Parenting

What Ben Says

What Ben Says

I wrote with much angst a few months ago that Ben was not really interested in talking. Well, as with many parenting concerns, my worries were unfounded because now the little man can talk a hind leg off a donkey. I love this stage of toddler speak. Of discovering the joy of language, of having the(…)

MamaMagic Expo: My Best New Products

MamaMagic Expo: My Best New Products

This year I was asked to be part of the judging panel for the New Product Awards at the MamaMagic Expo and I said Yes. I’m not sure why they wanted my opinion but hey, they did, and I saw that they’d even marked me off as “an expert” when I signed in, which may not be(…)

To the Unmothered on Mother’s Day

To the Unmothered on Mother’s Day

“Mother I love you so. Said the child, I love you more than I know. She laid her head on her mother’s arm. And the love between them kept them warm.” (Stevie Smith) *********************************************************** “When my Mom died…I don’t know, I got scared. Of pretty much everything”. He nods, like he gets it, says, “It’s(…)

Skincare, Salaries & Selfish Moms: Top 10 Links

Skincare, Salaries & Selfish Moms: Top 10 Links

Well hello there. As older readers of mine will know, I love collecting useful, funny or otherwise interesting links from around the web and doing a round up every few weeks or so. So here goes: Most of you have probably seen it but this is a video guaranteed to bring a tear to every mother’s eye: watch(…)

Ben is Two

Ben is Two

Dear Ben How can you be two? It seems like just last month that I was writing you a letter on your first birthday and then just a little while before that, that we were bringing you home from the hospital on a freezing cold April day. But now the time has come to organise you a(…)

Meet a Mom: Robyn

Meet a Mom: Robyn

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll be familiar with my friend Robyn (Bobs) Rose as she’s a talented photographer who has taken a lot of the pics of my family that I feature here. Bobs and I met in London about seven years ago and we clicked right away, mostly because(…)

Take Those Hugs While you Can

Take Those Hugs While you Can

I was talking to a guy friend the other day who has a seven-year-old son and a one-and-a-half-year-old son. We were drinking wine and sitting round the table and he told me how much he was loving the cuddles from his youngest child and how he was cherishing them. “Because when your son gets to(…)

Spiderman Socks for Everyone

Spiderman Socks for Everyone

Yesterday I read Mandy Wiener’s “Blue is for Boys is Bullshit”  and I was nodding along in agreement with lots of her points. There are so many reasons why gender stereotyping is driving me crazy, mostly because putting boys and girls into little boxes does no one any good. It harms individuals, it harms society and we need(…)

Latest Links & New Hair

Latest Links & New Hair

I do love the Internet. It can be maddening sometimes sure, but it can be such a rich powerful force of information and amusement when it wants to. Here are some links I’ve been reading over the past few days: “I’m sorry to all the mothers I used to work with” – an interesting article,(…)

Will Black: Not a Gina Ford Baby (Guest Post)

Will Black: Not a Gina Ford Baby (Guest Post)

I thought it was high time you heard from some other writers on this blog – so today I’m excited to bring you a post by my talented business partner Catherine Black (the other half of Black Mountain, geddit?!). Catherine had her son William last year and from the beginning we’ve shared lots of laughs about(…)