#MySundaySnapshot this week comes from our allotment, where we've been making the most of the heat wave - and it doesn't get much better than a spray paddling pool when you're four! This one's from TJ Hughes and is so simple but so clever - [...]

5 simple ways to make holiday travel less stressful

'A feeling of mental strain and pressure related to travelling'. That’s the definition of travel stress, and the chances are if you’re travelling with kids in tow, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. There’s nothing quite like a 3am wake-up call, getting small people [...]

Getting our garden summer ready with TJ Hughes

Fancy winning a garden chiminea, a set of solar string lights, a rainbow paddling pool with built-in sprinkler system (such a thing does indeed exist!), a citronella jar candle AND a kids' garden tool kit? Then you’ve come to the right place! With the school [...]

Protecting little bottoms from nappy rash with Bepanthen #ad

Did you know that nappy rash affects one in three babies at some point in their nappy-wearing life? And that protecting their little bottoms from getting red before nappy rash kicks in is the best form of defence? If you're the owner of a nappy-wearing [...]


#MySundaySnapshot this week comes from behind the scenes at Television Centre in London, where I took part in a parenting debate about whether kids should be allowed to play naked in the garden on ITV's This Morning (they totally should in my book!) This is [...]

10 sure-fire signs the school holidays have started

It's that time of year again. The school holidays are upon us, and at the time of writing there's six looong weeks to get through until they're over. As a freelance journalist summer is one of the busiest times of the year for me, because [...]

5 investments worth making if you want to be a professional blogger

They say you’ve got to speculate to accumulate, and when it comes to monetising a blog it’s a saying that rings true. What may have started off as a small and unassuming hobby can soon start blossoming into a career, and if you’re blogging on [...]

How to get the most out of your child’s school report

It’s that time of year again: school report time. Whether you’ve got a little one in reception or older ones at various stages of the education system the chances are they’re about to come home armed – for better or worse - with their annual [...]


#MySundaySnapshot this week just had to come from our allotment, where everything is bursting into flower all at once thanks to this gorgeous weather. Our roses and scabious have been joined by lavender, gladioli and dahlia, and if you look very carefully you'll spot a [...]

Should kids be allowed to play naked in the garden?

I ask after a mum in Newcastle opened the front door to find two police officers on the doorstep because her kids were playing in their paddling pool with no clothes on. I kid you not, a neighbour had called the NSPCC who in turn [...]

Getting school holiday ready with Smiggle’s Smigglets

Wondering how to entertain the kids in the school holidays? Looking for solutions that will keep them - and you - happy without breaking the bank? Then read on! As work-at-home parents it's fair to say the school holidays are something of a juggling act [...]

Why I had my breast milk turned into jewellery

They say there's no use crying over spilt milk. Except there is when that milk is your own breast milk, and you're mourning the fact you might never breastfeed again. I knew the moment I discovered breast milk jewellery existed that one day I'd like [...]


#MySundaySnapshot this week is a rare selfie of Misery Guts and I on an (equally rare) childfree day out. With the oldest away at Brownie camp we left the younger two with grandparents and enjoyed a lazy sun-soaked day with old friends at a festival [...]

10 holidays to take before turning 40

Turning 40 in the not-too-distant future? If you’re reading this post because of the title the chances are the answer is yes – but don’t panic! You’re not alone! With my 40th birthday on the horizon Misery Guts is asking me what I’d like to [...]

Should parents be banned from school sports day?

Should parents be banned from school sports day? I ask after a primary school in Wales banned mums and dads from attending its sports day due to 'over competitive' and bad behaviour from the grown-ups. According to the head teacher at Pentrebane School in Cardiff [...]