• Family travel
  • Top 10 family holiday activities in and around Los Cristianos, Tenerife

    Los Cristianos in Tenerife is one of our happy places. We’ve just got back from our sixth trip there, and I thought it was about time I shared some of my top tips and activities with you. Nothing in this blog is sponsored or collaborative content, and nothing was given to us to review or […]

  • Family lifestyle
  • Family fun at the London Designer Outlet

    Have you heard of the London Designer Outlet? No I hadn’t either until I was first told about it and invited along to try it out. So I would say it’s one of West London’s best kept secrets, except that’s a cliche and you don’t expect to find cliches on my blog do you? (Hmmmm! I […]

  • Chiswick days out
  • A perfect West London weekend – from Osterley Park to breakfast in bed

    Last week London was of course overshadowed by the incident in Westminster. This is a route I often take to work – getting out at Westminster tube to walk to my offices, on the days that I don’t get the overland into Vauxhall and walk that way instead. My heart goes out to all the […]

  • Family travel
  • Straying off the A38 – a family day out in Lichfield

        Sunday was a lesson in the amazing gems of local history you can find when you veer off the main roads and break your journey from A to B. That’s how we discovered the gorgeous city of Lichfield, steeped in history, on what was supposed to be just a normal dull drive from Derby […]

  • Personal ramblings
  • Parenting: making the small stuff count – from flexible working to bedtime stories

    It’s not the big stuff we do once, but the little things we do day after day that make a difference. And this is illustrated in no greater way than in parenting. Flexible working has really helped me see this. It means taking time to stop and smell the roses – or at least photograph the daffodils. […]

  • 5 mins with
  • A Chiswick 5 mins with… Lorenzo from Wave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    It’s my regular feature where I catch up with interesting local folk, to see what makes them tick and get some insider info on the best spots and hidden gems in our local area. This time we’re meeting Lorenzo Fraquelli who owns the Wave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in Chiswick, which opened in 2013. Read on and […]

  • Family lifestyle
  • The joy of baking with kids: and what it teaches us about life

    Hello all – another week has passed and March miraculously is here, and with it a taste of spring. The taste of almost spring was definitely in the air this morning in the Chiswick Mum household: I got up super early in a very uncharacteristically domestic goddess way, to make pancakes for pancake day breakfast.   […]

  • London days out
  • Our Chiswick Mum week: from Jam Tarts & Westminster, to Shrek’s Adventure & London Dungeon

    It’s my usual round up of our weekend, lest I forget it’s the small moments that make up a family life well lived. As I write I have a son asleep behind the sofa, and a cat asleep behind the television. Behind the sofa is where my nine-year-old son has one of his many dens, […]

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  • West London mums or mums-to-be: get paid for your opinion (and have fun!)

    Over the years I’ve taken part in quite a few face-to-face focus groups and research in London with a variety of different research firms. I first started not long after I moved to London and worked in a bookshop on Charing Cross Road. One of the regulars helped fill research groups on the side, and would call […]

  • That was the weekend that was
  • Our Chiswick Mum family weekend – from rambling on London’s beach to climbing Derbyshire’s peaks

    Well it’s taken me all week to post my regular round up of our family weekend. I meant to post this on Monday, then that turned into Tuesday, and then Wednesday, the Friday (don’t ask me what happened to Thursday, I blinked and I missed it!). And now it’s Sunday – and I have two weekends to […]