To buy it or DIY it? Sometimes I think, I must get this or I need to nip into town for that. If I stop and think about it for a moment, there are actually very few times that it’s a must. I’ve been trying to get the garden growing to it’s full potential while the allotment is ready to go. Here I’ll share some of my favourite tricks for this summer. Hack 1 : Disposable fork seed labels. It does what it says on the tin. My draws (kitchen draws) are full of little plastic forks. It would appear I have a terrible senseRead More →

Ever feel like the things you do innocently as a parent feel sinister for no reason? There are just some things that we have to do to survive that in any other circumstance would be dark! Sometimes, I feel worse for thinking something perfectly simple is ever so slightly twisted, enjoy my top 5 times.  Sinister mum fail 1 – The hanging of Iggle Piggle. Before The Chops was akin to Lightning Mcqueen on the speed stakes, he would lie placidly underneath a lovely play gym. I thought it might be nice for him to be able to look at his soft Iggle Piggle toy.Read More →

When I started growing veg, I quickly ran out of space in the garden. Planters can be expensive, especially the larger ones. I came up with some inventive ways to grow in things that were otherwise redundant around the house. 5 Planters for growing veg you can make from household items Ikea bags What does one do with an Ikea bag once it’s brought home the frames and chopping boards? Ours was sat in the under stairs cupboard. They’re rather an odd shape for daily use. I put a few holes in the bottom using a fork to create drainage and planted my beetroot onRead More →

First birthdays can be so tricky when it comes to presents. Rather than asking for gifts, we asked for pennies to pay for a Cake Smash and Splash photo shoot. After trawling the web and sifting through the many photographers claiming to offer Cake Smash photo shoots. I came across the gorgeous Rachel Barron. This isn’t a sponsored post, I just want to sing her praises from the rooftops. The package Rachel offers a wonderful cake smash and splash package. It includes before, during and after pictures – which, incidentally are my favourite of our shoot. The package includes, a cake, nappy cover, and decorationsRead More →

“Hello, Helen? It’s nursery calling” When I answered the phone on Monday, I did think it was unusual that nursery would be calling me. After all, my son was with my Mother-in-law and had been since 9 o’clock that morning. What the nursery manager continued to tell me was not that our payment was late, or that chicken pox was rife. It went a little something like this; “Well you know we had the Ofstead back in April?” Did I? “Oh, I missed that, sorry – I bet it was on the news letter and I skimmed it but-” “Well we got inadequate again” AGAIN? ”Read More →

I’ve seen this tag doing the rounds for a while. Here are my answers, enjoy.  1) Fill in the gap: Before I had children I never… Before I had children, I never thought twice about sitting on the back doorstep and knocking back 20 Mayfair and a bottle of Pinot. Turns out quitting fags cold turkey is possible. The hole will never be filled. 2) What is the most annoying toy that your child owns or has owned and why? I’m having trouble narrowing this one down. I mean, I find most of his toys annoying. ‘When my tummy turns, When my tummy turns, WhenRead More →

Digging for victory! I don’t think I’ve ever been as overwhelmed by a task as I was yesterday. Looking over my brand new quarter acre allotment plot I sighed. Essentially, it’s a bed of weeds with 3 apple trees on it. As I surveyed the area deciding where to start, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of glass that lined the fence. Toddler death trap. Luckily I’m not one to mind a bit of graft in the outdoors, especially when the sun is beaming down. It seems everyone, no matter how novice a gardener they are has something to say when I tell themRead More →

Coming back to the blog

Have you stopped blogging? – A looooong ass story. If you know me you’ll know that I found returning to work after MAT leave really difficult. I went in and I cried, for 3 days, had a Christmas break and went back, and cried. I was in new surroundings, with new colleagues, doing new hours. It didn’t occur to me that all these things might piss me off. I’m not a pissed off kind of person. I have a grumble in private and crack on. Turns out this ‘sweep it under the carpet’ approach has screwed me over in the long run. You see, I’mRead More →

happy face

Forget your troubles, get happy! Spring is the the air, it certainly feels like a long time coming. I always find that by mid January I’m at my lowest ebb. The fun of Christmas is over, the weather is frightful and no one’s got cash. I know I’m not alone. This year in particular has been tough. Here are some tips on how I’m beating my Winter blues in time for Summer. Say “No” I’n not talking about the kids here either. I mean say “no” to things that you don’t want to do. If you’re invited to something and you don’t want to go,Read More →

feeding

A version of this post was first featured on the awesome The baby feeding series by Mimi Rose and Me.  My feeding story When I think about those early days it seems an age ago. Within minutes of getting into the room at the hospital, Chops was latched on. He was feeding well. I remember that overwhelming feeling of relief. There’s definitely a worry surrounding breast feeding. A lot of the conversations I had with my midwife ended with ‘If I can’. Both my sisters had decided to bottle feed I was determined not to. The first few hours went fine. He fed, slept, pooped then didRead More →