• Relationship Matters

    Radio vs Gizmo: The Breakdown in Communication

    Last Sunday as we were out in the car I turned to my husband, completely innocently, (honestly I had no idea what I was about to start) and uttered the words “Can we stop off at Argos? I really want a new radio for the kitchen”. This is a pretty standard request to make, wouldn’t you agree? Well not any more as it turns out…

  • The Kids Are Alright

    Daddies and their daughters: a masterclass in manipulation

    Should the time ever come when you want to improve your skills in manipulation (which I don’t necessarily condone, unless it is for the greater good of course!), then you really don’t need to pay a lot of money to attend a seminar or course led by somebody holding a university degree or a masters. A very learned person who has studied hard and slogged their guts out, attended lecture after lecture, countless tutorials and basically had their head stuck in a book for four years in order to obtain a qualification.

  • Happy Mummy

    “Mummy, why don’t you go to work every day?”

    One day last week after collecting my four year old daughter from school, we were strolling through the park and chatting about how her day had been, when all of a sudden she hurled a question at me that I really was not expecting. After firstly informing me that one of the boys had pushed her out in the yard, followed by letting me know that she had three pieces of homework to do that evening and finally finishing off by showing me that she had been given a birthday invitation to a party on Sunday, she then out of nowhere turned to me and said “Mum, why don’t you…

  • Happy Mummy

    The Biannual Clean

    My husband decided to do one of his biannual cleans of the house last weekend. And just in case you don’t know what I am referring to, basically it means that approximately twice a year my hubby gets caught by the cleaning bug and decides to pull the house apart and then bit by bit, after he has scrubbed it all with a brillo pad, put it back together again.

  • The Kids Are Alright

    Children: Discipline and the Disapprovers

    Parenting is a difficult job. And anyone out there who is a parent will understand both the physical and mental energy that is required to raise a child. The level of responsibility involved is enormous. We are given these tiny little human beings to take care of, these little blank canvases who have yet to experience anything of the world around them and we are supposed to teach and nurture them how to live in that world being good and decent people.

  • The Kids Are Alright

    Kids and Avoiding the Creation of Stereotypes

    Ever since my four year old daughter started school last September, I can’t help but notice that she has been passing a lot of comments about boys and girls, what they do and what they like. I hear a lot of “That’s only for boys” and “No Mum, girls don’t like watching that, that’s just for boys”. It seems that she is hearing a lot of this in the classroom and as a result she is already beginning to categorise boys into one area and girls into another. So even though she is only four years old, I can see how aware she is of everything that she sees and…

  • The Kids Are Alright

    Did you ever find that having children all of a sudden made you very reflective about your own life? Even back at the very beginning when you were first expecting your baby? I think the very prospect of bringing new life into the world, a life that you will be responsible for suddenly helps put things into perspective for us all. You begin to ask yourself questions such as - Am I happy with where I am in my life? Have I achieved everything I wanted to? Or are there are still things in life that I would like to accomplish?

  • Relationship Matters

    Valentine’s Day – Love It Or Loathe It?

    So we are on the eve of one of the most commercially-constructed holidays of the year, Valentine’s Day. How do you feel about it – are you a lover or a loather? Or maybe like me, you are just a bit indifferent. I will be honest with you, I feel very little when it comes to Valentine’s Day. I don’t get all soppy and love-swooned over it. In fact looking at all those big brown bears holding love hearts saying ‘I luv you’ in the front of shop windows just makes me cringe a bit. However, looking back now on the ghost of Valentine’s past I can sort of understand…

  • Happy Mummy

    10 Things I Wish I’d Known BC (Before Children)

    Wow, it really makes you sit back and think doesn’t it? Mourn, reminisce, weep…! So even though these are now distant memories for me because I find it incredibly hard at times to remember what life was like before having my girls, I have delved into the depths of my mind and come up with these 10 things I wish I had known before having children! Yikes…… I will never laugh or cough again without a little pee coming out Yes ok when you are pregnant you do get plenty of warnings from the midwife and district nurse about the importance of doing those Kegal exercises (which maybe you listened…

  • The Kids Are Alright

    Self – Sabotage And The Desperate Quest For Attention

    We are going through a phase at the moment with our two little girls where it seems like they will do anything, almost anything to get both mine and my husband's attention, including injuring themselves. Don't get me wrong I am not talking about anything serious, it’s more small things like tripping on the floor, banging a hand on the table or especially in my four year old's case banging her toe against something. Nothing to cause serious harm but enough to warrant a bout of crying and more importantly being picked up and hugged.

  • Kitchen Therapy

    Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

    I have been making these vegetarian sausage rolls for a couple of years now and they are a big hit in our house. To be honest my husband, who is a fully-fledged carnivore always says that he prefers them to regular meat sausage rolls! There is something about the combination of flavours including the subtle chewy texture from the addition of chopped nuts that make them absolutely mouth-watering. Again like most things in the kitchen they are very easy to prepare – you will have them in the oven in 20 minutes. I promise! And remember you always have the freedom to change around the mixture of vegetables you want…

  • Happy Mummy

    Don’t Try To Outdo Your Mother – Trust Me You Will NEVER Win!

    Have you ever been in a conversation with your mother about your experiences of motherhood and how tough you found it at times before she stopped you in your tracks to remind you of how much tougher it was 'in her day'? Yes, sound familiar? Exactly how far do you get before she stops you? For me, I generally don't get past the hospital when I went in to give birth before she interjects. And something that I have come to learn from having these conversations with my mother is that I will NEVER win. She will always trump my experience. Whatever hardship I feel I have endured, you can…

  • Kitchen Therapy

    Afternoon Tea Scones

    My daughters loves these scones and they are so unbelievably easy to make. I normally send one with my four year old in her lunchbox for school. They are a great snack and are very filling. Also they are not full of sugar, which a lot of shop – bought and bakery scones tend to be (which is why they are so tempting and delicious, especially the fresh bakery ones!). Instead I put a tablespoon of honey into these and I’m not kidding, they are just as nice if not nicer. I make them nearly every weekend and they disappear fast!

  • The Vegetarian Mama

    Vegetable Curry

    This is one of my favourites - it is so easy to make and you can freeze it if you have some left over. Hurray, a ready-made dinner for another evening! Adding the red lentils to the sauce gives added and hidden nutrition, which is always great if you have little people in your house plus using low-fat creme fraiche means you don't have to be concerned about the calories. In fact the end result is a very nutritious meal!