11 February 2016

Family: How to ditch the dummy


Both my kids have comforters. Artie has a Tut Tut (any muslin cloth will do - he shoves them in his mouth when he sleeps!); and Bea has, or should I say had a Num Num (dummy, pacifier, whatever you want to call it). I know I should deal with Artie's comforter too, but as he only has it in bed, it isn't such a problem whereas Bea is quite dependant on her dummy - in the car, when she's relaxing on the sofa, in bed to get to sleep. So, at the age of 3 1/2, I finally felt the need to do something about it.

2 February 2016

Food: Healthier snacking ideas for young kids



Regular readers will know that I am no snacking puritan; I think a sugary treat has its place in life (if my kids had their way, that place would be for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Of course, ideally we would all feed our kids sugar-free, homemade healthy treats in between ideally homemade, nutritious meals. But life isn't like that, is it? We do our best. Also, sometimes, a bit of chocolate or a packet of sweets to share is just want we fancy. But overall, if we were better prepared I think we'd all eat - and snack - better, not just the kids. We could all do with a bit of inspiration for healthy snack ideas. So that's just what I'm bringing you today, in conjunction with Little Dish, who sent me some really tasty and nutritious snacks to try...

25 January 2016

Country Life: How to get young kids into walking


As with most subjects covered on my blog, I do not profess to be an expert in getting kids into walking; but I'm living this experience right now, and learning a few things along the way that I think are worth sharing.

18 January 2016

Food: Squash, sweet potato and ginger soup


Let's talk about 'clean eating'. What does it mean? Well, I take it to imply eating a diet of exclusively unprocessed, ideally organic, plant-based, vegan food. Sounds good? Yep. It does. I love that type of food. In fact, this recipe would slot into the #cleaneating bracket quite nicely thank you very much. And damn tasty it is too...

11 January 2016

Life: What David Bowie taught me about being a parent


Today we learned that one of my musical heroes, David Bowie, has passed away. Like so many people, I grew up listening to him. He taught me that it's OK to be a bit weird, in fact it's bloody great to be a little freaky. But recently he taught me something about parenting too. Yes, really.