She’s still preoccupied with 1985..

She’s still preoccupied with 1985..

Now you may or may not be familiar with the Bowling For Soup song 1985 but it is a long time favourite of mine referencing Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink as well as bands like Blondie and Whitesnake. I’m a big 80’s fan incase you hadn’t guessed. 

But lately the lyrics to this song have felt a little too close to home…have a read at them.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bowlingforsoup/1985.html 
Have I become a suburban cliche? Stay at home mum of two, baking for the school fair and decorating everything in sight! Gone are the cocktail fuelled nights out on the tiles, the impromptu nights away and my poor beloved sky high heels have been all but relegated to the cupboard.

So I have taken a small stand against what I was starting to worry was my inevitable “Mumsy” state. I am defiantly still wearing my (not snakeskin!) mini skirts just with snazzy ankle boots and tights. When I am exhausted after a sleepless night of baby shushing and rocking I am rocking a bright red lip and ALL the mascara! And my latest and boldest choice was to take myself off to a fabulous salon called Blow Shawlands to dye my hair bright candy floss pink. I was child free for 4 hours, given cocktails and watched repeats of Ru Paul’s Drag Race back to back!! Bliss!


Sure, pink hair draws some stares from the ‘grown up’ mums at the school gates but it also got some awesome compliments and it makes me feel like the under 30 yr old that I still am.


So in a world of demure low lights and sensible, mum appropriate outfits, rise up my lovelies and rock those tattoos, colourful hairdos and wear whatever the fuck you feel like. Because motherhood doesn’t need to mean the demise of your individuality.

K x

Lust List 

Lust List 

Having purchased ALL the paint, I have recently turned my attention to soft furnishings. I know, I am so rock and roll these days! 

I had no idea what a wealth of super cool home decor small businesses there is out there. Sooo many!! Too many for me to list all of them but I thought I would collate a bit of a lust list of my favourite companies and the items that caught my eye from each of them. Some of these I have already purchased and some are still sitting in my online basket waiting for pay day so I can hit the order button.

Nikki McWilliams – https://nikkimcwilliams.com/

I had to start with some grown scottish talent! Born of a fascination with the Tea Break tradition Nikki’s designs are cute, colourful and a must have for any biscuit lover! Pastel cushions, enamel pins and a range of gorgeous accessories all done in the style of traditional biccies. I have been obsessing about these since I first stumbled across the brand on Instagram and my first purchase arrived just a few weeks ago. 

Look at that – a pink ombré custard cream! It truly is the stuff of dreams. I also have my eye on a Sky Blue Jammy Heart round cushion.

Postcards Home – https://postcardshome.co.uk/

Based in North London but born in Kerala South India, Postcards Home is a homewear and gift online store inspired by travel and world heritage. They work with many independent designers from all around the world to bring a collection that is diverse and super colourful.

I really liked the fact that they also place huge value on ensuring all their products are ethically sourced and work with various social enterprises too.

This gorgeous Camel Traders cushion (£45) is currently sitting in my basket along with some of their stunning enamel bowls (£9) – I can never have enough bowls for ‘things’! 


It is also worthwhile checking out their kids range while browsing their site, gorgeous pjs and hand crafted organic cotton toys.

Wool Couture – http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/woolcouture

A small business based in Yorkshire founded over a love of knitting – this one was always going to call to me! Their mission statement is “to keep traditional crafts alive with a modern and contemporary wooly twist” which in a hectic world where we rarely disconnect digitally, I feel is wonderful. They make amazing chunky hand knitted blankets and also sell kits to allow you to create your own at home.

They use incredibly soft Merino wool in a huge array of colours and their onsite woodturners turn the giant knitting needles from tulip wood. So whether you prefer to purchase a ready made luxury product such as this Giant Hand Knitted Super Chunky Throw (£200) 


Or would rather give yourself a challenge and order one of the many kits such as this – Blanket Knit Kit Super Chunky Diy Giant Throw (£74)


It is definitely worth taking a nosy over at their site – I will be spending my evenings whipping up my very own chunky throw in a particularly attractive shade of baby blue.

I could go on and on, literally for pages on the amazing companies out there making awesome homewear and these are just the small businesses, places like Next and George at Asda have some brilliant finds at bargain prices too! Half the fun for me has been tracking these brands down on Instagram and on market place sites such as Etsy and Not On The Highstreet.  So I will send you all on your way to see what you can discover, and if you want to send any gems back my way I will be eternally grateful (Colin not so much, he is starting to panic about us having too many cushions!)  

K x

Beauty goodies

Beauty goodies

Very excited as my March Birchbox is due to arrive today!! Love getting new beauty treats, especially in the post. Will be posting up a review of what delights I get in it in the next few days as well as a review of this new face cream I got on offer (£5!!!) from Boots last week.

I’m away to wait impatiently by the front door! 

K x

Tick tock, tick tock

Tick tock, tick tock

Time – the most precious commodity. It’s what we think we have unlimited amounts of pre-baby. It’s what we rapidly realise we have sweet fuck all of once those little sleep thieves arrive. 

Obviously you spend a lot of time changing shitty nappies and very little of it asleep. That’s kind of a given. The thing that I didn’t appreciate about parenthood was the amount of time spent repeating things. 

Verbally and increasingly louder to my five year old… “Shoes on! Teeth brushed! Go to bed! Tidy your room again!”


Pleading whispers to a non sleeping baby…”Please, won’t you just let Mummy have a little sleep? Just take a small nap”

The monotony of rinsing, washing, sterilising and making bottles. The constant and never ending loads of washing to be done.

My internal muttering of “FML” on a regular basis balanced against joyous pride of how wonderful my children are when they aren’t being little shits.

I am guilty of wishing time away, always looking to the next wonderful stage of my babies lives, as well as wishing away some of the less wonderful elements. However, despite what “they” say you do not need to #cherish every single shitty nappy or sleepless night.

As I am writing this, H has delightfully given into sleep in my arms, so it is time to pop him down for a nap and to make myself a well deserved cup of tea!

K x

Friday…gotta get down it’s Friday!

Friday…gotta get down it’s Friday!


Or perhaps not…I forgot for a moment that I have a 5 year old and a 15 week old!

I’m not saying I miss the wild nights out of old, you remember the ones?! Dancing til 2am in clubs with floors so sticky shoe soles were lost (this actually happened in Glasgow’s delightful 80’s establishment Reflex) and drinking cocktails and shots with nary a care in the world. My hangovers would last for the full next day, spooning my bestie, watching shite tv and fuelled by takeaway, fizzy haribo and glass bottles of Irn Bru. Actually that bit sounds pretty nice about now. 

These days the closest to hitting the dance floor I get is a shimmy around the kitchen cooking dinner in my pjs trying to make H laugh. My moves are so truely Mum-esque that he invariably does and rightly so. 21 year old me would die of embarrassment at the sight of me shaking my ass and singing along to Spotifys Throwback playlist. Which by the way is an absolute belter and I highly recommend you track down.

I was always told the party ends when babies come along, and of course there won’t be any 2 day wild benders any more, but I don’t feel or believe that being a parent means you can’t still let your hair down and have fun. It just means a little less time on the dance floor and a few more nights in.

So while I’m not quite ready to throw caution to the wind, chuck on some glitter and venture back out to my old haunts for a few cocktails with the girls…there is still a bit of the party girl in me that will never fade and she may just make a reappearance in the near future!


K x

Girls…we run this mutha!

Girls…we run this mutha!

It’s International Women’s day today and I am proclaiming my love for all you wonderful badass women out there!! Females often get a bad wrap for being catty and pulling each other down, but I think that is becoming a thing of the past. Everywhere I look these days I see things like #girlgang posted online and awesome women working together to build themselves the lives they want. 

My favourite story in the news in the last few weeks was the two women, best friends, who had made legal precedent by choosing to coparent their kids together. How amazing is that? I immediately sent the link to my bestie lamenting our good fortune in having wonderful partners and not having just done this. Sorry boys, we love you really! 

The best way we can celebrate this day is to celebrate ourselves and all those amazeballs women we know and love. And possibly play some classic girl power tunes. Embrace your flaws, shout about your best bits! Here’s me sharing my 3.30am knackered face, messy hair but happy and finally sleeping little angel!


So send your mama,your bestie, hell even your hairdresser some love and share the girl power today. 

I’m away to download some Spice Girls….

K x

All you need is love…..and a good wifi connection!

All you need is love…..and a good wifi connection!

The wonderful Motherpukka was on BBC Women’s Hour today and then spoke on her insta after about the key point of the show – loneliness. She spoke frankly and honestly about the fact that parenting, however you choose to do it, can and is a terribly lonely thing at times. Her words struck a chord with me, having a new baby has been quite a lonely experience for me in some ways. The 3am feeds, the 5am starts, the afternoons of being stuck in the house when the weather was just fucking awful. 

But in so many others it has been a doorway to putting myself out there and meeting new people particularly through the wonderful world of social media. I have made new Mum pals via Facebook, Instagram and even through the first few posts on this blog. 3am sympathy comments on insta led to my first ever lunch date with a total stranger today who I can now call a new pal – isn’t the internet an incredible thing?! 

My best friend, who I’ve just had the joy of experiencing side by side pregnancy with, lives in Manchester. So not quite so side by side geographically speaking. But thanks to snapchat (she gets to see the unfiltered ones!) and a never ending whatsapp chat we have kept each other going. We send each other crazy questions about parenting and moan about our lack of sleep, poor battered bodies and count down the days til we can get drunk together again and cackle at all the inappropriate things. Again…wifi…absolute hero!

So next time you are awake at daft o’clock feeling like the only person in the world, throw out a comment to that cool Mum you follow on insta, send your bestie a snapchat of your eyebags or write a Facebook status with an open invite to join you for a pram push the next day. Be brave and know you are not alone, I swear there are loads of us awake, eating biscuits while we feed our little monsters too!

K x