Latest Mummy McAuliffe Blog Posts

SOFIA
Dec 04

I hinted here, back in July, that at the start of next year we would be graced with the arrival of a new Disney Princess! For more than 70 years, most little girls have grown up with dreams of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in their heads…but never before has there been a little girl princess. […]

flexible parenting
Nov 13

Today the government announced plans for a shakeup of the parental leave system in England, Scotland and Wales, which will give new mums the chance to share their maternity leave with their partner. Under the new system, which will come into effect in 2015, mothers will be able to return to work two weeks after […]

witch eye
Nov 12

When you have a new baby, you’re sent home from hospital with a stack of leaflets and booklets to read on everything from exercising your pelvic floor, to breastfeeding advice, to what temperature your baby’s room should be at night. I diligently read through most of these and there was one that really stuck in […]

Riverside Lifestyle xmas pudding
Nov 06

I’ve always been a keen home baker, and even more so now I have my trusty little helper by my side. The process may be a little slower and messier than it used to ever be, but there really is something lovely about baking cakes together on a wintry Sunday afternoon (usually while Daddy is […]

sleeping earache
Oct 23

One of my most vivid memories of childhood is being cuddled up with my Mum with earache. I suffered with earache a lot in my younger years, and bizarrely so did my husband. It therefore comes as no surprise that Little I complains of earache fairly often, usually during the night. It comes and goes […]

cute witch
Oct 22

Next week we have been invited to Disney HQ in London for a Halloween extravaganza! Of course it was crucial that my fancy dress-loving daughter got her outfit right for the occasion. Luckily, help was at hand in the form of Jokers’ Masquerade which has a huge selection of children’s Halloween costumes available. We got […]

pink car
Oct 11

They [mess] you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you. (Philip Larkin, This be the Verse) As much as my husband and I try to be ‘normal’, well-adjusted parents, I can already see recurring […]

writers-block
Oct 08

I haven’t written for my blog for a couple of weeks at least. That’s the longest break I’ve ever had from it I think, in the year that I’ve been writing it. In fact I think I missed its first birthday! One excuse is that I’ve been busy writing for another blog, for a new […]

gareth
Sep 12

This guest post is written by my friend Gareth Frampton, and is the first in a short series of posts about the realities of  being a stay-at-home Dad. Back in 2009, just a few months short of my daughter’s first birthday, I received some terrible news. I had been selected for redundancy. Some people would […]

raspberry lunchbox
Sep 10

Little I has just gone up to two full days at preschool, which brings with it a very exciting development…packed lunches! In the run-up to the new school terms we had the following conversation several times over: Little I: “I’m so excited to go back to preschool”. Me: “What bit are you most excited about?” […]

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