*This is a collaborative post 🙂   Feeling happier every day is something most people can do, if they really try. Now, let’s just start by saying nobody can expect to feel elation every single day. Meaning and purpose are far better things to aim for than happiness alone, as life tends to ebb and […]

*This is a collaborative post     ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and all over the world families are gearing up for the festive joviality of the holiday season.   Trees are being erected and decorated, presents are being frantically scooped up along bustling high streets, supermarkets are awash with the panic buying of […]


  Introducing Joe. It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Joe rarely features on my blog. I do feel a slight pang of guilt about this but I don’t think he’d look as cute as Emmeline/Jude/Elsa doing some of the funny things they do. So what do you need to know about Joe? We’re very different in many […]

I’m fully in festive mode now! It never used to hit me particularly hard but as I’m getting older and the children are growing up, I’m loving Christmas more than ever.   On Sunday, we by-passed our usual Christmas tree farm and collected a tree from our local Pines and Needles store. It’s a pop […]

It’s that time of year again when Christmas shopping dominates many conversations and we start to search our brains for ideas of what to get Jude. Jude isn’t your typical child who loves to receive toys and the the latest fad gadget. He doesn’t play with things “properly”, doesn’t really understand most activities aimed at […]

  This is a collaborative post 🙂    There are few things in this world more wonderful than being a parent. It’s the kind of thing that brings new meaning into your life in a way that you might never have even expected. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s all sunshine and rainbows. The […]

*This article is a collaborative post When the word poverty is mentioned, the immediate thought heads straight to poorer countries like Africa who can’t afford clean water, education and food. While these facts are sadly true and devastating, did you know that in the UK, as many as three children in a class of thirty […]

So in the midst of broken arms and traumatic days, there is a slightly more creative and pleasant phenomenon occurring within the family home. We’re redecorating! Ok, not the whole house…just the living room and the girls bedrooms. Elsa is demanding a double bed which just isn’t going to happen (do 9 year olds have […]

Me & I – review post

I have been sent some beautiful clothes from Swedish company, Me & I. The company was started in 2004 by two friends who now see their clothing sell in five different countries. They use fantastically soft material in their entire range which is bought from responsibly manufactured producers in Portugal and Turkey. Their clothing appealed […]