Breaking News: Cure for common cold discovered.


Half term was basically a two week endurance test. After spending a couple of weeks attempting to fight off a cold with nasal sprays and vitamins and good thoughts, I succumbed. It wasn’t pretty. My temperature raged, and I struggled through sleepless nights as I hacked attractively and tried to concentrate on STRONG pelvic floor […]

Questions without Answers


Recently, Flea went on a sleepover with her four best friends. As 9 year olds are inclined to do, they stayed up way too late, chatting, giggling and watching music videos. Back home, Flea was full of tales of everything they’d got up to, and at bedtime she wanted to show me some of the videos […]

The Egg Roulette Challenge

egg roulette challenge

It’s no secret that Flea and I love stupid games. The more stupid the better. And that’s why we’ve decided to take on the egg roulette challenge. If you’ve not spent time exploring the many, many stupid games on YouTube recently, the rules of egg roulette are pretty simple – take a dozen eggs, four […]

What’s your Beauty Legacy?


When Flea was four, she told me that, yes, of course she was gorgeous. And I worried, like a million Mums before me, how long that would last. When would the doubts, the nagging inner critical voice, creep in? Because at the age of 40, I’ve yet to meet a single woman who considers themselves to […]

And now we are nine…


We’re a month or so into Flea being nine. I’ve been a parent now for almost a decade. And I’m realising – it doesn’t get any easier. Sure, children learn to dress themselves. They can tell you if they’re tired, or hungry, or hurt. They can play independently for entire afternoons, providing there’s a ready […]

What Really Happened at the MAD Blog Awards


Last weekend was the fifth annual MAD Blog Awards, the UK’s largest and (almost certainly) most exciting awards for Mum and Dad bloggers. You’d think after five years, we’d have this thing down pat. That the evening would run like a finely oiled machine, with no surprises whatsoever. But you would be wrong. Thanks to […]

The Games we Play


One of the very best things about being a parent is being given permission to act stupid. Obviously, I’m stupid on a daily basis in a thousand ways, but being a parent means you can be stupid in the most fun ways possible – making up games, inventing challenges, and generally being an idiot for […]

And now we are Nine…

Happy birthday Flea

My girl is turning nine. This means it’s almost exactly nine years since I looked over at her Dad and murmured, through a post-anaesthetic haze, “Why are you holding that baby?”  These have been the best nine years. They really have. For all the bits that were hard work, or scary, or stressful, there have been a million more moments […]

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 work in the evenings and spend the days on […]

The Summer Go See Do List.


Summer is – without question – my favourite time of year. In about 10 days’ time Flea will be out of school for the summer and we’re free for nine weeks or so, to do as we please. I’m lucky my job allows lots of flexibility to take time off during the holidays, and if the […]