Parenting


Joosed! Junior Drinks Giveaway

The wonderful people at Bensons the Juicers recently contacted me to see whether Pumpkinella would like to try their new range of children juice drinks. I find it difficult to get her to drink anything other than milk and that can cause problems because she’s also a fussy eater and only eats white food at the moment. I know Pumpkinella loves fruit so the big question was how she would handle a bottle of fruit juice, something she’s been shunning for over 6 months now. I needn’t have been concerned though because as soon as she saw the bottles, she […]

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Beauty through my daughter’s eyes

Over the last few months I’ve heard more and more friends and family members telling me I talk myself down too much. They say I’m too harsh about myself and am nothing like the person I seem to think I am. Sadly it was a critique about the things I say about myself and the alarming frequency I say them. I don’t know when it started. I guess I wasn’t a pretty child and people made fun of me for being so dark. I also went through puberty at a really young age, way before sex education was taught and […]


From toddler to mini dictator

It’s begun – from toddler to mini dictator! Pumpkinella is now 2 years and 7 months old and has really come into her own. We can have sensible conversations where we’ll discuss the things she’d like to eat, what games she’d like to play and how her day has gone when I pick her up after returning from work. Or fun things she’d like to do during the day. During these conversations I’m amazed at her rate of development. She’s already worked out sarcasm, to my detriment and often makes comments where I’m left wondering which adult she’s learnt them […]

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My in-laws are my tribe

I was touched by a story I read this evening about a mother without a village on the mom.me website http://mom.me/baby/31807-moms-without-village/ Many of the things in this article resonate with me as a first time mum living in South Wales while my rather large family live in London. I don’t know what I was thinking when I moved away. No, actually I do know what I was thinking. I wanted to learn to look after myself. It felt the mature thing to do, to graduate from university, move out and get a job. Having tasted freedom for a short while during […]

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Win a free C&G cuddly toy

As a first time mother, while I was pregnant with my daughter, I worried about pretty much everything. After 9 blissful weeks with just a positive pregnancy test result I started to get morning sickness. I googled and googled all the time to find out what was normal and what wasn’t. I didn’t know a person could feel so rough with such a special package growing inside them. As the pregnancy went on, I felt invaded and searched frantically for ways to cope with different emotions and my changing body. Once I was over the worst of the morning sickness, […]