A new member of the family

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Flea has been asking for a dog since she was three. One of my fondest memories is this letter that she made me when she was in reception class. It was a letter all about how I am the BEST Mummy in the whole wide world, and how much she loves me.   When I asked […]

The One with That Call

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So the call comes around 2pm. You know the call. The one you hope you never get. “Hi, it’s the school here. Flea has had a bit of an accident.” The teacher explains that somehow, during PE, Flea was hit in the head with a hockey ball, it’s quite a nasty bump, and the nurse has […]

Well, this sucks.

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It’s a little after 10am, and I’m sitting at my desk, sipping coffee and trying to pry toast crumbs from between the keys on my keyboard. I am not eating a mince pie, lounging on the sofa watching an 80s movie, or heading out for an adventure. And I’m not with Flea. Here’s the thing: […]

The Evil Apprentice

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Look at that face. Butter wouldn’t melt, right? You’d think this is the face of a sweet, innocent child. Friends, you could not be more wrong. This weekend, Flea and I headed off to London for some fun – we were invited to a Muppets screening and taste-along at The Electric Cinema with Now TV, […]

Breaking News: Cure for common cold discovered.

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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

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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

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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?

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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…

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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

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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 […]