Home: There’s Nowhere Quite Like It

I’ve been missing in action for the last two months.  On the blog, on social media, and to be perfectly honest in real life too.  Everything in our world seemed to be changing.  Out of our control and happening all…

7 Myths That May Be Putting You Off Cloth Nappies

This time last year we started using cloth nappies.  Bee was 8 months old.  We had intended to try them very early on, but in the haze of first time parenthood they fell way down the list of priorities, somewhere…

Preventing Pregnancy: The Biggest Lie About Becoming A Mother

I always knew I wanted to be a mother.  I always pictured children in my future.  Each year passed, life threw its curveballs and diversions, but it was always a certainty.  Until it wasn’t. It never occurred to me that…

Please Can We Talk About Mother’s Day?

Yesterday I walked down the Mother’s Day card aisle in the supermarket.  I realised something. I need to tell you a secret. The day I became a mother I changed.  I was no longer the same woman as before. I…

5 Heroines Invited To Our Fantasy Play Date

Do you ever play the fantasy dinner guest list? Invite anyone you like.  Dead or alive, fictional or real, heroines, villains and heroes.  Our lists change, depending on mood, memory, or interest.  But a few big names feature regularly; permanent fixtures…

A First Word Surprise – When Baby Starts Talking

Bee’s most recent word is bubble.  She almost sings it, letting each syllable bounce from her lips.  It’s a happy word.  It’s fun to say. Bee has been speaking for a few months now.  Her words emerged slowly, a little…

A Letter to my Breastfeeding, Bed-Sharing Toddler

Today you are 18 months old. You woke up giggling.  I felt you move beside me and knew you had positioned your face inches from mine, before I opened my eyes.  I let go of the last remnants of sleep and…

We Marched for a New World – Sister March Shipley

Today we marched.  We marched in solidarity for the women and men of America, for the protection of women’s rights, human rights.  We marched for the world we will leave our children. For a world where its okay to be…

Postnatal Anxiety: The Challenge of Becoming A Mother and How I Coped

I suffer from anxiety.  Sometimes its crippling, but mostly its manageable. I’ve always been a worrier.  Even as a child, I’d fret about homework and house points and even Santa.  I worried about my friends, my brothers friends, and whether…

Words to Live By – Simplifying New Year Resolutions

Words can be powerful.  They can mean one thing and many things all at once. It’s resolution making time.  Best foots are being put forward for a bright new year.  Promises are being made.  Maybe some have already been broken.…

Toddler Pace (and Everything I Noticed)

Today I had to post a letter.  It was a task that should have taken me 15 minutes tops.  Head down, quick march, there and back. It took me an hour. Just one decision made that difference.  I decided to…