Everyone has memories of childhood Christmases don't they? The fun, the food, the chocolate, the presents - no school, it's magical. My immediate family was your typical family set up, mum, dad and two kids but at Christmas we always celebrated with my extended family. My Dad's brother's and their families. This peaked at 17 … Continue reading Don’t let Christmas stress you out
A poem, written by me and inspired by my husband who can never find anything!
I heard it talked about quite a lot when I was pregnant. The working mum's holy grail - working three days a week. That flexibility was something I had wanted but wouldn't have been possible in the job I had whilst pregnant, since I'd heard the perennial excuse of 'if we let you work part-time … Continue reading How I found a job and some work life balance.
I signed up to the gym near my office when I started a new job when I was 30 but it was accepting the invitation of trying a personal training session that really got me on the road to enjoying exercise. I hadn't been very sporty at school and for some reason in my 20's … Continue reading How I’ve finally learnt to love exercise in my 30’s.
I remember watching the pilot of Motherland whilst pregnant and then asking my mum friends on Facebook, 'Oh my God, is it really like that?!' A few replied with, 'Yes it's all true.' It was a chilling insight into what lay ahead for me as a mother. Being only four months pregnant when I watched … Continue reading Motherland a review – the pitfalls of parenthood laid bare
Watching my 18 month old son cry as I leave him with his childminder, is one of the hardest things I've experienced as a mum. He is usually fine after I've left and his lovely childminder distracts him with toys or other activities. She has told me this is the only time during the day … Continue reading Being apart from my twin gave me separation anxiety.
A quick trip into my local town centre this morning and I was left in no doubt that Halloween, is just round the corner. It will be the first on in our house in Hertfordshire and I'm looking forward to putting a pumpkin outside to welcome the local treat or treaters. So where to go … Continue reading Where to buy those Halloween party essentials
Stay-at-home mum, not a phrase I thought would apply to me. When I got married I knew I wanted children and since I was already in my mid-30s I knew I had to get on with it. I also knew that I really valued my job, the independence it brought me and I loved earning … Continue reading Motherhood, the catalyst for reinvention
When I worked in my marketing manager job I got to work with Buzzfeed a few times. They also took me out to some really nice fancy London restaurants for lunch. (those were the days). Here's a Buzzfeed inspired listical by me about being an identical twin. Enjoy!
First birthdays tend to come along in groups, thanks to many us staying friends with our NCT group. As a parent who went through this stage relatively recently, I have a few thoughts on what presents to buy, if you'd rather not buy a toy. It's also a chance to give a shout-out to some … Continue reading What to buy for baby’s 1st birthday.