April 18, 2015

Don’t Drink and Drive: Not Just a Christmas Campaign

Steering hand

    We are all aware of the increase in the ‘don’t drink and drive’ campaigns during the run-up to Christmas but raising awareness of the dangers of drink driving shouldn’t be limited to the festive period. The onset of summer, with its warmer weather, garden BBQs, lunchtime tipples and long, lazy weekends with friends […]

The Disturbing Trend of Frankenstein Foods: Are We Really a Nation of Culinary Sloths?

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    Growing up with a Turkish mother and a Greek father, my brother and I were raised with the delights of mediterranean food. Every meal was made from scratch with fresh ingredients. Our home would constantly be filled with the aroma of fresh herbs and spices and we were introduced to a variety of […]

What’s the Most Important Thing Your Mother Taught You?


    Originally marking ‘a day in praise of mothers’ on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and a day when maids and servants were granted time off from serving their masters in order to visit their mothers, Mothering Sunday is here again. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums reading this! Many will stop to […]

What REALLY Makes You Happy?

    If the photo of Sid is anything to go by, winning a race is probably it. For those of us that don’t run, it’s probably not winning races. In fact, not running them at all is likely to make us happier. The last few mornings have been absolutely blissful. The days are becoming […]

Do Hard Things


    It isn’t rare to be faced with a certain reaction when someone hears of our plans. It is especially common to be faced with the same reaction when people hear how large our family is. We also come across it when they hear how we’ve chosen to live our lives, opting for home […]

Making Homemade Ravioli: It’s a Family Affair

how to make homemade ravioli

  My Saturday plans to make fresh ravioli for dinner ended up with the opening of the culinary domestic sweatshop. Paddy came on board to cook the filling earlier on during the day. Afternoon came around and with the filling now cool, it was time to begin preparing the ravioli. Obviously, with 13 of us […]

A Week of Birthdays


    We ended up marking the end of more than a month of various bugs and illness by celebrating three birthdays within five days. Ben celebrated his 22nd birthday on the 10th, miles away from us of course, being in the chilly north for uni while we are remain in the almost-as-chilly-but-not-quite-as-cold south-east. A […]

Common Misconceptions of Care

Young doctor holds the old  woman's hand

    As most people only have to think about care when it comes to a certain point in their lives – either they have to consider care for an elderly relative or they may have to think about their own needs – it often holds some mystique with people who carry lots of wrong […]

How The Family Stays Strong Through A Separation

Paper chain family protected in cupped hands

    Unfortunately, up to 42% of marriages in the UK end in separation. But that certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t maintain a strong and happy family. As parents, if you are unhappy, you owe it to yourself and your children to address that. This unhappiness will have a much more serious affect on […]

Wake me when spring comes


  We don’t get along very well, winter and I. I completely dislike this season of the year, with its bare and barren nature. I harbour utter resentment for the absence of sunshine and warmth, and it’s all I can do to hold on until spring. With the turn of the year we look back […]

Pros And Cons Of Giving Your Toddler A Sibling

Kids sticking out tongues

    When your first child reaches their second birthday, it is so easy to forget the hardships we have suffered as Mums getting to this point. Once we had decided we wanted a family, it felt like it took an age to get pregnant. Every month spent waiting to see if this was the […]

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