Andrea Mara

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Cooking with kids the Ben’s Beginners way

My four-year-old regularly offers to help me cook. On a macro level, this makes me really happy. Because I am trying to be a good parent, and I know that it’s beneficial to him to learn to cook. On a micro level, this does not make me quite so happy

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A Week in Dinners under the new Head Chef

Every now and then, Sinéad from Bumbles of Rice runs a linky where she shares details of a typical week in dinners, and invites others to do the same. For me, as a distinctly average cook, I like this a lot, because it makes me feel normal to see that other

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Halloween themed midterm for the uninspired parent

Midterm break crept up on me this year, and I realised this morning that we have no plans at all – other than not getting dressed until as late as humanly possible every morning. The kids are here all week, so day-time working is suspended, but I forgot to come up with

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And off he goes

His favourite pastimes are chasing pigeons, raiding cupboards and eating bagels. At lunch-time, he ignores what everyone else is having and goes his own way, even if that’s Ready Brek with fives spoons. At dinner-time, he gets up from the table and walks off to play with toys. I bring

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The Breakfast Club

This is a post about breakfasts (there’s no club, unless my kids growling at each other across the 8am table counts, but the film is one of my all-time favourites so I went with it) If you’re a working mum, and/ or you have children at school, doing anything more

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Diary of an Out-of-Office Mum

Day 1 not in the office – Tuesday May 5th  The kids were off school today, and it was a very normal day. I’ve had dozens of days like this, when I’ve taken annual leave during school holidays, and this didn’t feel too different. No big “shock” moment. That’s good. We

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I Can’t Take my Eyes Off You

We’re in a coffee shop, I’m talking to a friend. Another friend across the table catches my eye and nods towards you. You’re perched on my knee, engrossed in something. I look down. You’ve unscrewed the pepper lid and tipped the contents onto the table.  That’s the signal – coffee

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A Week(ish) in Dinners

Do you like knowing what other people cook and eat? I do. Partly for inspiration, partly sheer nosiness. Last year, the lovely Sinead from Bumbles of Rice ran a Week in Dinners linky, where participants shared honest details of what they cooked and ate in a given week. I took

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Something Festive This Way Comes

Until recently, apart from lighter traffic on the way to work, the October mid-term break meant nothing to me at all. But since the kids started school, and once I realised that taking the mid-term week off work was the thing to do, this time of year has taken on

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24 practical tips for working parents: balancing work and home

Arriving home from work one evening last week, I realised that there was a big, weetabixy handprint encrusted on the back of my trousers. Just about toddler-hug height. There since before I left the house at 7am; visible all day at work. Morto, as they say. Oh well, no time

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Seven tips for going back to work after maternity leave

No matter how much you enjoy your job, and certainly if you don’t, returning to work after maternity leave is often daunting. Even if you feel “ready to go back” it’s hard leaving the little person with creche or childminder. It’s difficult the first time, and it’s no less difficult

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