GIOMC 04: Fallen Behind

I am officially a Master’s student. OK – writing that ‘out loud’ did feel a bit special in comparison to how I’ve been feeling thus far. According to Google, or more specifically the completely accurate Wikipedia ~ don’t come after me for the satire ~, a Master’s degree is one which demonstrates mastery or a high-order overview of a…… Continue reading GIOMC 04: Fallen Behind

Are You OK, Mama?

I like to think I have an open and honest relationship with my partner. This willingness to share, combined with my emotional Cancerian tendencies, led to me admitting that I’m concerned about my mental health now that the school holidays are here. Scared. Terrified. I had been cruising along nicely with my little nursery and…… Continue reading Are You OK, Mama?

Dear, Noah: My Star of the Week

Dear, Noah, Today you turned 1401 days old. You’re 46 months old. Your fourth birthday is not until 30th August: six measly days before you start Reception. In that same week, some of your classmates could be turning five. So, you’re the youngest in your year. The baby. You’ve had a lot of catching up…… Continue reading Dear, Noah: My Star of the Week

You’re being moulded

From the day you depart your mother’s womb, they’re trying to mould you. Buy this pink medicine for the unbearable cries, the little warmer than normal skin, the babe that doesn’t sleep. Fill them up with it, watch them calm, quiet their temper, their angst. Now wipe them with this wipe, that cream, wash them…… Continue reading You’re being moulded

Cook with me: MOIST cocoa-free chocolate cake

I already know what you’re thinking: a cocoa-free chocolate cake? No cocoa powder in your cake? How does that work? Well, my friends, one day I had no cocoa powder in my cupboard but eggs that needed using and some love in my heart. Okay, that’s silly. But I took a regular recipe for a…… Continue reading Cook with me: MOIST cocoa-free chocolate cake

Running away

I run away from minor health complaints because I’m scared of spending money we don’t have on medication. I run away from minor health complaints because I’m scared they could turn into something bigger. I run away from a hostile environment with my child so that he doesn’t get hurt again. I run away from…… Continue reading Running away

Cook with me: Spicy carrot and potato soup

This is a great recipe I found and altered. It uses just a handful of cupboard essentials, can be doubled or halved depending on heads to be fed, can be frozen or used over 3-4 days. It’s a perfect winter kick. The ingredients here will serve 4-5 people, again dependent upon appetite! Without further ado,…… Continue reading Cook with me: Spicy carrot and potato soup

Lounging around

Ever walked into a place, knowing it’s exactly where you belong? Of course you have, most of us have experienced it, maybe multiple times. Today, I had one of those instances. Myself and my better half visited a brand-spanking-new establishment in the heart of Northfield, named Allegro. Because my god, Northfield needs a cheery place.…… Continue reading Lounging around

The How and Why of Self-Care

It’s 9:30pm and the children have finally been asleep for longer than 30 minutes. Or maybe it’s 9:30pm and you had to stay over at work for three hours too long, not seeing your partner since the evening before. You’ve had knock-back after knock-back lately – nothing seems to be making sense or improving. You’ve…… Continue reading The How and Why of Self-Care

LACURA: the supermarket beauty revolution

Why more of us need to talk about the Aldi Middle Aisle