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Encouraging outdoor play when you don’t have a garden

You don’t have to be parenting expert to know that outdoor play has untold benefits when it comes to childhood, from being great exercise to seeing the world from a new perspective – like the top of a slide or a climbing frame. But what [...]

#MySundayPhoto

#MySundayPhoto was taken at our local Wyevale Garden centre, where Misery Guts and I were invited to try out their festive afternoon tea this week. I can't remember the last time we had an afternoon tea, but I do know it didn't involve this many [...]

5 stocking fillers no self-respecting stocking should be without

Started your Christmas shopping yet? Wondering what to put in their Christmas stockings this year? Then read on! When it comes to Christmas the first presents I buy tend to be stocking fillers, partly because I buy things when I see them so I don’t [...]

Growing into a little lady with Molly Brown London

Seven going on seventeen. That’s what I often find myself saying about our eldest, who seems to be growing into a little lady faster than I could ever have imagined. From baby to toddler, from toddler to little girl and from little girl to little [...]

The 10 stages of me-time mum guilt

Me-time and mum guilt. If you're a mum the chances are the two go hand in hand: you can't have the first without the latter. I'm writing this after being lucky enough to have two whole days and nights childfree, when despite my reservations I [...]

#MySundayPhoto

#MySundayPhoto this week is from a series of pictures I took of the littlest one earlier in the week. I was *trying* to get her to stand in front of a beach hut for a nice shot, but as you can see she had other [...]

Lest We Forget – & why I don’t think we will

Lest We Forget. That’s one of the key messages behind events to mark Armistice Day, when we remember all those who lost their lives in World War One. And 100 years on I don’t think there’s any danger of that. I’m writing this post after [...]

10 fun winter activities for kids #ad

Wondering how on earth you’re going to entertain the kids all winter now the nights are drawing in and the clocks have gone back? Then read on! I don't know about you but it seems infinitely easier to entertain the kids in summer, when you [...]

5 ways we make life hard for ourselves (& what to do about it)

Ever feel like life is harder than it needs to be? Do you find yourself getting stressed about things you know you shouldn’t be getting stressed about? Then read on! As a work-at-home mum of three I often feel like life is harder than it [...]

#MySundayPhoto

'On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we will remember them'. As I write it's 100 years since Armistice Day, and to mark the centenary 10,000 people marched through central London in a 'Nation's Thank You' procession to pay tribute [...]

What should you look for when choosing a school for your child?

They say to teach is to touch a life forever. It’s a profound sentiment, and a terrifying one if you’re the parent responsible for choosing the school for your child. How do you compare one school to another? What should you look for, and what [...]

Getting ready to ramble for BBC Children in Need

They say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing – and it’s true. If you’ve got all the gear, there’s no reason not to make the most of the great outdoors whatever the weather. If you’re a regular follower of the blog [...]

Win a Paddington 2 Christmas bundle worth £25!

Got a Paddington fan in the house? Know someone who would love to receive a Paddington bundle this Christmas? Then read on! We’ve teamed up with the makers of the animated Paddington films StudioCanal to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Paddington [...]

#MySundayPhoto

#MySundayPhoto this week was taken in the New Forest, which turned out to be the perfect backdrop for images for my blog post on how we can all put our #HatsOn to raise money for BBC Children in Need this year (to find out more [...]

The truth about hand, foot & mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease. It’s sounds like something farm animals might get, but if you’re the parent of young children it’s a disease that’s a little closer to home. I’ve been aware of hand, foot and mouth ever since our oldest was at nursery. [...]