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New nuclear, blended or klingon: what type of family are you?

The idea of the nuclear family – mum, dad and two point something kids living together – is being stretched [...]

Our big allotment challenge! (with a little help from Aldi)

After 14 months on the waiting list we finally have an allotment (pictured). I was surprised at how quickly it [...]

‘There’s SEAWEED in my Bolognese!’

It wasn’t seaweed, it was spinach (pictured), which was swiftly extracted by a shrieking BB and left on the side of [...]

By |April 21st, 2015|Baby, baking, Discipline, Family life, Food, Health, Parenting, Recipes|6 Comments

Post baby running update: six months after the birth

It’s almost six months since I’ve been back pounding the pavements following the birth of Little B, so I thought [...]

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

Apparently two thirds of parents don’t have enough time to read to their kids, and a third say they suffer [...]

By |April 17th, 2015|Baby, Books, Family days out, Family life, News, Parenting, Reading|7 Comments

Who’d have thought the best bit about a holiday could be a break from pumping milk?

It turns out we couldn’t have picked a better week to have our first holiday of the year – a [...]

Bing DVD review: this bunny will last beyond Easter

We’ve decamped to Dorset and the New Forest to grace the grannies with our presence over Easter. This year we’ve [...]

By |April 6th, 2015|Baby, Books, Family life, Parenting, Reviews|0 Comments

Lindt Easter chocolate review: the diddy lambs are almost too cute to eat (but not quite)

Easter has come early in our house. In fact most seasonal events – Halloween, Christmas, Pancake Day etcetera - tend [...]

By |April 1st, 2015|Baby, Family life, Food, Health, Parenting, Reviews|0 Comments

Shared parental leave: it could easily end in divorce

The new shared parental leave policy comes into force next week. Having just returned from maternity leave, I don’t think [...]

Is it ok to go straight from the school run to the pub?

We’ve had a sobering email from BB’s preschool. After Easter they’re going to start introducing phonics and teaching the children [...]

By |March 25th, 2015|Baby, Books, Breast feeding, Family life, Parenting, Reading, School|0 Comments

I thought it was poo then realised it was blood

There’s nothing like a good shock to wake you up in the morning. I went into BB’s bedroom one morning [...]

By |March 20th, 2015|Baby, Family life, Health, Parenting|2 Comments

Mum & Me book review: perfect for Mother’s Day

It’s almost Mother’s Day and if you haven’t sorted out a present yet I’ve got just the thing: a Mum [...]

By |March 13th, 2015|Baby, Books, Family life, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reviews|0 Comments

Elemis cellular recovery skin bliss capsules review: tiny but fabulous

Four months, seven days and 10 hours: that’s how long it’s been since I last had a full nights’ sleep. [...]

Baby swimming lessons: are they worth it?

It’s a good question, because at around £13 per class they’re not cheap. Although I took BB swimming regularly when [...]

Is getting your baby’s stem cells frozen as an ‘insurance policy’ a good idea?

As a journalist I meet all sorts of people from all walks of life. This week I met a mum, [...]

By |March 4th, 2015|Baby, Family life, Health, Newborn, News, Parenting, Pregnancy|0 Comments