Healthy ‘Free From’ Chocolate Brownies & ‘Free From’ Christmas

Let me warn you: the recipe I am sharing today is addictive! These healthy brownies are vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, nut-free and also free from refined sugar. Although I … [Read More...]

Christmas at Willows Farm – Santa Spectacular!

Saturday saw us drive towards one of our favourite places of all times to see what they had in store for Christmas: Willows Activity Farm. We had a truly  magical day there, … [Read More...]

A New Consultant & #FreeFromFridays

I love this time of the year. The Allergy testing, the chat with a consultant who knows what I am rambling on about when I mention prick tests, delayed reactions, food … [Read More...]

Gin Brined Chicken or Turkey for a ‘Free From’ Christmas

I am not a fan of roast turkey. It is enormous, dry and bland, isn’t it? During a cooking demonstration at River Cottage a couple of weeks ago, we were encouraged to rethink … [Read More...]

The Nutcracker on Ice – Review

As I took the children to school on Monday morning, excitement was palpable. We had been invited to a very special performance of the Nutcracker on Ice that evening. Not only … [Read More...]

Kalettes: The Love Child of Kale & Brussel Sprouts – Kalettes 12 Ways

I am pretty sure you all know about kale and its health benefits, but have you heard of Kalettes yet? This brand new vegetable, a quirky cross-breed between Brussel sprouts … [Read More...]

Family Update – November 2016

The days are getting shorter… Bye everyone, I shall be hibernating until mid-March. See you all in spring! Wriggly (2 years 5 months) · You have had two sessions at … [Read More...]

A Build-a-Bear Party at Brent Cross

Have you ever been to a Build-a-Bear workshop? Until a couple of weeks ago, I had resisted the urge to take my children to a bear-stuffing session. Of course I had heard of … [Read More...]

4 ‘Free From’ Recipes to Try This Christmas & #FreeFromFridays

Hi everyone, Welcome to #FreeFromFridays! Thanks for everyone who has been sharing the ‘free from’ love, whether it was your first time or you link week after week. I love … [Read More...]

The Most Frustrating Thing About Allergies Is Not Allergies

To me, the most annoying and frustrating thing about allergies is not actually allergies themselves. Since allergies came into our lives, strangely, I have been a much more … [Read More...]

Mumsnet Blogfest 16 – Thoughts & Tips

I didn’t go to Blogfest last year and I had no intention of going to Blogfest 16. How wrong was I? In 2013, as I was about to start blogging, I found out about Blogfest by … [Read More...]

River Cottage at Christmas & Why You Should Brine Ham At Home

Yesterday, I spent the evening at River Cottage in Axminster, alongside a bunch of like-minded ladies. It is a rare treat to get together with such a big crowd of talented … [Read More...]

‘Free From’ Fondant au Chocolat Mix for Jumpy’s Birthday (& a Giveaway)

The girls fancied chocolate cake one afternoon, but I had a ton of things to do: accounts (yuck!), cleaning (phooey), but after the girls mentioned chocolate, I could not … [Read More...]

What to Expect from Waitrose this Christmas

"So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody's having fun..." I know, I know, I should be arrested (or even put in a straitjacket) for mentioning the C-word this early, but … [Read More...]

Tasty Sausage Burgers

Happy British Sausage Week, peeps! Did you know that British Sausage Week (31st October - 6th November 2016) was in its 19th year? The idea behind it (other than a good excuse … [Read More...]

Happy Friday with #FreeFromFridays

Happy Friday, and welcome to #FreeFromFridays! Thanks for everyone who linked up last week. It is heart-warming to see so many lovely people in our ‘Free From’ … [Read More...]

Why You Should Have a Teal Pumpkin for Halloween

Tonight, as children come round our neighbourhood for a bit of trick or treating, they will be greeted by the usual jack-o-lanterns, but we will also have teal pumpkins by the … [Read More...]

Pumpkin Festival at Willows Farm & Fun Facts

Jumpy turned four on Tuesday (how did that happen?) and today, we celebrated her birthday with our closest friends. We spent the day at Willows Farm having a great time … [Read More...]

Top Tips for a Brilliant Day at Chessington World of Adventures

We went to Chessington for the first time yesterday and I have a few top tips to share to ensure a fuss-free, brilliant day there. Before I go into a bit more of detail … [Read More...]

Homemade Dip Dab – A Fizzy Sherbet Recipe

This homemade Dip Dab recipe (with a lot less junk!) will put a smile on your children’s faces… when they stop wincing from the fizz, that is! Do you know any children … [Read More...]

Allergy Testing Time Again #Freefromfridays

It's that time of the year again. Jumpy (3 years 11 months) had her prick tests on Tuesday. She absolutely hates having those done. I couldn't bring myself to telling her why … [Read More...]

Fire Lanterns for Bonfire Night – 10 Minute Crafts

With Bonfire Night coming up, the little ones and I decided to put together a crafty activity around the theme of fire. They have no patience for lengthy projects at the … [Read More...]

Quick & Easy Popcorn Marshmallow Bars

If you like a tad of saltiness in your sweet treats, then you should love these chewy, sticky, no-bake popcorn marshmallow bars. We love a ‘cinema party’ at home and … [Read More...]

What should I put in my child’s lunchbox?

Do you ever wonder what other parents pack in their children’s lunchboxes? I would like to be a fly on the wall of little man’s canteen to see what other children are eating. … [Read More...]

Family Update – October 2016

How time flies… Wriggly (2 years 4 months) · Until last week, you were incredibly keen to stay at preschool, but since time has come to have some settling in … [Read More...]

Free From Fridays: A New Venture

Welcome to Free From Fridays! I am thrilled to be join my friend Emma on this adventure. Emma blogs at ‘Free From Farmhouse’ and founded of #Freefromfridays many moons … [Read More...]

Bread & Multiple Allergies

When my baby girl was diagnosed with a myriad of allergies, the French girl (lady?) in me kept wondering how my baby could possibly survive without bread or … [Read More...]

No-Bake Vanilla Cheesecake – a ‘Free From’ Recipe!

When I first saw a picture of a no-bake ‘freakshake' vanilla cheesecake on the front cover of Olive magazine (September edition), I knew I would have to make my own version … [Read More...]

A Perfect Evening at Brent Cross

On Wednesday, the children and I got in the car straight after school. We headed towards Brent Cross Shopping Centre. We had a few things planned and our first stop was Topsy … [Read More...]

‘Free From’ Vegan Pancakes

We all love pancakes at home, so when I started developing 'free from' recipes for my little girl, I was determined to make a decent pancake recipe for her. I put … [Read More...]

How Do You Make Money as a Blogger?

Is it actually possible to make money as a blogger? First of all, let me warn you: if you are not a blogger, you will probably find this post tedious. Unless you are … [Read More...]

Upcycled Halloween Lanterns – 10 Minute Crafts

Although these spooky Halloween lanterns look effective, they take no time at all to make. In fact, you could have them ready in 10 minutes from start to finish once you sit … [Read More...]

Shoes: My Hotter Moments (& a Discount)

Shoes, shoes, shoes. I love shoes. I am a shoe addict, a shoeaholic, a shoe collector. Call me crazy, I could not care less. I love shoes, always have, always will. I keep my … [Read More...]

A MAD End of the Week

Yesterday saw me head to the MAD Blog awards in High Street Kensington. What a night! After enjoying a few days of glorious weather, the weather took a rather dramatic turn … [Read More...]

Free From Chocolate Muffins Ready in 30 Minutes (No Nuts, Eggs, Wheat or Gluten)

These chocolate muffins are free from nuts, eggs, wheat or gluten and seriously moreish. Even better than that: they are quicker to make than a trip to the shops! I timed our … [Read More...]

Play Date Hell or Play Date Bliss?

Can the play date from hell turn into a blissful one? Our weekend was a roller coaster in more than one way. My friend Reneé and I had amazing plans, all of which got … [Read More...]

Family Update – September 2016

How did September come this quickly? Gosh it was hard leaving France and settling back into a routine again. Our ‘freestyle’ summer was so good in every way… Wriggly (2 … [Read More...]

Allergy Blog Awards 

When I found out I had been nominated for an Allergy Blog Award, I was moved. “The Allergy Blog Awards recognise allergy bloggers across the UK including all allergies, … [Read More...]

How to Turn Your Memories into a Homemade Book

For her start in a new room at preschool, Jumpy (3 years 10 months) had to put together a homemade book in the shape of a small 'About Me' leaflet that her new key worker … [Read More...]

Wholesome Lunch Ideas

What are we having for lunch today? Cheese on toast? Ham sandwich and crisps? Bacon sandwich? Pasta? Toasties? Lunchtime can get boring over the summer holidays, don’t … [Read More...]

The Southbank Centre: Ideal Place for Kids on a Hot Day

Heading South of the river never comes naturally to me. If I am planning to meet friends with children in Central London, we rarely go on a warm day and generally opt for a … [Read More...]

Family Update – August 2016

We are having such a great time in France. I wish it could be summer all year round! Wriggly (2 years 2 months) · You are adventurous. You climb, you slide, you run, … [Read More...]

The Wood Window Alliance Q&A with Andrea McLean

Over the past few months, I have read quite a bit about the benefits and value of wood windows through my collaboration with the Wood Window Alliance. To be completely … [Read More...]

What’s so Special about Harvey Water Softeners?

It is no secret that my little family and I are big fans of our water softener. We have only had it for a few months, but I can safely say that I would never go back to hard … [Read More...]

Finding Dory Review

We found Dory! Let me tell you one thing: if you enjoyed Marlin's search for Nemo, you will love Finding Dory! Excitement has been palpable at home ever since I first … [Read More...]

Punk’d: New Snacks With Attitude by Organix

The weaning journey for each of my four children started with breastmilk mixed with a little Organix baby rice. I found it to be the perfect way to introduce my babies to … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts: Ballerina Cards

Don’t you love a crafty activity that takes less than ten minutes and yet looks pretty darn good? We made these ballerina cards last week and if I might say so myself, they … [Read More...]

Camping Nostalgia & 10 Ideas for Yummy Camping Food

As a child, I spent most of my holidays with my grandparents, but whenever we went away with my mum, we would be camping. As a toddler, we had the comfort of my grandparents’ … [Read More...]

The Afternoon Tea Awards 2016 Go to…

From traditional settings to old-fashioned grandeur to minimalist affairs or even quirky alternatives, Afternoon Tea is an institution in itself. The quintessentially English … [Read More...]

Strawberry Picking & a Picnic with a Difference

Until last week, I had never been strawberry picking. Well, I had been picking strawberries at home, but we usually have 5 or 6 strawberries growing in our garden each year, … [Read More...]

Family Update – July 2016

Where is the sun? If anyone finds it, please send it our way! Wriggly (2 years 1 month) · You discovered hot chocolate. Requests of "miuk" have at times been replaced … [Read More...]

The Beach at Brent Cross – Review & the Best Parking Spot!

“Would I like to go to the beach in Brent Cross?” I found it slightly odd when I received the invitation. It just sounded like a mistake somehow, but then I remembered the … [Read More...]

How to Make Vegan Meringues & Pavlovas Using Aquafaba

As an allergy mum, I have had a few disasters in the kitchen in the past couple of years, especially with desserts (understatement of the century). The most valuable lesson I … [Read More...]

No Junk Present: Healthy, Yummy Jazzy Jars

Is it just me who magics out a dozen or so ‘jazzy jars’ for the school fair every year? The first time we came across jazzy jars was when we attended our first school fair, … [Read More...]

A Feast at the Harry Potter Studios

Crevette and I first experienced the Warner Studio Tour (North London) last year. Since they keep adding features to the already impressive range of sets from the Harry Potter … [Read More...]

Top Quality Meat from the Butcher’s straight to Your Door with Donald Russell

When I was growing up in rural France, we had three butchers' in our village, for just over a thousand inhabitants. Needless to say, meat came from the butcher's and it was … [Read More...]

How to Take Photos of Food in Poor Light Conditions

Light is everything in photography. Is it just me who starts panicking when days start getting much much shorter? Let me set the scene: you have your props ready for a … [Read More...]

A Picnic at Somerset House & Fun Facts about Sparkling Wines

Despite the grey sky and the rain, my friend Aimee and I were excited about our picnic at Somerset House tonight to celebrate Picnic Week with Mercure. Minutes after we … [Read More...]

Birthday Party of a Lifetime at LEGOLAND®

After a dreadfully wet start to our day at LEGOLAND® (let's not expand on that one), we dried up and our mood perked up. We were escorted to a large private room in the LEGO® … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts: Make a Monkey Fingerprint Card for Father’s Day

If you have come across my little blog before, you might be aware that although I absolutely love all things crafty, I am also useless at drawing. One thing I find pretty … [Read More...]

What to Pack When Going Out With Children in the Summer

I know, I know. All we do is talk about the weather around here. If you are prepared to talk about the weather, anyone will have a conversation with you in England! I love … [Read More...]

Finding the Perfect Father’s Day Present & a Yummy Dinner at GBK

Spoiler alert: Hubby, if you are reading this, look away right now! You are not allowed to even glance at this post! Sorry about this, but I had to warn him! OK, so what … [Read More...]

A Birthday to Remember

What a day! As everyone was asleep on Wednesday night and I was on my own having a few crackers and cheese (as you do at 1 a.m.), I started reminiscing... Exactly two years … [Read More...]

Family Update – June 2016

Two years ago, I had just given birth to Wriggly on our bathroom floor. Wriggly (2 years old!) · No matter how much I try to process it, I simply cannot believe you … [Read More...]

Sunshine, Kinder Bueno Milkshakes, Play Dates & LEGO®

The weather in the past month has been like a roller coaster: one minute, you relax and enjoy the sunshine by the paddling pool, sipping on a smoothie; the next, you find … [Read More...]

Vicky’s Stilton, Walnut and Chive Salad

The past month has been all about family and friends. We had my auntie and Nan at home for a few days, then my father-in-law extraordinaire, Hubby's sister and her family paid … [Read More...]

A Rainy Day at Willows Farm & a Few Facts about Sheep Shearing

Yesterday morning, the children and I met friends at Willows Activity Farm to celebrate Wriggly’s 2nd birthday a few days early. We opted for a day out with friends rather … [Read More...]

The Ultimate Bacon, Avocado & Poached Egg Sandwiches

Hands up if you enjoy brunch as much as I do! The bare minimum for a great brunch in our house is strong coffee, bread, bacon and eggs. Throw in some avocado and I am in … [Read More...]

A Family Feast at Home with Deliveroo

When Deliveroo got in touch asking whether I wanted to try restaurant food at home, I could not say no, could I? With a family of six, a tight budget and a busy schedule, … [Read More...]

Quick & Easy Crafts: Cloud Cushions

The weather has been all over the place, hasn't it? One minute, you are splashing the kids with the garden hose under the sunshine; the next, you are running back inside to … [Read More...]

What Should You Pack When You Go Swimming With Children?

The children have had swimming lessons every week for as long as I can remember. I spend so long in the pool every Sunday my best friend nicknames me 'the mermaid' when she … [Read More...]

Hampstead, A Little Bit of France in the Heart of London

Three weeks ago, my auntie Marie called me late at night and announced she would pay us a visit with Mamie (my nan). I was beyond excited. Living far from every single one of … [Read More...]

How to Use Your Time Wisely:  24 Tips to Be More Productive & Save Time

We are forever rushing around like headless chickens trying to achieve, achieve, do more, more, and then more again. We are busy; we want to be productive. We want to do it … [Read More...]

How to Choose the Right Bottle for Your Baby

Over the past 7 (and a bit) years as a mum, I have tried a fair few bottles with my babies, who were all breastfed to start with. With Crevette (now 7), having the odd … [Read More...]

Family Update – May 2016

The sun is shining people, the sun is shining! Goodbye winter coats, bye bye boots and scarves. See you in winter! Wriggly (23 months) · You love being read to, … [Read More...]

Why You Must Visit Camden Town & 9 Tips for a Family Day in Camden

Not going back to my day job after the summer holidays also meant waving goodbye to daily chats with my Languages department in a busy secondary school. We had all planned to … [Read More...]

Mango Chutney & Tacos

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I know, I know, this makes no sense. I am clearly sharing a mango chutney recipe, yet I have just referred to a big Mexican celebration that … [Read More...]

Fast Cars, Yummy Cupcakes & Two Happy Kids

Last week, I told Crevette and Beanie we would be spending bank holiday Monday in London. They were pretty excited to have a ‘Special Mummy Day’ and so was I! Our day out … [Read More...]

Food, I Love You

This morning has been a busy one! After the worst argument Beanie and Jumpy have ever had (these two have such a love-hate relationship) and a frazzled walk to school (late, … [Read More...]

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming…

After a pretty memorable trip to a quirky sweet shop on Monday last week, we had our first outdoor swim and ice cream by the pool. Surely, you only do these kinds of things in … [Read More...]

Blogging about Food and Loving it!

On Friday night (or was it Thursday?), I was taken aback for a moment when I spotted my little blog on the list of 'Best Food Blog' finalists for the MAD blog awards, … [Read More...]

Sweet as a Button: a Sweet Shop Not Like Any Other

As I opened the door to ‘Sweet as a Button’ for a photo shoot with my friend Anna a couple of days ago, all my senses were tickled. The sweet shop was giving off the familiar … [Read More...]

Some Friendships are Just Meant to Be

Do you think friendship is something you have to work at, just like a relationship? That was exactly what I thought, but after witnessing my children’s friendships blossoming, … [Read More...]

Time for ‘Me Time’

I love my kids. I really do. As I was leaving the house to screaming children ("Don't leave us, Maman!"), the monologue in my head went a bit like that: "I love you, … [Read More...]

We are a Soft Water Family!

Last month, Warren and Chris from Harvey Water Softeners came to show us the differences between hard and soft water (read about it here). After their visit, I could not wait … [Read More...]

The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé: Bake it Twice!

When Rennie invited me to take part in their ‘Cooking Through the Decades’ challenge, celebrating food from the 1920s through to 2010, I immediately accepted. I love a … [Read More...]

How to Make the Most of your Day at Willows Activity Farm

Yesterday was a grim day, wet, rather cold and oh so grey. We had planned a visit to Willows Farm for today, and although the weather forecast did not look good, we left the … [Read More...]

Family Update – April 2016

It feels like I wrote my last family update yesterday yet it was a whole month ago. Where is all the time going? Wriggly (1 year 10 months) · You are in your 'big … [Read More...]

10 minute Crafts: Pipe Cleaner Caterpillars & Fine Motor Skills

A few weeks ago, we had a review of Jumpy’s progress at pre-school. She is doing well, although she would rather hang out with adults than other children. She also has to … [Read More...]

Playbrush Review, Cleaner Teeth & a Giveaway

Last August, our dentist gently but firmly told Crevette and Beanie to be more thorough when brushing their back teeth, which were at risk of early decay. They are not keen … [Read More...]

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting

A couple of years ago, Jumpy’s eczema and allergies were so out of control that any food that made its way into her mouth was causing her skin to react. I started a food diary … [Read More...]

Dreaming of a Kitchen Makeover

I am not a DIY enthusiast, neither am I a renovation champion. Every step back as our loft conversion was under way felt like some sort of betrayal of my trust. Every single … [Read More...]

On Being out of My Comfort Zone & Cooking on Camera

This morning, I went to Nottingham for the first time and I was looking forward to it. On the one hand, I was going to a city I had never been to before, and I would spend the … [Read More...]

Gourmet Weekend in Nantes with Wriggly

This weekend has been all about food, friends and one-to-one time with my baby. A few weeks ago, when our friends from Nantes came to visit us, I booked train tickets for … [Read More...]

How Can I Get My Baby to Sleep Better & for Longer?

What do you call a baby who does not sleep? Non-sleeper, night owl, sleep-intolerant, insomniac, sleep thief, sleep-depriving offspring? We have one of those... Wriggly … [Read More...]

Shooting Photos for Lazy Day Foods (& a Giveaway)

Food makes me happy. Always has, always will. Some flavours, smells or recipes bring back memories of past holidays, precious moments or ordinary ones that I would not want … [Read More...]

Aïoli Recipe and Cooking on a Volcanic Rock Slab

The simplest of dishes are also quite often the tastiest, especially when using high-quality ingredients. The Lanzarote feast I am sharing today takes little time and effort … [Read More...]

How to Cook Steak to Perfection, Every Time

If you are on a meat-free diet, look away! A couple of weeks ago, I spent a day at L’Atelier des Chefs near St Paul’s Cathedral, cooking up some lesser known steak cuts … [Read More...]

MAD & BIB Blog Awards – Who Will You Nominate?

You know those weeks where everything seems to be going wrong? I am having one of those. Time spent with the kids has been full of fun and giggles, I have had friends around, … [Read More...]

10 minute Crafts: Hatching Dragon Eggs

Today, Beanie came back from school with a drawing of a chick coming out of an egg. It was pretty cute and I thought we could do something inspired by it at home. An hour … [Read More...]

Why You Should Eat Chocolate (& a Hotel Chocolat Giveaway)

I eat chocolate every day. It makes me happy. Dark chocolate (70 per cent or more) really is good for you (honest!).  I could not live without it and here are 10 reasons why … [Read More...]

4-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream in 3 Minutes – Moreish & Guilt Free!

The recipe I am sharing today is one of my best successes with the children and every single one of their friends, yet it is as healthy as it gets. For a bit of background … [Read More...]

Family Update – March 2016

Longer days, brighter light… it must be time to come out of hibernation! Woop, woop! Wriggly (1 year 9 months) · One Monday afternoon, I found you playing happily … [Read More...]

Quick and Easy Tropical Fruit Cake (No Refined Sugar)

I could not sleep yesterday night and ended up going to bed at stupid o'clock. Again. Just after midnight, I realised I'd been an awful mother all week, you see. That kind … [Read More...]

Crap Mum

Excuse my French (pun intended). I’m normally politically correct on my little corner of the web. I don’t swear. I show the pretty things we make and write about the nice … [Read More...]

Meet Pawana and Mike, the Inspirational Couple behind Eagle Brae

After our incredibly relaxing and re-energising stay at Eagle Brae, we got thinking about simple things we could do to have a more sustainable lifestyle. We also had quite a … [Read More...]

Can You See the Difference Between Soft and Hard Water?

When I was a teenager, one of my friends had a water softener in her house. I would stay over regularly and I have to tell you: having a shower there was a dream! Although we … [Read More...]

10 Good Reasons Not to Have a Loft Conversion

Although we moved in over eight years ago, until last September, we had done very little to our home. Other than a lick of paint here and there, a few frames hung and a revamp … [Read More...]

No More Saggy Nappies for Wriggly!

I have a confession to make. Wriggly gets saggy nappies... I let Hubby buy the nappies, you see, so she only gets the best in her Daddy's eyes: whatever is cheapest when he … [Read More...]

Eco-Tourism at its Very Best – A Case-Study: Eagle Brae (Beauly, Scotland)

Eagle Brae, where we spent a few nights in October, is a log village resort in the Scottish Highlands. The owners’ vision (Mike and Pawana) was to avoid impacting too much on … [Read More...]

When Should My Baby Start Walking?

I remember reading somewhere that babies either focus on speech or motor skills first, and once they master one, they move on to the other and catch up pretty quickly. I have … [Read More...]

Funky Bunny Garland for Easter (& a Free Template)

If you are like me and you have kept your little ones’ first pyjamas, dresses or colourful vests with the intention of turning them into something pretty one day but ended up … [Read More...]

Living with SAD

Is it just me who tends to be irritable, less motivated, running for the cake and sweets when days are shorter? For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to get up … [Read More...]

Crevette Using LEGO to Improve his Writing Skills

My little man (Year 3) is an excellent reader and Maths is his forte, no doubt about that. One thing he needs to focus on is his writing. This half term, I set him a challenge … [Read More...]

Holidays of a Lifetime at Eagle Brae

Back in October, we were lucky enough to spend three nights at Eagle Brae, an award-winning log village resort in the Scottish Highlands renowned for its environmental good … [Read More...]

Food Maestro: An App that Really Helps People on Restricted Diets

After a scary trip to A&E, Jumpy was diagnosed with a plethora of allergies. She was only six months old and I had no idea what to feed her. The list of things to exclude … [Read More...]

Sleep Deprived Mama…

My baby does not sleep through the night. She never has and sometimes I wonder whether she ever will. She is now 20 months old and although she can sometimes sleep for … [Read More...]

10 Simple Tips to Improve Your Food Photography

When I was a teenager, my Nan would always take photos of what she was eating. I thought it was the weirdest thing to do… Then I got to 30-something and started taking photos … [Read More...]

3-Ingredient Pancakes (Gluten & Egg-Free)

We love pancakes at home. Making crêpes without eggs, wheat or dairy for the first time was one of my finest moments in the kitchen. I might have cried a little. I know, that … [Read More...]

Spring Cleaning Done and Dusted with Fantastic Services (& a Giveaway)

Have you ever wished you could click your fingers and have all the dust, lime and grime gone so that you could enjoy your family instead of scrubbing the shower cubicle on … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts – Quick Valentine’s Day Present for Children to Put Together

Fact: You can never go wrong with good quality chocolates. My little man and I were going to make truffles for Valentine’s day, but life got in the way and it did not … [Read More...]

Family Update – February 2016

If anyone knows where January has gone, just let me know, OK? Wriggly (1 year 8 months) · You love your big brother's toolbox. Have we got a budding carpenter in the … [Read More...]

Our Healthily Ever After with Disney

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who wanted to be a princess. I was six when my mum took me to the cinema for the very first time. We went to see Snow White. I … [Read More...]

The Last Feed

Goodbye breastfeeding, goodbye my friend… I have finally done it. I have given Wriggly that last taste of breastmilk. She has had her last feed. To be honest, I doubt … [Read More...]

 Breakfast Heaven

Today, we had breakfast for lunch.  We did have breakfast when we got up, but porridge is not exactly exciting weekend brekkie, is it? Most Sundays, we go for bacon and egg … [Read More...]

Our Best Memories of Family Holiday Breakfast (& a Giveaway)

This week is National Breakfast Week. Isn't breakfast the best meal of the day? I really enjoy it at the weekend or when I am on holidays with plenty of time to enjoy one of … [Read More...]

Family Update – January 2016 

Our holidays were lovely and blissful. I love Christmas. Everything stops and you can just relax, sleep, eat, play board games, read novels and watch rubbish TV. All of the … [Read More...]

Langoustines: Where to Get Them, How to Cook Them, How to Peel Them

I rarely eat seafood, but I love langoustines. In France they are a delicacy and we have them for special occasions. When I went to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant for the filming … [Read More...]

Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, Series 3 Episode 2 – For the Love of Langoustines!

Here is something I never (ever ever) thought I would ever write: I hugged Jamie Oliver! OK, let's rewind. One Monday night, I almost choked on my chocolate bar as I was … [Read More...]

Perfect Manors, or How to Feel at Home Away from Home

After a wonderful stay at Kingsmills Hotel during half term, we headed out of town and into the breathtakingly beautiful Scottish countryside, 7 miles away from … [Read More...]

None of that Rubbish in 2016!

We have just had a couple of weeks with family in France, sleeping and eating lots, resting and thinking about what really matters! I love this time of the year. You can … [Read More...]

Moving from Breast to Bottle… and back Made Easier with Munchkin (& a Giveaway)

When Munchkin contacted me and asked me to try their LATCH bottle, I was not too hopeful. After all, I had tried every single bottle available on the market so if there was a … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Charlotte and her Summer Berry & Custard Tarts

Custard tarts... yum... am I the only one craving one right now? I have been reading Charlotte’s blog since she started sharing her recipes online, and if I remember well, … [Read More...]

Tapenade Recipe and Olive it! Cookbook Giveaway

I used to hate olives. Even their smell would put me off, but one day when I was around 19 or 20, I developed a taste for green olives. I now love them, especially Manzanilla … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Susan and her Plum & Ginger Muffins

I met Susan at Food Bloggers Connect in September, and as I was planning our trip to Inverness, Susan blogs at 'Mess in the Ness' and she was a brilliant source of information … [Read More...]

Thomas the Tank Engine – Jumpy and the Christmas Rescue

Today, there was a bit more than a chocolate coin in Jumpy's advent calendar. My little lady was over the moon when I handed her a personalised Christmas story we got … [Read More...]

Family Update – December 2015 

Is it me or is time speeding up at the moment? It seems like yesterday I heard the first mention of Christmas back in September (why do you do that, people?) and here we are, … [Read More...]

Which is Hardest: Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding?

I always imagined breastfeeding would be a lot harder than bottle feeding. As a French girl, it was natural for me to bottle feed: everyone close to me back home had done it. … [Read More...]

10 Minute Crafts – Easy Christmas Cards Children Can Make

My little ones are really into arts and crafts, and we love making cards together. We always try our very best to make our own Christmas cards and to have the whole family … [Read More...]

An Impromptu Evening with Friends & Meeting Father Christmas

I received an email from Brent Cross asking whether the children and I wanted to go to Santa's grotto this morning. I immediately cancelled our plans for the evening (cooking … [Read More...]

Fun Family Games for a Rainy Day

My children love nothing more than a parcel being delivered. The little things in life, hey? Only trouble, most parcels are for me and they are now allowed anywhere near them, … [Read More...]

Laughter, Meze, Hair and Massages (& a Giveaway)

Last Tuesday, I spent the evening with my friends Cé and Loraine. What a night! We had a lot of tea, a great catch up, ate plenty of tzatziki and smelly cheese. We also drank … [Read More...]

Eating, Sleeping, Swimming and Pampering at Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

“Wow, that’s fancy!” were the first words uttered by Crevette as we approached Kingsmills hotel, the first place we stayed at during our trip to the Highlands. Even in the … [Read More...]

Mail the Force Be with You!

The Perfect DIY Present for a Star Wars Fan - Advertisement Feature A few days ago, Hubby declared he did not want a single present for Christmas. Why does he do this? This … [Read More...]

How Do You Make Chocolate?

Have you ever wondered how chocolate was made? Yesterday, Crevette and I had a 'Mummy and Little Man day' in Central London. The highlight of our day out was a chocolate … [Read More...]

Just the Two of Us!

Crevette and I spent the day in London, just me and him, for the first time in ages. In fact, as we were chatting about it on the train, we could not even remember when we had … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Beeta & her Cinnamon Orange Raisin Brioche

Welcome to Feature My Food Friday! Today, I am introducing a woman after my own heart. After her first trip to Paris, Beeta adopted a love for everything French, including … [Read More...]

20 Christmas Gifts for £20 & Under

Warning: If you are one of our friends of a family member: please do not read this post as your Christmas present is most likely featured! First of all, let me apologise … [Read More...]

Easy Christmas Crafts: Make a Personalised Mitten Ornament

Ever since Crevette was born, I have made a small ornament for each of my little ones every year in the winter. Our little collection is growing and our homemade ornaments are … [Read More...]

Feature my Food Friday: Introducing Claire and her Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

Claire and I met a few months ago at a brilliant photography course. We stayed in touch ever since, and Claire recently featured me in her ‘I love your blog!’ series recently. … [Read More...]

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