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Help support Sport Relief – sponsor me!

Tweet   The parent blogging community has come together for a major group fundraising effort, spearheaded by Mammasaurus, Mummy Barrow and The A Residence. It’s called #teamhonk (think: Comic Relief noses — honk honk) and more than 200 bloggers, tweeters, Instagramers and their friends and families are joining in, travelling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and pledging money. (Team...

The best museum in Istanbul

TweetWith all the drinking, eating and people-watching to do while travelling, sometimes — sometimes – I find the museum-going with travel to be a bit…obligatory. Some museums are life-changing for me, like the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Others are full of important and beautiful works that leave me feeling like I really *should* read more art history. If only I could pause journeying this forkful of...

11 British gifts to give Americans

TweetA couple of years ago I wrote a post about the 8 British gifts to get Americans (that I would never give to a Brit). Whoa! People went crazy for this post. It was the Strictly Come Dancing, the hit record of posts. Styles and tastes move on, so this year I’ve updated my (modestly) blockbuster post. These days so many gifts are the same no matter where you are. Living in London, that means I’m...

The scarves that can save lives

Tweet At this time last year, I was visiting Ethiopia with ONE, the campaigning organisation, and a group of terrific mum bloggers from the U.S. as well as the lovely and inspiring Mummy from the Heart. We saw the lives of ordinary Ethiopians being transformed by the aid provided by the UK and U.S. governments. Along the way, we also visited FashionABLE — an organisation in Addis Ababa that helps women escape...

They don’t eat horses, do they?

TweetThe news of beef burgers in several big supermarkets around the UK and in Ireland being contaminated with horse meat is all over the headlines today. It reminded me of this picture that I took in Brenham, Texas, last summer. At the time, I was surprised to see it — I’d never heard of horsemeat being an issue in Texas. I knew from living in France and visiting other countries that people do eat...

The problem with thank you cards

TweetThe gifts are unwrapped, the leftovers are in the fridge covered in foil, and Christmas songs have lost their lustre. That means only one thing in our house: the race to complete thank you cards is on. On my husband’s side of the family, we draw names and everyone buys one “big” present for someone else. This is good, since there are 5 siblings along with their partners and children. That...

Bloggers: what are we good for?

TweetI love this question. Coming from the print world, I often talk to 3 kinds of fellow ink-stained wretches. 1. The ones who are plugged in or getting plugged in to social media and love the freedom and power it brings 2. The ones who want to get all social media’ed up and are a bit scared (despite controlling budgets of large departments or writing award-winning copy) 3. The ones who are sure that...

5 ideas for carving Halloween pumpkins

TweetI love doing Halloween with my daughter here in the UK, especially since it’s still in its infancy. There’s a bit of trick or treating, there are a few parties but the celebrations aren’t over the top, like what can be a consumer-fest in the U.S.  I also find the whole super-gruesome costume thing that adult revelers have embraced creepy in the extreme. But one thing I am glad that has caught...

Top time-saving apps and sites

TweetOn BritMums we’re running a #BGSaveTime Linky, with bloggers sharing their favourite time-saving apps and sites. The Linky is sponsored by British Gas, which has a new online account management system and smartphone app that — among other things — lets you track the engineer coming for a home visit (at last!). I’ve been meaning to blog about my favourite time-savers for ages. Ironically, trying to...

Are American men more handsome than Brits?

TweetNow that science has solved the question of the Higgs Boson particle, it can move on to the really pressing questions, like “Who is more handsome – British or American men?” Usually my response to hard-hitting questions like this is, “Gentlemen, please, don’t fight – you’re all gorgeous.” But I happened on a scene this week that made me revisit this issue. A...

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