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
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
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!
When I was a student I used to have this dinner called a "cheese and crisp feast". The first two ingredients were obvious, the feast part was the addition of plenty of cheap, strong pickled onion. I'm not ashamed of that, I could also cook actual food. I'd do it again, we're it not for… Continue reading My Best Slow Cooker Tips For Easy, Cheap Dinners.
Hurrah! It's going to be a white Easter! Erm yeah, seems it could be, heavy sarcasm on the 'hurrah' bit. I thought the Beast From The East was finally gone, but it seems I was wrong. I've washed The Childe's Frozen gloves (Anna on the left hand, Elsa on the right) so many times now… Continue reading Things To Do Around Ealing for Easter 2018
There's a certain type of Pinterest mum who manages to have both a clutter-free, largely white/grey house and the entire back stock of Hobbycraft hidden somewhere for rainy day activities. That's not me! And frankly I wouldn't want it that way either. But being springtime in the UK, sometimes we have a sudden downpour (or… Continue reading Ready For Rainy Days: Easy, Fuss Free Activities.
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.
Ok, so first off I'm not sure if this is really a park, although the local council considers it so and it has three play areas. It's more - well - a hill. Because it's Horsenden Hill. A bit like how Ruislip Lido is a lake. It's more than a park: wilder, older, richer and… Continue reading West London Parks: Horsenden Hill
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.
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