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melaniehick
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Forivor for sweet dreams

Just before the arrival of my second baby was born, I was lucky enough to meet Alice Ross and Rebecca Attwood who make dreamy bedding, and now sleepwear, for wee ones under the name Forivor. They were at the very lovely Dot to Dot London Christmas market at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green with their ridiculously beautiful duvet sets. The magical bedding tells the story of a fantastical...

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Book review: How To Grow Stuff

Here's a minor diversion from mum-based things to a gardening book written by a talented friend of mine, How to Grow Stuff by Alice Vincent. Alice is a non mum and self-described gardening newby and she's published a book on the basics of getting into growing your own garden - something that's perfectly applicable for any mum starting out on the gardening tip or looking for an easy home-based activity...

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The Work That Works Delusion

When I wrote a post about work that works recently, it was in part wishful thinking. Work has been particularly difficult after having children and during pregnancy. Not long after writing that post, the work in question certainly did not work at all, and on reflection, it never really did. Work not working has been a combination of being made redundant on maternity leave, finding only contract positions that wouldn't...

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Book review: How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out and A Midwife In Your Pocket

Baby number two arrived just before Christmas, so well may you ask 'Melanie how do you have time to blog'? Indeed I don't. The only way to get these few words down for a review of two midwifey books - Clemmie Hooper's How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out: A Guide to Pregnancy and Birth Straight from the Midwife's Mouth and Emma Cook's A Midwife in My Pocket: Pregnancy,...

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South East London 2016 Christmas markets

I have no shame in getting ready for Christmas as soon as the clocks go back. Extra Christmas lights have been ordered, several but not all presents bought and the pudding is about to be made this weekend on stir up Sunday (I use the classic Delia Christmas pudding recipe and add glace cherries because I am at heart a small child). With a bun in the oven for the...

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Fight don’t hide. What to do about Trump

I'm exhausted today from watching the US 2016 election unfold all night, and the cat-arse-mouthed orange-tinged fear clown Donald Trump become elected as the 45th US president. I've had one tearful outburst, self-medicated with cake and hot chocolate and run through the whole gamut of the Kubler-Ross model of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. What I quickly cam back to after running through this list of five handy...

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How to garden when pregnant

If you've already caught on, I'm nuts about gardening. I had the plan for my first garden in my head for years before we could afford to own our own in London, I grew up touring advanced tree nurseries, helping to take care of our own large property and doing other people's gardens as a family. I turned the bramble patch we bought in south-east London into something respectable and...

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What to give a first time mum

A brilliant friend who's not yet been blessed with having her nights, looks, vagina, stomach muscles, social life destroyed with a new baby asked me what she should buy for her sister who's just popped out a glorious little cherub. At the time of the request I myself was/am 6 weeks off the due date for baby number two, so I'm well-placed to be fantasising about all the gifts that...

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Work that works

Most mornings, as I head out the door to work (now in the dark. laters, summer.) my toddler asks me why I'm going to work. I say it's so we can have a nice time off when the baby arrives in December. Of course earning* money for maternity leave isn't the only reason I work. It's fulfilling, I like what I do, etc etc. So with Digital Mums launching their...

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Gardening with toddlers

It's about time I mentioned my obsession, the one that fills my Instagram. They say write what you know, and what I know is that I am happiest in my garden with my toddle kid. Gardening with him is heaven. It's my creative outlet, it earths me quite literally and because there's always a job to do, it never leaves me feeling bored. We're lucky enough and old enough to have...

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