“You don’t look ill”, “Aren’t people with Crohn’s skinny?”, “All you need to do is stop eating xyz and you’ll get better”, “Have you tried Aloe Vera/Juice Plus/Forever Living?” All things I have heard in the few years since I was diagnosed.  All are frankly bollocks.  No, if I wear make-up I look reasonable. No I’m not skinny but I still shit more in the first hour I wake than than most people do in a week – or two.  No, not everyone has trigger foods (although many do, they’re probably thinking of coeliac or IBS).  And NO I am not trying your multilevel marketingRead More →

I love my kids, I really do but they often do things that make me want to tear my hair out.  That’s one of the reasons I got into this blogging lark, it kind of keeps me sane even when I am getting closer to needing a hair transplant!  So, without further ado here are things that my kids do on a daily basis that drive me mildly crackers Procrastinate – Big L is the offender here.  We now have a rule that he has to get dressed BEFORE breakfast, prior to this rule I was screaming “get dressed or I’m leaving without you” atRead More →

A couple of weeks ago I abandoned left my children in the capable hands of my partner in sunny Kent and caught the train to Manchester for the weekend to attend my first ever blogging conference – Blog On Xmas.  I travelled up with the (sort of) lovely Fran from Whinge Whinge Whine and the travel wasn’t without it’s erm, hiccups.  We are no strangers to our train journeys not going to plan, regularly missing connections and so on and this one was no exception.  Due to Fran’s overwhelming desire to purchase ear plugs at Euston – apparently there is no Boots in Manchester (thereRead More →

A week or so ago we went on a family outing to Boots Opticians, I know – we know how to live life on the edge.  Monsieur Incidental and I are no strangers to myopia and my mum suggested that while we were there we had Big L’s eyes tested.  They don’t test their eyes at school these days and seeing as we are both speccy four eyes she thought it would be a good idea – she’s usually right. Big L was very excited at the prospect of having his eyes tested.  He’s 6 and desperate for glasses so he could “Be like PeppaRead More →

They say that the first year of a baby’s life goes quickly for the parents, and that is most certainly true. Between adjusting to life as a new mum and all the hard work involved in looking after a newborn, the time certainly flies. The second year goes even quicker as they start to walk and talk and become real little people. In the blink of an eye, your baby has become a toddler and now might be a good time to make some changes to your home and routine. Here are some useful suggestions on how to get ready for the next stage ofRead More →

Parents worry. That’s how we’re programmed, whether it’s a matter of instinct, culture, or a mixture of the two. You’re not alone in your worries concerning the safety of your children, whether it’s at home, school, or elsewhere in the world, but you don’t have to drive yourself insane with worry about them. It’s important to give your kids room to grow and learn for themselves so that they can become independent and learn to keep themselves safe one day (that’s a horrible thought, I know; you want to always be their guardian angel).   Still, even though you shouldn’t smother or mollycoddle your children,Read More →

Birth flower horoscope - tulips

I have more than a passing interest in horoscopes and the like, even more so that Monsieur Incidental and I share a birthday.  I know it’s a bit weird, it seemed romantic when we first met but now not so much.  I do feel that people tend to have the characteristics of their horoscope. I have a book that describes characteristics by birth day and mine couldn’t be more accurate.  When I was approached by Flying Flowers for their new campaign I was intrigued.  I have heard of horoscopes and so on but never birth flowers so I had a look here and was quite surprisedRead More →

A little while ago I bought Little L some Bear Fruit Paws – you may be familiar with them they also make Fruit Yoyos which Big L was addicted to for about a month until he decided he no longer liked them.  Anyway, they are kind of guilt free gummy fruit snacks for toddlers so when Big L has a bag of Haribo I can placate Little L with a bag of Bear Paws.  If you buy them in a pack of 5 they come with free flashcards.  Well this is where my middle class A to Z started.  The flashcard in our pack wasRead More →

I am FORTY next week.  Apart from going on about it quite a lot I’m not really that bothered.  Age is just a number and if you’re only as old as the man you’re feeling then you can subtract 7 years – oh yes!  It has got me thinking a bit about “if I knew then what I know now” so here goes. 1)  You were never ugly As a teen I was convinced I was ugly.  I hated myself. Fuck me! I was so serious about how I looked.  Because I hated the way I looked I spent hours putting on makeup, I wouldn’tRead More →

I am a little perturbed, nay, I’m fuming.  MSN have deemed it necessary to give me a best before date with this list 40 things no woman over 40 should own.  Well….fuuuuuuck you MSN! Guess what I own a fair few of those things, I admit I still own a scrunchie, not for wearing out of the house but in bed to stop my hair getting on my nerves.  Oh yeah, I’m sexy and I know it! In just under 3 weeks I turn the ripe old age of 40.  I don’t look it (even if I do say so myself). I don’t act it.Read More →