Autumn toddler girl fashion must-haves

Now that Autumn has landed I’m loving the beautiful new season of toddler clothes that are in the shops right now. Chunky knits, pretty prints, stripes and bold colours have me excited to stock up…

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5 ways to soothe a crying baby plus White Company giveaway with Infacol

We all know that babies cry, but I think it’s safe to say we don’t have a clue just how difficult it can be to cope with until we’re standing there with a screaming newborn…

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20 gift ideas for babies and toddlers from Smyths Toys

It’s time to start making the Christmas list – unless you fancy flapping about in a panic on December 24th! I’ve teamed up with Smyths Toys to do the hard for you and picked up…

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6 lies I tell my kids

I like to think of myself as a pretty honest person, and yet I tell little white lies to my unsuspecting children every single day. This isn’t to be cruel, it’s not to upset them…

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I see you, mama

Dear tired mama, Right now you are overwhelmed. You feel stretched paper thin and although you don’t tear, you feel fragile and on the verge of ripping apart.  You feel like life is moving so…

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7 tips for treating eczema in babies and children

Becoming a parent is tough enough without the stress of eczema. Although this unpleasant condition is quite common among babies and small children (around one in five children in the UK have eczema), when you…

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Why parents need to stop apologising

It is my most overused word, apart from “no”. I utter it in supermarkets, in car parks, at the playground, while I’m walking down the street, at home, and especially while travelling on public transport. …

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What’s on at Warner Brothers Studio Tour?

There’s no denying the fact that the Warner Brothers Studio Tour packs a real punch in terms of the ultimate family day out, especially if you have some little Hogwarts fanatics in your home, but…

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Mums-to-be deserve to know the truth about giving birth

When it comes to giving birth, is there such a thing as TMI? Can you handle the truth? Does hearing about the pain, the blood and the potential problems make you unnecessarily afraid, or is…

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7 things new parents argue about – and how to keep the peace

First-time parents argue 40 per cent more after their child is born, according to counselling organisation Relate.  I can tell you, that figure sounds a little conservative to me! After our first child arrived we…

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Why childcare vouchers must be saved

The cost of childcare is painful. Not child birth painful, but “oh my god I can’t bring myself to look at this bill” painful.  When I worked out how much money I needed to pay…

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5 surprising ways your baby is saying “I love you”

Newborn babies gobble up love like it’s a Michelin-starred meal – they cannot get enough. And yet in the early months they gave very little back. In the first few weeks that smile you thought…

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11 things I’ve learned about being a stay-at-home mum

Whoever thinks there is an easy option when it comes to working vs parenting is totally bonkers – and doesn’t have kids.  Both options have pros and cons, but neither comes out on top.  It’s…

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7 ways to keep your cool  when running errands with kids

I don’t care if you have one baby, two toddlers or three little hellraisers, going anywhere with kids can be a stressful experience.  Since my youngest learned to walk it’s become increasingly difficult to keep…

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Parenting and the internet age

The internet has given us many wonderful things, but it hasn’t helped with my parenting paranoia.  While we may now have access to limitless knowledge, such as what Sally round the corner had for lunch…

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5 amazing family-friendly UK destinations 

The UK has some fantastic places to visit with your family. While our country might be small, it packs a punch when it comes to variety and excitement. Plus it doesn’t take all that long…

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Why I don’t care that my little girl is shy

We were shopping for clothes in Next when the little girl tried to engage my daughter in conversation. She started following us all round the kids’ clothing section and following my eldest like she was…

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What to expect in the first month with baby number two

Are you pregnant with baby number two and nervous about what to expect in the early weeks of coping with double trouble? Second babies are easier in so many ways, mainly because you have been…

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Why I find playing with my kids boring

I feel like I need to begin this post with a huge disclaimer. I love my children. I love being with them. I think they are awesome. But, I am 35 years old. My kids…

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Book review: Fierce by Gin Phillips

What would you do to protect your child? Or perhaps the more accurate question is, what wouldn’t you do? Fierce sees a normal mum forced into a nightmare situation where she must protect her young…

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