How to prepare for a ski trip with children

By the Bug… This winter I’m going skiing. I’ve been pretty nervous, but I’m ready for my first ski trip. In fact I’d go so far as to say that I’m exceeding expectations, and my plan is to ski faster than Mrs Kamikaze my sister before the holiday is over. How have I made this transition from cautious to courageous? It’s simple really – it’s all in the preparation. How to prepare for a family ski trip Get ski fit: some in our family have been training for long runs recently. This is good as you’ll need cardiovascular fitness on the …

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Pink – 365 #13

You know that time of year when the first blossom appears on trees? You get excited for Spring, but then it stalls. You try to take photographs, but there’s just not quite enough. The branches are still there, just dotted with pink. I found my first candy floss tree this week – great big cotton wool balls of pink. And just look at the sky behind. Like a bag of pink and whites. It made me happy. And flowers! I got flowers this week, for Mother’s Day. Not from my kids – they will bounce onto my bed in a …

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For my birthday I got a Cision Top Ten Mummy Blog!

We are 3 years old today at Actually Mummy. What does a blog do on its birthday? Does it throw a party for all the words typed, a kind of free-for-all carousing of all that has gone before? Does it invite all its readers to offer words of celebration, or bring gifts of new stories it can use going forward? Maybe it shares its sweets with other blogs it engages with, or offers visitors a cup of tea and some flowers from its garden? Three years ago today I typed my first post. You can read it here, and pick up …

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Mum of the year: Why turning into your mother is a good thing.

Before my mother was a mum, she had a job. Not (as an elderly aunt once asked) “a little part-time job,” but (as my mum corrected, emphatically) “a very big full-time job.” Her title was Operations Director. Not a lot of people know this, but my mother was once in charge of 185 London pubs. It was a BIG job. Needless to say, Grandma and Grandad were very proud. And when she gave up working to be a stay-at-home-mum, that was all to the good. Nowadays Mummy earns money through writing – some of it comes via this blog, other …

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MAD Blog Awards Finalists. Wot so Funee about that?

By the Bug… My mum is awesome. I tell her this most days, and I usually get a hug; on occasion a declaration like this might win me a Squares bar instead of a tangerine for my school snack. Today though, she hit me with a confusing one. Instead of a hug, she sat me down with a postcard and a pen, and asked me to write down why I thought so. Here’s what I wrote: Similarly, my sister wrote this 3 years ago in school, tasked with a literacy challenge on the theme of Mother’s Day: My mum is …

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Better photos: How to capture and freeze movement

Take better photos: capture movement

You would not believe the painful process of getting our girl onto wheels. From the tricycle tantrums of her terrible two’s, to the self-doubt of roller-skating, she wanted every speedy gadget, but freaked out when it came to the actual movement. Thankfully she has left those days behind, and insisted this week on testing out her birthday heelies on a skate to the park. The Bug too has had his fair share of bike-related meltdowns, but after weeks of enforced hibernation for the wheels it only took a few wobbles to get going again. To get this shot of The …

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Our 5 family travel tips.

By GG… With the news this week that baby George, the future king, is off on his first holiday I decided it was high time I shared the benefit of nigh on 10 years of travel experience with children. As we pack for our forthcoming Mark Warner trip, I am reminded of the stressbucket that used to be my mother, and I savour a proud smile at how far she has come since our first holiday as a family. As an aside, I’m also going to tell you how bloggers can win a Mark Warner holiday themselves, as well as …

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Can we get Mum running for Sport Relief 2014?

She was not a runner. She hated this winter term, when tennis was long-forgotten, and the hockey pitch too wet to play on. Cross-country running: the words struck nausea into her belly, her ribs and shoulder twitching with the learned weekly stitch she knew would develop the minute trainers hit pavement. She wasn’t a rule-breaker though. She couldn’t follow the short-cut girls through the housing estate; besides the PE teachers varied their lookout points so you’d never know whether you’d been spotted until you returned, red-faced and heaving, to the smelly changing rooms and the sting of hot water on …

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Tooth Fairy Misadventure (part 2): Wot so Funee?

I lost a couple of teeth this week. I’d forgotten about the Tooth Fairy, and her nocturnal burglaries, it’s been that long since we’ve had cause to communicate. There was a time when the Tooth Fairy rocked my entire world, but since Jasmine told me in the back of the car one day that it’s all a myth, and our parents are liars, I’d kind of put her out of my mind. But a tooth became wobbly at school and I secured that bloody tissue I’d often envied friends for in the past. So I gave it a go and …

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Lights, movement, flamenco! 365 #11

I took my daughter to Sadlers Wells this week. It was a first for both of us – I had never been to the iconic dance theatre in 25 years of living in or near our capital city. It was with some trepidation that I booked the two tickets – she is only 9, and it’s serious performance, not the easy, engaging musical theatre that she loves so much. But it is Flamenco season, and I have always wanted to go. Actually Daddy will openly admit that it leaves him cold, so I’ve been waiting until my girl was old …

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What does it take to be Tesco Celebrity Mum of the Year?

On 23 March I will be attending the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards. It’s been a thorough process of nominations, and I have read about all of the finalists open-mouthed in awe. These are not just special women, tireless women, hard-working women; these are slam-dunk incredible women whose energy and motivation I cannot begin to comprehend. Here and there I read heartbreaking stories of women who have been through unimaginable personal tragedy, and gone on to establish astounding support networks for others facing similar situations. I get where that might come from – the grief and anger that fuels …

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Wot so Funee? Integrated Marketing

I have not had a good belly laugh in a while. Anecdotes worthy of a #funee are usually cute or elicit a wry smile, and as you know, that kind of humour has been thin on the ground recently. But I just totally busted GG, and instead of getting all sanctimonious about a sneaked sweet, I gave her a grin; and instead of her getting all squealy about being in trouble, she looked suitably shamefaced, and then burst out laughing. She had moments before been reading over my shoulder, but she’d totally forgotten I was in the room as she …

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Freezing and capturing movment 365 #11

I’m 2 weeks into a photography course with amazing children’s photographer Stephanie Belton. Last week I learned how to use aperture settings to bring subjects and landscapes into focus; to see Steph’s tips check out my guest post on Love All Blogs Better Photo Project this week. This week I’m not allowed to take my camera off the shutter speed setting, and I’m tasked with freezing and capturing movement. In theory it’s simple – a fast shutter speed means I can snap detail in sharp focus. In practice of course, nothing is as simple as it sounds. But The Bug …

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A postcard from Team Honk for International Women’s Day

Not satisfied with inspiring 200 bloggers to carry a baton 600 miles in 6 weeks for Sport Relief, Team Honk is in Tanzania this week to see the inspiring work undertaken by Comic Relief to really change lives. For International Women’s Day 2014 they have sent us this digital postcard of an inpsiring woman. Claudia is an inspirational 54 year old mother and grandmother who, with support from The Gatsby Trust has turned a her hobby of soap making  into a profitable business. A year ago when Claudia  first starting receiving support for TGT she was producing 20 litres of …

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Saturday is Caption Day!

My mate Annie (what? I know she’s an über-blogging-celebrity, but she still draws dinosaurs on my whiteboard when she visits) is abroad. In Tanzania, to be exact, visiting projects funded by Comic Relief with TeamHonk. To find out more read this. In the meantime we are in charge of #SatCap. Which can only mean one thing. Sabotage! Actually, we did consider posting an image of Mammasaurus looking squiffy, but then we decided that this bloke, snapped outside London’s Science Museum at the weekend, was way more loony. Make of it what you will!

World Book Day: 7 tips to get your child reading. #loveliteracy

For World Book Day I’m thrilled to be co-hosting a blog hop all about a love of reading – #loveliteracy. Myself and 7 other bloggers are immersed in children’s literacy in a variety of ways, and on a daily basis. For me, I’m in the most exciting phase so far, as my 9 year old daughter begins to appreciate books that I also love to read, and I’m enjoying discovering and discussing stories with her. But it wasn’t always this way. I remember very clearly the daily struggle to get her to read her school book, and the frustration and …

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Wot so Funee? Pre-school butterflies

This week I have invited @VaiChin, of Rambling Through Parenthood to write for Wot so Funee? She joins in regularly with both linguistic anecdotes of her bilingual family, and hilarious misunderstandings with her toddler. Here she tells us a top tip for getting children to love going to school:  What’s in a name? Quite a lot, apparently. A rose by any other name may smell just as sweet. But the same is not true when it comes to the name of your toddler’s pre-school. I don’t know how or why, but I never got round to telling J the name …

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An inspiring woman. Well a girl actually. 365 #09

The fundraising force that is Team Honk has issued a blogging prompt in honour of International Women’s Day next Saturday 8th March. An inspiring woman; someone you admire, who changes your outlook, who you would work hard to be more like. I struggled, to be honest. In life I am influenced by many friends, they inspire me to try new things: better photography, running, dancing, writing. In blogging there are multiple women who support me, prompt me, and give me new ideas. But one woman who makes me want to be a better person? For whom I am prepared to …

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