my son

No Boys Allowed?

I remembered something I read on facebook a few months back, today and it really grated on me. A woman I barely knew but met through other mothers, commented after her 20 week scan that she was, "relieved she was having another girl". It startled me a little.
Vicki-Honest Mum

The Telephone: Have You Two Met?

Have you forgotten it already? Shame on you. Too busy tweeting, face-booking and living your life online were you? ET phoned home back in the 80's- was that the last time you did too?
biscuits

Easy to Make Delicious Oat Biscuits

Family friend Christine Boothroyd runs luxury serviced apartments in Leeds The Chambers (the no 1 hotel in Leeds voted by Trip Advisor) and kindly shared her recipe for delicious oat biscuits with me.
Oliver cute

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day all! ...Since a new man entered my life that cold January two years ago, my heart belongs to him. I still gave my husband Peter a pretty card I made, including the heartfelt words of, "You're the best husband in the world and would be nearly perfect if you managed to put your dirty socks in the wash basket" scribbled lovingly inside.
my hair

Philip Kingsley (Trichologist to the Stars) Haircare Review

For those of you who don't know, Philip Kingsley is the authority on hair and trichologist to the stars, so when I was sent some of his products to review, the Greek curls on my head literally did a little dance. They're clever like that.
Kim and Kourtney

Addicted to E (Kim & Kourtney Take Over my Brain)…

Please don't judge me... As much as I love experimental European films and conceptual art (I do), I need to wind down watching mind numbing escapist crap sometimes. What? No judgement remember.
mother and son

How to Be a Fun Mum in 5 Easy Steps…

Since becoming a Mama, a couple of my friends have mentioned in passing that they would love me to be their Mum because I’m so fun (how cool is that?)
mummy and me

Kids Bee Happy Sand Art Kit Review…

My 2 year old loves nothing more than to draw and paint. My mother said I was the same at his age, never without a pen and paper. So I jumped at the chance to review the Sand Art Kit from Kids Bee Happy when they offered to send me a pack.
Oliver gasping-Honest Mum

The F Word…

So last week, my 2 year old son overheard a builder use the F word. I know, disgusting right. What's society coming to? Erm, that builder might just have been me.
Oliver's Birthday

The After Party…

Wait, this is the after party. Me slumping on the sofa, willing the toddler to nap so we can recover from the weekend's celebrations.
cocktail with edible flower

It’s Party Time

...It's party time. Well not until tomorrow but it's imminent. The '2 year old in a teenager's body' is having a party. We've selected the venue (his favourite softplay centre): small, easy to get to, fabulous toys including his favourite 'the oven', always pristine sans the ubiquitous childrens' dribble and I don't actually have to get into the ball pit as visibility from the seating area/magazine stand is peripheral.
Oliver's card

Happy 2nd Birthday Oliver!

My baby toddler turns 2 today. TWO WHOLE YEARS! So much has happened since his dramatic entrance into the world. We've lived in 3 different cities, had time off, started work again, made films, changed jobs, friends, houses and all the while our lives have been irrevocably, indellibly transformed by one charismatic and delightful young man. It's amazing that such a small person can make such a HUGE impression.
magazine editor-Honest Mum

Becoming Inspired…

I recently read a superb article in the Guardian on what inspires some of the greatest creatives out there. It got me thinking about what inspires me, whether it's writing a feature screenplay, animation script or this blog right here. Here are my tips to becoming inspired. Happy 2012!
Bridesmaids

The Best & Worst Films of 2011

So which were my best and worst films of 2011.... Sometimes I pretend I'm Claudia Winkleman and BBC Radio Leeds entertain me by inviting me in to talk films, filmmaking and erm the movies on the wireless. I recently gave my review of films in 2011 so I thought I'd enlighten those who missed it, on this here blog.
Meatballs

Lean Greek Meatballs with Tomato Sauce (Keftedes)

Papa G is back after creating an incredible Greek Christmas feast with Mama V, which was course after course of fabulous Pumpkin soup, Fishcakes, Turkey, Goose, Fish, followed by literally hundreds of Greek desserts.
almond cakes

Greek Almond Cakes (Kourabiedes)

If you don't already know Papa G aka George Psarias aka my Dad is a fabulous chef and award winning restaurateur of The Olive Tree Greek Restaurantsin Leeds. Here he brings you Greek Almond Cakes (Kourabiedes), a must at any Greek Christmas.
Honestmum blogging tips

My 5 Tips for Video Blogging

For those who don't know, I'm a writer & director and vlogs (video blogs) are BIG news. They communicate with your readers just like presenters do on the telly box. So I thought I'd give you my tips to help you get camera ready.
Music video

Directing Music Videos…

Yesterday, I directed a music video.  I mostly direct drama but have made a few music videos in the past (which screened all over the world) and I really love the freedom you have creatively on music promos.  You can pretty much break all the rules as a di...