Polly Tries: Making Salt Dough Christmas Tree Decorations

**This post has been written by my 7yo daughter Polly.** Yesterday our kindness challenge was to make salt dough decorations. We made the dough, then cut out shapes with our cookie cutters.  Afterwards we sprinkled them with glitter and baked them in the oven on a very low heat. We let our decorations cool down over night, and painted them with our special pens this morning. Which was lots of fun. It was mostly very easy, but mummy mixed the ingredients and rolled the dough…

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Potty Training with Huggies® Pull-Ups® and Some Night Time Tips

When I was asked by Huggies® Pull-Ups® to come onboard as a brand ambassador for six months, I jumped at the chance. Freddy was almost two and a half, needed to potty train, and the timing was perfect for us. To be completely honest I’d allowed myself to get caught up in the idea that boys are harder to train than girls, and was absolutely dreading it. I had two very different experiences with Polly and Clara, and learning from past mistakes, wanted to be…

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On Being a Bleeding Heart Liberal

The Wikipedia definition of bleeding heart liberal describes me pretty well. I eat organically, and ethically. I make purchases (or don’t make them) based on whether or not it’s kind to the environment to do so. I am one of the least materialistic people you are likely to meet, and couldn’t care less how much money someone has. If I’m talking to you at a party, I won’t be looking over your shoulder seeing who else I might be able to chat to instead.    I’m open…

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What Rock Bottom Feels Like and Three Steps to Get You Back on Track

Ten years ago, pretty much to the day, I woke up in a Reykjavik hotel bed, drenched in a cold sweat. I had been there on an all expenses paid work jolly up, and had as per usual got myself into a very messy mess. I had the familiar heart sinking feeling that shit had gone down the night before, but couldn’t recall the details. It took me some time to gather the momentum to get myself out of bed. I needed the loo but…

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Our Kindness Challenge Advent Calendar to Countdown to Christmas

We’ve never done chocolate advent calendars here, and our elf on the shelf experience was an absolute nightmare. Seriously, it was so bad that she got sold on eBay last week. This year we’re giving something completely different a go, and the children will have kindness challenges to complete each day.    I’ve already decided that my word for 2017 is going to be kindness. For a multitude of reasons, but ultimately because we need more of it in the world, and especially so in my little…

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A Letter to My Four Year Old Almost One Term After Starting School

Dearest Clara,  I’ve been wanting to write you this note for a while now. It was originally going to be a good luck before you started school. Then I almost wrote you a letter after parents evening, one month in. Your teachers were positively gushing about you in every way, and the proud mama in me wanted to tell the world.  It didn’t seem right to count chickens though.  I’m glad I didn’t, because I had a feeling all along that it wouldn’t last. It’s not…

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Perfect Family Lunch at Café Rouge and Our Picks from the Autumn Winter Menu 

As we hurtle along at breakneck speed towards 2017, I’ve been trying to focus on the warm and fuzzy memories that have been created this year.  We’re doing a happiness challenge advent calendar to countdown to Christmas (more on that another time), and it’s been a great exercise to get me in the mood for it. I’m hoping that by practising gratitude it will set a good example to the children, and they’ll follow suit. Our recent family lunch at Café Rouge was awesome, and…

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We Need to Stop Fighting Over Who Has it the Hardest 

Earlier this week I posted an article about how hard it is not being able to take my autistic daughter’s sadness away (you can read it here if you like). Don’t get me wrong, there are many other things that are hard. As my children grow older though, I’m learning that the very hardest thing is seeing them suffer (in any capacity) and not being able to do a damn thing about it. I was feeling super low I posted the blog on one of the…

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The Importance of Finding the Right Childcare

Two years ago I was gearing up to go back to my part time job, after being on maternity leave with Freddy, who was seven months old. My amazing ex-boss agreed for me to work mostly from home, with a monthly visit into the London office, providing I signed an agreement that stated my children would not be present while I worked. I was really glad for the opportunity, but super stressed out over what we’d do for childcare. I was also wracked with guilt for…

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The Hardest Thing About Being an Autism Mama

The Hardest Thing About Being an Autism Mama Another day started too early, with grumping and hurrumping and fighting before even getting to the breakfast table. Tears of frustration being cried at not even 8am. A sad Clara went off to school, asking me once again “why does Polly hate me so much?” Of course Polly doesn’t hate her sister, but it can certainly come across that way. I futilely tried to find answers when we got home.  Polly shut down, her face became angry, then the jumping…

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