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Can Political Correctness and Common Sense Co-Exist?

Part of being a blogger is managing multiple social media accounts (my most hated part if I’m honest – this is my single greatest reason for hoping to become super successful: so I can afford to pay someone to do it for me). But I recently encountered an interesting impasse, and actually I’m surprised it’s not occurred  ...

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Family and Parenting, Opinion

Why I Hope Never to Be a Single Mother

A few weeks ago Elfin was being a pain in the butt refusing to sleep so I decided to take her for a stroll as I needed a couple of emergency bits from the shop anyway. I left Pixie at home with her dad and off we went. But when we got home (Elfin snoring – yaaaas!), I realised I’d not been wearing my rings when I went out. It surprised  ...

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Breastfeeding, Opinion

Fun Bags – First for Men, Then for Babies

Boobs, melons, jubblies, fun bags. Call them what you will, I’ve recently been giving a lot of thought to our female appendages – specifically why do women have breasts – and I have something to get off my, ahem, chest. If you’re a woman, especially one who currently breastfeeds or has ever nursed your baby, then you’re going to be  ...

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Opinion

I Have This Thing About Balloons…

We recently took Pixie (and her sister, but really it was for Pixie) to watch a super fun Peppa Pig production. Just in case the sarcasm isn’t clearly audible through your screen – it wasn’t really fun. It was tolerable as a treat for our daughter (who, in reality, didn’t really deserve it – but that’s  ...

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Family and Parenting, Opinion

Is It Ever Okay to Trust a Stranger With Your Baby?

How do you feel about leaving your babies in the care of someone else? A friend; a relative – a stranger? Some people, through circumstances (or even through desire – not my bag but who am I to judge) will leave their baby at nursery or with a childminder from a very young age. But that’s not what I’m referring to today. Here’s  ...

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Marriage, Opinion

This Valentine’s I’m Asking: How Often Should We Have Sex?

As I write it’s Valentine’s Day. Since about five years ago my husband and I don’t observe this day. That would have bothered me once, but now it doesn’t at all. The reason we don’t is basically because I know our marriage is pretty resilient, and I don’t feel the need for us to earmark a special day in the year to shout about it. So, instead  ...

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Lifestyle, Opinion

Why Hair Removal is Not a Lifestyle Choice For Women

It’s not often I go off on a feminist rant. Whilst I’m undoubtedly Feminist, I’m not an activist: I believe in it, but at the moment I more believe in focusing what little energy I retain into caring for my babies and working on the blog. (Perhaps when my time is not at such a premium I’ll dedicate more of it to these  ...

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Lifestyle, Opinion

The Magic New Year Diet That Actually Works Long Term

New year, new you, right? And for most of us that means shedding a few pounds, especially if you’ve overindulged on the chocolate, cheese, Prosecco, mince pies all of the above. But which which diet is your friend when it comes to achieving this goal? There are so many to choose from and everybody knows somebody who’s lost a ton of  ...

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Family and Parenting, Opinion

The Real Reason Mums Are Overwrought and Short of Time

Not too long ago I spoke about my overwhelm as a WAHM, and more recently I talked about my wish for more help with my babies. But I’ve had an epiphany I want to share, because I BET all other work at home parents will get this, in a way my husband never can. That’s not a criticism of him, it’s simply a fact. Until somebody lives this life, how  ...

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Breastfeeding, Opinion

There’s No Such Thing as a Hungry Baby

Even as I write, I question the wisdom in penning this post. But it’s been a tough day (tough six months if we’re being honest), and I just can’t not any longer. I’ve kept it in for more than three years now and I finally need to let it out. So here it is: THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A HUNGRY BABY. Or, there is  ...

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