First up… apologies. This post is seriously overdue. I teased you with it probably a month ago and lots of you have been asking when it might materialise. Promise less and deliver more has always been my motto – could do with reminding myself of that! So…shoes. More specifically baby and toddler shoes. You see they are supposed to be cheaper, the government has made them exempt from VAT so that hard working families are not having to work overtime to buy the endless pairs of new shoes that little… View Post

Mum Plus One

Mum Plus One

My son was eight months old when we moved to Spain. The ‘idea’ of Spain was pretty appealing; never ending sunshine, sandy beaches, endless sangria. What’s not to like? The problem is, that’s ‘holiday’ Spain. My experience of Spain was that they couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery. Two examples of that are; in the year I lived in Spain I never had wifi in my home. I organised it but they turned up on three occasions without the equipment to install it and the fourth occasion there… View Post

The Window of Family Time

The Window of Family Time

I recently met up with the wife of one of the directors from where I worked before I got pregnant. The meeting was for me to “show” her my business opportunity and something she said struck a chord with me. When her husband set up his business 10 years ago he promised he would have time off to spend with their three children. His business started off small but very quickly became successful and busy. I should know I helped set up and run the customer service side and when… View Post

An Adoption Story

An Adoption Story

Originally from Cheltenham after 15 years away in London  I  chose to move back after my divorce I’ve now been back for 8 years, I then re married on my 40th.  Both my husband and I have 2 birth daughters from previous relationships but really wanted to have a child together and because we had both been in unhappy relationships we wanted the chance to have a child and bring it up in a happy loving relationship. We first looked into adoption about 5 years ago but because we didn’t… View Post

Embracing the Teenage Years

Embracing the Teenage Years

I often feel the pre conception of the teenage years is that they are full of worry and upheaval. That the child you brought into the world is a door slamming, walking, talking (maybe less of the talking) hormone. In some respects it is all true but it really doesn’t have to be the worst years of parenting if you change your mindset and embrace the change. We are very lucky, Hollie is a very mature 14 year old, she’s confident beyond her years and sensible to some degree but… View Post