Social Mama logo beside cupcake stand

Mumspiration – Jess from Social Mama

Mums today most definitely need their mum mates; people who understand what it is to be mum because they're on the same rollercoaster as you. But if you've ever tried to find a new best mate at soft-play, when you're panicking that your eldest is trapped in a cargo net and your youngest is drowning in the ball pool, you'll know that that's easier said than done. Fortunately, mumspiration Jess Sizeland, has brought together hordes of Hertford mums through her business, Social Mama. If you've not been to one of her events yet than you really should - they are fun, friendly and the women are fabulous. I caught up with her to find out how she does it all and what she has planned next...

Notepad and Pens with Penguin Logo

Chapter 7: Retreat!

A week into the hottest summer holidays on record and I was buying a jumper. Why? That's a very good question. I was in London - by myself, alone, freedom - enjoying the company of fourteen other creatives, an author, an editor and a very sexy illustrator on a two day writing workshop at Penguin Random House! I had remembered my laptop, charger, notepad, brightly coloured pens, etc, but hadn't considered encountering...

Masha and the Bear Theme Party Genie

Mumspiration – Nalini, the Party Genie

Children's parties have come a long way since my childhood when a spot jelly and ice-cream and a game of pass-the-parcel in my parents' living room was the norm. Nowadays, it's become commonplace to hire a hall and invite the entire class - that's a lot of jelly and ice-cream and a lot of time spent turning a tiny tub of Play-Doh into an oversized package with wrapping that Santa's elves would be proud of. Luckily, Nalini Mathew has brought her bespoke children's party planning services to Hertfordshire. So, is life as a party planner just one big party? I caught up with Nalini to find out...

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...