Monthly Archives

November 2012


Gift Ideas: My Favourite Necklaces

November 29, 2012

L-R: Pipe Dreams, Lazy Giraffe, Molly Brown London, Paper and Chain I am a big necklace fan. By which I mean I LOVE necklaces, and also like BIG necklaces. But as statement neckwear is not very appropriate when you’re in possession of a chest-headbutting baby who doesn’t have control of their own neck I’ve had to re-think my jewellery choices. And since I’ve said goodbye to big bib necklaces I’ve enjoyed shopping around for more dainty alternatives. As it’s the season of…

Continue Reading


Top 10 Proposal Videos

November 27, 2012

As someone who is a bit of an open book with her emotions, having children has had a crazy effect on me. It’s like someone has taken my feelings, multiplied them by eight, shone a big maginifying glass on them and now pushes my weepy buttons EVERY SINGLE DAY. I cry at ridiculous times and feel a giddy happiness at simple moments that most wouldn’t even blink at. So last Saturday evening when I was missing a few hours of…

Continue Reading


MTT: Creamed Leeks

November 26, 2012

 Confession: I have not been to a supermarket since Hux was born. Whilst this is undoubtedly good for the soul it is simultaneously bad for the wallet, as both our villages’s Co-op and Tesco Express are more expensive than the huge supermarket down the road. The farmers market is lovely but it’s so easy to get so carried away with the organicness of it all that I find myself with an excess of kale or purple sprouting broccoli that will…

Continue Reading


Thanksgiving, The British Way

November 22, 2012

  Americans really have the right idea at this time of year. Thanksgiving: a time for family, friends, warmth, love and CARBOHYDRATES. Lots of carbohydrates.  I love the idea of a big turkey accompanied by potatoes and pies, though I still get a little wary of the addition of macaroni cheese. Does it really work? But most of all I love the idea of sitting down with your loved ones and giving thanks for the good things in your life.…

Continue Reading


My Best Friend’s Blog

November 19, 2012

(Sometimes our husbands get us mixed up) I interrupt my usual programming to announce that after years of ho-humming about it one of my best friends in the whole wide world forever and ever and ever amen has started her own blog! I could not be prouder than if it were Elfie or Hux blogging: Su is an absolutely brilliant writer and I know she’s been wanting to get down and creative online for a while. I first met Su about 10 years ago…

Continue Reading

Interiors Life

Every December Issue Gift Guide EVER – Kris Atomic

November 18, 2012

Kris Atomic, she of ‘Chronic Bitchface‘ fame, talented illustrator and long-time internet pal has just released something so hilarious it was the only thing to make me laugh in the gloom of this weekend’s food poisoning. All I can say is: eat poultry that you have defrosted IMMEDIATELY, not the next day. Lesson learned. Anyway, if you’re already getting a bit jaded by the Christmas gift propaganda that’s coming you’re way you will love this. I know, I know, you’re not…

Continue Reading


TFI Friday

November 16, 2012

Whatever kind of mother you are – stay at home, work at home, work in an office – Friday is always SO welcome. For me it means adult conversation and 50% more grown-ups in the house, which in turn means I have 50% more time to do really important stuff like go to the rugby club and drink beer. Or watch Strictly Come Dancing. In the old days child-free days of full-time work, 5pm on a Friday would mean pub…

Continue Reading


Coffee and Tea

November 15, 2012

Do you drink Coffee or Tea? Me, I’m a big tea drinker, I never feel like the day has started until I have my cup of Yorkshire Gold in the morning. I’m partial to an espresso after a hard night with the kids too, and luckily my husband’s a massive coffee snob so we usually have a nice bag of Monmouth next to our coffee machine. Basically, caffeine rocks my world and I know I’m not the first mother to…

Continue Reading


MTT: Perfect Scrambled Eggs

November 14, 2012

When Hux was first born I used to cook quite a lot. Now, before you give birth, one of the bits of advice you always read is to make sure you have loads of prepared food in your freezer, ready to turn into easy and delicious meals. I did some of that but also managed to whip up some masterpieces for dinner, so much so I’d get people asking me open-mouthed, “how do you DO it all?”. I’d feel a…

Continue Reading


Waiting, by Jana Romanova

November 13, 2012

Waiting, Jana Romanova: It’s a bit heathen-esque for me to admit that I’ve never been into art. I like a pretty picture as much as the next person but I really have no great appreciation for cows suspended in formaldehyde or great water colours by 18th century French men. This possibly goes against  my middle class facade and I may well be turned away from John Lewis the next time I step through their doors but it’s the truth: I…

Continue Reading


Illness, Baby Cuddles and Britney.

November 10, 2012

Whenever Elfie is ill I get the overwhelming feeling of “it’s not fair”. When she had a bug as a baby it was all whinging, taking blood sugars, constantly checking temperatures and days in hospital. Thankfully now she’s older, stronger and we know her condition inside-out we no longer need to do the dash to casualty but there are other reasons why a poorly Elfie pulls on the heart strings. She can speak, for one, and when she’s ill she…

Continue Reading