How to build a new life. Step one: make some friends

Three months ago this forever Londoner packed up the baby, boyfriend and cat, and went past the Watford gap. For good. As a born South London girl and longtime Hackney resident this is BIG. I love London. But a year and a bit with a baby in our ‘bijou’ (read: tiny) flat made us realise…

Can’t hack it

A (by no means exclusive) list of things I couldn’t hack in the first year and half of parenting: – cloth nappies – I let my hippy side down. The extra sleep won out over extra washing. And I’m still dog tired. – getting back to work – I tried, I cried, I failed. So…

Designer mama profile: Golly Gumdrops

Since I became part of this whole motherhood thing I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of brilliant mama makers and kid-centric brands. A new (for me) undiscovered variety of positive, supportive people who ‘get’ what this new story brings and want to do their best to make it easier/say ‘me too’. Which, to be frank,…

This week I…faced my sample sale demon

Couldn’t live without: My sample sale addiction. And I’m going to have to live without access to quirky discount sales very soon *insert sad cat emoji*. As leaving London might mean more space, cheaper living, rolling countryside and all that. But I’m slowly coming to terms with the cushy London-centric things I’m having to give…

Calendar: December ’17

As we’ll be avoiding toy shops like the plague this December (in particular you Hamley’s – sorry but I just can’t deal with that level of children squealing) here’s a run down of events to keep adults and nippers entertained in the run up to Christmas. With not a pantomime in sight (oh no there…

Christmas Wish List: Lucy & Yak

No need to thank me – you can stop searching – I’ve finally found the perfect dungarees. All the way through pregnancy and the early breastfeeding days I was searching for this holy grail of dungas. I only had a couple of specifications…they needed to be all-purpose black, loose – but not baggy, full length…

New collection: Mothercare SS18

Hats off to Mothercare for inviting baby/kid-centric press and bloggers to check out the SS18 collection of clothes, homeware, toys and more. We inevitably created a pram jam and let our kids run (or crawl in our case) riot. Minor carnage that the Mothercare team took in their stride. Bravo. This was the first press show…

Christmas Wish List: The Bright Company

I’ve never really plan to twin with the baby…but we have been known to wear the occasional matching denim dungarees or yellow raincoats. Or breton stripes. Or…ok it might be a but more than occasional… So I’m coming clean with my twinning addiction and putting these on my Christmas wish list – baby and mama…

This week I…

Couldn't live without: Calpol. The drug of choice for ill babies. It's got us through nearly a week of snot (smeared everywhere – on my boobs is a particular highlight), the sweetest hacking cough, fever and general grouchiness. Administering it hasn't been the *best* fun…but we (usually) get some of it down his gullet (or…

Time to learn how to wallpaper

Gulp. It's happening. I'm riding the cliche train and moving out of London after having a baby. We'll be packing up our little E8 flat and winging our way to Hastings (its pier just won the Stirling Architecture prize dontcha know). We're mainly moving as we can really afford to stay in the big smoke…

This week I…

Couldn't live without: this magic cup made by Munchkin. I still haven't worked out what alchemy lets little'uns drink from these spout-less cups. But I'm fully sold on them. If you have a baby or toddler and haven't tried these yet I implore you to give them a go. They are real game-changers. Water spills…