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The Truth Is…

    Recently, a very good friend of mine rang to tell me she is pregnant. I was delighted, of course, and couldn’t wait to get discussing all the gory details of being a mother! Before I could begin, however, she complained that all her colleagues were telling her horror stories, not only about labour…

Beat The Sugar Coma This Easter

  Alternative Easter Traditions: My abiding memory of Easter is my little brother eating himself into a sugar coma and spending Easter Sunday thrown on the couch. I remember too the gleeful counting of Easter eggs in primary school; ‘how many did you get?’, ‘how many did you eat?’; the loud exclamations when someone claimed…

Are you a ‘grown-up’ yet?

  Have you ever secretly found yourself shuddering as you do something that reminds you of your parents? The other day I found myself in the car, listening to the news with my husband while we discussed some current event or other. Mid-discussion I could feel my brain begin to curl up in horror; you…

The Adventures of Pippy & Dippy

I recently received two beautiful children’s’ books by Jim Bartley to review. I was immediately captivated by Maeve Keane’s whimsical illustrations so suited to children’s’ literature. I couldn’t wait to read them to my daughter as I knew she would love these two mischievous characters. Well, not only did she like Pippy and Dippy she…

Christmas Time & Toddlers

  This Christmas we have an excitable two year old running around the house. The concept of Santa and presents is becoming a bit clearer though thankfully her list is short as she has no understanding of brands, popular toys etc. I do feel for parents of school-age children at this time of year. It…

Starting New Traditions

I am really excited about Christmas this year as my daughter is two & a half; the perfect age to start some new traditions and get excited together about the magic of Christmas! She ‘wrote’ her letter to Santa last week and her list made me smile; a yellow dress, a puzzle and some pencils….