The Fairytale Mum Brothers Cuddling

Chapter 6: Connections

At some point, the husband and I decided that we wanted to ride the parenting roller-coaster together. We had been that couple, watching that child in the supermarket, discussing how our child would never, ever, ever behave like that child. It was simple - it all came down to good 'parenting'... And then our child did indeed become that child and we became those parents. Sound familiar?...

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep with Neocate

Review: Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine

Tommee Tippee have recently released their Perfect Prep Day and Night machine, the upgrade to the original Perfect Prep model. If you read my earlier post on 5 Essential Buys to make Breastfeeding Easier and Mum Happier, then you'll know that I relied heavily on the Perfect Prep  whilst bottle-feeding my eldest son. Now, 3 years later, I am about to start weaning my second son from breast to bottle, and the question whether to dust off the old Perfect Prep or upgrade to a newer version has entered my head...

Hazel Morris with her baby daughter

Mumspiration – Hazel from The Secret Craft House

If you love scanning Instagram to see snapshots of seemingly immaculate homes with picture-perfect nursery decor, then it's likely you'll have come across a name garland or cot mobile, hand-made by Hazel Morris. She set up her business, The Secret Craft House, after the birth of her first child and since then, she has been focused on making cute and contemporary nursery decorations that have been cherished by many, including the odd celebrity parent or two! Did I mention she accomplished this in just two years - and found time to birth her second gorgeous tiny human! I'm sure you'll agree - she's very worthy of the mumspiration title...

boy explores plants with magnifying glass

Chapter 5: Regression – It’s Okay Mummy

Woh - what a week! You know that feeling after you've had a long day in heels and you finally arrive home, sit down and can kick them off... wait for it... aah! That's how I feel about this week. Daddy has been away, so I've had to hold onto the parenting reins solo, which would be okay if my children hadn't seemingly turned into untamed, wild horses overnight. Okay - I say children - I'll be honest, I really am referring to just one child in particular...

Village Hotel Room Watford

Chapter 4 – Why Self-Care Matters

Yesterday, I checked into the 'Village' hotel for a night away - a mama retreat if you will. 'The Village' - I think it's an apt name for a place to escape to whenever mum needs some respite. As I settled myself in, drinking a sneaky G & T in the sunshine, munching through a bag of Liquorice Allsorts...

Birds-eye-view of baby sleeping in a swinging crib surrounded by teddies

Chapter 2 – Can Dreams Become Reality?

Earlier this week, an old friend of mine from school contacted me to say that I'd featured in her dream. She now lives in the States and has a young family of her own, so we don't get to chat too often, but it is always delightful when we do. In her dream, she said that...

2 year old boy looking at runway at airport

12 Hints to Stress Free Plane Travel with Young Children

Ta-dah! Just like that, my birthday trip to Berlin has been and gone. Hugh is now three months, so it was his first trip abroad and our first time away as a family of four. To say it was possibly one of the most anxiety ridden birthday gifts I've ever received is an understatement. We've travelled with one child on numerous occasions, but with two, would it be a whole different ball-game? Here are my top tips to help you plan for a successful summer retreat with young children...