As a kid I used to cringe when I had a play date that involved my mum picking them up in the car. We were always subjected to listening to Classic Gold on MW – all songs from the sixties and seventies and I always thought my mum was totally embarrassing. Unsurprisingly though it has given me a taste for a large range of music. I could probably sing the words to most songs from the sixties and seventies now. The eighties too. I’m now that embarrassing Mum that makes her kids listen to the music from my childhood (hellloooo…

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As I write this sentence I know that most parents reading this will want to slap me (I’m so sorry) All of my babies slept through the night from a few weeks old. Before you lynch me, please just keep reading. I honestly wish I had a magic formula to explain why but I don’t. Obviously they woke for feeds and dirty nappies but even when teething they didn’t really wake and we had hardly any sleepless nights. Izzie was always a very heavy sleeper, so much so that when she was toilet trained we had to wake her to…

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*This is a collaborative post with Simply Supplements I know what you are thinking… she’s not pregnant? No I’m not (you can stop panicking now Ell). However during all my pregnancies, I suffered with the most horrendous morning sickness. I say morning sickness, I’m not sure who came up with that name – most likely someone who had never suffered from it. My sickness was all day and into the evenings – sometimes I would even wake up in the night feeling nauseous. It was always my first symptom of pregnancy too – I would start feeling nauseous before I’d…

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*This post is an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsored by Ecover. I remember the early days of mine and Ell’s relationship – you know, the days when you go from being newly in love and lust – and then you move into together and  you have to get used to washing someone else’s underwear other than your own?  I think it actually made me feel like a proper grown up – renting and moving into our first flat (which was about a thousand years old with crumbling walls, but had the biggest living room for having parties – ah…

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Once your child hits school age, as a stay at home mum, or working mum (or both if you are like me), you will inevitably have to tackle the school run at least twice a day. During the winter, you end up battling the elements (along with your children if they are anything like mine)- there is wind and rain most days in the UK, and even when the sun is out it can still be bitterly cold. I’ve picked out my ultimate school run essentials  that will see you through the colder months. I know some days doing the…

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*This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel. My Nanny & Grampy. They were both hilarious, kind, and very set in their ways – in the best way possible. Without fail my Nan would always have a joint of meat in the oven on a Sunday. What wasn’t eaten with the Roast dinner would be kept and used for leftovers. Even vegetable scraps would be used to cook up, and mash with corn to feed their chickens. I remember going food shopping with them when I was little in the summer holidays. They…

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