6 ways working in hospitality prepared me for motherhood

I have worked in the hospitality industry since I was sixteen and, for the most part, loved it. I made lifelong friends, had some good times (great times actually(, and to this day I make a cracking old fashioned. Now I’m a mum of two and only work back of house, I do miss itContinue reading “6 ways working in hospitality prepared me for motherhood”

7 sentences I never thought I’d say

Happy Mother’s Day all! I put together a last minute post because Conrad and I were laughing about the weird stuff we say as parents that no one would ever, EVER say if they weren’t talking to small crazy offspring. So here’s my top seven bizarre sentences I never thought I’d say, but have. 1.StopContinue reading “7 sentences I never thought I’d say”

“Is Weymouth in Ukraine?” Talking to kids about war

I’ve always talked openly to the boys about most things; it wasn’t a conscious decision so much as an instinctive one. When they got to the age where they could ask questions I started answering as honestly as I could whilst keeping their age and level of understanding in mind. So when Frank asks meContinue reading ““Is Weymouth in Ukraine?” Talking to kids about war”

“I just want to be by myself” – my 3 year old’s dash for independence

Its only been a minute since I was in the midst of newborn sleep patterns, milk feeds, nappies, naps and muslins but all of sudden not only is my baby three, but he’s making a bid for total independence. I’m pretty sure he’d move out into a little studio flat if he could. He’s notContinue reading ““I just want to be by myself” – my 3 year old’s dash for independence”

We didn’t get dressed today

There’s a storm outside, red weather warning no less, and Frank was feeling a bit poorly. I suspect it was simply exhaustion from a busy half term; he told me he fell asleep during class yesterday. I suspect Year 1 has been challenging for my summer born boy. So we hunkered down and stayed home;Continue reading “We didn’t get dressed today”

Parenting Advice – 5 times it didn’t work for me

There’s a lot of parenting advice out there. Some good, some bad, and some very unwelcome. There’s hundreds of books and blogs and contradictory opinions floating around. Or not so much floating as being rammed into our faces. Here’s five times that nuggets of parenting advice didn’t go so well for me. Give your kidContinue reading “Parenting Advice – 5 times it didn’t work for me”

Motherhood – How Am I Doing?

Last Friday I met my lovely friend for a drink, straight off the train from London. She told me about a very intense performance review she had at work recently, which although scary was incredibly useful; it gave her a general sense of how she was doing and areas to work on. And it struckContinue reading “Motherhood – How Am I Doing?”

Christmas Highlights and Christmas Malfunctions

I am sat here writing from the no-man’s-land betwixt Christmas and New Year, where its hard to keep straight what day it is and what I’m supposed to be doing. Its really lovely having Conrad off work and the boys home from nursery/school, and with me only doing bits of work here and there. ButContinue reading “Christmas Highlights and Christmas Malfunctions”

Countdown to Christmas

Yes – I’m aware that its still November, but whether we want to admit it or not the countdown to Christmas is here. In Christmases past I’ve spent the week before Christmas Day frantically buying gifts for the kids and family, and wrapping up presents on Christmas Eve when I could be chilling with aContinue reading “Countdown to Christmas”

6 parenting jobs I did not sign up for

When you become a parent you suddenly embark upon several careers that most of us have had little or no training for. And you have no choice in the matter. Sure, some of the parenting jobs are fun; tickle monster, back up singer in their band, biscuit proprietor, actor (mainly superheroes in our house). ButContinue reading “6 parenting jobs I did not sign up for”