Chase's Battle for Bodily Integrity

I really wasn't sure what to write about this week because the thing that is occupying almost all of my mind and heart is something happening on the other side of the world, and to which I have no direct connection. In Florida today, there is a 4 year old boy who is the subject of a legal battle over his body. More specifically, his right to refuse circumcision ....more

Unschooling At Age 5

So after a week of being hideously sick, we are back to some level of normality, and that means Alfie's unschool is back in session. I have to admit I was a little freaked out about the concept of unschooling. That’s not surprising when you consider I am a product of a long and very structured education system myself....more

Reflections on Baltimore

By now I'm sure social media has informed you of the riots in Baltimore. In particular, I'm sure you have seen the video of...more

Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones ...

There are some milestones that you want to see your children achieve in life, and others that you hope will never come.Recently we have hit one of the latter: Esme has become the target of a Mean Girl. We learned about it, as parents often do, more through the things that weren't said than the ones that were....more

I'm Not Good With Sleep Deprivation

Many years ago, I went on holiday with a group of friends. We were staying at my Grandma's flat in Gibraltar and there were so many of us that I was relegated to the sofa. Nothing unusual for me at the time, and not something I minded because I was part of the sub group, let's call us the "night owls", who enjoyed a few ales of an evening ....more

More Fun With Milestone Emails

So apparently Miss Olive is now 22 months old. It has to be true, there was a very slick looking email with pictures and information that told me so. I was on the verge of deleting it because it scares me to think that she's nearly two .. ....more

Review of Greencane Paper Kitchen Towels and Giveaway

This is the review where I finally reach rock bottom and go somewhere we all hoped I would never go....more

Throwback Thursday - What I Believe

I was trawling through some files on an old hard drive when I spotted a document called "Me" from 2003. I figured it was going to be some kind of naval gazing tome of how misunderstood I felt, but I was actually surprised, not just with what I had written, but with how true I still hold those words today: What we believe is what defines us: What we hold dear, the things we live for, etc. It shapes us, it makes us the person who we are and relates us to the world, or not ....more


I saw this comic the other day and it made me chuckle. Hands up I am 100% guilty of this at the moment. Boops is the word Olive uses when she wants to nurse and yes, she can say that shit forever! ...more

Helpful Tips for Lego Organisation

If you came here thinking I was going to tell you how to organise Lego, then I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place; I'm the one who’s after the help....more