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,
Dating & Relationships, Featured

How to Survive Social Events When You are Single

Cocktails on a table
I have spent a fair few years being single. During some of those years, I was in an ill-advised relationship with a man who wasn’t single, so the rest of the world assumed I was unattached. To all intents and purposes, I was unattached. It’s not like we spent any significant holidays together and he barely remembered who I was between assignations. Because of this, I am well used to being the only single person at social events. It doesn’t
Featured, Recipes

Louise’s Spicy Turkey and Nachos

I’m not an enthusiastic cook by any stretch of the imagination. Years of chicken nuggets, spaghetti Bolognese and cheesy chips have sapped my desire for culinary experimentation. I’m happy to watch Jamie Oliver do his thing, but do I want to copy him? Hell no. On a good day, I can make a decent roast dinner, but on a bad day, pasta with a jar of pesto sauce is about the limit of my can’t-be-bothered dinner menu. The following dish is
Dating & Relationships, Featured

Louise’s Tips for a Hot Holiday Romance

Love heart in the sand
For the first time ever, I am going on holiday on my own. Yes, in a few short weeks, I’m heading off to Wales for a quiet no-frills break in a holiday cottage by the sea. It will be just me and my dog. I’m looking forward to a week of no work, no hassle, and plenty of long walks on the beach. Last year, me, my ex, my dad, and my two younger kids went to Scotland. It was
Dating & Relationships, Featured

How to Spot an Emotionally Unavailable Man – Relationship Tips from Louise

Fit man
Emotionally unavailable men are not always easy to spot, which is why millions of women fall for their charms, only to discover weeks, months, (or even years!) down the line that the man they have developed strong feelings for is utterly incapable of returning the sentiment. Basically, any kind of relationship with an emotionally unavailable man is a road to heartbreak for no matter how much you want him to change, he can’t because he has the emotional depth
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