I’m expecting some guests over

Today I am on my best behaviour as I am expecting guests from blogging community Secret’s in the Sauce.
Anyone who is new here today, welcome welcome welcome, it’s great to have you here.

I’m a British mum of two children – aged 6 and 3 – and recently gave up a stressful job as features editor on a daily newspaper to set up in business from home.

My children gripe about how I love my computer more than them and that I’m alllllllways tapping away instead of listening to them demand another yoghurt or to join in their wrestling match (did I mention one of my children is a girl?) but at least I now get to take them to school and nursery every morning and not waste valuable time shouting at other motorists on the motorway.

Really, it’s great to have you all here and I thank you in advance for your comments.

For the uninitiated, Secret’s in the Sauce is a ‘sistahood’ of bloggers all with one thing in mind – to support and encourage fellow bloggers with comments galore.

So if you’re a regular here you are going to have to SHOUT LOUD to be heard today and if you’re Dave Fowler, Turf Dad, Single Parent Dad or Blogger Dad you’re going to have to tone down your comments, just this once. Tut, it’s always the men isn’t it . . .

And I’ll leave you with this gem from my 6 year old son today:

“In the olden days, old ladies used to say that if you pulled a face and then the wind changed, you would stay like that.

“But that doesn’t happen any more. The wind must be different or something, but it doesn’t make your face stick any more.

“Or old ladies used to lie, I suppose it could have been that too.”

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183 Responses to I’m expecting some guests over

  1. Mommynightowl says:

    congrats on your special day SITSTA!I love your six year olds widsom.

  2. scrappysue says:

    congrats on being the SITS FB!!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Happy SITS Day! I hope you're enjoying your day as FB!BTW, your 6-year-old is wise for his years, no? 😉

  4. Kathy says:

    Hello! Happy SITS day….thank you for being honest about how hard parenting is…so hard. so valuable, so noble, so rewarding, so good, and soooo tiring!!!

  5. mub says:

    Happy SITS day! I've been having fun reading some of your back posts, it sounds like there is NEVER a dull moment with your kids around 😉

  6. ♥Jacqueline&h says:

    Hello There! This is a SITS drive by! Looks like your kids keep you super busy!

  7. JanMary says:

    Hi to a fellow Brit :)Love that quote from your son about the olden days!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Happy SITS day!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hello DollStopping over from sitsHappy day and congratulations.Brittanyhttp://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com

  10. Single Parent Dad says:

    There's nothing in that short bio about you moving to North Korea, and us having to comment under suppression.But as you asked nicely – for you – I will adhere to your request (see above).

  11. James' Mommy says:

    Happy Sits Day!

  12. James' Mommy says:

    Happy Sits Day!

  13. Blogger Dad says:

    I'm sitting on my hands to keep from typing offensive comments. Don't play like you haven't brought out the worst in me, though. You and Fowler are bad influences! Tut, indeed!

  14. Dave Fowler says:

    You've got guests coming over? Well I suppose I'd better get some clothes on then. I remember when naked Tuesdays used to be just you, me, Turf Dad and Blogger Dad.Hmmm…. Actually, maybe naked Tuesdays weren't so good after all.Well done for being featured blogger. A well deserved accolade my very talented bloggy friend.

  15. parentingBYdummies says:

    Congrats on your big day. Isn't it fun having guests over? Just beware, some of us are the look in your medicine cabinet sort. Wait… is that just me?

  16. Liz@Violet Posy says:

    You got the Sista's visiting – I'm very envious 🙂 Well done xx

  17. Pam says:

    Congrats on being SITS FB. Enjoy all the comment love.

  18. Sandy Toes says:

    have fun.sandy toe

  19. Jill of All Trades says:

    Visiting from SITS. Congratulations.

  20. Tammy Howard says:

    I refer your most astute son to this: http://adventitiouscerebration.blogspot.com/2008/08/keep-making-that-face-and-itll-stay.html(this is my hubs blog, not mine, but I thought of this post immediately upon reading your anecdote)Happy SITS day!

  21. Rebekah says:

    Stopping by from SITS!!Congrats on your SITS Day, enjoy!

  22. Seraphim says:

    Congrats on your SITs day. I can relate to the little ones nagging at you whilst at the keyboard. I have 3 that perform this tumbling act on me on a regular basis. I'm juggling the work life balance too. Sometimes I have it, sometimes not! xxx

  23. Vodka Mom says:

    Woo Hoo Tara!!I'll be a good girl. 🙂 congrats.

  24. Vodka Mom says:

    Please tell Dave to put on his robe.

  25. Tiffany says:

    Good Morning! Stopping over from SITS and I'm I'm off to "look around".

  26. Christina Lee says:

    CONGRaTS—-off to read more….

  27. When Pigs Fly says:

    Have a terrific day with everyone from SITS. Off to check out your blog and see what you've got to say. Used to live in London for several years but now back in the States.

  28. Jill says:

    Hi Tara!Happy SITS DAY.It was nice to visit for awhile!Jill from The Glen

  29. Kristin says:

    Your blog is cracking me up! I am a first time visitor from SITS.

  30. Jennifer Juniper says:

    Happy sits day! Those darn old ladies…you know, I might be considered an old lady to the little ones these days. There's no justice!

  31. Yaya says:

    Congrats on your sits day!

  32. Bren says:

    Happy SITS day!

  33. Jayne @ Misplaced Ci says:

    The comment from your 6 year old? Hysterical. Good thing I didn't have a drink in my mouth. Hope you have a wonderful SITS day!

  34. B says:

    Hi, fellow Brit; over from SITS. Love your blog and your humour. Congrats on your day in the sun :O)

  35. Mommy of Many says:

    congrats on your sits day! This welcome is so funny, I am anxious to read other post.

  36. Darcel says:

    Congrats! Off to read more of your blog.

  37. Cindy @ Chalk it Up! says:

    Congratulations! I'm looking forward to exploring your blog!Have a fun day in the spotlight

  38. Cindy @ Chalk it Up! says:

    By the way, I love your header, it's very unique!!

  39. Momma-of-5 says:

    Happy SITSday! I've been checking out your blog (avoiding giving the kiddos breakfast) and I got to tell you, you're HYSTERICAL. Maybe it's the added joy of an "accent" from the other side of the pond. Refreshing.Thanks for the morning pick me up!

  40. Debbie says:

    Happy SITS day. I love all things here. Love the look and feel of your blog. I tink I'll stay around a while.

  41. Adriana says:

    Happy SITS day. I LOL when I read your post about the goody bags and couldn't agree more!

  42. Dee says:

    Congrats on being featured today! Hope you have a blast!

  43. Melissa B. says:

    Congrats to you on your Featured Blogger Status! Hope you enjoy your SITS Day in the Sun…

  44. Miss Gina Designs says:

    Congrats on your SITS feature! Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  45. Robin says:

    WooHooHoo!!!It's your day to shine in the SITS sun.Have a most beautiful day!

  46. Veggie Mom says:

    Good Morning! Have fun as the Featured Blogger today!!

  47. Dawn says:

    Congratulations on your SITS day! Enjoy!I so agree with you about birthday party bags!!Have a great week!

  48. I came from SITS, too. I love the quote from your kid; perhaps global warming has significantly changed the winds so that your face doesn't get frozen any more.

  49. Farmgirl Paints says:

    Congrats on your big day:!

  50. (army)Wife says:

    Happy SITS Day!!

  51. (army)Wife says:

    Happy SITS Day!!

  52. confused homemaker says:

    Hi congrats on being FB today!! Your 6 year old sounds like mine, very funny.

  53. adiaha says:

    cobgratulations on your SITS day!

  54. Donna@www.frugaldonna.blogspot.com says:

    Happy SITS Day!

  55. RebeccaMom says:

    have a great day SITSta! I'm off to look around 🙂

  56. Lee says:

    Congrats on being featured! SITS rocks and so does your blog!

  57. Get Real Girl says:

    Congrats on your SITS Day!

  58. TanishaRenee says:

    congrats on being the featured blogger!

  59. Maggi says:

    Congrats on being in the spotlight! Your 6 year old is too funny, I love his thinking!

  60. mommy4life says:

    Happy sits day! Off to read your featured posts.

  61. Keep It Classy, Jen says:

    Happy SITS day! Glad I was directed to your blog! Love the header BTW!!

  62. Christy says:

    Congrats on your special day!!! :0) I'm off to browse around…..

  63. Becky says:

    Stopping by from Sits. Congrats on your BIG day:)

  64. The Wife O Riley says:

    Happy SITS Day!

  65. Sarah says:

    Happy SITS day!

  66. stepfabulous says:

    Enjoy your FB day! Can't wait to dig in and get sticky fingers. 🙂

  67. KC Mom says:

    Enjoy being saucy today…instead of sticky!!

  68. Stacey says:

    Stopping by from SITS. Love the post about your 3 year old and not being "naughty" we have a not "naughty" 3 year old too! Congrats on SITS day.

  69. missy says:

    CONGRATS on your SITS day!!!!!!!ENJOY!!!!!

  70. JosiahsMommy says:

    Happy SITS day! You have a lovely blog!

  71. BookLady says:

    Way to go, SITSta! 🙂 I enjoyed my visit to your blog, keep up the good work.

  72. Tiaras & Tantrum says:

    here from SITs – going to pike around now

  73. Miss Behavin says:

    Hi! I'm stopping by from SITS to check the place out.Congratulations on your special day.

  74. ...Mrs. Southern Bri says:

    Congrats on your SITS day! 😀

  75. Dave Fowler says:

    Tara,Remind BloggerDad about which of us sends the rudest emails.And tell Vodka Mom I forgot my robe but I did bring my mankini – will that do?

  76. bec4 says:

    Happy SITS day–great, truthful parenting insights!

  77. HoneyB says:

    Happy SITS day! 🙂

  78. Congrats on being featured at SITS. Love the 6 year old's gem. I've enjoyed reading your posts and I'll stop by again to read more.

  79. Happy SITS day!! I love your site so far, I am definitely going to have to procrastinate some work today to check it out!

  80. The Toll House Cooki says:

    My first day as a SITS and you're blog is my first read! Congrats on being the SITS blogger of the day.

  81. Julie says:

    Congrats on your featured day! I love reading about your "spirited" girl. I have one of those too…she's almost 9 now. I think we're both going to survive 🙂

  82. Mom says:

    Congrats on your SITS day. Great blog you've got here! 🙂Life…EXAGGERATED

  83. foxy says:

    Glad to be by… happy sits day to you!

  84. Kari says:

    Over from SITS to say hello and happy SITS day!

  85. Beth says:

    Stopping in to say howdy and to wish you a great SITS day.

  86. Fabulous Finds Gal says:

    Congrads Sista!! Cute blog pics!

  87. Susie says:

    Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)

  88. Pricilla says:

    Happy SITS day!!!!!

  89. Joshley and The Char says:

    Just wanted to stop by and say hi from SITS! Congrats on your SITS day 🙂

  90. Robbie S. Redmon, LP says:

    ALWAYS! Happy SITS Day!

  91. Mary at My New 30 says:

    Congrats on your SITS feature day! Hope you get lots of new followers from your visitors.

  92. Yummy Mammy says:

    World domination is yours my dear now your a saucy minx 😉 xx

  93. Rachel says:

    Congrats on your SITS day!! Love the blog and I love that you call pigtails, bunches!!

  94. Just throwing a BIG congratulatory SHOUT your way! From a SITS girl, have a sunshiny day (but dont' be blinded by the spotlight LOL)

  95. Double Dipped Sweets says:

    Awesome blog! Congrats on sits! Your kids are hilarious!

  96. Marrdy says:

    Congrats on your SITS day! That is one very smart boy you have there. He's right, old ladies lie!!

  97. iota says:

    I'm shouting, I'm shouting, I'm shouting.

  98. Mrs. Fish: aka Two F says:

    Happy SITS Day! Boys of that age come up with some of the greatest wit! Mine started in one day telling me of his past life. Have a great day!Karie

  99. jori-o says:

    Your kids are hilarious. And I love your writing style! Congrats on your saucy day! =)

  100. Orions Mom says:

    Happy SITS Day

  101. jwordsmith says:

    Lovely to find you, through SITS. I'm a fellow writing British mum (although my work/home balance is firmly in the 'home' camp at the moment. Sigh) with a 6 and 4 year old. A lot of your stories sound (horribly) familiar. Thanks for the laughs!

  102. Debbie says:

    Your kids sound like so much fun! Stopping by from SITS. Have a wonderful day!

  103. Tiffany says:

    so glad to know there are more strong willed little girls out there than just mine, great job!Yeah for you.

  104. Joanna says:

    Congrats on your SITS day!

  105. Karen says:

    Congrats on your SITS day! Hope it's a good one!

  106. Writer Dad says:

    Congratulations Tara, you totally deserve it. HA! I'm the first triple digit comment, y'all. Take that!

  107. Equidae says:

    looks like i am a bit later in the day ehehe so many comments….passed by from SITS and I hope you have a great evenng

  108. Frenzymom says:

    Happy SITS day!! Hope you have a great one!!

  109. LMAO at your son! He sounds too darned cute!! Love your blog and congrats on being featured blogger on SITS today!!

  110. BrnEyedGal says:

    Conrats on your SITS day!!!Your blog is such a fun and easy read…I was through so many posts and realized I had not left one comment…LOLHave a wonderful day!!! 🙂

  111. Katherine Aucoin says:

    Congrats on your SITS day! Enjoy!

  112. OceanDreams says:

    Happy SITS day! Loving your blog. 😉

  113. Turf Dad says:

    Wow! This is a year's worth of comments on my blog. I'm a little confused though, I'm supposed to be on my best behavior and I see a bunch of comments calling you F.B. I guess F.B. is a good thing. I'll just call you FB from now on! 🙂

  114. Life, Love And Lola says:

    Happy SITS Day! Off to check out more of your blog.

  115. Star Forbis says:

    Congrats on being the Featured Blogger today! Cute Blog. Enjoy your day!

  116. beth says:

    happy sits day! love your son's quote. he's very astute!

  117. brdesigns says:

    Congrats on your SITS' day. Have a great day from BR Designs

  118. Meg says:

    Happy FB day!

  119. Lemonlime says:

    Happy SITS day. Hope you are enjoying your special day.

  120. Adrenalynn says:

    Oh. My. God! I thought I'd swing by for my daily dose of some Tara sweetness, and what do I find? 110 comments! I'm starting to feel a bit claustrophobic. But congrats to you, I guess. What do I care. 😛

  121. rozzissweetpeas says:

    Congrats..hugs from SITsa rozzi

  122. Amanda says:

    You are a popular girl today! What a fun blog… and great writing and lots of laughter…Neat-o!God bless-Amanda

  123. Our Crazy Life says:

    Stopping by from SITS to say hello. Your 6 year old has a lot of wisdom in that little body!!

  124. Rose says:

    oh my! so thats what I am doing wrong…more positive comments huh?? My two year old is like this and drives me absolutley insane!! I love him like crazy though..

  125. Gamma Sharon says:

    Congrats on being the FB over at SITS.Hope you have a wonderful day, you deserve it!

  126. Jessica and Michael says:

    Hope you are having a wonderful day and congrats from SITS!Love your blog 🙂

  127. The Lucky Mrs. T says:

    Enjoy all the SITS blog love!and your 6 year old is smart!

  128. Tiffany says:

    Congrats on your SITS day! Great quote by your son 😉

  129. LORI says:


  130. carma says:

    Aren't all these comments totally fabulous. Enjoy your saucy day!

  131. Michaela says:

    Congrats to being today's FB! I hope you have a great day in the spotlight!

  132. Mama Kat says:

    Are you in comment heaven!?! I'm so glad you made the decision to work from home…it really is the best of both worlds. Usually.

  133. Hello from SITS!Love that quote – little boys and old ladies possess most of life's secrets, I believe.

  134. Bethany says:

    Happy SITS day!!! 🙂

  135. Trenches of Mommyhoo says:

    Enjoy your SITS day!

  136. The Main Ladybug says:

    Happy Happy SITS day to you!!Enjoy yourself!

  137. Valerie says:

    lol I enjoyed your 6 year old's comment. lolHoping over to congratulate you on being FB today!Hope you have a great SITS day!

  138. kisatrtle says:

    I enjoyed browsing your blog today and plan on coming back more often.

  139. The Royal Family says:

    happy sits day!

  140. Cathy says:

    Congratulations on YOUR day! Hope it's a great one!

  141. Jessica G. says:

    Hey, Happy SITS Day! Love you sense of humor. Our kids are very much alike!

  142. The Un-Organized Mom says:

    Congrats on your SITS day!!

  143. Jenna Lewis Cox says:

    happy happy holiday feature day!

  144. the ungourmet says:

    Congrats on your BIG day! Nice to meet you!

  145. camerapatty says:

    It's been pleasure visiting and reading your blog. I look forward to reading more posts in the future.Wishing you a scent-sational day of SITS love!Patty

  146. thatgirlblogs says:

    Happy SITS day, and I'm a new follower 😉

  147. Rabacal says:

    I am new follower as well and happy to have found your blog. Happy SITS Day!

  148. Shawn says:

    So happy you're are a Brit. I wish that I was one…but I do a mean accent, being an actress.Congrats on your FB on SITS! You seem like an amazing person—-great accent and all!

  149. Niki says:

    Happy SITS day, I look foreward to reading your blog.

  150. dddiva says:

    Found you through SITS and boy am I glad- love what I've seen so far.

  151. JessicaTKC says:

    Stopping by from SITS! Congrats on being featured!!!

  152. That's Who I Am says:

    Stopping by to congrats you on SITS FB of the day!:)

  153. Kristen says:

    Congrats SITSta! And you son is too smart…and adorable!

  154. bj says:

    Happy SITS Day…sorry to be so late but was gone all day. I hope you enjoyed YOUR day!!xo bj

  155. Cindi ~ Moomettesgra says:

    Hello from across the Pond! I am new to SITS and trying to figure it all out! I'm a Baby Boomer grandma trying to retire and be a WAHM. Being an editor sounds like a huge responsibility and you're not alone in your predicament of trying to blog with family!Hope you'll stop by!Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents

  156. Kimberly says:

    Happy SITS day!

  157. A Lawyer Mom's says:

    We got the same thing over here in the states: squinch your face up and it'll stay that way.I wish the inverse were true: "keep your face still and gravity will have no pull." But then, there'd be no plastic surgeons.

  158. ella says:

    Hello! Are you just loving your day?I was the featured blogger a week or so back—it is wild isn't it? I love that your so honest about your daughter being a challenge. I have a super difficult son (13) who was impossible from the moment he was born. It is a daily effort to deal with him. I can relate!Have fun reading all your comments—it takes a while and they'll still drift in for a few more days. Enjoy it!

  159. The Rambler says:

    Congrats on your day!!! (erm, you know the other day…I'm always late. Argh)Anywho….hope you had a great one.

  160. FranticMommy says:

    Ha! Love the 6-yeat old comment! Go girl! Working from home is my dream. Great blog!

  161. Blimey, that's alot of comments! I'm sure the men would have been able to sneak an inappropriate and cheeky comment in there somewhere, no doubt!!

  162. Hi,Love your blog and the blog header. Adorable. Congrats on being a FB. I'll be back to follow your blog. I have one on Britain too. Hope to see you there.

  163. SmartPumpkin'sM says:

    Happy SITS day, SITSa! I am also "tapping away" when my child tries talking to me. LOL! I am a useless conversationalist. LOL

  164. TMWW says:

    Happy SITS day to you! Love the blog! I'm always a day late and a dollar short but I'm here now!

  165. Jaci says:

    Oh, yeah for you! Congrats on your SITS feature! Enjoy all your comment love! 🙂

  166. Simply Being Mommy says:

    Congrats on being the featured SITSta for the day! Your blog is great!

  167. Isk8Jewel (~Julie~) says:

    Happy SITS Day! Looking forwared to browsing your blog! 🙂

  168. lemonologie says:

    Congrats on your SITS day!

  169. lemonologie says:

    Congrats on your SITS day!

  170. Lynn says:

    OH! Look at all these comments!!Congrats and I have become a follower because I appreciate excellent writing!

  171. kate says:

    Hi Tara! Hope you had a fantastic SITS DAY! I look forward to perusing you blog.

  172. Kacy says:

    Who says you have to behave……Your little girl sounds a bit headstrong!! I was too and I turned out to pretty good!!!

  173. shopgirl says:

    wooo hoo! Can you hear me all the way from "The Buckeye State" in Ohio? What a great day (for me) to stop by and say HI!! Hope your SITS day was fabulous one!!

  174. Home Office Mum says:

    yowser! how many comments??

  175. Jo Beaufoix says:

    Blimey, this is so cool and a bit mad. And old ladies definitely used to say that. Hilarious. See you soon. 😀

  176. Patricia says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and your quote and today must be quite an honor and I like how the fellows did tone it down in honor.My face stuck in the wind so I got plastic surgery..

  177. Kool Aid says:

    Wow! So many comments, Tara! How can I get in on SITS? 😉

  178. Vodka Mom says:

    where's the guy in the mankini???? Dave? Is that you? WOW!!!!!!!

  179. Dancinfairy says:

    My Mum used to say that to me all of the time. Loving the little one's logic!

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