The £100 challenge – an easy way to fund your summer days out

I’ve done a bit of reading about frugality lately – I’m enjoying the topic of living simply, within my means and not spending unnecessarily. As a freelancer I’m always fairly aware of my bank balance. What’s coming in one month could be gone the next and I need to plan for the worst financial scenario … Continue reading The £100 challenge – an easy way to fund your summer days out

Sea of Hull and Ron Mueck – a review

Coming out of the baby change, tucked away in the back of Ferens Art Gallery last week, I noticed the nearest gallery door was blacked out and featured a warning of nudity. Having come to see Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull exhibition, I assumed I was in the right place and pushed it open. What … Continue reading Sea of Hull and Ron Mueck – a review

Travelling with a baby – why it’s fine and you should do it

Last week was a really important week for me. We took Maddie on holiday for the first time to Berlin. It was important for a few reasons. One, because it was pretty much the same type of holiday we would have booked before having a baby, and I wanted to see how she fit into … Continue reading Travelling with a baby – why it’s fine and you should do it

Infant eczema – what works and what doesn’t

There's a Facebook parenting group I'm a member of which sees the same questions posted again and again. You see one group of mums get to a point where they feel like they're getting the hang of this bizarre new lifestyle they've created, then another influx of newborns appear, and the cycle begins again. One … Continue reading Infant eczema – what works and what doesn’t

How to find me-time as a self-employed mum

I’ll start off by apologising. I have no idea where I heard what I’m about to quote, but I won’t take the credit for it. So, apologies, unknown-but-more-than-likely-stranger-on-the-Internet. In my last post I wrote about how fitting work into my life currently means trading my precious evenings for hours at my laptop. Goodbye Netflix, hello … Continue reading How to find me-time as a self-employed mum

The parental income gap – how to cope

Like all things, there are pros and cons to being self-employed as a parent. When I started my business just over two years ago, we talked about how it would fit in well with family life - being able to arrange my own hours and work from home would hopefully give us the opportunity to … Continue reading The parental income gap – how to cope

My favourite baby products

I’m not a consumerist, really. But babies famously come with a lot of stuff, and most of this is cheap and useless, but some of it is good. Like, really good. I thought I’d talk about a few products I wouldn’t have been without in our first year as parents, and why spending some money … Continue reading My favourite baby products

A week in the life of an eleven month old

My maternity leave officially finished in December, and the other mums I've met in the last year are all slowly returning to work, so we're cramming in as many playdates as we can before then. There are times when being a mum means not eating for twelve hours, not having time to shower or go … Continue reading A week in the life of an eleven month old