31 December 2017

Monthly Horoscopes with Russell Grant for January 2018!


21 December 2017

To my kids: It’s not you, it’s me.

Dear Sons,

                How are you? The weather is terrible here. Which you undoubtedly know because you’re currently trashing my living room because we can’t escape.

                Darling fruit of my loins (I plan to call you this exclusively in your adulthood), it has occurred to me that I am the first generation of those who will leave a digital paper trail. This means that every withering status I’ve posted about parenthood, every unflattering baby photo of a catastrophic nappy explosion, every snigger posted online about a missing tooth, or eating your Halloween sweets after you’d gone to bed (major dick move, genuinely sorry), or self deprecating comment about it all just being too damn much will be available to you some day. Your IT skills already intuitively surpass my own. So in advance, I am sorry.

                Social media is new to us and thus we’re clumsy with it and the thoughts of long term effects are only occurring to us now. Apologies miles in advance for future employers being able to simply Google your embarrassing baby photos, we really didn’t think that through.

                You’re going to have access to honesty previously only exclusively understood from parental generation to parental generation which meant there was context. Your grandmother could chuckle about wanting to throw her infant out the window to your mother as a new parent as a means of providing reassurance and the ever important idea that ‘this is not what you thought it was going to be, but it’s worth it.’


20 December 2017



Feature: Interior styling!

Beautiful Baskets from Willow Bay

By Dawn Vincent (@itsdawnlouise), Editor,

I was recently introduced to online home and garden store, Willow Bay. The first thing that caught my eye when I went on to their website was the gorgeous range of basket storage items that they stocked. As a mum, I believe you can NEVER have enough storage, and cute rattan / wicker baskets are just so much better than bog standard plastic or cardboard boxes, right?

Here are a few of my faves from Willow Bay (click the links to shop):


19 December 2017



Advert: Disco Doodle


Feature: Slimming World Recipe!

I love this spicy chicken tray bake. It has a kind of naughty Mexican feel to it without any of the guilt!! Syn free, filling and delicious!


15 December 2017

Last Minute Toy Ideas!

Thomas Alphaphonics - £19.99


Feature: Word From the U.S

Letting Go Of Perfect For The Holidays

December: month of bright lights, parties, foods, family gatherings, and presents. Happy times of carols and good tidings, and even snow if you are lucky. Christmas is my favorite time of year, I love putting up the tree and cooking food, baking with the kids, and planning surprises. But this morning I found myself sending a message to family members saying “I’m so sorry there will be no gifts this year”. I would love to be able to wrap up hundreds of gifts for friends and family members but this year only the children will be on the list. Making ends meet is sometimes a struggle and I don’t want us to get to January 1st and have to stress out about questions like whether rent should be late this month or should we delay that already late bill instead? We have a warm and comfortable home, and enough to eat, that is the most important. I would rather spend money making sure Christmas is fun for everyone, and but not so much that it is a source of stress.

We are the norm here, a family that works hard and still struggles to make ends meet. We enjoy life when we can, have times when we have unexpected expenses, and other times when we are flush. But there are so many other people who have less than us, and this season may not always be one of happiness for them. Where we live right now in northern California there is a population of approximately 495,000. 3,600 of those people live on the streets. (Side note: that number is the same as the total amount of people whoare currently sleeping rough in the whole country of England). Sacramento isn’t an anomaly: homelessness is a huge issue all over the US. So while I am sitting in my warm apartment worrying about perfect Christmasses and if I can delay that bill another week, I also can’t not think about those who are much less fortunate than us.


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!


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