Are We Waving Goodbye to the Welfare State?

The election aftermath

  Today I am on my travels and am very excited to be brain-dumping guest blogging over at Political Mummy.  So, now the drama of the election begins to fade I am asking what happens next. Are we waving goodbye to the welfare state? Why not pop on over and have a chat with me.  I'll put the kettle on and I hear Political Mummy bakes pretty good cake.   ...

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Beach Baby Beautiful

Sunuva Rashguard T-Shirt

With just two weeks until our summer vacation I have begun holiday shopping in earnest.  Yesterday was spent frantically dashing around a mall in Bristol, wrestling in and out of various outfits whilst simultaneously trying to prevent The Boy from exposing my half-naked self to fellow shoppers, or Little Miss from pronouncing loudly that every item was hers, "MINE", grabbing armfuls of what were once pristinely folded t-shirts and making off with them.  It was a stressful day. I have since realised the utter madness, and futility, of clothes shopping with kids and have decided to ...

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #105

Welcome to another Monday parenting pin it party folks.  This week's party is being hosted for the final time by the delightful Fairy and the Frog.  Please do pop by and see which two pins from last week's party they have chosen to feature and bid her a fond farewell.   We would love for you to join in with us again this week. If you are a newbie here is what to do: 1. Pin up one, or more, of your own parenting/family posts. Each entry will be pinned to the Monday Parenting Pin-It Party board on Pinterest. 2. Follow the Monday Parenting Pin-It ...

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The Following Week…

Michael Gove

So, a few days have passed.  The country has not yet entirely imploded, although the protests in London did appear to fall victim to somewhat of a media blackout, and we have begun the next five years of Tory rule. There is a positive right there.  We can tick off five.  We are five sleeps closer to our next chance to change things. And, I know it seems unlikely, this is the point of this post.  What can we POSITIVELY do now?  I have read many articles about this in the last few days and this is my somewhat re-hashed version of the bits that work for me.  We ...

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Monday Parenting Pin It Party #104

After all the election drama of  last week I am happy to be beginning a new one and taking my mind off things for a bit.   Please do link up and offer me some distraction!  This week is being hosted by Jayne from Mum's The Word.  Please pop by and see who she has chosen as her featured pinners from last week's  fantastic lot. If you are new to the party, it is very lovely to have you here and, if you wish to join in, here is what to do: 1. Link up one, or more, of your own parenting/family posts. You can link either the post itself or a pinterest pin, ...

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Out of the mouths of babes…

My little genius

Weird conversations I have had with my pre-schooler this week... (Any insights/interpretation most welcome)   Him: Mummy, we need a flower house. Me: What's a flower house? Him: You know, like the one we saw. Me: When love? Where?  Him: You know Mummy!  The one with the man on the roof and the soft-play. Me: *Blank stare*   Him: If Daddy's head gets any bigger we will need a bigger house. Me: Hmmm? Him: But don't worry Mummy it probably won't happen. Me: That's good. Him:  Yes, you'll probably die before then. Me: *Blank ...

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The Morning After The Night Before…

UK election 2015

Last night I approached with much excitement.  Last night I was prepared.  I had wine, I had snacks, I even had a fully kitted out sofa bed in front of the TV. At 11pm I marched an asleep Mr B off to bed and settled in.  I was excited.  I was excited to see how this general election would change the face of the last five years of British politics under Tory (Coalition) rule. And then the BBC exit poll happened.  My heart in my mouth I searched #GE2015 and #BBCexitpoll frantically on twitter looking for some solace.  For confirmation that it couldn't possibly ...

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Dear So and So…

Dear Man in the cafe, I am truly sorry that my son announced "Look Mummy, that man doesn't know that too much food and no exercise makes you fat" whilst staring at you this week.  I can only apologise and assure you that if I could have ordered the ground to swallow me up right then and there I would have done so.  A hasty exit was my next best alternative so, being possible and all, I opted for this. Yours truly, An embarrassed mother.   Dear Little Miss, I love you dearly, I promise, and I do REALLY love to spend time with you, but not at three in the ...

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