I’m a mum who has just been on holiday with my 2 girls; Imogen 23 months and Phoebe 7 months. My husband and I went on our first holiday with the little ones to Mallorca. I thought it might be useful to share what we found worked well and what didn’t to help any mums and dads that are looking for a holiday packing list along with the must haves and the space wasters. I am by no means an expert or a writer but just a mum with two… View Post

Strolling Through Montpellier

Strolling Through Montpellier

To Pick Up My Blooms…. As I scroll through my Instagram feed all I see are beautiful flowers (usually Peonies), placed in divine vases (or milk jugs), pictured in breathtaking homes (where I would imagine Classic FM will be echoing out of a Dove Grey Revival Roberts Radio) – it all looks so perfect! I can only imagine an exquisitely dressed Mummy, with impeccable children, gliding through the Montpellier District to pick up her weekly blooms.  As I breathe out a little sigh – I wonder to myself, sat here… View Post

Maman’s Night Off

Maman’s Night Off

Last Thursday I was awarded the title of Gloucestershire Digital Woman of the Year for 2017 at a swanky do at Cheltenham Racecourse. We had a fab night out and (once again- I know – it seems I never learn) a cheeky glass or two of the fizzy stuff. It was a late night but a great night and I was so happy to share it with a group of great mates from the pre CheltenhamMaman era – they’ve been so supportive of my loony endeavours. I woke the next… View Post

Are We Really Listening?

Are We Really Listening?

I was chatting recently, with a Mum and her teenage daughter and I asked the daughter how she was feeling about leaving school to move on to Uni. “I’m nervous.” She said. Just as I was about to acknowledge that it’s a big step, her mum cut in “You’ll make some friends and you’ll be fine.”  The daughter’s face clouded over, she withdrew from the conversation.  Her mother, in all her loving optimism, had just shut her down. When our children are small we hope they will always feel able… View Post

365 Days

365 Days

One Year. Not much in the scheme of life but today marks 365 days since I first pressed publish on my website and CheltenhamMaman HQ opened it’s imaginary doors. That’s something worth blogging about don’t you think? It’s been one of the strangest, best, most exciting, most disconcerting, quickest, slowest, busiest and most creative years of my life and much like motherhood overall the days have been long but that year has been so short. The idea was just a flicker – one of those ones you get whilst trying… View Post