Blowing out the candles on birthday party politics: The rules

Invites: If you want to invite one person  to a birthday party from a group/club/class/clique, you must invite the entire group/club/class, no exceptions, so nobody is left out. Birthday Cake: It should be bigger than the cake at the last party you went to. The birthday girl/boy’s parents must spend at least 48 hours hand … More Blowing out the candles on birthday party politics: The rules

Mini Moon: Getting married with kids Mini Mooning in Amsterdam 

Like a lot of couples these days we had kids and moved in together, before we got married. We did things the “other way” around to traditional “norms.” Whilst our lives revolve around our kids, however, we were determined to have some ‘us’ time in the midst of Wedding craziness.  So we planned a “Mini … More Mini Moon: Getting married with kids Mini Mooning in Amsterdam 

Birth Choices: Why you DON’T “have to” – Your Baby, Your Body, Your Choice)

My second birth was so enjoyable and beautiful but my first birth was anything but. Why? Because the second time around I attended a Birth Choices group where a Doula (professional birthing partner) gave me some simple yet labour-changing advice. She said: “At any point in your pregnancy and birth you’re allowed to say no … More Birth Choices: Why you DON’T “have to” – Your Baby, Your Body, Your Choice)

Junior Doctors Strike: Save them who saved my baby #ThankYouNHS

What does the NHS mean to you?  As Junior Doctors walk out and this time the emergency care staff too, it’s an important time to reflect and take stock of what our National Health Service provides, free of charge, to people like you and me. Now I’m not saying it’s a perfect organisation, far from … More Junior Doctors Strike: Save them who saved my baby #ThankYouNHS

Autism Awareness Week: #MyAutisticBrother Oscar steps up to the challenge

My little (but tall) brother Oscar is autistic. Last weekend, he surprised us all by completing the Wakefield 10k Road Race, his first ever race, in just over an hour. He has never run before now. And as it’s Autism Awareness Week I thought I would make a film about his honest, inspiring, beautiful and … More Autism Awareness Week: #MyAutisticBrother Oscar steps up to the challenge

Easter Monday: Get dancing along at home with this free theatrical treat

I’m a big believer that theatre should be for everyone regardless of their, income, background or intellect. Everyone should be allowed to enjoy and be inspired by art and expression. So I’m pleased to see that once again Northern Ballet’s show for children will air on CBeebies. It’s their fourth ballet for children this time … More Easter Monday: Get dancing along at home with this free theatrical treat

Recipe: Flourless Tunisian Orange Cake tray bake #TastyTuesdays

Recently, at my friend Ferret’s wedding I tried a delicious tray bake cake which was so scrumptious, I just had to find the recipe from its maker Cis Heaviside. But before we continue let me just big up my super chef fiance Chris Hale who is competing in this year’s MasterChef on BBC One at … More Recipe: Flourless Tunisian Orange Cake tray bake #TastyTuesdays

Revolucion de Cuba Rum Bar and Cantina: Cocktails, Burritos and Samba dancing = a fun fiesta of a night

Whether it’s flaming cocktails or friendly Samba girls that takes your fancy, the latest addition to Leeds’ nightlife is sure to light up those dark January nights. Revolucion de Cuba opened its Leeds branch late last year to the sound of Samba Reggae Drums from the northeast of Brazil accompanied by a knock-out cocktail menu. … More Revolucion de Cuba Rum Bar and Cantina: Cocktails, Burritos and Samba dancing = a fun fiesta of a night

Free First Aid course: Yorkshire Ambulance Service saved my baby

As if paramedics don’t do enough for us already. But the awesome people at Yorkshire Ambulance Service deliver free first aid courses in the community as well. And I am begging you to take up their offer. You really really don’t think it’s going to happen to you. And before you know it, your baby … More Free First Aid course: Yorkshire Ambulance Service saved my baby