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Freelance writer and full-time mother.
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She twirls and dances down the corridor Skipping on tiptoes with anticipation Filled with birthday girl excitement For the day she knows is always special. I sway heavily down the corridor. It has started. I am afraid. It feels like Being on a rollercoaster that has just begun moving And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Mum/Me
I fell in love in 2019. I was looking, but I still didn't really expect it to happen. Of course, in this day and age, it was through an app. I'd filled in all the details about what I was looking for. I was extremely picky and specific, and remember... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at Mum/Me
She wakes at 2am, and I stir too When I stumble through, she’s coming out of the bathroom Long cotton nightie, hair tousled, bleary eyed Sleepy voiced but with no preamble, she asks, ‘Can we go outside and look at the stars?’ And I’ve never been asked before At 2am,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Mum/Me
When I first received my summons, I almost immediately googled, ‘What’s it like to do Jury Duty?’ Now that my stint is over, I want to share some of my newly acquired knowledge about jury duty, in the hope that it will help someone else as they prepare for this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Mum/Me
If you’d have said to me a few weeks ago that I’d not only be the owner of two rats but utterly thrilled about it, I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet here I sit, with Scrabble and Nicodemus upstairs in the huge cage we’ve lovingly decorated for them and I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Mum/Me
I was mostly inside. I played on the I-pad for 60 mins. I went outside for 10 mins then came in. At tea I said I would join a mini competition for only us. Yesterday we came home from New barns farm in Carlton. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Arran's Blog
Exciting news: my new book, A Nest for Merry, is due to launch in a few days, and in fact it is already available on Amazon (here: A Nest for Merry). I wrote this book to fill a gaping hole in the foster care and adoption literature market when I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at Mum/Me
Darling Eilidh, It is hard – maybe even impossible – to put into words how I feel about you starting school. When I dropped Arran off at school for the first time, it was so emotional. I saw my tiny little boy go into school in his smart blazer and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Mum/Me
The new bedtime game that is helping me to know my children a little better (and vice versa, as it turns out!) Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Mum/Me
Today was your first swimming lesson. For the last 1.5 years you have gone along every week to watch Arran swim and waited – sometimes bored, sometimes happy to be colouring with mummy – behind the glass whilst he did his class. Like so many other things with you, my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Mum/Me
It's the weekend! Gogo is coming to our house. I am excited. I think i am going to play football with her. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Arran's Blog
Great first blog post, Arran! Love from Mummy. xxxxxx
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2015 on Day 1 at Arran's Blog
Its my first day of my blog! I had lots of fun at my school. I'm watching t.v. My mum is helping me. My sister is playing. I'm making my blog! Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Arran's Blog
That Christmas magic you feel as a child - that's just the first part. When you're done being a magic-receiver, it doesn't mean that the Christmas magic is over, it means that it's time to switch teams and that you're ready to become a magic maker. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Mum/Me
Thanks, Sarah and Felicia! I had so much fun doing this and it's an added bonus to know that you've enjoyed reading about it. :) Hope the coach trip goes OK, Felicia, if you are still on it - I will definitely check out that website.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2014 on 30 Random Acts of Kindness at Mum/Me
For my 30th birthday, I did 30 random acts of kindness to celebrate... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Mum/Me
The one where Arran has a dream... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Mum/Me
It doesn't happen often, but when I get the chance, I like to take the opportunity to spend some individual time with my children. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Mum/Me
I'm in quite an usual position I think: I have a four year old and a two year old, and my mum has an eight year old and a three year old. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at Mum/Me
Dear Arran, A little under an hour ago, I watched you stand in the doorway. One foot in the shadow of your babyhood, and one confidently stepping into your future. Your face was shining with excitement, and from a recent encounter with a face cloth. Your hair was unusually smooth... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Mum/Me
One of the main reasons that we wanted to have a second child was to give Arran a sibling. Now that she's here, of course, we love and value her for her own precious self most of all, but I can't deny that it makes me unbelievably happy to see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Mum/Me
This morning, two days after the work was due to start, the men finally came to start ripping out our kitchen and putting the new one in. The irksome fact I had emptied the kitchen for a Tuesday start was swiftly forgotten when they arrived promptly, and shut off the... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at Mum/Me
Thank you very much!
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2013 on MORE great childcare? at Mum/Me
ScrumKids offers non-contact rugby based sports sessions for girls and boys aged 2 to 7 years. Based in Rugby, Warwickshire, Kenilworth, Warwickshire and Corby, Northamptonshire these rugby-based sports sessions are great fun and build agility, dexterity and basic rugby skills. The first session is a free trial. Children are divided... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at ScrumKids
It's February – how did that happen? The whole 'time flies' thing is quite a cliche though isn't it? Maybe the flying speed is normal time speed, and we're all just in an unreasonable state of surprise about it all the time. Nevertheless, it doesn't seem like more than a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at Mum/Me