Overnight oats

Overnight oats – they’re no lookers, but they’re tasty and substantial and nutritious – and prepared in advance, which is good news for those of us who are very much not morning people.

The quest for calm.

With a nocturnal 7 year old and a naughty cat, the quest for calm is very real.

Podcast investigation

Some great podcasts to take your mind off whatever it wants to be distracted from.

Ten years in.

I’ve been a mum for ten years now and demonstrate regularly that I have much left to learn. Here are a few things I picked up during the baby years, that I hope may be of use to someone earlier in the journey.

Easy reading for busy brains.

A good book can do a frazzled mind a lot of good, I find. Here are some non-taxing reads for those times you need some easy distraction.

Beauty bargain bonanza

I’ve just turned 40 and am not finding that my cosmetic usage is showing any signs of slowing down. Imagine.
Here are some of the products I’ve been using recently that won’t break the bank but are particularly pleasing in their own little way.

Why every mum needs a faux fur coat.

Being rather wimpy, I’m a big fan of outerwear and decided that there are 5 sorts that deserve a place in every mum’s wardrobe. In honour of the recent cold snap, here I am sharing some fabulous faux fur finery – and fun facts. Have a read and let me know what you think!

Best birthday parties – Cheshire and beyond!

I realised, last weekend, that I have thrown 15 children’s parties, making me experienced, if far from expert. Since it’s a proposition that seems to throw a number of my friends into the pits of despair, I have written a post with some different types of celebrations that have been tried and tested.
The venues and services listed are local to me, in Cheshire and thereabouts, but there will be equivalents, whereever you are.

Back to school

As the summer holidays wind up, here are a few thoughts about the return to school from a teacherly perspective.

Exercise classes – what a newbie needs to know.

I really must stress, like so much of what I write on this blog, all advice offered in this post is entirely unsolicited. Nobody has ever approached me in the street, asking for tips on how to create this type of physique, and I rather think that if it hasn’t happened yet, it’s not going…

The perils of cat ownership.

The house is alarmingly quiet this morning with the little badgers being ‘on holiday’ at Nanny and Papa’s for a full weekend; in part to accommodate our party-going tonight and in part because it’s so much more fun being spoiled rotten there, than being harried by a tiresome mother at home. It has been rather…

Camping for the clueless: my 5 top tips for beginners.

My husband has been promising our firstborn a camping trip for several years. Last summer, in a bid to lend credibility to his promises we bought a tent, but busy lives, disappointing weather – and perhaps a faint undercurrent of reluctance – meant it has lain dormant. Until this last gloriously sunny Bank holiday weekend……

Podcast obsession

I am mad on podcasts. My coolest friend introduced me to them a couple of years ago and I am totally obsessed with them. She is obvs much cooler than me now as a journalist living in Dublin; she goes to gigs on school nights and jets round the world at weekends, whilst I’m in…

Brilliant beauty buys.

The response I got from my post about beauty in the Aldi aisles confirmed that I am not alone in my love of a cosmetic bargain. I must reiterate here, that I am no glamorous minx, and on the surface, nobody you’d look to for advice in this field, but I DO love a good…