Latest Mummy McAuliffe Blog Posts

the goldfinch
Jul 14

At the beginning of the year, one of my many resolutions was to try and read at least one book a month. Little did I know that resolution would be completely thrown out the window when I picked up Donna Tartt’s epic new novel The Goldfinch…but hand on heart, it was completely worth breaking my […]

the stable
Jul 08

Poole Quay is little more than a stone’s throw from my home, but for some reason it’s one of those places we only think to visit occasionally. After every visit, we always end up saying, “why don’t we come here more often?” But then I guess it wouldn’t have such novelty value if we did. […]

eating ricecake
Jun 04

Wolfy has been a little slow on the uptake with weaning. He is hopelessly addicted to his milk and hasn’t quite seen the need for anything else. Looking at him, you certainly wouldn’t say he was going without! But at his eight month check a couple of weeks ago our health visitor gently advised that […]

When Nurture Calls campaign
May 13

Would you go to a cafe, buy a coffee, and then sit in the toilets to drink it? I’m presuming in most cases the answer would be ‘no’! So WHY is it acceptable for some business owners to ask a nursing mum to feed their hungry baby in the toilets? The logic baffles me. I […]

Chocolate cupcakes
May 06

As our humungous Easter egg stash begins to dwindle, finally…it seems like the perfect time to consider whether we have the willpower to go sugar-free for a month, or maybe more! If this is a topic that interests you, you may like to check out my guest post, ‘Should my family go sugar-free?‘, on parenting […]

defibrillator roleplay
Mar 19

I heard in the news recently that Asda is to be placing defibrillators in all of its 609 stores across the UK, through an agreement with the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Until last August, I had absolutely no idea that any member of the public can use a defibrillator within an emergency situation, if one […]

The Husband's Secret
Feb 07

A survey published this week found that mothers have on average just 17 minutes of ‘me time’ a day. Apparently these moments of peace are spent reading a book, having a (hot!) cup of tea, or watching soaps on TV. Reading will always win hands down for me, with a hand-crafted coffee running in close […]

Child with phone
Jan 29

It’s a very different world that my children are growing up in, compared to the world that I knew as a child. Technological advances over the past 30 years have been immense, and I truly believe that as a result, our children’s minds are being wired in a completely different way to our own. Technology […]

sleeping baby
Nov 14

Selecting a baby monitor can be such a difficult decision for first time parents. We agonised over which model to get before Little I was born, reading hundreds of reviews online and asking friends what they had. When it comes to baby safety, I’m sure most parents would be willing to pay a premium for […]

siblings
Oct 12

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, but I have a very good excuse I promise! On 2 September I gave birth to our gorgeous new son. We’re all doing really well, if a little sleep deprived. As my regular readers will know, I choose not to use my daughter’s real name on […]

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