Are You A ‘Claire’?

I can’t count the times I’ve set off for the high street in search of sensible, flattering clothes and returned home empty-handed, with the suspicion that there was something wrong with me. How else could it be that, with all that bountiful array on parade in all the shop windows, I couldn’t find anything suitable?…

Love is…

Maybe you haven’t got a giant nose and don’t need sunscreen to protect it: a hat will suffice. Maybe your nose is so dainty that you don’t even need a hat: your quiff is enough. Or maybe you’ve already applied sunscreen yourself. Whatever your nose’s status, what are the little gestures that, perhaps in an…

Do you know how to use public footpaths?(Totally free!)

I’m really passionate about this topic because I think that many people are missing out on a great opportunity to have fun and stay healthy without spending a penny. Walking in the countryside or among greenery has been proven to improve physical and mental health, fighting anxiety and depression. Still,  when I walk in the…

Pesto with bacon and broad beans (and a little disaster)

Serendipity sometimes brings scientists to discover potent medicines, musicians to conjure heart-wrenching tunes, and mamas to concoct new recipes. It’s when you’re desperate to use up the stuff in your fridge before going on a holiday that you feel adventurous enough to try something silly, steeped in the knowledge that you can justify the inevitable…

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…

Packing tips for a stress-free holiday

Holidays are usually fab and fun, but can also be stressful. Packing wisely will help you face any travelling glitches with the confidence of someone who’s wearing clean underpants. Pack aspirationally… … but realistically Pack items with compatible styles and colours, then mix and match them to create many different outfits to make your travelling…

Why keeping secrets is bad for you

Keeping a secret gives you stress (Huffington post , Forbes), this has been known for a while. Now new studies show that how often we think about our secrets makes a big difference (The Economist). Scientists have found that people who thought about their secrets less often than once a week had better health and…

Awards time!

Hi! I didn’t think you would be interested in what I do, like and… mess up, but two very sweet bloggers, Cheila from Pink For Days  and Mrs S LDN nominated me for these awards, so I owe it to them to write this post (thank you girls! I’m chaffed that you’ve chosen little me!)…

“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 –…

What’s The Worst Advice Your Mum Gave You?

Mums are usually wonderful and wise but they can make mistakes and give some bad advice. “Don’t wash your hair during your periods.” This is an old Italian belief, together with a ban on having showers and on touching plants – which would die. Hey, lady gardeners, it’s time for weeding! “Never contradict your husband,…