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Disguising my mum tum with a little help from Maidenform Shapewear

‘Shapewear is the canvas and clothes are the art’. That’s what the founder of Spanx famously said, but what she failed to divulge is that there’s no need to pay Spanx prices to achieve the desired effect. I’ve become a big fan of shapewear since [...]

3 simple ways to teach kids internet safety at home

How can you make the internet safe for kids? The short answer is you can’t, but as a parent what you can do is put safeguards in place to make sure they’re as safe as they possibly can be. Our three love nothing more than [...]

Why shopping vouchers for breastfeeding makes me SO mad!

Brace yourselves: this is going to be a ranty one. Have you heard the one about new mums being offered shopping vouchers in exchange for breastfeeding? I kid you not, that's the latest initiative hit upon by the so-called experts in a bid to improve breastfeeding [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

It's officially the last day of summer so I thought I'd mark the occasion with #MySundaySnapshot and a little bit of sunshine from our allotment. It might be the start of autumn tomorrow but someone tell that to the flowers - as you can see [...]

5 fun things to do in Southampton with kids

It’s famed for its association with the Titanic; it’s integral to the birth of the Spitfire and it’s the home port of some of the most spectacular cruise ships in the world. If you’re on the hunt for a family-friendly day out on the south [...]

10 signs you’re suffering from back-to-school empty nest syndrome

'A feeling of grief and loneliness parents may feel when their children leave home for the first time to live on their own or attend University'. That's the dictionary definition of empty nest syndrome, which I think should be expanded to include both starting school [...]

A sneak preview of the new Shaun the Sheep movie Farmageddon

'An exciting and heart-warming sci-fi comedy adventure that takes viewers from Mossy Bottom all the way into deep space, via a car wash!' That's the teaser for the latest Shaun the Sheep movie out in UK cinemas in October - and if you want to [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

It might look like it was taken abroad, but #MySundaySnapshot this week was taken right here in the UK, on what must surely have been one of the hottest September Saturdays in a while. The thermometer on our shed reached a whopping 34 degrees, and [...]

10 simple steps for the perfect night’s sleep

When was the last time you had a decent night's sleep? I don't mean with a baby or small people or other half snoring to disturb you, I mean a proper night's sleep. If you can't remember you're not alone: I honestly cannot remember the [...]

To my son’s teacher on his first day of school – I’m sorry

‘It’s going to be the bestest day ever’. Those are the words of my son before his first day of school - which is all well and good - but it’s his definition of 'bestest' that worries me. If 'bestest' means gleeful talk of poo [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week comes from our local kids' hair salon (yes that is a pink Fiat 500) where we've been getting this one reception ready with a starting school hair cut. As you can see he's rather pleased with the result! Thankfully what you can't see is [...]

5 healthy after school snack ideas for under £1.50 #ad

At least £100 pounds. That’s how much money I reckon I shell out on after school snacks over the course of the school year, and judging by the cries of ‘I’m hungry’ I hear at the school gate at pick up time I’m not alone. [...]

5 things to consider when planning a birthday party for your child

More than £320. That’s the average cost of a child’s birthday party in the UK if the latest figures are to be believed. And I don’t know about you, but I think that’s an awful lot of money. The thing is, parties can easily turn [...]

A letter to the mummy whose baby won’t stop crying #ad

We've all been there. It's 3am, you've fed them, burped them, changed them, cuddled them and settled them back in their cot. And they still won't stop crying. You've got up again, taken them into another room (because everyone says a change of scene should [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week comes from Ryde beach on the Isle of Wight, where we spent the bank holiday weekend on a family adventure holiday (see our Isle of Wight getaway with Kingswood adventure holidays for more on that). It was a scorcher but the beach [...]