• 5 Reasons Cooking With Kids is A Must

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin My Mum likes Venice. A LOT. She would literally fly off every Friday evening for the weekend if she could! A direct result of her mild obsession is the occasional beautiful Venetian gift, usually for the kids, and sometimes for me too (because I am definitely her favourite child, sorry boys!) Our most recent gifts got me thinking about baking and cooking with kids, and why it’s so important. Her last two trips to Venice resulted in these absolute beauties – hand sewn and personalised chef’s aprons and hats, and a brilliant hand-sewn bib for Wills. When I was on maternity leave after Amelia was…

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    The PND Curse

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin There is a long history of PND and physical abuse in my family; my mum, her mum, her mum’s mum, and likely further back too. I have spent a huge chunk of my life being told that I would be the one to ‘break the cycle’ and that things would be different for me. My mum has always had this theory that the issues within our family centre around the first born female. I know, sounds like a Cinderella curse, doesn’t it?! But there does actually seem to be a kind of pattern; my nan was physically abused by her mother, and there is little…

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    The Perfect Mum: I’m Doing It Wrong

    In my head exists the perfect mum. She’s been there since long before I had children, only the problem is that since I’ve had the kids, she’s stayed there – in my head (and here). In real life exists a kind of watered down, shit version of her, or at least that’s how it feels some days. I had all these ideas of things that I would and wouldn’t do as a mum. I was full of opinions, ideas, plans, and expectations of myself. I was under no illusions that sometimes children are difficult, and I was fully aware that I would encounter my fair share of tantrums, arguments, biting, scratching, snatching, refusal to…

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    Mother’s Day: A Shout Out To Some Amazing Mamas!

    Back in February I wrote about what I did (and didn’t) want for Mother’s Day. Those who saw the post will know that I had 5 things on my list, and that number 5 was to celebrate all mothers and motherhood, no matter what shape or form it takes (my Nan has always been a Mum to me).   Since I wrote the post, readers of the post have been sending me the names of Mums they think deserve a shout out, and why. So I am giving these amazing women a shout out, right here, on Mother’s Day. You can also see these shout outs over on Instagram, Twitter,…

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    My Day Done The Right Way

    Recently I’ve developed a bit of an alter-ego; totally in my head of course! The Mum in my head (let’s go nuts and call her Aleena A, I’ll be Aleena B) starts every morning at 5:45. She gets up, has coffee and puts her porridge on the hob to cook on a low heat while she skilfully uses this time to wash, cleanse, moisturise, tone, apply make-up and do her hair. Aleena A eats her breakfast while sipping a cup of coffee and checking on her blog. Just as she finishes the last spoonful of porridge, Amelia tiptoes into the room and she hears Wills begin to stir. “Morning Mummy!”…