Baking with kids – what a joy! I always had big ideas, nay, ideals, of baking with my children. When I was little I used to bake with my mum and my Granny. Granny used to bake once a week on a Thursday. She had a big mixing bowl and I would go to her house and help. I have fond memories of the quality time spent with her. Bonding over a mixing bowl and licking the spoon. It was idyllic. Well, that woman must have had the patience of a saint Either that or I was a darn site better at cooking than myRead More →

I didn’t get to the ripe old age of 41 without making a few mistakes and learning a few lessons along the way. That’s not to say you shouldn’t make your own mistakes, of course you should, but it doesn’t hurt to heed advice from someone older and wiser either (that’s me by the way) So, sit back and relax while I tell you where I went wrong and what I would do differently. I would go to university. Although having said that I have no idea if I would do any better career wise. In all honesty I just feel like I missed outRead More →

Holiday Packing Tips for Busy Mums and Dads When it comes to holiday packing, gone are the days when you would throw caution to the wind, pack a few clothes and toiletries in the bag and be gone. All of that changes with kids in tow as the concept of creating lists has never sounded so appealing! (Oh how life has changed). Along with that, common sense and creativity become key to both stress free packing and giving yourself the freedom to let your mind drift to all the holiday fun in front of you! Here are my top tips to help you concentrate onRead More →

Halloween, oh how I love thee I’ve long had a fascination for the macabre. I even dabbled in witchcraft for a while (which will come as no surprise to anyone who’s actually met me I’m sure). As a child I wasn’t allowed to go trick or treating, my mum believed that it was begging. She still does truth be told. But I’m now I’m a fully grown adult (though that’s debatable in some circles) and I can do what I bloody well want! Obviously I don’t go banging on doors, dressed in my best costume, asking for sweets. No, I hide behind my children. HalloweenRead More →

For years I fell into the trap of “mummy guilt” Were we doing enough? Did I play with them enough? Were we going out enough? Did they get enough exercise? Were they being ‘socialised’? The mummy guilt was strong! Well, do you know what? Fuck that shit! I was 34 when I had Big L. I had big plans on how he would be raised. I would be a gentle parent, I hoped to home school (yes I still have an urge to do that, he’s 7 now – there’s still time, right?) he would attend a forest preschool and so on and so forth.Read More →

Why Becoming a Young Parent Isn’t a Bad Thing Worried about the perils of parenthood? You aren’t alone. With staggering figures revealing that most Brits don’t feel like they’re adults themselves until age 26, the idea of raising a child might seem a daunting and unmanageable prospect for younger people. The same study found that most people don’t even take on the responsibility of doing their own laundry until the age of 21. Could having a kid be a realistic aim in a society where even this simplest of disciplines is taken on so long after the legal age of adulthood? Today, we’re going to analyseRead More →

Way back when I was a twenty-something there was no such thing as a “box set”, the best I had was a video recorder I would go out for the evening and pray that the video recorder was actually recording whatever it was that was cool at the time. These days we have Sky, or Netflix or Virgin Media (other television providers are available) and with them come…the BOX SET Being the parent of two small boys I don’t get out much. In the last 7 years we have come to love box sets. We snuggle up on the sofa in the evening and feed ourRead More →

#frenchroad #frenchmotorway #cockpit

As you may know if you have read my previous posts (if not why not, it’s not too late! Read them straight after this, you won’t regret it!) Monsieur Incidental is French. Like proper French, with an accent and everything. His family still live in France and we usually visit them once a year. These days we usually choose to drive. Driving in France isn’t as bad as it might sound. We like to make it a road trip. With two children it can be a *cough* adventure. I often see requests for tips on driving in France or cries for help in keeping childrenRead More →

How we progressed from a balance bike to stabilisers #bike #balancebike #toddlebike #stabiliser #stabilizers

We’ve recently been teaching our 6-year-old to ride a bike. What with all my operations, babies and so on we never got round to it before. We did get him a balance bike and it came out once or twice. We took him to a local car park (on a Sunday when it was shut – we’re not mad!) but we didn’t persevere. This is a shame as I think he would have benefited from learning earlier and how cute does he look? He currently has one with stabilisers. The other Sunday we decided to give it a go on the road outside our houseRead More →

#scbu #nicu #baby #toddler

This time in 2016 I was a fat waddling mess. You, my son, were two weeks late and I had had enough. I went into hospital to be induced only to find you were in distress and hours later you were born into the world, dragged through the sunroof to the voice of Freddie Mercury and the sound of Queen. He gave you your middle name. It seemed apt. You had the cord wrapped around your neck. You weren’t breathing and you were resuscitated and whisked away to SCBU while I was being stitched back together. There was talk of brain damage and moving youRead More →