To the man who parks in parent & child parking bays

You guessed it. I'm talking about the man who parks in parent & child parking bays at the supermarket even though he's not a parent and he doesn't have a child. Or should I say the total ar*e who parks in parent and child parking [...]

10 things to do with 10 minutes me time

Forty eight minutes. That’s how long the average parent gets to themselves each day according to a new study by recipe delivery service HelloFresh. Apparently the average parent doesn’t sit down until 8.53pm in the evening and one in 10 say it’s after 10pm before [...]


If you saw #MySundayPhoto last week you'll know we left the older two kids at home and were enjoying a bit of peace and quiet in Italy. This is the pool at our villa where I swam everyday with the mountains of Umbria in the [...]

Why I was right to go on holiday without the kids

Would you go on holiday without your kids? That’s the question I asked when Misery Guts and I prepared to leave our older two for six days and nights and fly 1,000 miles across Europe to a wedding. And it produced quite a response. There [...]

5 fun weaning recipes for kids

They say don’t play with your food, but I reckon that’s precisely what we should be encouraging kids to do. In my (humble) experience making food fun is without a doubt the best way to get them to eat anything, not only because it means [...]


If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that we're currently in Italy for the wedding of one of Misery Guts's oldest friends. Leaving BB and Little B at home we flew to Rome with Littlest B (I'm breastfeeding so couldn't leave her) for a [...]

Would you go on holiday without your kids?

Would you go on holiday without your kids? I ask because by the time you read this the chances are I’ll be in Rome. More than 1,000 miles away from BB and Little B. What was initially a weekend away for a friend’s wedding has, [...]

5 top tips for taking a baby out on a windy day

Regular readers will know we live by the sea, and while being by the seaside makes parenting easier in summer one of the downsides of living by the sea is the wind. Along with uneven pavements and dog poo one of the annoying things I [...]

Establishing a bedtime routine at six months

Is there such a thing as the perfect bedtime routine? After trying to establish one with three – very different – babies I’m not so sure. A little while ago I asked when is the best time to start one – two weeks, two months, [...]


It was back to school in our house this week so for #MySundayPhoto here's the obligatory 'first day of year two' photo. It was taken on the way home from school rather than on the way to school owing to the fact I was working [...]

The school holidays in numbers

Zero. That’s how many alcohol-free nights I had in the latest school holidays. None, nada, zilch. The thought of a nice cold glass of wine or beer at the end of the day was quite honestly the only thing that kept me going some days, [...]

My top time-saving back to school hacks

Time seems to be one thing that’s in permanent short supply in our house, especially when we’re trying to get back into the swing of things after the school holidays. You’ll be happy to hear I’ve managed to survive the break without going batsh*t mental [...]

5 simple car safety checks all parents should know

Tyre tread, air pressure and car seats. When was the last time you gave your car a safety MOT? I honestly can’t remember the last time we checked these things on our car, but having a newborn again has reminded me we really ought to [...]

The day the author of THAT Daily Mail article called me a thief

I've been called many things in my time, but never a thief. That's what Anna May Mangan, the author of THAT Daily Mail article, called me when we came face to face for the first time. On live TV.   If you're unfamiliar with the [...]


Do you remember playing with snap dragons when you were little? Squeezing the side of the flower so it snaps open like a mouth? We've got snap dragons in the communal flower bed outside our flat and the kids love playing with them so much [...]