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Sometimes… But today…

Sometimes Sometimes the girls go to bed easily. Teeth, stories, songs, reading, lights out, sleep. Sometimes we then have the energy and time to tidy round the downstairs fully. And make their pack lunches the night before. Sometimes we’re on top of homework, and it’s all ready to hand in,… read more


Friday Night: Parent-style

Friday Night: Going Out From sixth-form though to my mid-twenties, Friday night would mean only one thing: Going Out. Oooh, how I loved it! It wasn’t just the going out part. It was the Getting Ready. Sometimes on your own, but mostly with a whole group of girls, outfits would… read more


California Dreaming: Hello from the other side* (of the Atlantic)

* credit Adele. As my lovely co-author, Jassy Davis of Gin & Crumpets fame, recently reminded me, it’s five years since we got our hands on the first sample copies of The Contented Calf Cookbook. Five years! Wow. It feels simultaneously both like a lifetime ago and yet just a blink… read more


17 Things I now do in, on or around the loo

I realised something the other day (whilst sitting on the loo): before I had kids, I never really thought about what I did in, on or around the loo. I don’t think anyone does to be fair. All that happened in them / on them were Number Ones, Number Twos, ‘Ladies Business’… read more


My ‘Mummy Health’: Time Out

Time out. Two words that strike not fear as such, but complete frustration into the heart of my 4YO. (It’s still very much a fun game for 2YO, so not as effective.) Time out for 4YO is one of the worst things that can happen to her – she is… read more


Breastfeeding, Low Milk Supply & Formula Feeding: ‘Spotty Baby’ Guest Post

Our breastfeeding formula There are a number of themes that tend to reoccur on this blog and on our Facebook pages: health, nutrition, breastfeeding (naturally), how what we eat can affect our health, and how formula is not the devil. These are all things I feel passionate about. So that’s… read more


International Day of Happiness: Thank you for the days

Today is International Day of Happiness. This is well-timed for me, as I’ve recently been reflecting on happiness and positivity. I’ve always been a positive person. I tend to be of the belief that we only have one life, so we might as well make the most of it, and… read more


Parents Evening? And I’m the parent. Really…??

Last week was parents evening at 4YO’s school. Naturally it fell (yet again) on a week when hubby was away and couldn’t make it. Luckily my wonderful friend, neighbour and fellow reception-parent had a later appointment than me, so offered to look after (and feed – thank you lots!) 4YO… read more


2014: New year, new routine

For most people the new year starts on the 1st January. For me it’s normally March (see 2011 post Happy New Year!!). But this year, I’m upping my game bringing it forward: 1st February 2014 will officially start New Year in the Contented Calf house. There are a number of… read more


Twickenham ten years on: making new friends

The start of a new year is always a time for reflection isn’t it? And over this Christmas and New Year period I got to thinking. We have lived in our house ten years this summer, and in Twickenham ten years October just gone. That’s a long time!! And I… read more


A New Term, a New Chapter: School

September: the start of a new term; the start of a new school year (a little later than most for us newbie reception class parents); very much feeling like the start of a new season; and the start of a new chapter in the Contented Calf household. As I sit here,… read more


I’m Leaning In – to work, and motherhood

It’s funny how in life sometimes things come together at the same time isn’t it? For me this has come in the form of reading Sheryl Sandberg’s excellent book, Lean In, and attending the first ever Mumsnet Workfest this weekend. Although I’d heard her name, I first took more notice… read more


A Good Morning all round

After a happy drop-off at nursery with all smiles, no tears, as I headed back home on the bus, I realised that today was turning out to be a good day. It may have only been 8:35am, but already I was ready to brand it a success!  And here’s why:… read more


What did you do today? I was ‘busy doing nothing, working the whole day through’

One Thursday morning a couple of months ago, I suddenly realised it was approaching 11am and BF and I had not really done anything. I wasn’t really that bothered as it was half-term from her usual Thursday morning swimming lessons and so we didn’t have to rush anywhere. And to… read more


Parenthood in Pictures

I’ve been wondering what do with Contented Calf’s ‘Parenthood in Pictures’ for a while now.  I wanted to keep it, and to keep adding to it, as there’s still things I see most weeks where I see things (which generally make me smile) and think “that’s because I’m a parent”…. read more


“Poo-st Traumatic” Stress

Before I had my daughter, friends with babies extolled the virtues of joining the NCT.  They were right – through my NCT classes I met a wonderful group of friends.  We’ve supported each other through our ups and downs and general experiences of Mummydom.  However, most of what we talked… read more