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My Mummy

March 23, 2017
Mr Men My Mummy

We’re big on talk about feelings in our house. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re a fractured family, but I always want my children to feel completely loved and secure: they’re constantly told how loved they are, how important they are and how much they mean to me. And I think it works… we’re always swapping germs (In the last two months alone we’ve all had flu, a sickness bug and a cold), and in my book if we’re…

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How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

March 17, 2017
better nights sleep

Today it’s World Sleep Day, with a slogan of ‘Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life’. Which is ironic, because as a mum you spend your entire life nurturing life, and for this exact reason you never sleep soundly. So for us nurturing life never seems to go hand-in-hand with sleeping soundly, ta Mother Nature. I seriously can’t remember ever fretting over sleep before I became a mother. How much I’m getting, how much I’m missing, where the next fix is coming from. I’m…

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An Alternative Half Term

March 6, 2017
Alternative half term

Half term is a bit of a tricky one when you’re a working single mum. With the children at their dads’ for a few days I’m never quite sure which way to play it. On the one hand, half terms are one of the few chances I have at more than a couple of nights to myself, so it’s generally a great opportunity to have some down-time or get away. On the other, as a stretch of time with no…

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Three Things Mums Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About (But Do!)

December 21, 2016

Part of motherhood that we all seem pre-programmed to have in some form, whether we want it or not, is mum-guilt. From the moment your baby is born you’ll find things to feel guilty about that relate to your child. Motherhood alone is tiring enough, without adding in constant worry about what you’re doing wrong. But there are some things for which you should be able to shrug off the guilty sentiments straightaway. If you do, you’ll make life as…

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5 Outdoor Adventures To Have With Your Kids This Winter

December 12, 2016
winter outdoor activities

I believe, as the parent of two particularly bouncy children, that it’s a good idea to get fresh air for the entire family wherever possible. It’s needed for them to burn off steam and it’s always a good thing for me: I find that if I’ve enjoyed a bit of outside time I sleep better, am in a good mood and enjoy my inside time more. But it’s tricky in the winter. When you’re huddling inside under blankets, next to…

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What Gilmore Girls Gets Right About Single Parents

December 6, 2016
gilmore girls single parenting

Recently, like the rest of the world, I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls. Goodness knows why I’ve never seen it before – it’s precisely the kind of easy-to-watch bingeable TV I enjoy, made all the more relevant as the main storylines focus on a single mother and her relationship with her daughter. Four years ago when I first became a single parent I would never have believed what the future would hold – especially as I had yet to watch Gilmore…

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Education Quizzes: A Review

November 20, 2016
shopkins movie review

I‘m really lucky that Elfie is a natural learner: just like I was as a child, she drinks up knowledge like apple juice. Though I may be slightly biased towards the English side of things (I was a book fiend when I was younger) she seems equally into – and good at – maths, and I’m hugely proud of how conscientious she is when it comes to her school work. Now, I’ll never be a Tiger Mother (have you ever read…

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The Most Overwhelming Part of Being a Parent

November 17, 2016
the most overwhelming part of being a parenta

On my computer I have a special document. A place I keep ideas, random jots, bullet points… the basis of blog posts and life-changing statements (at least they feel like that at 1am), of which approximately only 30% morph into anything of substance. This document, and the similar one I keep on my phone, is full of all kinds of ideas destined for greatness (ahem). On there we have sentances such as ‘The Only 3 Fake Tans You’ll Ever Need’, ‘What…

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Parenting Hacks with Arla Big Milk

November 1, 2016
Petplan draw my pet

I think it’s safe to say that parenting is the most time-consuming, click all-encompassing thing you’ll ever do. Whichever way you play it, look having kids changes your life, and if you’re anything like me those changes can send you into a bit of a tailspin. Who am I kidding, those changes can send you into a full-on meltdown. But I can say quite confidently that now, after six years of successfully parenting two children (just about, anyway), I’ve found…

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WIN! £100 of Shopkins Goodies

October 20, 2016
Shopkins

My daughter is obsessed with Shopkins. OBSESSED. As are her friends. Whenever they’re together talking about Shopkins they usually rope me in: “which is your favourite Shopkins, cialis mummy?” Elfie asks. “Err, shop I dunno, the fuzzy loo roll?” is my usual answer. I mean, it’s a fuzzy loo roll, what’s not to love? Elfie and her friends always roll around laughing at my favourite Shopkins. Apparently that’s Not Cool. The cool Shopkins to like are the French fries, the…

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5 Indoor After School Activities

October 19, 2016
the power of me time

The hours of 3.30pm-5.30pm are what I like to call ‘the afternoon dead time’. It’s time when the kids are tired from school and would like nothing more to come home and flop in front of an iPad, but because I’m mean mummy I’d rather not let them: we should be learning! Growing as people! Spending time as a family together! It’s time when I try not to arrange too many crazy energy-expelling activities as, if I do, they just…

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