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4 things I’ve learnt in 4 years as mum to a boy

Four years. That's how long I've been mum to a boy for this week. And as mum to two girls as well if there's one thing I've discovered it's that raising a boy is very different to raising girls. The middle one - our rainbow [...]

#MySundayPhoto

#MySundayPhoto this week wasn't actually taken by me - it was taken by Misery Guts as I was otherwise engaged running the Great South Run. It's of the oldest up a tree where she could get a better view of the runners - and as [...]

10 great reasons to run an organised race

Ever thought about taking part in an organised running race? Like the sound of it, but not sure if it’s for you? Then read on! After taking part in my first ever organised running event – the Great South Run – I’ve discovered there are [...]

5 healthy Halloween treats for kids #ad

Sugar, chocolate, more sugar and more chocolate. Visit a supermarket in the run up to Halloween and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all about the sweet stuff – and the sweeter the better. The shelves are literally jam-packed with chocolate and sweets, but what [...]

Why I’ve decided to give up breastfeeding

Two years. That's how long the World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding babies for. But 20 months in I've decided it's time to give up breastfeeding. If you're a regular follower of the blog you'll know I've breast fed all three babies well into toddlerhood, well [...]

#MySundayPhoto

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 [...]

#MySundayPhoto

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 [...]

#MySundayPhoto

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 [...]