Smug Girl Parents

Smug Girl Parents

I used to be one of these, so I can speak from both sides of the parenting gender fence. I’d had my gorgeous baby girl and got through the difficult first few months and then she started to reach all the expected milestones exactly as she was supposed to. Is she rolling yet? Of course? Sitting? Yes! She(…)

20 Things You May Not Know About Me

20 Things You May Not Know About Me

I’ve seen these lists on other blogs around and they looked fun. I was going to call this “20 Quirks” or something similar because the older we get, the more quirky we get, don’t you think? You start celebrating all the things that make you different from other people instead of hiding them. And you’re(…)

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Rachel is four so she certainly doesn’t have a cell phone and she doesn’t ever sit on the computer (except to Skype her grandparents). The closest she comes to the Internet is when she’s playing on the iPad but we limit her time there to a few games, movies and taking photos (her favourite) and she(…)

Small Moments

Small Moments

I lived in London for eight years before we decided to move home for good – to be closer to our family and to raise a family of our own. I remember the emotional flight back, 10 hours, in which I had so much time to think and wonder if I was making the right decision. It(…)

On Being Real

On Being Real

Another blogger Cindy brought this article to my attention recently and it really made me laugh. Written on a blog called “Motherhood, WTF?”, the post is all about how their family went kite flying one day and although it may have looked perfect in the pictures, it actually was a difficult experience that no one completely(…)

We Had a Picture Book Party!

We Had a Picture Book Party!

We recently got sent a lovely box full of goodies from the team at Pan Macmillan including five gorgeous titles from Walker Books, posters, stickers, activity sheets and more. I’ve always had a soft spot for Walker Books, probably because I worked there for a short time when I lived in London and I remember how the(…)

Look Who’s (Not) Talking

Look Who’s (Not) Talking

By the time Rachel was 18 months old she could say approximately 13 words and identify many more. Ben has two: HA-WO! (hello) and ta-ta (thank you). He babbles in baby language all day long and has proper conversations with his parents, his sister, his nanny and strangers on the street, all in a mixture(…)

Daily Dish: Review & Giveaway!

Daily Dish: Review & Giveaway!

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and the winners were Megan Hilburn, Grant Nicol and Keryn Colyn.* If you know me well, you will know that I have never turned down free food in my life (seriously, you should see me at weddings). So when Daily Dish got in touch asking if I wanted to test(…)

That Age When Parenting Gets Easier

That Age When Parenting Gets Easier

Let me start with a bit of a caveat: I don’t think parenting ever gets really breezy and easy. As your kids get older, you are faced with more difficult, complex issues as they deal with the world and the people around them. And this continues the older your kids get, so that even when they’re 40(…)

The Rat Race

The Rat Race

I have a very clear memory of swinging on our big gate as a kid, the entrance to our farm behind me (six long kilometres of dusty bumpy road), as I clasped on tight to the hot black metal. My Dad was standing with me, and we were watching cars fly by on the tar road, one after the(…)