Ode to a Disney Princess

Princesses from Disney, oh how you rule my world, the subject of bribery, the envy of curls

I look in the Mirror, but I know who is fair,  it’s Snow White, with her ebony hair

For no grey in her mane, or vomit on her top, lots of time to pamper and shop

Ana and Ariel, with their fiery red hair, not a drop of dry shampoo or a wardrobe-worry care

Elsa with gloves on her beautiful hands, they’ll come in handy for washing pots and pans

More exotic beauty from Pocahontas and Mulan,  off searching for love, just cos they can.

Belle who looks radiant in canary yellow, So lucky to find such an agreeable fellow

Tatiana had to kiss a good few frogs, lucky she didn’t end up with a handful of sprogs

Cinders had to put up with the family from Hell, will they change their ways?  Time will tell….

Aurora, God so lucky, a sleep for so long! I am ever so jealous of her.. is that  a bit wrong?!

Jasmine, oh to have a tummy like that, I would be dancing and prancing and shaking my hat

Sofia, oh bless, a most modern fairy tale, Santa forgetting the Amulet?  a modern #epicfail

Rapunzel, I would gladly spend a day in your tower, if only to have a mega child- free shower

Tinkerbell, looking lovely in green,  I can picture you with a can of Mr Sheen

Merida,my absolute fave, you feisty little soul, our worst day was when you fell down a manhole

Because although I always regret, a trip to the Disney store, I can understand the magic, the powerful lure

Princesses, Princesses, how you assist in my day, providing 5 minutes of peace, a bit of self-play

They soothe the tears, they calm the fights, they cause the kids to question their rights,

But lets face it, no one can deny, we all have Disney magic, or at least – we do try…..



Mummy Marbles x


10 Family Moments

It occurred to me this week that there were several incidents that my single, child free self would have absolutely balked at…… but the new Family Me does not bat an eyelid at.  Here were my top 10 moments of living The Family Life….. this week anyway…

1. Hubby and I  both spent a good ten minutes analysing the dogs poo to decide whether he has worms.

2. This did not phase me at all and I googled different variants of Worms while simultaneously cooking the kids tea and cleaning up spilt coffee using my foot and a babywipe.

3. I text my husband during a majorly important meeting telling him he needs to find a Tooth Fairy pillow before he comes home.

4. He knew better than to come home without it.

5. I couldn’t wait for payday – because I needed a new kitchen bin.

6. My most exciting part of the week was when I put clean sheets on my bed.

7. I resembled a Midwife on #oneborn every time I took my youngest to the toilet to have a poo.

8. I seriously doubted my ability to make it through most days – when it was only 6.15am.

9. I cooked the exact same meals that I did the week before.  On the same days.

10. I was late.  For everything.

I wouldn’t have it any other way though…


Mummy Marbles x

Growing Pains

So…. on Easter Sunday we had the whole family (and there is a lot) round for dinner.  While getting my 5 and half year old daughter ready, she asked all the usual questions, who was coming, who was not, why, when…..  Then she asked for a bun.

No – not the Hot Cross variety.  A bun, on top of her head, with her hair in.  Using a bun ring that she sees her Auntie use.  My little girl likes plaits, and unruly hair around her face like a Lioness. NOT buns.

Such a small thing but as she sat at my dressing table, directing where she wanted the pins to go, I just felt her slip away from me a teeny tiny little bit.  It was like she grew – right there and then in front of me.

On Easter Monday she started writing books about the family.  For the first time, she didn’t ask for help with the spelling.  They were all wrong of course, but I found myself staring at her, waiting for her to ask me for help.  She didn’t of course.

Then today – her first tooth fell out.  Probably earlier than it should have done, whilst chomping her way through a Granny Smith.

And there it was.  The first time I had ever really noticed her growing up.

It was not like her first milestones or her little achievements, it felt different.  As if she was entering a whole new chapter in her life.

It broke my heart – A Bun and a Tooth.

God Help me when she gets a boyfriend.



London Life


So- I have decided to enter a competition to see if I can win My Little Family a trip to the Big City!   A Five Star break at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington – Wow – it looks amazing -take a look!


If we had two whole days in the City, what would we do?  We have never been to London as a family before, occasionally for work, but never for play, and never with the Children!

Our starting point would be a bit of Culture.  The Victoria and Albert Museum.  There are some marvellous looking exhibitions on at The Museum of Childhood and plenty of interactive fun and craft.  Oh, and I can’t pretend not to be a teeny bit excited at the prospect of seeing the Alexander McQueen exhibition.

A spot of lunch and a trip to Hamleys Toy Store for a special treat would follow.   We would then head to the London Aquatics Centre!  My husband is in awe of the place and we could have a family swim and maybe try the inflatable assault course before having a wander through the Olympic Park.


A trip to the West End would be just wonderful.  A family show , I think.  While I would love to see Lord of the Dance, it is more likely to be The Lion King!

After a Good Nights Sleep in our fabulous Hotel, we would head to the Tower of London – somewhere to feed the Little Ones imagination and a bit of history thrown in too.  I would Love to see The Crown Jewels, I have always had a little obsession with them!


My Family would love the London Transport Museum, lots to see and do and looks very family friendly. We have major ‘bus love’ in our house!


If the Sun was shining on us, we would head to Victoria Park to soak up the atmosphere and have a relax.  The children would just love the Kids Fountain Playground.

As for the Warner Brothers Studio Tour of Harry Potter, well,  we would have to magic up a bit of extra time for that I think!

If our trip sounds a little, well, geographically challenged, it probably is!  We don’t know London very well – but if you can’t dream on your holiday – when can you?!

London Life with Mummy Marbles & Co. x

Overegging Easter

He he…. I don’t know what happens to me at Easter.. I turn into lunatic woman, frenzy buying all varieties of chocolate at every opportunity.  Damn Tesco Metro for opening next to my office.

I am not like this at Christmas – I am cool, calm and collected, lists, measured spending, plans, charts.. (the OCD gets a special outing during the Festive Season).

But Easter, well, I just can’t help myself.  I have Grand Plans of Easter Egg Hunts , buying eggs in a range of sizes, to suit all possibilities, friends, neighbours, family…..


I  purchase mass amounts of Cadbury’s Buttons Eggs, because they are £1.  That is £1… I mean, it would be rude not to.

Then of course I am forced to admit that I am rather partial to the odd Easter Egg, they taste so wonderfully different.  There goes a few more Buttons eggs in the trolley.

As for the Mini Eggs, well, they are a staple in our house at the best of times, and then at Easter they bring out a giant plastic egg full of the little beauties….. I am beyond excited.

Add to that, 3 packets of Hot Cross Buns which will be out of date before anyone has any room left in their tummies to eat them, an Easter Cake of some sort because it has got chicks and bunnies on and I can’t resist, and a box of Ferrero Rocher because, well, just because – and I am at risk of turning our entire house diabetic.

Then I go to Home & Bargain and come home with baskets and ears to add to the ones I bought last year (and the year before) and some fabric bunting that would be half the price at any other time of year.


What a whopping great waste of money!!  I could hide the eggs in the bushes by the front door and the kids would have just as much fun.

Then of course, I have major guilt about the whole thing and dig out some books.  Because lurking at the back of my mind is that Easter is not all about the chocolate……..


Enjoy! x