witching hour

Three little words can strike fear into the heart of any mother:  The Witching Hour.  You know what we’re talking about.  You’re tired, the kids have turned feral, and tea is running late.  Things can get a little crazy before you actually herd them into bed.  (It’s usually around now you blame someone else’s genes for their behaviour, so it might be a good time to remember that Dads are So Awesome).

If the spuds are still not cooked and the kids are starving, throw the rules out the window and keep them quiet with a few spoons of Collective Culinary yoghurt while they wait for their delicious masterpiece from Feeding Little Tummies.  (Use this as an opportunity to cram pieces of Donovan’s Strawberry Pav chocolate into your mouth behind the pantry door so that nobody can see you.  Deny any and all accusations.  Do not let them smell your breath).  And you could always turn on Frozen Sing-a-long or Doc McStuffins to help calm the storm.

With dinner done the end is in sight.  Get them clean and shiny with fun Pineapple Heads bath products, and convince the little ones that going to sleep is exciting when you’re a lady bird or princess in a super fun The Penguin Company sleepsuit.  Take a bow, sigh deeply, you’ve made it through.  Remember to say “I’m sorry for the things I said when I was hungry” and it might pay to apply some L’Oreal Paris Revitalift, because you’re going to have to do this again tomorrow.

Sound like you?  Leave a comment below and you are in the draw!


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  1. Profile photo of Naomi Whalley
    Naomi Whalley

    December 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Oh yes that wretched witching hour its the worst time of day in our house my son makes it so hard to even cook dinner some nights its a nightmare and so I just try to feed my son quickly and get him into bed then cook dinner for us once he’s in bed

  2. Profile photo of bridget

    December 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Reminds me of the cutest olaf costume I made for a birthday party, still need to acquire the DVD so this would be great, not to mention the other goodies

  3. Profile photo of Anne Mansfield
    Anne Mansfield

    December 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Yes please, this is a fantastic prize!

  4. Profile photo of Meg Cumberpatch
    Meg Cumberpatch

    December 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Oh such great prizes :)

  5. Profile photo of Meredith Norman
    Meredith Norman

    December 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Routines are definitely the winner in this situation…we’ve had the same routine for 8 years now. But of course, you can’t predict the behaviour of the 4 year old or the 1 year old, the 6 year old or even the 8 year old. I always take each day at a time and enjoy the peace that comes when all are fed, bathed and tucked up in their beds sleeping! (Whenever that may be!)

  6. Stephanie

    December 6, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Aaargh, witching hour last all night at our house … and yet the magic of yoghurt has changed our grizzle monster back to his happy self!

  7. Sarah

    December 5, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    What a lovely prize!

  8. Profile photo of Frances Anderson
    Frances Anderson

    December 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Donovans Chocolate and L’Oreal Revitalift – my lifesavers!

  9. Joelene

    December 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    yes yes please, love it

  10. Tom

    December 5, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I want to nominate my mum for putting up with us kids.

  11. Karla

    December 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    sounds amazing

  12. Profile photo of Haley McLaughlin
    Haley McLaughlin

    December 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Very Cool

  13. sam

    December 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm


  14. paul

    December 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    If it would help, I’d even put my son in that princess sleep suit.

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      December 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      That would be a photo for his 21st….

  15. Rachael M-A

    December 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Omg YES!

  16. Rach

    December 5, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Yes please

  17. Meredith

    December 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Hahaha glad I’m
    Not the only one sneaking chocolate from the pantry to get through the evening!

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      December 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Our secret is out…

    • Profile photo of Naomi Whalley
      Naomi Whalley

      December 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Lol us mums all have our secret stash hidden in the kitchen don’t know what I’d do without my secret stash of chocolate

  18. Melissa

    December 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    That would be lovely!

  19. Julie

    December 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Pick me please – have had one very long day!

  20. Profile photo of Kylie Morete
    Kylie Morete

    December 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Thirsty Friday. Mums invited to come for drinks and all going well. Kids playing mums chatting and then they strike while you are at your weakest. “Mum can we have a sleepover” not one but four kids. What do you say while all eyes on you. Damn witching hour in all respects.

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      December 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      ha ha ha! Good luck! Just think how happy you are making them all xx

  21. melissa Giles

    December 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    this would be cool

  22. Profile photo of Holly Murray
    Holly Murray

    December 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Ooh I’d give this to my sister in law. She has toddlers and would love it :-)

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      December 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      you lovely thing you x

  23. Profile photo of Kath

    December 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    yet another fabulous wee collection – thank you!!

  24. Juliet

    December 5, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    oh that prize pack looks amazing. On day six of my hubby away and three under 4’s to herd to bed. I’d like to make more of the post 7pm peace but bed swiftly beckons for me too!

  25. Claudine

    December 5, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Not too bad considering both girls were at a 3 year old birthday party this afternoon- the usual don’t want to eat dramas but all good now

  26. Rebecca dH

    December 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Love the idea of ‘Pineapple Heads, Sleepyhead bubble bath’. Anything to help calm down the tribe is a must have. Merry Christmas ladies.

  27. Profile photo of Debbe Laurent
    Debbe Laurent

    December 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, this really does sound like us at least one day per week. As life gets busier, and homework for the kids seems to get more time consuming as we help, the minutes drift into hours and dinner becomes a vision of the past as we throw something together just to get the tired little monkeys into bed.
    Right about now that bottle of wine is looking mighty good but before you can relax and have that, there are dishes to do, washing to put on to be hung out in the morning and the list continues on.
    Finally, you sit down…….it’s time to relax but by now you’re too tired to even look at that bottle of wine so opt instead for a hot chocolate and an early night.
    But you know what ? I love being a Mum…….and I’d do it all again tomorrow night, and the next night, and the next. Well you get the picture lol

  28. Ange Beaumont

    December 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Ooooh yes please <3

  29. Kate @ upsidebackwards

    December 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    OK, how did you know about the eating-chocolate-behind-pantry-door thing? How did you sniff me out? Have you got a camera in my pantry somehow? :-D

    I know the kids didn’t tell you… they can’t have figured it out…

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      December 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      We are mums….we have eyes in the back of our heads!

  30. Maria

    December 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Would love this – the sleep suit looks very cute.

  31. Judy

    December 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I love that print!

  32. Claire Lambert

    December 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Yep, sometimes Mums just have to do what they can to survive….just let the DVD player be a babysitter for an hour for everyones’ sanity

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      December 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      I’m all for saving my sanity!

  33. Nikki Thomas

    December 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Oh I remember the witching hour only too well. It does seem to have slowly phased out as the children have grown older, we do have the odd Witching Day though!

  34. Natasha @ SweetMamaM.com

    December 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Strawberry pav chocolate?! I need this in my life!

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      December 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I agree – it is delicious!

  35. Penny

    December 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Sounds like a perfect solution to a less than perfect time of day!

  36. Profile photo of Angela Pickering
    Angela Pickering

    December 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    What an awesome prize. Witching hour is dreaded in my household but forgotten when you watch them sleep.

  37. Bex

    December 5, 2014 at 6:45 pm


  38. Sarah-Jane

    December 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I don’t think the witching hour/hours ever end no matter the age !! Would love to win :)

  39. Kathleen

    December 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    My witching hour starts at four am in the morning god knows why ! my bodyclock is all over the place ……….was on pm slept till nine now on ams get up at four am go and do a shift then home for the I am dead hour where my children say I am not the happiest mother and communicate with one syllables ! I am falling to bits !

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      December 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Oh dear Kathleen – it sounds like your life is rather full on at the moment.

  40. Cathy Philips

    December 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Would love to win this

  41. Hayley Berendsen

    December 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Another fabulous prize! Maybe today will be my lucky day :D

  42. Arlena Stevens

    December 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    The witching hour! Lol. Never heard those words before but so very true. My happiest time of the day is hearing the electric garage door opening and knowing god has answered my prayers by my husband arriving home safely from work!! With a big pregnant belly, a toddler around my knees clinging on for dear life as I whip dinner up and two school aged boys making all sorts of sound effect noises, this prize would be a treat and a half!!

  43. Andrea Kelly

    December 5, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    A lovely combination to combat the witching hour :)

  44. Profile photo of josephine Holmes
    josephine Holmes

    December 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Oh yes please!!

  45. Profile photo of Emma Bedford
    Emma Bedford

    December 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    You have managed to mention almost all of Miss4’s favourite things in one post! And mine of course ;-)

  46. Jordan

    December 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I would love to win something!

  47. Natalie

    December 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    This would be awesome!

  48. Boni

    December 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Wonderful! The witching hour is scary indeed. I love this selection!

  49. Profile photo of Jay Lou
    Jay Lou

    December 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    This is incredible! Yes please <3

  50. Angela

    December 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Our witching hour is at 6am when the kids both decide that it is time to rise and forget the shine part! GRRR!

  51. Anna

    December 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Would love this all, specially the Dads are so awesome book for the awesome Dad in our house.

    • Profile photo of mumsontop

      December 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      The book is simply gorgeous – we love the line about Dad’s being so awesome because they say tomato sauce is a vegetable!

  52. Mat

    December 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Thats the hour that I get the text…when are you coming home? THats the hour that peppa pig NEEDS to come on, just to give daughter that rest she needs to get her to 7. Thats the hour my wife uses her super mummy powers.

  53. Nathan

    December 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I very much like how the words ‘feral’ and ‘witching hour’ have been used together. Very apt……………….. On another note, gently rocking and thinking of a happy place………………. chocolate as a prize ? Hell yes. Count me in.

  54. Nakita

    December 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I would love to win a prize

  55. Michelle

    December 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Witching hours – all 24 of them!! does that count ? :-)

  56. Profile photo of Rachel

    December 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    this would be amazing!!

  57. Jude Arbuthnot

    December 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Something for everyone! Would go down so well in our house!

  58. Miriam Makgill

    December 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Yoghurt ‘de-ferals’ every single one of my nieces and nephews without fail. I wouldn’t believe it but that I have seen it with my own eyes……. on numerous occasions. Come to think of it -it’s the same effect that chocolate mousse has on me. As for Frozen – the fact that I know all the Lyrics to a certain song, without seeing the movie, speaks for itself. Love it.

  59. Profile photo of Lucy Knight
    Lucy Knight

    December 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Very familiar with the witching hour!! I love all these prize things! And Christmas. Yay

  60. Amy McCallum

    December 5, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    What a great prize!

  61. Profile photo of Emily Lee
    Emily Lee

    December 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    After swimming the other day, my son (nearly 5) asked if boys could where Elsa togs :)

  62. Katrina Gray

    December 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    what an amazing giveaway

  63. Profile photo of Michele Moore
    Michele Moore

    December 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    This would be fantastic

  64. Profile photo of kasey potter
    kasey potter

    December 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    wow sounds amazing :) yes please

  65. Profile photo of Andrea Callender
    Andrea Callender

    December 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Witching hour is horrid! And it’s a lie – there’s more than one hour of witchiness! :p

  66. Karen Coghlan

    December 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Always rush time!

  67. Sarah

    December 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

    O yes hiding eating chocolate is me! Would be a great prize :)

  68. Nola Hall

    December 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

    A stressful time for all Mums but it helps to know you are not the only one in this boat and it has to get better sometime!!

  69. Hine Blair

    December 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

    This is an awesome prize. Our witching hour was a long and late one last night. Feeling it today! The sleeping bag is very cute.

  70. Maria Boyd

    December 5, 2014 at 10:56 am

    My sister had a really bad experience yesterday with this, her husband works overseas a lot so she is by herself a lot of the time. Would love to beable to share this prize with her.

  71. Profile photo of Liz Foster
    Liz Foster

    December 5, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Haha I refuse to even answer the phone during this hour.. My husband knows better than to call especially if he wants a favour at this time of day, because there is just no winning.

  72. Emma

    December 5, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Ha ha ha. Glad I’m not the only one who hides chocolate consumption behind the pantry door!!

  73. kim

    December 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I totally need this to help get through the dreaded witching hour, would be awesome :)

  74. ruth

    December 5, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Hubby has started a new job an hour and a half away so is staying with my parents 3 mights a week- with a 3 year old and a 5 year (and the dog and 3 cats – 1 of whom is 17, deaf and senile) old the witching hour can be very long and any little helper would be greatly appreciated. Especially as my son asked yesterday why he had to go to bed when the sun was still up- (Trying explain daylight savings)

  75. Emma J

    December 5, 2014 at 7:46 am

    This is great , especially for the nights when hubby is on night shift.

  76. Profile photo of Michelle Cleaver
    Michelle Cleaver

    December 5, 2014 at 7:37 am


  77. Profile photo of Desiree Tait
    Desiree Tait

    December 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Love the pineapple head products. Thanks

  78. Profile photo of Sarah Blair
    Sarah Blair

    December 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    OMG this would be popular in my home!!

  79. Profile photo of Rebecca Girvan
    Rebecca Girvan

    December 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    love the sleepsuit -so cute!

  80. Profile photo of Rachael Humphries
    Rachael Humphries

    December 2, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Would love the Feeding Little Tummies! And the chocolate, you can never have too much chocolate!

  81. Profile photo of Jo

    December 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    every morning I wake up and say “today will be different”… yeah, you’re right its not!

  82. Profile photo of jessica wright
    jessica wright

    December 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I love that there is chocolate in ALL of these prizes lol

  83. Profile photo of Angela Pickering
    Angela Pickering

    December 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Daddies genes always kick in at this time.

  84. Profile photo of Nikki Scelly
    Nikki Scelly

    December 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Fantastic and the chocolates

  85. Profile photo of Marji

    December 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Strawberry Pav chocolate? I think I’m in love.

  86. Profile photo of Emma Black
    Emma Black

    December 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

    This would be awesome for witching hours at our house with a 1 and a 2 year old!

  87. Profile photo of Michelle Cleaver
    Michelle Cleaver

    December 1, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Something here for everyone……bliss

  88. Profile photo of Alma Shaw
    Alma Shaw

    November 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Ohh this prize would suit the whole fam bam!
    Book for daddy from the kidlets
    Frozen so Miss 4 can stop “talking to Elsa”
    How to guide for mummy and miss 7 months
    and help for mama getting paranoid about hitting thirty!

  89. Profile photo of Claire Dean
    Claire Dean

    November 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Fingers crossed that the magic of Santa fixes everyone’s ‘witching hour’ behaviour for at least a few weeks :)

  90. Profile photo of Charmaine Willis-Croft
    Charmaine Willis-Croft

    November 30, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Ha ha, love it! Can definitely relate to the witching hour here! Two toddlers hanging off my legs screeching at me, three older ones asking what’s for tea, when’s tea ready? Then the countdown til bedtime.

  91. Profile photo of Margretha van Dijk
    Margretha van Dijk

    November 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    The witching hour, yes can feel every micro-second when those “witching hours” happen! Thanks for an awesome prize to help us get through it :-)

  92. Profile photo of Debbie snell
    Debbie snell

    November 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    The sleepsuit looks so comfy.

  93. Profile photo of Annette Hynes
    Annette Hynes

    November 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    3 kids under 7 and new baby due in two weeks – I think our Witching Hour might just get more crazy! HELP!!!

  94. Profile photo of Jackie

    November 30, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Love to share these with my family.

  95. Profile photo of Angela Wilson
    Angela Wilson

    November 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    This = Awesome.

  96. Profile photo of Megan Suter
    Megan Suter

    November 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    cute prizes!

  97. Profile photo of Aimee

    November 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    would love to have our very own copy of let it go, let it go!!!

  98. Profile photo of Busymum

    November 30, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Dads really are awesome but so are mums like us! :)

  99. Profile photo of Kelly D
    Kelly D

    November 30, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    This would be awesome

  100. Profile photo of Erin Sawyer
    Erin Sawyer

    November 30, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Shudder…the witching hour ;) this would be awesome :)

  101. Profile photo of Janine

    November 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Solo mumma my children would love this


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