Mum About Town

Emma is a freelance writer, lifestyle blogger and online marketer. When she’s not writing, she gets down with her Smalls, bigs-it-up with Him and swans around London reporting for her blog.

Counting down

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on Thursday, 29 May 2014
There are two ways to wait for a holiday to come round; waiting with no expectation OR counting down the months/days/minutes/seconds. I can only wait one way. And, for me, the looking forward is all consuming. It includes getting all those awful jobs done first before planning what we will do when we get there, where we will eat and so on.

Packing isn’t a last minute job either for the counting-down-crew. It begins well in advance allowing a little more anticipation to creep in daily before the big zip up.

But there is a danger in all this, as I learnt only too brutally last weekend.

Something can go wrong. A child for instance can fall over in a playground. An arm can be broken in 2 places and need surgery.

And from that point, there is no trip. No need for the packed suitcases, the well-laid plans and intense excitement.

You see, we just spent the last few months counting down to …. watching London rain run down the window pane.

The Smalls God Squad

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on Wednesday, 21 May 2014
‘What are you going to write about today, Mummy?’ I was asked on the school run this morning.

‘Darling, I have no idea.  Any suggestions?’ I questioned the back seat.

‘I think you should write about God’ the boy flavour replied.

‘Oh… really?  It’s just that religious writing isn’t my thing’ I quickly explained before he got in too deep.

‘Just write about what you would say to God if you ever met him’, the girl flavour added.

And that got me thinking. In a (clearly) make-believe world, what on earth (sorry – bad pun) I would say to the big man upstairs should we ever get together… especially bearing in mind my slightly atheist tendencies.

Well, I suppose I’d probably check on Grandma first.  Knowing exactly how she likes her cup of tea and smoked salmon sandwiches, it would be a perfect moment to check standards were up-to-scratch.  Next I would aim to strike some sort of accord with the chief.  If ever there were a tactical bond, this would be it. We would get on famously, I’m sure.

The Smalls brought me back to reality as they went on to inform me how incredibly fluffy his home is and just how easy it is to jump from cloud to cloud.  

And then we pulled up at the school gates.  Just like that they had added divine magic to my day.


You can read more musings from Emma at www.lifeofyablon.com

Ralph (Lauren) does good

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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
There was a big party last night at Windsor Castle.  A huge gala dinner. I thought it better not to turn up seeing as I hadn’t been invited.  But I was still excited all the same to know it was going on.

You see, American fashion royalty, aka the great Ralph Lauren, descended on our shores to raise money for a cause exceptionally close to my heart, that of chasing a breast cancer cure.  Prince William, as the Royal Marsden Hospital’s president, played host but the event itself was sponsored by Lauren with many a glamorous guest including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Cate Blanchett turning up.

The Marsden, located on Fulham Road, is a specialist cancer treatment hospital but is also renowned for its exceptional care of its patients.  Personally, during my experience as a BRCA1 gene carrier, I have felt exceptionally well cared for on each and every visit to the hospital over the last few years (see blog for the full story of my gene mutation story).

And so I am (excuse the pun) tickled-pink to hear of the enormously generous 'multi-million dollar' donation by the billionaire fashion designer.  This investment will, in 2015, open a new, state-of-the-art breast cancer research facility, run clinical trials and allow the charity to improve its diagnosis and treatment methods.  Quite overwhelmingly wonderful news, I feel.

So last night they partied.  Not Kate and me.  We were in tracksuits babysitting the Smalls but, seeing as it was for such a great cause, I understood my invitation simply got lost in the post and raised my cup of chamomile tea to the boy from the Bronx.

Mrs and Mrs G Clooney to be

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on Thursday, 08 May 2014
I seem to be surrounded by those who feel that George Clooney’s engagement is not only relevant but also devastating on a personal level.  Ever since the 53 year old’s love life hit headlines across the globe, the female population seems full of regret. And yet I think that his rather accomplished fiancé, Amal Alamuddin, is the real catch in this forthcoming marriage.  The 36 year old human rights lawyer is fluent in French, Arabic and English, a political activist and quite breathtakingly beautiful to boot.  Surely this silver fox has done well by anyone’s standards?

But it’s the Clooney fan club which throws me.  He doesn’t look anything other than silky smooth to me.  Oh and a little old and marginally dull too.  Given the choice, I reckon I’d decline spending a lifetime with the actor simply based on how conventionally Nespresso our lives would be.

Have I convinced you or am I just yet another woman trying to reconcile myself that Mrs Clooney I’ll never be. Either way, let’s hope George and Amal buck the celebrity marriage trend and live Up in the Air happily ever after.

The Smalls log on

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on Thursday, 01 May 2014
This week I have received more ‘I love you’ messages than ever before.

In case you are thinking the worst or wondering if He might have swallowed a romance manual whole, I can explain…

You see, after much pester-power (and even more resisting on our part), the Smalls are each proud owners of an email address. The excitement is no less than immense. Homework must be completed before they rush to the computer to check for any new messages and feverishly draft away their kooky news updates. PING! Off fly their amusing messages – either to me or to their quicker-to-respond grandparents.

Despite being quite sweet, I do find this new activity a little sobering. Let’s face it, we’re all slaves to our in-box. Obsessive checking for any new messages and feeling compelled to reply within minutes, life, as these little people know it, is well and truly over.

Of course, they see email correspondence as properly glamorous. They lust after this other world where an iPhone is simply an extension of your hand. Gone are the days when any of us even wonder what the postman might deliver in the way of handwritten correspondence. He’s simply Amazon’s carrier pigeon now.

As I search (online – of course) for this year’s summer holiday destination, I’m quite tempted to find somewhere completely disconnected. The idea of no Wi-Fi, TV and maybe even lacking in constant electricity is really appealing. By then it will be the digital detox my Smalls need.


You can read more musings from Emma at www.lifeofyablon.com


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