Author: Cardiff Mummy Says

American-style blueberry pancakes

A recipe for American-style blueberry pancakes


  We have a birthday tradition in our house that sees the day starting with a party-style breakfast… and blueberry pancakes. The night before, I lay the table with a party table cloth, paper plates and cups, and toys or decorations for whatever the theme is. The birthday boy or...

In praise of party bags!


As I mentioned in my last post, we go to an awful lot of birthday parties. A couple of months ago, I noticed that Little E, who is now four and three quarters, would suddenly announce she wanted to go home, no matter how much fun she was having. It...

Birthday party politics

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Little E started full-time school last week, and Little O went off to playgroup. Both came home on their second days with invitations to birthday parties. They were so excited – until Cardiff Mummy ruined their delight by explaining that sadly they wouldn’t be able to attend as both parties...

First school shoes

A poem – First day at school


Update 02/09/2018 I wrote this poem four years ago when Little Miss E was starting reception. My first-born was off to full-time school and I was finding it emotional. She’s now off to year 4, Little Man O is off to year 2, and Littlest Boy I is off to...

I love ironing

Oh, I love to iron!


Life is split into two types of people. Those who look at the pictures on this page and say “Oooh goody! A big basket of ironing for me to get cracking on with,” and those who say “Not a bloody chance, mate. That’s all going straight in the drawer because...

How to play hide and seek, according to my kids

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Oh, I love a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek. My children never get tired of it. It doesn’t always go smoothly, though. Can anyone else relate?   1. One of them will say, “Mummy, I’ll count to 10 and you hide behind the curtains.” I will kindly break...

How Mary Poppins worked her magic in our house


I loved this article on BBC Online today about whether we should be taking parenting advice from films. I’m not going to expand on the article, but what I will say is that Mary Poppins has definitely worked her magic in my house. My children absolutely love it, for a...