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Why are we so scared of men?

So, I'm going to let you into a bit of a secret: I like men. I point this out because some people think you can't be divorced and a feminist and like men. Some people are stupid, what can I say? Anyway, I do like men. I date men. A lot of my … Read More...


Exciting Summer Plans

The sunshine is making the summer hols feel tantalisingly close, isn't it? In our house, we're on total summer countdown - Flea's got just a few days of school left and then we're FREE - eight and a bit weeks to do what we please, no enforced … Read More...


The World According to Taylor Swift

It's been a challenging few weeks for our little family. Flea's been having some struggles in her relationship with her Dad - just the usual growing up stuff, but it's a little more complicated, I think, when you're not living in the same house as … Read More...


Like a tragic, older Ferris Bueller.

It's basically undisputed fact that Ferris Bueller's Day Off is The Greatest Movie ever made. Don't agree? You might as well stop reading now. You and I? We have nothing to talk about. If you're still here, though, you'll remember the final 10 … Read More...

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The Girlguiding Big Gig 2015

Regular readers will know that I'm a big supporter of scouting and guiding for young people. It's a sad reality of life for many kids today that life is pretty limited in lots of ways - while our children have access to information and technology … Read More...

Favourite Posts


Flea’s Harry Potter Bedroom Makeover

As you may know, Flea's recently been away for a week on a school ski trip. While she was gone, I kept myself busy working on her bedroom. We moved into this house when Flea was two years old, and the yellow walls and Winnie the Pooh trim weren't … Read More...


Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

So it turns out my blog is five years old this month. I know! Five years ago I was blogging about tiny Flea and how we muddled through every day, and I'm still here doing the same thing, except Flea keeps getting less and less tiny. I'm not … Read More...

Travel Posts


A Weekend at Puy du Fou, France

It isn't every day you find yourself watching a woman get tied to a pole and surrounded by lions. And it's probably a teeny bit unusual to find yourself watching a Viking longboat rise out of a lake, complete with Vikings on board, while watching a … Read More...


A Weekend in Pollensa, Mallorca

Sometimes, I think humans are a bit like solar panels. Without enough sun, it's easy to feel drained and fed up - and in the North of England, suffice to say, summer can be a long time coming. This half-term, we were invited to top-up our sunshine … Read More...


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The League of Toaster Crimes

It goes (almost) without saying that there are some big problems facing the world in 2015. But one of the biggest is surely how to make the perfect toast for breakfast. A quick survey of my family reveals our top three toaster … Read More...


10 Stupid Things Dog Owners Do.

It's 7am. It's 7am, and I'm standing outside in my Batman jammies (don't judge) and a hoodie, with my arms stuck out to the sides, forming a human umbrella over the dog. What has my life come to? I mean, it made sense at the time. The puppy … Read More...


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Why are clothing sizes so stupid?

I bought a new top from Next recently - it was an impulse purchase, one of those, "It's a blogging event tomorrow, I have nothing clean, this looks okay."  It was a nice top - green, plain, detailing on the sleeves. So nice, in fact, I decided … Read More...


Fifty Guaranteed Happy Makers

Last week, I went to an event that made me very happy - the nice folks at Getpaidto invited a bunch of bloggers to the London Eye to find out about the launch of their new site. It was a gloriously sunny, clear day and the views from the London … Read More...


What does it mean to be “like a girl”?

A week or so back, Flea and I were returning from a bike ride, when suddenly, the gears on Flea's bike started slipping. She'd managed to turn the gears while her bike wasn't moving, and they were protesting. I probably rolled my eyes, but it … Read More...