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Parenting an anxious child. Seven simple tricks to try that worked for us.

Parenting an anxious child. Seven simple tricks to try that worked for us.

Childhood Anxiety Since she was a young child my daughter has been troubled by anxiety. A spelling test used to tip her into a blind panic, birthday parties were stressful situations where days and nights were lost worrying about what to wear and what present to […]

Finding Mummy – or; ‘Why a good ‘Girls Night Out’ does wonders for your self-esteem’.

Finding Mummy – or; ‘Why a good ‘Girls Night Out’ does wonders for your self-esteem’.

Feeling Fragile So today I’m nursing a large bottle of water and wishing the children would be a little quieter, a little less argumentative, a little more gentle on my jangling headache. We were supposed to be having another amazing ‘screen free’ day today with […]

Gluten free millionaires cupcake recipe – it’s amazing!

Gluten free millionaires cupcake recipe – it’s amazing!

These gluten free millionaires cupcakes are truly amazing! Rich chocolate cupcakes, oozing caramel middles and a glossy icing with chocolate shards! I won’t lie, apart from the fact that they are made from good quality amazing ingredients, there is nothing ‘good for you’ about them. […]

Incredible Gluten Free Christmas Cake Recipe

Incredible Gluten Free Christmas Cake Recipe

This gluten free Christmas cake recipe is an absolute winner! It is the result of combining a recipe handed down through generations with our own little twists and tweaks! Rich, moist, fruity, boozy and amazing. I made a final tester last week and it was gone […]

Sunshine in a jar – the easiest recipe you will make this week

Sunshine in a jar – the easiest recipe you will make this week

Lemon curd…the stuff of childhood memories. It is sweet, buttery and lemony. The colour is incredible and the house smells amazing when you cook it! It is an absolute doddle to make and nice and simple for small people to help make too. If y […]

Do no harm – take no sh*t. My life mantra.

Do no harm – take no sh*t. My life mantra.

Do no harm, take no sh*t… This has become my life mantra. It whispers to me in those desperate moments when I consider leaving my kids in the supermarket, mid sibling meltdown over rocket ice-lollies versus a Minion lolly multipack, when my eldest daughter eye-rolls me […]

How do you create a happy bedtime?

How do you create a happy bedtime?

Sleep begets sleep… I’m a firm believer that a calm bedtime leads to better sleep, better sleep leads to more sleep and a happier morning. I love bedtimes in our house. And I dread them too. That’s because I have kids of different ages. Small […]

It takes a village (and a city) to raise a child

It takes a village (and a city) to raise a child

There is an old African proverb that says ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. I remember saying this over and over to myself as I left our city life to move to the midst of rural Nottinghamshire. I repeated it in the hope […]

Messy kids? Teach them to tidy up with the ‘Sunday Box’

Messy kids? Teach them to tidy up with the ‘Sunday Box’

I’ll let you all into a little secret…my kids are messy people. Very, very messy people. I can blitz this house, tidy and clean it to within an inch of its life, stage it like something out of Homes and Gardens and within twenty minutes […]

‘Carrot Cake’ energy bites – the perfect solution when you need something sweet but healthy

‘Carrot Cake’ energy bites – the perfect solution when you need something sweet but healthy

Carrot Cake Ball Recipe I have adapted this amazing Carrot Cake Ball recipe from one given to me by Medical Herbalist, Candice from Naturalibrium. They have saved me from many a guilty cake-fest and taste amazing. The kids love helping to make them (and eating […]


My Diary

Introducing the wild tribe (and a superhero)

Introducing the wild tribe (and a superhero)

Let me introduce the tribe

About the tribe? Well, I’m on the wrong side of 40 with 3 crazy kids and a husband. We live in rural Nottinghamshire with regular trips to the big smoke to fuel my need to see more than five people in a bar at once and to watch the big world  as opposed to the occasional tractor, go by.

I have an unnerving inability to say no to anything which means I’m always three times busier than I have physical and mental energy for and regularly meet myself coming the other way! I run a house, 3 kids, two businesses, am a governor at our tiny rural primary school and can wield a drill as well as the next woman!

I love being a mama, cooking and drinking good wine (or whatever is on the best offer). We try, and regularly fail, to eat healthily and to leave a gentle footprint upon the earth.

My fantastic kids are 5 (and three quarters don’t you know), 9, and 11-going-on-21 so we are currently battling 11 year old girl hormones, the a relentless and overwhelming energy of a crazy 9 year old boy and a 5 year old daughter who is trying to outclass them both at every turn. The little superhero is a super cool little dude too but I can’t take credit for him – he belongs to a fab friend of mine!) My kids are crazy, crackers, fascinating and infuriating. They are the reason I get out of bed in the morning and the reason I pass out in a heap on the sofa at night.


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