5 Things I Learned This Weekend

Ginger Mojito Office Mum

1. Women can fix the world I had dinner on Friday night with five amazing, fun, smart, witty women. Over much white wine, we covered pod-casts, sex education, cyber-bullying, running, decluttering, books, blogs, the glass ceiling, tennis, part-time work, and the scary future that is parenting teens. And we had ginger mojitos, looking out at the ...

It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to

Emmie birthday

"What? But you can't have her party on Saturday - that's your birthday!" said my incredulous coffee companion. She was referring to the upcoming party for my middle-child, who turns six on Monday, two days after I turn a far less significant age. And because you can't have birthday parties on Mondays, her party is on ...

Inspiring Stuff at The Princess Parlour

Office Mum: Princess Parlour Dresser

I'm working hard to teach my daughters that they can be anything they want when they grow up - astronauts ("really?"), footballers ("no way mum, I thought only boys could be footballers") or business-owners (because they've both decided that's what they want to be - as opposed to my job in an office which they say ...

Reasons to drink pretend champagne

Image blog awards Office mum

I wasn't going to write anything about this week, but I'm sitting here drinking champagne (the not-champagne type), and that seems like a reason to write it down (or maybe it's the bubbles talking) As work-life balance goes, this week has been rather one-sided. Work has been busy and difficult. The life side of life, on ...

Football and shopping

Sam in wellies

Last Saturday morning was always going to be stressful. My husband was leaving at 7.30am for his annual trip to a Liverpool game with "the lads" (at what age are they no longer "the lads"?) - this in itself was not a problem. I feel that six years into being a parent, I can no ...

A beginner’s guide to birthday parties

If you are good at throwing birthday parties, this probably isn't the post for you. In fact, if you're even mildly average, feel free to click back out (really do - you will just find this patronising). If like me, your stomach churns with just a little bit of anxiety every time you think about hosting ...

Birthday Imperfect

Birthdays. They must be perfect. Nobody ever said that that’s a rule, but it is. If you have children, you want them to remember birthdays as their best days ever, don’t you? And realistically, as a parent of small kids, how many days are likely to run smoothly enough to be considered “perfect”? I’m getting a sneaking ...

Never tweet your heroes: part II

So I’ve learned two important things since writing the below post last April – it’s a story about tripping over a laundry basket and spraining my finger, being unable to drive and therefore taking a bus to work. This gave me some unexpected time for browsing Facebook and Twitter on my phone, leading to a severe ...