4 creative ways to make memories last

So, we're leaving London, our home of ten years. It started as a casual conversation across the three washing airers that are permanent residents in our living area. Like many city-dwellers before us, we were seduced by the idea of a bit more space. Considering their compact size, toddlers and babies have an amazing ability ...

After the mindfulness course – what happened next?

I received a letter in the post this morning, written in my own handwriting. I thought for a moment. It wasn't Valentine's Day, so what could it be? It was something I'd written 6 months ago, during the final session of an 8 week mindfulness course. I began the course as I was around 6 month's ...

A daily intention to improve your day

"So, does this mean I need to buy you a new ring?" My husband looked suspicious. "Well that's a nice idea", I replied as he retreated with some haste. "But it's not strictly necessary", I added, as the study door closed. Let me explain. I've been experimenting recently with setting daily intentions. Finding life with baby and ...

How full is your cup today?

How full is my cup? My cup is always full. In fact, I currently have five full cups of tea stationed around the flat. I never get the chance to bloody drink them. Or do you mean bra cups? Those particular cups do runneth over. Thanks to a ravenous baby they’re inflated beyond all reasonable proportions. There ...

A Father’s Day Note

The urgent need for a gift for my husband has found me in a pottery cafe, yet again, ruining perfectly good mugs with our children’s painted footprints. The irony is not lost on the toddler, who notes that I am less enthused about her handprints when they adorn the TV screen, the folding doors and ...

How to have a fun mini break, without leaving your house!

Ah, the promise of a weekend away: whether you're seeking sunshine,  craving culture or fantasising about foodie treats, a mini break can be just the ticket. Many millenia ago, circa 2012 BC (before children), we spent weekends skipping* around Europe with suitcases smaller than a packet of cornflakes and a, frankly reckless, absence of wet wipes. ...

Why babies make excellent meditation aids

Of late, my meditation practice (such as it was) has, like the rest of me, gone a bit slack. Every day I plan to factor in a little relaxation, a few stretches – something to soothe and refresh my tired, frayed mind. And then, the day whirls by in haze of toddler negotiations, baby feeding frenzies ...