Why I want my children to fail

They say failure is part of life: if you don't fail, you don't learn, and if you don't learn, you'll never change. It's a lesson I've just learnt the hard way - and a lesson I'd like the kids to experience at some point in [...]

10 nifty gadgets to make travelling with kids 10 times easier

Travelling with kids. As a mum of three the words ‘travelling’ and ‘with kids’ aren’t words I tend to relish in the same sentence - especially when you’ve got one who’s prone to chunder. In addition to the will-they-won’t-they chunder factor there’s the umpteen ‘are [...]


Happy Father's Day everyone! To mark the occasion #MySundayPhoto this week is of Misery Guts childfree and enjoying a rare moment of peace and quiet on the beach where we live. Unfortunately we don't have anything special planned: we'll be almost 300 miles away in [...]

Is the council right to fine me for taking my child out of school?

Would you take your child out of school during term time even if you knew you'd be fined? That's what we've done - and we'll be issued with a fixed penalty notice for doing so. If you're unfamiliar with the current system it used to [...]

10 free Father’s Day gifts that don’t cost a penny

Chocolate, alcohol, books, gadgets and aftershave. Those are the best-selling Father’s Day gifts in the UK according to Google, and we spend an average of £20 each on the stuff. The thing is though, while it’s tempting to splash the cash – especially when you [...]

Bonkers things you only do when you become a mum

Ever sat in the car outside your own house with a sleeping baby in a bid to get a bit of peace and quiet? Or set off on a car journey only to turn around and drive all the way home again to pick up [...]


Can you spot the busy bee? I captured this little fella for #MySundayPhoto on our allotment this week - in fact there were lots of them, all busy collecting nectar. I keep seeing stories about the plight of our honey and bumble bees and pictures [...]

10 easy ways to save money on your food bill

Looking to save money on your food bill? Whether you have a growing family like us and are looking to cut back on food expenditure – baby number three now eats almost as much as baby number one! - or if you're just looking for [...]

10 ways gardening helps me stay sane

The saying goes that if you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener. And I have to say I agree. Rather ironically we don’t actually have a garden – or any outside space at home at all – but we do have [...]

5 ways to make your home wheelchair friendly

Ever considered what you’d need to do to make your home wheelchair friendly? Wheelchairs are used by an estimated 1.2 million people in the UK, two thirds of whom are regular users. The majority of wheelchair users in the UK are over 60, and while [...]

10 great reasons to go campervanning with kids

Ever fancied the idea of packing the kids and all your stuff into a camper van and heading somewhere completely different? We did just that for Misery Guts's 40th birthday and I can honestly say it's among the best holidays we've had as a family [...]


We've had a big birthday in our house this week: Misery Guts turned 40 (see 40 wishes for my husband on his 40th birthday). The big day was slap bang in the middle of half term and to celebrate I hired us a VW camper [...]

40 wishes for my husband on his 40th birthday

There's a milestone birthday in our house. And it's not mine (not yet, anyway). Misery Guts is 40, which seems wrong on so many levels. Apart from the fact I don't feel old enough to have a 40-year-old husband, he doesn't seem old enough to [...]

Win a limited-edition Smiggle bundle worth £45!

Fancy winning a limited-edition Smiggle bundle worth £45? Then you’ve come to the right place! If you’re a regular follower of the blog you’ll know Smiggle (where a smile meets a giggle, in case you were wondering!) is BB’s favourite shop. To mark the launch [...]


Can you spot the celebrity? #MySundayPhoto this week was taken at Mothercare's AW18 press preview where singer, model, TV presenter and designer Myleene Klass was on hand to show off her My K collection for Mothercare (that's her on the left hand side of the [...]