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…

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

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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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Interstitial Cystitis: Living with Chronic illness

  The Honeymoon Disease, UTIs, repeated water infections… different names for the same pain. But it’s a pain that, for so many of us, can switch from a mild inconvenience into something more serious. According to The British Association of Urological Surgeons, “women have at least one attack of urinary infection during their lifetime.” Even worse, 20% will suffer repeated…

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5 Chicken Pox Survival Tips

Oh joy. It’s that time of year again when the mere hint of a spot is enough to send a shudder down my spine. This is not Fake News. I repeat, this is NOT Fake News. Even so, by the time you’ve played ‘snap’ for six hours straight with two tetchy, cooped-up children you’ll be wishing it was. Little ones in Reception Class?…

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