An Easter cake for modern life…

Traditionally Simnel cake (those of you who love it can click on the link for a great, slightly abbreviated, version by Mary Berry) was the speciality that occupied home cooks in the run up to the Easter holiday. However, nowadays fruit cake has fallen out of favour as it's so heavy and not very popular … Continue reading An Easter cake for modern life…

Panic stations – it’s the school holidays…

I've had the kids at home for the Easter holidays for precisely 5 days and 7 hours. A quick su\nmmary of our activities is as follows - Friday after school ended: bribed them with an ice cream each; bribed them with a McDonald's happy meal each; let them stay up late(ish) watching crap TV. Saturday: … Continue reading Panic stations – it’s the school holidays…

One week until Mother’s Day – get your shizz together, please, everybody…

Here’s an old favourite that’s always relevant on the day before Mother’s Day.
Enjoy being strongly advised by an expert in failed Hallmark holidays.

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Have you planned your Mother’s Day celebrations? If not, good luck trying to get that reservation.

Do something that I rarely advise and take the advice of Miss Vogue and buy your mother a luxurious present that isn’t related to you or the kitchen.

I also have a few little tips that will earn you a gold star sticker – or a merit badge, if you manage them all:

Give your Mum (please note the capital – she deserves it) a lie in. Change her sheets the night before if you want. Remember reciprocity is one of the keys to peace. I prefer it if my bed looks like something from my imagined Parisian apartment.

Make sure that a cup of tea or coffee is ready for her when she wakes up. I know some people go for breakfast in bed but make sure that she likes it. Personally, I’m…

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Swerving ‘that community spirit shite’…and failing somewhat

Sometimes little things really restore your faith in people. I live in a tower block that had a lick of paint, a general spruce up and some clever marketing invested in it about 10 years ago - and nothing much since. Now the community is what makes it feel like a place you can call … Continue reading Swerving ‘that community spirit shite’…and failing somewhat

Mulled wine recipe…

The period of Twixtmas has a slow moving charm. There's not much to do if you have the time off. There's eating, drinking, TV, sales shopping, visiting relatives, taking long baths, reading books, trying not to kill the kids, taking brisk walks...basically there's lots of time to do nothing. And the perfect drink to go … Continue reading Mulled wine recipe…

If you want to know what to buy talk to the experts…

We love doing reviews on Sophie's Voice. We get to use products that are often beyond our budget and we pick the ones that you can rely on so that, if you also watch the pounds (and/or pennies), you can treat yourself to a little luxury and rely on us to direct you to ones … Continue reading If you want to know what to buy talk to the experts…

My own little bit of magical realism – because all children should live in a more charming world…

Today Child 1 lost her third tooth. She's not keen on blood and mess so she has never wobbled those that have now departed. Instead she moaned about how distracting the whole process is. Children her age are just discovering that folkloric figures like Father Christmas may not be as real as the (generally) rotund … Continue reading My own little bit of magical realism – because all children should live in a more charming world…

All the crazy is worth it for a few seconds of magic…

3 years later my mixed emotions towards maternity are a lot more positive. I think I’ve come to terms with the fact that no parent is perfect and I’ve learned to have fun with my children. It’s been a wonderful privilege to watch them become themselves.

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This time four years ago, I had 2 hours to go until I gave birth to the pre-schooler. Labour lasted a blistering 49 minutes with the human bullet weighing in at just 5lbs and 13oz.

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Mr Sophie’s Voice and I thought we’d never have children. We were wrong. I’m very glad to say.
I am – like many of the women in my family, seemingly – not really ‘the maternal type’. I certainly find it difficult. I don’t think that I’m a natural, by any means. Motherhood is frustrating, thankless, boring and dirty. It’s also unbelievably rewarding, joyful, fulfilling and enlightening.

Like me, maternity is a swirling mass of contradictions. We don’t get on that well but we’re still in love.
I find it tremendously hard to be a mother because I can’t do it perfectly. I’m also very similar to both my daughters – which means that our home…

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The Sophie’s Voice declaration – or don’t let the GDPR get you down…

As boring as GDPR probably seems to most people, it's important to bloggers who run a newsletter or who regularly communicate with their followers by email or other forms of messaging. I don't. In all honesty, I've never wanted to bother you, dear readers. I get so much junk mail that I appreciate how quickly … Continue reading The Sophie’s Voice declaration – or don’t let the GDPR get you down…

It’s a blast from the past throwback Thursday today…

Gutting for many of those 'of a certain age' is the news that Boot's Seventeen range of makeup is presently being pulled from the shelves. For so many girls and young women, it was our first access to makeup. With legends like Twilight Teaser and Black Cherries lipsticks we could look like shimmery surfer girls … Continue reading It’s a blast from the past throwback Thursday today…