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 weather

My wardrobe is confused.  Quite frankly so am I.  I’m no longer sure what to wear on any given day.  The last month we have had school closed due to snow, a camping trip cancelled due to heavy rain, and a mini heatwave that cause boob sweat and an ice lolly shortage.  Not to mention […]

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LOL Round-up: Getting on a bit

The exit sign for my thirties is fast approaching.  Having turned 39 I can no longer say I am in my mid thirties.  To be honest it was an exaggeration to say it when I was 38.  So as middle age looms over me, I feel the situation is best handled with humour.  Therefore this […]

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LOL Round-up: Kids say the funniest things

    Did you know that the average 4 year old asks 635 questions a day.  Sometimes all before breakfast.  It’s hardly surprising that with all those questions and observations of their little world, they sometimes flummox us, make us want to die with embarrassment, or pee our pants laughing.  If there’s one universal parenting […]

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LOL Round-up: School run disasters

I love doing the school run.  Said no sane person ever.  If you can complete a school run without someone standing in dog poo, falling in a puddle, or screaming “hurry up”, I don’t actually think you are actually doing right. This is just one of my many, many disastrous school runs… Or there was […]

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LOL Round-up: The best laughs of 2017

   Happy New Year to you.  I thought we would start of 2018 by looking back at some of the best giggles from 2017.  So grab that last box of mince pies and indulge in these treats. We looked at lots of topics last year, from poo to vaginas.  Nothing is off limits in the […]

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LOL Round-up: Festive giggles

I think we have another 10 days of Christmas madness where we run round like headless chickens with to-do lists trailing in the wind behind us.  At some point we will remember where we hid little Jack’s main present from Father Christmas.  You know the one that you spent two weeks tracking down and nearly […]

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LOL Round-up: I can’t get no sleep

Sleep.  The joke of the parenting world.  The commodity we fiercely negotiate over with our partners.  The thing we miss most from our life before kids.  This month’s LOL round-up is all about the shut eye, the land of nod, the thing that we seem can’t get enough of.  Sleep!   Stage One of No […]

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LOL Round-up: Kids are gross

When you become a parent nothing quite prepares you for the amount of bodily fluid about to take over your life.  Wee, poo, vomit, and snot for starters.  It will be on your floor, your walls and in your hands. It will be the topic of conversation between you and your partner so regularly it […]

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LOL Round-up: Something to get off your chest?

We all need a good rant from time to time.  Seeing that we’ve just survived 6 weeks of “I’m bored”, combined with labelling school uniform and the dreaded Clarks visit, I think it’s safe to say we all need to unload right now.  This months LOL round-up is all about the rants, from kids, to […]

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LOL Round-up: Your summer reading list sorted

Picture the scene… Sun lounger by the pool, sex on the beach cocktail being shaken for you by the rather tasty waiter, and you are ready to get lost in a good book.  But before you’ve read the first page the kids start begging you for ice cream, your mind wonders to when you last […]

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LOL Round-up: Kids TV

Kids TV is a wonderful thing.  It has entertained my children through tonsillitis and ear infections.  We would have literally gone crazy without it during the chickenpox captivity.  It ensures my kids don’t starve as I have become an expert in prepping dinner in the time it takes to watch two episodes of Peppa Pig. […]

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LOL Round-up: We’re all going on a summer holiday

We are on the home stretch of the school year.  I’m looking to the 6 weeks holiday with equal measures of excitement and dread.  The sun keeps teasing us with appearances, and my thoughts keep turning to sun, sea and sangria. This months LOL round-up is bringing you the funny posts about going on holiday […]

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LOL Round-up: Before kids vs after kids

Did you think that life wouldn’t change when you had a baby?  Is it even possible to explain to the uninitiated just how much things change once small people take over your life?  Some differences we embrace and some we just need to suck it up and have a laugh about it.  One things for […]

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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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