I left France in July 2010, after living there for 12 years and saying I would never leave. Recently several people have asked me if I miss France, if it was a hard decision to leave or how I felt when I left, so I thought I’d share a little more about that part of our life today.… Read more
Breastfeeding is such a controversial topic. You will only just have announced your pregnancy and everyone will already be interested in whether you’re going breast or bottle. Never has it been so acceptable to be this interested in a woman’s mammary glands!
I know many women (in the UK) who were given the impression that breastfeeding should be such a natural, automatic, easy act that they felt such a failure when it didn’t work for them.… Read more
I’m a feisty female. Born of a feisty female. Who in turn was born of a feisty female. But we live in a day and age where feminism has become a dirty word, and many feminists deny being one. Girls are called bossy and it’s seen as being bad. Being ambitious has negative connotations and we talk about “having balls” as being a good, but men-only, thing.… Read more
As a mum to a nearly 8 year old daughter (and a nearly 2 year old daughter) I’m very conscious that my words and actions are absorbed and remembered, so I try to be very careful when it comes to self-esteem, self-confidence, body and beauty matters.
About 18 months ago, my (then 6 year old) daughter came out with “you have to be skinny to be pretty” which really scared me, as we don’t talk about weight or dieting at home, so this has come from peers and the media.… Read more
When we were children we told our parents and teachers that when we grew up we wanted to be astronauts, pilots, deep sea divers and more. The world really was our oyster.
As teenagers these dreams changed to footballers, actors, dancers, singers, doctors, vets, chefs and yet more.… Read more
I was delighted to recently receive the wonderful news that someone close to me is pregnant with her first baby (you know who you are, E), which inspired me to finally write a review of Dr Ellie Cannon’s book for new mums that I received and read (in 48 hours) a few months ago.… Read more
I don’t know why or when it happened but there’s been a massive shift in parenting styles over the last 30 odd years. Growing up in the late 1970s and 1980s I clearly recall my friends and I being left to our own devices by our parents. Don’t get me wrong, our parents were present but they weren’t constantly hovering over us.… Read more
I had the idea for this quiz in a dream and I thought it would be quite funny, so take my tongue in cheek quiz to find out if you are actually an English woman or a French woman…..
At the end of an evening out with the girls you are:
a) crying or being sick
b) dancing on the tables and singing drunkenly with your friends
c) telling your friend about the new coat you bought in Galeries Lafayette
Your ideal man:
a) doesn’t wee in the bed when he’s drunk
b) brings you wine while you’re watching Downton Abbey
c) is faithful
You wax/shave your body hair:
a) just before going on your summer holiday
b) once a week (ish)
c) as soon as you spot any regrowth
The amount of alcohol you consume weekly:
a) doesn’t bear thinking about
b) is a glass or two of wine a day plus several bottles of wine and/or cocktails at the weekend
c) is at the most an aperitif or a glass of wine when invited to a friend’s for dinner
Your perfect weekend is:
a) Friday post-work drinks that last all evening, a full English breakfast, a pub lunch that lasts all afternoon, a drunken night out and a lazy day in bed, eating your body weight in junk food
b) a mix of time with your other half, time with your kids and time with friends, with wine thrown in liberally for good measure
c) dinner at a chic new restaurant, with you looking very glam (though not eating much), shopping, then dinner at a friend’s where you consume one glass of wine all night, a run and yoga to even out the excesses of the weekend
Suitable attire for a night at home with Hubs is:
a) a onesie and un-matching socks
b) jeans, a t-shirt and slippers
c) the same put-together outfit that you wear outside of the home
You know you need to lose weight when:
a) why would you want to do that?… Read more
After having our eldest daughter, L, I kept being asked if we wanted to have a second child. Which was a no-brainer, of course we did. It just took us a while to get round to it.
6 years later we finally had our second daughter, C, and I was convinced I was done.… Read more