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.

Yummy gluten-free crunchy garlic chicken

Lots of you seem to be enjoying my gluten-free recipe ideas so here is another one! This one is adapted from another Jamie Oliver Ministry…


Wheat-free Treats for Gluten Intolerant People

It’s Coeliac Awareness Week at the moment, you can find out a bit more on this post. I’m blogging a few recipes and ideas about…

Easy gluten-free ‘risotto’ that even my 4 year old liked!

Did you know that one in every 100 people in the UK suffer from coeliac disease? But, according to Coeliac UK, only 24% of these…

Baby scan art idea: cute or creepy? You decide!

I’ve had a little plan to use my baby scan pictures for a while now, and I finally got around to making it! I found…

Five things I love right now: April (just!)

1. Copper. I found this gorgeous light shade in ASDA, of all places, and had to have it for our office. It was only £20, though…

What happened when we turned off the TV for a week

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, Ava threw a tantrum because I dared to turn the TV off. It’s not pretty, but I filmed her,…

Easy cheat’s ‘ice cream’ lollipops

The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, so it’s time to get some cheat’s ice cream lollipops in to the freezer. I made these…

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Our Visit To Cliveden Gardens, South Buckinghamshire

We’ve been National Trust members for years, but unless we visit properties when we’re on holiday, we tend to stick to the same old tried…

Our visit to RHS Wisley

As it’s the Easter holidays, Ryan has taken the rest of this week off work. We were going to go away for a few days,…

Easy 5 Ingredient Chocolate Cornflake Easter Nests

We’ve been busy in the kitchen, making some super-easy (and very, very yummy) no-bake Easter treats. Chocolate cornflake Easter nests, with Cadbury’s Mini Eggs, are…

Fun kids’ activity: creating paper dolls

Lately, we’ve been really enjoying The Paper Dolls, by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, I think I possibly enjoy it more than Ava… It’s such a sweet…

Ava's review of 'Cinderella'

I took Ava to see ‘Cinderella’ today. I was slightly apprehensive, as I’d read that quite a few people die in it, so it could…

Guest Post: Power to the Introverts by Deborah Fielding

My younger sister Deborah (that’s her professional name, I call her Debbie) did her creative writing masters at The University of East Anglia’s world-renowned creative writing…

Don’t mind if I Kew. Our visit to Kew Gardens

We had a lovely family outing to Kew Gardens this weekend, here are a few highlights.

Five things I love right now: March

1. Daffodils. A promise that spring really is on the way. These cheerful little chaps bring a ray of sunshine to a  gloomy day. What’s not to…

What My Mum’s Taught Me About Being A Mum

I know that not everyone is lucky enough to have a great mum. Some of my friends have lost theirs. More have lost babies. So…

Easy peasy dining room ‘art gallery’

One day, I’d like our kitchen/diner to be elegant and sophisticated, a bit like these pictures I found on Pinterest. But for now, I just need it…

Me, styled by Ava

My friend texted me the other day to let me know about a competition Salt-Water Sandals are running on their blog, in honour of Mother’s…

12 Small Parenting Victories That Make You Feel Like You Won The Lottery

1. When your child’s feet fit the sale shoes. 2. Getting the eye drop straight in before they blink. Instead of squirting a few drops…

Ava’s antics: 50 Shades of Pink

Five funny things from Ava over the past few days: 1. She called Thea “The People’s Princess.” I nearly spat my tea out with laughter. Where…

Ava's 'nail varnish'

Ava’s been experimenting with pens today… she’s done a pretty good job! 

Dreaming of summer #tbt

Throw back Thursday pic from summer last year. Such a cheeky little face. Such lovely weather. Looking forward to going back to Wimpole Farm, where…