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 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. [...]

5 easy ways to raise money for BBC Children in Need

It’s that time of year again. The clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, meaning only one thing: it’s almost time for one of the UK’s biggest fundraisers of the year - BBC Children in Need. I’m probably not alone when I [...]

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 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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]