• She’s no Longer an Extension of Me…

    After submitting our application for a school place a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been thinking a lot about how Amelia starting primary school is going to change our lives. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, she’s so small! A couple of weeks ago I talked about whether I was ready for Amelia to go to school (I am) and whether I thought she was ready (she is). Starting primary school, ready or not, is a huge deal. There’s so much to consider, from routines and schedules to how they’ll cope going it alone five days a week. Alright, she won’t exactly be alone surrounded by all her…

  • It might not be work in the traditional sense, but I've found my work life balance. Blogging is time consuming, and I definitely work just as hard as I did when I was working full time. But it's on my terms. What I'm passionate about has certainly changed, and blogging is most definitely a fantastic addition to my life.

    I Found a Work Life Balance…

    Finding a work life balance has meant really thinking about what we want from life. It’s meant working out what’s more important; money or time. Maybe in 2018 it shouldn’t mean that, but unfortunately it has for us. Finding a work life balance for me, ultimately meant walking away from traditional work. Tweet this image Tweet #MamasWorkLifeBalance I went back to work full time running a busy retail business when Amelia was 7 months old, and it was nearly impossible. Being a Mum hadn’t changed who I was, and I loved my job as much as I had before she was born. I hadn’t changed as a person, but something…

  • So why do kids eat mud? Because they're learning about the world, and the more they learn the better. You never know, they might even learn so much that they become a bloody genius.

    Why do Kids Eat Mud: Could your Child be a Genius?

    Why do kids eat mud? Maybe because they’re potential geniuses… Bear with me. I’m a firm believer that kids have to get things wrong before they get them right. Every mistake we make is a learning opportunity, even as adults. In December it’s usually too cold to go out without a coat on. What’s the best way to learn that lesson? Go out in December without a coat on; you’d probably never do it again. Mud tastes disgusting. But you’d only really know that if you’ve ever tried to eat some. As adults we have a blueprint of the world that we base all our decisions on, but kids are…

  • Activities for Kids are Cancelled Today: #StressFreeMamahood

    Are you the Mum with a diary full of child friendly engagements, play dates, extra-curricular clubs, the latest craze in activities for kids, and a thousand other things on your to-do list? If you are, and you genuinely love it, then more power to you mama! But if you are that Mum and you find yourself collapsing in a heap every day after the kids have finally gone to sleep, then my advice is simple; cancel some stuff. The Well Kept Secret If you’re not already cosied up with your coffee, then please sit down because I’m going to let you in on a well kept secret that just might…

  • I'm not defined by motherhood in the same way as I'm not defined by my career or what music I like.

    Defined by Motherhood: Mama, But Still Me

    To what extent are we defined by motherhood? And to what extent should we be? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I don’t want to be known only as a Mum, and quite frankly I shouldn’t have to be. It doesn’t really matter how long you have been a mother for, how long, or how difficult the journey has been. At one point or another there will be the sudden realisation; “Shit. I’m a Mum now.” I’m a Mum now. It kind of sounds like that’s the only thing you are, or can be, doesn’t it? And for a while, it might even feel like that. Whether you’re…