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Love + Dating

What I Learned About Love (By Getting a Divorce)

February 15, 2017
love lessons from divorce

When you get married at the age of 23 as I did, you think you know it all. About love, life, the universe… everything. I went into marriage thinking I was as grown up as I was going to get, blissfully unaware that one day it would fail, genuinely believing the wedding would fix all that I perceived was wrong with my life. Spoiler: it didn’t. If anything it magnified all the wrongs, highlighted the cracks, displayed the faults: like a…

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Love + Dating

The Trouble With Ghosting

January 10, 2017

In the world of modern dating, you’re very lucky if you don’t encounter at least a certain amount of douchebaggery (technical term) at one point or another. I’ve had my fair share of weirdos and oddballs: the controlling men, the sexual deviants, the convicted criminals, the married ones. Looking back, my dating history is a veritable A-Z of ‘What Was I Thinking?’. But recently, I’ve noticed something new. Something I thought that, as a thirty-something woman dating men my age…

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Love + Dating

My Real-World Dating Failure

July 12, 2016

Six months ago I closed all my online dating accounts. Tinder, Guardian Soulmates,, Bumble, Happn: they all went. They were draining time and of energy that I could have quite happily driven into other areas of my life. I mean, my online dating communications could clock in at almost two hours an evening. Imagine the size of the mountains I could move with that time! That’s my book written in a few months, or a successful PM campaign fought…

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Elfie Motherhood

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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Love + Dating

Does Divorce Turn You Into A Commitment-phobe?

January 19, 2016
does divorce turn you into a commitment-phobe

Divorce, as tough as the process is, can leave you feeling like you’re emotionally healthy, emotionally clean. This is how it worked for me: I felt like I was starting my love life anew with a fresh slate, ready to accept a new relationship once time had passed and I felt ready for it. But recently, as I’ve become more of a Bridget Jones-esque long-term singleton, I’ve started wondering what the long-term effects of splitting up a marriage or long-term relationship can be. I…

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When Did We Start Hating Our Children?

May 5, 2015

In the last few weeks I’ve noticed a trend in the world of parent blogging. Namecalling. Not between bloggers, but bloggers calling their children names. An arsehole, a wanker, a shit. We have a new wave of parent blogs ‘keeping it real’ by being, in my opinion, kind of awful. Is it for the LOLs, is it for the page views or the controversy? I don’t know but I don’t like it. I agree as much as the next truthful person that…

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Counting My Motherhood Blessings

April 14, 2015

I feel so very lucky to be a mother. It might not have happened in the ‘right’ way (at 24 I felt like a teenage mother) and I perhaps haven’t ended up in the ‘perfect’ family situation, however these two little people are my absolute world. But I find that it’s so easy to get lost in the motherhood fug and forget how fortunate I am to be a parent. You know how it goes – you get up mega early with a…

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On Sometimes Not Liking Your Children (But Obviously Still Loving The Crap Out Of Them)

March 26, 2014

After the week I’ve had (and it’s only Wednesday! Give me strength) I have to put this out there: sometimes when we’re having a really tough week, though I love them ‘to the moon and back’, I struggle to like my children. I love them more than any amount I can put into words and this is a feeling that only mothers know: I would go to the ends of the earth to ensure their happiness, I’d walk over hot…

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A Love Letter To Elfie

November 12, 2013

Apparently I’m unable to write about how much I love my little boy without going in to spasms of guilt that I haven’t done the same with Elfie. It’s true what they say, you know: you really never love one of your kids more than the other. You might like the one that doesn’t wake you up at 5.30am a little bit more sometimes (hey Hux, you were definitely my favourite this morning) but when your number one child punches…

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In Which I Go Gooey Over My Little Man

October 22, 2013

The relationships we have with our children, they are complex and frightening things. Even moreso than the relationships we have with other adults (and I’m speaking as someone who spilt apple pie over her divorce petition last night, so yeah… complex). I feel quite different about the relationship I have with Hux than the one I have with Elfie. I’m not a girly girl and don’t have tons of girl friends (but the ones I do have are meticulously chosen…

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Ramblings On Love For My Children

April 12, 2013

It’s no secret that I spent a lot of my pregnancy with Hux worrying about… well… my life with Hux. I was terrified, TERRIFIED, about being a mother of two. So much so that I didn’t enjoy the pregnancy as much as I should have done, regardless of that 6 month ill-fest I endured. I remember not only being knee-quakingly worried about looking after two children under two at once but also very hesitant about how my heart would fare.…

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