Finding a way to live in the moment

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Sometimes I find it hard to live in the moment. With three kids under six my ‘moments’ include pulling my eldest away from literally climbing up the door frame like Spider girl whilst taking tea out the oven whilst attempting to wipe my 2yo’s bum – who is potty training and enjoying the habit of getting up too soon to … Read More

Why the “Insta-Mum backlash” is a positive thing

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“Insta-mums are slammed by ordinary mothers” shouts the headline from our old favourite The Daily Mail. Describing a pretty un-headline worthy conversation on a Mumsnet forum. Don’t bother looking it up, it’s really not worth your time. Yes, there are some potentially unhelpful comments. Yes, I am in total agreement that as women and mothers we need to stick together … Read More

The Mothers Advent Appeal

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Tomorrow we launch our ‘ mothers advent appeal’ in the hope of raising £500 for our chosen charity this Christmas – Refuge. For the next 24 days you’ll have the chance to enter a competition to win not one but 24 ace prizes (I am seriously jealous of some of these). For the past few years we’ve done an alternative … Read More

More role models required…

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On our recent Game Changers programme someone asked me for some more real life stories of where it can work. Stories of other mothers who are doing something they love, have changed the rules around working parenthood, have swapped careers. This is something that’s been on my mind for a while. I used to blog real stories of returning to … Read More

A Mum’s Digital Detox

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Working for myself and using social media for my business means that I’ve started to have an issue with blurred boundaries. It’s not a massive issue currently but I can see that it has potential so I am taking action. Largely in the form of a week long digital detox holiday with a pool and sunshine and large quantities of … Read More

Why you should never take on a 2yo

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I’ve entered negotiations. There is tension in the air, the other person in the room stands back and looks on with a mixture of interest and intrigue, perhaps even admiration for the participant taking on the establishment. I didn’t enter negotiations by choice of course, I am REALLY bad at negotiating. In past career discussions I have uttered the words, … Read More

Why we shouldn’t all do Yoga at 5am

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“I just don’t think I can get up at 5am to do Yoga” said my lovely friend clutching a large glass of something alcoholic. A conversation at the weekend got me thinking. There were 4 of us round the table, all mothers with children of varying numbers and ages, all under 5.One asked the group, “I really need to get … Read More

10 inventions for parents

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This morning as I stepped into the shower I learnt that bath crayons do not come out of white grout. They also don’t really come off the bottom of the bath if left overnight in the residue of bath water. This clearly isn’t ideal. I also had to negotiate a teapot half full of freezing cold water and a slightly … Read More