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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, all-encompassing thing you’ll ever do. Whichever way you play it, 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 ways to…

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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, mummy?” Elfie asks. “Err, 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 ice creams…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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