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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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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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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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