Raising a Wild Tribe

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Cool Country Kids

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Cool Country Kids

What to Buy Cool Outdoorsy Kids for Christmas With three kids of different ages, friends and family often ask what to get them for Christmas.  Most kids these days have far too many toys and I love the idea of ‘Something you want, something you […]

What To Buy A Stylish Country Mama For Christmas – The Ultimate Guide

What To Buy A Stylish Country Mama For Christmas – The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Christmas Gift List for the Stylish Country Mama I LOVE Christmas, I mean I REALLY LOVE it. I love the build up, I love the food, I love the excitement, I even love my youngest singing hymn after hymn for months like some […]

Getting through the festive season with kids – lactose free!

Getting through the festive season with kids – lactose free!

Two years ago… Our lactose free journey began almost two years ago, my then four year old daughter got a horrible sickness and diarrhoea bug. School was a no-go zone and she flopped around like a small rag doll with little energy and none of […]

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 […]

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 […]

An open letter to the snooty woman outside Laura Ashley who looked down her nose at us

An open letter to the snooty woman outside Laura Ashley who looked down her nose at us

Dear Snooty Woman Yes you. The one with the immaculate hair, the newly manicured nails and the on-trend coat. Yes you. The one who felt she had some God-given right to look down her snooty nose and sneer at me and my wonderful children. I […]



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