There are few things in life a 6 year old boy loves more than a sling shot. With that in mind when the chance to review Whacky Shots arised I jumped at the chance. When Big L got home from school on the day it arrived he was incredibly excited “I always wanted one of those, Mummy”. To be honest I think he was laying it on a bit thick but, nevertheless, I felt I had gained “mum” points. Whacky Shots is more than just a sling shot. In the World Warriors pack you are sent 8 x Whacky Shots which are rubber creatures thatRead More →

The ten commandments of blogging As told by a mediocre blogger, me. “I am the Lord, Google. Thou shalt bear no false idol aside from me .” Google is GOD. Google is a vengeful God and will smite thee should you be found to be selling follow links. Especially follow links less than 4 times your DA as that is forbidden (apart from everybody does it. Ev-er-y-body) “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy blog in vain.” Unmumsy Mum, Mother Pukka, Hurrah for Gin you know who I’m talking about. Bloggers who have reached giddy heights that you and I can onlyRead More →

When I was asked by www.my-picture.co.uk to review one of their canvas and run a give away I jumped at the chance. The days of taking your camera film to the chemist to be developed or popping it in an envelope for posting has long gone. It’s a bit of a shame in some ways. I have thousands upon thousands of photos floating around the cloud but no one but me really sees them. And because we don’t have physical photos we don’t really display them either. A couple of Mothers Days ago Monsieur Incidental bought me a small canvas with a photo of meRead More →

So you didn’t get your first choice primary school? 3 years ago I was in the same position and here is how I made our appeal. We had requested our closest school and given the reason as my medical condition. I suffer from Crohn’s and have to have a lot of operations and hospital appointments. When we filled out the form I made it clear why we were applying for the place. Prior to our application I spoke to the school in question to and was advised to get a letter from my surgeon confirming why I was requesting the place. Not only that butRead More →

Tech Deck is celebrating its 20th anniversary 20 years ago I was 20 and hanging around with a group of real skateboarders. It turns out I a) either didn’t learn much from them or b) have forgotten it all over the years as when I received these fingerboards the names and descriptions meant NOTHING to me! Tech Deck are 96mm fingerboards and BMX bikes that are replicas of their full size counterparts. They even feature real graphics from the biggest names in the sports such as Primitive, Element and Plan B. We were sent 3 sets consisting of A Flip 4 pack of fingerboards, aRead More →

How we progressed from a balance bike to stabilisers #bike #balancebike #toddlebike #stabiliser #stabilizers

We’ve recently been teaching our 6-year-old to ride a bike. What with all my operations, babies and so on we never got round to it before. We did get him a balance bike and it came out once or twice. We took him to a local car park (on a Sunday when it was shut – we’re not mad!) but we didn’t persevere. This is a shame as I think he would have benefited from learning earlier and how cute does he look? He currently has one with stabilisers. The other Sunday we decided to give it a go on the road outside our houseRead More →

Crohn’s often pops up in the news these days, which is great for highlighting the disease. More and more celebrities are being open about living with the disease and the side effects of the medication, which is not easy given the common misconceptions attached to Crohn’s. I was diagnosed almost 6 years ago and have written several posts about it here. I try to be as open about it as possible, there is no point in writing about it and not being honest. With that in mind here is a list of things Crohn’s sufferers (or me, at least) wish you knew: 1. Crohn’s isRead More →

You may have already read my accounts of living with Crohn’s if not you can find them collectively here. In light of the fact that Crohn’s is back in the news again today, thanks to Dynamo, I spoke to my mum and my partner, Vince, this morning and suggested that they might like to put their experiences down. We often hear from the person with the disease but not their family. My mum clearly took it seriously as this popped into my inbox before lunchtime! Erica has written an account of her experiences having been diagnosed and living with Crohn’s disease over the last few yearsRead More →

#scbu #nicu #baby #toddler

This time in 2016 I was a fat waddling mess. You, my son, were two weeks late and I had had enough. I went into hospital to be induced only to find you were in distress and hours later you were born into the world, dragged through the sunroof to the voice of Freddie Mercury and the sound of Queen. He gave you your middle name. It seemed apt. You had the cord wrapped around your neck. You weren’t breathing and you were resuscitated and whisked away to SCBU while I was being stitched back together. There was talk of brain damage and moving youRead More →

#singlemomsrock #mum #mom #singleparent #singlemom #momlife #grandparent

Although I am not one I was raised by a single parent. Single parents come in many guises, men, women, straight, gay, they work, they don’t, they have one child, they have many. Some single parents have an ex partner that helps shoulder the load of childcare whilst others are, well, absent. My Father cluttered off when I was seven and I stopped seeing him altogether at around 9 or 10. This is for my mum and all the other single parents (yes, this is for the dads too) that rock the hell out of it! I see you, single parent, wiping tears, noses andRead More →