• Mum life December 15, 2019
    As new parents, we don’t get out much so making date day count is …
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  • Mum life July 24, 2019
    Handbag essentials tend to change when you have a toddler in tow.
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  • Mum life May 7, 2019
    Mummy guilt, it really does come with the day job.
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  • Mum life March 31, 2019
    The hardest thing about being a mum over 40 after losing my own was that she …
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  • Maternity Leave is Not Just about the Money for a Mum Over 40

    Before I gave birth to Cyrus in July, I was determined to return to work full-time by January 2017. It seemed like the right thing to do as a mum over 40 who had known little else for such a long time. A few months of…

    Fitting in at parent and baby classes as a mum over 40

    Parent and baby classes are more popular than ever, but when I asked a health professional for groups I could get involved with, I was pointed in the direction of only one where many of the mums were younger and part of an unbreakable clique. It…

    How to celebrate baby’s first Nowruz

    Before I begin this post, it’s important to explain what Nowruz actually is. Eyd-e Nowruz or New Year is the biggest festival in the Persian calendar. It’s the start of the season of new growth, the beginning of spring and is celebrated at the equinox on…

    How we celebrated baby’s first Chaharshanbe Suri

    One of the elements of Haft Seen is Sabzeh, sprouts. Sabzeh is actually one of the first things that are prepared for the spread as it takes a couple of weeks for the sprouts to grow into a nice height. I’ve used mung beans and lentils…

    BABY & BIRTH: Why networking is vital on maternity leave

    It’s Tuesday and on a Tuesday I like to tweet using the hashtag#Tuesdaymotivation. Now this can sometimes prove difficult when I’ve been up through the night tending to teething troubles and it can be hard to motivate myself the next day. It’s not like I can…

    A MUM’S LIFE: New mum stops for coffee – Olive & Bean, Clayton Street, Newcastle

    These days when I leave the house I prepare for it like a Girl Guide and while I have everything in the bag as a mum over 40, I still cry out for a chat over a cup of coffee and a biscuit now and again.…

    FAMILY DAY OUT: Cyrus and The Tiger Who Came To Tea at ARTventurers

    One of my all-time favourite children’s books is The Tiger Who Came To Tea. It’s a book I know off by heart and every word of it evokes memories. It made a huge impression on me as a tot in the Seventies and I can still…