Giveaway: Family pass to Mister Maker and The Shapes Live

I was offered an interview with THE Mister Maker. I declined because I am dying under the weight of ALL THE THINGS. But I did think about asking him where he gets his relentless energy from. Does he just wind down at the end of each episode? Nobody can sustain that level of enthusiasm. It’s just not possible. Instead of… Read more »

It has been a day

Emily   June 20, 2016   22 Comments on It has been a day

My day started at 4am today because my three year old thinks his insides are coming out when he vomits and he caught that bug that is going around so I woke to vomiting and screaming and he was just puking everywhere and I was gagging because I can handle poos and wees but there’s something about vomit it’s just SO MUCH…. Read more »

I got sent ashes

Emily   June 17, 2016   10 Comments on I got sent ashes

I have been sent many strange things over the past year. I’ve had many offers of strange things. People send me very strange emails. But getting a jar full of ashes is my weirdest thing. I received a jar of ashes from a family home that was destroyed by fire. I felt – feel – ill about it. I took… Read more »

The world is big

Emily   June 15, 2016   2 Comments on The world is big

My three year old talks about the world he will live in when he’s “Big”. Big people drive cars. Big people don’t go to school. Big people have jobs like being a garbage colepter or blowing up balloons or digging big holes or filling cups with water. Big people can go to the park whenever they like. Big people don’t… Read more »

Put down the pitchfork

I wasn’t going to write about it. It seemed everyone else had written about it. I made a passing comment on Twitter and my mentions became unmentionable. Inevitably the suggestion that I don’t love my children popped up, by a mother of five no less… I thought – that serves me right for talking about it. Even in the most… Read more »

The Lighthouse

Emily   June 1, 2016   6 Comments on The Lighthouse

“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Over the past year I have spoken to many mothers. Mostly online, some in desperate… Read more »