This is a question that constantly fluttered in my mind throughout my pregnancy, and one I asked myself many times after giving birth. It’s a difficult one to answer and I would assume that every mother has a slightly different answer.

It’s a question I am interested in exploring almost two years after the cataclysmic event – though I would also assume my answer may change as the years go on.

There are so many articles online and in print about this and it’s also the subject of many slots on daytime tv chat shows. Man, I’m so glad Netflix was around by the time I went on maternity leave or I would have wiled away far too many hours watching such shite.

To explore the question, one has to delve into the exact meaning of personal identy, as well as explore the actual meaning of motherhood and the fundamentals around. Are you on board? View Full Post

Oh yes I mentioned the C word – because like it or not, it is coming.

We’re having a rough month with being broke and housebound with hand foot and mouth disease (Zac, not me) – and though he’s getting on with it like an absolute trooper, being cooped up for 3 days straight is a little miserable for us so I’m thinking about happy festive things to keep cheerful.

So, last year I didn’t go mad with gifts for the little goblin as he was only 10 months old. I still will not go mad this year because A. we can’t afford it and B. we are not the kind of family to spend hundreds upon hundreds of pounds on a lot of plastic tat that will be discarded after Christmas Day.

With that in mind, here is a Christmas gift guide for families with a toddler who are like minded in that way, who wish to give their child a few choice gifts that will last beyond the festive period. View Full Post

This is a very personal post that I debated writing but it’s actually helped to get it all down ‘on paper’. Life is hard for me at the moment and here’s why.

Emetophobia is not talked about, despite being one of the top 5 most common phobias in the UK.

Emetophobia is a phobia that causes overwhelming, intense anxiety pertaining to vomiting.

Having suffered from emetophobia to varying degrees of severity at different times of my life since I was a teenager, I always knew being a mum would be tough. I got it under control after following the Thrive programme with a CBT therapist in 2013, but sadly this all-consuming phobia has reared its ugly head again in recent weeks and I am having an incredibly rough time with it. View Full Post

I am very fond of autumn as you may have guessed. I love nothing more than a long walk in the countryside or woodland, enjoying the crackling brown leaves underfoot and the new chill in the air.

Entertaining an active toddler is a new challenge with each season, as the sunny days in the park are no longer possible, you must look for new things to do that will delight your little one and keep them stimulated.

I’ve made a list of things you can do with your toddler(s) to keep them entertained and enjoy the new season both in and outside of the home.

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There’s no longer any shame in admitting that motherhood is hard work. Thanks to the internet and an abundance of fantastic women who will openly tell their friends, foes and followers that sometimes motherhood makes them want to curl up in a puddle of wine, it’s a now truth universally acknowledged.

And thank god for the support of the mum tribe out there.

Not all of them. Some still do like to pretend that it’s a walk in the park and they feel nothing but gratitude and sunshine for their little bundle of organically fed, impeccably behaved joy.

I don’t buy that bullshit for a second.

My small human is not yet two but I have learned a few truths about the motherhood and being a parent that I wanted to share. These lessons cover everything from straight after birth to the toddler doom. View Full Post