How and Why I work with Brands

I may be more in tune to the discussions about online influencers (for want of a better word – for what it’s worth, I think content creator is a far better description of what us bloggers/instagrammers do) because it’s part of the industry I work in, but every time I see an article (like this recent ‘Most shoppers mistrust influencers’ BBC News piece) that slates the reputation of this relatively new field, I feel a pressing sense of sadness. It paints what I think is an untrue picture. I thought it was wise, important and somewhat overdue that I make…

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My Personal Parenting Evolution

This is a collaborative post as part of my Ambassadorship with Johnson’s Baby. Back in 2015, I set this blog up to chart my pregnancy, and then as a way to document and treasure our baby’s childhood. I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words about how much Pickle has grown, how much he’s changed and his development. I’ve captured him on (digital) film right from those precious first moments in hospital right up until this morning when he delighted in tapping open his boiled egg for breakfast. What I’ve perhaps not realised, that through doing all of this, I’ve also…

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Toddler Hair Care with Johnson’s Baby

This is a collaborative post with Johnson’s Baby. In the past few weeks, both Pickle and I have had our hair cut. Which may not sound like much to write a blog post about, but it was Pickle’s very first professional haircut so it marked a huge milestone. Getting your child’s hair cut is weirdly emotional… and I can’t quite pin down the reason why. Is it because it always makes them look more grown up? Is it because (particularly in Pickle’s case) it took such a long time for him to grow what hair they had, that it seems like…

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Time to Declutter the Kitchen

We’ve hit some kind of tipping point with our house at the moment. It’s just too cluttered. I’ve never been one for minimalism, as much as I’d like to be – I’m too sentimental and I like that our home reflects us and the character of our family. But it’s gone too far. Our home isn’t very big and there’s not much natural storage (we don’t even have an under the stairs cupboard, which leaves me completely stumped as to where to store our vacuum!). Something has got to be done, and I’m starting with the kitchen. Yeah, it’s a…

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Lunch Break Reading, the Serial Podcast and Oxford #LittleLoves

This past month has been a whirlwind! Returning to work has been such a big (and welcome) change to our everyday routine and it’s been far easier than I thought for it to feel very normal. Pickle loves going to nursery, and it’s obvious how much he enjoys spending a day with his Grandpark (our nickname for his Grandad, my Dad) too. He recognises the road my parents live on, and when we pull into it, he always does his signature ‘Ooooh’ excited sound. Very cute. Anyway, now that I’ve had a taste of ‘freedom’ away from Pickle, I’m determined…

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