Top tips when selling your family car

Ever since we discovered we're expecting baby number three I’ve been joking that the ‘only’ thing we need to buy is a new car. Well, the joke’s on me. I (naively) thought we could simply upgrade our existing car to an estate version to fit three [...]

‘No sticking toes in bums!’ (and other things I never thought I’d say)

'No sticking toes in bums!' Those were the actual words that fell out of my mouth at bath time the other night when BB tried to stick her big toe in Little B’s bottom because ‘he did it to meeee’. Since becoming a mum I [...]

The 10 worst things about being pregnant

I know, I know. A baby is a blessing, a gift from God for which we should be grateful and thank our lucky stars. The trouble is it’s jolly hard to be grateful and thankful in those early days, when you’re in the throes of [...]


I've had a taster of life as a single mum this week. Misery Guts is away in America with work, so it's been just me, the kids, and bump of course. We've had lots of help from both sets of grandparents thank goodness, and come [...]

The REAL reason we’re so upset about #BrexPitt

I’m talking, of course, about the parting of ways of Hollywood A-listers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie after it was revealed that their 12-year relationship is officially over. Unsurprisingly news of the demise of America’s golden couple took the internet by storm, with #Brangelina, #BrangelinaBreakup [...]

Win tickets to The Baby Show at London Olympia!

It’s that time of year again - The Baby Show is returning to London Olympia from Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23 and I’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away! If, like me, you’ve got a baby on the way or you’ve [...]

Things no-one warns you about school

With a school reception year and a few weeks of year one under my belt I've been reflecting on how much life has changed since BB started school. As well as all the things I realised I needed to learn now I had a child [...]


We've had some unseasonably warm weather in our neck of the woods this week - so much so that, on a day I was supposed to be working, we went to the beach instead. It was just too nice to be cooped up indoors, and [...]

10 reasons to try baby swimming lessons & 10% Puddle Ducks discount code!

They say babies are born to swim, and I know mine certainly was. In fact, the first time I clapped eyes on Little B he was underwater, as I pulled him to the surface of the birthing pool he was born in. He’s loved water ever since, [...]

Top 10 pop songs to sing to your baby

Ed Sheeran, Bob Marley and Tracey Chapman. They might not sound like they have much in common, but they all feature in a list of the top 10 pop songs to sing to your baby. According to new research from baby and parenting website Emma’s Diary traditional [...]

Speedy school night hacks

It’s just one week into the new school term and I already feel like I need a holiday. BB only went back to school mid-week and I already feel like I’ve been knocked for six on the routine front. I don’t know where the time between pick-up and [...]


This weekend I made it to our allotment for the first time in more than a month owing to holidays and general life. The thing about gardening is that it doesn’t matter how much time you put into it, neglect it for a week or [...]

5 reasons pen pals should make a come back

Did you ever have a pen pal when you were little? I did. We moved around a lot and in those days the only way of keeping in touch with your friends was by post, so that’s what we did. I used to love writing [...]

The curious case of the shrinking boob

Pregnancy – and breastfeeding – have got lot to answer for in the boob department. Anyone who says they haven't is lying. Being pregnant with baby number three and having breastfed BB and Little B for a combined total of 42 months – or three and a [...]

‘Mummy there’s POO on my hand!’

The thing they don’t tell you about toilet training is that it goes way beyond simply getting them to do their business in the loo. Quite literally. Little ‘spillages’ and requests to wipe bottoms can go on for years, and the fact is you won’t [...]