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The Changing Room Conundrum

Flea loves to swim. Loves it. So every week, she has swimming lessons at our local YMCA pool, and has done for quite some years. It's fun, but chaotic. The YMCA in our town is one of the best places to get lessons - so it's always busy. … 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...

single parenting summer

Hard Time.

It's funny how fast things come around. I guess it's a function of ageing. It feels like hardly any time since I wrote this post about how weirdly isolating it is, as a single parent, when your only child goes on holiday with her Dad for two … Read More...


The End of Term Report

Term has already ended for Flea and we're already a week into the supreme work/life balancing act that is the summer holidays in a single parent household. Truth be told, I don't mind - I love summer. I love the freedom, I love that I can mostly … Read More...


Should Schools be on Twitter?

It's prize giving at Flea's school this week. I know, because one of the school's Twitter accounts Tweeted about it. I also know that one of the junior classes had a really fun looking field trip last week, and the kids got covered in mud. I … Read More...

Favourite Posts


Dear School, I hate you. Love, Me.

I've been full of good intentions this week. After a month of borderline neglect of my child due to Big Work Stuff happening, I have dedicated myself to the art of of better parenting. I've cooked dinner more often than I've ordered it in, and … Read More...


We’re gonna need another supermarket.

I had to stop shopping at our local supermarket when Flea earnestly told one of the check-out staff that “My Mummy says if you don’t have any clean clothes you can just take something out of the laundry basket.” There was also a teeny, tiny, … Read More...

Travel Posts


What we did this Half Term

This year, we're very excited to be working with First Choice as Out of Office bloggers, which means we'll be reviewing a bunch of holiday destinations during 2014, and sharing them with you all on our blog. I know. It's a tough life, some days, … Read More...

Go Ape Grizedale

Go Ape Junior at Grizedale – Review

If you're looking for somewhere fun to go with the kids during the summer hols, then you might want to consider Go Ape at Grizedale, in the Lake District. We've been aware of Go Ape for a fair few years - every time we're in one of those places … Read More...


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Review: Anki Drive

I bet, like many parents, I remember playing with remote control cars and race tracks as a kid. Perhaps that's why I was so excited when a big box arrived at our house this week containing the brand new Anki Drive toy, which launches in the UK … Read More...

Skoda Yeti Review

Review: Skoda Yeti

Like many people, I guess I've always had preconceptions about Skoda, while also reading enough to know that today's Skoda's are a world away from the vehicles I remember from my younger years. So I was really excited to finally get my hands on a … Read More...


Can you spend less on petrol?

  There are some things I don't mind spending money on. Decorators and builders always seem like money well spent, for example. It would take me more time than them, to do a worse job, and the money I wouldn't earn outweighs what they … Read More...


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Five Reasons to Love Shonda Rhimes

Every so often, in our society, we get a flurry of noisy social media outrage - shoutrage, if you will - because someone has expressed an opinion that is (pause for sharp intake of breath) different from our own opinion. Most recently it was TV … Read More...

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Retweeting compliments. Just no.

So, I got into a bit of a debate with the awesome Cathy Bussey on Twitter on Friday about the tendency of some Twitter users to Retweet compliments about themselves. You know the sort of thing. @swhittle RT @randomuser Sally is just so SPECIAL, I … Read More...