LIFE

Launching Elevate Creative Events

Launching Elevate Creative Events

18th September 2018

I’m happy, and a little nervous, that it’s time to tell you about a project I’ve been working on for the past couple of months. In partnership with my friend Antonia Taylor, I’m really (very) excited to announce the launch of Elevate, a series of creative live events and workshops. We’ll be announcing the date … Read More

My September Resolutions

My September Resolutions

2nd September 2018

I loved school, and so the autumn term has remained my unofficial (but way more meaningful) new year. Admittedly it was a little about the new stationery and shoes, but more than that it represented an opportunity to step up and do things better. To finally become my best self (which is when all the … Read More

Reflections from a sun lounger, Corfu, August 2018

Reflections from a sun lounger, Corfu, August 2018

19th August 2018

Blue sky holiday musings in no particular order. I need precisely 6 days to relax on holiday. That is how long it takes to find my chill and stop being short tempered when I have transplanted to somewhere new. On that basis, I conclude that the ideal summer holiday length is 14 days. I will … Read More

My Co-Working Fridays

My Co-Working Fridays

20th July 2018

I have a new routine. Every Friday I drop the children at school and instead of going home to deal with the breakfast bomb, I go to my coworking space. There, with cappuccino on tap, I can work a full day from 9-5 with just my phone and laptop for company. Matt, or his folks, or my … Read More

6 Confidence Tricks That Work For Me

6 Confidence Tricks That Work For Me

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