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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the MAD Blog Awards and the Tots100, a community of almost 5,000 UK parent blogs. She is also a busy single Mum to Flea, the world's coolest seven year old.

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Things to do at Legoland Windsor when you’re Eight

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Legoland Windsor is our favourite theme park in the UK these days. Flea has outgrown the "little kid" areas in other theme parks but isn't yet quite tall enough for the rollercoasters at the major theme parks. Legoland sits nicely somewhere in the middle - at eight, she's big enough to go on everything, without an adult, and there is a great combination of rides and attractions. This Easter, we were invited to Legoland for the day to check out the all-new Pirate Shores area, so I took … [Read more...]

Life Moves Pretty Fast

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I remember watching a documentary about childhood where a Dad said that raising kids is just one long goodbye. Every day is a day you're never going to see again. Every moment you look at your child, and see those long lashes resting on rounded cheeks, the inexplicably bruised knees, those eyes glinting with mischief in the sun - those are moments that never come again. Every day they're taller and stronger and just a little bit further away from you. Now, by and large, I'm not sentimental … [Read more...]

Wearable Cameras: GoPro or Panasonic HX-A100?

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So, one of the nice things about being a blogger and a former tech journalist is that people periodically sent you new bits of kit to try out. In recent weeks, we've tried a fair few new devices and I thought I'd select two cameras to review this week - the GoPro Hero3 camera, and the Panasonic X-100 head-mounted camera. Wearable cameras are increasingly popular among sporty types but also families who want to capture memories without having to hold up an actual camera - so how do these … [Read more...]

How can your child humiliate you? Let me count the ways…

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The nice thing about blogging - as my friend Jen likes to tell me - is that no humiliation is wasted. It's all blog fodder. This of course explains why I have shared stories such as The Worst Smear Test Ever, and (an old favourite) The Time Flea Told Everyone How Many Condoms I Use. But you see, there's even better news. Because if you also READ blogs, you'll know that virtually everyone has been just as shamed as you, on many, many occasions. To prove the truth of this statement, I … [Read more...]

Review: the Nissan Note

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For a small family, we're surprisingly demanding of our cars. For Flea, there has to be small space for the car to effectively become a secondary wardrobe and secondary toy storage - for all the items that make it into the car on the way to school but never seem to be taken into school (coats, cardigans, boots) and all the things that come out of school and are dumped in the car (permission slips, PE kits, art creations and the like). For me, it has to be able to cope with a decent number … [Read more...]

Mr Tickle Arrives on the iPad

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One of the things that’s lovely about parenting a child who is mad about books is sharing your own childhood favourites with your lovely child. When Flea showed early signs that she was going to follow in her parents’ footsteps and be a book lover, I was SO excited. I couldn’t wait to read her all the Faraway Tree books, and hand over my battered red hardback Famous Five books. No such luck. “It’s a bit boring, Mummy,” said Flea, as she ignored Moon Face and Fanny in favour of Diary of … [Read more...]

It’s not just me, right?

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There are some things you never, EVER say as a parent. "What do you want for dinner?" (you almost certainly won't have it in) "I just need to make a phone call" (are you MAD? That's the signal for kids everywhere to need to speak to you immediately) "Why do you need a new skin in Minecraft?" (Please. They just do. Hand over your credit card and accept your fate) But above all of this, friends, is the thing you never say. Never.   All I wanted was a nice photo to … [Read more...]

The Worrier.

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Once a month, two cleaners arrive at my house and clean it, top to bottom. It's my favourite day of the month. My cleaners like my house, too. They say things like, "Sometimes you can't tell children live in a house. But we never feel like that in your house, Sally."  I choose to take that as a compliment. I figure after a year of cleaning my house, my cleaners are pretty unshockable. But this week - apparently - I still managed to shock them. The reason? My medicine … [Read more...]

Little Lego Makers

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about our frustration when we went out to buy some LEGO and couldn't find a single box of LEGO that wasn't themed. It's not that we don't love the licensed sets of LEGO - sometimes we do - but, inspired by the LEGO movie, Flea wanted to build her own LEGO creation, to not just follow instructions, but to use her imagination to create something amazing. Thankfully, the rather brilliant people at LEGO saw my post and sent Flea a huge box of LEGO bricks. She was a bit … [Read more...]

5 Things not to do at a Smear Test

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I'm a big believer in the old cervical smear. Not as in: "I believe they exist, not like unicorns and friendly sales assistants in WH Smith, both of which are clearly mythical creatures."  More as in: "They are a good and important thing."  Which is why I was only 18 a few months late in having my most recent appointment with the nurse for my scheduled test. Lots of women worry that a smear test is embarrassing or inconvenient. But hopefully this post will reassure you and set your … [Read more...]