Silly happy dance time again…

THANK YOU HUFF POST UK PARENTS!!!! Wow. My first ‘Featured Blog Post’. I am so, so chuffed. If anyone had asked me a few months ago where i’d like to be published it would have been The Huffington Post (honest!) Setting up a blog is a bit like giving birth –  you nurture it, you worry constantly over it and then you…

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My daughter’s pain is my pain

When I fell pregnant in 2010 I knew it was a girl. It was instinctive. This was our little secret, baby and I, and it strengthened the bond that was already growing between us. I recognised myself in Emily the moment she was placed on my chest. It was there in her eyes and in the shape of her mouth. Six weeks later she had my smile. My genes dominated…

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How to survive supermarket shopping with children: 6 Tips

Food shopping. My least favourite chore of the week, especially with a toddler in tow. In 2013, for shits and giggles, I added a newborn into the mix as well. My eldest was two when Jess came along. I won’t lie. That first attempt with both was a ghastly car-crash of a thing. I vowed never to return without breadsticks (and chocolate…

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So this just happened… Eek!

Last week The Huffington Post invited me to become a Huff Post Blogger (and I’ve been doing a silly happy dance ever since.) My first post is a re-issue of the Interstitial Cystitis blog that I published a few weeks ago. It’s personal, sometimes painfully so, but it’s also great awareness for a horrible condition. No more suffering in silence. Link…

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Recipe: Jamie Oliver’s Bloomin Brilliant…ly (gooey) Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate brownies are all about the goo. If the middle isn’t squidgy and half-baked then I’m not interested. Bravo, Mr Jamie Oliver, this recipe really does deliver (and so it should using 360g sugar). You won’t find these in any of his healthy food bibles this side of Christmas… Perfect for special occasions and sugar comas alike. It’s also super-dooper easy which is a…

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Is there still room for an imagination?

My kids didn’t have a World Book Day dress-up party at school this week, much to E & J’s disgust. Our local village primary school seems to enjoy bucking against national trends. Instead, they’re holding a lovely week of book celebrations starting on Monday. There’s story time in the school hall on Wednesday (where the kids get to dress-up in their PJs and drink hot chocolate),…

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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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