Single Mum Speaks: Award Winning Blogger

“First I’d like to thank my mother, for inspiring my many complaints about her, and for having the good grace to recognise that I am usually joking. Secondly, I would like to thank my friends, for believing in me, and for giving me the likes on Facebook that give my life meaning and validation. Thirdly,…

Single Mum Cooks: Sprout stir-fry

Let’s face it, once September rolls around, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind. Well, one thing in addition to Strictly and whichever blow-the-budget Sunday night costume drama is currently doing the televisual rounds.  And that thing is Christmas. The leaves are going a bit brown.  Sort of, ish.  Maybe, almost?  Dig out those opaques,…

Bridget Jones’ Baby

I have yet to see the new film, but I like to imagine that Bridget Jones’ baby is rollin’ something like this. At least they will be if they are anything like my, um, toddler. 10th September 2016 Weight: About a stone, apparently (Mummy says scales not entirely accurate as keep saying she is half…

“There’s no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.”

One of my friends is married to a man who loves the outdoors.  I’m not sure if he was the first to come up with this statement, but it was via him (and her) that I first heard it. Personally, my own love of the outdoors was a slow burner. My parents are not what…

Single Mum Cooks: Plum Crumble

It is perhaps on this evening more than any other that I start to feel jealous of retired people.  As I stare bleakly into the gaping chasm of another school year, knowing that from here on, the nights are getting longer, the days colder and my only available “free time” is likely to be spent sleeping-or…

Why I Don’t Love My Post-Baby Body

When I was pregnant, I paid little heed to my changing shape. As someone who had always been slim, I embraced my growing bump as one would an interesting novelty item.  Something to be enjoyed for its newness and difference, but which would soon be discarded.  As someone who had always been tiny, I loved…

Kids TV: Then and Now

A while back I happened to notice that the closing credits to CBeebies at 7pm as the time comes to say goodnight have changed.  Suddenly, Topsy and Tim, Sarah and Duck and Chuggington have popped up, and are going to bed (or in Chuggington’s case, the train equivalent) alongside Rastamouse, the Clangers and those talking vegetables…

Parenting Judgement: I’m All Over It

As a parent, there are many things to fear. Potential abduction, getting lost at the beach and disappearing forever, the dawn of World War III, threadworms…. And those are just the things that you worry about happening to your child. There are also things that you worry are going to happen to YOU, and I don’t…

Ode to the Summer Holidays

Each year, there is a day which simply cannot be beaten.  A day when you wake up, and feel as though the world is quite literally your oyster.  The sun is shining (sometimes), the birds (usually seagulls) are singing, and the promise of weeks of blissful relaxation, of days spent lounging by a pool drinking…

Single Mum Cooks: Cheesy courgette pasta

Hello and welcome to the latest episode of Single Mum Cooks. I need to stop saying that.  I sound like The Two Ronnies doing a sketch where they wear matching glasses and say goodnight from each other. Anyway, today I am talking about courgettes. Now I like a courgette; however, clearly so do the other…