Days out: Hope Nature Centre

We’re not short on things to do in Wiltshire. We have fields and woodland on our doorstep and National Trust Properties down the road, but if I give my kids the choice there’s only ever one answer: ‘Hope Nature Centre please, mummy!’ Situated in Southwick Country Park, Hope Nature Centre is a fantastic place for children to roam and explore, and there are…

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Hatley: A springtime love affair

There’s a reason why spring is my favourite season… it’s time to crack open the kids’ Hatley raincoats again – hurrah! I first discovered Hatley when Emily was eighteen months old. I was making a beeline for the café in my local John Lewis when an explosion of colour diverted me… There they were. Every print as gorgeous as the…

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6 Reasons why ‘Parenthood’ is the Best Movie Ever… (if you have kids)

There’s been a sizable (monumental) shift in my appreciation of this movie since my children came along. Before then I tolerated it. I even found it amusing in parts – a bit far-fetched but there was always Keanu Reeves to drool over when things got silly. Three weeks ago, Matt and I were channel surfing and Parenthood popped up. Oh. My. God.…

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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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