The life and times of a happy go lucky blogger in London

My first London flat was on Ladbroke Grove, a huge run down Victorian house which was converted into tiny flats and it was jam packed with media luvvies and creative types. I remember working for a PR agency and when I was doing the rounds of the glossies with a story, mentioning to a journalist […]

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Sunday is Mothers’ Day or Mothering Sunday or any excuse to sell anything whatever it’s called these days.  However you look at it, it’s hard to forget, avoid or not be a part of. It’s a poignant day for me; more one of remembrance than celebration as sadly, My Mum died a few years ago. […]

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I was on the phone when my daughter got home from school on Friday. While I was talking I was absent-mindedly looking at the small razor cuts which my fingers had sustained from cutting out stencils earlier. The look of excitement and anticipation on my daughter’s face made me smile. As I waved her past […]

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In any given situation, there will always be extremes, or differences of opinion, and breastfeeding is no different. There’s always is and will be teeth sucking, eye rolling, tutting and shakes of the head when the topic of breast is best arises. Save the Children’s Superfood for Babies report, an important body of work, is […]

School girl Martha Payne challenged the catering at her school by writing a blog which has become a global phenomenon

In this post, I want to explore the ups and down, ins and outs of social media and the habits of the younger generation. A few years ago, I suggested Facebook Lite for kids, an idea which would maybe help parents let their children onto the social networking site but have some parental guidance in place. […]

I am at the Design Council this morning for the great debate about parents, children, marketing and social media. And of course us ‘mummy bloggers’ are at the heart of this discussion. On the panel: Jules Kendrick, Mumsnet Jane Rumble, Ofcom Julie Adair, exBBC and Disney Maurice Wheeler, Coco Here’s some more about what is […]


Yesterday we took to the South Downs for a 5 mile walk among the most beautiful countryside and to raise funds and awareness for Water Aid. ‘We’ being a large group of ambassadors including Rosie Scribble, Mummytips, Mummy in Manolos and Bumpwear Claire – all with children aged from 18 months to 11 years. It […]

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On the evening of the new ITV show, Born to Shine, which I’m literally heading out the door to see any moment, it’s quite fitting that I publish my interview with celebrity ambassador; Natasha Kaplinsky. While she needs no further introduction, Natasha has been the face that’s greeted us for many years when she’s presented […]

It’s been a busy week for me as I’ve been to three events this week; all of them digital and each of them unique. First was the Cannt (the antihero of Cannes), the second was the NMA Awards at The Grovesnor (where my fabulous colleague Laura JB won The Greatest Contribution to New Media Award) […]


Since last Summer, I’ve been on a mission to discover the truth about feminism and on my journey I’ve discovered some pretty random things; A-list, or should I say hair-list, celebrity armpits, a she-chauvinist Spice Girl, lots of books and a Borat clip. These are the window dressings of the mainstream media when it tries […]

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When your child wants one big thing for their birthday, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and shell out for it, especially when it’s something very healthy that you can’t dispute like a new bike. That coupled with a cycling proficiency test made the big present a must. We went together to buy […]

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If like me you have an under 13 year old in the house who has a mobile phone and email account, you might just find yourself being pestered to open up a facebook account. But it’s a tricky call. Should I allow her to have an account, do I set it up and have log […]

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I travel a lot because I like to, and more often than not, it’s with my daughter. We’ve had both good and bad journeys but I always try and engender a sense of awareness in her so that she behaves herself, we all do don’t we? As women, we are told we play many roles […]

I have to admit to having a bit of a school uniform panic. It’s not just the shopping, it’s the rapid growth of my beanpole 10 year old – she’s not only outgrown last year’s school shoes but her bike as well. So when we were mooching around the shops the other day I wondered […]

Every day the power of blogging and twitter and social media is questioned. And so it should be, for where would we be without answers? ‘Why do you blog?’ ‘What’s the point of twitter?’ ‘Who actually cares?’ ‘What’s the point?’ I say actions speak louder than words, why waste time on theory when we already […]

The World Cup-silly-season has arrived it seems and with it a ‘Lock up your daughters’ scare story. We are going to hear more about early onset puberty and as parents it’s something that’s going to worry us all. I urge you to do your own research; speak to your doctor, look at trusted sources and […]

Fancy winning a weekend trip for two to Lesley Waters’ cooking school in Dorset? All you have to do is create a whole grain recipe using selected Nestle cereals – they are easy to find, just look for the green banner. I’m supporting Team Whole Grain as I believe it’s a great campaign to get […]

Residents of our local Eco village have been served with an eviction notice to quit the land. Now, first of all, let’s not confuse this with Eco the very chic upcycling shop on Chiswick High Road in which Colin Firth has a vested interest. This Eco village is a ‘grow your own village’ – a […]

These rather grubby fox cubs usually get up at 8am or so and have a stretch out in the sunshine before having a bit of a lark about and then making their way out of our garden and into the neighbourhood to forage or do whatever they do.

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We’ve discussed puberty and body changes, and I’ve tried to have the ‘period’ talk, but brandishing a box of Lillets and complaining about the rigors of PMT is not really going to answer her questions. Perusing the shelves of my favourite bookshop in Kew on Saturday, I hit parenting gold. I found this book:

It’s not often you get to spend the morning with a room full of celebrity chefs and nutritionists who are all geared towards helping children eat better. In fact it’s a luxury I could not turn down. Frazzled and bombarded by daily media outcries about obese Britain, us Mums can’t do right for doing wrong […]

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Magical powers, super hero tendencies, genius IQ, perfect teeth, perfect pitch, small feet, a button nose – what is the one gift you want your daughter to have? It’s the countdown to my daughter’s birthday and on March 1 Miniminx will reach double figures. That’s a whopping 10 whole years on the planet. It’s quite […]

When we checked out on Wednesday, the place was really open for business and as I was chatting to the staff on reception, I spotted a few people coming to check in. And that really is the main event – now the launch is out of the way, there are lots of people who are very keen to come and see the embodiment of the new Butlins Hotel – it’s bright, breezy and unashamedly bubbly.

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She is pictured here, superstyle in hot pink raybans and languishing on a bed of super skinny organic dwarf beans. Stylist: Mininminx Photographer: Nixdminx Accessories: Sainsburys, model’s own

It seems we no longer want to hide behind our blogger handles I’m no longer just a gravatar – since April, I’ve become less reticent about hiding behind my nixdminx name. Yes, I am actually a real person, so why hide from it? So when the lovely Tara asked me for a photo for her […]

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