Parenting Fails & Pigtails - A little cup of Helen

Welcome to Parenting Fails & Pigtails, thank you so much for stopping by! Below you will find all my wonderful waffle, going back as far as the eye can see!

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Fun in the Fails: You, Me & The Injuries

Fun in the Fails: You, Me & The Injuries

Fun in the Fails: You, Me & The InjuriesWelcome to the second instalment of the series Fun in the Fails. This week we are going to look at some less than Fun in The Fails: You, Me & The Injuries. Well it wouldn't be a school "holiday" without having to go...

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Pablo The Perfect Puppy my gorgeous cockapoo

Pablo The Perfect Puppy my gorgeous cockapoo

Oh so my most wonderful, fantastically beautiful Pablo The Perfect Puppy has arrived to join The Mad House. He is truly, truly scrumptious. I know I am totally biased, but I am almost sure he is the cutest cockapoo puppy in the world.....EVER!I appreciate that this is...

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Back to School 2020 – My Old Year Resolutions

Back to School 2020 – My Old Year Resolutions

Back to School 2020 - My Old Year ResolutionsWho is cheering in quiet salutation to the universe that it is back to school? Routine!There is a teeny tiny part of me that will miss the matching family pj parties and the beige food binging, but on the whole, we revel in...

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One Of Those Weeks

One Of Those Weeks

One Of Those WeeksIt really has just been one of those weeks and it isn't even over yet! My week thus far has been a shocker at best, a down right titanic sized fail at worst. This little ol' thing known as life sure can be a journey! I didn't earn the accolade of "It...

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My Most Epic Parenting Fails of 2019

My Most Epic Parenting Fails of 2019

Take a little trip with me down memory lane and visit some of my most epic parenting fails of 2019. From ruining Christmas to ruining Easter, it is a dear diary of events that could only happen to me!

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National Women’s Health & Fitness Day – Endorphins

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day – Endorphins

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day – a day late. Because who wants to be first to the party?* Endorphins are one of my best pals, red on to find out why! Happy Thursday one and all!

H x

*Ok, truth be told. GoDaddy and I have fallen out because its tosh and doesnt work. An

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#SocialSeptember with Mummy Social

#SocialSeptember with Mummy Social

Mummy Social and Me - #SocialSeptmeber#SocialSeptember & Me: Let's go back on a little journey together, way back when on a winters day, I remember needing a pint of milk from the supermarket. With 3 month old twins in tow. My stumbling blocks were vast and many,...

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Fun & Fails of Summer Holidays 2019

Fun & Fails of Summer Holidays 2019

Fun & a Fails of Summer Holiday 2019It feels good that the Fun & Fails of Summer Holidays 2019 can almost be said in the past tense, only 214 hours and 17 minutes to go. Not that I am counting or anything...honest. Our staycation has been in parts epic fun,...

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The Art of Parenting

The Art of Parenting

The Art of ParentingThe Art of Parenting. How is there an art to parenting? Like, I make sure Team Twiglet are fed, watered and clothed, does that make me an artiste? Is it my flair for entertaining voices in the bath? Or perfecting the ever so important Mum Glare...

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Top Ten – Parenting Fail

Top Ten – Parenting Fail

Top Ten Parenting FailsWhat is in a name? A clue to the nature of the person perhaps? Or to the purpose of a waffler like me on that little thing known as The World Wide Web. As a person and as a mother, I have had some instances where I have made an epic Parenting...

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The Summer Holiday Fear

The Summer Holiday Fear

The Summer Holiday FearPut your hands up in the air (put your hands up in the air) if The Summer Holiday Fear has set in.   The Fear encompasses all that goes with trying to entertain small people for an entire 6+ weeks. From the infinite piles of laundry, to the...

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Summer Holiday Survival

Summer Holiday Survival

Summer Holiday SurvivalI am proud to report we have successfully navigated almost 3 weeks of our ridiculously long 9 week Summer Holidays. Whilst I appreciate that Team Twiglet need to recharge their batteries, I swear 4 weeks would be more than enough to get them...

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Baked Eggs & Tomatoes

Baked Eggs Baked Eggs and Tomatoes, Oven and Aga friendly.Baked eggs and tomatoes is a recipe that I  cook weekly, and I thoroughly enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner! As a family, eggs are a staple part of our diet. They are quick to cook, versatile and an...

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Back to Basics – SEO

Back to Basics – SEO

Every Day I'm Waffling Back To BasicsTo be fair, back to basics is pretty much how this week has panned out. Post op, Ive not been feeling myself, and it has seemed to be the best tact to take in multiple situations. My facial expression opposite says it all! I have...

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The Mummy Concierge

The Mummy ConciergeThe Mummy Concierge offers you personalised planning from bump to baby. How amazing does that sound? When I fell pregnant it was a huge, HUGE surprise. Given the amount of treatment I had received, there was little hope that my ovaries were in good...

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Summer Holiday’s are here.

School's OutSummer Holiday'sSo that's it, School is breaking up for Summer Holiday's in T-minus 2 hours. Oh.my.word. I have dread and excitement flowing through my veins in equal amounts. Shortly to be replaced by wine. Well, not too soon, I try to wait until after...

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Sun Creams Out, Sun Burns Out

Sun Creams Out, Sun Burns Out

Sun ScreenThe SPF DreamFinally, the sun is shining. In the Uk. In July. It has indeed taken a while to warm up in to the throws of summer time, but as I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, I have decided on behalf of the entire country, that this is...

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My 15 Year Thyroid Cancer Cancerversary

Undeterred even After 15 yearsFifteen Years, a touch shy of half of my entire life, I have been living with Papillary Carcinoma of the Thyroid. Or, in its most basic form, Thyroid Cancer. I would much prefer it was called Thyroiditis but hey ho, what's in a name any...

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MumBoss

MumBoss

Wise WordsI fancy being a MumBoss tooSo I have a total girl crush on Vicki Psarias. Her book “MumBoss” has revolutionised so much of my life in just under a mere 6 hours. As I’m a busy Mummy of Team Twiglet, I spend most of my days with my Mum Taxi hat firmly glued in...

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We have survived Half Term

Actually, we have survived until the Friday of the Half term. So I potentially need to alter my title, but it wouldn’t be quite as catchy (because it’s ever so witty as it currently stands 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️) Hurrah to all parents who have made it! I hate to break it to you but...

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Wax Lyrical

Wax Lyrical

I hate it when a childless wonder parks in a Parent & Child space,Seriously dude, bad move, just walk the extra 10 strides to the place!How is it that some folk manage to sleep through screaming babies?I reckon we can put it down to selective hearing, maybe? A...

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We survived…..

We survived…..

The house is still standing and so are we! An exceptionally busy few weeks in preparation of our Ten Year Wedding Anniversary, but it ended in great success. Well I hope it did anyway. There wasn’t another thing I could have done to make the party go any...

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Ten Years On

Ten Years On

Ten years ago today, I hadn’t slept a wink. I was nervous, excited and downright terrified. In a matter of hours I was going to be a wife. As is tradition, I stayed with my amazing family the night before, spending hours reminiscing and putting the world to rights....

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And then there was one

And then there was one

The Twins are on their first residential school trip this weekend and the house is eerily quiet. We live in a constant, almost organised, chaos. I am quite an ordered person, I like straight lines, facts and my clothes to be in colour coded order (ha - long gone are...

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Life Fails without pigtails.

Suncream Fails. We’ve all had them. That awful feeling when you or worse still, your baby is more well done than blue. Unfortunately for Thing 1, she has inherited my skin, suffering from the same sun affliction as I do. It doesn’t seem to matter how much sun cream is...

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The Lyrics of Married Life

The craziest thing of all, is over ten years has gone by and I’m still standing!!! There are days I question how to be fair, as with any marriage all the roads we have to walk are winding, but 3 kids, 5 houses and 2 ninja kittens later, and I’m quite sure together, we...

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Three Cheers to Good Ideas

Well, three cheers may be a little premature, but I do like a bit of positive thinking mixed with some unabashed hopes and dreams. I feel as though Ive finally started to take my waffle riddled outpourings in the right direction. It has taken a lot of very terrible...

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Finding my own way

Happy Thursday one and all. My silence has been as delicious as I had dreamt of, my spirits are lifted and my ear drums have stopped bleeding from the incessant arguing that has been the last 2 weeks of my life. Aannndd RELAX. Ok, maybe not quite relax, there’s the...

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One more sleep….

Hoorah for school. Getting the small people out of the house in the morning without Fishwife Friday making an appearance, will be less Hoorah and more GET IN THE CAAAARRRR, but at least it means a car journey in peace once they are dropped off. I’m tempted to maybe...

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Wednesday my old pal

I awoke on Monday absolutely convinced we must be half way through the second week of our Easter Hols. As I have no other worldly powers, I had to accept it was indeed only Monday despite my best efforts at visualising my dream. Last week was long, hard work and...

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Footloose (ha) and fancy free

So the foot is on the mend. Well, it’s successfully achieving a broad spectrum of colours anyway. And it bloody hurts. Hey ho, at least its less ice cold feeling and more pins and needles now. Stupid, stupid me. My memoirs are going to be priceless. New York Times...

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It could only happen to me….

When I state this, it is derived from a genuine astonishment over a series of events that have occurred in the last 48 hours. I am blonde (admittedly it is more bleach, less genetics these days) but it appears this blonde-ness extends to me being an actual imbecile....

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Halfway Hump Day

Hoooorah, I am officially half way through the current Low-Iodine diet, consisting mostly of cardboard, I mean rice cakes, and peanut butter. Thankfully, peanut butter is my bae so we are doing ok together so far 🖤 and at the risk of quoting The Attack twice in a...

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Mothering Sunday

I survived Mothers Day with no iodine! Just.....may have stolen a chip or two, but its like broken biscuits, they don’t count! From the moment we said “I do” (well slightly before actually, sorry Nana) we started on our journey to parenthood. The twins arrived with...

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Somber or Social Saturday?

Well the results are in. The verdict is.......much as anticipated really. A fun filled Easter Holidays trying to find the sneaky cells of doom - a week of injections, scans, more injections (in my posterior no less - no one needs to see that level of orange peel first...

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Fizzy Friday 🖤

Gotta love a Fizz filled Friday. Well actually these days, I’m less fizzy and more flat - ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) - pass me a Gavi any day! So my phone STILL hasn’t rang (I am ignoring the fact it’s 7:06am right now) I have watched every hour go by throughout...

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Throw back Thursday and a little about me 🖤

Is that even still a thing? Maybe it’s so old hat these days, I can claim its retro? Or like a fine wine, gets better with age? Clutching at straws perhaps? This time last week I was so very dejected. My wordpress efforts were an array of expletives, almost...

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