Five ways to help an adoptive family at Christmas

When thinking of gifts for adoptive parents, remember that they can probably buy their own alcohol and chocolates, welcome as these things are. Clichéd though it sounds, your time and friendship are priceless. Give them a list of dates when you’re free to take them out for coffee and listen to them/look after the kids so they can have some respite/be available to do DIY where the children have broken things. Or give vouchers for ironing/lawnmowing/dinner-delivery/whatever you can offer. You get the idea.… View Post

Easy chocolate birthday cake recipe

The WASO theme this week is chocolate recipes, and here is one of my favourites. This is my default birthday cake recipe and is always a winner. It’s easy, uncomplicated and looks fun. It also disappears very quickly. Here goes… Ingredients 3 eggs 175g margarine 175g caster sugar 150g self-raising flour ½ tsp baking powder 3 tbsp cocoa powder Topping 200ml double cream 100g milk chocolate 100g dark chocolate M&Ms Method… View Post

Weekend in focus: vomit, balloons and a bite on the bum

Saturday The weekend started at 3:25 am on Saturday. Ugh. Pete was off overseas for work for a few days and he was up and out by 3.40. I am rubbish at getting back to sleep after nocturnal disturbances so I drifted in and out of consciousness until about 6.15 when the girls woke up singing, as is their way. Having got us all up and dressed , we then… View Post