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How To Explain An Election To Children

April 20, 2017
explain an election to children

Let’s face it, life can get a little dark sometimes. After I had the kids, such were my feelings on the state of current affairs I didn’t watch the news. Everything scared me, everything made me concerned for the world I had brought my children into. As I’ve become increasingly braver (read: older) I think it’s more important than ever to stay abreast of what’s happening in the world. Yes, it’s often upsetting and infuriating but how are we to change the…

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5 Ways To Feel Human After Having a Baby

April 12, 2017
feel human after having a baby

It’s fair to say that when you become a mum you spend the majority of the next, ooh, two years feeling pretty shit. Which means that if, like me, you have two kids in two years (YAY!) you’ll more than likely feel like a swamp monster for not just two, but four years. The post-partum period really is a total delight. Your body has gone to pot (this is the v. intelligent medical term I favour), you forget what sleep…

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When Should You Introduce Your Kids To Your Boyfriend?

April 4, 2017
When should you introduce your kids to your boyfriend?

You guys, I’ve met someone. I know, just as I was becoming comfortable with the idea of buying a shedload of cats and calling it a day, I went on a date and that magic thing that happens when you meet someone really great occurred. POOF! Something clicked, and it’s been brilliant ever since. A few months in and all is rosy: we have long lovely dinner dates, fall asleep watching movies on the sofa and run errands together. Even the…

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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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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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