First birthday gift ideas for a little girl

I’ve always found buying the perfect gift for someone else way more exciting than getting something for myself. I really love surprising people with something they haven’t asked for. When I know I’ve absolutely nailed…

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The baby rules and why I broke some

There’s never been so much advice being thrown at mums from all directions. If it’s not a relative telling you how they guaranteed 12 hours of sleep from birth with a shot of whisky (just…

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The facts about sunscreen

More than a fifth of parents with children under 11 do not apply any sunscreen to their child until they visibly start to burn, according to a survey released earlier this month. The information from…

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‘Eating for two’ myth is harmful to mum and baby, warn experts

The “eating for two” myth surrounding pregnancy is putting unborn babies and their mums at risk, experts have warned. I lost count of the number of people who urged me to have just one more…

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Taking a toddler and baby to the theatre

Whenever we plan a family day out my cynical mind inevitably turns to all of the things that could go wrong. It’s not that I don’t want to go out. I would go crazy if…

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Review: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Live

The way my life has changed since becoming a parent can be summed up quite well with the following fact. The last show I saw pre-parenthood was a performance of Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart. This…

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How can I convince my toddler to share?

They say manners don’t cost anything. For something that’s supposed to be free, it sure does take a lot of effort to instil manners into a toddler! We’ve always wanted our toddler to be polite.…

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Leaving my children overnight for some “me” time

This weekend I travelled back in time. I went back three years, to a time when there was no children and I wasn’t pregnant. There was no bedtime wrangle, no nighttime wake ups and no…

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Pinterest party planning for a first birthday

Cake, banners, balloons, bunting, food, cups, plates, napkins, games, and party bags are just some of the stuff that can appear on your endless list when planning a first birthday party. It’s funny that we…

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6 times mummy was last and why we need to win sometimes

We don’t need to win all of the time. Well, maybe some people do but I can’t imagine it’s a very relaxing attitude! However when it comes to family life us mummies are never number…

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There is no ‘right’ way to wean

The thought of weaning was incredibly overwhelming with my first baby – as if raising a child wasn’t daunting enough. Between all the books, recipes and advice my head was spinning. Should I do baby-led…

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Mum squad meet-ups: Picture perfection vs reality

When I was pregnant with Bubba One I pictured many things through a set of very rose-tinted glasses. I pictured what the birth would be like, how I would feel afterwards, how I would follow…

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Breastfeeding tips from a shy mum

I didn’t grow up in a naked house. That’s not to say I’m not comfortable in my own skin, it’s just I don’t want strangers to see all of it. I’m a get dressed under…

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A parent’s sickness survival guide

We are not a sick house. Me and my husband are pretty resilient to bugs and rarely get really ill. The most I had ever suffered before having kids was after eating oysters. After three…

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7 things that cause parenting paranoia

I read way too much. How can that be possible? Surely reading is a good thing? Not when it sparks ridiculous paranoia in parents. My paranoia has been a niggling problem even since before I…

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Feeling torn between two children

Having two kids is like that brain teaser where the farmer has to cross a river with a fox, chicken and bag of grain. His boat can only take one at a time. You can’t…

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Should I ditch breastfeeding?

I’m in a bit of a dilemma about whether I want to continue breastfeeding my seven-month-old baby. I never thought we would last this long, it’s taken me by surprise how easy breastfeeding has been…

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Homemade giant bubbles recipe

My toddler is mad about bubbles and it keeps her entertained for hours. So if loads of little bubbles are pretty exciting then one giant bubble has to be even better, right? As we are…

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Family friendly recipe: 10 ideas for leftover roast chicken

My tummy rumbles just at the thought of a chicken roast dinner with all the trimmings. But it’s not just the roast dinner that’s exciting, it’s everything you can do with the leftovers later in…

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25 family days out in Surrey

Here’s the final part of my family-friendly days out series in the south east. I’ve already posted my 25 days out in Hampshire and 25 days out in Berkshire, so this final list makes it…

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