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How to get the most out of your child’s school report

It’s that time of year again: school report time. Whether you’ve got a little one in reception or older ones at various stages of the education system the chances are they’re about to come home armed – for better or worse - with their annual [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week just had to come from our allotment, where everything is bursting into flower all at once thanks to this gorgeous weather. Our roses and scabious have been joined by lavender, gladioli and dahlia, and if you look very carefully you'll spot a [...]

Should kids be allowed to play naked in the garden?

I ask after a mum in Newcastle opened the front door to find two police officers on the doorstep because her kids were playing in their paddling pool with no clothes on. I kid you not, a neighbour had called the NSPCC who in turn [...]

Getting school holiday ready with Smiggle’s Smigglets

Wondering how to entertain the kids in the school holidays? Looking for solutions that will keep them - and you - happy without breaking the bank? Then read on! As work-at-home parents it's fair to say the school holidays are something of a juggling act [...]

Why I had my breast milk turned into jewellery

They say there's no use crying over spilt milk. Except there is when that milk is your own breast milk, and you're mourning the fact you might never breastfeed again. I knew the moment I discovered breast milk jewellery existed that one day I'd like [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week is a rare selfie of Misery Guts and I on an (equally rare) childfree day out. With the oldest away at Brownie camp we left the younger two with grandparents and enjoyed a lazy sun-soaked day with old friends at a festival [...]

10 holidays to take before turning 40

Turning 40 in the not-too-distant future? If you’re reading this post because of the title the chances are the answer is yes – but don’t panic! You’re not alone! With my 40th birthday on the horizon Misery Guts is asking me what I’d like to [...]

Should parents be banned from school sports day?

Should parents be banned from school sports day? I ask after a primary school in Wales banned mums and dads from attending its sports day due to 'over competitive' and bad behaviour from the grown-ups. According to the head teacher at Pentrebane School in Cardiff [...]

6 easy ways to preserve baby memories forever

Remember when they rolled over for the first time? Or cut their first tooth? I do, but only because I made a point of recording the event for posterity – and because I knew that what with the sleep deprivation and the fug of new [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

#MySundaySnapshot this week comes from our local paddling pool, where we've been escaping the heat to cool off. Just a stone's throw from our house it's open from May to September and as you can see the kids absolutely love it. Who knew just a [...]

12 things nobody tells you can happen to your body after giving birth

Stretch marks, leaky boobs and hair with a mind of its own. It's common knowledge they're among the occupational hazards that come with having a baby. But what about all the things they don’t tell you about – like what actually happens downstairs, and I [...]

Revamping our garden furniture with Pinty Plus spray paint

Got some garden furniture in need of a bit of TLC? Want to give it a new lease of life but never seem to find the time? Then read on! If you’ve got furniture that’s seen better days then you’re not alone: until recently we [...]

7 secrets for coping with three or more kids

Baking. That's what parents with three or more children are turning to in a bid to stay sane if a new study is to be believed. And it might sound bonkers, but as a mum of three who loves baking I totally get it! According [...]

#MySundaySnapshot

There was only one contender for #MySundaySnapshot this week: new shoes the colour of marigolds for Marigold! I'm not sure who was more excited when we spotted them on the shelf, and mightily pleased with them she is too. In fact she loves them so [...]

4 reasons why travelling with your parents is actually a great idea

When was the last time you went on holiday with your parents? Last year? Ten years ago? When you were a child? We often holiday with our parents, and we’re not alone if the latest research is to be believed. Ageless travel is on the [...]