April 2013 Archive

Are you pregnant, or just fat?

Posted Monday 29th April 2013   By Ericka Waller

The Independent recently published their top 20 things not to say to a pregnant woman. It’s worth a read. I found pregnancy hideous enough, without the nine-month commentary I received from friends and family. That’s right. I hated being pregnant. I don’t know why it makes people so cross when I say that. Why is there so much pressure to enjoy gestation? I love being a mum but I hated the growing process.

We are more beautiful than we think

Posted Tuesday 23rd April 2013   By Ericka Waller

So Dove have a new ‘Real Beauty’ campaign out. They are asking women to sketch themselves, as they see themselves, and then an artist also sketches them, adding in the beauty they have missed. OK Dove artist, here is one for you. I’m not the best handicrafter in town admittedly, but I just did that scary iPhone thing where you turn the camera round to see you own face, and I am pretty sure this is exactly what was staring back at me.

The mother-tongue is mighter than the sword

Posted Saturday 20th April 2013   By Ericka Waller

A Huffpost article suggests that modern women are undermining feminism. I recently wrote about Shakira making the front-page for stepping out ‘looking amazing just five weeks after giving birth’. I certainly put a few noses out of joint that day. “You really have issues, aunty. I guess you’re just a fat-grumpy-bitch with no job or social life, that is why you are too lazy to lose weight and so jealous of Shakira. PS You need a shrink and Jenny Craig.”

How (not) to have a relaxing holiday with small children

Posted Friday 12th April 2013   By Ericka Waller

I never thought I would say this, but we just got back from a RELAXING holiday with the children. Ok, so it was only for two days, and in sub-zero temperatures. But still. I don’t remember shouting once. Well, once the five-hour car trip was over (five hours with three children who did not all want to watch the same film on the portable DVD player). (The portable DVD player which switched itself off every-time we turned right or went over a bump.)