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Motherhood

New Parents: It Does Get Better

September 29, 2016
Happy Birthday hux

When it comes to the depiction of motherhood, Hollywood has a lot to answer for. Think about it: even in the dope-smoking world of the movie ‘Knocked Up’, once baby’s born (via a massively cringe-inducing crowning scene, natch) even the jobless deadbeat dad and uncertain mum film are projected into the world of starry-eyed parenting perfection. Then there’s a bumbling uncertain Hugh Grant, who manages to become father of the year in Nine Months, and just look at how Sex and…

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Food

A BFF Shopmium Dinner Party – WIN a £300 Supermarket Voucher

September 22, 2016
Shopmium Dinner Party

Do you know one thing I miss about the (not-so great) utopian suburban couple-based dream? DINNER PARTIES. In my past life I loved a good dinner party. One year, as a 25th birthday treat to myself, all I wanted was for my friends to come round for supper and a day and a half to prepare a five-course feast for them: cooking for dinner parties is my jam. Give me a week of planning, a stack of recipe books, a big grocery…

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Shopping

My Top 5 Autumn Buys

September 22, 2016
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I’m going to put my hands up now and say: I’m not really an Autumn person. A steadfast summer girl, I’d be happy if I got to spend my years – all year round – in shorts, flip flops and tshirts. To me, covering up in woolly layers feels unnatural… and often itchy. Not my favourite thing… give me a beach over a mountain any day. And so, to ease myself in to the harsh realities of crispy leaves and…

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Lifestyle

9 Things From My Childhood My Kids Will Never Experience

September 21, 2016
Just Seventeen

It must be fun for children these days, growing up in the exciting digital age. Taking my two to school this morning I looked at the bank of computers they have in their classroom and the iPads their teachers were working off; with memories of the blackboards and chalk dust at my old school I thought – yeah, you lot have it pretty good. But there was something I found so thrilling about growing up in a time where tech was on…

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Beauty

The Best REN Products

September 15, 2016
best ren products

REN is one of those solidly good skincare brands that always delivers for me. They’re not faddy, they’re not flashy, they’re simply reassuringly effective. Plus Caroline Hirons swears by them as a pocket-friendly yet effective range, and there’s no higher recommendation than that. I first heard about them in the days before I was into skincare, in the days I would never have dreamed of letting an acid near my face. A friend who had trouble-prone skin raved over their…

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Food

A #ThankGoodness Optiwell Treat: Win a £350 Luxury Hotel Break

September 14, 2016
#ThankGoodness Optiwell

It’s fair to say that being a parent is bloody hard. Whether you’re a single mum or an attached dad or a legal guardian, the responsibility of being in charge of small human beings is massive and something you can rarely escape. There have been times where even the smallest of parent-based responsibilities have freaked me out: I remember once writing a shopping list soon after Hux had been weaned and feeling totally overwhelmed with the pure responsibility of feeding…

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Travel

Would You Take Your Kids Out Of School For A Holiday?

September 13, 2016
Elfie is 6

This summer I made the decision to take my children out of school for a holiday. It wasn’t a decision I came to lightly; as a rule-follower it felt pretty unnatural to inform the school I’d be committing the cardinal sin of unauthorised absence. But I did it in the knowledge that the benefits of our trip would outweigh the week they took off from education. As a priority I made sure our holiday was as educational as it was fun.…

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Motherhood

School Reviewer: Conquering School Like a Boss

September 13, 2016
Growing On Up

The school gates can be a scary and intimidating place. When your child first starts school it’s easy to approach the pack of mums you don’t know with in trepidation, feeling like an outsider, one who has yet to be initiated into this secret club of women who seem to know all the rules, regulations and handshakes. That’s how I felt, anyway. Having just got to grips with toddlerhood (what a whirlwind that was…) the step up to school two…

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Food

MTT: Breakfast Salad

September 7, 2016
Breakfast Salad

Lunch is my nemesis. That might seem a little dramatic to say, but when you work from home and spend your days ping-ponging between marmite on toast, avocado on toast and last night’s leftover sausages you’ll know what I mean. Have you ever tried re-heating day-old macaroni cheese? Urgh. That’s probably the thing I miss most about working from an office: the choice of a lunch. Whether it’s the delightful pick of sandwiches at Pret, a meal deal at Boots, a naughty Wagamamas…

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Motherhood

Growing On Up

September 6, 2016
Growing On Up

When it comes to my children I hover somewhere between occasional private emotional wreck and purposefully stoical. I might shed the odd tear once or twice (hello, Cold Feet new season/random Radiohead songs/THE NOTEBOOK obvs) but by and large, in matters of motherhood, I manage to keep it together in public. OR SO I THOUGHT. In July I was that mum hiding behind big sunglasses with a suspiciously snotty tissue at Hux’s end of term pre-school play, thinking thoughts of bygone…

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Motherhood

The Best Children’s Book Quotes For Adults

August 31, 2016
Piglet and Pooh

It’s funny that, despite being some of the simplest stories, children’s books often carry the most poignant messages of them all. I remember the first time I cried at a kid’s book: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. I read it a lot to Elfie after she was in the hospital, but could never get all the way through. I tried again when she was older but still failed miserably: it’s a bit of an anti-climax to read a book…

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