Is a ban on smacking really necessary?

Hands up who smacks their child? I bet if you were to put 100 parents in a room and ask them that question not many - if any - would raise a hand. It's not currently illegal for a parent to smack their child where [...]


#MySundaySnapshot this week comes from Kingston Lacy, a National Trust property in Dorset near where my parents live. We've visited a lot over the years and have pictures of all three children running on the lawn (not all at the same time though, that would [...]

Prepping for an African Adventure with Simply Beach

It’s known as the exotic country on Europe’s doorstep boasting luxurious retreats, elaborate architecture and breath-taking scenery. Morocco is billed as a dream holiday destination and I’m off there in a couple of weeks - and the truth is I’m absolutely petrified! Next month I’ll [...]

Why I decided to try painting with my boobs

Yes, you did read that correctly: bonkers as it sounds, I am among a growing band of women who have had a go at painting with my boobs. And I don’t mean in the comfort of my own home, either – I mean in a [...]

Keeping my family safe with Fairy Non Bio’s new child-lock system #ad

Seven years. That’s how long I’ve now been a mum for, and a lot has changed in that time. I don’t just mean the addition of grey hair and bags under my eyes, I mean little things that have helped make this parenting malarkey just [...]


#MySundaySnapshot this week is one of (many) out takes from this year's Mother's Day gift guide: my little superman with a keepsake name print we were very kindly sent for inclusion in the guide. Getting all three kids to pose (nicely) with their name print [...]

10 things you should never say to a work-at-home mum!

As a mum there are lots of things that make my blood boil: non-parents parking in parent and child parking spaces, Topsy and Tim's smug mum and Piers Morgan talking about the 'pushchair brigade' to name but a few. But nothing makes my blood boil [...]

The terrible twos – what am I doing wrong?

The terrible twos are upon us. And I’ve got a confession: despite being a mum of three I didn’t really know what the terrible twos were - until now. You’d think, being a mum of three, I’d been there, done and got the T-shirt. You’d [...]

Personalised Mother’s Day gift ideas

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Something super special that can be kept and enjoyed long after the day itself is over? Whether you're looking for a present for your own mum or want to give your other half a nudge in the right [...]


Has it been a bit wet and blowy where you are? It's been a fairly lively week weather-wise where we are on the south coast but we managed to dodge the showers for a family day out at Nymans Gardens, a National Trust property near [...]

5 ways to improve your work-life balance

Ever feel like you’re doing too many things and none of them well? Wish you could achieve a better work-life balance but not sure where to start? Me too! As a stay-and-work-at-home mum I often feel overwhelmed with all the things there are to get [...]

Breastfeeding at two – what happened next

Four weeks. That’s how long it’s been since I stopped breastfeeding the youngest. And it’s been the most challenging four weeks of her entire life. After writing about breastfeeding at two – now what? following my decision to stop breastfeeding when she turned two a [...]

10 great reasons to visit Margate

Looking for a family-friendly day out that won’t break the bank? Like the sound of mixing nostalgia with a bit of good old-fashioned family fun? Then Margate could be the place for you! Margate is dubbed the original seaside destination by Visit Kent and sits [...]


They say never work with children or animals, and the old adage rang true in our house this week. I spent an entire morning trying to capture images for some work we're doing with a well known family washing brand (all will be revealed later [...]

How I lost 1.5lbs in one week eating French diet delivery meals

Want to know how I lost 1.5lbs in weight and one inch from my waist in just one week? It doesn't involve fasting, it doesn't involve going without chocolate and it doesn't involve cutting out alcohol either. I did it by eating like a French [...]