Bad Mum


14 December 2017

Mothers and mums-to-be wanted to provide views on how pregnancy and motherhood affects physical activity

Researchers will use real-life stories to create accessible advice on physical activity during motherhood


Gender Stereotyping

When you become a parent there are questions you ask yourself which I am sure 99% of parents ask themselves - will my child make friends? Will my child be good at sports/maths/science/music (whatever your tipple might be)? Will he/she be happy? Have I done everything I could for him/her? Then there are the questions you find yourself asking in those quiet moments of deliberation which you NEVER thought you'd be asking yourself as a parent.  Have I made parenting choices which have shaped my daughter into being a product of her gender, as opposed to letting her be whoever she is?! 


13 December 2017

Ten ways to Keep the Santa Magic Alive:


Discipline? How do you do it?

Do you have hard and fast rules? Do you have consistency? Do you follow through on every threat? Do you feel bad if you don’t?

Or are you like us? Just winging it.


12 December 2017

Feeling the strain: Half of parents spend over 2,000 hours a year on child admin

The burden of extensive child admin is proving enough to put overwhelmed parents off kids for good
  • Child admin has a direct effect on the love lives of 53% of parents
  • For nearly a third (30%) of parents, child admin is the reason they decided not to have any more children
  • Cooking, gardening and cleaning tasks are all preferred to managing the paperwork involved in child admin

Give a Mum a Break…

I’m a first-time mum to an amazing, funny and bold little fifteen month old boy. Becoming a mum was something I’d always dreamed of, but my journey to reach motherhood was a tough one. I experienced challenges with infertility and pregnancy loss, which too many women know too well. Every day I can honestly say that I look at my little guy and I’m thankful. Even on those tough days when I have no idea what to do, I know that I’m fortunate to be experiencing this chaos. I know motherhood will not be an easy ride, and sometimes it may push my limits, but I’m ready for this challenge. I have always been ready!


8 December 2017

Official Figures Show Your First Name May Determine Your Salary

For boys, those named Oscar will scoop the largest salaries, at an average £37,786. 

For girls, those named Lily will pocket the highest salaries, at an average £30,821. 

Revealed: jobseekers who include a middle initial deemed ‘smarter, more eloquent and more qualified.’ 

Name abbreviations hinder a woman’s chance of employment, but boosts a man’s! 

Social scientists believe a name can influence personality, how we are perceived, and even our physical appearance. But, what about our salary?  

Have you ever wondered how employable you would be if you were judged solely on your name? Or, once employed, how much you could earn, depending on your moniker? This concept inspired education and training specialists, to investigate the value afforded to the nation’s most popular baby names, by utilising Adzuna’s ‘ValueMyName’ tool. 


Slimming World Recipes!

Batch Cooking…. Bore off.

That used to be my opinion of batch cooking, but you know what… Now I love it.
Another thing that Slimming World has changed within me.

Decided to share my bolognese sauce recipe as it is a firm favourite and SYN FREE!!
I know everyone has their own take on this… but carrots and celery do not belong in bolognese! 


Single Mama!


5 December 2017

Safer Maternity Care Video


Feature: Lean Mum's

Hi everyone,

Well winter is officially here isn’t it!!! We’ve even had snow this week!

As the cold sets in and Christmas gets closer I often find that people struggle with motivation. Sure there are lots of people working hard now in preparation for all of the indulging to come but for most people it seems easier to just wait until January.

It’s that mindset that I want to talk more about. If you are one of those people who is happy to wait until the New Year to kick-start everything then the obvious reaction for most is to go completely the opposite way in the mean time, give up on all training and eat what you want.


1 December 2017


I suppose this should actually be a shout out to all "single parents" not just the mum's but they are the ones I know more about. It's quite a personal blog from me today. I've been a single mum nearly three years now...and after three years, it really does feel like the first chapter of my new life is drawing to a close and a new one is about to begin. These few years have been terrifying a lot of the time, but the years I've been proudest of so far in my grown up life and I've learnt so much about myself and others through the process. Maybe you or someone you know is in the same boat...if so, here are some things that I thought I'd share that I wish I'd seen a couple of years ago...You can do it!


FUN DMC - The Daytime Family Block Party.

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