Free Family Days Out in Dorset (that you may never have heard of…)
Mar23

Free Family Days Out in Dorset (that you may never have heard of…)

We ALL love them – a Grand Day Out, planned with care and excitement. Naturally any family day out requires a picnic, which must feature hard boiled eggs (don’t forget the foil twist of salt – unless you have a fancy-dancy travel salt & pepper shaker), an array of sandwiches (because one likes butter, one hates tuna, one currently refuses to eat anything but Tesco sandwich filler, and you’re the only one...

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Pud In A Mug? Yes. Keep ‘Em If You Can. *hollow laugh*
Nov22

Pud In A Mug? Yes. Keep ‘Em If You Can. *hollow laugh*

A few weeks ago now we were asked if we’d like to try the new Pud In A Mug range. I’ll be honest – I said we’d give it a go (because, y’know. Pud. IN a mug.), but my hopes were not high. I figured this would be the sweet equivalent to an instant soup – hot, but a bit.. blah. They arrived in their unassuming little sachets, and I stashed them in the cupboard next to the baked beans. Where they were...

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A letter for my children – I have a confession…
Jul26

A letter for my children – I have a confession…

Dearest No.1, Boy, Jolly & Bear. I have a confession to make. Yes, me, your super-cool amazing awesome mother. First up, I’m not sure I should be admitting this in public. But here goes: I love an inspirational quote. I do. And I’m not sorry. So there. (side note – any readers who follow me on Pinterest may have seen a sneaky little board sitting there quietly among the mugs and enamel kitchenware and housework...

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Dream pets – what would yours be?
Feb08

Dream pets – what would yours be?

If there’s one thing my children have always wanted, it’s a cat. Actually that’s not quite true. The eldest remembers us having a cat – this, my beloved Elwood. (yes Elwood – we had Jake & Elwood the Blues Brothers. Except they turned out to be the Blues Sisters. Then Jake got run over… Elwood didn’t really work anymore, did it?) Except she was elderly when No.1 came along, and she was...

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Talking Vaginas With My Daughter
Jan20

Talking Vaginas With My Daughter

A few weeks ago I returned for Bedtime Pt II (totally normal for us – part one ensures teeth/pj’s/hug/under duvet settled with book, part two is actual lights out, goodnight kiss and hug for reals 30 mins later) visit, and found an agitated girl. Thankfully, she’s a pretty open book. Bear’s ten tomorrow, actually, and over the last year or two there has been a slow and steady awareness of the fact that...

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Reasons I Hate Mondays (but don’t fret. Because Marmite).
Sep19

Reasons I Hate Mondays (but don’t fret. Because Marmite).

It’s Monday. It is. And whilst I have managed over the last ten years to engineer as much Monday stress out of my life as is humanly possible for the non-mega-rich person to do – it’s still Monday. I work from home, so I have no Monday morning commute to deal with. We’ve been Home Educating for three years now, so the hideous Monday school run is thankfully a distant memory. But it’s still Monday. And...

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