Depending on what time of day you're reading this I'll either be about to, be running or have run the Great South Run. #MySundayPhoto this week is my number - which makes me think there'll be rather a lot of other runners too! I'm running [...]

7 top tips for travelling while pregnant

Got a baby on board? Planning a trip or holiday somewhere nice? Then this post is for you! Whether you’re in the early stages of pregnancy or are about to pop, the chances are travelling while pregnant – especially long distances – is going to [...]

5 things I said I’d never do as a mum

Before you became a mum (or dad) did you used to think about the sort of parent you’d be? I did - and I also used to think about the sort of parent I wouldn’t be too. From cooking more than one meal to having [...]

Our school countdown bucket list

The countdown is on. This time next year my blue-eyed boy – the baby I once thought I’d never have - will have started school. That means it’s time to apply for his school place, which got me thinking there are so many things I [...]


To steal a phrase from Blue Peter #MySundayPhoto this week is a close up of something I prepared earlier. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I make the odd cake for family and friends every now and again, and this is my latest [...]

My top 5 school stain removal hacks

Marker pen, gravy and glue. If I had £1 for every time the oldest comes home from school wearing one or all three of those items I would be significantly richer than I am now. The question is: how best to remove them? If you’ve [...]

The trouble with a common name

One hundred and ninety-five thousand. That’s how many people there are in the UK with the same surname as me. And I’ve discovered something rather unexpected - and entertaining - about being the bearer of a common name. For those of you who don’t know, [...]

Why I’m running the Great South Run

They say if you can't beat them, join them. After watching from the side lines as Misery Guts competes in running event after running event I've decided to enter my very first organised run. In two weeks' time I'll be taking part in the Great [...]


Have you been having amazing sunsets where you are lately? #MySundayPhoto this week is the view from our living room, where there have been some real corkers over the last week or so. It's only since we've been living by the sea that I've noticed [...]

Are our kids too clean?

Are our kids too clean? I ask because we bath our kids by default every day. We’ve had a ‘bath, book, bed’ routine ever since the oldest was a baby, and we wash their hair every day too. But is it really necessary? It was [...]

5 things all women should know about checking for lumps & bumps

I don’t mean baby bumps, I mean more sinister kind of bumps. Like boobie bumps. We all know we’re supposed to check our boobs on a regular basis, but how do you know what to look for and how do you know if you're doing [...]

Should I give my finger-sucking baby a dummy?

Should I give my finger-sucking baby a dummy? That’s what the dentist says we should do to stop the littlest one sucking her fingers and doing long-term damage to her mouth. The question is, is he right? From the moment the youngest was born on [...]


I know last week's #MySundayPhoto was a picture from our allotment, but I couldn't resist sharing another after this little beauty came into flower this week. I had my doubts whether she would bloom as she came home from nursery as a sapling with the [...]

3 things every parent should know about car seat safety

Like most parents with young children, the chances are taking your baby on car journeys is unavoidable. But did you know 11 children in the UK under the age of 12 were killed in car accidents in 2015, and a further 200 were injured, despite [...]

Win tickets to The Baby Show at London Olympia!

Fancy winning tickets to The Baby Show at London Olympia? Then you’ve come to the right place! The Baby Show is renowned as the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event and this year it takes place at London Olympia from Friday October 19th to Sunday [...]