About Claire Kirby

Claire is the blogger behind Life, Love and Dirty Dishes. A blog about the amusing side of parenting. Claire's claim to fame is that she once spoke to Phillip Schofield on a Going Live phone in. Awesome, right? She with three boys; The Husband, The Big One (6) who never ever stops talking, and The Little One (2) who never ever stands still. They live in a Lego house. They don’t really, but they have so much off the stuff they could probably build one.

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LOL Round-up: The one with all the poop

Potty training is as much a right of passage for parents as it is our squidgy bare butted offspring. It’s one of those true “I don’t know how the hell to do this” parenting moments that has us reaching for google faster than Chicken Pox spots. So if you are in the midst of this […]

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LOL Round-up: Parenting advice

As soon as you announce your pregnancy, every friend, relative and complete stranger has a wealth of parenting advice to bestow on you. Most of it will be unsolicited, some out dated, some down right ridiculous.  Most of it will be overwhelming and a lot of it can be quite scary.  Occasionally there will be […]

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LOL Round-up: Body image

We made it through January and now everyone is feeling a bit ‘meh’.  Have you shifted those Christmas pounds yet?  Chances are you’re feeling rubbish because you caved at the first sniff of a Dairy Milk, or you’re feeling rubbish because you haven’t even sniffed a Dairy Milk for a month now. I have the […]

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LOL Round-up: A year of giggles

I genuinely love this gig.  Getting to bring you some proper belly laugh musings from very talented writers.  I know Christmas is over, but here’s one last bit of indulgence with a look back at the funny side of 2016.   …(There was one, I promise)         January After surviving Christmas you might […]

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LOL Round-up: We’ve got the giggles all wrapped up

The LOL round-up is getting into the Christmas spirit with these fabulously funny festive posts (say that after a few snowballs!) So if the Christmas build up is leaving you feeling a little frazzled, you can’t remember where you’ve hidden some of the gifts, and the gift wrapping elves have once again been a no show, […]

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LOL Round-up: Teenage kicks

Confession:  Teenagers scare me a bit.  Maybe it’s because they make me feel old and out of touch.   The little one and I are often overtaken by large groups of teenagers walking home from school as we toddle along to collect the big one.  More often than not I find myself wondering how they […]

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The LOL Round-up: Pregnancy & childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth is a truly miraculous thing, and not just the bit about something that big coming out of something that small.  But lets face it, pregnancy and childbirth is somewhat embarrassing. I mean it starts with peeing on a stick.  From little old ladies marveling your bump and inquiring about your sex life, […]

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LOL Round-up: Back to school

Congratulations!  You have survived the summer holidays.  You made it through the rainy days, the failed crafts, the water fights, the ice creams for breakfast, the late nights and the “I’m bored”s.   Some of us are cracking open the Prosecco and doing a happy dance in the kitchen that our little darlings are going […]

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The LOL Round-up Does Politics!

So much has happened in the last 6 weeks in the world of politics that it would be wrong not to reflect on that in this month’s LOL Round-up.  Whilst many of us cried over the outcome of the EU referendum and despaired at the aftermath that followed, what I personally needed was some light […]

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LOL Round-up: Parodies & stories

Some people like watching videos of cats.  I split my time between watching videos of people doing dumb things that result in them hurting themselves, and people turning a classic pop song into a brilliant parody. This months LOL round-up is all about the latter, parenting parodies with some re-written children’s stories thrown in for […]

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5 things I want to do at #BML16

Humour Round-up Editor Claire Kirby is a BritMums Live virgin and blogging conference newbie! This is what she’s most looking forward to at the big event! I couldn’t attend BritMums Live last year. It clashed with my best friend’s wedding, and I had very important Maid of Honour duties to perform. My hair and make-up […]

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LOL Round-up: Life as we know it

It’s life, but not as we know it.   Let me start this month’s round-up with the obligatory caveat that we love our children dearly, would walk to the ends of the earth for them, and wouldn’t have things any other way.  BUT! It’s fair to say that the moment your tiny infant makes their […]

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LOL Round-up: Other people’s mishaps

Why are we laughing at the misfortune of others?  Because sometimes other people’s mishaps are really funny.   Everyone has an embarrassing story up their sleeve that makes people howl with laughter. Sometimes people falling over is just really funny.  Sometimes we all need a good laugh and to say, I’m so glad that wasn’t […]

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LOL Round-up: Life with toddlers

Welcome to the April LOL Round-up.  This month it is dedicated to those darling and somewhat unpredictable little creatures called ‘Toddlers.‘  Also referred to as; Dictators, Little Devils, Terrors and Little S@#!s.   I am now officially sharing my house with one of these creatures as my youngest turned 2 last week.  In true toddler […]

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LOL Round-up: Wine and laundry

It’s March, and there is lots to smile about: 1: The clocks go forward and the lighter evenings begin. (Yes, I am ignoring the fact that the kids will be bouncing off the walls at bedtime and resisting all changes to their body clock). 2: It’s perfectly acceptable to consume your own body weight in […]

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LOL Round-up: A combination of drunks & fitness fanatics

It’s February, so forget the January funk and enjoy some giggles with these fantastically funny posts I have hand-picked from the blogging world for your amusement.  You can thank me later. Warning: These posts should not be read whilst consuming any liquid refreshments due to the high likelihood of choking on such beverage when you […]

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LOL Round-Up: No need for January blues with these howlers

How was your Christmas?  Was it great, but you are now kind of glad it’s all over and you can get back to normal?  What about New Year?  Did you make it to midnight, or were you snoring on the sofa by then? Personally I am still trying to find homes for all the new […]

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LOL Round-up: Playgrounds, tears, animals & raisins!

Welcome to the second BritMums LOL Round-up.  A place to laugh at the often insane moments of parenting, and the beautifully illogical logic of our small people.  Grab yourself a mulled wine and a mince pie (it’s officially December now, so you’re allowed) and get comfy for some funny reads from some brilliant bloggers. First […]

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