Going sugar-free: why I’ve given up sugar

It was my daily treat of two squares of chocolate every evening that did it. Over time this indulgence had morphed into three, then four squares, and sometimes more. But what really troubled me was that even when I didn’t fancy it, I would tuck in – as though it was my right. Throw into […]
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Health resolutions for New Year: 9 ways to find wellbeing

  You’ve got to be careful with New Year’s resolutions. If you think too big, they can be a surefire path to feeling lousy as, one after the other, they fall by the wayside. But I do love that sense of change, optimism and clean slate at the start of January. To me, it makes sense […]
Flexible working: could it help you live a healthier life?

Flexible working for a healthy life: not just a mum thing

I’ve been trying to work more flexibly since having my first child eight and a half years ago. It’s not always easy. For example, recently I’ve been working so flexibly – okay, okay, juggling deadlines and client meetings alongside nativity plays, parent-teacher meetings, school pick-up and bedtime duties – that I’ve ended up with no time […]
cranberry and clementine sauce

No-sugar homemade cranberry and clementine sauce

A couple of weekends ago, I made my first ever Christmas pudding. Can you tell that I’m bursting with pride? It was all that fiddling around with string and greaseproof paper. And of course the steaming. For eight hours. An entire working day. Admittedly, it does feel strange to still have no idea if the pudding […]
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Homemade fish fingers for children

While it would be lovely to be the kind of mum who knocks up pastry, bubbling stews and veggie-packed risottos after the school run, it’s just not going to happen. So – as I think I’ve said before – there will always be room in my freezer for a box of fish fingers.  They’re easy, […]
pumpkin muffins decorated

Healthy Halloween treats: no-sugar pumpkin muffins

It’s pretty difficult to escape the sugar overload at Halloween. Around 80% of parents feel under pressure to buy sweets for their kids at Halloween, according to a survey of 700 mums with children aged six months to five years – not surprising really, with trick or treating so common and the supermarket shelves stacked […]
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How to talk to your child about dying

Recently, my six-year-old went through a phase of worrying about dying. She asked how it felt, and whether you can move and if your eyes are closed. She told me that her worry about dying seeped into everything she did – nudging at her consciousness while she was watching TV, reading or trying to nod […]
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7 mistakes parents often make when weaning

If your baby is coming up to weaning age, you might be wondering where to start. Which flavours will your child feel drawn towards, and which will they spit out? Should you wear a smile or a raincoat? Is it best to start with fruit or vegetables, invest in a gallon of baby rice, choose […]
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My toddler doesn’t eat enough: part 2

  Regular readers will know that a few months ago, my toddler didn’t eat enough. In fact he was such a fussy eater that he would only eat a handful of different foods and regularly refused entire meals. (You can read this post here: My child doesn’t eat enough: 8 tips for fussy eating) At […]
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Super-fast vegetable soup for children

Just recently I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my children’s diet. I’ve been making sweetcorn fritters with extra red pepper, trying to sneak salad into their sandwiches (they may pick it out but at least it makes me feel better) and, for long car journeys, preparing plastic containers of carrot, celery and cucumber […]
sweetcorn fritters

How to sneak vegetables into packed lunches: sweetcorn fritters

The start of the school term is the signal to step into a world of pencil cases, permission slips, assemblies and reading books. But for parents, it’s also a the beginning of a dark descent into last-minute sandwich-making, a frenzied hunt for lunchboxes, and a squirreling away of cereal bars, yoghurt tubes and pieces of […]
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A serenade to the summer holidays

Here we are – back in the thick of uniform shopping, work deadlines and scrawling dates for upcoming school events on the calendar. And my summer holiday seems a very long time ago. But it was actually only two weeks ago that I was in the Loire valley in France, knee-deep in lazy mornings, baguettes, […]
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