Category: After the Playround

Ovarian cancer awareness month

Ovarian cancer awareness month – Why I don’t need it but you do

The month of March 2017 is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month; a good time to confess that my relationship with ovarian cancer is dysfunctional. My relationship with all cancer is challenging (due to the untimely deaths of several very dear family members) but ovarian cancer is the demon that I should have dealt with years ago. Our first encounter was in… Read more →

Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars

Book Review: Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

I was delighted to be sent a complimentary copy of Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson to review. Occasionally I read a book that I recommend to my Mum. Other books I recommend to my 18 year old daughter. This is one that I will be recommending to both! Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars… Read more →

Wiliamson papers

Book review – The Williamson Papers (Back Home) – Tom Williams

I have a fascination with Victorian Britain and with Victorian London in particular. I was delighted to get the chance to review the latest in The Williamson Papers series by Tom Williams for the lovely Whispering Stories book blog. It was great to get a history lesson and a griping tale all in one. I very much felt that i was… Read more →

Mascara 5 beauty tips

5 beauty tips for the woman who doesn’t do beauty – thanks to Dior

What happens when a blogger who knows very little about beauty attends a beauty bloggers event? Well, it could go either of two ways! This is how it went for me.     Why go at all? A very good question. The answer is a combination of curiosity and a desire to find out if I have been missing out… Read more →

Posting photos of kids in instagram

Posting photos of kids on Instagram – 10 tricks that work for me

I have written before about the ways in which blogging about your teen and tween children differs from blogging about your pregnancy, babies and toddlers. I understand the dilemma that parents with young children face about using their images on-line. I do not want to enter the debate because I am so old and generally naïve when it comes to… Read more →

BritMums Teens and Tweens Round-up November 2016

It was a pleasure to put together the BritMums Teens and Tweens Round-up for November and I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the amazing, informative and moving posts that were submitted. Some of them tackled difficult subjects and that’s what made them so powerful. We face many challenges as parents of teens and no two families are the same. Now I… Read more →

Plant gift ideas

Plant gift ideas for teens – Venus Fly Trap

Let’s face facts, house plants are not high on the list of gifts for teens. They are just not ‘exciting’ enough. However, there is one little plant that has taken pride of place on our kitchen window sill for around 9 months and that my teens are more than a little interested in. It is a Venus Fly Trap. So,… Read more →