15 from 15

Kia Ora farm

It's that irresistible round-up time of year, and I'm jumping on the bandwagon - taking the lead from Sadhbh of Where Wishes Come From, and joining her linky to round-up my favourite 15 blog-related things from 2015. Well, mostly blog-related - there's a bit of slippage into real-life too. 1. My favourite post The one that meant most to me ...

The Christmas Card List

Christmas decoration - office mum

The first people on the list have had a house move since last year. I write the card, then address it with the unfamiliar street name. Next, four non-movers, then another new address. This time I don’t know it. I send a message to ask. The card won’t be a surprise but that's OK, cards aren’t really a surprise. Three more ...

8 listicles I nearly wrote this week

mid morning advent snack

3 things that are pretty great about freelancing at home This would-be list, written only in my head, was inspired by being home three times this week when the postman brought parcels, and raiding the advent calendar for mid-morning chocolate. Handy. 8 things that are a bit crap about freelancing at home Like realising that there was always a ...

Santa Science at Imaginosity with Three Very Different Kids

Science workshop Imaginosity office mum

I have three kids. Sometimes they're all very similar - like when all of them cry at once because I turn off the TV or when they all beg for a second advent calendar sweet. And sometimes they're all quite different. On Sunday, at a Santa Science Lab in Imaginosity, I had the different kids. The first was Enthusiastic ...

Free Range Parenting – building independence in your child

Free Range Kids

Since switching to work-from-home life earlier this year, I'm re-learning being with my kids, and one thing I've noticed is that they lack self-sufficiency. It's entirely my fault - only being off at weekends meant that my priority was spending quality time with them. Whether or not they knew how to make breakfast or get their ...

Office Mum stories – Louise Phillips

Louise Phillips - Office Mum

"When you are home, the children come first, simply because they need you most" Louise Phillips is an author, mother and grandmother, and over the years has worked in a huge variety of jobs, using every type of childcare. Here, she shares her story of working parenthood, passes on tips she’s picked up, and explains why there's ...