Not so Funee…

Mummy has flu. Mummy hasn’t had flu since 1993. In 1993 she took 5 days off work and spent the whole week in bed, sipping Beechams. But Mums can’t do that, can they? Mums still have to get the washing done, get the kids to school, feed the kids, only crawling back to bed once their children’s basic needs are met. Trouble is, when people see you coping with those minimum essentials, they tend to believe you’re not really as ill as you claim to be. Only a Mum knows that you will do whatever it takes, no matter how …

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(Silent) Sunday… For Kerry

Silent Sunday comes early for Actually Mummy this week, as we take a moment at 10pm to celebrate Multiple Mummy, and send healing thoughts to her and her family. Neither is it silent on this occasion. How could it be…? Come back safe Kerry x

Beautiful fairy lights from Blaze On

You know how when you grow out of Peppa Pig night lights, you’re too cool for the infamous Sleepytime Bunny, or teddies just don’t cut it any more? You can’t quite give up the need for a light in your room, but you prefer to label it an “aesthetic accessory?” You trawl Amazon looking for interesting fairy lights, there aren’t many, but you settle on one and install it by your bed. And it looks fabulous! It really does – until the batteries run out… We recently discovered Blaze On, who amongst other gorgeous things, sell beautiful fairy lights – …

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Shrek the Musical: best pantomime ever!

Me and the Bug have been begging to see Shrek the Musical ever since it was first advertised. The prices of West End Theatre tickets being what they are, M&D restrict us to one show per year, and I had asked this year for Matilda (which, OMG, you have to go and see). So we thought Shrek was firmly off the menu, until we were asked to go and review it! Based on the story of Shrek, but with plenty of small detours by way of a good song or a child actor, the show is full of glitter, fun …

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Wot So Funee? Bug rants!

We are having a trying time with the Bug at the moment. We thought he’d outgrown his “threenager” period, and had settled back into being the thoughtful and polite boy we knew before. However it seems we were being conned into a false sense of security, as his temper is well and truly back. Whether it is down to a testosterone surge, the latest Wii game competitiveness, or the new trend for karate chopping at school, labels are not helpful, and we are somewhat bewildered by his new outlook on life. Here are some examples of his recent rants: But …

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It was the Eighties! The Gallery

Mummy was recently asked to showcase her worst fashion disaster in the Sun newspaper. She was happy to do so, cognisant of the fact that it actually was rather tasteless, but confident that the excuse of the eighties would more than compensate for her inappropriate flambuoyancy. The Sun editors changed her interview answers to portray her as “desperate Helen.” Mummy wasn’t that bothered; after all, she was pictured looking passable, in a dress she last wore 25 years ago, and had her age queried by a lot of people! This was Mummy, aged 21, thrilled with her home-made Diana-style ballgown …

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Wot so Funee? Top Christmas present for big kids (and Dads)

STOP!! If your name is Actually Daddy, stop reading this post right now. I said stop………… Do not. Scroll down. Any further. Unless you want to ruin your Christmas surprise. It is lovely. It’s a lovely selection of pants, to be honest, and the Christmas jumper is to die for, but really, you wouldn’t want to spoil the paper-ripping  effect, now would you? Has he gone…? Right, let’s get on with this. Because I have a cracking Christmas present for Daddy this year. He is going to love it. Is it just my Dad, or is it Dads everywhere that …

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What do Mumsnet, Lush, and Liz have in common?

Eight years ago today, sometime around 4am, Mummy sat with me – her 22 day old newborn – strapped to her chest, whilst both of us howled in despair. I had reflux, and howled in either pain, or hunger. Mummy was just exhausted and wanted to give up. In desperation Daddy searched for support online, and found the Mumsnet “breastfeeding with reflux” forum. We sat  there in the small hours reading the threads, wondering if we should buy the American meds they recommended, and hoping to see a small light at the end of the tunnel. In the end, Mummy gave …

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Wot so Funee? The Who’s in my head game

On long car journeys we often play Who’s in my Head to pass the time. It’s like Who’s in the Bag (where you take it in turns to ask questions with Yes/No answers about a famous person). One of us thinks of a person we all know, then the rest ask questions until someone guesses. Usually it’s easy: if I’m in charge it’s almost always someone from One Direction, or Johnny Depp; with my brother it’s usually a Star Wars character; Mummy chooses the Queen or someone from Strictly; and Daddy – well, Daddy has a standard repertoire: Katy Perry, …

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Silent Sunday

I know it’s supposed to be totally silent, but hey, I’ve already broken the rule by carving Sith into my pumpkin! I’ll await the slapped wrists from Love All Blogs… I just ‘met’ a blogger who is doing NaBloPoMo – she’s calling her daily post The Little Things. I was all set to tell her Nooooooo! NaBloPoMo is the kiss of death for a blog! But something made me think: the little things that make our life great (when it is) are the things we forget most quickly. I want to remember… The little thing: A group of teenagers rang my doorbell …

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The new NatWest Pig

Do you remember the NatWest Pig? Slightly scary creatures, these money boxes were designed in the 1980’s to encourage kids (by means of intimidation, I imagine) to save their pocket money and put it in the bank. They died out in 1988 (presumably as a result of being hacked to pieces by hallucinatory toddlers in the middle of the night), but have remained something of a collector’s item ever since. If you are made of steely enough stuff, you can buy a set on eBay for around £50. The great news is that the NatWest Pig is making a comeback, …

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I am available for movie offers…

So I got my first film part recently; I auditioned, said my lines, got the call-back, and rehearsed with my props prior to filming. I spent time in make-up, and got into costume. I did a “hero shot” with full-on wind machine, I kept my cool when the animals didn’t do as they were told, and handled the fluff-up with aplomb. I even improvised. Hey, it’s a start… * Disclosure: this is not a sponsored post. I was invited to review the Barbie Puppy Playpark and I gracefully accepted – one can always manage to accomodate an extra Barbie gadget …

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All I want for Christmas…

Dear Santa, I’m told there is no way I’m going to get what I want for Christmas this year. I’ve been reassured by Mummy that there is absolutely no way I am getting one of the things I covet most in the world. I’ve asked Daddy if he could get me one – it can’t be that difficult, they’re everwhere! Everywhere I go there are at least half a dozen, and they’re just so cute, loveable and squishy, that I can’t resist. But Daddy says no… 🙁 The Bug has made his list, and M&D aren’t arguing about it, so …

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