Summer Break Over

I didn't have a summer break - I had more of a work life balance fail around the time of the public exams. Hence the silence. Now we are at the other end of the year from those bad boys, I'm hoping to post more regularly. We did get away over summer, to a great… Continue reading Summer Break Over

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London’s Free Family Days Out: Canalway Cavalcade In Little Venice

It's always worth searching listing sites and local Facebook groups for free days out on Bank Holidays. They are a brilliant source of free days out - London seems to have a free festival or concert every weekend - and we attended Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice, a really brilliant one, on Bank Holiday Monday.… Continue reading London’s Free Family Days Out: Canalway Cavalcade In Little Venice

Cheap, Nutritious, Healthy Groceries For Low-Cost Meals.

How I buy cheap, healthy, real, wholefood grocery foods #healthy #eatclean #cleaneating #food #realfood #grocery #shopping #budget #savemoney #thrifty #moneysaving #cheapfood #cheap

I have a magnet on my fridge which declares "If you are what you eat, I'm cheap, fast and easy!" - someone once challenged me on this (in a nice way) because they said it wasn't true. But it is! Pretty much the only times I invest a lot of time and effort in a… Continue reading Cheap, Nutritious, Healthy Groceries For Low-Cost Meals.

That Time I Got Caught Out With Heatwave Feet!

A funny story about teacher feet, me-time and pedicures. #workingmum #teacher #mum #metime

Last weekend, with no real belief there would be a heatwave, I mused to my husband about getting a pedicure. You know, it's hard to get moments for self care in my busy life. "It's not because of your busy life. You won't let anyone touch your feet." Oh yeah. Been so busy I forgot… Continue reading That Time I Got Caught Out With Heatwave Feet!

I Love My Microwave

Reasons to Love Your Microwave - Microwave tips microwave hacks microwave recipes natural and healthy

You're not meant to, are you? It's like the reality TV of kitchen appliances, a cliched symbol for virtue signalers to vilify while posting about the evils of screen time (or technology in general) whilst angrily stabbing away at their mobile for hours on end. If you rely on a microwave, the message goes, you're… Continue reading I Love My Microwave

Social Media, Selfishness Shaming and Motherhood.

I stumbled upon a blog I am not going to share the other day. I'm not going to share it because it disturbed me deeply. Luckily - from a position of privilege, knowing a bit of basic psychology, and a lot of mindfulness - it disturbed me on a sort of theoretical "Oh my days,… Continue reading Social Media, Selfishness Shaming and Motherhood.

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was crying over my blog stats the other day in a fug of impatience and denial (I'd neglected it for about a week, actual real life was up in my face all week ... although I do know how to schedule posts so yeah - my fault) when I got a lovely surprise. Chomeuse… Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award

Quick, Easy, Family Dinner Ideas for Lent.

Do you celebrate the fast of Lent? I was chatting with my friends the other day and realised that many people, regardless of faith, use the season as an opportunity to cut back and reflect in different ways. Even within Christian communities, Lenten traditions vary from place to place: some cut out rich foods and… Continue reading Quick, Easy, Family Dinner Ideas for Lent.

Things We Won’t Be Doing This Half Term

Having a kitchen, mostly. On Thursday, I was looking forward to spending the first half term I've had in over a year with no accidents, car break-downs, family illnesses or personal health problems hanging heavy over my head. The first in over a year. Working full time in a school means that holidays are my… Continue reading Things We Won’t Be Doing This Half Term

Giving Myself Permission

OK so I'm the parent, I give the permission round here. I like to think of it as giving, not restricting because I'm a horrendous old hippy at heart. But in terms of who has to adhere to guidelines for their own good, it would be The Childe. Except (and I honestly think this is… Continue reading Giving Myself Permission