The Mummy Diaries |

1. According to a survey carried out by My Family Care over 2.2 million men and women are not working in order to look after their family. More than 60% of these are looking to return to work but do not know how to...  Further research showed that a whopping 80% of women feel guilty about going back to work and worry about leaving their child in the care of others.

The Baby Show is on at London’s ExCeL this weekend. The show itself is pretty mass but I still quite enjoyed it when I was pregnant with number one. I was interested to hear that this year the show incorporates The Work & Family Show (put on by My Family Care) dedicated to helping new parents return to work after having a family – apparently giving them access to a range of ideas for flexible working, starting up their own business and advice on how to make the successful transition to the role of a working mum or dad. I have no idea what it is like but I thought it was worth sharing…. 

2. The Frozen phenomenon shows no signs of abating meaning there could not be a more apt time for Disney’s Magical Ice Festival to come to town. The show promises to whisk little people into the wintery world of Frozen to join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven. There are also performances from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and and Tangled (another favourite in our household) – a real magical mix of Disney Royalty. We are booked for a family treat on the opening night and I have one very excited little lady counting down the sleeps already. (The show begins in Aberdeen on 11th March and visits Glasgow, Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds and more and is in London from 22nd – 26th April.)

3. On a similar note, due to popular demand the Velveteen Rabbit is coming back to the Unicorn Theatre in Southwark, London. It’s a heart-warming story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real and I have heard it is lovely and well worth going to. (The production runs from 28th March – 26th April).

4. Thought the women you met at NCT were a bit hit and miss? Well I was recently put in contact with the founder of Match Up Mums – a website that profile-matches groups of friends, based on location, interests, attitudes and due date / age of children. So far they have matched up nearly 80 groups of like-minded mums-to-be and mums and have had some amazing feedback. 

£80 to join versus the typical London NCT course cost of £300+, it is solely focused on the social aspect – so you can spend your antenatal class time sorting your birth plan while Match Up Mums makes sure you have a group of local mum friends. I love the concept particularly if you're moving to a new area as so often is the case or don't have girlfriends at a similar stage.

5. Finally, I’m a bit funny about what polo shirts Otto wears – I prefer more of a jersey T fabric. Gap do some good ones but they come and go which is frustrating. They’re back in in white and navy and I’ve stocked up. Under a jumper, cardigan or on their own they look great.

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