Monthly Archives : September 2016

Beta Mummy’s Hot Toddy Recipe


It’s been a while, but due to popular demand (“popular”, “demand”) I’m back for Beta Mummy…COOKS! with my recipe for Hot Toddy.

I use the word “recipe” in the loosest terms.  But I mean, I am heating something (water), and there is food involved (lemon, honey), so that is cooking, right?

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Chucklemums Linky Week 22


Greetings from Chuckletowers! We hope you’ve had a great week since our last little get-together.

We are back once again, fellow bloggers and blog-readers, for Week 22 (22!) of the pee-your-pants linky, Chucklemums!

A Beta Attempt at Work-Life Balance


I was contacted recently by a lovely reader, asking if Beta Mummy had any advice for attaining a good work-life balance. (ha ha ha I know, I know).  It seemed like a good time to publish these doodles I did a while back , of Beta Mummy and Alpha Mummy at work.

Chucklemums Linky Week 21


Dear regular and devoted readers.  I’m  sorry I have been a bit lax on the doodling front lately – I’m afraid that real life has gotten somewhat in the way.  My “fans” (LOL) will know that FC#1 started school recently, so we’re still settling into that new routine.  I’m still (obviously, sigh) single-mumming it, whilst working almost full-time, managing a big construction project on site, and trying to sort out my divorce… my poor blog is suffering as a result.  However, I promise that this coming weekend I have set aside some hardcore doodling time.  (Not hardcore doodles, that would be sick and wrong…although could be rather hilarious…My linked post is the closest I’ve gotten to THAT sort of thing previously.)  Anyhow, I digress – do you think I’ve said “hardcore” enough times to trigger a spam warning in your firewall yet? – you will get some good old fashioned Alpha Mummy vs Beta Mummy doodles very soon.


Meanwhile, some things cannot stand still and wait for such trivialities as solicitors, mortgage companies and Type 6N granular fill.  Therefore, without further ado, I introduce the new and improved #Chucklemums blog linky!

#Chucklemums Week 20


Hi friends!  Welcome to Week 20 of the new and improved #Chucklemums, with the roarsome foursome. Yes, hips don’t lie, there are now four of us running the only linky to amuse your bouche into a mighty cackle. Your hosts are me – Beth (Beta Mummy), Fran (Whinge Whinge Wine), Sarah (Mumzilla) and Sam (Mouse, Moo & Me Too) x. Now, you…

Doodle of Alpha Mummy and Beta Mummy having a hug

Even Alpha Mummies struggle…


I have created a whole world of doodles laughing about the fact that I (er…I mean Beta Mummy…not based on reality at all…ahem) can’t really cope with my kids, that my life has been turned entirely on its head by family life, and that basically I am one big mess.  I write and doodle to make people laugh – and people do!  They identify with me, they laugh at (with?!) me – and let’s face it, a huge proportion of the issues that affect parents every day are funny.  Or at least have a funny side, even if it’s several days/weeks/months/years later that you manage to find it!

But what about when life is not fun?  What about when you look around you, and everyone else seems to be coping with the ups and downs of the everyday, but you find yourself feeling alone and struggling to manage?

Doodle of Beta Mummy holding hands with Feral Child Number 1. They are looking up at the sign for "Big School". FC1 is totally ready. Beta Mummy is not. Beta Mummy has something in her eye...

Big School…But He’s So Small!


FC#1 started school today.

 

I may be a Beta Mummy, but I’m not a heartless bitch.  Even though I complain about my children all the time, and even though I spend most of my time with them wishing that they’d go to bed already so that I can get on with the serious business of wine-drinking, I do actually love them – honest!

 

On paper, today isn’t a big deal.  I work pretty much full time, so both of the Ferals have been in one form of child care or another since they were a year old.  FC#1 going to school means spending only marginally less time with him than I’m used to.  He was at the school’s nursery all of last year, so he knows the setting, he’s familiar with the uniform, he knows the staff and many of the other kids – he was excited and raring to go.

 

But it is a big deal.

#Chucklemums Public Service Announcement


I bet you came here expecting the #Chucklemums linky… Well I’m very sorry, but we’ve taken the week off to re-brand and re-centre ourselves, or something, and we will be back with you next week. Please don’t cry! While you’re here, why not check out last week’s winners? Twice Microwaved Tea is getting ready to become a Bake Off pro…

Like An Urchin in School Uniform


My original Feral Child, FC#1, has his first day at school next week.  Determined not to start his/our first ever school year term as a totally incompetent, useless, disorganised Beta Mummy, I have taken steps to shuffle at least a little way along the Alpha/Beta Mummy Spectrum.

  1. I bought myself a new diary, and wrote the term dates in it (you’re impressed, right?)
  2. I sorted out the massive bag of hand-me-down school uniform I was given (ok, an actual Alpha Mummy would buy new).
  3. I named all the uniform!  (I know, I know – I needed a sit down and a glass of wine, too, to recover from the shock).