Cigarettes and Calpol

Attempting to make sense of parenthood, life, love, and my own mind.



Mother to two Tiny Terrors Ball of anxiety, terrible girlfriend. I have a lot of opinions, they are always right. I swear too much and don't like dogs. Attempting to make sense of motherhood, stay semi-sane, and not completely fall apart.

Recipe – Croque Monsieur

Saturday morning we were catching up with Masterchef The Professionals, and they were making Croque Monsieur. After about 30 seconds of looking at gooey, oozy Croque Monsieur on my telly, we were heading to the shop for ingredients.

I shared a quick snap on Instagram and have had hundreds (12) requests for the recipe, so here ya go!

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25 Tiny Acts of Self-Care

The words self-care have become something of a swear word these days. The whole idea of looking after ourselves became a marketing tactic and now most of us roll our eyes and scroll on by before we’ve had chance to even finished reading the cursed phrase.

But that sucks. Because we should be looking after ourselves, we should be taking a few minutes when possible to indulge only us and do the things that make us feel good. Self-care might be more associated with £150 massages and body oils that cost a month’s rent but don’t magically fix us, but I think we should take it back.

So here’s 25 tiny acts of self-care that help me.

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September Sadness.

September. It’s a month of new beginnings. Long after you leave school the feelings of shiny shoes and a brand new pencil case don’t seem to subside. I half expect somebody to hand me a reading list of intimidating books we all know I’ll never read. 

But the reality is that the pressures are different now, you’re a grown-up. Nobody is going to tell you to sit and read for hours every day. No matter how much you wish they would.

Instead we’re all hurtling towards another year, another decade, and right about now is the time I find myself reflecting, and regretting. I’m always harsh on myself in September, I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’ve done enough but I feel that even stronger this time every year. 

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The Mirena Coil – my personal love affair Q+A

Before we go any further I want to make it very, very clear that this is my experience, and because something worked for me doesn’t mean it will work for everybody. I’m also very much not a medical professional and you should always seek professional advice if you have any worries or concerns about your body.

Ok, that’s out the way. ON WITH THE SHOW.

Whenever I mention that I have the coil (or IUD) I get endless questions, so I thought the best thing to do would be gather all those questions and answer them all in one nice, tidy space.

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Christmas Dinner Perfection

Last week I was very lucky to attend a roast dinner cookery class at Leith’s in London courtesy of Buster, yep, the plughole unblocker. Might not be the most glamourous brand but it’s bloody useful! (Especially when you have long, constantly shedding hair like me!)

I like to think I know my way around a roast dinner, but I learnt some tips that blew. my. mind. and have upped my roast game to eleven. Christmas dinner can be a bloody stressful affair (last year our electric shorted and sent the burglar alarm into tamper mode…) so I thought I’d share some of the things I learnt (and some things I already utilise) to try and make Christmas at least a tiny bit less stressful for those of you who are cooking. (This isn’t in order of cooking, I’m not that helpful, it’s just a list of tips.)

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SmarTrike 400 – do we love it?

We were super lucky to be gifted a SmarTrike 400 a few months ago, and have spent the past few months really putting it to the test. I’ve always been a bit dubious about push-along trikes, it seemed a little bit unnecessary and just more Stuff to trip over at 6am, but we’ve used it so much and Fox loves it.

A few of you have asked how we’ve been getting on with it so it seemed like a good time to let you know…

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Filters and Fakery

If you follow me on Instagram (if not, why not?!) you will have seen a recent conversation about face filters and their damaging effect on our self-esteem.

This isn’t about editing a photo to enhance them. It’s not about bunging a filter over the top to keep with your style. This is about editing to the point of it no longer being you.

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Birthday Dread

Tomorrow’s my birthday. Hold off on the confetti and party poppers, I’m not really one for celebrating the day of my birth. In fact I usually find the whole day a bit of a shitter on my mental health.

I never used to be like this. I was fully in the ‘BIRTHDAY MONTH’ team. Throughout September my Facebook memories are an embarrassing reminder of how much I used to demand attention, presents, and multiple celebrations. Now I’d rather people just ignore it (which many will because I haven’t told them it’s coming up and it’s too late to send cards now suckers!).

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The Non-Stop Battle

Mental health is a non-stop battle. For me anyway.

I’m in a much better place right now than where I have been. Thanks in massive part to going back on medication. But that doesn’t mean I’m fixed, or even close to.

The past few weeks have been a huge test on me mentally, emotionally, and personally. For a lot of reasons that I’m not about to go into on here.

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