Humour.

Mummy Friends: Ten Reasons You Need Them

Claire Kirby | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Personally I think this parenting gig is a whole lot tougher if you don't have Mummy Friends. Whatever life stage you are at you tend to feel better when you have people you can turn to who get where you are coming from because they are in the same situation as you.

Four Ways My Husband Does Things Differently

Katy Wright | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents
Katy Wright

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. My husband leaves the toilet seat up, I don't. He knows how to park a car, I don't. I can cry in public for...

An Apology to My Neighbours

Kate Chapman | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Kate Chapman

I have two teeny tearaways in my charge I seem to have found the volume button and it's got a bit stuck - on the LOUD setting. In my defence, we have quite a large back garden.

The Toddler-o - A Mummy's Alternative to the Gruffalo

Claire Kirby | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

" A toddler-o! Why, didn't you know? He has a terrible temper, and terrible scream, He won't share things and he's really mean."

I See You!

Elaine Benton | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The things people do when they assume no one is watching can be heart-warming, amusing, but occasionally just down right astonishing. I've often wondered what makes some men feel they can't be seen in the car.

Vegging: A Growing Phenomenon

Chris Sav | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Sav

The term vegging is usually used to describe the act of relaxing or just sitting around, but there is a small community that are looking to reclaim the word and use it to talk about another, wholly different kind of activity.

Rules for Visiting a New Mum

Claire Kirby | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

I'm going to make a sweeping generalisation here, but most new mums I know are not ready to let their new little person out of their sight. Hell it's traumatic leaving them to go for a wee. We check them every two minutes to make sure they are still breathing. There's no way on this earth that you are taking my new-born baby out into the big wide world and away from me.

Periods... Bloody Hell!

Kat Treacy | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Treacy

I no longer hide my tampon box underneath my shopping. I recently made a very typically female purchase of tampons, white wine, paracetemol and a bag of salad. All that was missing was a box of chocolates!

Laughing at Anxiety - Or With It - Or Something

Neil Hughes | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Neil Hughes

I've spent the last couple of years getting to the bottom of my anxiety, finding the root causes of it, and developing a set of tools to handle it when it arises. Laughter is just one tool, but it's one of my favourites.

The Circus of Parenthood

Hannah Clarke | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents
Hannah Clarke

There are no sick days as a parent no matter how cruddy or sleep-deprived or manic you may feel. In said state of cruddy, sleep-deprived mania, I decided that being a parent is like being a one-man circus for both mums and dads. Here's why.

How to Get Wrinkles You'll Actually Want!

Katy Wright | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Parents
Katy Wright

It is no surprise that these days often come after you have been up ALL night because one of them wet the bed and the other one randomly burst into song at 4am. You may have been dealing with choppers coming through, unstoppable projectile vomit, raging temperatures or night terrors.

Drinking Caffeine After Quitting Caffeine: What I Learned

Harvey Wilks | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

After a full month of not drinking caffeine I've just been and had my first coffee - a tasty, bitter black Americano. Relishing the first, piping-hot sip in slow motion, I sat down to chat to a colleague about existential copywriter stuff and what stuff means and stuff.

The Least Important Blog You'll Ever Read

Ian Watson | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Ian Watson

On my second visit I was cheerily told that there was no bacon... or sausage... or eggs... or baguettes. It was 8:45 and they're meant to be serving this stuff till eleven. I left, annoyed, like a pup denied milk at his mother's teat.

Ten Short Girl Mummy Problems

Claire Kirby | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

It all starts off fine. You bring your little bundle of helpless joy home from the hospital in a state of awe and shock. You eventually emerge from the newborn fog and begin to feel like you have a handle on this. Then your baby gets clever.

Prison Break

Katy Wright | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Wright

Having recently watched Orange is the New Black on Netflix, I can honestly say that a stint in prison at this moment in time would do me the world of good. Here's why.

Having a Laugh in Advertising

Kyle O'Brien | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Kyle O'Brien

Deconstructing humour isn't funny. Certainly, no joke was ever made funnier by explaining it. "Let me tell you why that's funny," might even be a prelude to getting punched in the kisser at a pub.

Delusions of a Perfect Mothers Day

Claire Kirby | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Replace the nice restaurant, well-behaved children and hot food, with a soft play centre, very noisy children and chicken in a basket, and you are a lot closer to reality. The truth is you are only going to have a happy mothers day if the kids are happy. And that means doing what they love.

Signs Your Baby is Teething

Claire Kirby | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

You have bags under your eyes big enough for a trip to New York in the January sales. With a good exchange rate to boot. No amount of Toche Eclat can save you from these bad boys. Sunglasses is the only answer. Even if you are indoors.

Dispelling the Myth of the Lazy Student

James Beeson | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Beeson

We all know the stereotype. Students are lazy, good-for-nothing deadbeats, who do nothing but nap all day and party all night. Right? Actually, I think you'll find that for many of us, the reality is something quite different.

How Many Hands Does It Take to Change a Nappy?

Claire Kirby | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Babies are deceptive by nature. As newborns they lull their hapless parents into a false sense of security by laying perfectly still for every nappy change. However they soon reach their developmental milestones.

The Lesbian Drinking Game

E J Rosetta | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

Nights out with large groups can be grating, and large numbers can really distract your peers from the task in hand - Drinking. So in order to combat this annoyance, I suggest you insist on playing The Lesbian Drinking Game alongside the rest of the general merriment. And here are the rules.

How to Have Sex When You Have Babies

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

You and your partner agree to have an 'early' night. Search the underwear drawer for something other than pyjamas. Options are; nighties (baggy tee shirts), comfortable knickers, two old maternity bras, three used breast pads or a random thong that must have escaped the Great Thong Purge of 2010.

Are You Living With a Chatterbox?

Claire Kirby | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

A chatterbox is quite happy to talk to anyone about anything. And by anyone I mean; strangers in the street, the ladies in the supermarket and the neighbour you don't know very well. And by anything I mean; what picture they have on their pants today, that Daddy parped really loud this morning, and that "Mummy said our neighbours are very noisy."

Pregnancy Announcement

Claire Kirby | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Thank goodness my announcements are done, because there is no way in the world I would have had the patience to plan a 'surprise announcement.' Hell, I didn't even have the Patience to wait until my period was late to take the test.

Rookie Parenting Mistakes

Claire Kirby | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Here are my tales from the front line. The rookie mistakes I made in my first five years of parenting. Of course, I only made them with my first son because when the second came along I knew exactly what I was doing. Can you smell smoke?!