The twelve days of Christmas (with a teething baby)
Jan10

The twelve days of Christmas (with a teething baby)

According to Wikipedia, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a popular English Christmas Carol that lists a number of gifts (12, duh!) that are given each day, starting on Christmas day. The tune most of us are familiar with is derived from a 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by English composer Frederic Austin (who added the bit about the five gold rings, who knew!). Sing with me, won’t you? On the first...

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ABCDs of raising my two kids
Jan01

ABCDs of raising my two kids

It’s been a while since I blogged (okay, nearly two years!!). This pretty much sums up life at the moment. A is for amber beads voodoo magic which I swore by with my firstborn for teething pain relief but suddenly saw it as a choking hazard with my second. Because I am  more paranoid wiser the second time around. B is for “because why?” which I get asked a gazillion times a day. And balloons. The endless fascination with plastic...

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Make: Upcycled bedside table
Feb09

Make: Upcycled bedside table

I know I’m not the only person who has pinned stuff on Pinterest and NEVER ACTUALLY DONE ANY OF IT. In fact, I recently created a Yoga board - it’s wonderful and people follow it and repin my fantastic pins. I started it to inspire a bedtime yoga routine…which a few months on I AM YET TO ACTUALLY DO ONE ASANA!  Anyway, I recently did a DIY project, or rather managed one, that was inspired by something I had seen on...

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Laugh: Out of the mouth of a two-year-old
Feb06

Laugh: Out of the mouth of a two-year-old

Gus’s language development has always been a big focus for me and it’s been great fun since he started talking. What I didn’t realise is that it would mean that I now get tuned on a daily basis by a two-year-old!!!! Here are a few examples from the past few weeks: Scene: Bathtime, getting ready for bed and Mom and Dad hold their breath to find out who is the lucky winner of tonight’s bedtime story reading...

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Make: Panpepato di Siena
Feb02

Make: Panpepato di Siena

January was a bit of a long month wasn’t it? I have definitely hit my over-this-cold-and-dark-state-of-living limit. What works for me when it gets like this (because the potentially dreadful months of Feb and March still lie ahead!!) is to focus on warming things: flavoursome recipes, belly laughs (not difficult when you live with a toddler) exercise and wearing many layers. Now, when it comes to the kitchen I’m not...

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Read: Hannah’s list
Jan30

Read: Hannah’s list

In October last year, I took part in a production cleverly directed my friend Elli Johnson for the Everyman in Liverpool. Elli’s work, called 23,  formed part of the Everyword New Writing Festival. Her production took place over a series of locations. She mentioned this allotment she had discovered just off Back Canning Street and asked me to write something for it. The allotment is almost hidden; a small oasis nestled between...

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