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The Single Mums Guide to Valentines

The Single Mums Guide to Valentines

If you haven’t heard, St Valentine, patron saint of sexy pants, has a big day coming up. For those single mums or dads not currently in a relationship, Valentine’s Day can be a toughie. We are just off the back of happy-families Christmas – man that was hard. Then came […]

Failing at the Gender Neutrals

Failing at the Gender Neutrals

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a progressive on the old gender neutrals parenting front. My daughter was born around the time the Pink Stinks campaign came along, and it really opened my eyes to the issue, made me question all the gender assumptions and stereotyping around her toys […]

Have a Healthy Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Have a Healthy Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Jen Mellor is a food and family lifestyle blogger who’s blog www.justaveragejen.com started as a way of sharing her astonishing 10 stone weight loss and her tips and advice for others. Now the blog has a huge variety from recipes and weight loss tips to reviews and lifestyle articles. Jen […]

Family conflict produces creative kids

Family conflict produces creative kids

Each year as Christmas approaches, my married friends begin to gently sob into their flat whites about how much work there is to do and how they are the ones doing *everything* yet again, and how they’re not looking forward to the in-laws coming and/or going to the in-laws and […]

Christmas Shopping Habits in the UK

Christmas Shopping Habits in the UK

It’s only November but do you already feel behind with your Christmas shopping? Christmas chocolates, decorations and brightly wrapped gift sets have been in shops since early September and in some places, from late August, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that if you hadn’t had it all wrapped up […]

Bonfire night, bonfire fright?

Bonfire night, bonfire fright?

Sarah Thompson wonders if she has missed the point by keeping her little darlings entirely out of harm’s way on bonfire night,  November 5th.   My children and I are lucky enough to live in a house on a hill, with far-reaching views across the town where we live. When […]

Halloween is cancelled

Halloween is cancelled

Halloween is cancelled in my house. I’m not usually the kind of parent who draws the line on things. If my children want to stay up late at the weekend and watch inappropriate films I tend to let them. If they beg me for treats and snacks that I know […]

Getting your body ready for pregnancy

Getting your body ready for pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful yet demanding time for you both physically, spiritually and mentally.Hippychick’s consultant  osteopath, Fenja Hansen, provides her top five tips on how to prepare your body for pregnancy. To be able to better manage the changes occurring at this stage in your baby’s life it is essential […]

No-one actually wants a third child. Do they?

No-one actually wants a third child. Do they?

I can’t be the only mum who heard about Kate and Wills having a third child on the way and immediately thought they must be doing it because: a) They’re being forced to by some evil royal protocol b) They got really drunk at a boring ambassador’s receoption and, well […]