Does the UK have the most expensive childcare in the world?

Working parents

Yes, according to an OECD report. By a lot, actually. But when Joeli Brearley from Pregnant Then Screwed pointed this out, the BBC published an article that begged to differ. The problem, they said, was that the OECD report shows what it would cost to send two children (aged two and three) to a ‘typical’ […]

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“I couldn’t go back to a workplace that looked down on family life”: Claire’s #FlexiMamas story

Flexi Mamas

Welcome to #FlexiMamas, a series about barriers that working mums face. This edition features 33-year-old Claire, who is wife to Matthew and mum to 5 boys – Cameron (15), Harvey (12), Mckenzie (7), Caelan (5) and Cohen (3). “Before I had my eldest son I was a college student, studying my A levels,” says Claire. […]

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5 things I learned from taking a social media break

Blogging

I recently took a bit of a social media break for personal reasons. I might talk about those reasons one day, but right now I’m going to talk about something else: what I learned from taking a breather from the constant scrolling/tweeting/liking cycle. I wouldn’t consider myself a social media addict, but as a blogger, […]

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Flexi Mamas: Cath from BattleMum

Flexi Mamas

Welcome to Flexi Mamas, a series about barriers that working mums face. This edition features Cath, a 40-year old Irish ex-pat now living in Portugal. Before that she had been living in South Wales for over 10 years. She has one little boy who was born in Abergavenny. Before, and for a while after her […]

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5 things I learned from taking a social media break


Blogging

I recently took a bit of a social media break for personal reasons. I might talk about those reasons one day, but right now I’m going to talk about something else: what I learned from taking a breather from the constant scrolling/tweeting/liking cycle. I wouldn’t consider myself a social media addict, but as a blogger, […]

February 7, 2018

Flexi Mamas: Cath from BattleMum


Flexi Mamas

Welcome to Flexi Mamas, a series about barriers that working mums face. This edition features Cath, a 40-year old Irish ex-pat now living in Portugal. Before that she had been living in South Wales for over 10 years. She has one little boy who was born in Abergavenny. Before, and for a while after her […]

January 25, 2018

How to use the Curly Girl Method to transform your curls


Lifestyle

I never thought I’d write a beauty post. Me. A woman whose morning ‘beauty’ routine consists of the following: Wash face Slap on generic moisturizer Wet hair Scrunch some hair gel into it Put on some mascara, purchased sometime circa 2014 Rub off mascara smears under my eyes I own exactly one mascara, one lip […]

January 21, 2018

Flexi Mamas: Sarah from Digital Motherhood


Flexi Mamas

Welcome to Flexi Mamas, a series about barriers for working mums. This edition features Sarah, who’s in her late 30s and is from Poole in Dorset. She’s married with a daughter aged six and has worked in digital marketing for a property company for almost 11 years. Sarah always wanted to return to work after […]

January 16, 2018

A vegetarian parent raising a non-vegetarian child


Food

“What would you like for breakfast?” I asked my daughter recently. “BACON!” she said. “How about Weetabix instead? And maybe Daddy will share some of his bacon,” I said. “Mummy doesn’t eat bacon,” she said. “No,” I said. “Mummy doesn’t.” Around 20 years ago, I became vegetarian-ish. I still ate chicken if there were no […]

January 14, 2018

Flexi Mamas: Sinead Latham


Flexi Mamas

Welcome to Flexi Mamas, a series about barriers for working mums. This edition features Sinead, who is mum to a chaotic nearly four-year-old and engaged to her partner of eight years. Before becoming a mum, she was an operations manager for an apprenticeships provider and was working hard to move up the ladder. She and […]

January 11, 2018