5 reasons you should give your baby soup

There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of soup to warm you up on a winter’s day, but have you ever considered giving soup to your baby? I’d always steered clear of anything soup-related after BB pulled a steaming bowl of the stuff onto herself when [...]

10 things you should never say to a pregnant woman

Being almost 25 weeks pregnant with baby number three I've had time to reflect on some of the things people say to you when you're expecting. Well-meaning things, things that are said off-the-cuff and without malice, but at the same time a tad annoying if [...]


Half term is upon us and we've kicked off the week with a long weekend at Corfe Castle in Dorset. We're staying in a Georgian B&B with the rest of the family, from where we can glimpse the castle itself. Here it is as the [...]

Win an Orla Kiely grobag worth £36.99!

Cath Kidston & Ikea, Emma Bridgewater & Sanderson and Jules Oliver & Mothercare. You can’t beat a good collaboration, especially when it’s between an iconic British designer and a brand you love. This time it’s Orla Kiely and The Gro Company, who have teamed up to launch a [...]

Things to do in London in half term

Are you wondering how to entertain the kids this half term? Does a little trip – and treat – the whole family will enjoy sound up your street? Then read on! The Arch Hotel in London is offering families a VIP stay at their 5-star [...]

How can I boost my child’s self-esteem?

‘I look horrible’. Those three little words made my heart sink and sent alarm bells ringing when they came out of the mouth of my five-year-old daughter. She was looking at a photo of herself with a group of friends: a photo in which she looks [...]


Little B has started doing That Thing that all boys seem to do. At 23 months he's still in nappies but that hasn't stopped him discovering his 'little man', shall we call it, and walking around with his hands lodged firmly down the front of [...]

Essential cleaning hacks for lazy mums

Glitter, playdoh and felt tip pen. If you were to turn up on my doorstep unannounced I guarantee you would find one or all of these in places they shouldn’t be. In fact, even if I was expecting you, you’d still find one or all [...]

Motherhood: how old is too old?

At the grand ‘old’ age of 36 and being pregnant with baby number three I am officially classed as a ‘geriatric mother’. The fact I was 35 and three quarters when I actually became pregnant appears to be neither here nor there: because I’m over 35 [...]

‘Nobody wants to be the kid who does a number two in their pants’ #ad

This post was written in partnership with Andrex ‘Nobody wants to be the kid who does a number two in their pants’. Those were the words of BB’s reception teacher when, you guessed it, she did a number two in her pants. Her teacher wasn’t [...]

Super easy breadless lunchbox ideas

If I had £1 for every time I’ve silently thanked God – or more specifically Nick Clegg – for the provision of free school meals I’d be significantly richer than I am now. That said, now BB’s in year one she’s started going to Forest [...]


Instagram followers will know that this weekend we spent the night in a rather smart hotel with the kids. We stayed at The Arch Hotel near Marble Arch in London, and this is the wallpaper in one of the bedrooms of our suite (yes - a [...]

10 top tips for taking your baby swimming

Who would have thought that taking a little person swimming could be so complicated? We’re half way through our latest term of Puddle Ducks baby swimming lessons and it turns out there are all sorts of things to consider, from what to wear and what to [...]

10 reasons first pregnancies are the best

They say every pregnancy is different, but what they don’t tell you is that it’s your first pregnancy that will be the best. That’s what I’m finding, anyway. I’m now well into the second trimester with baby number three and a friend recently asked me [...]

5 tricks to help your baby sleep through the night

I feel like I’ve been banging on about this for years. Little B will be two at the end of this month and he still doesn’t sleep through the night. This got me thinking about his bedtime routine and what will give us the best [...]