Make your own vase {Craft for kids}

make your own vase

Spring has arrived! Well – at least on some days. It’s lovely to make the most of spring flowers while we can. And here’s a fun spring activity – make your own vase for all of those gorgeous flowers!  Continue reading »

How can I help my child be more positive?

How can I help my child be more positive?

Hi Jen,

I have a nine-year-old boy who is very pessimistic and has developed a real talent for spotting problems. Even though we are very fortunate in our lives, he will usually find a reason to feel hard done by, complain and be unhappy. I try to be upbeat and positive but in truth I can be little pessimistic too. Is pessimism in our genes or can we learn to look on the bright side more easily? How can I help my children be more positive? 

Amanda Continue reading »

Gilly’s Pantry low sugar Orange and Grapefruit Marmalade


I have a dream.

And it really is that – a dream.

Because this will never be a reality.

I would love to give up sugar.

But ALL THE SWEET THINGS. Continue reading »

How do you measure happiness?

How do you measure happiness?

To most people this might mean travel, career, money, success, so what does it mean to me? In my previous life, pre-children that is, I would have said, marriage, children and stability which I found by the time I was 30. Having a family was very important to me, as was being a Mum. I also felt it was important to follow the “right” steps, marriage, buy a house and then have children. I guess this may have been because I grew up in a single parent family. And I achieved this, success – married to a nice man and had 2 children. Continue reading »

Following your dreams?

Following your dreams?


It’s taken as read in modern ‘first-world’ existence that everyone should follow their dreams – after all, how else can you expect to be happy? Failing to follow your dreams means you’ll always be wondering about what might have been, won’t you? Continue reading »

Why I chose to be a midwife

Why I chose to be a midwife


I’ve been asked to reflect on why I chose to be a midwife. I wonder, if perhaps I never really chose it – but it chose me. An enigma of sorts. Continue reading »

How to grow carrots

How to grow carrots

Sticks and stones may break my bones and make my carrots wonky! Continue reading »

When do the children dream?


Dreams help us to decide which actions to take next, which attitudes to shift, which people to spend time with. Dreams ebb, flow and transform over time and reflect where we are at; our present world and self-views. Whether or not they eventually come true, dreams that are created, acknowledged and nurtured will never be wasted. Our future paths, especially the turning points, will be defined by our dreams. Continue reading »

Blended families and children with special needs

Blended families and children with special needs

Blended families are complicated. They always include drama from somewhere, whether it’s an adjusting child, a bitter ex, family court battles or child support, it’s all stressful and challenges your relationship from every angle. Continue reading »

Lunch box ideas – it doesn’t have to be so hard!

lunch box ideas

School lunches… I can hear you groaning from here. They are one of those chores that causes a lot of worry and stress. Continue reading »

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