Facetious followers to terrible trolls : online behaviour at its worst

We’ve seen a lot of media coverage about online trolling in recent years. They’re  usually directed at celebrities and completely uncalled for. I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t say anything to someone in an online environment that you wouldn’t say to them if you met them on the street. That’s why certain online behaviours are annoying me more and more. Social media is a wonderful tool which allows everyone to share information and express views, but I fear that…

Stereotypes, manners and division of labour

So here’s the thing. I’ve always considered myself a feminist. I have never thought of myself as less, or more deserving, than anyone because of what’s in my knickers or a  few genes. My husband is very similar. He was horrified at being called a sexist pig by a very well known feminist writer when he opened a door for her when she spoke at his college. Truth is, he’d open the door for anyone as would I. It’s good…

Why a working mum needs a work wardrobe

I think having work wear is like having a uniform or armour. It sets out your intention for the day, helps you distinguish between your home and work life, and gets you in the right mindset. I think that having clothing that you specifically wear for your job can be  incredibly powerful, particularly as a working mum. When I first began working in recruitment and coaching, many years ago, my employer had a very strict dress code. Suits in black,…

Why all new mums need Amazon Prime

  Amazon Prime is probably one of the best gifts you can buy a new mum. As a new mum you can often feel isolated. You are exhausted from being up through the night with a baby. Your mobility might be restricted too, particularly if you’ve had a cesarean section. Amazon Prime makes your life easier and as a new mum I found it invaluable.  I recommend it to everyone now. It’s the best £7.99 you can spend every month…

10 Tips for flying with a baby or toddler

Flying with an infant, whether that is a baby or a toddler, can be stressful. We have done quite a few short haul flights with our son now, so thought I’d share some of my top tips for travelling with a baby or a young toddler. These tips will keep you sane and less stressed, but please add any others in the comments if you have any others you can add.   Take a buggy   Airports are boring, big,…

10 ways to make it easier to return to work after maternity

Returning to work after maternity can be difficult, particularly the longer you have taken off. You may not be returning on the same work arrangements or in the same role if you’ve had to accommodate childcare schedules. It’s likely that you might feel wary or concerned that you can’t juggle everything, or even that if you’ve forgotten how to do your job. Even if you feel prepared and are looking forward to it, you may worry that others perception of…

Bingeworthy TV Boxsets from Amazon Prime

One of the first things we did to save money when on maternity was to cancel our Sky subscription service and sign up to some streaming services. Trials are great for these as it allows you to test drive a service before you commit. Prime has to come out as the winner for me. I pay around £7.99 a month for an Amazon Prime subscription which I can cancel at any time. It means I can get almost anything I…

Park Life: a short story about God, grief and gardening

Not that long ago, in a land where I didn’t have a toddler strapped to my leg, I used to write fiction.  Although I’m mainly known in the writing scene for my novels I first began writing short stories and flash fiction. One story in particular sprung to mind the other day. It holds a special place in my heart as it formed part of a collection written after my grandfather’s death. Perhaps my thoughts have turned to this as we…

Is your smartphone ruling your life?

Is your smartphone ruling your life? It’s a question I’ve asked myself frequently as a parent. When you child is passing you your phone unprompted or if it’s one of their words, it’s hint there might be a problem. Being too attached to your mobile phone is very easy these days. They do everything for us now. They’re our e-reader, internet search, mail processor, messenger service, camera and more. In fact, we seem to rarely use our devices for making…