Confessions of a mother of a high-energy child

Confessions of a mother of a high-energy child

This week, I am thrilled to have written a Guest Blog Post for the KalliKids website, called ‘Confessions of a mother of a high-energy child’, written specifically about my experiences of being a mum to Gammon, who I secretly nickname the Tasmanian Devil from the Looney Tunes cartoons. KalliKids is a brand new UK website … Continue reading

Top 10 rainy day activities for kids

Top 10 rainy day activities for kids

The following is a guest post by Nancy Parker from eNannySource, which is a US-based company which prides itself on matching up the perfect nanny with the perfect family. A former nanny herself, Nancy has spent plenty of time testing out these top 10 rainy day activity tips with the children she’s looked after, so you … Continue reading

BritMums’ Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2013

BritMums’ Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2013

It hardly seems like a week goes by without another round of blogging award nominations at the moment. And, yes, here is another one! The BritMums’ ‘Brilliant in Blogging’ Awards 2013. Sorry, I know that I’ve been asking an awful lot of you of late, my lovely followers, with regards to various blogging awards, but … Continue reading

Marbellous fun in the freezer!

Marbellous fun in the freezer!

This is a follow up post to my one last week entitled ‘Marbellous fun in the snow!’ If you’ve read that post, you’ll know that, during the latest lot of UK snow, I had the great idea to attempt to make giant ice marbles with Gammon and Chips as an activity we could do while … Continue reading

Chips: 0 – Sleep-deprived Zombie parents: 1

Chips: 0 – Sleep-deprived Zombie parents: 1

I’m tired at the moment. Very tired. I obviously look terrible, because the first thing my parents comment on when I Skype them in Australia first thing on a Wednesday morning is how tired I look. And I’ve run out of Touche Éclat, so that doesn’t help either. The reason I’m tired is because I’ve … Continue reading

Marbellous fun in the snow!

Marbellous fun in the snow!

Well, with the recent (very surprising) cold snap and loads of snow here in Brighton, I’ve been looking for fun activities that I can do with Gammon and Chips whilst being snowed-in. I saw a pic of these really cool Ice Marbles on Pinterest (photo courtesy of Queen Vanna with caption by Slay My Boredom) and … Continue reading

MADDIE is going to the MADS!

MADDIE is going to the MADS!

Wow wow wow wow wow! I am so excited! A girl couldn’t hope for a better International Women’s Day! Who’d have thunk it, but I’ve only gone and somehow got myself into the finals of the 2013 MAD Blog Awards! In not one, but two categories! Yes, my lovely labour of love, my Gammon and … Continue reading

HSBC’s Expat Explorer Website

HSBC’s Expat Explorer Website

Last week, HSBC Expat Explore (@expatexplorer) found me on Twitter and asked me if I would adapt my blog post on Surviving a Long-Haul Flight with Children for the ‘Top 5 Lists’ section of their Expat Explorer web portal. As a proud expat and keen traveller, I was very happy to do so! You can … Continue reading

There’s a naked photo of me on the internet!

There’s a naked photo of me on the internet!

OK, so it’s probably not what you think it is, but believe me, after me having had two children (Gammon and Chips), an all-inclusive holiday to Tunisia in September, and Christmas in Australia, you will be very thankful that it is not what you are expecting! Take a trip over to fellow blogger With Some … Continue reading

2013 MAD Blog Awards

2013 MAD Blog Awards

Hello my lovely Gammon and Chips followers! Well, this is a first for me. As a newbie blogger, I have no real idea what the whole ‘blog awards’ thing entails, but it sounds like lots of fun, and seems to be a really good way of getting your blog out and about, so I figured … Continue reading

Secret Cinema. My highlight of 2012.

Secret Cinema. My highlight of 2012.

With 2013 firmly underway, I thought I was due a blog post looking back on the year that has been. When I sift through my sleep-deprived 2012 memory for possible highlights, apart from fun times on two family holidays, socially we have pretty much battened down the hatches this past year, courtesy of our narcoleptically-challenged one … Continue reading

Gammon & Fish & Chips

Gammon & Fish & Chips

We are no longer a mere family of 4. Overnight the number of we Sinclairs has increased to 11 with the acquirement of 7 fish, which, along with an aquarium starter set, were Gammon’s 3rd birthday present from Nan Nan and Bampop in Australia. If Gammon’s levels of excitement are anything to go by, our … Continue reading

Spew forth, my child

Spew forth, my child

I should have guessed that something was up yesterday when Gammon came home from nursery. The normally 12-hour-a-day ‘tigger-like’ toddler walked slowly in the door and headed straight over to the sofa, cuddling up to the cushions and announced “Mummy, I’m just going to have a little rest”. I didn’t even know the word “rest” … Continue reading

What’s your definition of relief?

What’s your definition of relief?

Today mine is: “Not having to abandon an almost full (including frozen goods) shopping trolley in the condiment aisle of Sainsbury’s in order to take my son Gammon to A&E after he gleefully told me that he’d put a raisin up his nose”. At least if I had gone to A&E I wouldn’t have had … Continue reading