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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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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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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