When Bad Car Journeys Happen To Good(ish) People

Do you plan long car journeys right down to the last Travel Scrabble letter? Do you, like me, hate leaving things to chance because there’s nothing more painful than two tetchy, bored kids asking ‘are we nearly there yet?’ when there’s still hours to go? No parent wants to contemplate the fallout of traffic jams, overheated cars or flat tyres. Positive…

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Recipe: Super-Quick Egg Parcels

With the Easter holidays nearly upon us, i’ve put together a couple of super-quick lunch/dinner recipes that you can throw together in between the egg hunts and the bonnet making. First up, is a  recipe for Egg Parcels. (Chocolate eggs aren’t the only ones that are tasty and delicious this time of year…) You can vary this recipe according to your child’s capricious taste…

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BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition

Can I just take a moment to say a HUGE super-proud-mummy congratulations to my daughter, Emily, for making it through to the last 5000 in the BBC Radio 2 Short Story Competition!!!!!!!!!! 131,798 children entered so it’s not a bad achievement for a 6 yr old! She first told me her story in early Feb and I was blown away…

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Are Party Bags Falling Out Of Favour?

Has anyone else clocked the new trend for handing out ‘sweetie cones’ instead of party bags these days? Has this been a gradual metamorphosis? Have I been too sleep-deprived to notice? Since when did a sugar coma replace assorted plastic crap? I’m in two minds about the bag being sidelined. I can’t help feeling defensive on behalf of all the mini bubble wands and…

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To The Old Lady Who Walks Past My Cottage Everyday at 4pm

There’s an old lady who walks past my cottage everyday at 4pm. She doesn’t say a word to me but if the children are there her face lights up and I see a glimmer of the beautiful woman she used to be. All of a sudden she’s my best friend, asking me about my daughters and whether they had a…

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How My Children Taught Me To Like Myself Again

I was taking a shower on Saturday morning when a little face peered around the curtain and started sniggering at me. ‘Mummeee…?’ ‘Mmm. Yes?’ ‘Why is your tummy so wobbly?’ I didn’t bat an eyelid. ‘Go and brush your teeth,’ I said, reaching for the conditioner. ‘Then go and pester daddy instead.’ Ah kids. Please remind me at what age…

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To the Competitive Mum with the Best Cupcakes

‘Mummy, there’s a cake sale on tomorrow for Red Nose Day… What are you going to bake?’ I glance up from my Facebook feed, my finger hovering nervously over the ‘like’ button. That’s irony for you. The one thing I actively dislike is a school cake sale, no matter how worthwhile the charity is. I’d rather stick a tenner in…

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