Make eating a Doddl with revolutionary new cutlery.


I’ve been approached for a wide variety of Kickstarter projects recently, and most of them are kind of fun, but not all that relevant. However, I was intrigued by the idea of new ergonomic cutlery, and happy to take a look at Doddl. We’ve actually been sent one of the prototype sets, so that we […]

Memories of Mort – a review.


Warning. This is more of a meandering through my memory than a classic review. It is not guaranteed spoiler free, though hopefully I’ve been subtle enough to whet your appetite rather than blow the whole plot. Bear that in mind if you choose to read on. Affiliate links (thank you for your support) Buy at […]

It’s the hard knock life for us!

it's the hard knock life for us grand finale

It can’t have escaped your notice that there’s been a remake of the Annie Movie, this time starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx. And today it’s out to buy on DVD and Blu-ray. In the run up to this launch, Smallest and I had a very special day out in London, at the […]

From here to maternity: Pregnancy and motherhood on the Autism Spectrum

From here to maternity by Lana Grant

Affiliate links (thank you for your support): JKP books | Amazon UK (paperback & kindle) | Amazon US (paperback & kindle) When I was growing up, I was very afraid that I would never have children. I wanted them, lots of them (although my dreams stopped at 3 😉 ) but was often told I […]

Netflix nights: Once upon a time

netflix stream team

Is it that time? That would be Once upon a _ time Our days are bracketed by Netflix at the moment. Big gets up early and after her paper round, settles down for an episode or two of House. Then, after Tim has his news at lunchtime, the younger children get their turn, and often […]

But what do you do all day?

hero shape and card game

Every day is different. At this time of year I’m trying to tease the children away from their screens and into the great outdoors, though to be honest, it doesn’t usually take all that much encouragement. This week, Smallest is enjoying Early Readers from Orion children’s books. She grabbed them out of my hands and […]

XYZBuilds: a review

XYZ innovative building toy

I was recently approached on twitter by XZYBuilds to review their new product a construction set for all ages. I was intrigued, so I said yes, and shortly afterwards, a small, but surprisingly heavy box arrived. Contents as shown. I was quite surprised that there weren’t any instructions. But the children didn’t seem to need […]

Mother’s day flowers from Appleyard London


I’m not a big gift flowers person. Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers themselves, but generally still attached to their parent plants. But I was offered Mother’s Day flowers from Appleyard London to review and I decided that a treat sounded pretty good to me. I’m glad I went for it, as the flowers […]

The unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – available on Netflix March 6th


On Wednesday, the lovely people at Netflix invited me to London along with a whole lot of other mums (and a couple of dads) to spend some metime, getting pampered (massage! cocktails! chocolate brownies!), and also have the chance to see the first episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt before it’s available to stream on […]

World book day costumes and 50 books you should read before 16

ready for school

The first book I ever read to Big, when she was just weeks old, was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I know, it’s an odd choice. But there I was with a baby who basically never stopped screaming. She liked to be talked to, and I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t have […]

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