Welcome to The Spike!
I’m Esther and I’m in charge of this pigsty. I’m a journalist and a copywriter and I write The Spike because it’s too much fun not to.
I live in London with my husband Giles and my two kids Kitty, who is 7 and Sam, who is 5. We are thinking about getting a cat.
The Spike is about everything; clothes, kids, kids’ clothes, food, kids’ food, contraceptives, holidays, TV, books, you name it – I’ll write about it. It’s called The Spike after the literal spike that used to sit in the corner of newsrooms.
This site has also become a sort of a community project, a safe space if you are kind of strung out and stressed by other people wanting you to be something you’re not. My readers (this means you) are the funniest people on earth. Sometimes I write a post just for the laughs in the comments underneath.
The Spike is funded by affiliate links, the occasional advert and T-Shirt sales.
An affiliate link is a program that brokers a deal between this website and brands – so if you click through a link on this site and buy something there, I will get a small percentage (paid for by the brand, not you).
Not every link is an affiliate link, but you can assume that most are. Some posts will be very obvious “shopping” posts. You can avoid them if you want, it is just how I make this site work financially. Do bear in mind that I don’t get my cut if you return the item, so it’s not in my interest to sell you a lot of substandard stuff that you ultimately don’t need or want.
I can’t think of anything else to say and I have to go and get my kids from school now. If you have any questions please email me using the handy contact form provided.