10 ways to make the most of a childfree mini break

Two whole days and two whole nights. That’s how much time we’ve got childfree coming up thanks to the in-laws, who have offered to have the kids for a few nights (all three of them!) while we’re holidaying nearby. The question is how can we [...]

7 wishes for my daughter on her 7th birthday

Seven. That’s how old our oldest turns this week. And I genuinely don’t know where those seven years have gone. Earlier in the year I brought you 40 wishes for my husband on his 40th birthday, so I thought it would be fun to continue [...]

How to find the right nursery for you & your child

Got a little one starting nursery soon? Want some expert advice on what to look for – and what questions to ask? Then you’ve come to the right place! Leaving your baby or toddler with strangers for the first time can be stressful enough, without [...]


#MySundayPhoto this week is my task for the week ahead: producing a birthday cake to the exacting requirements of my soon-to-be seven year old. This year she's charged me with the task of making a two-tier creation featuring emoji faces and rainbow icing, and has [...]

5 ways birthdays are better when you’re a mum

I don’t mean their birthday, I mean your birthday. Surely I can't be alone in thinking birthdays are better when you become a mum? I’m celebrating my seventh birthday as a mum this year and I've come to the conclusion that grown-up birthdays are a [...]

10 fun ways to exercise as a family #ad

They say a family that eats together, stays together. Well I’d argue that a family that exercises together, stays together too. Research shows that not only does a family grow physically fitter by exercising together, the bond they share is strengthened too owing to the [...]

Win tickets to a magical interactive fairy trail!

Love fairies or know someone who does? Can you get to Brighton next Sunday? Then read on! We’ve teamed up with Theatre Royal Brighton to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to a magical interactive fairy trail! Part of the Theatre [...]


Do you believe in fairies? My six-year-old does, hence the latest addition to our allotment and #MySundayPhoto this week: a magical fairy door. The three-year-old questioned why it doesn't open, but the six-year-old (quite rightly) pointed out that it's magical so it doesn't need to! [...]

What REALLY happened at Monstrous Children’s Festival

‘Furious parents demand refunds’ and ‘a complete shambles’. Those are just some of the headlines following Monstrous Children’s Festival, a new kids’ festival in London promising seven fantasy worlds and the world’s largest giant inflatable obstacle course. The question is are the headlines fair? We [...]

The truth about breastfeeding in public

Tuts, comments and disapproving stares. That’s the reason many new mums decide to stop breastfeeding in the first six months of their baby’s life according to the latest Channel 4 Dispatches programme Breastfeeding Uncovered, looking at breastfeeding rates in UK. In the programme, shown ahead [...]

Does giving my baby a tablet make me a bad mum?

Does giving my baby a tablet make me a bad mum? I don't mean the medicinal kind of tablet, I mean the computer kind. As a work at home mum tablets - along with, shock horror, the TV - are a vital part of my [...]


Finally it's rained! It's been more than a month since we had any rainfall where we live but at last the heavens have opened and given my poor allotment a drink. It was desperate - and so nice to see rain drops rolling off petals [...]

My top 5 work at home mum essentials

As a freelance journalist and work at home mum people often ask me how I do it. The truth is I don’t really know how I do it, only that I have to so I just get on with it. What I do know though [...]

10 reasons I’m loving Hoburne Park in Dorset

‘Own a piece of the south coast’. That’s the slogan used by Hoburne Holidays at their flag ship holiday park, Hoburne Park in Dorset. As well as owning a piece of the south coast with your very own holiday home Hoburne also offers family breaks [...]

5 of the best family friendly ski resorts in France

Thinking ahead to your next holiday? Can’t bear the thought of your next getaway being next summer? Then a skiing holiday in France could be for you! With the French ski season typically running from December to April and resorts a two hour flight or [...]