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 →

#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 →

Did you know there are a wide range of benefits which come from encouraging your children to grow their own fruit and veg? It may sound unlikely, but children actually enjoy gardening. So, if you’re looking to start up a new hobby with the kids, or you want to simply get them out of the house and away from technology for a while, here you’ll discover the benefits of encouraging them to grow their own fruit and veg. It boosts their development Gardening has shown to be an excellent tool for child development. It teaches them responsibility as they have to care for the fruitRead More →

#alternative gifts #mothersday

In case it has escaped your notice Mother’s Day is fast approaching. As usual I have left this guide until the last minute…unless you’re reading this after 11th March 2018 in which case I’m early – you’re welcome! I decided to create a list of things other than personalised tea towels, teapots and books because, well, I don’t want tea towels, teapots or books and I’m sure I’m not alone. What I would REALLY like is a night out on the tiles and a day off to suffer a hangover in peace but that isn’t going to happen so without further ado feast your eyesRead More →

I’m getting married! Well, I might be, if we ever get round to arranging it. I have been married before, we didn’t have children and we divorced after about 2 years. It wasn’t meant to be. Our wedding was at at the local register office and had our reception in a pub. Not the most romantic of days if truth be told. Next time will be different, it will be better and it will be at least a little bit romantic, this is my hope anyway! I’ll be honest I don’t really know where to start. My previous wedding was arranged on the back ofRead More →

Having family in both France and Cyprus we like to try and visit them as regularly as my health and our budget will allow. Vince’s parents live in France and my aunt, uncle and cousins live in Cyprus. Admittedly we travel to France more regularly as it’s easy to pack up the car and drive all the way there (plus we stay with family for free) but I do love Cyprus. Cyprus is fab for price, you can get some great holiday deals, especially outside of school holidays and you are almost guaranteed fantastic weather. The flight isn’t too horrendous at around 4 to 5Read More →

depression - pills vs talking therapy

Depression, the black dog, that gloomy cloud that envelops your being from morning to night. That feeling of dread. Doom. Waking in the night. Crying for seemingly no reason. Self harm. Spending money you don’t have. Not going out. Going out too much. Alcohol. Drugs. Poor body image. Feeling unloved, unlovable. Shall I go on? I’ve suffered on and off with depression since my teens. A looong time. I was on Prozac (now known as Fluoxetine) in my early twenties. It didn’t work for me. I felt numb, dulled-down, not myself. I’ve been on a fair few different types of anti-depressants over the years. TooRead More →

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to win the lottery? Imagine all the things you could do with a huge jackpot prize. Buy a new house. A new car. Travel around the world. Save for your children’s education. Make generous donations to charity. Quit your job. Relax. Enjoy life. In short, winning the lottery sounds like a short cut to happiness. You would think that lottery jackpot winners must be the happiest people on earth. But just like the song lyrics that say ‘money can’t buy you love’, winning the lottery can’t buy you happiness. Or can it? Amazingly, nearly 70 percent of people who suddenly comeRead More →

So ladies, the Jade Goody effect has worn off and less eligible ladies are having their smear. This is frankly ridiculous. I won’t lecture you. You know what could happen. You could ultimately die from something that could be prevented. If your smear is due, book an appointment, go and see the nice nurse, whip your knickers off, lie back and think of England. But before you do let me regale you with a tale of one of my smears: Let me set the scene, this was pre-children, pre-losing my dignity – these days I’d whip my knickers off and let the Tesco delivery manRead More →