An Amazing Woman In My Life

It’s amazing what you can find in Tesco’s; I found a 73 year old, Irish grandmother with a huge heart.  She cares for Little Dimples while I work, gives Curly Headed Boy the security of a nearby grandma, and supports me in the way that my Mother would have wanted to if she had been alive.  She would say that […]

If Your Friend Has Fallen Out With Them, Should You?

So your friends in real life, twitter or Facebook have a falling out.  Should you remain friends with those people?  Or is that disloyal?  What about if they fall out with a whole association or organisation? I’m friends on twitter and Facebook with people that I know have fallen out with other people in the long and distant past.  In […]

My First BBC Radio Interview with My Daddy Cooks

  I was in total geeks heaven; my first radio interview with Nick Coffer on BBC 3 Counties.  There were dials, buttons, screens, computers, flashing things, headphones; it was amazing.  I’d been on blogtalk radio before and interviewed by phone for local independent radio, but here I was being interviewed on BBC Radio, and I realised that I’d made a […]

When Is Discussion Healthy or Unhealthy?

I’m trying to work out whether I’m a fan of discussion or not.  I like a good old chinwag, and brainstorm.  But discussion?  There is a strong tendency in me to want ‘efficiency’;  So a part of me kicks in with ‘seriously, isn’t it obvious?’, but clearly it really often isn’t! A ‘healthy’ discussion to me is where both sides […]

Top Tips For Healthy Eating In A Family

As part of my series on ‘Healthy Eating For Rubbish Cooks‘ I’m starting with a description of what on earth healthy eating might look like.  This isn’t a whole treatise on nutrition, just a set of simple rules for a family to look at and apply as many as are reasonably possible. 15 Simple Rules To Remember   What are […]

Smart Meters making the geek and tree hugger in me really happy

Energy Saving: the problem is how to go about it without appearing like a nag!  Plus my brain isn’t what it was, and although I remember that I was taught how to work out what having a light on would cost, I can’t for the life of me remember how to do it.  With the big hairy northern one home […]

A Name For Our Revolution: Come and have your say

I’ve got a plan for a revolution.  First starting with mummy bloggers, and then spreading out into the world.  It’s your revolution too, so I’d like to know what you’d prefer to call it. So what’s the idea? To strengthen the position of Mums in society. To encourage Mums to feel strong and confident in our differences To help them […]

How To Be A Good Mother: I have the answer

I reckon I know ‘How to be a good mother’. Mind you I don’t reckon I get it right all the time. But I do think I know what I did when I don’t get it right. Ironically, I was approached for that Channel 4 program with Sharon Horgan on ‘How to be a good mother’.  I was hesitant initially, […]

Money Saving Tip: Use up month!

With Christmas credit card bills enroute, Little Dimples birthday one month away, and hubby still looking for a job having been made redundant, my money saving tips are definitely relevant for me, so I thought this one might help you too. I call it the ‘Use everything up month‘!  It’s great when combined with a good de-clutter, and if you […]