7 things you should do before becoming a mama

Hello, This is a guest post I wrote two weeks ago for Cheila, of Pink for Days:   “I bet she’s going to say “save up”, “party hard” and “travel a lot”,’ I can hear you thinking. But I’m not going to say these things because they’re obvious. We all know that you can’t go…

“Are you a good driver?” Test

Why do I keep going on about driving? Because, unless we live in a large city with good public transports, we spend ages behind the steering wheel. Also, as soon as we become parents, we turn into the kids’ default taxi service. So let’s see if we are up to… speed with our driving. Have…

“Don’t wash during your periods” and other menstruation myths

The most mystifying of all the bad pieces of advice that we’ve collected this week is the advice about periods: don’t wash your hair, don’t have a shower, don’t touch plants during your periods. Where does this cleanliness ban – which, from your comments, seems to have spread from Italy to India to Scotland –…

How To Join A Fitness Class (with dignity)

If the idea of joining a fitness class makes you feel like a child starting a new school, you’re not alone. Joining an ongoing fitness class is not just like starting a new school, but like joining a new school half-way through the year: you don’t know the rooms, the routines, the other people, but…

How To Argue With Your Partner

Move away from fragile items. Stick to the original topic. If your started off about dirty laundry and, after a while, you find yourselves arguing over money, unless you’ve mentioned a launderette along the way, you’ve gone off topic. Mentioning in-laws, each other’s friends or pets grants an instant penalty shoot to the adversary. An…

Taming The Driving Jitters

When I have to drive my husband’s car or a rental car or any car that’s not my trusted little one, I feel like I’m eighteen again. I don’t mean young/fit/adventurous eighteen. No, unfortunately not. I mean scared-to-drive eighteen. So this is my advice to you who are: eighteen (or seventeen) and harbour homicidal impulses…