Back to School

Four years ago, my daughter started school. Four years and one week ago, my daughter finally stopped wearing nappies. She started school with a full statement of special educational needs and a full time teaching assistant but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. For her or for me. I spent a long time…

A restless weekend

In which we try to burn down a Grade One listed property, ruin a guided tour and nearly kill a cat.

The healing powers of Bruno Mars

On the whole today was a good day. But the sanity crunch point came at 4pm when I picked Squidge up from baby school. He wanted to stay and we had to go. Oh yes, full on meltdown. Crying, shouting, hitting. Huge globs of snot gravitating towards his upper lip. I picked up the emotional…

Am I hot or not?

I was lying in the bath this morning feeling a little repulsed by my giant jelly belly and I couldn’t help but hear the song ‘Keep Young & Beautiful’ over and over in my head. I had no idea of the lyrics except for that horrendously misogynistic chorus refrain “it’s your duty to be beautiful”….

7 tips that WILL change your life

Ha! Fooled you there…. I have no tips, no ‘hacks’, no tricks or shortcuts. Just one mum muddling along, muttering “more haste less speed” and being late as always.

Go on….Bite Me.

Imagine salivating over an amazing al fresco feast, delicious aromas on the breeze tempting you in like the Bisto kids. The scent of fresh sardines cooking on an open grill by the water’s edge in Portugal or fried onions at a funfair hot dog stand. The porky goodness of a hog roast at a party…

I’m a Mum…Get Me Out of Here!

What is it about holidays that brings out the utter chaos in our family? We started planning this trip about 4 months ago, booking flights and accommodation in a fairly organised way…then ‘operation getaway’ began in earnest about 6 weeks ago.

Rules of the Pool

Here’s what I have learnt about pool etiquette since having children….. Always ensure that you make the rules known at the very beginning of the holiday. No running, keep your hat on, keep the noise down, don’t go near the water without a grown up etc. This way the kids know exactly how to wind…