Deck the Halls with Marks and Spencer

Mary Claus is a woman who gets stuff done. Have you seen the Christmas Marks and Spencer ad? That’s the type of preparation I like! Family Christmas with small kids should come with a disclaimer. What is that, I hear you ponder? A disclaimer is a statement that is meant…

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Every Summer has a story – this is mine

My mum asked me 2 days ago if I had given up blogging. “Yikes” I thought aloud!!!! “No Mum, life just got in the way” “You’re dead right” she replied – Mum’s are good like that. And now I find myself here at my kitchen table in an extraordinarily quiet…

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Babies, Bums and Hot Potato records

I sometimes think I am half woman, half sniffer dog. I kid you not. Since I became pregnant for the first time nigh on 7 and a half years ago I have developed the most extraordinary sense of smell. I, for one, have the aptitude to sniff out a stale…

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Smooth Summa’ Pops for the whole Family

The ice-cream van is much maligned in this house. A little piece of me dies every time I hear the familiar, gut-wrenching jingle. It normally signals begging, pleading, imploring and general freaking out from the under 5 footers & it also normally occurs at either dinner or bedtime. I, of…

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Beat the Bloat – one smoothie at a time

Last Friday morning was going pretty well, all things considered. Recapping my week as I stuffed the remainder of a packet of ham into 1st born’s wholemeal sandwich (standard – half girl, half salty pork at this point) I had kept everyone alive, not been in trouble with the law…

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