What my toddlers are wearing this summer

It’s never been harder to rein in my clothes shopping addiction than during the summer when the outfits get even cuter.  While I love treating myself, treating the kids is just so much more fun…

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LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party toy review

Being a mum of two toddlers I expected to have lots of tea parties during these early years of imaginative play.  The girls love playing house so it was perfect to be sent the LeapFrog…

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Explaining Donald Trump to my toddler

    “Who’s that man?” My toddler asks this question as the orange, pouty face of America’s President looms on the news.  Never has there been a longer pause between an awkward question asked by…

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Mayfield Lavender Farm review

I always thought family fun at the farm involved feeding goats and meeting pigs, cows and sheep. But our recent trip to Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey has broadened my horizons and I wanted to…

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Book review: Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims 

I will confess right now that I must be the only mama at the nursery gate who hasn’t read Why Mummy Drinks.  But I could give you a long list of answers as to why…

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Bombarded by baby advice

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And there is no time more desperate than when you are dealing with a screaming newborn with zero interest in sleep and stitches where nobody wants to have stitches. …

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11 ways to get your breastfed baby sleeping through

How do you get a breastfed baby to sleep through the night? This is the question myself, and probably a billion other mamas, ask themselves frequently.  The truth is that some babies are resistant to…

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7 amazing mini-breaks for mums

Ask any mum what she really, really wants, and the answer will be a holiday. Preferably sans children. But you don’t have to dive into your overdraft or raid the children’s savings in order to…

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The real parenting awards

Being a mum is a thankless task. We do it for the love of course, but it’s nice to get a little recognition every now and then.  There are awards for celebrity mums and dads,…

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10 reasons to have a small age gap

Are you craving a new baby even though they’ve only just wheeled you out of the delivery room? If so, you’re probably still under the effects of painkilling drugs! But seriously, if you’re anything like…

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10 reasons heatwaves are hell on parents

Us Brits love a bit of sunshine but heatwaves can be a mighty trying time for parents.  It’s not that we want it to rain, but is it too much to ask for a temperature…

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Why you need to jump off of the mummy treadmill

When it comes to endurance, mums can keep jogging on the treadmill of chores, childcare, work and errands indefinitely. There’s no one else to do it – our other halves might pull their weight but…

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The 10 girl code commandments we all should be following

Watching Love Island should be braindead, entertainment-only TV. But this week it’s made me think. Shocking, right? In case you haven’t been watching it – you need to get watching it right now – here’s…

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The 15 parenting tips you need to survive

Hands up if you find parenting a total breeze. Anyone? Didn’t think so. It’s tough, though admittedly some days are tougher than others. We all get those mythical unicorn days sometimes where everything goes well,…

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13 summer essentials for babies and toddlers

Fun in the sun is what summer is all about, but keeping babies and toddlers safe in the sunshine is important.  Littles ones have thinner skin which is far more sensitive to UV rays, meaning…

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The pregnant mama’s shopping guide: What you actually need to buy for a new baby

People will tell you that you need an awful lot of stuff when you are pregnant, but what do you really need to buy when preparing to have a baby? Do you really have to…

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Why we cannot escape mum guilt

The first experience of mum guilt often happens before we have even had the baby. You’re out with friends for a meal and you decide to order a glass of wine. Even if everyone, including…

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50 things to do with toddlers this summer

Summer is here and if you have a toddler you’re probably hoping to make the best of those precious weeks of sunshine outside. If you’re struggling for inspiration for how to fill the days, here…

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The secret to keeping your toddler in bed

Your toddler is now in their big kid bed but they won’t stay there when it’s time for sleep. How do you keep them in bed when it’s night time? I’ve got lots of tips…

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I wish I was a perfect mum

It takes just 10 minutes some days. It’s funny how much your emotions can change in such a short space of time.  Just 10 minutes for me to start clock watching, to think about now…

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