Improving the quality of our indoor air with Philips 2000i Air Purifier

When was the last time you thought about the quality of the air in your home? Last week? Last month? Never? It never occurred to me to think about the quality of our indoor air and whether it was good or bad until our youngest [...]

5 top tips for driving in winter weather

Hands up who gets nervous about driving in winter weather? If so, you’re not alone! Battling elements like snow and ice are one thing when it’s just you to get from A to B, but quite another when you’ve got one or more little people [...]

How much does it REALLY cost to raise a child?

I ask after new research has revealed life for people with children is an average of £400 a month more expensive than it is for people who don't have kids. And I'm sorry, but I reckon that figure is way off the mark. We pay [...]


#MySundaySnapshot this week is another little plug for Smiggle and ITV This Morning's new #BEKIND anti-bullying campaign. I shared this picture of my older two on social media on the day the campaign launched this week with their #BEKIND keyrings, designed to remind and encourage [...]

Why I’m sorry to say goodbye to Mothercare

‘A sad moment for a well-known high street name’. Those are the words of administrators appointed to oversee the closure of Mothercare after almost 60 years trading. And I couldn’t agree more. As a mum of three I can’t tell you the number of items [...]

How to make a Lego cake in 7 easy steps

Got a little one who loves Lego? Would you like to make a homemade Lego birthday cake but don’t know where to start? Then you’ve come to the right place! The middle one is Lego mad at the moment and when it came to his [...]

WIN one of 2 InfaCare baby bath bundles!

Fancy winning one of two InfaCare baby bath bundles? Then you've come to the right place! With the temperature dropping and the nights drawing in we've teamed up with baby skincare experts InfaCare to give away two bottles of their baby bath and night time [...]


Hands up who's glad half term's over and it's back to school this week?! We had a busy week with the middle one's fifth birthday (see 5 wishes for my son on his 5th birthday) and several days out, including a trip to Hinton Ampner [...]

5 easy ways to cut the cost of car insurance

Ever wondered what makes your car insurance so expensive? We’ve both been driving for more than 20 years now, but yet again our car insurance has gone up, not down, despite the fact we’ve earned another year’s no claims bonus and we’re both another year [...]

5 wishes for my son on his 5th birthday

Five years. That's how long it's been since our rainbow baby graced us with his presence, blinking up at me from under the water of the birthing pool like nothing had happened. A lot has happened in those five years - we've welcomed another baby, [...]

10 things that are unavoidably condemned after having kids

Is it just me or do kids wreck everything? I don’t necessarily mean intentionally (although I’m not ruling it out), I mean without meaning to, just by virtue of being. Now we’re expecting baby number four I’ve been thinking about what we need to buy [...]


#MySundaySnapshot this week is someone who doesn't feature as much on the blog as he probably should: our very first baby Eddie, who was 10 this year. When the kids are at home he can usually be found keeping himself to himself somewhere in our [...]

Does having a fourth baby make me selfish?

‘It’s not fair’, ‘she needs therapy’ and ‘selfish’. Those are some of the criticisms leveled at Britain’s biggest family after they announced they’re expecting their 22nd baby. Sue Radford, 44, is due to give birth to baby number 22 in April next year, the same [...]

5 bedtime clock change tips for kids

Hands up who’s looking forward to an extra hour when the clocks go back? I know I am (with a bit of luck I might get an extra 10 minutes in bed) but what I’m not looking forward to is the inevitable disruption to the [...]

Is Sainsbury’s right to ban the sale of fireworks?

I ask after Sainsbury’s announced the decision not to sell fireworks in any of its stores for the first time this year. It’s a move that’s sparked huge debate, with some applauding the decision and others not. Which begs the question: are they right? Interestingly, [...]