• 5 WHYZ,  Editors Picks,  Feminism

    5 Reasons Why You Should Raise Boys to Be Feminists

    1) Education:  Kids aren’t born knowing about inequality in society. They don’t know that as soon as they can recognise colours and sounds, they are being pigeon-holed into a specific gender by the world around them. So we need to explain and show them about the world sees and treats girls and boys differently (at the moment!) but that it’s changing. My son struggled with the concept to begin with. He didn’t see why there should be a movement JUST for girls! He wanted there to be “man-anism!” It does seem a bit unfair to young boys that suddenly there seems to be all this talk about “girl power” and…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I Wish People Were More Honest About Traumatic Births

    So let’s all be honest, before giving birth we all thought it would be some kind of mountain climb that was a bit shit and a bit sore but the view was worth it. Unfortunately though, for a lot of women’s this is not the case. Not only do we still feel that a C-section is failure but we also find it taboo to talk about what really happens when things don’t go to plan. So we’ve all met that person who gloats lovingly about their drug free water birth, they barely pushed, it wasn’t all that bad, their labour was only a few hours blah blah blah. Enough. So…

  • Editors Picks,  Life

    How To Have A Middle Class Holiday On A Working Class Budget: At Bluestone, Wales

    Last week we had a mid week break at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales. The break was given to me for free in exchange for a few social media posts and this written review on my website. I’m not one to miss out on a freebie and grasped the opportunity with both hands, not only pulling my five year old out of school but also bringing my parents along with us! We had a great time. And you can check out my Instagram stories and photos here. However, when it comes to writing this review I am going to take a less orthodox approach. I could easily wax lyrical…

  • Parenting

    I’m Taking My Kid Out Of School For A Free Influencer Holiday And IDGAF

    I feel I ought to pre-face this post with a disclaimer that I do not actually consider myself to be an “influencer” or to have any great “influence” on anyone. I can barely influence my 5 year old to get dressed for school, let alone impress upon a stranger what make-up they should buy or where they should go on holiday. In the bizarre World of Social Media Influencers/ Bloggers and the like, I would chart myself somewhere around a spotty Year 9 hanging around outside the Sixth Form Common Room waiting to tell Regina George that I love her outfit. Cool and influential i is not. Mardy, amateur and…

  • Editors Picks,  Feminism,  Parenting

    Our Daughter’s Daughters Will Adore Us

    “Our daughter’s daughters will adore us – and they’ll sing in grateful chorus – well done!” A rather iconic scene from a rather iconic movie. Mary Poppins is a movie from my childhood that stands out for many reasons. Notably the amazing soundtrack, the wishful thinking of snapping your fingers and the room tidying itself, being able to jump into paintings on the pavements and join the wonderful world of the colourful characters. But that scene of Mrs Bank’s marching around her hallway, proudly singing and sporting the ‘Votes For Women’ sashes. That scene has always stuck with me. From childhood to adulthood. And when it came to my time…

  • Feminism,  Speak Up

    The Gender Identity Debate

    If you are a follower on my social media platforms, you may have seen my children. I have a daughter, who is nearly 5 and a son, who is nearly 2. Both, I guess, are very gender stereotypical. Cora loves pink, glitter, dresses and “putting on shows” and Cassi, well, he loves anything with wheels, wings, an engine and a siren. My husband and I had a recent chat about the children’s preferred play things and questioned if maybe we had a part in the choices they were making. In today’s modern world, we see nearly daily in the media of the recently birthed celeb’s declaring that they will not…

  • Feminism,  Speak Up

    Getting Down With The F Word

    Yeah ok, so the title might be a bit of click bait but as we look to celebrate International Women’s Day I feel it only right we have a look at the ‘F’ word ( yep thats the one FEM-IN-ISM) and celebrate it too! My journey to calling myself a feminist has been a bumpy one. Brought up by a single Mum who came out of a relationship marred by domestic abuse I always felt an affinity to strong women…. I learned from an early age we didn’t need men and quite frankly from my experience and listening to the tales of my Mum and her friends they caused little…

  • Editors Picks,  Speak Up

    My Mother Taught Me To Hate Other Women

    For as long as I can remember, my relationship with my mother has been complicated. As a child, I was told continually by both her and everybody else around me how fortunate I was to have a mother like her. I was spoiled in many ways. Showered with gifts constantly. My birthdays were always extravagant affairs celebrated with big lavish parties, and expensive presents. Anything I ever wanted, I could usually have. Christmases were much the same. There was never a time when my wishlist to Santa went unfulfilled. I had the bedroom of dreams. All of the latest toys. The most adorable outfits. I was the envy of my…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Mental Matters

    5 Reasons Why I’m Grateful For My Anxiety

    Let’s be honest, anxiety can be a real pain in the arse. It’s not easy overthinking and worrying over pretty much everything I do and at times, it can leave me feeling pretty isolated. But what if the negativity surrounding my mental health was flipped on its head? What if I’m grateful for how anxiety has changed me? It’s these questions that have caused me to reflect and be thankful for the important role that anxiety has, and always will, play in my life. It has taught me about compassion To this day, I still find that some people completely misunderstand my anxiety. Sometimes it can be a hurtful comment…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Editors Picks,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I Ignore Mums At School

    The best thing about a collective blog is you can write about things you wouldn’t normally put on your own. This, is one of them. Now Before I start here’s a disclaimer, I have some awesome mummy friends, some I’ve even met through the school and I’m all about sista hood!! And supporting other mothers etc etc but there are some things I don’t like and I’m not afraid to share them…… here….. (far too terrified to share them on my own platform) So here we go! 5 reasons why I rarely talk to other Mum’s in the playground Reason 1 I’m scared that if I talk to you once,…