Chocolate and salted caramel layer cake.

I’m in the middle of working on some healthy baking options. This chocolate and salted caramel confection absolutely doesn’t fall into that category, but it really is rather nice…

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.

Lemon flapjacks and Saturday mornings.

Working on the premise that anything containing oats MUST do you an awful lot of good, here is a recipe for lemon flapjacks that is so easy they could be on the cooling rack within half an hour. Bon appetit!

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.

Spelling SOS

Learning spellings can be a drag. Here are a few ways that might help.

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!

Books for 7-9 year olds.

Brilliant books do brilliant things for little people. Here are some good choices for your 7-9 year olds.

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.

The Clowance Estate, Cornwall – a review

This is just going to be a quick post – but after struggling to find much information about The Clowance Estate before our holiday there last week, it struck me that a review might be of use to other holidaymakers. (Just to be clear, we paid in full for our holiday and I have received…

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…