It was Saturday evening and I was lying on my bed taking a breather. The day had been ridiculously busy, as it always seems to be with three children. Having cleared up from dinner, I was just mustering up the energy to join my family in watching X-Factor (don’t judge me, it’s one of very few programmes suitable for the whole family) when my phone pinged. I glanced over to see the familiar sight of a text message flashing up on my screen… “Sorry S couldn’t make the party, I hope everything is okay.” My heart sunk to the floor. I had completely forgotten about said birthday party, the one my son should have been at that afternoon, the one for… View Post

There are so many things we can get drawn into nowadays isn’t there? In the world of blogging, this couldn’t be truer. I started my first blog six years ago and straight away, felt the need to have dedicated social media accounts. Everyone else seemed to be doing it, so surely that was the right way to go? At the time, Twitter and Facebook seemed to be where it was at and Pinterest was on the rise. You Tube was only really for the likes of Zoella and even though Instagram launched in 2010, it wasn’t on my radar until a few years later. Then as we all know, the brilliant Instagram Stories took over last year and now we… View Post

A few months ago, I felt the need to re-evaluate the relationship I have with my phone. I had come across the book How to Break Up with your Phone a few times and thanks to Amazon Prime (what did we do before this little marvel?), the very next day I was clutching it in my sweaty palms. My motive wasn’t to ditch my phone altogether (I’m a blogger, come on) but to find a better balance. It had a hold on me that wasn’t healthy and as ‘finding balance‘ is my theme for 2018, it made sense to pursue that with regard to my phone usage too. What I’ve realised over the years of blogging, is that if I’m going… View Post

  Growing up, one of my favourite programmes on TV was Grange Hill. For anyone under the age of 30, Grange Hill was a drama series based in a North London secondary school, covering hard-hitting story lines such as drug abuse, homelessness, teenage pregnancy and rape. During my adolescent years, Grange Hill was the TV show of the moment; everyone was watching it. Whilst I could vaguely relate to the story lines, they were pretty far removed from my sheltered experiences – the very thing that made it so intriguing. At the time I had a friend who wasn’t allowed to watch Grange Hill. What did she do? Come up to my house to watch it! Even in the days of… View Post

Do you ever get those days when you feel a bit flat? Actually I defy anyone to tell me that they don’t have days like that. Thankfully they are just that – days. They never go on for long (especially when the sun is shining) but one of the key things that I do on days like this, is make a mental list of things I’m looking forward to over the coming months. When you’ve got a blog, you can go one step further than that and actually write them down! Not all of them are big momentous things; I actually think it’s important to learn to appreciate the smaller things as that’s what life is generally made up of.… View Post