I’m pretty sure that it is safe to say that the words… “when I grow up I want to be a step-parent” have never been said in any language or in any location. But at this time it’s roughly estimated that 1 in 3 of all families are now step-families. It’s also accurate that history/fairy tales and the entertainment industry have not been that kind to step-parents…which, to be honest, means the bar is set low for the job. In my experience though, any step-parents that I know are doing… View Post

One Family, Three Continents

One Family, Three Continents

I was 18 and perusing the careers library at my school (Pates) for some gap year adventures with my heart set on America, preferably California. I’d never been there but pretty much my whole being longed and pined for a high school experience like ‘Saved by the Bell’ or 90210 (I also blame my mum for letting me watch Dallas and Dynasty as a late night treat! Gosh I’m showing my age here!). I didn’t get to the west coast that year, having to settle for au pairing in Maryland… View Post

Young Gums – Feeding Babies in High Summer

Young Gums – Feeding Babies in High Summer

Hi ladies, I hope you’re all having a fab summer so far. I’m here to share some no-nonsense, easy, quick and nutritious little recipes that I hope your babies will enjoy. Everything here is nutritionist-checked to be safe from six months onwards, but even if your ‘babies’ have graduated from weaning stage, keep reading as these recipes make great creative activities for little hands during the summer holidays. Kate first featured Young Gums here on CM a little under a year ago. I’d recently started my recipe-sharing Instagram blog, which… View Post

Having a Baby in India Versus Gloucester

Having a Baby in India Versus Gloucester

Having a baby in India versus Gloucester; both have their positives and you will probably be surprised by what I am going to say about the whole India experience! I should also add it was first baby as well! So why India? Well in November 2009 we got back from our honeymoon, and on our first day back at work Martin suggested we go out for dinner to ease ourselves back in. I was pretty shocked as we had eaten our way round South Africa so I was craving some… View Post

CheltenhamMaman HQ Interviews Two Gloucestershire Doulas

CheltenhamMaman HQ Interviews Two Gloucestershire Doulas

It’s our mission here at CheltenhamMaman HQ to introduce the Mamans of Gloucestershire to a whole manner of services with only one key objective – to make the life of the mother (and as a direct result the child/ren) happier, fuller, easier and just better. When it comes to pregnancy and the early days of motherhood there are a lot of choices to make. Today we meet two local doulas who, embracing the concept of collaboration over competition, have kindly let me interview them together to find out what it is exactly that… View Post