A lot of us go for brand-new when we have our first baby. But in an age of recycling – and credit crunches – does this really make sense… especially when all the nice things get pooed on anyway…?   When you get pregnant, it can feel like a whole new world of retail therapy ...

By Alice Grist   Being a Mama is for me the most soulful and spiritual experience this world has to offer. Not only do you occupy godlike status in the eyes of your little children (though perhaps not the big ones), but you also have experienced the gift of giving, influencing and raising new life. ...

We are so used to feeling in control. Striving, planning, implementing so much of our lives is about control.  I think that can be one of the hardest lessons to learn with having a baby, that ultimately we are no longer in control.   It always makes me smile when I hear women talking about ...

A beginners guide to Halloween   Halloween is the weirdest and best holiday EVER!  You get to dress up in totally ridiculous escapism costumes and you get to ring doorbells of strangers and they will give you candy.  That combines fashion, socialising and sugar: three of my favourite things! Trust me, you need to start ...

Your wonderful world of two has suddenly been usurped by a third.   And lets face it, this little interloper is by far the favourite, cuter, funnier, more loveable than either of you ever have been.  But the new love of your lives is uber demanding of your time, energy and mental focus.   So it ...

I am a big believer in verbalising the nice thoughts that meander through my mind.  So I often compliment people as I trundle through my days.  Could be someone I know, could be someone I don’t.  I just sort of figure that it is free, easy and often makes the recipient feel happy.   What ...

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2011, my whole world turned upside down and I started a journey that I thought would last about 6 months and has in fact lasted 2 ½ years. A few weeks ago I had my final operation and I am feeling great.   There have been low ...

Lately I have found myself talking quite a bit with women in various stages of new mamadom about travelling with kids.  And each of these women expressed concern about having to give up their love of travel once they had kids.  They felt that it was an insurmountable mountain to climb with children.   I ...

“Do you know what it is?” The standard response when you’re pregnant is that you don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl, as long as it’s healthy. But the truth is, some of us have a sneaky preference…   If you’re pregnant with your first baby, there are long evenings of eating chocolate ...

By Alice Grist   Having a baby shower was not for me. I toyed with the idea, was encouraged by some, and even got as far as setting a date and venue. But the thing is, despite me being half American and having baby showers in my blood, I could not justify the fact that ...