A Warm And Practical Christmas Party Outfit

Tesco girls' party outfit

Like many families, we alternate spending Christmas between the grandparents – my in-laws are in Kent and my parents up in Scotland. But this year, we’re taking the big step of hosting a family Boxing Day buffet (I know, it’s ridiculous that at age 34, I’ve never done this before.  There’s something about Christmas that ...

Why You Should Buy Ikea’s Fairytale Inspired Soft Toys

Ikea Soft Toys For Education dragon

When in Rome.... do as the Romans do. And when in Wales, it would be rude not to embrace Welsh heritage with a large dragon soft toy. We're currently on holiday at Clydey Cottages in Pembrokeshire and we brought along our own slice of Y Ddriag Goch (that's the official name for the Welsh flag, you know). ...

On Mummy Blogging And Feminism

Blogfest 2013

Can you be a mummy blogger and still be a feminist? It's a question that was being asked on a panel discussion that I was part of, this weekend, at the annual Mumsnet Blogfest conference. The panel consisted of myself (hello, I'm Alison), bloggers Sarah Ditum and Victoria 'Glosswitch' Smith, editor of The Feminist Times Charlotte ...

25 Things My Daughter Says To Get Out Of Going To Bed

25 things my daughter says to get out of going to bed

I'm not tired I need a wee wee I'm thirsty I need a poo. A big one I'm hungry I need my Gruffalo teddy I don't want to wear pyjama bottoms, can you take them off? I don't want Gruffalo in my bed It's too dark It's cold in my bedroom It's too hot It's too bright in my bedroom What's that noise? I want to jump on ...

Planning A Winter Cottage Break In The UK – Yippee!

Planning a UK winter break

Holidays in the sun are brilliant (OK, more than brilliant - they are heavenly) but I think autumn and winter cottage breaks in the UK are massively underrated. Going away to a cottage as a family where you can wrap up warm and go for walks in the woods, come back, kick off your wellies, ...

10 Baby Shower Gifts She’ll Love

Baby shower gifts

This week I went to a friend's baby shower - it was the very first one I'd been to and it didn't disappoint. Held in a pub in Hackney, her brother and sister-in-law made bunting using photos of the mum-to-be as a child and there were beautiful white flowers from Columbia Road flower market in ...

Sali Hughes Follows Me On Twitter

Celebrity bragging

This conversation happened recently. Me: Oh I love Sali Hughes' blog. Friend: Me too. She's a legend. Me: She follows me on Twitter, you know. Friend: You are officially famous. Me: Ant & Dec followed me on Twitter once. Then they unfollowed me a few hours later.... Friend: Oh. Shortly afterwards, as well as thinking "God, I'm a knob", it struck me how strange ...