Dating & Relationships

What Happened When I Joined the Online Dating World

Having had two long term relationships pretty much back to back, I said to myself that I was going to stay single for at least two years before I even contemplated dipping my toes back into the world of dating.  (Just so you know, that two years has turned into four, my social life is non-existent, and I’m beginning to think I may die a lonely 94-year-old cat lady). I digress.  Those first two years were spent focusing on
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
Dating & Relationships, Featured

Breakups: The Good, The Bad, and the Very Ugly

Crying woman
Like most people, I’ve been through a fair few relationship breakups. It’s never pretty, but some were worse than others. It's Not You, It's Me... My last relationship ended seven months ago. We were together five years and it was me who decided it was over. I had a lot of reasons for doing this. If you asked my friends, they would say I should have done it 4.5 years sooner. But we all get there in our own time. I
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, Parenting

Why I Shipped My Teenager Off to Southeast Asia

When I was a teenager, my friends and I spent a lot of time shopping, reading magazines, and hanging out at each other’s houses talking about horses, boys, and clothes. We didn’t spend much time watching TV, staring at a smartphone, or sitting immobile in front of a computer. My son, Dylan, is typical of his generation. He lives for computer games and, some days, I barely get two words out of him, one of which is invariably “hungry!”. I
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
Dating & Relationships, Featured, Parenting, Time to Rant

Why I Think Single Mothers Need More Rights

So, before you read the headline and scream fathers’ rights in my face, let me tell you my story.  Just over four years ago, I made what at the time was an extremely difficult decision.  Being subjected to emotional, physical and verbal abuse, mostly fuelled by alcohol, I had to decide between staying with my ex so that my daughter did not go through the upset of her parents living apart or taking her out of the situation and
Featured, Pregnancy

How to Choose a Baby Name

Following on from Mia's post yesterday, she thought it would be a good idea to explain how she and Fred chose their baby's name, and perhaps give some tips to other mums (and dads!) who are struggling.  Below are some of the things they considered (most of them provided by Fred as he is way more practical than Mia, who is tempted by anything that sounds nice without thinking of the implications it could have in later life). Is the