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.

Underage music tastes

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on Wednesday, 19 March 2014
I fully expect blaring music with a thumping base once our Smalls are teenagers. But, seeing as we have a few years until then, I’m not quite ready to be dictated to on the music front. In fact, I strongly believe that until they can drive, I should be sole controller of the music on the school run. And Absolute Radio is my FINAL decision, simply because those in my cheap-seats don’t know too many of their song lyrics.

You see, Mini quite fancies herself as an up-and-coming pop star. Not only is there a fair amount of hairbrush-mic going on, but she also tends to use lyrics from her favourite songs in response to my morning demands.

‘Sit down next to your brother and have your breakfast, please,’ I request
‘That boy is a monster, m-m-m-monster,’ (Lady Gaga) she responds.

And then at the school gates,
‘Goodbye darling, have a great day.’
‘Baby, let me be your, let me be your last first kiss’ (One Direction.)

For her 10th birthday (which by the way is a whole 6 months away), she’s decided she would rather like to go to her first concert. Capital Radio’s Jingle Bell Ball? She suggested. I corrected her – it’s Brixton Academy or nothing. Until she’s old enough to get there on her own.


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

Inexplicable life.

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on Thursday, 13 March 2014
Have you ever realised just how much you can’t tell the under 10s? A fair amount you can, of course, re-word. For example, the world wars can be simplified into goodies and badies. 9/11 was caused by some mad, mad people. Burglars are Robin Hood. Mostly. But there’s one whole lorry load of bad smelling stuff that you simply can’t ever explain.

This morning Absolute Radio won the vote (from the back seat) for the school run. We rocked along to the Killers (in theme with the above paragraph) and squealed with the delight at the weather forecast. Then came the news. And now Small is fixated on the missing airplane.

I mean why wouldn’t he be? It’s beyond curious.

‘How can a plane take off and never land? Where is it now? Aren’t the people on board hungry? Are they there yet?

How on earth can I answer these questions? Nine nations have now joined the attempt to find this Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared. 239 people left Kuala Lumpur on Friday and now there is no sign of any of them.

If anyone knows any answers my 8-year-old son could stomach, do come forward. Meanwhile I have tried to interest him in the 34 aircraft and 40 ship search mission.


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

Blue blood needn’t be hidden away from commoners

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on Wednesday, 26 February 2014
While I am NOT a spokesperson for Hello magazine, I would just like to comment: I am “delighted that Zara and Mike Tindall chose to share their beautiful baby pictures with HELLO”. And I’m not outraged in the slightest.

The facts aren’t complicated. Zara is Royal. She is the Queen’s granddaughter but she’s not necessarily cash rich. £150,000 in exchange for 13 pages for us all to gloss over while having our hair blow-dried seems to me a fair trade. You see, it really is a trade, showing that these sporting parents (in more ways than one) are enterprising and resourceful as they share their new bundle of joy with the world.

And so I can’t see the issue with the lucrative deal. Blue blood needn’t be hidden away from commoners, such as myself. We are dying to nosey into their lives and hear first-hand how these new parents are coping with baby Mia’s arrival.

Actually, I’ve always been a bit of a Zara Phillips fan. What she lacks in Royal title she earns in living as a professional equestrian who funds her stables through sponsorship deals with brands such as Land Rover and Rolex.

As it happens, I doubt Mia will be harassed by the media later on in life (as the evils have predicted). Instead she will be wise as to how privacy will work for her and – who knows – she may even, at some point, relish the controversy of a tongue pierce.


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

Half term half baked

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on Thursday, 20 February 2014
One of my Smalls (aged 9) is half way through her half term break. I say ‘break’ because that’s what I thought it was. But, as far as I can work out, she’s mixing any relaxation with some hard core work. Yes, WORK. Science exam revision, a Beethoven written project, a poem to be learnt, music theory papers to be completed and some good old fashioned piano practice. And I’m left wondered if the 9 year old (one of life’s true grafters) deserves a REAL break?

Which leads me to my question: which skills do these kids actually need? I mean, what do they really need to know under the age of 10? How to speak Mandarin? Which materials make effective thermal insulators? How many flats B flat minor has? I suspect not.

While I’m mildly interested in the temperature of the hottest part of the sun (16,000,000 degrees Celsius, if you’re wondering), I’d rather give this traditional curriculum learning a miss. At least for the week. Instead, I’m fantasizing about teaching her the following:

1. how to read a map of London
2. how to draw happy, quirkily-dressed people
3. a little Brit history – maybe a king or queen from years gone by
4. a mean bolognaise which includes more than 4 vegetables
5. how to change a plug

It would certainly feel a whole lot more fun, less pressurized and might leave her better refreshed for next week’s exams. But I fear that by doing so, I will let her down. And so we dive back into electrical conductors…


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

Enforced love

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on Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Enforced love is a strange old thing. And, as we are all too aware, this is the week to do it. I remember standing in the phone box line at boarding school clutching my 10p piece. It bought me just enough time to hiss down the receiver Valentine card sending instructions… at my parents. There was no way I could risk leaving the whole shebang to chance, while some girls in my dorm would be counting double figures.

Of course, the choosing and sending of cards is always a joy. Inscribing them with my left hand (now less of a ritual) and showering those I fancied/admired/lusted after from afar was, without doubt, an entertaining game. But now, happily married with fully-fledged offspring, the whole day feels simply ridiculous. And, if I’m brutally honest, a bit of a chore.

So, there’ll be no bunch of a dozen red roses nor double-layer chocolate boxes for me. You see, strict instructions since the Millennium (the year we wed) will ensure of this. Nor little black dress date-night accompanied by a white tablecloth and silver service. Absolutely NOT. Instead, we’ll review a fancy restaurant with other Valentine strikers on 13th and hibernate the following day with a take-away and bottle of wine. How romantic that sounds...


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


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