The Girlguiding Big Gig 2015

Girlguiding members 3

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 my generation couldn’t even dream of, many children today don’t […]

What’s the right age to wear make-up?

kids make-up

I spent this weekend with three amazing 9 and 10 year old girls, at the Capital FM Summertime Ball. It was really good fun – I danced and screamed a lot to Olly Murs and One Direction, and the girls danced in a cooler, more restrained fashion to Meghan Trainor and Lunchbox Lewis. Going to Wembley […]

A new member of the family


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


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.


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


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.


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 […]