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Our Perfect Pet

August 22, 2016
Petplan draw my pet

Recently, I almost got a dog. It was winter and I’d had a stretch of long and lonely nights alone at home, as well as an unplanned yet entirely beneficial six month period of abstinence, and I was bored. I was sick and tired of having nobody to converse with other than Twitter and Netflix, and resented my solo evenings working and reading. I pined for someone – anyone, anything – to chat to during these times on my own, and so…

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The New Superheroes

August 16, 2016
#VertbaudetHeroes

It goes without saying that we’re big on feminism and empowerment in this house. 5 years ago I never thought I’d be in my position – a single mum running a business around a hectic life – but the rollercoaster experience of re-building a family and becoming a breadwinner has been a true lesson in the strength of a woman. Back then I (of course!) acknowledged strong women and their achievements, but I’d never thought that could be me. I thought…

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Teaching My Children Money Management

July 29, 2016
Aviva tool

Money management and kids: two words that don’t go so naturally together. As a child, I wasn’t much good with money. I was paid to do jobs around the house – lawn mowing, car washing, that kind of thing – and had my first job at 14. But as soon as there was money in my pocket I spent it, mostly on Topshop Baxters and copies of MIZZ magazine (RIP). It took a couple of iffy credit situations in my…

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Oh Boy, He’s Growing Up

July 21, 2016
He's Growing Up

I’d say I’m a pretty pragmatic person. Yeah, I might weep at the odd Grey’s Anatomy episode (they’re an unlucky bunch, aren’t they?) but I’m not one to cry at the drop of a hat. At least, I wasn’t before kids. Typing the above paragraph I’m now running through in my mind all those times I did cry at the drop of a hat. For instance, I watched The Notebook for the first time lately: it was a car crash in…

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Crafting With Kids For The Unskilled: #PrintingDory

July 18, 2016
PrintingDory

Last week I did something a little out of the ordinary – a wee bit out of my comfort zone. I travelled into London (OK) to speak at an event (fine so far) that was all about crafting with kids. What the WHAT NOW?! Crafting?!!! You see, a natural crafter I am not. My lovely friend Jessica (who is possibly the most creative person I know) will look at a couple of old loo rolls and some lolly sticks and…

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Now You Are 6 (Oh! The Places You’ll Go)

July 7, 2016
Elfie is 6

Elfie’s entrance into the world six years ago today wasn’t an easy one. For a start, she’d spent the previous six months as a stubborn footling breech, with no amount of baby ball bouncing, crawling up the stairs or acupuncture turning her. And with one of her feet dangling somewhere around my cervix, the doctors were keen to whisk her out before I went into labour myself. So out she came through the sunroof on July 7th 2010, one week before…

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Is Loneliness The Worst Part of Single Parenting?

June 8, 2016
loneliness single parenting

In my life as a single parent there’s nothing I really begrudge, but admittedly the loneliness does get tough. You’d have to be a robot not to get affected by it; as humans we are pack animals, used to travelling together, working in a partnership to hunt and gather (or, in 2016, deciding on and ordering a Deliveroo). So I guess it’s only natural that spending night after night on my own can get a little tedious sometimes. It’s not all…

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Hux’s Birthday Party at Hollywood Bowl

June 6, 2016
Hux's Birthday

Today I said to Hux, “hey buddy, remind me how old you are again?” Because sometimes I look at him and I still see a baby, my sweet baby who curls up in my arms for comfort and kisses and couldn’t possibly be starting school in 3 short months. I can’t reconcile the growing boy in front of me with that tiny baby I spent a week cuddled up to on an overly warm hospital ward in that glorious May. Gosh,…

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Motherhood

What Being a Single Parent Feels Like

June 1, 2016
why are mums tired

I watched Myleene Klass’s Single Parents On Benefits programme last night. In fact, 24 hours before it aired I got cross when I read the title of the programme (mistake number one). And then, at 2am that night when I couldn’t sleep, I read the Daily Mail article slating all the mums on the programme (mistake number two). Which is why, at 7am the next morning when I was getting my single mum arse on an early train for a big work…

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My Number One Baby Tip

May 18, 2016
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It’s funny that, now I’m a bit older, I can see the whole baby experience through slightly wiser eyes. OK, ok. So I might not be wiser. Will I ever be wiser? Probably not. But I do think that, over the last six and a half years of pregnancy and motherhood, I have learned one or two things about babies and children. Some of it I’ve forgotten, cheers sleep deprivation. Some I’ve tucked away in the darker recesses of my…

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Now You Are Four

May 16, 2016
Happy Birthday hux

Happy Birthday, darling Hux! It’s really difficult to sum up your child and their year. Looking back at when Hux turned three he still looked quite the baby – but watching him opposite me at the breakfast table today munching on a banana pancake he’s a little boy, a bonafide pre-schooler. In fact, I still can’t get over the fact that my little boy, my youngest, will be off to school this September. Although Elfie was younger when she started…

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