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5 top tips for managing your accounts as a blogger

'Someone who writes regularly for an online journal or website' - that's the Cambridge Dictionary definition of a blogger, but anyone who blogs will tell you that running a blog involves so much more than that! Content creator, photographer, chief tea maker, editor and accountant [...]

6 wishes for my lockdown baby at six months old

I can't believe I'm writing this but baby number four is now six months old! It's been six whole months since we welcomed our lockdown baby Violet Hope in April and I'll be honest: in some ways it feels like we're no closer to the [...]

Should I pay my kids to do chores?

I ask after the oldest (nine) asked if she could start earning money by doing jobs around the house. My instinctive reaction was no, she shouldn't be paid for doing jobs around the house because we all live in it so we're all responsible for [...]

Halloween front door decoration ideas for under £20 #ad

Wondering how to entertain the kids this Halloween in the absence of parties, trick or treating and all the usual fun and games that can't happen in the wake of coronavirus? With Halloween set to be a little different in 2020 and with so many [...]

5 easy ways to make your bedroom more romantic

When was the last time you thought about your bedroom - and I mean really thought about it? If your bedroom is somewhere you simply go to sleep, then this post is for you! Our bedroom is the one room in the house I like [...]

In The Book personalised book review & giveaway!

Looking for the perfect gift that will stand the test of time and that you can choose from the comfort of your own home without breaking the bank? Then you've come to the right place! We've teamed up with personalised book specialists In The Book [...]

Why I spent our child benefit on a private Covid test kit

Brace yourselves: this is likely to be a bit of a controversial one. It involves a three-year-old with a cough, a coronavirus testing system in meltdown and a mama at the end of her rope. Last week I spent £149 great British pounds - more [...]

7 simple ways to teach kids a new language

Did you know that learning a second language can help kids with problem solving, critical thinking and listening skills, as well as improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask? Research also shows that exposing kids to another language from a young age will set them [...]

Should children be included in the rule of six?

I ask after new government coronavirus restrictions in England ban groups of more than six people from two households meeting indoors or outdoors - including kids. Yet in Scotland and Wales under 12s are exempt from the restrictions, which begs the question: should children be [...]

Celebrating back to school with Kellogg’s

Hands up who's celebrating the kids going back to school at long last? As a work at home mum back to school after the summer holidays has always been a cause for celebration in our house, but after six long months in lockdown I don't [...]

10 things to consider before having a fourth baby

It's been almost five months since we welcomed baby number four Violet Hope and I thought now would be a good time for a little update. One of the things I get asked the most since becoming a family of six is how we're getting [...]

5 ways I’m dealing with my colicky baby

Almost 30 per cent of babies get it and as a mum of four I feel like I've been there, done it & got the t-shirt on the colic front. Violet was just a matter of weeks old when we found ourselves in the throes [...]

10 things that suddenly happen when you push a pram!

I've got a confession: for the last few weeks I've been shoehorning the baby (four months) into her pram - even though she outgrew it at three months. Although she's ready to sit up and see the world the truth is I'm not ready to [...]

WIN one of 3 cuddly pandas with Ickle Pickles & Sudocrem!

Did you know that every year in the UK 95,000 babies - that's one in 8 - are born prematurely? And that neonatal intensive care costs the NHS £1,500 per day and many hospitals simply don't have the equipment needed to care for extremely preterm [...]

Looking after my microbiome with VSL#3 #ad

It sounds like the sort of thing Gwyneth Paltrow might have dreamt up but we all have it and it's integral to our overall health: I'm talking about microbiome, or gut flora to be exact! And if you want to know how to give yours [...]