Featured, Parenting

Things No-One Tells You About the Week After Birth

My beautiful baby girl Willow was born a week ago today, and perhaps surprisingly, adjusting to having a new little member of the family hasn't been as difficult as I'd envisioned.  There have, however, been a few things happen that I didn't expect. The Blood Loss is Ridiculous Okay so I knew I'd bleed during the birth - I've seen enough episodes of One Born Every Minute to know that this is pretty much standard.  But the blood loss afterwards?  Jesus. 
Featured, Time to Rant

Read Books, Become a Better Woman

For the last two weeks or so I have been struggling through ‘How To Be A Woman’ by Caitlin Moran.  According to many of my female friends, this is one of the best feminist books to hit the shelves. However I have to admit that I am finding it hard to see where they are coming from.  I still have 15% left of the book to read, according to my Kindle, and it’s like there’s some repelling force field keeping
Featured, Time to Rant, Working From Home

Ghostwriting is a Valid Career Choice… It’s Not a Scam!

After a fun hour of playing Mario Kart with my nephew, I logged onto Twitter this evening to see my feed blowing up with the #CopyPasteCris hashtag.  As a writer myself (mostly non-fiction - we can totally ignore the embarrassing foray into erotica), I follow a lot of other writers and authors on the platform and many of those had a lot to say about the latest scandal in the romance community. Now I won't go into the specifics of
Dating & Relationships, Featured

Last Minute Valentine’s Gift Ideas for the Girl Who Has Everything

Eek!  You have two days left until Valentine's Day, and even if your girlfriend/wife/fiancee/partner/whatever you want to call her says she doesn't want a gift, you can bet she'll be disappointed if you don't buy her at least something.  While roses and chocolates are the easy option (and something that many girls are still happy to receive - myself included), sometimes it can be nice to buy something a little more personal. But ahmagawd you have two days, you're at
Featured, Health

5 Simple Remedies for Oily Hair

Oily hair is the worst.  It's something that you're supposed to leave behind in your teenage years, along with acne, inappropriate crushes, and bad grades.  But what if you're like me and outwardly look like a teenager in an adult's body?  (Just to clarify - I don't look young - although I did get ID'd for paracetamols at Sainsbury's the other day - I just never managed to shed the acne and grease like most of my friends).  Well,
Featured, Recipes

Mia’s Quick Batch Cooked Lasagne

Before I post this recipe, I just wanted to say that if you're here looking for organic ingredients, homemade sauces, and cheese made by cows I've milked in my backyard and lovingly crafted in a windmill for a year (or however long it takes), you're on the wrong blog.  When I cook, I do things as simple as possible.  That means store bought sauces, store bought pasta and pretty much basic ingredients I can bung together to make something
Pregnancy

Pregnancy Me Time: 5 Ways I Love to Chill Out

Pregnancy is uncomfortable.  Like, seriously uncomfortable.  And despite wanting a baby more than she wants chocolate most days, Mia's getting a bit fed up of not being able to do the things she used to be able to do before said child implanted in her uterus.  And she doesn't mean drinking or going out on late nights' out (she never did those things anyway), she means actually being able to walk up and down the stairs without feeling like
Featured, Working From Home

Throwback to the Time Mia Thought She Could Be An Erotic Author

Around a year ago, Mia began talking to an old friend who had started writing erotic fiction.  It appeared to be a good way to make a passive side income, and if you could write already, and had access to a computer and writing software, you pretty much had all the tools you needed to get started.  Already writing non-fiction for a living, and with a bit of encouragement from her friend, Mia decided to delve in.  She created
Featured, Health, Pregnancy, Working From Home

5 Ways to Manage Freelance Work Stress When Pregnant

Mia's been having a pretty hard time of it lately.  Although she works from home, a large part of her job involves managing freelancers, and because of this, she has to be available during different time zones to deal with the ridiculous emergencies that get thrown her way.  Unfortunately, what is classed as an emergency is often downright bizarre, and can involve someone's great, great granddaughter who lives in another state suddenly needing a ride to the hospital because
Featured, Health, Pregnancy

The First Trimester – It’s a Bit Shit Innit

Before Mia found out she was pregnant, her and Fred had been trying for a baby for two years.  During that time, she dreamed about what it would be like to be pregnant.  Completely oblivious, she assumed she'd love it, she'd have the amazing pregnancy glow that all the celebrities talked about, and she got angry whenever anyone who actually *was* pregnant complained about it.  Like hello, they were complaining about things she would have killed to experience! She takes