Vegan peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispie cakes

Florence is back in isolation this week after a positive COVID-19 test in her bubble at her nursery. Luckily she isn't showing any signs of symptoms as yet and is her usual jolly self. As for many people, baking has become one of our favourite 'go to' activities during this pandemic and the various lockdowns. [...]

20 Podcast episodes to keep you company while you exercise

With lockdown restrictions tightening and the distance you can travel for exercise getting ever narrower, it might be that you are exercising alone a lot more at the moment. If, like me, you need a bit of extra motivation, a distraction, or just a bit of company while you are out on those solo stints, [...]

An antidote to the January Blues

It’s January. We are back in lockdown. And it’s freezing. If you are anything like me, you will be feeling at a bit of a low ebb (to say the least). If the bombardment of inspirational messages are making you want to hibernate/cry/drink a bottle of wine, then you are not alone. It’s easy to [...]

2020

I've been debating whether or not to write a post about this year. In some ways, perhaps it is a year best forgotten. But amidst the global awfulness, within our little bubble we have found moments of joy. It is these moments that I would like to remember when I think back on this year: [...]

Children’s books, books, books for Christmas

With news of the launch of Bookshop.org in the UK, even during lockdown there is little reason not to treat yourself to a book from your favourite independent book shop. I have to admit that I probably spend more than average on books. Be they for myself, my daughter, or as as gifts, I rarely [...]

Le sac, c’est moi.

Over the past year or so I've developed a new-found appreciation of books of essays. I think it all began with Marina Keegan's 'The Opposite of Loneliness', which sent me down a rabbit hole of pleasing, concisely-written discourses on everything from the tyranny of possessions (E.B.White) to litter picking (David Sedaris). The joy of a [...]

Mind the gap? Dealing with diastasis recti

I’ve mentioned my diastasis on the blog before, but over the months since I originally noticed the problem, the separation in my abdominal muscles seems to have become worse (or at least it’s no better). In fact, it has reached a point where I’ve been mistaken for being pregnant on more than one occasion, which [...]

Lock-down with a toddler: Part 2

As the weeks of lock-down tick on I remain on the lookout for new activities to keep (me and) Florence entertained. I was so pleased that a few of the ideas from my last blog post, Lock-down with a Toddler, proved useful to some readers, and so grateful for all of the activities that were [...]

Lock-down with a toddler

A number of my mum-friends have been asking what Florence and I have been up to to keep ourselves busy while on lock-down and likewise I have been quizzing them for ideas. I wanted to share some of our activities here; many of these are taken from other mums and Google but hopefully they will [...]

On love, and loss, and London

This week I finally told my husband about the affair I’ve been having. It’s been going on for about ten years now; it started before we met and while I had thought it may lose its fiery passion over the years, the feelings have become deeper, more profound and harder to shake. I’ve been waking [...]