude to so many things changes. I was adamant this wouldn’t happen to me but it’s completely inevitable and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Since I have had my babies I feel hugely different about travel, working, family, keeping fit, food, friendships… so many things. And one of the things that has thrown me for a loop mostly is how I feel different about clothes. That might sound…

Continue Reading


Autumn Thoughts.

October 26, 2012

Here are a few of my favourite things, in no particular order: the smell of sun cream, the heat of the sun, the beach, miniskirts, being warm, long evenings, bbqs. So you can imagine how autumn might not be my favourite time of year. I usually get a pang of sadness in that first week when you can feel the chill in the air. It was a bit different this year; for starters the chill arrived sometime in June and…

Continue Reading


A Night Out

October 23, 2012

Every time I journey the thirty minutes in to London on the train for a night out I feel so many things. Stressed: because sometimes I wonder if preparing the kids for a night away from me is worth the hassle (it takes at least 4 hours). Smug: I’m on my own! Guilt: both kids are a handful, i hope they aren’t too bad for my mother-in-law. Confusion: what do I do on my own on a train for half…

Continue Reading


Elfie at 2 Years and 3 Months

October 15, 2012

  Once more I am down in the rabbit hole of Parental Guilt as it’s taken me almost three months to write one monthly update about Elfie, yet she is changing at an alarming rate. Each day we have a new word, a new idiosyncrasy  a new look… she delights us constantly. Apart from the times she is a bit of a monkey and on those times she delights us from the naughty step. I know I’m very much biased but…

Continue Reading


Your Newborn Essentials

October 11, 2012

When reading the comments on my Newborn Essentials post from last week I was amazed at how  many things I had forgotten. Though in all honesty, if we remembered every single part of the ‘special’ newborn time we would all be one-child families, am I right? In a nutshell it’s a nipple issues, vomit, paper pants and sleep deprivation. I had so many great suggestions, links and tips that I wanted to post them all up here for future reference. So if…

Continue Reading


On Fitness.

October 10, 2012

So we all know how I feel about weight loss, which is pretty much BE WHO YOU ARE. But fitness, now fitness is another matter. I don’t think I’ve ever been what you might call ‘fit’. I’ve had plenty of gym memberships through the years but can count on two hands the amount of times I actually went and worked out, unless you count swimming which I’ve always enjoyed (though I suppose it doesn’t count if you’re simply bobbing in…

Continue Reading


MTT: Loaded Potato Skins

October 8, 2012

  As much as I really don’t approve of using food as an emotional crutch there is nothing that will give you a hug from the inside quite like a jacket potato, preferably with cheese and baked beans. I went through a whole winter of being unhappy about my career on the strength of the jacket potato van at the front of the office; I put on a couple of pounds (double cheese, double butter, oh yeah) but I had…

Continue Reading


My Newborn Essentials

October 4, 2012

  A little while ago I had a comment from someone called Natasha, asking me if I would mind posting about what my newborn essentials are. Now, I pretty much NEVER get asked to post about things, so I was really happy to think long and hard about the subject. It’s taken me ages to come up with my list… that’s what newborn sleep depravation will do for you. So Natasha – this is for you! But please note I…

Continue Reading


The Case For Red Lipstick And Frocks

October 3, 2012

It’s no secret that I often wake up in the morning feeling like death: almost five months of broken sleep will do that to a gal. I’m lucky enough to have a great husband who often gets up with Elfie between 6.30-7 to let me lie in  til 8 or so but I still never feel refreshed in the morning. Last night Hux woke at 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 4.30 and Elfie woke at 6.10. Will is working away in Bristol…

Continue Reading


A Letter To Booze

October 1, 2012

  Dear Booze, We’ve known each other a long time now, going on ten years. Our relationship has had its ups and downs – that brief love affair with espresso martinis was pretty special – but something’s got to change. It’s too intense. Remember the good old days? The fun we had a couple of days a week in the pub at work, the champagne on a Saturday night, the odd glass of Malbec with my steak at Gaucho? On…

Continue Reading