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Who the f*** do you think you are?

I don’t know if it’s something you do when you gets to a certain age but I signed up to a website which allows you to search public records to find your family history. For a free, two-week trial period I can search millions of records, including census records, birth, marriage and death certificates, immigration documentation and much more. I can piece together my family’s history and, through research and investigation, watch my family tree grow before my very eyes. Or something like that. As I was growing up I didn’t pay a great deal of attention to the whos and…

Put it away for Mothers Day

Imagine someone who’d go out with their nearest and dearest, loved ones, friends and family, and then get their phone out and spend that precious time checking Facebook? Difficult isn’t it? WHO WOULD BE SO INCONSIDERATE? I mean, what’s so effing important that you’d not be able to keep your effing phone in your effing pocket for the duration of a meal? This week I found out that Beefeater are bringing in a ‘No Phone Zone’ in their restaurants for Mother’s Day, in response to research that states ‘constantly checking phones at the table’ is the number one behaviour that can…

The Best Piece of Advice I’ve Ever Read.

  (Okay. Amongst other profound and useful things. For example, the instructions to my new rice cooker proved pretty invaluable when I cooked rice last night.) Something occurred to me recently – I spend an awful lot of time feeling melancholy about things. Usually family related. Always time related. And let me tell you, Time is a robbing bastard and feeling at the mercy of it can get pretty exhausting. Let me delve into this for you. Almost everyday, my happy moments have the power to actually flip-reverse, and make me feel the total opposite. And I wouldn’t mind betting…

What do you think of Valentine’s Day?

It’s time to crank the Barry White up to 11 and talk about LOVE. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we at ZmG HQ have asked some of our friends what Valentine’s Day means to them. It ain’t all crotchless panties, a romantic meal à deux at Taco Bell and anal beads you know? Kate Tunstall tells us; Historically, Valentine’s has always meant a weekend away. I’m not a fan of the clichéd romantic getaway, just because it’s mawkish and that’s not really me. But, it so happens February 14th falls bang between mine and my hubby’s birthdays. So we’ve…

The Secrets of a Long Lasting and Happy Marriage. By Mr Anonymous.

  I was recently in conversation with Anna and I happened to mention that my wife and I would be celebrating our silver wedding anniversary soon. We talked on about the subject of marriage and she asked if I would put to paper my thoughts on being married for so long. I agreed, but I must say that it has been a hard process because it is something I have never actually considered. I have always thought that marriage was just that. It was something that you did. You went out together, became engaged, got married, had children and grew…

Memory Making or Just Memory Faking?

  I’m going to be honest with you. After all, it’s what I do best (for those who are remotely interested!) Social media this month –more than ever-  is making me want to puke. We are talking the rare and proper, heaving kind of chunder (y’know, the cheap white wine kind?) And I think the place that is riling me the most right now is Instagram. Actually, I’ve stopped looking at altogether to be honest … Because let me tell you, If I see one more carefully composed flat lay of festive accessories paired with a cheeky seasonal Starbucks (being…

Moving to The Countryside. The Verdict.

Here is our little story of how we moved from town, to the countryside in search of a rural idyll to call our own. 7 years ago this month, we moved from the wonderful hustle and bustle of Brighton, to here: A tiny ‘hamlet’ in the middle of …well… not much really. We don’t have a shop. We don’t have a pub. We don’t even have many pavements to speak of. And anything of any importance seems to be atleast a 30 minute drive away in any given direction. Round here, It’s all about the narrow lanes and the bushes; Some…

10 Tips For a First Time Expectant Mother

Here is a list of my TOP TEN TIPS for first-time expectant Mothers. After having my children, these are my favourite tips which I often pass on to friends (or anyone who cares to ask!) during the lead up to that very special arrival.   1. Ok. now lets get our priorities straight. First things first: before your baby is born, take some time out from thinking about cots and babygrows and purchase a little luxury treat for you to enjoy after the baby has arrived. Giving birth is a gruelling, physically draining event and you absolutely need something nice for afterwards. Maybe a nice cosy…

The End of The Age of Innocence

“Lucy said she doesn’t believe in Father Christmas any more” said the 9-year-old. Bugger. Thus it begins. The unravelling of an idea, festive fibbing, that’s been pedalled in order to keep the children in check. Leaving out whisky and a mince pie, and a carrot for Rudolph, floured footsteps in the kitchen and living room up to the Christmas tree to show someone came in and left the gifts, the concept of behaving yourself because otherwise Father Christmas won’t bring you any presents if you’re naughty… all this, this beautiful period of innocence and unquestioned parental authority, is now coming…

Guest Post: Is It Too Late To Have A Dad?

A wonderfully honest guest post from Katy, who is estranged from her father, and wonders if there is any point in reconciliation. The last time I saw my dad plays like home movie footage in my head. I was about 20. My hair was longer and brighter and everything about me was generally perkier. Well, physically at least. Mentally I was in the midst of unravelling, except I didn’t know it at the time. My dad was in a pub around the corner from a wedding I was at and I was told he was there if I wanted to…