Notes from the Trenches: 8

Do you know what? My Instagram lies. Well, not totally, not properly...the same way Facebook isn't properly evading corporation tax and I didn't entirely eat an jumbo-bag of Mini Eggs whilst gawping at Tom Hiddlestone on the TV last night. It's just that my Instagram feed shows our best bits, and when it includes our … Continue reading Notes from the Trenches: 8

How to bake with a toddler without losing it,* in eight easy steps

*totally losing it STEP ONE:  look at how freakishly red and shiny your apples are, come over a bit Snow White, decide that today is the day you will bake an apple cake. 'Do you want to make a cake with me?' 'Oh, YESTH. I wanna mix it.' The drums of doom have already begun … Continue reading How to bake with a toddler without losing it,* in eight easy steps

Since we’re talking and all – #Timetotalk

I am having a jolly kind of morning, all things considered. True, I am very bored of this perma-sore throat that has been pinging between us since January. But I had good news from my dentist today, we are squirrelled underneath a duvet watching Cars and eating hot cinnamon roll cake, and we're going on … Continue reading Since we’re talking and all – #Timetotalk

This Is Where We Are: a letter to my sons on Mother’s Day (5)

Every year on Mother's Day, I write about how I mother my babies day-to-day. I think they might like to know how the little things felt, as well as the big ones. Here goes the fifth (late again - will this become part of the tradition? Yes). Dear Future Versions of Henry and Teddy, This … Continue reading This Is Where We Are: a letter to my sons on Mother’s Day (5)

Harry Potter and my teenaged life

'No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.' J.K. Rowling What makes a story? I am thirteen, and stuck on youth camp for the … Continue reading Harry Potter and my teenaged life

Five books…to help your kids love words

I'm trying hard to be casually enthusiastic about numbers with H at the moment. I am naturally a words person, and numbers both bore and frighten me. Which isn't so bad for me, because my days of mental maths tests are over. But I do not want to pass it on to them, and my coverage … Continue reading Five books…to help your kids love words