Latest Mummy McAuliffe Blog Posts

Rapunzel in the garden
Aug 12

I have always been completely rubbish at fancy dress. I can never seem to sum up the enthusiasm that’s needed to pull it off. I always leave my costume until the last minute to organise, and then it’s a last minute panic to sort out some kind of half-hearted effort. I have always admired my […]

hotel room
Aug 03

Sunday evening I stayed in a central London hotel, all by myself. Yes, that’s right…all by myself! I admit that my stay was purely for work reasons. I had an early start the next day and didn’t want to be contending with Olympics travel chaos. But despite the work agenda, the overnight stay turned out […]

babies at work
Jul 18

I have been working for myself from home since 2006, and so when I fell pregnant with Little I in late 2008, my hope was that I would be able to return to work fairly quickly. As I’m sure all first-time Mums do, I’d imagined I’d have an idyllic baby who would nap for hours […]

mummy-using-ipad
Jul 17

Are you contemplating adding a monthly iPad contract to your bills list? We recently faced the same question. As mums in today’s busy world, we have systems in place for keeping our lives organised, from electronic calendars to chalkboards with scribbled notes hanging up in the kitchen. But what if all of your systems could […]

Jelly shoes
Jul 15

A big part of me doesn’t want to write this post, but another part of me is coaxing me on, telling me it’s an important event in Little I’s life that I need to document, before the raw memories fade. Maybe I should begin with the biggest lesson we are taking away from this incredibly […]

flower arranging
Jul 10

Tonight I am baking a cake for Little I’s last ever playgroup.  I can’t believe that at the tender age of three, she is already too old for something! For the past week, every time I’ve thought about it, I’ve felt myself welling up. For two years it has been the special activity that we […]

Sofia The First
Jul 02

When it comes to the nature versus nurture debate, there is one thing that is 100 per cent ‘nature’ with girls…and that’s their obsession with princesses. Where does it come from? The whole princess and fairytale thing really fascinates me, particularly since it reinforces all of those female stereotypes that we probably don’t encourage as […]

Britmums badge
Jun 26

Spending two days with 500+ mummy bloggers (and a handful of very brave Dads!) at BritMums Live! has been an incredibly thought-provoking, inspiring, uplifting, escapist, tiring and slightly confusing experience. My mind is overflowing with so many ideas, dilemmas and resolutions that I think it will be a good few days before I digest everything […]

messy home
Jun 21

A friend of mine recently suggested that I should delve into the subject of how difficult it is to keep a home clean and tidy when you have young children to look after. Before you read any further, I should disclaim that this post does not offer any solution to this perennial problem that I […]

Cows
Jun 19

I had never heard of Open Farm Sunday before. I stumbled across a mention of it by chance on Twitter last week, and it’s turned out to be a real hidden gem. It takes place on one Sunday each year, when hundreds of farms across the UK are opened up to the public for free. […]

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