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What Gilmore Girls Gets Right About Single Parents

December 6, 2016
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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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The Most Overwhelming Part of Being a Parent

November 17, 2016
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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
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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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New Parents: It Does Get Better

September 29, 2016
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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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The New Superheroes

August 16, 2016
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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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Travel Hacks: How To Seamlessly Fly With Kids

August 15, 2016
Bloc Hotel, Gatwick

I’ve flown with my children a few times, and in my experience the expectation is always much worse than the reality. You know what I mean: you spend nights before your holidays tossing and turning imagining worst case scenarios –  tantrums in airports, mislaid suitcases, disrupted flights. It’s enough to make anyone re-think taking their kids abroad. But, more often than not it’s never as bad as you think it’s going to be,  and when it does go wrong the only thing…

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Teaching My Children Money Management

July 29, 2016
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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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Should Children Share A Bedroom?

March 17, 2015
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  When I moved house almost two years ago post-separation I got a bit sniffy about downsizing my home. This was in the days when I believed that the size of your house was directly relevant to your happiness, you understand, and not because I was a massive insufferable snob back then (HONEST). But I’d been spending the last few years in a four bedroomed house and I literally did not know how my life would adapt to two bedrooms. HAHAH.…

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Mummy’s Day Off

December 6, 2014
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  Recently I sat down, scrolled through my calendar and discovered something slightly shocking. I have not been in my house alone since the 20th September. Furthermore, thanks to Elfie and Hux’s dad working away for a few weeks (and Elfie’s various 2/4/5am antics) I haven’t had a full night’s sleep since 15th November. Factor in the long days and a manageable bit (A LOT) of work stress and I was, by the beginning of this week, about ready to go…

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New School Year Guilt

September 3, 2014

When you’re a mother, the default mode seems to be GUILT. I thought this was just me until I started talking to my mum friends and realised this guilt phenomenon is universal. From what I can tell, save a few books by G Ford or your parenting practitioner of choice, we’re all pretty clueless when it comes to this parenting journey. Which means you’re always second guessing your choices, wondering if you make the best decisions when it comes to…

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Raising Daughters

April 10, 2014
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The parenting of little girls is a job that is so special. Boys are boys and boys are awesome, but compared to our daughters they really are as different as slugs, snails and puppy dog tails. Yesterday I did something that doesn’t happen enough in our house; I took Elfie on a little day out, just the two of us. We had an appointment with her new consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital – and as an aside, what a…

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