Staying sane as a Work At Home Parent

I have a confession; I'm mostly a sane work at home parent. I believe that there are a lot of women and men out there like me clutching onto their sanity while juggling family, daily work requirements, rugby practice, ballet, school meetings, and all the … [Read more...]

7 signs you are a Jedi Parent

Every mother and father is a tough cookie in their way. Whether navigating day to day parenting, school runs and small babies. Or doing their best to keep and not lose their sanity. But how many of you knew you were a Jedi parent? So a long time ago in a … [Read more...]

When the school becomes a polling station….

So what do you do when the school becomes a polling station..... Wow, I'm just getting over May, the month of a double bank holiday, a half term and a Mayoral Election. Now the EU referendum, which means another day of organising childcare, mobilising … [Read more...]

And so begins another Primary School Place Race….

The Times last year reported that “ninety UK primary schools are refusing to accept pupils who live more than 300m away as Britain’s booming population pushes classrooms to crisis point." The smallest catchment area is 92m, according to data from the … [Read more...]

Get your Monkey on this Chinese New Year!

Happy New Year! Chinese New Year that is and this is the year the of the Monkey! So what is Chinese New Year? Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year marks the turn of the Chinese lunisolar calendar meaning the date changes every year. Those … [Read more...]

The things you really need to know when travelling on the Bus with kids!

Getting around London without going round the bend is an art form in itself. From bus drivers that refuse to stop when they see a pram (in any weather mind and when they have the space onboard too) to lifts that don't work at local tube and DLR … [Read more...]

Baby Brain – Myth or Reality?

When I first found out I was pregnant, my friends who were seasoned mothers warned me about baby brain. They told me that it starts when you are pregnant, you will start to forget things easily and feel like your brain doesn’t work just right. Then … [Read more...]

The 5 ways to beat Blue Monday!

According to a PR company and Sky Travel, today is the day when the world gets depressed. Using some pseudoscientific formula to calculate the day based on the weather, debt, time since Christmas and when our New Years resolutions fail, they came up … [Read more...]

Five Best Stews

It's cold outside and the perfect thing to warm up you and your family up is a nice delicious warm stew. There are so many wonderful things about making a winter stew. Not only are they easy to make but they fill the belly and are pretty healthy meal … [Read more...]

Boo!-Tastic Halloween Party

Did someone say Halloween Party? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It is the one time that no matter how old you are you can still dress up and play pretend. You can be whoever or whatever you want to be. Halloween used to mean dressing up in my … [Read more...]

Back to School

Summer seems so fleeting because all of a sudden, in a blink of an eye, autumn is almost here and going back to school is just around the corner. There is always something special about a new school year. Growing up, the first day of school felt … [Read more...]

Bingo Lingo

So where would one go these days if you wanted to nip out with friends and play Bingo? Nowadays I'm told a whopping 3.8 million of us enjoy playing bingo both in halls, but, more increasingly, on-line, too. As a child I can remember popping to the … [Read more...]

Marriage, Sex, Kids

Before the children came into our lives, my husband and I had a pretty wonderful, active sex life. As newlyweds we couldn’t keep our hands off of each other but like every married couple typically goes through when you are married for a while, the … [Read more...]

Mother *@$%!@$

I had thought I had left the world of snobby cliques and judgmental females behind me when I became a mother. I truly believed that the craziness of motherhood could only band a group of women closer together and there would be nothing but support for one … [Read more...]

Into the Lions Den

Today I woke up with a burst of courage.  This happens rarely, maybe twice a year, but when it does it’s a fantastic feeling.  My energy and mood is so contagious that even my kids know something is different about today.  This bit of courage gives me the … [Read more...]

Day’s like these…

Yesterday was just horrific - I wanted to lock myself in the bathroom and climb out of the window except two pregnancies, not enough exercise, and one to many rockdonalds and my backside is just far too wide. It was as if the rain outside had morphed my … [Read more...]

The Tooth of The Matter

I am feeling pretty pleased with myself. In fact, I am tempted to do a few victory laps around my kitchen. I won't though. It's tiny...   Besides, if I gave into that sort of behaviour, there could be regular bouts of inappropriate public displays. … [Read more...]

The Right Medicine

It is amazing to watch people begin something new. I always envy people who do it, and feel inspired by their stories. And when it comes to completely changing your career - a move from IT to Oriental Medicine is about as drastic as it gets. What does it … [Read more...]

To me – To you

The house is falling apart. There have been problems since we moved in back in August, but in the last couple of weeks, things seem to be collapsing in front of my eyes. My husband has been convinced that we need to leave since September (when the … [Read more...]

App-solutely Addicted

A couple of weeks ago, the daily business of the DiaryOf household ground to a sudden halt. My housekeeping skills have never been the best, I confess, (more of a lick and a promise type than a proper scrubber), but this time I really let the place go. … [Read more...]