(An unread but highly anticipated) Book Review


I picked Maggie up at her childminder’s and she greeted me with a huge grin and ran over to the door shouting, ‘Mummy, my Mummy’ in a way that would break a Ma’s heart. But within thirty seconds she was refusing to put on her coat, screamed, straightened her back and lay on the ground to have a tantrum, as she is wont to do these days. Instead, I picked her up to prevent said-tantrum and she pulled my hair and hit me across the face!

Dear Lord, that was a first I can tell you. I don’t know who was more shocked – me or the poor childminder who only sees the best side of Maggie and has never yet heard her complain. I couldn’t believe she had actually yanked my hair! I didn’t know what to do so hastily bundled her into the car and almost as soon as it started it was over.


‘Toddler Taming’ by Dr Christopher Green arrived in the post.

I will of course, dear reader, let you know what it is like in due course. Let’s hope there is a chapter on the Terrible Pre-twos and that it tells me that I’m lucky because we are getting it out of the way early. And that it won’t last. And that of course we haven’t done anything wrong.

Fingers crossed.


#Silent Sunday


Have yourself a merry little Christmas shopping…Part 1

Last week the Coca-Cola Christmas truck was spotted in London, and that can mean only one thing – while it’s far too early to put up your tree or wear your Christmas jumper, the Christmas season has definitely begun (and most importantly you should start planning your Christmas shopping now!)

I don’t mean go out and buy everything in November, I mean write a list, look up ‘stuff’, google, search, meander websites looking for inspiration for the Christmas presents you will buy in the next 40 days. Everyone knows that there is nothing better than buying a few final pressies the weekend before Christmas and spending Christmas Eve over a glass of red wine wrapping them beautifully. But any good shopper will tell you that they have already done all the ground-work long ago, and in many cases have bought a fair amount of presents already. Just don’t tell anyone how organised you are – it destroys the illusion !

I’m a member of every Friends & Family / yummy mummy club there is and I often get sent vouchers and promotional codes for money off various products.

So to help out with the delightful task of early Christmas shopping, or just pre-Christmas ‘me’ shopping, I have collated a list of what I think are the best deals to be had on the high street over the next few days. But hurry! Some deals run out on Sunday.

32.5% off plus FREE delivery

This week Debenhams has a 25% off Christmas Spectacular sale which ends on Sun 18 Nov 2012. To get an extra 10% off the 25% sale enter the code FJ23, (unfortunately the 10% off code doesn’t apply to concessions, fragrance or beauty). Delivery’s free over the whole Christmas period.

Gap 30% off everything
By Mon 19 Nov, enter the code GAPSAVE30 online at Gap or download the voucher and take it to your nearest store. Delivery’s £4

Monsoon 20% off all Ladies and Children’s clothing
This Friends & Family offer starts today until Sunday 18th November in store and online. Just enter code FRIENDS20 or show in store.

Dorothy Perkins 25% off
Enter the code DPFWD online at Dorothy Perkins. Delivery’s £4. Or, avoid delivery costs by printing this voucher and taking it to your nearest store. Excludes Kardashian Collection.
Offer ends Sun 18 Nov 2012.

Free Oasis £10 gift card in £1 mag
£10 minimum spend, so find something that price and it’s ‘free’.
Pick up this month’s Look magazine (usually £1.80 but currently £1 in Tesco stores, Nicole Scherzinger on the cover) and you’ll find the gift card inside, to use at Oasis online or in-store by Sun 18 Nov 2012. You can’t use it on sale items or jewellery.

There are a few things for £10 in-store, including tights, socks and slipper socks, meaning you won’t pay anything other than £1 for the magazine.

Sainsbury’s ‘Free’ £10 baby bundle (£3.71 spend)
Buy nappies, print voucher and get £10 of goods
Nectar cardholders need to register to Sainsbury’s baby & toddler club online, get a voucher and buy any pack of Huggies Newborn nappies with that voucher. You must be pregnant or have a baby under the age of 3 months to get the freebie.

Sainsbury’s £12 off £60 grocery
Online code for new customers.
Enter the code VVTC-3FTC-3PJN online at Sainsbury’s by Fri 23 Nov 2012. Delivery’s from £3.95.

Happy shopping everyone!