Has lockdown psychologically damaged our kids?

Has lockdown psychologically damaged our kids? I ask with so-called 'Freedom Day' on the horizon and all remaining Covid restrictions due to be lifted after almost 18 months living under varying degrees of lockdown. I was 37 weeks pregnant with Violet and finished work to [...]

5 unexpected benefits of giving your child their own mobile phone

More than 90%. That’s how many children aged eight to 15 in the UK own their own mobile phone if the figures are to be believed. And, as of this week, our nine-year-old is one of them. Bluebell has been asking for her own mobile [...]

5 things I learnt about parenting in a pandemic

Am I a good enough mum? It’s a question I’ve asked myself a lot lately, especially as life gets back to ‘normal’ and the kids are back at school and nursery after all the various lockdowns. Like many families we had some bad days, very [...]

5 ways we’re getting reception ready in the wake of coronavirus

If you’ve got a little one starting school for the first time this year and you’re worried about how it’s all going to pan out in the aftermath of the pandemic you’re not alone. Our third born Marigold May is due to start reception in [...]

Are primary school weigh-ins really all that bad?

Are primary school weigh-ins really all that bad? I ask after it was revealed the powers that be have decided to bring back weigh-ins for primary school children from September amid fears lockdown has exacerbated the UK's child obesity crisis. Apparently the move to reintroduce [...]

Making story time fun with I Found a Poo by Carolina Castillo

Poo, farts and bottoms. If I had to list three things guaranteed to send the kids into fits of giggles in our house poo, farts and bottoms would top it. In that particular order. So when we were asked to review a new children's story [...]

5 simple ways to keep your home looking clean & fresh

They say a tidy house equals a tidy mind, and I don’t know about you but I find that saying so true. I can’t bear clutter and mess, but with kids in the house it’s not always easy keeping things looking as you’d like them [...]

5 reasons I chose flower names for my baby girls!

Toying with the idea of a flower name for your baby girl? Not sure whether to take the leap or play it safe with something else? Then this post is for you! Apparently online searches for floral baby names have spiked since it was revealed [...]

7 easy ways to fast-track chores for busy parents

Hands up who feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day when it comes to keeping on top of household chores? If, like me, you feel the overwhelm when it comes to *trying* to keep everything spick and span with kids in the house, [...]

The Fine Bedding Co. Night Owl coverless duvet review

Yes you DID read that correctly: a coverless duvet - such a thing does indeed exist! 'The duvet that really makes the bed' is the strapline behind The Fine Bedding Co's Night Owl coverless duvet, and we were very kindly gifted one to see what [...]

10 things I’ve discovered after one year as a mum of four!

This time last year I wrote a post on 10 things I'd learnt in one month as a mum of four. We were two months into the first lockdown, I was *supposed* to be homeschooling the older ones while getting to grips with having a [...]

Looking after my mental health with Wellbox

When was the last time you had a bit of quality me-time? (And no going for a wee in peace doesn’t count!) Last week? Last month? Last year? If you can’t remember, then this post is for you! As mums (and dads!) it can be [...]

5 things to consider before having laser hair removal

Considering laser hair removal? Want to know what to look for when picking a clinic and how to prepare your skin for the treatment? Then this post is for you! Laser hair removal is known to be one of the best ways to get rid [...]

How to attend University as a single parent

Did you know that more than a quarter of university students in the UK are now classed as mature students, meaning they’re aged 21 and over at the time of starting their course? And that many of those mature students are parents too? It's not [...]

Tried & tested ways to clean & care for leather furniture

Leather furniture can add a pop of luxury to any living space. And did you know that if well-maintained, it lasts longer than any other upholstery fabric? That said, leather furniture can be deemed tedious to care for, especially if you have kids and pets. [...]