Cigarettes and Calpol

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

A Nonsensical Ramble on #AD.

Hashtag Ad.

Two words that seem to have the power to divide the whole of Instagram.

I’ve been having a bit of a crisis of conscious over the whole thing recently, on one hand I don’t want to push away the very people who have given me this platform – my followers, but on the other hand I spend a lot of time creating content and writing and occasionally a few quid for it would be nice.

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Motherhood Misery

There’s always been competition in parenting. I remember when TI was born it was all about who’s babies were hitting the milestones first. Baby Tommy might have crawled first but did you know baby Lucy could already speak three languages by nine months?!

When parenting blogs first started taking off they became the antithesis to this, they served as a big middle finger to the competitive mums. They reminded us that there’s so much more to life than trying to convince the rest of your NCT group that your baby is the best. They all walk eventually, who gives a shit who was first (if you ask me the longer they can’t move, the better)?

Recently the competition seems to have shifted, it’s no longer about who’s baby is best, it’s who’s baby is worse…

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Mexican Breakfast

This is our absolute favourite weekend breakfast (excluding chicken and waffles but that takes far too long!) and it’s so easy to do. It’s the perfect hangover cure and really great to do for bigger groups as well as just two.

It’s pretty spicy (you can obviously add more/less chilli as suits you) and if you’ve got someone who’s being a wimp throw some sour cream at them and tell them to fem up.

It goes well with beer too. When that hangover is really bad.

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Kawasaki Disease awareness

Today is Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day.

I hadn’t heard of Kawasaki Disease until Lucy from The Kawasaki Kid contacted me a while back, and I’m really glad she did. Recognising the symptoms could be the difference between life and death for your child and if caught early enough the affect it has on your child can hopefully be reduced.

I asked Lucy if she would share her and her gorgeous son Stanley’s story here, so more of us can understand what to look out for and what living with Kawasaki looks like for the children who have it.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

I have never had so many requests for a recipe, which is pretty bloody flattering!

This was the first time I’ve made a soup from the leftovers of a roast, and I will be doing it every time from now on. It’s so easy and so tasty – plus any saving on waste is a win in my eyes!

You could definitely whack the stock on in the slow cooker over night to save you some effort the next day.

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Our 2017

Remember when we were sure 2017 would be a better year than 2016? Idiots. For the world it’s been another bastard of a year! But personally, it’s been pretty fucking awesome! There’s been shit bits too, of course there has, is there such a thing as a perfect year? No. No there is not.

I’m not one for New Year New Me, resolutions, or the expectation of the first of January bringing an answer to all of life’s woes. Any crap you had in your life on December 31st has a habit of following you through to January, it takes more than a new diary to fix your life (but while we’re here can we talk about how satisfying filling out a new diary is?!). I do however love a New Year as a time of reflection, a time to think back at what you’ve achieved over 12 months, to focus on what you did right and what you did wrong. Give thanks to the people who made your year what it was, reflect on the people that left.

For me, that’s done best with photos.

Another 12 months, another lifetime of memories. I’ve collected a few of my highlights, slightly show off, slightly to give myself the warm and fuzzies!

Come with us now on a journey through time and space…

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Signing Off

Christmas always messes with my mental health. There’s so much to do, so much pressure and expectation, so much insistence that you must. have. fun. It always sends me into a bit of a downward spiral. This year we’re hosting too so that’s a whole other level of stress.

This combined with the fact I’m still trying to get my brain straight post-natally isn’t the best combination, and honestly I’ve found myself in a pretty dark place.

Usually talking honestly online would help this, however the past few days on Instagram have been horrendous and have sent me further down that spiral. So I’m walking away for a bit, for my own sake.

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Father Christmas at Avon Valley

When we moved to Bristol one of the things I was genuinely worrying about was the change in our traditions, especially at Christmas. Christmas Eve gingerbread house construction with my best friends and their smalls, freezing cold walks on the beach, sneaking out for too many shandies with friends. Our visit to Father Christmas was one tradition we were set to.

Every year since TI’s been big enough to know what it’s all about we’ve been to visit Father Christmas at The Eden Project, we absolutely love it and had no idea how to come close this year. But we definitely managed it!

I was contacted by the lovely Lizzie at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park who invited us to the Christmas Experience to meet Father Christmas, and we loved every minute of it!

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What to Buy The Person Who Has Everything…


Yep, you read that right.


Our obsession for buying gifts for the sake of buying gifts needs to change. It’s a waste of money, a waste of resources, and a waste of time.

Gifts should be something they truly want or need. We all know the feeling of seeing something utterly perfect for a loved one, and we all know the feeling of frantically trawling shops for something and settling on whatever. One of those feelings is much nicer for the gift giver. We’ve also all been on the receiving end of a gift that clearly wasn’t thought through. It’s pretty awkward.

So instead of panic buying another Soap & Glory gift set or a DVD of Michael McIntyre’s latest standup, take a step back and consider giving them nothing.

I’ve put together an alternative Christmas list to help you give nothing, while still giving something.

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