YOUR WORDS

After a year of maternity leave I was ready to get back to work

In the blink of an eye my helpless newborn had grown into a cheeky and curious – almost walking – little monster. Who knew that a year of maternity leave could fly by so quickly? I’d really enjoyed it but as it came to an end I felt ready to return to work. Being a Mum is a funny old job. My little boy [read more]

Let’s reinvent the New Year’s resolution

So we are halfway through January and enough is enough! I’m disillusioned with New Year’s resolutions already. I can’t take one more TV advert guilt-tripping me into joining a new eye-wateringly expensive gym; one more Facebook feed lamenting the woes of ‘dry January’ or one more Z-list celebrity promoting how to cook healthily or don a [read more]

It’s time for a personal MOT

I’m reviewing my to-do list. You know the one I mean – the one that’s partly jumbled in your head, partly scribbled in haste on the back of an old receipt and partly noted (in your best handwriting) on that spanking new list pad you purchased (when you had good intentions of getting your to-dos together in one place). [read more]

When cows go boe – raising a bilingual baby

When people ask me about being a bilingual family, I often find that what I’m really answering questions about is biculturalism. In the ten years that I have known my husband, our different languages and culture have been one of the cornerstones of our relationship. So it was natural that we thought our child should also enjoy [read more]

Who am I? And when did my days get so guilt-filled?

Anyone out there wondering who the heck they are these days?  Wife. Mum. Daughter. Friend. Employed grown-up person. The list goes on… In the blink of an eye you went from a happy-go-lucky university student who skipped through life enjoying crazy nights out at the Student Union for less than a tenner and somehow picking up a degree [read more]

LIFESTYLE

No card. Again. It’s time for a card subscription.

I’m completely disorganised. I try not to be but I’m a work in progress. I remember a few weeks in advance that it’s someone’s birthday. This time I tell myself I WILL get that card sent on time, no, make that early. I’ll get that card bought, written and in the post way before it [read more]

Letterbox flowers | Bloom & Wild

I love having flowers in my house. It’s one of those little things in life that puts a smile on my face. So I was thrilled when a friend surprised me with some gorgeous flowers from Bloom & Wild. Delivered through my letterbox; the flowers arrived in pretty yet protective packaging with suggestions to keep my blooms looking [read more]

Feel good songs | What’s on your playlist?

Monday mornings; humdrum housework; dull drizzly days – they are all made infinitely better by music – well I think so.  I’m in a much happier mood after listening to some of my favourite feel good songs. My grumpiness lifts, things don’t seem so bad, I get an energy burst and feel more upbeat. So every [read more]

Amazon’s new super-quick delivery

I’m just about to head out for the evening when I realise there is only one nappy left in the house. It’s no secret that I’m disorganised but this is pretty slack parenting even for my standards! So, I considered my options – take a risk (you just can’t, the day you do some kind of freak poo storm [read more]

Why didn’t I know about freezing food – flat – in bags?

I’ve always loved my freezer but having a toddler has brought new meaning to the words ‘frozen ready meals’. Move over oven fish and chips (the husband’s meal of choice when he’s ‘cooking’ for himself) I need room for all that home-made Bolognese that I’ve cooked in bulk. Don’t applaud my domestic goddess-ness, it’s only [read more]

OUT & ABOUT

Review | Chappell & Caldwell Supper Club

Mother’s Day this year was going to be a quiet affair [given I’m 32 weeks pregnant and have a chickenpox ridden toddler] but I did have something extra special to look forward to – I was going to a supper club run by Chappell & Caldwell. Founded by St Albans resident, Ali Young, Chappell & Caldwell offers bespoke cookery lessons and private chef services [read more]

Meraki festival fun comes to St Albans

Meraki is an exciting new festival coming to Herts County Showground from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August 2017. Promising to be a wonderful experience for the people of Hertfordshire; here’s a taster of what to expect… Music on the Main Stage with a line-up of major global acts and emerging artists. There will also be an alternative stage. If dancing [read more]

Gin tasting with Tomoka Spirits Boutique

Confession…I don’t really like gin but when an invite to a gin tasting appeared in my inbox, I thought let’s do this. The tasting was organised by the team at Tomoka Spirits Boutique. If you haven’t heard of them they specialise in fine spirits and champagne, which they sell from their St Albans shop in [read more]

A little bit of luxury at Pennyhill Park

Having turned the grand old age of 33, my husband finally listened to my hints and bought me a birthday present of a weekend at my favourite spa – Pennyhill Park. Swimming pool and hot tub? Tick! Quality time with the husband? Tick! No small child hanging onto my legs begging for my “bone” (phone in toddler [read more]

A bread making masterclass at Redbournbury Watermill

I’m not usually lucky when it comes to anything of the prize draw ilk (prime example being the tombola stall this weekend, where 50, yes that’s right, 50 tickets amounted to me winning a decidedly dubious looking jar of homemade quince jelly!) but for once the luck gods were smiling down on me… A friend organised [read more]