My School Run Beauty Essentials

Since becoming a mum I find there isn’t a lot of  ‘me-time’ in the mornings. As for a head-start to the day? No chance. I refuse to get out of bed unless one of my children sits on me! I always have time for my school run beauty essentials though. Ones I can apply at warp speed somewhere in between Paw Patrol and Ben &…

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*Book Review Week – 3 Books That Help Young Children Deal With Emotions (Ages 2-5)

We’re not immune to tantrums in our house. In fact they come with a depressing regularity… But it’s all too easy for me to roll my eyes and mutter under my breath, chastising my child for their unreasonable behaviour yet again. Last year I read an interesting article about the effects of a tantrum on a toddler. Their sense of shame…

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My Perfect Family Bank Holiday

Before kids, Bank Holidays were cherished and savoured. The weather was guaranteed to let the side down but I’ve never been the green-fingered type. Besides, most beer gardens have patio heaters these days, and that was the only logical destination after the mother of all lie-ins. In 2011 I had a rude awakening. By May 1st Emily was hovering on…

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The ‘Oh Shit Moment’

There’s a moment in every new mum’s life. A sort of realisation. And it’s one we all remember, no matter how traumatic the birth or how strong the sedative. It comes right after your insides have been sewn back together again and all ten fingers and toes have been accounted for: You find yourself alone with your baby for the first time.…

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5 Sleep Aids To Tame A Sleep Raider

I fluked it with Emily (my eldest). She was more a Dream Raider. She found her thumb and self-settled immediately. By three months she was sleeping eight hour stretches. At four months it was closer to ten. *cue smug mummy… Jess was different. She was our rude awakening into months-long sleep-deprivation. She never found her thumb and kept spitting her…

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‘Mummy Porn’: Why I Push The Barriers Of ‘Happily Ever After’

I hate the term ‘Mummy Porn’… It belittles what I do. It somehow implies that I spend my days and evenings sweating over my laptop like some dirty old man and his stash of magazines. Nor am I a sex maniac who uses her writing as an outlay from some serious frustration (although I’m sure Matt would be delighted if…

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Eating Out As A Family: 9 Tips to Transform Your Experience

We love eating out as a family. Matt and I are big foodies and we want to pass that appreciation onto our children. I have my parents to thank for this. When I was growing up we ate out all the time. One of my earliest memories is me, aged 5, chowing down moules frites in a little seaside restaurant in the…

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