LIFE

6 Quick Confidence Tricks

6 Quick Confidence Tricks

15th July 2018

Sitting down to write this post, it’s harder than I expect to cast my mind back 12 months and feel exactly what I was feeling then. Not About The Kids wasn’t even a twinkle in my eye. I had been at home taking care of the house and kids for seven years, very happily, but … Read More

Permission To Relax And Do Nothing On Holiday

Permission To Relax And Do Nothing On Holiday

7th June 2018

We’re just back from a week in Jamaica. The only bit of the island I saw during this holiday was the road between the airport and the hotel, and the half-mile stretch of coast I could see from my sunbed. There was a time when I would have started that sentence “I’m ashamed to say … Read More

Feeling The Squeeze

Feeling The Squeeze

22nd May 2018

This past week I have been feeling especially conflicted (grumpy) about the balance between home life and work life. My work life as a blogger/journalist/content creator/whatever is still very new, evolving and eats up all the time I can give to it.  On top of this muddle-juggle, we have had a double-digits birthday and impending … Read More

Everyone’s Favourite Chocolate Fridge Cake

Everyone’s Favourite Chocolate Fridge Cake

20th May 2018

I don’t usually post recipes. Cooking is not my specialist subject. However, I know that this is a really, really good one. In my experience, it is beloved by men, women and children. It is so easy to rustle up and will make you the most popular person in the room every time. It’s a … Read More

10 Fabulous Things To Do This Summer

10 Fabulous Things To Do This Summer

4th May 2018

There are always so many tempting things to do and buy, and I am always so full of good intentions. The long days and warmer temperatures have put me in the mood for making plans. This is a pipe dream list of things I might get up to this summer. It’s just around the corner, … Read More

Working Hard to Find Work-Life Balance

Working Hard to Find Work-Life Balance

26th April 2018

I’m working hard at the moment.  I am not comparing blogging and content creation to shift work in the NHS or cleaning an office block, or teaching 30 kids every day, but I am putting the hours in. The need to generate words and pictures for the hungry social media platforms I am working on … Read More

Five Reasons Why I Love My 40s

Five Reasons Why I Love My 40s

7th April 2018

I have been in my 40s for 18 months now, and probably spent at least that much time beforehand fretting about it. After all, it is no-point-trying-to-deny-it, grown-up territory. Noone is asking you for ID anymore. I wondered how many ‘good’ years I had left. I constantly worried about how much I’d achieved and what … Read More

How to Stop Being the Person Who Organises Everything

How to Stop Being the Person Who Organises Everything

2nd April 2018

One of my favourite motivational quotes is ‘Just Start’. Stop thinking about it, and just do it. Embrace the uncertainty. Huzzah. I hope it works for you too. But I have been wondering of late whether ‘Just Stop’ might resonate with me just as clearly. You see there has been something that I have been … Read More

The ups and downs of working from home

The ups and downs of working from home

24th March 2018

This is a theraputic blog post. I hope it may ease some of the madness brought on by constantly working from home. Alone. I’ve had a week of trying (mostly failing) to resolve some issues with work in my head. I have enjoyed some quite lunatic conversations with myself. Perhaps sending my thoughts out into … Read More

Great rugs for an open-plan kitchen

Great rugs for an open-plan kitchen

21st March 2018

I am on the hunt for a new rug. It’s to go in what I’ll call our kitchen-lounge area. Only when I took this picture did a realise just how meh the old one is looking. It’s funny how you can just stop seeing something, isn’t it? We got this shaggy old thing around 12 … Read More

Advice for a long and stylish life, by Margot, 101

Advice for a long and stylish life, by Margot, 101

10th March 2018

This black pendant was handed down to me by my Granny, Margot, years ago. It is one of my favourite and most worn pieces of jewellery. She has great style, which is just one of many remarkable things about her. Margot recently turned 101. Not only that, she is still fit and sharp and active … Read More

Tips for iPhone Photographers

Tips for iPhone Photographers

4th March 2018

From time to time on Instagram, I get a message from a friend or follower asking me what camera equipment I use. My slightly embarrassed reply is that 99% of my photographs are taken using my iPhone. I have a nice Canon digital camera that I like to dangle around my neck to look professional. … Read More

Turning your Dream Shop into a Reality

Turning your Dream Shop into a Reality

26th February 2018

I think we’ve all dreamt of opening our own shop at some point, haven’t we? Mine would be a books-and-cake place, with wine in the evening. The interiors would be heaven, and I would swan around meeting my public and generally enjoying myself.  In reality, I know that there is a lot less swanning around … Read More

Our Brilliant Cornwall holiday

Our Brilliant Cornwall holiday

17th February 2018

Watergate Bay Hotel, February 2018 Matt and I had a full and frank conversation about our holiday needs a few weeks ago. We put our cards on the table and admitted exactly what we wanted from our getaways in 2018. I’m often a bit agitated on holiday and feel the need to see and experience … Read More

Learning to ski in your forties

Learning to ski in your forties

8th February 2018

I have set myself a challenge of trying twelve new things in 2018. I think it will be good for the soul, and give me some interesting experiences to write about. When I came up with the idea I knew exactly what the first adventure would be. Skiing with the girls in Morzine in the … Read More

Let’s admit our ambitions

Let’s admit our ambitions

30th January 2018

When I was in my early thirties and working for BBC News, I wanted to be a newsreader on the radio. I know that you know what that is, but for the sake of total clarity, it’s the person who sits in the studio every hour on the hour and reads a short news bulletin. … Read More

In pictures: the colours of Thames Lido

In pictures: the colours of Thames Lido

21st January 2018

“Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways” Oscar Wilde Mr Wilde is one of Reading’s famous sons, having spent time here in prison. Reading Gaol is just a stone’s throw from the newly reopened Thames Lido. Here are it’s colours. What is … Read More

Zero – 1000 followers on Instagram

Zero – 1000 followers on Instagram

18th January 2018

Almost four months ago I opened the ‘Not About the Kids’ Instagram account. I did this with two aims in mind. Firstly, I wanted to understand how Instagram ‘works’ when you are fully engaged with the platform (I thought that I might like a career in social media management). Second, I wanted to launch a … Read More

Interview with a Travel Insider

Interview with a Travel Insider

14th January 2018

Booking a holiday, and getting the best deal while doing so, can seem like a dark and mysterious art. Personal Travel Consultant Paul Johnston has worked in the holiday industry for fifteen year’s and has visited more than 30 countries. He arranges getaways for the travel firm Destinology and has patiently helped me sort out … Read More

One Year Facebook Sober

One Year Facebook Sober

9th January 2018

I have never tried Dry January. I’m not particularly motivated to give up wine, and consider it positively bonkers to do so during the bleakest month of the year. But last New Year, I did decide to stop using Facebook for four weeks. One month turned in to twelve, and I am now one year … Read More

Snow Boot decisions….

Snow Boot decisions….

7th January 2018

I’m off on my first ever ski trip in a few weeks’ time. It is just a girl’s long weekend to Morzine in France. So it is safe to say that I am dipping my toes in lightly, with good company. As I don’t know whether I will love or hate skiing, I have begged … Read More

Ten ways to make change stick in 2018

Ten ways to make change stick in 2018

2nd January 2018

I recently sat down for lunch and a natter with my friend Sarah Leach, who is a brilliant Life and Career Coach. It was more of an interview really, as I wanted to write about my own experience with coaching. But I also used the opportunity to pick her brain about the best way to … Read More

All I Want for Christmas…..

All I Want for Christmas…..

22nd December 2017

I always think that I must be incredibly easy to buy a Christmas present for. There is just so much that I like! This is a list of presents that Father Christmas would get me if he could read my mind, and money were no object. It’s a, forget that you are already very lucky, … Read More

How coaching changed the record in my head

How coaching changed the record in my head

16th December 2017

This is not a sad story. I have a lucky, happy life. Yet for more years that I care to admit, I have been going around in circles wondering what to do next. I’ve been asking myself what I wanted, what I had to offer, and what was wrong with me? Without being able to … Read More

Shop Indie this Christmas

Shop Indie this Christmas

6th December 2017

This post started life as a feature about Christmas present ideas. I thought that if I went to a nice, local, independent shop, I’d get better photographs of more interesting products. So I contacted Hannah, the owner of Central Home, a contemporary design shop in Henley on Thames. It’s the kind of place where I … Read More