2016: the year I will keep my resolutions

Aaaahhhh a new start. A clean slate. A blank page. A fresh, shiny new year. My 33rd, to be precise. And for at least half of my life I’ve been making resolutions as January rolls round and breaking them before the shops fill with teddy bears and heart shaped chocolates.  Well, this year is different….

For the one I love… 

… On Christmas Day four years ago I said ‘Yes’ to the man who was quite clearly made for me, when he asked me if I fancied being his wife one day. Then we woke up on Boxing Day and went shopping for my beautiful engagement ring.     Nowadays it’s not quite as shiny, and…

Terrific Twos

I’ve had enough of this ‘Terrible Twos’ label our toddlers are given. Yes, they push the boundaries, have meltdowns and throw tantrums for seemingly no real reason, but they can’t always find the words to express their frustration and are mastering new skills at an alarming rate – can we really blame them for finding…

Putting a brave face on

They say fortune favours the brave and I sincerely hope they are right. Bravery is ‘the quality which allows someone to do things that are dangerous or frightening’. Based on this definition, the two bravest people I know at this point in time are both family members of mine, who happen to be at opposite…

Poorly toddler = Anything goes…

10 things which have gone out of the window with Rose being poorly this week (she’s got a nasty virus/flu-type thing combined with conjunctivitis, we think): 1. Sugar rules: I’ve suggested she eat lollies, ice cream, yoghurts and even jelly for breakfast. She’s having none of it. I coaxed her into trying a lolly in…

‘Trying for a boy’: Why our daughters aren’t a rehearsal

  When our second daughter was born in August this year we had lots of wonderful messages of love and congratulations. A couple of people added speculation to their well-wishes as they wondered about our future plans to ‘try for a boy’. Our new daughter was just a few hours old and people were already…