I’ve been on maternity leave for 8 months now, so it’s fair to say that my creative brain is currently rather mushy, which is slightly debilitating when you largely write for a living. So when Chief Maman asked for more blog contributions, I wanted to help but have struggled to find a.) the time or b.) the actual answer to the topic I was tasked with: age cap parenting. For every mum on social media who’s in the park at 9am or organising exciting activities for their kids over the… View Post

11 minutes with The Unmumsy Mum

11 minutes with The Unmumsy Mum

Sarah Turner (best selling author of The Unmumsy Mum and  The Unmumsy Mum Diary and owner of the incredible blog The Unmumsy Mum) is one busy (and pregnant!) lady but when I met her at the launch of the fabulous The Parent Pause over in Rugby I was struck by just how normal, honest and down to earth she is. I managed to snatch just 11 minutes out of her jam packed diary and I’m sure you’ll agree that the questions I came up with are nothing short of cutting edge… View Post

Writing When You’re Lost for Words

Writing When You’re Lost for Words

‘I don’t like writing.  I can’t draw.  I’m not musical.  I’m not at all creative.’   I believed all of these things for the first 20 years of my life. My Grandad died when I was 15, in the week in which my English homework was to write a poem inspired by a real event. I worked and reworked my grief onto paper. It was returned to me with red penned criticisms and a C grade. My creativity was deemed mediocre, my feelings unpoetic. I vowed I’d never share my vulnerability again. I was 19 when… View Post

‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

I’m feeling extremely honoured to be able to write for Kate and her wonderful CheltenhamMaman blog amongst so many talented Mamas. This blogging world is pretty new to me and I’ll admit it still scares me a little. Sharing and being open about my feelings has never been easy for me but seeing stories and personal experiences shared by so many amazing women inspires me daily. Their courage and honesty in sharing their most personal thoughts and feelings is truly something I see as inspirational. One of the things that… View Post

Out of Office

Out of Office

Earlier in the week when I launched Maman Pages I promised you all a little update on how things are going over at CheltenhamMaman HQ and today the family and I are off on our holibobs and what better way to sign out from the site for a little while than to fill you all in on why I’m really ready for a break (aren’t we all?) It’s been a crazy year and most weeks I have the standard ups and downs about this wonderful creation/untamable beast.  In fact many… View Post