I’ve always been a bit of a maverick baker. I’ll look up a recipe to get a general idea of what I’m supposed to do, but then I’ll just kind of wing it. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t always work out. But this time it did, and I was so shocked pleased, I thought I’d share the recipe. We had some family coming round on Sunday morning for brunch, so I decided I would attempt some muffins. I found this recipe and decided to follow it loosely/largely ignore it. You don’t need a snot-faced little helper to make these muffins, but I can’t garuntee the same results if you try without.   So the first thing I did was decide that 9 muffins wasn’t nearly enough. When you’re having what is basically cake for breakfast, you may as well go big or go home. So I doubled the recipe. So I beat 220g of butter in a bowl with an electric hand whisk for what seemed like forever, until it had gone pale and creamy. It’s supposed to look like mayonnaise, I’m not sure mine did, but my hand was shaking from holding the whisk, so I decided to call it a day.…

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Its Saturday morning, and Carl has taken Greta to her first football class. Ernie is asleep in the wrap on me, and Mabel and I are both still in our PJs having a lazy morning. I’ve been writing lists in a notepad, one of my favourite activities. Actually doing the things I’ve written down is unimportant by the way, it’s making the list that counts don’t you know? Mabel had been having a bit of ipad time, one of her favourite activities. Just a typical weekend morning when we don’t have anywhere particular to be. ‘Mummy, can I do some drawing in your book?’ Mabel asks. She has lots of paper that she could draw on, but drawing in Mummy’s special book, now that is the most exciting thing possible. ‘Sure’ I reply, mostly because it’s a good opportunity to get the ipad off of her without a fight and then hide it somewhere. ‘I’m going to draw some flowers’ she informs me. ‘Ok’ I mutter whilst sneaking the ipad behind my back and quietly shoving it into a drawer behind me. By the time I look back she has drawn 2 lovely flowers with long stalks, a circle at the top and…

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I love the idea behind the Happy Days linky. I think it’s a great idea to take a moment at the end of the week to think about all the things that have made you happy. Now I’m not one to pretend that life is all sunshine and roses all of the time, but a little bit of positivity is never a bad thing. So I’m going to join in, and hope I can think of at least a couple of things! Here is my first ever happy list for this week The meningitis B vaccine petition is the most signed petition ever on the government website!! If you don’t know what I’m talking about (where have you been?) look here (and sign immediately). What an amazing legacy for Faye and I hope it can bring her family some small comfort. If you’ve already signed the petition (thank you) and you want to do more, you could write a letter to your MP asking for their support when it is debated in parliament. Talking of vaccines, as well as Ernie having his first set this week, Mabel had her pre-school boosters. She sat on my lap and we prepared her for a…

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I always knew that I wanted to have a small age gap between my children, and it wasn’t long after Mabel was born in 2012 that I thought I’d better get on and give her a brother or sister before she got too used to the luxury of being an only child. When I found out that my second baby was going to be another girl I was overjoyed. I would have been pleased either way of course but a sister is such a special thing (I should know, I’ve got three!) and I was so happy that I could give her that partner in crime, an instant best friend for life, I hoped. Greta was born at the end of 2013 when Mabel was 20 months old and within weeks it was as if she’d always been here. The two little girls grew together and became as close as I’d dreamed. When Greta was a year old I began agonising over the next addition to our family. Life had got a bit easier again, should we add another little one into the mix? I felt like if we were going to do it we had to do it soon.…

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This post is in memory of a little girl called Faye. I don’t know Faye, or her Mum Jenny, but we were both part of a Facebook group for babies due in December 2013, back when I was pregnant with Greta. I left the group fairly soon after the babies were born but I kept in contact with some of the mums on Facebook, and it was through them that I heard last week that Faye was in hospital with Meningitis and fighting for her life. It’s horrible to think of any child suffering, but knowing that Faye was almost exactly the same age as my Greta, made it feel all the more close to home. Sadly, on Sunday 14th February, Faye couldn’t fight any longer and passed away. I am devastated for her and her family and their inconceivable pain. You can read Faye’s story in her mum’s words here. Then, some other December 2013 Mums started sharing a petition around and asking for signatures. You see the part of this story that seems so tragically unfair, is that a vaccine exists for Meningitis B, and had Faye received it, she would still be here. Unfortunately, Faye was born 18 months too early…

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Why on earth would I start a blog? I know, it seems like a bit of a strange thing to do. I’ve got 3 children under 4, haven’t I got enough to do? Well yes, I’ll be honest, I do collapse into bed every night with a fair portion of my to do list left unticked. The washing pile is so big that it contains things that haven’t fit the kids for several months, there’s still quite a few boxes waiting to be unpacked in the spare room (and we moved in three months ago) and I should probably just stop pretending to myself that I’m ever going to get a chance to iron the clean clothes (or let’s be honest, even put them away some weeks) before they end up back on our bodies. Life is busy. I’m busier than I’ve ever been, looking after my little brood. But I do think it’s important that I find the time to do something that I want to do, just for myself. More important than ironing anyway. Until now I’ve used my evening down time mainly to have baths, read blogs and have a browse through Facebook and Instagram. But I…

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