My Favourite Family

My family are wonderful. I’m a bit biased, and very lucky. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful girls, plus a large extended family. There’s never a dull moment.

ThrowbackThursday: the arrival of a new baby brother

My new nephew Jack arrived last week, and he is a complete poppet. Seeing how Jack’s big sister Bonnie and my girls have reacted to…


Five things I love right now: September

1. Ziggurats Card by Clare Johnson. I was so excited to find this lovely card in a gift shop in Suffolk, as it features the University of…

Ava And Thea When They Were Newborns

My new nephew was born this week, which I’m a teeny bit excited about. I’m meeting him tomorrow and I can’t wait! From the photos, he…

What Thea did next: blasters, hair flicks and tantrums

Thea has been making us laugh/pull our hair out for the past few weeks. Here are some of the things she’s been getting up to. Each…

How Ava got on at her first few weeks of big school

I’ve really enjoyed the past seven weeks of ‘summer’ – the calendar may have told us it’s August, but the weather mostly told us otherwise!…

Recreating the photos of our childhood… ready for a laugh?

A few months back, it was our parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary. So if that doesn’t call for a party, I don’t know what does! We…

Our girls’ latest antics: August

The girls have (as usual) been coming out with some classics recently, Ava in particular. I asked Ava what she wants to be when she…

Easy gluten-free walnut brownie recipe

Who doesn’t love brownies? No one I’ve ever met, that’s for sure! I made these with Ava and Thea and they turned out very well,…

One. Of. Those. Days: The benefit of having a Plan B

I had today all planned out: Lazy morning. Do the food shopping. Go to Gamma’s house for lunch to see her, Gampa, and my sister…

A trying week, with graffiti, nakedness and general destruction

We’ve had a few trying times this week. But they are also kind of funny. So I thought I’d share. I’ll start with Thea. I…

Eleven Things about me, as asked by RunJumpScrap

I was set the Eleven Things challenge by the lovely Sarah at RunJumpScrap, and these are my answers to the questions she asked: 1) Name 3…

My six week summer holiday survival kit, for kids and me

I’m really excited about having over six weeks of Ava, full time, over the summer holidays, but I am also slightly worried about how I’ll keep…

Just don't mention the 'S' word.

Ava has been very unsettled the past few weeks, breaking down into floods of tears at the drop of a hat (or more likely her…

Quick and easy homemade teachers’ gifts

Like all parents, my head is spinning with end of year activities and things to remember for pre-school. It was ‘Pirates Day’ and the school…

Five home truths from my charming daughters 

I think my girls are trying to tell me something… These conversations have all occurred recently, and are making me reassess some of my lifestyle…

Ava's latest art work

Ava is a prolific artist, despite being only four and a half (the half is very important!) Every day she comes home, clutching an assortment of…

Our girls' latest antics: July

Over the past few weeks we have had lots of fun at home. I let the girls loose with the art supplies and was a…

What My Dad Passed On To Me

My dad is a lovely, funny man. Brilliant, but a quintessential absent minded professor. He’s worked incredibly hard to get to the top of his…

Easy Homemade Father’s Day Gift

We had fun this afternoon, making our Father’s Day presents, using nothing but plates and pens! It’s so easy and didn’t cost a lot: just…

I am the Mum who…

Helen from All The Beautiful Things nominated me in the “I am the Mum who…” tag. I’ve been reading other blogger’s lists and there are some really…

12 Baby Things I Can’t Wait To Get Rid Of 

We have our two gorgeous girls, and are are not planning on having any more children. So instead of carefully packing up outgrown toys, clothes and…

Death By Chocolate: Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Cake

It was my sister’s birthday at the weekend so I wanted to make her an awesome cake, but as she can’t have gluten, it needed…

Try my argument diffusing technique for kids

My girls are of an age now where they argue. Quite a lot. Ava is the queen of tale-telling, and Thea knows just how to…