Life: Shhhh, Mummy’s working. (Or how not to go freelance.)

How not to go freelance - cup of tea

Twelve weeks ago, I left my job of seven years. Well, seven years at the same company, anyway. I’d effectively been doing the same thing – writing and editing – for twelve years. I’d just switched from doing it for magazines, to doing it for brands. I digress. I left my job to go freelance […]

Family: To the nursery teacher who called to say my son had settled, thank you

Little boy off to nursery

To the teacher at my son’s new nursery, who phoned to tell me he had settled almost immediately after a particularly awful drop-off this morning, thank you. Thank you for knowing that, an hour after I walked away from him – as he cried and kicked and screamed his way through another defiant display on […]

Family: DisneyLife Review – Is A Subscription Worth The Money?

Little boy eating popcorn watching DisneyLife

If you’ve been reading the blog you’ll know that my kids watch too much TV, and I’m OK with that. So it’ll come as no surprise to learn that we’ve been testing out DisneyLife – Disney’s subscription-based streaming service – for the past couple of months. If you’re a Disney fan considering taking the plunge, […]

Family: Autumn-Inspired Children’s Jumpers From JoJo Maman Bebe

Unisex children's animal jumpers JoJo Maman Bebe

After spending last week at my desk watching the leaves blow off the trees outside our house (did I mention I jacked in my job and went freelance? No?? There’s a post on that to come…), I spent this morning sifting through the kids’ wardrobes, sorting all their summer gear into piles and digging out […]

Family: How To Get The Best From Your Children’s Photoshoot

Children's portrait photography little girl

When I first got an email from Andy Nickerson Photography asking if I’d like to try out a children’s photoshoot, I’ll admit: I was dubious. For one thing, we’re not an overly camera-ready family – one of the kids is usually snotty, the other tends to poke the camera lens every time I put it […]

Travel: 34 Tips For Taking A Toddler To Center Parcs Woburn Forest

Toddler drawing on a chalkboard at Center Parcs Woburn Forest

So you’re taking a baby or toddler to Center Parcs? Let me fill you in on some essentials you need to know before you go… We’ve been to Center Parcs a lot. Like, really a lot. The husband works at Woburn Forest, and we’ve been to the other 4 villages several times, so it’s become […]

Family: 8 Things Worth Buying Before Your Toddler Starts Preschool

Children off to preschool with rucksacks

The Boy is starting at a new preschool this September. It’s just across the road – at the primary school he’ll *hopefully* start at the following year – so the idea is that by sending him for a couple of days a week over the next year, we’ll ease him in to the whole thing […]