5 reasons why (the bit before) bedtime is the best time of the day

Despite their bad behaviour recently I really, really love my children. I’ve exposed them at their worst, so now it’s time to mention a few of the things that make me deliriously happy and proud to be their mum. First up is the bit before bedtime. For us it tends to be 6:50pm onwards. Bath time meltdowns are done. Time to scrub the blood off the walls.…

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A day in the life of small children. Scene 1

I found a box of old film scripts yesterday, leftovers from a previous life. It got me thinking… What would the script of a real mum’s life look like? Well, here’s my version:   SCENE 1: ‘Would you like a snack?’ INT: UNTIDY COTTAGE – DAY. Mum enters the room. Her long brown hair is disheveled. She has a wary look on her face.…

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Is it ok to cry in front of your kids?

The kids have DESTROYED me with their tantrums today. It’s like the tag team of doom; as soon as one kicks off, the other feels compelled to scream even louder. I tried shutting myself in the bathroom but the little buggers knew the lock was busted and barged in anyway. Next thing I know we’re all sat on the toilet crying our…

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Recipe: Tana Ramsey’s (easy-peasy) Lemon Drizzle cake

It’s Monday morning. Ugh. It’s raining. Double ugh. There’s only one thing that’ll cheer J and me up…. Baking a cake!!! I like to think of myself as a bit of a lemon drizzle cake coinesseur. I certainly eat enough of it – actually we all do. I’m not too bad at making it either, and this recipe is virtually fool-proof,…

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The Sunshine Blogger Quiz

Thanks to Bec at Kizmetcava for tagging me in on The Sunshine Blogger Quiz. What a great way to sprinkle some happiness onto a rainy Sunday afternoon. Roll on lazy summer evenings, huge jugs of Pimms & Havaiana flip flops… Here are the ten questions Bec gave me to answer:   When do you feel most yourself? At home in my PJs,…

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It’s OSCAR Time! 10 facts about tonight…

In a few hours the world will, once again, feast its eyes on the glitz and glam of the Academy Awards. In 2010 I wrote my first book and set it against the backdrop of all the crazy antics that goes on in the lead-up to the ceremony. Once the nominees are announced it’s like a starter’s gun goes off amongst…

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My 3 year old needs glasses. Why am I so upset?

I took the kids for their first eye test this morning. On reflection, I was more concerned about toddler meltdowns than the end result, and we were all looking forward to piling into Costa afterwards for two babychinos and a (self-congratulatory) mummy latte. After all, I’ve done pretty well this month… Haircut – tick, dentist – tick, eye test… I knew…

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