Portuguese Garden A-Z

As previous renters of flats our family has never had a garden. Our first flat had a balcony with room for tomatoes, potatoes, chillies…even room for a bike shed which we grew pumpkins on top of.  This kind of tells you how desperate we were to start our own veggie patch… There is so much…

Porto (Oporto) with Kids

Porto, Portugal’s second largest city is a vibrant, interesting and contemporary mishmash of colourful buildings, diverse cultures and fantastic food.  It’s not as showy as Lisbon and the pace here seems slow enough to stroll but fast enough to keep up. There are a number of walking tours suggested by guidebooks and the tourist information…

Upcycling clothes, Make do & Mend

I have a confession to make, I absolutely hate vests with poppers for the little ones.  You know the type, the ones that fasten in the crotch area, can be short or long sleeved and keep their little backs warm.  Yeah, great for the little ones when you pick them up their clothes always seem…

Reusable Cloth Wipes

A great way to be frugal and to respect your little ones super soft bottom is to make your own cloth wipes and nappy liners.  Disposable wipes, like disposable nappies are full of chemicals and not really the nicest thing to have on your bubba’s skin. Cloth wipes not only reduce waste, but are excellent…

Cloth Nappies Guide

One way we are both eco and frugal is by using reusable, washable cloth nappies.  I invested in a range of cloth when Chaos was born.  He used them until he was two years old and then of course Mayhem took over and is still using them now. So, cloth nappies, are they stinky, disgusting…

Central Portugal’s River Beaches

As lovely as beaches are I’m one of those people who really don’t like sand that much, it’s hot, gets absolutely everywhere and really isn’t at all child friendly.  If you have ever been to the beach before with small children then you know that sand ends up in every single crevice and body part…

Four Specialists in one day…Coimbra University Hospital 

A very, very long day at the hospital. We set of at 7.30 and only just arrived home at 6.30. Our first appointment with the Ophthalmologist, although scheduled for 9am didn’t happen until 11.30am. When you don’t know the language and end up delayed you end up convinced that you’re in the wrong place, have…

N is for…Neurofibromatosis (NF1)

So tomorrow we find out of our 20 month old son Mayhem has neurofibromatosis, or NF1.  He’s had a pretty rough start to his little life so far health wise. By 10 weeks old he’d had 3 tongue tie divisions. By ten months old he’d had over 8 A&E admissions and over 8 weeks in…

Birthing, Breastfeeding and Tongue Ties

I have always caught my frenulum when eating, sticking out my tongue and generally when moving my tongue around my mouth.  I didn’t know it was called a frenulum, had no idea that it wasn’t normal for the piece of skin attaching my tongue to the floor of my mouth to be restricted.  I reached the…

Schist Villages in Central Portugal

In central Portugal, between Coimbra and Castello Branco, there are some beautiful traditionally built schist villages (aldeias de xisto).  Schist is the stone they are built from, similar to slate (a type of crystalline metamorphic stone.  It is easily split, creating a flat surface, making it good to build with.  The layers of stone create a mixture of…